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LucidStudios says


...where you share files for free.
Some well know authors doing this…

Yeah, have noticed the same.

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VF says

haha, came across many profiles with following format:

I am cool and not only sell here but giveaway my files for FREE , don’t miss them!

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contrastblack Staff says


...where you share files for free.
Some well know authors doing this…

Well then, some well known authors, should know better. :D


haha, came across many profiles with following format: I am cool and not only sell here but giveaway my files for FREE , don’t miss them!

That’s what reporting is for… it’s not being mean, but seriously, it drives trafic away from the markeplace, and hence from everyones files.

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permian says

In my case – I had a link to my store where most of items are links to Graphicriver and a few free items and a few items that are not in my GR portfolio.

I was going to do smth like that. (
Weird… but useful. Thanx.

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VF says


haha, came across many profiles with following format: I am cool and not only sell here but giveaway my files for FREE , don’t miss them!
That’s what reporting is for… it’s not being mean, but seriously, it drives trafic away from the markeplace, and hence from everyones files.

Noticed one of our forum moderator doing the same, so I thought it is a joke to report them. I mean the word “free” became a norm for this website! :) (due to bad examples)

Promote, promote, promote whatever you have on harddisk! :D

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MSFX Volunteer moderator says

I would say there is nothing wrong with having a portal which gives away free stuff because anyone who does it is simply using it as a marketing tool to push traffic to their files…

Look at ormanclark and premiumpixels, yeah there’s free PSDs but all his themes are there and it all links back to themeforest… nothing wrong with that. Anyone who finds his pp site will likely end up looking at themeforest hence making envato money.

The problem arises when you have items for sale from other places alongside your envato items, they likely won’t like that…

my 2c

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VF says

I would say there is nothing wrong with having a portal which gives away free stuff because anyone who does it is simply using it as a marketing tool to push traffic to their files…

That is fine but the way the link provided in the profile page is a concern. Some authors seems to prefer emphasing the very word “Free” on profile page near the link, that’s where the spirit of sincerity vanishes and possibility of potential buyer diversion starts.

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Philo01 Reviewer says

Forum Rules

Self promotion is not allowed on the forums, for examples and clarification, see the below section title A Note on Self Promotion. In addition, promoting outside services or competitors is not allowed on the forums.
A Note on Self Promotion Because of the commercial nature of the Envato networks, authors are expected to understand and respect the fact that using the forum to post links to one’s own items, or to give away free files to the community, is not allowed. This practice effectively undercuts the hard work of all authors who wish to sell their items fairly, and as such it is not tolerated.

User Terms and Conditions – Linking to the Sites

You agree that if you include a link from any other web site to the Sites, such link must link to the full version of an HTML formatted page of the Sites. You are not permitted to link directly to any image hosted on the Sites or our services, such as using an “in-line” linking method to cause the image hosted by us to be displayed on another web site. You agree not to download or use images hosted on the Sites on another web site, for any purpose, including, without limitation, posting such images on another web site. You agree not to link from any other web site to the Sites in any manner such that the Sites, or any page of the Sites, is “framed,” surrounded or obfuscated by any third party content, materials or branding. We reserve our right to insist that any link to the Sites be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Sites from any other web site at any time upon written notice to you.

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You may be able to move from the Sites to third party web sites (Linked Sites). You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials which may or may not be provided by or through Linked Sites, even if they are owned or run by affiliates of ours. The inclusion of any link to such web sites on our Sites does not imply Envato’s endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of that web site. Envato disclaims any liability for links to another web site.

So based on these rules I assume it’s allowed to link to third-party sites from your profile. The Self promotion rules only apply to the forum. Please correct me if I’m wrong ;)

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Bedros says

If we don’t promote ourselves , then who does ? ;)

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VF says

If we don’t promote ourselves , then who does ? ;)

lol :D

How about this… AuthorX links AuthorY’s free files and AuthorY links AuthorX’s free files. This is not self promotion :P

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