I agree with @DistinctiveThemes. Aside from support, the share is too slow for PSD to WordPress conversion. 50-50 is fair for PSD to HTML because there’s not much support needed for an HTML template, buyers usually know how to use it and there’s little to no need to update the item.
The same can’t be said for WordPress themes. If the developer still needs to provide support and update the item all at 50-50 share, honestly speaking, I don’t think you can find a ‘talented developer’ to work under those terms.
Anyway, good luck!
Thanks for notifying. I just realized my website is affected too although mine doesn’t use SSL (chrome forces it to use SSL which will obviously break it). I think I’ll just wait for them to fix the bug instead of ‘fixing’ something which is not broken at my side. I might forget about these changes if I decide to move my website to SSL in the future.
Edit : Found a nice article about this issue.
I wonder what’s the ‘big bug’ you faced in this Chrome version, and how your website was affected by it?
Like I’ve said earlier, there’s probably a hidden parameter in the search algorithm to selectively promote items from certain authors on certain days / weeks (which leads to seemingly ‘random’ search results), and that explains why some authors are experiencing sales drop whereas others are doing better (and overall sales for Envato hasn’t been affected much which is true when more sales go to those mega themes). Authors who get more sales are less likely to end up discussing in this thread anyway.
Personally speaking, this month has been quite bad for me. It’s 50% less than what I should normally have in the middle of the month (based on data from previous 24 months).
Didn’t chrome go down this route around a month ago, so now the 2 biggest browsers are moving towards blocking flash.
Yeah, I do remember Chrome blocking Flash (I’m mainly a Firefox user) and now FF blocks Flash by default too.
It’s not difficult to unblock. All that it takes is just a click at the upper right corner to ‘Allow’ (the same as Chrome) but for a user who doesn’t know much about technology, he will probably click ‘Continue Blocking’ as a safety precaution and assumed that the browser blocked a malware.
What I can infer from these threads is, there’s probably a mechanism in the search algorithm to alter between showing items in group A and items in group B (for simplicity sake) in order to let items have ‘equal exposure’, which leads to fluctuating sales and depending on your luck, it might be better or worse than previous sales.
That also explains why search results are not very consistent / predictable.
Like I said quite a few times previously, the search algorithm here is not good enough. I guess the ‘random’ result is probably used to bring up our items (because many items have same matching keywords) so that all of us have ‘equal’ exposure. However, that also means very unpredictable and fluctuating sales depending on when our item will be brought up and shown to the potential buyer.
Search result listing order should instead be based on keyword + last update + item sales + ratings (take number of ratings into account too) + author’s response time. That is the only way to ensure quality items being offered and promoted to buyers, not some completely random, unpredictable search results.
I think we shouldn’t forget that the main appeal of this marketplace used to be ‘you do creative, we do the rest’ (i.e. we won’t have to worry too much about diminishing sales after it’s approved assuming it’s not bad).
However, if authors are forced to do marketing / advertisement by ourselves to get sales for our items once they leave the homepage, then the exclusivity + 30% author fee doesn’t make much sense compared to competing marketplaces. At least authors are not tied to exclusivity agreement and they can then advertise to bring traffic to their own websites and use the marketplace as complement for buyers who prefer to use it.
Yes, Amazon / Ebay won’t advertise your products for you but I believe their search algorithm is good enough to bring up quality sellers and items. Their nature of business is also quite different from this marketplace because every item here is unique (and subject to review before getting listed to make sure they are really unique), whereas Amazon / Ebay sellers are mainly competing on price / service / value when they sell prefabricated items from OEMs. So, to them, marketing is not a main problem as long as those OEMs market their items and that they just need to provide good service and price to maintain good track record at the marketplace.
The same cannot be said here. We need the page view before buyers can decide whether our items fit their needs (they can’t just look at stars to make decision like when they purchase something from Ebay / Amazon where the items from a search query are mainly the same). Because our items are so unique (even the names are so unique), if our items are not discoverable, we won’t get the sales. Sad to say, the search algorithm here is quite far from perfection as said by many authors in the past and that led to fluctuating, unpredictable sales volume.
While it’s correct that low sales may happen to only certain authors (I think overall sales here is not much different from previous months), but we can’t ignore that some improvements can be done to the search algorithm or extra marketing efforts to increase individual authors’ sales (or at least don’t let it drop so much).
Here’s an image posted by LCweb in another thread
Looking at the popular files they haven’t been affected by the looks of it, this leads me to believe search is jacked, natural search traffic to the site is wayyyy down, something isn’t right and has been affected.
+1. I’ve only released an item years ago and it only relied on natural search traffic (so I think it best reflects the situation at this marketplace). Sales had been quite stable and predictable in the past but since early this year, sales has been fluctuating a lot and sales this month is a lot less than previous months. Sometimes certain weeks could generate enough sales to cover for previous weeks’ losses, sometimes not.
I’m not an Elite author but not a beginner either. I guess I’m best categorized as the ‘middle class’ in this marketplace and I think the overall visits / sales for ‘middle class authors’ isn’t as good as it was in the past, and I think the future doesn’t hold well either considering the market is getting saturated.