It may not be the sales numbers that make the popular items popular again every week. If you do a search on videohive almost all of the popular tracks on AJ have been used in a number of high selling videohive projects.
The previous week one of my new tracks made it to the popular list with 14 sales and I expected a few more sales since it was now on that page. Guess what, it made only 1 sale during the whole week.
This makes me think that the major determining factor for sales on AJ is videohive rather than the number of previous sales or the popular items list.
I think starting up a new elite music marketplace based on the PRO model is like trying to reinvent the wheel. There are already lots of sites doing that. If that model was better, then we wouldn’t be having this discussion here because every author would go and upload their music in those sites.
PRO model has its flaws too. In many countries PROs are inefficient or even corrupt. You don’t know how much or when you’ll get paid or whether you will get paid at all!
Therefore I’m all for upfront payment rather than the PRO model. What we need here is a higher priced broadcast license. Since we are offering truly royalty free music, it would only be fair if the upfront payment was higher. Right now we are both waiving our performance rights and getting a lower upfront payment as well. Currently it is a no-win situation if our music is used on TV.
I wonder if it’s possible to take down the track from AJ and register it with a PRO and collect the royalties after it gained a significant amount of air time on TV? Do the PROs pay royalties for the air time that happened before the track was registered?
If so, one can give the track a go on AJ, and if it’s used on TV, you can take it down and register.
... I guess that AJ must use a completly different system based on weekly featured tracks by category. For each category, 3 tracks would be featured on the front page instead of the un useful list of new items.
I agree that displaying the newest tracks for 1-2 hours on the front page don’t have much use. But instead of more featured tracks, front page can be used for displaying the top selling items uploaded in the last week/month.
I have a huge drop in sales too. Seems like the only track I’m selling is the last one I’ve uploaded.
soundengine saidSounds good but how many instruments do you play exactly and which ones?
My goals are: * Speed up the production process. Create templates and presets for everything. * Buy more real instruments, minimize virtual instrument use. * Try to finish a track in 2 days at most. * Upload 100 new tracks and reach 6000 sales.
Currently, I have acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele , and turkish saz (which I don’t use in stock music but who knows!).
Improvements I’m planning are real amp recording for electric guitars instead of using amp modelling software. Buying an acoustic drum set, some little percussion instruments and maybe a good violin. I believe playing the real thing with the basic skills is way better than imitating a virtuoso performance on software.
To do these things first I need to find a place. Either I’m going to move to a suitable house or rent a small space in the middle of nowhere to use as a studio. Another option is to buy studio time to record the guitar and drum parts until then.
So, lots of decisions to make and things to do next year