I was expecting more Lionel Richie in this post, but hello nonetheless!
I went through this with my last item where it was immediately soft rejected, but it took 2-3 days to hear back after every submission for changes. Overall, it took over 2 weeks to get the item approved, when it only needed minor changes overall that should have taken a day or so to approve.
They said they were hiring more reviewers, so hopefully the process improves, but it was excruciatingly painful last time.
When I first submitted my last theme, it was soft rejected and after each time I sent in the changes, it would be 2-3 days until I would hear back from them. All together, it was over 2 weeks to get it approved, so yes, this is unfortunately the standard right now.
They’re apparently working to hire new reviewers, so hopefully we’ll see improvements in the next year or so as they groom the newbies.
I have actually achieved all of my sales without any additional advertising.
I still don’t understand the “staying on the homepage longer” argument, especially if it means your item will take a week longer to get approved.
Would you rather:
A) Get your item approved a week earlier and spend 3 days on the homepage
or B ) Get your item approved a week later and spend 6 days on the homepage?
In scenario A, you’re foregoing an entire week of sales, just so you can get 3 extra days of exposure on the homepage. And if your item didn’t gain the exposure it needed in the first 3 days, chances are pretty great that those extra 3 days of exposure aren’t going to mean anything for your sales. So, you just wasted an entire week of sales, just so you could get 3 extra days of exposure that likely won’t make a difference anyway.
Watching my progress bar going back and forth like
You do know that’s not true, if you’d release a theme tomorrow and we’d place it on page 5, are you curious how many sales you would get? It’s all about exposure. If your product is not visible, it won’t sell. If your product is bad but it’s very visible and advertised, it will sell. Simple as that.
I didn’t say that I didn’t appreciate the homepage exposure, but just that being on there longer has never been a concern of mine.
As I mentioned in the other thread, I’d trade getting approved in a week and have 2 days of homepage exposure rather than getting approved in 2 weeks and getting an extra day or 2 on the homepage. I’d rather have my site be up on the marketplace PERIOD for a week earlier collecting sales than waiting a week just so I can have 1 or 2 extra days on the homepage. That makes no sense to me.
Bottom line is the good items will sell regardless of homepage exposure and the bad ones won’t sell no matter how much homepage exposure you give them. I’d much rather have my item up for sale earlier earning money than being concerned about homepage exposure.
Again, I obviously appreciate the exposure, but it’s just not my main focus.
When items approved in 2-3 days, many of elite authors stand out: ”...it is short time, we are on 2nd page already…”, when items approved in 9-10 days many elite authors stand out: ”...it is long time and that killing us…”, so actually what we all want from review process?
Give some constructive proposal which solve problems, you are elite, you have experience etc. When I say ‘you’ I mean all elite authors.So let me ask you what is your proposal, how to solve things properly for all to be happy?
Firstly, I have never and will never complain about being on the homepage for only a day or 2. Being on the homepage is a nice perk, but I think if your product is strong enough, it will find success regardless of how long it is on the homepage. So, I am not one of the authors that goes back and forth to talk about the slow review process while also talking about how short items are appearing on the homepage. I’m not concerned with the latter.
Second, I (as well as a few other authors) have offered solutions in a thread I started about the subject, here: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/the-new-slower-review-process/132823
One of which involves tightening up on the marketplace standards so that instead of simply approving items slowly, the overall review process is made quicker, but fewer (better) items are approved.
This would obviously require more manpower in terms of reviewers, but the focus would shift more to quality than quantity, which I think is the better focus for our marketplace.
Personally do not have anything against new authors to complain, I was the same before and fast with complains, they did not learn the school yet, but I see Elite authors here complains about reviewing time and review process which is little beneath of what we all expect from Elite guys here.
So, why exactly are elite authors specifically not allowed to voice their displeasure with the growing time it takes to have their items reviewed? I find it very odd that more people are not concerned that the review process is taking longer now than in the past, since a situation deteriorating (and not improving) should always be cause for concern. It doesn’t bode well for the future if the process continues to get worse.
At what point would elite authors be permitted to talk about how slow the review process has gotten? When it takes 1 month to hear back? 5 months?