For a while it was about once an hour whenever I was online but I’ve learned to check less often. I find even just one sale gives you a good feeling so checking less often equals more highs and less lows. The best feeling is when something old you didn’t think would ever sell gets a sale. Audio jungle may have created some new kind of addiction like World of Warcraft or something.
+1. I used to check like every hour but now I limit it to once when I wake up, once when I come back from work and then maybe another few times in the evening. Still quite a lot but a lot less than I used to. I really like “coming home to” sales. It’s like a welcome greeting “Welcome home Sir, here are your sales. Thank you for your hard work!”
Sorry to hear that man. I recently had my “clean sheets” soiled (hoping all football fans on AJ get that reference) and it was so annoying because I was really happy thinking,”wow I’ve been here nearly a year and a half with perfect 5 star rating!”. But oh well, nothing lasts forever right?
To be honest, as long as you have nothing beneath a four I don’t think customers will get too deterred from buying from your account!
It’s all about clientele and demographics if you think about it, marketing 101.One has to stop and think “who buys stock music?” and “how can I reach them?”. By answering these two then some “out-of-the-box” thinking can commence.
From my experience and from what I’ve heard in the forums, the main clients are TV and Film production offices and advertising agencies. The general public isn’t really our concern so forget them, besides major TV/Radio/internet advertising is more of AJ’s responsibility than ours. That’’s why we give them their share of our money.
I personally think P2P advertising is the key. I remember back when I was living in Boston I called all the local advertising agencies trying to get music work and sent my portfolio to them. The month I did that I had way more referrals (and sales) than months pervious. Of course I had a “bleak winter” after with less sales so I’m not 100% sure about whether it worked but I have recovered now.
I also think it’s about customer loyalty. I”m pretty sure most of the sales here come from repeat clientele rather than one time buyers. So the trick is making things easier for people to stay. Aside from obvious things like writing great music we would also need to create more variety to keep customers. This may mean taking less sales in the beginning by writing for “less popular” categories but may be better for the site on the long run. There is a lot of corporate/motivational music here but a limited portfolio of let’s say “bagpipe music”. Whilst this has a specific use and may not see the huge sales corporate music may see, having it available may entice customers to do all their searching here rather than other sites as they think they can find everything here.
It’s a bit like how supermarkets work. Against popular belief, supermarkets aren’t necessarily always the cheapest but most people go “It’s all already there and easy to find, I don’t need to go to the market to find other things” and also “well, I already shop there and know what it’s like so I’ll keep buying from there”.
I think those are two key things that most AJ authors can realistically do. Now if you want to walk around town with a Sandwich Board with “AudioJungle – Royalty Free Music” written on it please… be my guest LOL!!
AudioJungle definitely does help cover part of my rent, but is by no means my sole source of income. You’d have to be a top 100 author to even consider making it a full time thing or be heavily invested in other sites as well. Even so plenty of top 100 authors still keep other jobs as the income stream is so unpredictable from AudioJungle.
For example, my earnings from January were less than half my earnings in March. Getting a bad month like I did in January really reminds you how volatile the marketplace really is.
Would like to recommend some tracks from some great authors:
This beautiful piano track by Studio26Design:http://audiojungle.net/item/passing-time/3781731
And this simply lovely track by Schwartzsound:http://audiojungle.net/item/a-new-direction/421694
This incredibly underrated and gorgeous track by Maxvic:http://audiojungle.net/item/light-pleasure
And finally this epic track by Allegro120:http://audiojungle.net/item/epic-horizons/3073247
“Epic Action” by Yashkovskiy
Did you know this one was a straight copy of a well know piece from a known trailer house, together with 6 other files on that portfolio (the author has deleted them just now)? And I don’t mean “based upon” a well know track but literally a straight copy, just ripped from Youtube or something like that…PS: I know have the sherrif’s badge for a month
Bravo! Good job man!
I had a featured item and it did sell a few times that week. Never been a featured author. Whilst it seems that the consensus is that the featured author title does little in terms of sales I think it’s nice to have the extra badge and also it pretty much confirms that your portfolio is of a generally strong average quality as the powers that be in envato wouldn’t pick you otherwise, and that can’t be a bad thing!
Most people I have seen here as featured authors have gone on to do very well here. It’s a bit like making it into a great university, it doesn’t 100% ensure you future success and money but it does mean you’re going the right direction.
Not for featured item. I had the featured item one week and whilst I did get the badge a day earlier, that was just because I noticed it. I got no email or notification of sorts (side from the extra badge, which one may not notice if they aren’t paying attention)
Hey Waderman, Took a look at your site and portfolio. Really love your stuff man, your lounge and chill music is out of this world! It’s really good and very commercial.
To be honest, I’m quite surprised you don’t have more sales. Your site is very clean, well designed and organised; you have relevant and well thought out packs and your tracks have a very nice feel to them. Also you have focused a lot on chill and lounge music. That’s good, you’re building a brand for yourself and I”m sure once you’ve been here a bit longer lots of your clients will come back looking for more!
If you’ll allow a bit of positive criticism from one author to another, I think perhaps some of your tracks may be in the wrong category. I was listening around and some of them I imagined more in the RnB section or in the Jazz section. I think that may help your sales more.
But aside from that I am surprised that sales are slow for you, but as we all know sales here on AJ are far from predictable. My Jan. and Feb were awful but my March and April were great. There is no knowing when you will do well and when you won’t, you just have to hope!
May I also say, I love the whole Nautical/Ocean theme you have going on your account. I love the titles, the music even your name… Waderman, that means “Water-man” right. Love it! It’s great to see an account that has a singular theme like that, and I promise my friend that people will notice and will come back for more. So keep at it and keep making great music!