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QBKL says

Did a few experiments with FB ads. Not impressed with the results and the results were even worse when including India. India tends to eat up all your ad views – huge population – and your clicks/likes get eaten up fast without real conversions – low income – obviously no purchases from that geographic area. So I never again considered it, no ROI.

Some success I’ve had while limiting the ads to US/UK, Germany and Australia. An important factor you should also consider: AGE. Youngsters won’t buy or if they would like to buy, the decision is not theirs a lot of time (junior designers in agencies and so on). An age frame of 30-40 worked best for me.

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QBKL says

Looks like I won’t submit mine in time. I don’t want to rush it either. :crying:

We’re in the same boat, but if you’ve done work on it, there are still some prizes worth considering:

We’re also running a Best Item Contest where authors of all Tumblr Themes submitted between March 26th and May 21st will have a chance to win the following bonus cash prizes:
  • Best Tumblr Blog: $1,000
  • Best Tumblr Portfolio: $1,000
  • Best Tumblr Business Theme: $1,000

Might be worth finishing that theme. :)

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QBKL says

October 2013 – 173 Sales

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QBKL says

Was also signaled here: http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/envato-please-increase-item-quality-requirements/126527

That’s just the state of things these days, won’t change any time soon.

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QBKL says

You’re ranked 1573rd for sales across all marketplaces

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QBKL says

I’ve been thinking about it for years and at the moment I’m pondering the idea of incorporating one of Tashi Mannox’ – https://www.inkessential.com/ – custom calligraphy tattoo desings into a piece that would grow into a (half) sleeve in time.

As Protest said, the best way to go about it is to link it to special events or people in your life so that (unless not well done), you won’t feel the need to remove it, but rather cherish it every time you see it.

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QBKL says

armmy, you took your time, stood there and thought that this would be a great first post on the forums? :)) Trolling at its best…

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QBKL says

Next argument ;)

No need for arrogance mate. Allow me to disagree. The root of the “submission quality” problem is not exposure time. Nor having better filters are the main solution for this. It would only be a PART of a real solution. The REAL root and solution is a better and more strict review standard of the items. From that point on every other change is just an improvement of the system.

But we all know the review standards won’t get raised. Why? For the same reason authors play it safe and push out “prudent” designs. Envato published/accepts every design that has the potential to make a few pennies. It still counts as income. And the struggle to sell moves more and more to the author corner who sees himself forced to do more and more side promotion, social media, Google Ads and so on. ThemeForest is not a marketplace for designers and developers – as it used to be – anymore. It’s a place of business, overcrowded just like any other business sector, with diamonds and weeds alike.

Having a good design and good skills is not enough anymore so authors adjust and become sharks or swim in the ocean with the small fish.

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QBKL says

digitalscience, mate I feel you, I really do, but the point of this topic was the quality of the submissions lately, not exposure time. I know how frustrating is to work on something and see it get off the home in less than 24 hours. It really doesn’t matter if you worked 2-3 months, or a week. Trust me, it still feels like shit and in the end it’s still a waste of investment time.

Point is, we’re hijacking this thread with suggestions about exposure that TF won’t take into account anyway, or say they’ll consider it than because the debate gets heated, the topic gets locked.

Every author deserves their time when publishing a new product. No matter how much time they invested in the product. If it’s HTML or PSD, the development time will be smaller but so will their earnings. Things have a way to balance themselves. And HTML authors get to and need to push out more products than WP authors.

If you really want a place where WP authors get the cream of the crop, then WP themes should get a special market of their own and not mix with other templates or CMS.

Your suggestion relative to the top selectors would definitely be an improvement, but seriously… when was the last time you saw a suggestion or drawing of the community implemented on TF? I don’t remember seeing and we’re only stressing ourselves for pretty much nothing.

PS: Apex looks brilliant!

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QBKL says

TF was the high bastion of design quality by comparison to other marketplaces. I merely want it to stay this way, let us be the marketplace that really drives things forward & shows off quality, and not just quantity.

You’re absolutely right Tom. I’ve been around for 5 years, back when CSS Mania was the go to place for inspiration, yet before looking at any gallery I always came to ThemeForest to checkout the daily releases because I found them to be very inspirational and people looked like they were driving design and technology forward. Not anymore nowadays. It feels like a continuous rehash of codrops blueprints and tutorials and best-seller themes.

I’m not saying there aren’t good new products out there everyday. There are, well executed, balanced BUT prudent. I’m curious where the market place will end up when prudence will oversaturate it.

PS: You’re welcome ;)

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