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AlumoAudio says

Good job Pawel! Keep at it mate! :)

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AlumoAudio says


I’ll be sticking to the hard evidence and stats on that particular issue, rather than relying on gut feeling I think!

Sensei,

Should we refrain from uploading until the storm passes?

Hahaha give over! :bashful:

Personally, I’ve just started uploading my latest batch of creations to my exclusive AJ account, ready to promote and catch the first post vacation footfall out on the internet. So I reckon continue as normal (provided one has a similar plan of course).

As for everywhere else I sell however..nope. Holding back on that, until it’s clear what is actually happening.

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AlumoAudio says

I’m not sure I can blame any homepage style changes on my slower sales here.

That’s fair enough, but there’s plenty of people on the marketplace forums that would disagree with you on that right now. Personally, I think it’s best we all just ride the wave on that one.

..... or massive google analytics changes.

Again, that’s fair enough to assume, but personally I’m looking at reports that point in completely the opposite direction to that (from google search rankings, to seoroundtable, mozcast metrics, and so on).

I’ll be sticking to the hard evidence and stats on that particular issue, rather than relying on gut feeling I think!

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Now if you are on multiple sites, surely some sites would benefit from Google changes, and some would not. The changes can’t possibly mean that a search for “royalty free music” yields no results…

Actually, I do believe Marb is on the right tracks with this as I’ve also been following the Google Updates as closely as possible. And as always with Google, it’s not as cut and dry as searching for “Royalty Free Music” equalling no results.

Whilst results vary per user, something we’re definitely seeing here is that all the major players in the RF realm are slowly but surely being pushed off the top search rankings, only to be replaced by “pro-Google” results that rely on advertising revenue (most of which goes straight back into Google’s pocket). It’s pretty clear that if there’s money to be made from something, Google are invariably going to cash in. Too many RF sites have refused to cooperate and back the monetization of RF music in the past (with the old “customers won’t like it” argument), and it now looks like they’ve shot themselves in the foot.

In the case of RF music, sites that promote music that can be used on monetized YouTube videos are now appearing very high in results (sites that were previously on the 3rd or 4th page just a couple of years ago). One, huge site that appeared mostly in second place on the first page of results just a year ago, is now at the bottom of the fifth page of results! It goes without saying that my own sales there have dropped massively, and the forums are filled to the brim with contributors complaining of the worst sales there in nearly 10 years.

Interestingly however, I’m seeing that AudioJungle is now climbing the search results and now appearing on the first page (I’m searching anonymously through a VPN as not to influence my results). I’m still thinking that the sales dips we’re seeing here is mostly because of the homepage testing, and hopefully more of a temporary dip similar to what we saw during the marketplace search engine changes we saw a few months ago.

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AlumoAudio says

Stock sites like iStock and Shutterstock ask for ID, and they are (hopefully) legitimate sites. No idea how effective it is at preventing abuse, but if it is Envato should require ID as well.

As much as I agree with this, especially within online businesses to prevent fraudulent practices, it’s a slightly different situation here with AdRev and YouTube.

The problem, as I mentioned earlier, is that people were capitalising and cashing in on recorded media that is heavily used in the public domain, for example Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, famous presidential speeches, NASA audio from the Moon landings and demo tracks from newly released popular synths, such as Roland’s AIRA range. Every time someone uploaded this type of media to their YouTube channels (which is a lot), someone was making a lot of backend revenue from it, presumably using bogus or anonymous accounts, and in turn causing ‘matched third party content’ notifications popping up all over the place.

Showing genuine ID is a simple way to try and curb this behaviour from happening in the first place.

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AlumoAudio says

Besides my early days after just joining, this might be the worst start of a month for me ever on AJ.

+1 exactly the same here. So tempting to blame it squarely on that new homepage…So tempting.

Edit: Actually, looking at my statement it’s not as bad as I thought, but there’s still that ‘walking through treacle’ feel about sales right now.

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AlumoAudio says

Just set up a ‘dummy’ account to see for myself. Sure enough, they state that photo ID is required to “prevent abuse” [of the system], which is what I suspected originally, in my previous post.

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AlumoAudio says

That Smell in my pants – Lynyrd Skynyrd

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AlumoAudio says

It could be also very possible that workers from AdRev create all this “amazing money making idea” lines here on this forums just to get more people use their service.

Hi Miranda, thought I’d just chime back in on this thread, as what you said here raises a point I’ve mentioned in the past. In all fairness, the only real advocate with any real experience with AdRev on this thread, is me!

Rest assured, I’m just another composer just like the rest of us here, who’s been using the system for over a couple of years now, sharing my experiences along the way and certainly not acting as some kind of ambassador for them.

As I’ve mentioned many times in various threads concerning AdRev, registering with them is a decision unique to each composer, and most importantly should not to be considered as an easy way to make a quick buck from our music as it were. That is a secondary benefit (but of course is an added bonus if your music gets illegitimately used on very popular videos). The most important feature that AdRev really offers to us library composers is that we can track and monitor uses of our music across YouTube, and have the ability to take action on illegal uses of our music, if need be. Something we couldn’t do before the arrival of AdRev.

Regarding AdRev requesting official identification; this seems to be a recent addition to their sign up process and I believe to be for very good reason. I read numerous reports over the past couple of years that people were taking advantage of the AdRev system, and uploading all sorts of copyrighted material to track, monetize and try and claim ownership as their own. This included things such as famous speeches, synthesizer and sound library demos, and all sorts of original recorded material that didn’t actually belong to the uploader. I’m thinking that the request for ID is to try and circumvent the abuse of the system and to prove that the uploader is a legitimate user.

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AlumoAudio says

...but AJ is changing lilke weather, we know ..) :)

I’ll agree to that! July was my BME since starting, but August so far? Hmm. Didn’t seem to continue in the way I’d have liked it to, and now I’m a little paranoid, as the sudden drop seemed to have coincided with the new homepage changes.

Another thing I do find curious is that quite a few authors are saying they are getting good extended license sales. Yet for me, it’s a very rare event and receiving much less extended sales now than before I had a top selling item! Surely, statistically I should be getting more, right? All very odd.

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