I know this has been said over and over again but front page recognition does very little for sales. I am fairly successful here on AJ and don’t worry about front page placement. In fact I tend to write in bunches then upload the tracks all at once – often with 5 or 6 tracks getting approved within minutes of each other. I currently have 5 tracks in the hopper that were uploaded within 10 minutes of each other. If front page placement drove my sales I would space them out to make sure they all had maximum front page exposure.
I have to agree with Gareth, there is a lot more to being a successful author than just creating great compositions. They have to stack up technically and sonically as well. There are many things in music that are subjective but there are also many things that are NOT subjective. My guess is that there are some really great pieces that are not mixed and mastered well that are lost in the shuffle as well as many average compositions that pop sonically that sell very well.
The other thing to consider is what do buyers want. You may make amazing metal tracks – tracks that stack up against multi-platinum records and still not have many sales. The market for metal tracks is by nature much smaller than happy ukulele and clapping tracks (no offense jhunger I have a few uploaded my self that sell pretty well).
Just my two cents…
Aren’t most of the SFX a $1. I would think a client would spring for $20 bucks for their project.
I am not sure I agree with deleting non-selling tracks after a year. For a couple of reasons.
First – Many specialty tracks may have very few sales but a long shelf life. An Italian accordion solo may not have a lot of annual sales but over the course of the tracks life it may have many.
Second – There is a fascinating book called “The Long Tail” that was published a few years ago. The premise of the book was that with the advent of the internet – retail shelf space was not longer an issue so a retailer could carry as much of any product that they wished. Why pull a track just because it has not sold.
NOW - I do agree that if the track has sub-standard composition or production values it should be pulled but if that is not the case why pull viable tracks. The better solution might be to improve the search engine (which I understand is in the works) and raise the bar on what is allowed into the catalog.
Maybe the cowbell will make a comeback….More Cowbell
I must spend too much time on AJ – the other day I was listening to a track with my 5 year old daughter and about every 10 seconds she would say AudioJungle as she played with her toys.
How about a $1 to upload a track? $10 to move to the front of the queue!
Brownhouse your new and great corporate songs sell good at first but then slow down as they get pushed back to page 4 by second or third day because of the amount of uploads in that category. Imagine if they could stay on page one for a few more days it could sell a whole lot more.
It has been said many time before by AJ staff and many top authors – being on the front page has very little effect on sales. If you are depending on that for sales you are going to be highly disappointed. And with all due respect you have no idea the sales data/timing of my sales.
I have no problem with long approval times – My only wish is that the quality barrier be raised which is a corporate decision not a reviewer issue.
Even a week or two is no big deal. Many sights are 30+ days. I think everyone got spoiled with the short review times.
I’m less concerned about the number of submissions. What concerns me is the number of submissions that DO make it past the review process. The standard here could be set much higher IMO . But this has been discussed before and I doubt it will change soon. Currently 16,961 items have no sales on AJ, by far the highest percentage (almost 50%) of any marketplace on Envato.
I have the same concerns as Gareth – the barrier to entry is way too low.