You need to think about the buyer when you’re building this stuff. Your design is nice and all but in all practicality, it can be replicated in 10-15 minutes.
You also need to create something that doesn’t have several sections that are just duplicates. For instance, in the footer the bullet point section looks like you just duplicated the first layer 3 more times and renamed stuff.
The body text is the same idea. 2nd paragraph a copy of first but renamed.
I’ve seen a few people asking this same question and it seems what they all have in common is over simplicity and the lack of unique substance.
Anyway, that’s my opinion on that matter. As far as scrapping it, I would make some changes. 1) Too text heavy, no company wants all text. Get some images in there. Maybe in place of the major promo one. Remove some bullets in the footer and ad sponsors or affiliates images or something.
I think you could get it accepted you just need to add more substance and value. Add more reason for someone to want to buy it.
I’m planning to wait and see how the PSD category does because on the flip side, if I sell my PSD a couple of times and an author uses that to sell a theme or template here, I could end up seeing that person rack up the sales while my PSD sits because it’s already been used here.
Umm… Maybe I’m misunderstanding what you said there but just to be clear, people can’t purchase a PSD template, code it into an HTML Template or Theme and then resell it here. ...right? If they can… that seems sketchy. That’s not allowed is it?
Read the license associated with the icons and just make sure commercial distribution is permitted, if it isn’t you can contact the author and ask for permission that way. My experience with contacting most authors with this kind of stuff has been pretty good. Most of them don’t really care how you use them but they just want you to ask and maybe credit them in some way.
I’ve been basically using the honor system but I may be looking into a way to better protect the files.
I also have a custom 404 error page on my server that will automatically shoot me an email when people are looking for something that isn’t there on my server. Twice I have gotten several 404 errors from person (not a search engine) that was trying to access quite a few of the images on a theme but spelled a few wrong. It was enough attempts that I blocked their IP address for 48 hours from my server just to be safe.