Posts by AlumoAudio

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AlumoAudio says

Hey Matt, just wondering how this makes you think in terms of exclusivity? I often get frustrated and think it’s time to go all non-exclusive but when I read this I feel like I’m better off staying exclusive.

Very good question Steve! It’s something I’ve been contemplating for quite some time myself. I’ve mentioned this before, but compared to the vast majority of other RF marketplaces out there, AJ has always been pretty much consistent, and that’s despite the usual ups and downs we all come to expect with seasonal influences or backend changes. But choosing exclusive over non-ex is all down to an author’s personal circumstances at the end of the day, and ideally shouldn’t be based solely on whether things are going great on AJ or not.

The issue for myself was that the first year or so was great on these other marketplaces, with one or two heavily exceeding my AJ earnings. My portfolio was uploaded in bulk and therefore was simply riding on more visibility and exposure. It’s only in the last 6 months or so that I’m seeing a tremendous drop off of sales there, to the point where AJ is once again top of the pack, and consistently so. But of course I could now be taking advantage of that 50%+ exclusivity cut, to make up for the shortfall. I just need a few more months of figures to roll in before I can make any firm decisions.

936 posts Where words leave off, music begins.
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AlumoAudio says

it appears that the second part of July is going to be bad.

Yep, I’ve got that feeling too. Although saying that, my AJ sales are much, much better than anywhere else I sell on. Everywhere else is completely and utterly dead! :dead:

936 posts Where words leave off, music begins.
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AlumoAudio says

The week began disastrously. So far it had been a great month … but then … crash! :confusedsad:

You and me both Juan! Witnessed the same thing. One of the pitfalls of selling during the summer high-season I guess.

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AlumoAudio says

You can use https://bitly.com/ for tracking who is clicking on your links. I have some videos on YouTube with more than 50 clicks to AudioJungle. Not much but it’s something.

Hi Raquel, just as I mentioned in my post earlier, be careful when using bitly and URL shorteners on YouTube. They’ve recently been on a crackdown with these, presumably to try and decrease spam links to warez sites, etc, so always try to use the full website link on YouTube. These are fine to use on Twitter and SoundCloud to my knowledge, however.


Very interesting Alumo!!
Do you take the videos from videohive? or you make them? If I want to buy a video for promote my track, wich license must I buy?

Nope, I always use Creative Commons Attribution footage from Vimeo.com, and edit/sync my music to them. It can be located from their Advanced Search filter, as seen below.

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  • Interviewed on the Envato Notes blog
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AlumoAudio says

A decent portion of my monthly earnings come from referral cuts, via promotion mainly on YouTube and SoundCloud. Here’s a snapshot of my stats since January this year:

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Twitter; shows very little return in my experience, when it comes to direct tweeting. The vast majority of people who end up following us on there seem to be either fellow composers, ‘mass followers’ or bots. Also legitimate followers soon tire of constant “check out my great AudioJungle item…blah blah blah”, and just result in an unfollow, so be aware of that and consider tweeting interesting and engaging content if you do focus on Twitter.

However that being said, associating your twitter account to your YouTube account is a pretty good idea, because when someone ‘likes’ your YouTube video, it’s automatically tweeted to their followers (if they have theirs linked too), and you’ll get notified, such as in this example:

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However, here’s a bit of reality. In order to convert views/listens into sales, you’ll need a lot. Alongside having high quality material that encourages people to keep watching/listening; strong keywording, meta tags and descriptions are just as important. This applies to both YouTube and SoundCloud. For example, you’ll be needing to pull in about 1000 views a day on a YouTube video to see some referral cuts from that.

There’s a ton of info on Google about this, especially in terms of building a YouTube channel, so well worth researching into. Also, a top tip, but don’t use bitly or URL shortening links in your YouTube descriptions. YouTube/Google now pretty much frown upon this and could have a negative effect your video and channel ranking. Always use a full website link, within the first 3 lines of the description. Also, use annotations within your videos to remind people what they’re actually watching and remind them to check the description. Very important to do that.

Also, having a Facebook page is a workable avenue, and works really well as a messaging platform for customers. It also seems to attract a more mature and professional viewership than Twitter, so again something to consider in terms of marketing your material accordingly.

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AlumoAudio says

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Excellent work on becoming AJ Elite #28 James! Totally and utterly deserved and was always just a matter of time. And on that note, I pass the inaugural Elite Shades of Fame over to you (which your good self invented!) Enjoy! ;)

ps. had to look bloody everywhere for that pic!

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AlumoAudio says

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Ahh feeling much better now. Thanks for redeeming me guys! ;)

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AlumoAudio says

Well, I’m having to deal with this right now:

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AlumoAudio says

omg i need one of those too! can’t concetrate when im all sweaty,makes me nervous :P sales are really slow for me,but i expected this to happen,im also wondering should i upload now or wait for august-september :/

That’s exactly my problem too. Not a nice feeling, especially for those of us who are used to living in cooler climates.

Regarding uploading, personally I’m waiting it out until most of our customers are back in work/school/college towards the end of next month and September. In the meantime, working on a backlog of tracks ready to upload and promote when the time comes.

936 posts Where words leave off, music begins.
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  • Sold between 50 000 and 100 000 dollars
  • Interviewed on the Envato Notes blog
  • Author had a File in an Envato Bundle
  • Referred between 500 and 999 users
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  • United Kingdom
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AlumoAudio says

Plus it is so hot here in the studio…

Same here, and unbearably so at times. It get’s so bad in here, I ended up blowing my plugin savings on one of these instead..

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Chuck on the headphones (it’s a bit noisy), close the window and leave it run for 30 mins. Perfectly cool and comfortable studio :)

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