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Gareth_Gillman says

You can’t call out other members on the forums but Envato are aware of authors buying their own themes – http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/doing-100-rates-right/139852

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Gareth_Gillman says

BTW, which CMS/engine is that? If it’s self-made I’m not 100% sure it suits ThemeForest.

It’s OpenCart ;)

It’s not a bad template but it’s not been refined, it’s like comparing a lada to a Ferrari

The lada looks ok and gets you from a – b

The Ferrari looks exceptional with awesome curves and a lot of design love gone into it

You need to make your template a Ferrari

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Gareth_Gillman says


Do you do any outside marketing for your themes? I would say the top selling themes in your category will get the majority of their sales from people looking on the web specifically for Magento themes, a couple of ideas are:

- Your own website which is seo’d for people looking for Magento themes

- Posting on external portfolio sites (dribble, behance etc)

- design blogs, try and get listed in “top magento theme” lists on popular blogs

I have been saying this for ages and it’s true, you can’t rely on Themeforest to supply all your sales, you need to be doing stuff to get exposure for your items as you’re competing against hundreds of other themes.

You could also zazz up your portfolio page, it doesn’t tell me what you do, add your items images to that and promote your items like crazy.

There is a lot you can do to get exposure to your items for no cost just a little time, the more people talking about your items means the more potential sales you can get.

Have you looked at offering one of your items as a freebie item for one month (look at the thread on here under themeforest)?
I’‘m not saying that authors by default should never do any outside marketing of any kind. However, so state that this a definite requirement to be successful on the Envato markets, is basically saying that Envato does not serves it’s purpose. Authors are handing in a sizeable chunk of their earnings to not having to worry about marketing and focus on the products instead. If Envato is not delivering on that front (be it for a certain author in a certain category), I’d say the model simply does not work and I’d try something else. Perhaps a different category, or different market all together?

The problem is that a lot of the categories are now saturated so you have to make yourself stand out, relying on Envato to do it for you isn’t good. Envato will publicise the site as a whole and individual categories but they don’t promote individual items (unless you become an elite) so it’s upto the author to help build a brand around their items. Unless their item gets featured or becomes a top seller some authors are unlikely to get many sales imho.

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Gareth_Gillman says

Thanks Gareth, but it appears to be able to apply for this the item should have 4+ rating on it. Sadly, none of my items have it ;)

Ah shame, something to work towards then, do you do social media? Put that on your profile page and tweet / FB stuff for your customers to follow e.g.

- guides on how to use the theme / magento

- new updates to the themes

- Magenot news (new versions, plugins etc)

Basically become the go to guy for Magento stuff :)

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Gareth_Gillman says

Lot of great ideas Gareth.

Have you looked at offering one of your items as a freebie item for one month (look at the thread on here under themeforest)?
Can you send me some link explaining how to do that? I always thought envato chooses these free files randomly.Silly me!
http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/free-file-of-the-month-nominations/86734

The items are picked randomly from the thread but you have to be in it, to win it :)

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Gareth_Gillman says

Do you do any outside marketing for your themes? I would say the top selling themes in your category will get the majority of their sales from people looking on the web specifically for Magento themes, a couple of ideas are:

- Your own website which is seo’d for people looking for Magento themes

- Posting on external portfolio sites (dribble, behance etc)

- design blogs, try and get listed in “top magento theme” lists on popular blogs

I have been saying this for ages and it’s true, you can’t rely on Themeforest to supply all your sales, you need to be doing stuff to get exposure for your items as you’re competing against hundreds of other themes.

You could also zazz up your portfolio page, it doesn’t tell me what you do, add your items images to that and promote your items like crazy.

There is a lot you can do to get exposure to your items for no cost just a little time, the more people talking about your items means the more potential sales you can get.

Have you looked at offering one of your items as a freebie item for one month (look at the thread on here under themeforest)?

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Gareth_Gillman says

I wasn’t planning on making a wordpress site though, just a static one with the implementation of the ordering system! Thanks for your reply :)

There are loads of ordering systems include just eat and hungry house but you will pay setup fees, rental fees (their software and printers) and then a percentage of all sales.

If you do it yourself you could have it sorted for less than £100 e.g.

- theme from themeforest, upto £40 - web hosting – upto £40 a year - plugins from codecanyon if you need them

There is no cheaper solution than putting together a WP site with woo and a tablet to read the orders off, simple to do.

Just done one for a catering event in the UK, cost them more than £100 (I did a custom theme and custom integrations) but does exactly what they want and was a 10th of the price a custom solution was going to be.

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Gareth_Gillman says

WordPress & Woocommerce to do the online ordering and then a tablet in the restaurant to check for orders

Don’t over complicate things ;)

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Gareth_Gillman says

Nope, you will need the permission from the author of the PSD

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Gareth_Gillman says

Hi Youchef

Have a look on Envato Studio for people offering the service as you can browse testimonials and portfolios.

I have one at https://studio.envato.com/explore/psd-to-html/3179-psd-to-xhtml but there are lots of different providers at https://studio.envato.com/explore/psd-to-html

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