Awesome, that Sarah over at WPTavern has brought more attention to this massive issue!http://wptavern.com/envato-targeted-by-ddos-attack-wordpress-theme-authors-report-major-decline-in-sales
A HUGE matter that Envato seems to be skirting is the pricing problem, the model needs to be adjusted or this marketplace is going to fall apart.
Envato doesn’t need to tell you everything. Its too obvious. With new items and authors popping out everyday, our market share just becomes smaller and smaller.
I completely understand the marketplace is growing exponentially that’s fine, however that doesn’t account for a SEVERE drop in sales over a period of a couple months like this.
Trust me I’ve talked with other top authors that have been here for years, doing massive sales and they’re all experiencing the same thing and agree this isn’t normal.
@Collis if you’re still alive can you please chime in, you’ve been MIA for who knows how long…
Ok, there’s been numerous threads on this with no real official response from Envato.
For myself sales have declined over 70% starting from May with each passing day getting worse, I’ve also spoke with other elite authors explaining the same thing. One example going from $1500/day to $700 sure that’s still a great deal of money BUT what the hell is happening?
This isn’t just one or maybe twenty authors, its marketplace wide affecting everyone. A marketplace wide decline in sales of this magnitude doesn’t just happen due to vacations, or other buyer factors. Going through the years of sales data (since 2008) this has never happened, I’ve personally gone from $2-3000/week to less than $700/week…that’s insane!
Looking at the popular files they haven’t been affected by the looks of it, this leads me to believe search is jacked, natural search traffic to the site is wayyyy down, something isn’t right and has been affected.
Its also alarming that this has been happening while they’ve reported DDoS attacks, Envato what else has happened or been affected that you’re not telling us?
This is beyond concerning, as I know many other full time authors depend on Themeforest for their primary source of income myself included, and this AVALANCHE of a decline has me back searching for full time employment for the first time in almost three years.
Its a best practice, and honestly it takes all of about a minute to take your existing CPT code and turn it into a plugin.
Over a month here…and still waiting.
That chart is just as generic as the submission requirements, the details we need are something like we start on a clean WP install with the unit test content and the following plugins, we then use X plugin, then X process for checking deprecated tags or notices, etc…not just a pretty graphic that explains what we already know.
I know Kailoon, Ivor and the others have a specific process they each follow. We need insight into that so we can all benefit, this back and forth isn’t helping anyone.
Disclaimer: This is not another “Why was my theme rejected post?”, please read on.
All to often every time I submit a new theme, and its soft rejected I always get some sort of list of small fixes that need to be made. Which is great, however I’d like to know step by step the exact process the reviewers use when combing through a new submission.
Even though I use the Theme Check plugin w/Themeforest addon, Debug plugin, Monster Widget plugin, WordPress Unit Test and follow the WordPress Theme Submission Guidelines, I’ll always get something new from the reviewer. Sometimes not even covered in the guidelines like “oh hey btw we just started implementing stricter security standards”, or something else just came up.
For example my current theme uploaded on the 16th of last month, soft rejected and I’m now on round 4 of “fixes”, when resubmitting it sometimes takes days for it to be reviewed again, only to get “here’s another couple of small things…”. Every day that it sits in the queue is MONEY LOST, and I would like to shorten/improve that process as much as possible.
So with that said, I think it would be highly beneficial for authors and the reviewers to post their EXACT step by step process they run through when reviewing a new theme. That way before I upload I can duplicate that process and save us both a lot of time and headaches.
Please lets get behind this and improve the approval process for all of us.
Congrats guys! I’ll be joining ya soon!
Review queue is crazy long nowadays, but that’s expected with how huge Envato has become. Thinking its time they hire some more reviewers.
Currently have a theme in the queue — 9 days for initial soft reject, 3 rounds of going back and forth on small fixes (another 3 days)…been sitting in the queue for 20+ hours fingers crossed this is the final round.