Posts by MVPThemes

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MVPThemes says

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.

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MVPThemes says


I have actually achieved all of my sales without any additional advertising.
OMG, what is your secret? You have a formula, don’t ya? :D

Just focused on putting out products that people want ;)

87 posts
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MVPThemes says

I have actually achieved all of my sales without any additional advertising.

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MVPThemes says

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.

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MVPThemes says

Watching my progress bar going back and forth like

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MVPThemes says

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.

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MVPThemes says

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.

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MVPThemes says

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?

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MVPThemes says

Thanks mate :) Yes after a 2 week waiting period, my item finally got approved and I very well understand what you are going through. I had no qualms about doing the the changes in the soft rejection as it was only intended to improve my item, but it was the waiting period between the rejections that was a bit frustrating. I think, both we and the reviewers, can benefit from having two separate queues, one for the initial review and another for soft rejections. In any case, I expect your item to be approved shortly, I am sure it will be worth the wait :)

- Swami

I always kind of assumed there were 2 separate queues up until this latest submission. Before, I would hear back within 24 hours after making changes. I don’t mind making changes as well since they always push you to really put your best product out there, but increasing the waiting period between corrections is just brutal and a complete waste of time.

I think 3 things need to happen now that we know the submissions are apparently getting out of control:

1) Hire more reviewers (which, as evidenced by the job listing, is underway) 2) Tighten up the submission requirements 3) Separate queues. Items that are almost ready for the marketplace should be given more attention than newly submitted items. While a reviewer is wading through the new (mostly not ready) items, they could have approved or responded to an item that is close to being ready where the item could be on the marketplace earning money for the author and Envato. But having those items sit in the queue for days does no one any good. Even if that means initial submissions don’t get looked at for 5 to 7 days, once it gets soft-rejected, that item should be fast-tracked to make it available on the marketplace.

I love that Envato has created the opportunity for me to be a theme author and for the first 2 years, this has been an incredible experience, but the way things are headed with the way they’re handling the influx of submissions and increased activity has me worried a little for their ability to sustain this growth.

87 posts
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  • Sold between 250 000 and 1 000 000 dollars
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  • Grew a moustache for the Envato Movember competition
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MVPThemes says

@MVPThemes, It took 7 days for my item to be reviewed and after a soft rejection, I had to wait for 2 days for yet another soft rejection and it’s been 4 days since then and my item is still in the queue. I have seen the progress bar move from 10 to 93 percent and it’s gone back to 50 now. I seriously have no clue what’s happening. Feels better to know that I am not the only one waiting for a long time. But it’s definitely a frustrating experience. - Swami

It looks like your item was finally approved! Congrats!

Mine’s still in the queue after another round of changes that needed to be made. I initially submitted exactly 2 weeks ago today and I might fall into a coma if my item needs more changes after this one.

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