For sure weekends are a bit worse because of lower total web traffic, but good items can sell on Sundays without problems. My latest track has been accepted on Sunday evening, and it had a sale almost immediately, but it’s really a fast-selling one, so I’ve never been that lucky before.
My best selling track has got 3 ratings when it was close to 20 sales, so don’t worry that yours hasn’t them yet. Good luck!
There’s something deeper that causes this “injustice”. It’s true to all my portfolio actually – the tracks that have taken weeks or months to make, with refined musical themes and arrangement, usually sell much worse than tracks made as a whim, in a few hours or at most 1-2 days.
I keep thinking about the reasons, and I’m starting to find out that it’s not injustice, it’s the way how music and probably other art forms work.
When we make a sophisticated track, we try things that are a challenge to our skills. We try to make our best by trying to do things we think are great, but we haven’t really mastered them yet. It’s necessary for a composer to do such difficult tracks, because this is when we develop our skills. But such tracks, even if they sound good and get some critical applause, don’t sell well usually.
From time to time, I set myself a ridiculous goal to complete a track in a very limited time, a day or a few hours perhaps. Strangely, such tracks are always my bestsellers. You can sort my portfolio by sales and I assure the top tracks are the ones composed in no more than 2 days plus mixing, sometimes even shorter.
There is a reason why it happens. When trying to compose a track quickly and easily, the composer resorts to things he’s most comfortable with. I know which chord progressions and rhytmic structures are sure-fire, I use only instruments easy to program, and I structure the song the way I know that will work. And this way, I’m actually using the best part of my current skills, and without difficulties to worry about, I can let the emotions flow in the music as freely as possible. Without thinking about progressions or rhytms or arrangement, I’m automatically focused on emotions and attitudes.
And emotions and attitudes are the things that make the track sell.
My latest track is probably going to be my best motivational, because it has produced more sales in first week than any other track I’ve made so far.http://audiojungle.net/item/corporate-background/6926351
But you can also have fun reading the description – I guess it’s even more motivational than the song, I’ve definitely drunk too much coffee before writing it
The review bar is much higher now, because AudioJungle is flooded with too many submissions so they can be picky, and it’s good, because quality tracks were getting lost in tons of low quality tracks.http://projektstrike.com/uploads/Here%20And%20Now%20Advertising.mp3
This track doesn’t sound like a professional music production. Instruments sound cheap and the drums are particularly terrible. They sound like a loop, and not really good one. Try to do some good programming using high quality instruments, instead of mixing loops. And take good care to have everything perfectly in sync. The reviewers are very picky about loops, especially if they are badly used.
Nice vids bro. Can you explain a bit more about the linking. I didnt understand it. Thx
In your video, you link to your item using a link http://audiojungle.net/item/modern-meets-classic/6820109 whick is working correctly, but you could gain more money linking with http://audiojungle.net/item/modern-meets-classic/6820109?ref=WolfsteR
To get more information, search on AJ forums and site for “Referrals”. It’s an affiliate program which any author can use to promote AJ items and earn extra money for newly registered users if they spend money buying items.
My concern is that from 05.02.2014, I haven’t received any mail whatsoever, regardless if an item was held, approved or rejected. I opened a ticket today and hopefully I will get an answer. I will let you know when I get an answer.
That is exactly what happened to me 1 year ago! But the ticket resulted with nothing, they tried to explain to me what holding an item means, what I’ve had known already. More weeks later, I’ve started a forum thread and a reviewer finally cleaned this up and said it was not a hold but an error in the system.
This is why I’m seriously afraid it might be happening also with my current upload!
A good approximation of how much exclusive licensing of AJ track would be worth can be calculated using some economy. The exact value could be found using “discounted cash flow” method, it means, a sum of all future sales discounted for the reference interest rates. The more simple way, is to use a fixed “P/E ratio”, for example 10, and so calculate the total sales that song can generate in 10 years.
By multiplying the sales amount if made during last year by 10, we can estimate the value of a song, calculated the same way as it is for other money making assets in economy. Our songs are indeed money making assets so this approach seems just right. For more information about economy background I spoke about, search for “discounted cash flow” and “P/E ratio”.
I never thought about including such exclusive licencing model for AJ tracks, and I’m not sure if AJ would be interested in adding this kind of licence. But I thought about something similar, related to treating the tracks as assets having some value. So, users could be allowed to auction the tracks. One user would buy other user’s song this way, including the rights to sell it on AJ. It would be a good investment to buy an AJ track that makes a lot of sales, and the author might like to receive a bigger amount of money once instead of waiting for years for this money to accumulate, and AJ would get a percentage of the transaction value.
In this model, the buyer of the song would also be allowed to delete the song from AJ and use it exclusively if they wish so.
If item is held for a few days, it’s normal time for additional review and I happened often to me. But if it stays on hold for weeks, this may be the same error I suffered a year ago. Support didn’t really help back then, but one of our great reviewers did.
About a year ago, I had a strange story with two submitted tracks that appeared to be put to reviewers hold (what is quite understandable), and even confirmed by Support that they are on hold, but finally, after weeks of delay, a reviewer has checked it for me and it turned out that they were not on hold, but they stuck in the system because of an error.
Did it happen to anyone recently? I’m asking, because at the moment I have my recent track put on reviewers hold, and I’m getting anxious whether it’s a correct hold or an error. If it’s a hold, I hope it’s accepted or rejected in no more than few more days