you have a small portfolio in a category that doesn’t generate so many sales compared to other categories.
You need to see these items as an investment. I tend to calculate:
a) Every item has probably a lifespan of about 2 years before it starts getting old and not generating a lot of sales b) if in those 2 years I can sell the item 100 times than I probably just about broken even in terms of time investment
The above takes into account that through my work I also contract customers looking for customizations which also generate more income.
So before making judgments on how your sales are going I think you should first of all weight, and build a big portfolio. Then in about 2 years time you can look back and judge whether it’s worth your while.
Personally from what Eisele and from what I see my fellow authors sell it is very hard to make GR worthwhile financially. I would say that unless you make it your full-time job you should always look at it as a little extra, otherwise you may not reach the goals you set yourself.
... wasn’t he always?
Ah, now it’s official
Actually last time I checked they had increased it, I could upload 1GB – maybe it depends on category?
My god … you too? lol j/k
If there is actually room for a link or a placeholder that’s perfect! The ones I saw simply have room for the icon – no links no nothing …
Lol, that’s funny
I just spotted a recently submitted party flyer which has Internet and email icons, but no actual web address or email address …
I think these sort of meaningless icons should really be reasons for rejection. It’s ridiculous! Design is also always something useful, it is always problem-solving. I would say that these are a pretty hefty failure at that!
Yeah, I was also thinking that. However, it’s also on many party flyers etc. So what do you actually search for?
And is there actually anyone in the world these days who doesn’t have twitter or Facebook if they’re trying to run a business?
I think it’s like saying: we have a phone! But they don’t put the number … lol
The whole point is to make it easy to find you for promotional purposes and communication with the customer – not make the customer go through search engines trying to find where the heck your profile on any social network is!
I always wondered: what’s the use of having “Facebook, twitter, linkedin” etc at the bottom of a print flyer or a brochure without also adding the actual link?
I see this on almost every print item these days and it makes absolutely no sense. It’s not like you can click on a flyer! And if I have to Google for the correct address, there’s not really much use having the icon on the print template is there?
Am I missing something here? Seems mighty stupid to me! Of course it looks cleaner to just have the icons or text logo, but it’s not really of any use!
It’s like just putting a website logo on your flyer and saying: find me on the Internet. Without actually providing the link!
Promoting the items has always been a good idea in any case
We are paying such a big share of our earnings to Envato because it was understood that Envato also promotes our files. As it stands of course they continue promoting the marketplaces, but the effect has decreased dramatically because we now share it with so many other authors and files.
That’s just the nature of the beast…
Hey Chris, hoffe Dir geht es gut Even if you upload a “killer” item, it will go under within one or two days. And that is the point! I´m really talking about high quality items and unique graphical creations, seems like they´ll never earn the deserved attention again due to the MASS uploads!!! It´s so obvious and I´ve already written about this fact in previous posts. You don´t need to own a crystal ball or hire a medium to predict the future. Times when buyers could easily find and buy the real good stuff are gone…
Hey Ciphered, immer doch
I completely agree. In fact I also argued this already over a year ago. The marketplace keeps growing and it keeps growing at a fast pace. The more it grows the more difficult it will be to find your items. In a couple of years time it will be like some of the stock photography sites where you have a portfolio of 5000 items and sell 2 a month – that’s the nature of these marketplaces.
That was also why I was pretty disappointed when I saw that Envato changed their policy from quality to quantity.
Remember how one and a half years ago we’ve all shaking in our boots every time be uploaded a new item because we feared it would not meet the “new stringent quality guidelines”. I don’t think any of us has these worries these days – anything seems to get accepted!
And I know it’s not nice to always bash on the vector and logo authors. Vectors and logos have their place and the purpose, in fact I purchase them myself. However I don’t think that a “vector heart shape” is in any way comparable to a “commercial trifold brochure”. I think they are completely different markets and until they get separated GR is just one huge convoluted mass of stock items instead of a premium quality graphic design marketplace.
It’s a real pity. If you check my author interview from about 18 months ago you will see that that was the one thing I was most impressed with when I first came here. Therefore the disappointment is double!