Well, to be honest you’re going to be a lot more aware of the possibilities now, than you were before you opened this thread! Knowledge is power as they say, and more the power to you. Also, take a look at my referral stats before I starting concentrating on my YouTube channel. Most of these clickthroughs were via SoundCloud I believe. Hopefully this will put things into perspective (March 2013 being the month one of my videos got featured):
You are correct my good Sir.Very stark contrast between your older numbers and what you posted before. Being featured I’m sure helped, but I think overall video quality is what makes the difference. I’m scanning now for something covered by Attribution that I think will capture the attention of the short attention span YouTube viewers.
Good stuff. Also I recommend you subscribe to and check out Tim Schmoyer’s channel below, Video Creators TV. Absolutely packed with useful information on how to get better results via YouTube. Been following him for a while and has proved to be a massive help along the way.
Yesterday I thought I was getting the referral thing dialed in. Then, after starting this thread I realize that to the whales like you and the others here swimming alongside me, I’m at best, KRILL!
Well, to be honest you’re going to be a lot more aware of the possibilities now, than you were before you opened this thread! Knowledge is power as they say, and more the power to you.
Also, take a look at my referral stats before I starting concentrating on my YouTube channel. Most of these clickthroughs were via SoundCloud I believe. Hopefully this will put things into perspective (March 2013 being the month one of my videos got featured):
Other sites are selling ok for me. It is just here.
I wish I could say the same, but sadly my sales are right down across the board, especially one library in particular which has just pulled one of the most bizarre business manoeuvres in stock history, completely destroying a major income stream for me. I’ve written that one off now, so really banking on AJ for support here.
Linking to a track of another quality authors track is ok it seems.
Absolutely. It’s in incredible underrated way to earn extra income in the form of referral money, using items found on Envato Market. It gets new buyers into the Envato ecosystem, which can only be good for business.
In fact I wouldn’t be surprised that’s how that new top selling, popular item is getting so many hits and sales. It’s probably been posted on popular external website(s) by someone with referral links. A lot of Themeforest themes are sold in a similar way, hence why they have such huge sales numbers.
So for example, if you uploaded my top selling items to your YouTube channel (watermarked of course), and add your own referral links, I get the sale, and you get the referral money; which incidentally is $6.00. Almost as much as a licence sale!
So earlier today my fun fact told me I ranked 36th in AJ sales. Now it is telling me I rank 696th. It will be a lot lower than that if this sales drought continues. This is now a record for me without a sale.
You’re ranked 696th ‘across all marketplaces’ if you look again. Regarding sales, same thing here. Painfully slow indeed.
I’m thinking Envato are slowing down or stopping our sales rates in order to get priority on newer, high quality exclusive faces up. Conspiracytheorytastic, but I’m pretty sure that’s what’s going on here.
Are you kidding me Matt? Incredible! Would say YouTube is your biggest draw? The last two vids I posted there barely got 100 views. I even followed your Creative Commons advice on using Vimeo footage. No luck!
YouTube, without a doubt, is my largest gateway right now for traffic. I do think I’ve been kind of lucky with it however.
In my channel’s early days, a couple of my vids ended up being selected by YouTube and put in a featured video playlist thing, that I also think got sent out as an email to YouTube users. My subscriber count shot up pretty quickly from that, and so did the views on those videos. As a result, I get pretty healthy traffic via my channel and vids, and of course that translates over to referrals.
Also, it’s important to remember that regular, high quality content is key with YouTube. Although Creative Commons stuff is readily available for us and a goldmine of quality footage, this only makes up half of the equation. YouTube uses ‘watch time’ to determine a video’s ranking in search, and each upload is given a grace period in which to perform from uploading. Having a couple of videos on your channel that are engaging enough to keep the viewer watching (thus increasing watch time) really helps.
Also, the decision to choose which footage accompanies which music is all a fundamental part of the creative process in my mind. If you’re looking to put a video of ukulele music for example, think about the type of people that are going to want that music. Kids. Therefore the video footage should naturally be something that appeals to people of that age range. I’ve seen so many videos by composers out there now with ukulele background music, but backed with completely ill fitting imagery, such as fully grown adults dancing around and drinking wine! Kids don’t want to see that kind of thing, and will soon click away, thus decreasing viewer retention and therefore watch time.
Ok, so here’s where I’m at after a year. I’m guessing a fair amount of clickthroughs are via YouTube, if my Bitly stats are anything to go by. SoundCloud, FaceBook and Twitter seem to yield the smallest amount of referrals, but that’s not surprising considering their comparative traffic to YouTube.
One little top tip btw; if you find a YouTube video with your music on which is getting good view counts (I’m of course using AdRev for that), consider dropping the channel a message kindly asking them to put your (referral) link to your music they’ve used (preferably in bitly format, so you can track it’s stats) in their description area. It’s a great extra little way of getting those referrals in.
Wow, waiting for new tracks from your new studio!
Thanks Leon! Looking forward to getting back into the hotseat and back to work. It’s been way too long.
The acoustic reflections in the new room I’m setting the studio up in are really quite different and strange to what I’m used to, so going to be a real challenge.
May be i may sound not supportive as others, but your latest upload here dated March? May be this is core of problem? This place changing every month like hell, too many new authors. May be constant uploads help a little bit?
You’re right Leon, it’s been over 6 months since I uploaded anything to my non exclusive account here, but have now been aiming new uploads to my new exclusive account instead.
The main reasons for doing this was I found that new uploads to my non ex account simply stopped getting many views or sales in the same way that they used to, yet uploads to my new exclusive account were getting good views and sales in the first few weeks of uploading.
I put this down to Envato possibly favouring Exclusive accounts over non exclusive (which has been discussed a few times in the past). But you’re right, the increase in new, high quality authors arriving is pretty mind boggling, and it’s probably time to ‘stoke the fire’ on my non ex account now, as it’s been a while. Just have to wait until my new studio is up and running before I can do anything! (currently operating off a slow, overheating laptop on a kitchen table!)