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Blinn says

This guy not only answered the question of being able to earn a living on Envato, but overnight as well:

http://notes.envato.com/authors/author-made-20k-overnight-literally/

Give this guy a big hand!

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Blinn says

I still can’t get over the $20000+ someone made in one night.

http://notes.envato.com/authors/author-made-20k-overnight-literally/
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Blinn says

I guess this answers the question “can an author earn a living on Envato?”

Overnight, folks. B)

But seriously, for each of us, there’s always a hero out there who’s looking for your portfolio. This should inspire each of us to give it the best we’ve got. :)

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I like this new system because nobody can just give a 1-star rating without revealing themselves in the process. And if the reason they give is anything less than honest, then they’ll be dealt with accordingly. It not only makes the rating system more reliable, it also makes the real, legitimate 1/2/3-star ratings stand out. The author in this case will be able to troubleshoot and fix any issues related to the item more effectively.

That depends on the author though. There are lots of hard-working, genuine authors on here who will react to the feedback in a positive way, but there are also authors on here that won’t, and could use this as an opportunity to discredit, or remove support for the customer in question. Already I’ve seen authors talk of sharing a ‘customer blacklist’ for buyers giving 1-star ratings, and authors threatening to withdraw support to customers that drop their ratings.


There is one reason that 4-star ratings should be optional and it is purely to separate the good items from the great. If 99% of all Envato items have 5-star ratings, it makes it hard to determine at a glance if it really is super-spectacular. At that point, ratings would lose their importance and become pretty much ornamental. And having a 4-star item is not a terrible thing, either; it just means that it can stand some improvement if it’s going to compare to the very best in the market, which I think it completely fair. :)

+1 I agree completely, 5-star ratings should be for exceptional products, there’s nothing wrong with a 4-star rating. I’m not put off by 4 star ratings, they show me the product works as advertised.

I’d be happy if 4 star ratings didn’t require a compulsory review, but if something has been awarded 5 stars I want to know why it’s been rated so highly, why it’s so much better than the competition, just as I want to know why another product has been given 1 star.

That’s also true. Authors also need to maintain a basic level of courtesy when dealing with customer feedback. But the buyer can just find another author to do business with if the first one is being difficult. It’s the author who needs to watch himself in most cases because his reaction to feedback can attract more buyers or scare them away.

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Blinn says

“(1) In the context of the Envato ecosystem, what does success mean to you?”

Giving it the very best you’ve got, and know that your work is needed, used, and appreciated. Recognition is one of the deepest cravings a human being can experience. The best way one can gain recognition in this world is through service.

“Your rewards in life will come in direct proportion to your service.”—Earl Nightingale

(2) What do you want to achieve through our sites? What new things and in what new ways could we be helping you succeed?

There’s a few things I have in mind:

A: Make Extended Licenses more appealing. If a song on Audiojungle is going to be priced 5x higher than a Regular License, it should have at least 5x more value to the buyer. (more details below in C)

B: Keep an active, up-to-date list of all the types of items that saturate the market, so authors will know that they must make them with excellent quality for them to pass the review.

C: Multi-use Licensing. If I wake up one morning to see that multi-use licenses are available, I’ll start buying up sound libraries, myself. It’ll be so much easier for the buyer, much more profitable for the author, and much more valuable to Envato, to have multi-use licencing and not have to worry about renewing (especially if you’re a sound designer who has to manage thousands of files).

All that needs to happen for this to come true is to append this to Extended Licenses. :)

“(3) What would it look like for the whole community to be succeeding?”

We’d have to make a new subforum just to hold all the achievement threads. :P

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Blinn says

I first suggested the 1-3 rating review suggestion a few months ago on the forums. A lot of authors were worried that their products were being devalued by revenge ratings. You’ll find this on almost every single Youtube video out there because generally, the average Youtube video has 1 dislike for every 10 likes. Some people dislike the video for a legitimate reason, but usually, they’re done by trolls, people with personal grudges against the uploader, or cynics.

In the Envato marketplaces, such a thing can also happen, but from what I’ve heard, it’s usually because a buyer made a purchase, didn’t like it, couldn’t get it to work, or didn’t bother to use it correctly. In this world, not everyone expresses their dissatisfaction in a constructive way. Sometimes, they take it personally and use 1-star ratings to seek vengeance. And up until recently, this left room for abuse, such as 1-starring an author’s entire portfolio without ever providing a reason why. And because 1-star ratings could be done anonymously (to my knowledge), the author wouldn’t know who it was.

I like this new system because nobody can just give a 1-star rating without revealing themselves in the process. And if the reason they give is anything less than honest, then they’ll be dealt with accordingly. It not only makes the rating system more reliable, it also makes the real, legitimate 1/2/3-star ratings stand out. The author in this case will be able to troubleshoot and fix any issues related to the item more effectively.

There is one reason that 4-star ratings should be optional and it is purely to separate the good items from the great. If 99% of all Envato items have 5-star ratings, it makes it hard to determine at a glance if it really is super-spectacular. At that point, ratings would lose their importance and become pretty much ornamental. And having a 4-star item is not a terrible thing, either; it just means that it can stand some improvement if it’s going to compare to the very best in the market, which I think it completely fair. :)

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Blinn says

Keep it open. :P

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Blinn says

Krafti really knows his way around referral marketing on Envato, and his new badge proves it to everyone. :D

http://audiojungle.net/user/krafti

Congratulations!

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Blinn says

Sometimes I stay up so late, it feels like I’ve entered another time/space continuum. :)

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Blinn says

No, that’s just a number. :D

But yeah, go figure.

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