Just to look at it from a realistic angle, there’s a very good business reason why Envato are offering non-exclusives a fixed 33%, and that’s because they want to keep authors here exclusive. It’s as simple as that. It promotes a healthier image all round, doesn’t tempt authors to jump ship, and ultimately attracts more custom to the Envato marketplaces, especially if there’s high demand and high quality items, that can’t be sourced elsewhere. This also explains why you’ll rarely (if at all) see a non-exclusive author featured on the AJ storefront. (I kissed goodbye to the idea of obtaining a “featured file” a long time ago for this very reason!)
Sure, some other marketplaces have a higher non-exclusive rate, but generally sales volumes on these other sites are much, much lower than here on AJ. They also don’t boast such a tightly-knit ecosystem that can be seen here. It’s all swings and roundabouts, really.Also, Akashic is correct in that there are indeed other, much larger libraries out there offering even smaller non-exclusive percentage cuts. Ideally, if we’re selling well across all these marketplaces, then individual commission rates shouldn’t be an issue, as they all add up to potentially generate a larger income overall.
Even though Envato gets less of the take, I imagine that exclusive authors are far more valuable for enabling promotion of the site. Even as a non-exclusive author I think there should be a definite gap between exclusive and non-exclusive compensation, just because exclusive authors are potentially giving up a lot by listing here only. And actually 33% is an improvement – when I started it was 25% (but I believe at the time exclusive rates started at 40% and the scale up to 70% was essentially not achievable, so it really didn’t make sense to go exclusive at the time).
Awesome! I need to post a new song so that David can review it!
All right, count me in – I like pizza, and I don’t think it will be too long to wait!
Congratulations on the excellent start!
jhunger saidYes there is no better time to grow some facial hair than November. Thanks Joel! And good luck in the competition, muscma01
muscma01 saidThis is a perfect time for it.
guitarsstate, how did you get that mustache badge. I am always looking for a reason to grow a stache?
Wait a sec, Venci – is that gold paw new? Or did I miss a thread earlier? In any case, congratulations on that milestone, whenever it happened!
Congratulations, Luca! That’s great news!
Of course I share your concern as well, but I agree that being patient and also learning as much as possible about the new system is probably the best course of action.
Congratulations, MP! My mouth is watering for the Tim Tams – not quite there yet, but soon… soon…
I agree, what a magnificently fast rise – that’s how to get it done!
Lots of the people making these statements also have hundreds of sales as well…
True. It’s the trend of these sales over several years that we’re basing our conclusions on, as musiquesynthetique says. When you can see the bars do a steady incline over 4 years and then take a sudden drop, you raise your eyebrows.
Lots of the people making these statements also have hundreds of sales as well..i mean its possible buyers dont want to buy a track anymore after it has a certain amount of sales on it?
It’s possible, but that hasn’t been my experience in the past. Also, it appears that since late October and especially November my sales have been tracks that already have a lot of sales.
Maybe they want something new? Could be they just dont like your track?
Certainly! But I still think that given my experience and other people reporting out this month that the search engine update has been a catalyst. To your point, one conclusion as to why I’m seeing a drop might be that items coming up in searches along with my songs are competing better in terms of quality or feel.
BTW I really feel like I’m coming off as whiny in my recent posts about sales, and I apologize for that. I just wanted to chime in because I do have a decent set of data to look at and I believe this is an unusual lull. If it is because of the search engine changes, I have to think it will also be a more or less permanent lull for anybody experiencing it unless we take action and adapt. It’s no different than when Google makes an update to their search engine and then suddenly the old SEO rules don’t apply.
All of that said, 7 days into the search engine update is way to early for me to start yelling that the sky is falling. I also don’t mean to disparage the hard work that the Envato team has done in fixing an old system that was universally considered sub par in the forums for years. I just think we need to understand that most likely the rules have changed considerably, and that there are very real consequences of that, and some of us will need to adjust.
NoizMan saidAre you serious?? Over 700 sales in less than a year and you find this not promising?
I can not tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I am going to do.
I am having some random sales but not something promising yet. I am going to upload some good tracks till 01.01.2014 and see what happens. After that I am going to decide my next move. You may try the same.
I wish you the best.Take care.
Hi Isaac,This thread is all about the recent sales my friend. Some good selling authors ( not top sellers but who are doing quite well ) had drop on sales lately. I ‘ve made most of my sales with one track. It’s not selling too much nowadays. So we are trying to figure it out. Selling hundreds of tracks does not mean much if you can no longer sell
I think this is a good strategy. It may be too early to take action at the moment, but I am concerned about what’s going on. In November I am 58% of my sales in October at this time, and 50% of sales of November 2012 (on my non-exclusive account), and what sales I do have appear to be limited to a few of my older best sellers. However, looking at my shiny elite analytics, my stats are tracking pretty much as usual. I’m not a genius at analytics, but it looks like I’m not seeing increased conversions at all, in fact they appear to be cut in half. Maybe this indicates that my tracks are appearing in searches that they shouldn’t be? Or maybe just a bad start to a normally hopping month.
Congratulations! The next one shouldn’t take as long, because Silver always comes more quickly.
EDIT – sorry, that sounded unintentionally PG-13