ThemeProvince you’re SO right. I’m doing a lot of online marketing and one of the most valuable lessons I had to learn is:
CHEAP PRODUCTS ATTRACT CHEAP PEOPLE
So the cheaper your offerings are, the cheaper and more low-class your customers will be. One could also say: What costs nothing, is worth nothing, and will therefore be valued nothing.
So please, themeforest guys, do the wonderful authors here a favour and rise prices $10 at least. $35 for themes as complex and appealing as here is JUST CHEAP . Doesn’t speak for your marketing strategy really.
EDIT : Better multiply all item prices *2 – that’s what they are really worth nowadays, considering the amount of support that’s not officially required, but in fact expected.
As you can see, I’ve referred LOTS of users to themeforest and earned good money. As long as Google liked me. From one day to another, my site got kicked, despite my hand-written quality content. Two days later, the same happened to my AdWords campaign. So I removed ALL affiilate links and surprise, surprise, I got listed again, but won’t earn any money anymore.
As long as affiliate is a side business and your site has substantial value other than recommending third party products, you may give it a try.
If your site is just for the purpose of affiliate earnings, forget it. Don’t get in the way of Google’s own business model.Here’s what I’ve found just today: http://www.seobook.com/brand-vs-affiliate-vs-spam
I notice lots of spam in the item comments today. How about just deleting users that leave spam for Via…, Lo…. Vuitt.. etc.?
I think this would be faster and more comfortable for everybody than manually reporting comments as spam and mods removing them manually.
By using a keyword filter you could quickly discover newly registered users that do nothng but leave spam.
thanks for the details. Will you or somebody at Envato remove the old items from the top positions?
Up to now, there are still some themes that don’t deserve their positions, which hurts authors with new items and is kind of unfair.
Hi all, the bug has been fixed but I’m still waiting on word about whether or not the affected items will be returned to their correct listing position. I’ll also ask if the one of the devs would mind popping in real quick.
good to hear that. Please do everything you can to remove the old updated items – some of 2009 (!) from pole position as this is absolutely unfair for all items that have been approved in the last days.
I bet many buyers will tend to take a closer look at these “bestsellers” only.
Sure it’s gonna be “seen” there?
Removing a thread from index and “active threads” won’t solve the problem, I’m afraid. Well, well.
Another day, bug still there, old items still there. Could you please give us an update, Envato?
Envato Notes is a pretty cool blog – http://notes.envato.com/developers/meet-the-staff-marketplace-dev-team/
Thanks, didn’t know that.
I don’t want to sound harsh, but I’d really like to know who your DEVs are. Is all development work outsourced?
I have some PHP programming work to outsource too and something like this – a small bug that can’t be fixed within 4 days – frightens me.
Envato earns hundreds of thousands of dollars a month, taking 30-50% from author’s work. But there are no DEVs at Envato that can react within reasonable time?
I’m sure this is deeply frustrating some of your authors.