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Gareth_Gillman
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I also dont agree with dedalx – We pay a percentage to envato to provide a quality service and part of it is providing consistent traffic. Otherwise whats the point if items are just sitting rotting away, they can do the same on our own websites.

Envato cannot promise consistent traffic as it’s impossible unless they pay for traffic

Unfortunately the “slow sales” is down to a lot of things:

1) Market Capilisation – there are now many WP theme sites so the buyers have more choice

2) Envato’s success – there are now 200k items on Themeforest, this means there is more choice and variety for the buyers, which means they are more likely to purchase from a different author.

3) Author marketing – some authors spend a lot of money on advertising their item(s), meaning buyers are being pushed to certain themes / authors.

4) Envato search – the search was improved dramatically with the category and tag search which means I can find better items than just what’s on the popular pages

5) Poor themes – Envato still has poor themes (usability) which give other authors a bad name, meaning some buyers will be using other sites instead of Themeforest

Envato can’t do anything about any of these except #5 which is to be really strict (like wordpress.org) on it’s themes, stop the bundling of plugins, stop the “500 demos” and go back to basics, a theme built for one purpose.

Too many authors have sat on their laurels and not done anything, just let Envato bring them all the traffic. Unfortunately there is a lot of competition so you need to make your items stand out, a few examples I have seen are:

1) website – have a website to promote your items e.g. myauthorname.com which is then “seo’d” for keywords, meaning you are grabbing buyers from Google searches and you can also use your affiliate link to make a few more $$. Some authors do this but a lot don’t.

2) re-marketing – Using Google Ads you can target buyers who have looked at your / other items to entice them to come back to the site. I recently bought a theme after seeing an advert for it as it was what I needed at the time.

3) Blogs – the best themes have marketing plans using blogs, they giveaway themes on popular web design blogs, yes it will cost you a few hundred bucks but then you have hundreds if not thousands seeing your item and promoting it to win a copy.

4) Social media – Facebook has loads of groups for WP users who are looking for themes, loads of twitter hashtags as well, also Pinterest. A client of mine chose her theme from TF based on it being shared on Pinterest.

5) Targeting – If you have a restaurant theme, then target restaurant owners / website builders (goes back to #1), promote it like crazy and invite users to beta test the theme (new versions) as they will be able to give you ideas for features but also promote it to other restaurant owners and it may also be shown on blog lists for “50 best restaurant wordpress themes” etc.

IMHO too many authors expect Envato to feed them, unfortunately you have to get out and do some of the work yourself. Put a couple of hours a week into marketing a theme, it will pay dividends.

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Gareth_Gillman
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8 days isn’t bad, my theme on wordpress.org has been in the queue for 2 months…

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it might get accepted as a coming soon template but will need some more refinement (buttons, typography)

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the main reason is because it’s badly built (by WordPress standards) which ultimately makes it difficult for users to understand / modify. If it followed the WP standards better then it would be more widely used.

Another is that a lot of developers don’t use pre-built frameworks as they would rather build their own which suits their needs, WP is so flexible that there are numerous ways to do things, and the framework market is taken up by the big guys such as thesis and genesis, on Themeforest there aren’t many frameworks used widely.

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it’s likely that Envato are blocking your app as you haven’t added a header to let the system know who is using the API, in the new api this is called the bearer.

I use CURL instead like so (this gets the categories from Themeforest):

<?php
$api_url = 'https://api.envato.com/v1/market/categories:themeforest.json';
$ch = curl_init();
$headr = array();
$headr[] = 'Content-length: 0';
$headr[] = 'Content-type: application/json';
$headr[] = 'Authorization: Bearer xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'; // my token for the api

curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER,$headr);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL,$api_url);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_USERAGENT,'Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; xxxxx)'); // my product name
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 5);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$ch_data = curl_exec($ch);
curl_close($ch);
if(!empty($ch_data)) {
 $json_data = json_decode($ch_data, true);
  $data_count = count($json_data['categories']) -1;
  for($i = 0; $i <= $data_count; $i++) {
   echo $json_data['categories'][$i]['name'];
  }
}
?>
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the most likely explanation is that the author has uploaded the wrong zip file to the wrong item, it can happen as we are all humans and prone to momentary lapses, the author should be able to fix as soon as he comes aware.

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yep, all downloads are made from amazon so it’s on their end and not Envato’s, it could be throttling for certain regions etc

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a quick glance at the api shows there is no way to get all purchases from a user, the only purchase methods are verify a purchase and download a purchase, Envato would need to expand the API before we can do something like this (I have been contemplating something similar as I have a lot of purchases I wanted to track).

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Gareth_Gillman
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Limit Login Attempts does this, you can set it by time, by IP and by cookie, it also lists the attempts that they have blocked, on my personal site it has blocked 159 attempts and the most common username attempts were:

admin

wpadmin

root

administrator

The plugin hasn’t been updated in ages but still works fine (running on 4.2.2), it was installed by my webhost and by all looks it have saved my site a few times.

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It’s not as clear as that, you can get a refund from Paypal for any goods, there are 2 options:

1) Tell Paypal your account was hacked and they will refund any payments made from your account

2) Tell your credit card provider that your card was stolen and they will initiate a chargeback for the transactions.

1 isn’t that common as Paypal will check the logs to see which IP etc did the transaction

2 is the most common as the card company go above Paypal and Paypal can’t do anything about it so they just remove the money from the accounts affected.

Unfortunately there are people out there who will order items, claim their card was stolen and then get their cash back, it’s common on eBay for large purchases (phones etc). There is nothing anyone can do about it, fraudsters will keep getting away with it so don’t worry about a reversal, it’s a part of selling online unfortunately.

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