I assure you is that the songs that sell well on aj, they sell well on other sites, while those who sell short on AJ sell little or nothing on other sites: Aj is also a good thermometer
This is true to a large extent, though I do have some tracks that have been largely ignored on AJ (less than 10 sales) and have done gangbusters on other sites, either in quantity of sales or with one or two worldwide/buyout type sales that eclipse the license types we have here.
I agree about community. AJ is far and away the best community out there. I honestly don’t understand why some of the other large sites don’t see the value in this. Obviously a marketplace is ultimately to deliver product to paying customers, but a vibrant and happy author community does much to enable this end goal.
As for going non-exclusive, I’ve long said that one of the reasons my main account remains non-exclusive is because there are things on a marketplace that authors can’t control and shouldn’t rely on, e.g. a bug is introduced or fixed and suddenly your sales get cut in half. Or a big change is made to a search engine ...
However, once you go non-exclusive, if you’re really all in there’s a lot of maintenance involved. I believe you’ll make more this way, but it will require of the type of work you probably don’t enjoy as much. Also consider that as long as you’re posting a tune on AJ you can’t register with a PRO – it might make more sense long term to keep an exclusive account on AJ but also have tracks outside of AJ that are PRO registered selling non-exclusively on other sites that allow PROs, and maybe pull songs that don’t perform on AJ and move them to this other profile.
I don’t know – everybody’s got a different experience and has had luck or no luck at this or that site. The one site that’s really working for me outside of AJ I’ve heard a lot of other people have not had success on, and there are one or two other sites where it’s vice versa.
How bad is that smile in the title! Could you please remove it LOL
Hahahaha, that made me laugh!Good job on the quick sales mate. Still crossing my fingers here that things will return to how it was before the change. Still looking a bit ‘meh’, as the cool kids say!
Sheesh, you’re telling me. I normally don’t like to gripe about lulls but these last few days have been about 30% of normal on my non-exclusive account, whereas my exclusive account has come to a standstill. It’s like a time machine took me back to 2010 . Could be just a coincidence, of course – we’ll see what things are like after November is over.
Yes! I absolutely understand the issue. My problem is that I already limit AJ to 1-2 hour blocks because I get maybe 5 of those per week during which to record music/maintain tracks on various sites. The rest of the time is spent with day job, family, etc. So writing creatively for myself (which is quite non-commercial and currently makes $0.00) is some pretty serious opportunity cost because I sacrifice time to write for stock, which makes pretty good $$.
I think it would be different if I did music for a living – I think to keep sane I would have to have a few hours per week where I’m working on music for myself instead of for a marketplace.
Whoa – thanks for the detailed response – sounds like you’ve built up a nice framework for getting at and caching the marketplace data. I assume there’s a fair amount of item metadata that almost never changes. I didn’t even consider HTML parsing – I guess that you could get a lot more but the maintenance behind that sounds crazy.
Yes, I appreciate that you’re not doing denial of service!
Thanks for the insight – I’m always curious to see how people are tying into the marketplace, and have been screwing around a bit with the API but deemed it pretty limited. Maybe I’ll take another look when I get time (ha!).
That’s a cool tool, and you can do a lot with that data, I think. Using the API I see that you can get tags from an item if you have an item number, but no way to get a list of items as far as I can tell. Are you just starting at 1 and making a call for each ID to grab them all? Or is there some other way that I’m not seeing?
If it’s a trade secret you don’t have to give it up – just curious
Yeah, wow. That’s pretty messed up, but fortunately easy to detect and, hopefully, correct in a timely fashion.
Is it wrong to feel vaguely insulted that no one did it to me?
1. It’s funny – when I started in 2009 and I think for a year or two afterwards, you didn’t see these kinds of celebratory threads at all very often. To be fair, there weren’t many silver or even black paws on AudioJungle at the time.
2. Sascha, I feel some of your pain – if only there was per item exclusivity so you didn’t have to split yourself in two, you would have the silver paw and I wouldn’t have to work my way up to 70% commission level for a second time.
3. Sky and I started exclusive accounts this year during the same month, and he’s at silver whilst my exclusive account remains red as a glorious sunset. I think there’s always someone who is outpacing you – it’s best just to be happy with what you’ve accomplished, celebrate others’ successes, and use their example as something to shoot for.
4. It’s been two days already – does anybody on the AudioJungle forums care that Lou Reed died?!! The Velvet Underground is a huge influence of mine. Though I daresay that probably 100% of their early tracks would be rejected on AudioJungle for quality reasons
I told you these thoughts were random.
Here’s a couple I found with a quick Google search that seem promising, though some of the models compared are older:
I have the Zoom H2, which is a fantastic little device for capturing live band performances or sketches of songs (though for the latter I just use an iPhone now). I don’t think I’d use it, or any handheld’s built in mics, for field recording. IMO the best bet is something like the H4 and H6, which have inputs for external mics, so at least you could upgrade later on. And if you need a mic shootout at some point, nothing beats the Clipilator.
Awesome awesome awesome! Congratulations, Sam!
Hey David, welcome aboard, and great portfolio so far!
I think the right kind of composer and performer can do very well with full songs with vocals. Tim McMorris was one of the first to prove this in a big way – check out some of his vocal work (and the sales numbers attached). Others have had success in this genre as well, but it’s still kind of a niche thing here.
For myself, I’ve tried a few times with pretty poor to mediocre results. It takes me a lot longer with vocals for one thing, so the ROI just isn’t there. Also, lyrics are hard, and even more so are lyrics designed for a corporate heavy marketplace. On top of that, many of us authors have what I’ll politely call “a composer’s voice” and would need to hire out for a professional singer.
So yeah, the jackpot can be big – if you can do it and it’s not too expensive in time and session musicians. It would be awesome to hear more vocal tracks up here, so I say go for it!