I agree regarding with you requirements that can differ a lot from project to project or reviewer to reviewer.
To give an example – I recently uploaded a template aimed at Easter (with a religious theme, not the bunnies and eggs). I made a very similar theme last year which sold more about 200 times in the month before Easter alone (obviously not as much thereafter as it is quite specific to Easter). I got very positive feedback from buyers commenting on the style and quite a few asking when will I be making similar ones. So I made one very much along the same lines this year, but got hard rejected. I don’t really mind being soft or hard rejected in general as I’m all for keeping quality standards high or even making them higher than present, but what bugs me was that I don’t think my message in the “message to reviewer” was read at all as I explained why the look and style is the way it is (was in best sellers list for a while, got positive feedback, lots of sales, etc). So why accept one Easter theme and it sells a lot and hard reject the next one? (and on a side note: why does one not have the chance to explain or ask reviewer a question after rejection).
Again, I’m not upset about hard rejection, but more the reasons (or actually lack of reasons) that was given. Its just frustrating to spend time and effort making projects if reviews, standards and what is wanted is not consistent.
I’m still in two minds on what I would vote on a “should we abandon ratings system” poll, because I’ve often used the ratings filter when looking for stuff on Photodune or Audiojungle. But I will say it needs work. One suggestion would be to give each rating a “Flag for review by staff/moderator” option, just to get rid of those one star reviews with comments like “not what I was looking for” or “I can’t open in Windows Movie Maker”. Or like Felt said, low star rating “animations are perfect”.
I don’t mind getting a bad review or rating for work which is not of quality (but buyer should then not buy it in first place… or template should be put on Videohive either), but do mind getting one star rating for no reason or mistake by buyer.
Lol. Ok, thanks, Creattive. I actually feel better now.
This is probably the only place to vent and not sure if anything can be done about it.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch…
The average rating for the file is 4 and a half stars after 32 ratings. The same buyer also emailed me to share his frustration. I replied and asked if he saw the info on the template’s page saying audio not included and link to the Audiojungle item, but no reply.
I’m not saying this is a fellow author trying to sabotage (this is an old template and I’m surprised it still sells every now and again), but still sad to see a 1 star rating for no good reason.
Music related documentary or film trailer: http://videohive.net/item/the-music-trailer/8349724
Hi, agree with Creatitive.
Regarding earnings, maybe there are a few authors who earn $20 000 p/m, but to get there will not easy or quick. My guess would be that authors who upload projects of high quality (very important), have been here for a few years and have a good feel for what sells and what not, have a solid portfolio of older projects that keep on selling well over long term and a style/quality that makes them stand out from the rest – they might earn between $3000 and $7000 a month.
Very possible to live off Videohive sales alone, but that would greatly depend on your country’s currency and exchange rate. Would not be easy to do in US or UK, but probably a lot easier in a developing country. Hope this helps.
Hi, just a few quick ideas on improving the video.
I can understand your frustration regarding doing hard work and not being accepted, but I for one am glad they are rejecting footage of which they already have to much (typing ‘USA flag’ into search bar gives about 30 options of USA flag footage to choose from). If I have to see one more clip of ducks floating on a pond…
But what is encouraging to see is more high quality stock footage (the $10-$30 range) being uploaded. The kind with good lighting, technique, models, etc. A LOT of the $5 footage looks like they were shot by anyone with a HD camera… which these days includes about everyone. Sorry, don’t want to hijack your post. I understand your frustration regarding communicating what is needed and what not. Best of luck with next upload!
I was once asked if I would sell one of my templates and then delete it from my account (I assumed buyer would upload it here or somewhere else…not sure). It was a popular item making me at least $200 – $300 a month for more than a year and with sales on that item not really slowing down much. When asked how much I wanted I said I’ll let it go for $3000 (equal to 15 months income on average for the item), the buyer said I’m crazy… “Item is only $20, how can you sell it for $3000”. I explained the maths to him and he never replied.