Posts by maldinii

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maldinii says

How is going with your own reff links ?

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maldinii says

Just send us an email with your item and ref link .

Thanks!

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maldinii says

10 days ago we decided to leave users affiliated link, but in order to be able to keep this change we need users support to tweet more about their work, to link from their blogs to their psdbucket profile and to their work, to leave comments to other users work and so on .

In less words, if you want to be helped by the community, you should sustain community also !

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maldinii says


Hi Carlos,

I can delete your account, but to remove your work takes time, because I need to manually edit each post , change image with other graphicriver image from other author and drive traffic to other work.

So please send me an email and a reminder if things are not ok for you .

Thanks!

If i understand you correctly you can’t delete individual items? You can only edit them?

If i’m not mistaking your site is using wordpres? I tought that wordpres is a lot easier to work with.

Are you the only one involved in this project?

Yes, I’m using wordpress and I can delete all posts with a click, I’m also a developer so I can easily delete from phpmyadmin, but the problem is my business model : Almost all my traffic came from search engines , because I have done a lot of linkbuilding, there are posts that ranks well and receives a lot of traffic and sells and from an seo perspective is not a good thing to delete them, also from a business point of view is not ok because I lose traffic and money, that’s why I can’t simply delete the post, I can edit and add some text for example, but no delete.

Psdbucket is not a social network, or a community, is a website that get traffic from search engines/banner/links and drive sells and traffic to designers work.We are going in a different direction than dribbble, we will add options for designers to ‘buy’ views/tweets/banners insite. For developing a community we acquired favwork.com, that will go in that direction , not to promote your work and get sells, but to showcase it and get feedback .

Thanks!

13 posts
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
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  • Has been a member for 2-3 years
  • Referred between 500 and 999 users
maldinii says

Hi Carlos,

I can delete your account, but to remove your work takes time, because I need to manually edit each post , change image with other graphicriver image from other author and drive traffic to other work.

So please send me an email and a reminder if things are not ok for you .

Thanks!

13 posts
  • Bought between 10 and 49 items
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  • Has been a member for 2-3 years
  • Referred between 500 and 999 users
maldinii says

I think psdbucket is fair in how it functions. Maldinii, I get the bit about using your own referrals and not the authors which is understandable. Maybe have an option so that authors can pay a monthly subscription like $4 or $5 dollars a month to have all their portfolio with own referrals. Or have a maximum limit on how many projects an author can upload with their referrals and if they upload more then you use your own referral. I don’t want to complain because I do have some good referrals from psdbucket. Maldinii, keep up the work and keep improving your site – your doing a good job!

We are working on this, to have a membership system and for 19$/year users should have their own refferals, post with links to their blogs, 1 sponsored tweet per month and a badge to their items/profile .

What do you think about our analytics function ? We worked hard for it and we didn’t received any update.

Thanks!

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maldinii says

@maldinii, I’m not saying you’re doing a bad thing by trying to make money from a site – credit to you for keeping on driving sales for this community, it’s a great thing you’re putting the time and effort into running a site which has the single function of driving traffic to our items.

My point is more so that only after we’d uploaded everything thinking ‘this is a great way to invest our time and effort’, the links then change.

Maybe it would’ve been better to announce this and apply the ref link changes to new submissions, rather than all the back catalogue and without letting anyone know your policy changed?

As many of you know, I run a website that promotes items & I keep all the referral links – but it’s me spending the time to fill the site with content, not the Author (so please don’t think I’m being a hypocrite).

If we’d of all known this from the start, I still think everyone would’ve uploaded content, another place to promote is another place to promote at the end of the day. I think it’s just the principle of changing the back catalogue with no prior notification is what has upset people a little.

Anyway, as I said, hats off to you for keeping the site going by whatever means you find necessary.

I understand what are you saying and you are right, but as I said I can’t add reff links just to new posts because there is a lot of traffic to old posts, I can use rel canonical to change traffic direction from google, but you will prefer to have posts with very low number of visits and reff links or posts that drive sales and no refferals? I can’t change the past, as I can say I can offer some advantages to old users ( they already have advantages because old posts get more google traffic), like 2 rotating banners on homepage pointing to their website.

Also I agree with you that it wasn’t a good idea to not announce users regarding refferal change, I received some questions by email about this and I tought is enough to respond to those and give details about this decisions.

I’m trying to do my best here not to steal someone work, I do mistakes, we all do , and I’m interested to help every user of psdbucket who need advices/promotion ( I have done this on our twitter account ) , but as Oliviu said , you (designers) should also help this community, by twitting items, give feedback, advices, help, link from personal websites ( in this way I will not spend money on links/tweets/banners and I will be able to offer more to the community) .We are selling items worth more than $10k until now for our 1000+ designers but none of them created a social icon for psdbucket for example :) , you need to understand that I have done this not to be rich, I have done this to cover expenses and have money to invest and grow.

Thanks for understanding!

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  • Referred between 500 and 999 users
maldinii says

The bad thing isn’t that they’re using their own referrals, the bad thing is that the site launched as a place for us to upload our designs and keep our referrals – so, once we have spent our time making the graphics for their site, uploading, filling out the descriptions and linking back to our items – as well as linking to PSD Bucket profiles (which results in them rising in the search ranks) it then changes to their own affiliate links.

So, we’ve basically filled up a site for them under the illusion we get the referrals in exchange for our time, then they take it all back.

I suppose the nice amount of advertising revenue they’ll be getting is not enough :sarcasm:

Now, it’s worth noting this has only happened after it changed ownership, as it was an Envato Author who originally set it up, so no backlash against him :)

Still, hopefully it drives a decent amount of sales so that time wasn’t waste for the authors who are now losing their referrals.

We are not getting a ‘nice amount of revenue’ , If you are really interested I can email you our carbonads revenues and our hosting costs + banners + articles,links .Do you think that 60$/month is nice amount of revenue when just VPS costs 50$/month ?! People who enter on our website just go and click on download/visit button, does not click on ads and does not came again, because they searched on google, so our main source of income are graphicriver refferal links.

Previous owner was able to keep designers ref links because he didn’t invested in promotion, right now website has 10x more traffic compared to traffic from 6 months ago ( when this was owned by Oliviu ) .

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  • Referred between 500 and 999 users
maldinii says

Also on submit item page I added this mention : ‘If this is a GraphicRiver link we will add our refferal’ .I’m not stealing and I’m not looking to still from anyone.

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  • Referred between 500 and 999 users
maldinii says

I think their e-mail responder is a bit iffy. I signed up and never got the confirmation mail. I don’t requested the lost password a couple of times and in the end I got one mail…

Maybe try a few times more.

Cheers

Chris
Hi Chris,

I’m psdbucket.com owner, confirmation email has nothing to do with our activity , this should came automatically.If there is a bug we will investigate it .

Seems that I need to make some clarifications here :

1.Website can’t work without our refferal code, creattica do same thing, without ref link our montly expenses will be much bigger than revenues ( website is not full of pop-up or ads)

2.There are authors that receives around 100 clicks per day ( http://www.psdbucket.com/user/retinalsin ), it’s about luck because majority of traffic came from search engines and is highly targeted.

3.We can’t allow authors to delete posts/edit because we are building links to those urls and we get traffic, we can’t remove urls, but I can manually change post content if you want your item deleted

4.Somebody from here tell that I just get money and visitors based on designers work, this is completely false , content from graphicriver is public and with watermark is free of use ( http://graphicriver.net/item/vintage-content-boxes-with-icons/1717289 ) , you can scrape 1000 of posts and add it to a website but you won’t get traffic in this way, or I can hire someone to post those graphicriver items or other public designs really cheap. Hard work here is to promote the website and I’m sure when I’m saying that psdbucket helps you ( designers) more than me.

5.”I notified the new owners several times of where errors were happening, but nothing ever got fixed.” What suggestion you sent me and I didn’t fixed ? I just remember when you asked me to keep your doffolow link in post and I didn’t removed .

6.Regarding url shorteners, in past weeks we accepted only graphicriver items, we plan to introduce some paid plans for people who want to keep ref links or to add items with links to their website, or with doffolow link in post.

Finally I’m sorry for my english and for mistakes, I tried to respond to emails, to help users and to keep a win /win situation , I know that I don’t have experience to manage something like this, to keep communication with users and to market this properly, but I know that I was honest, I’m not greedy, I invested a lot of money in this ( even it has errors) , if you guys think that don’t worth to work 1 hour to upload 10-15 items on psdbucket , FREE and for lifetime, I never forced you to do this.I will think at a method to keep refferal links ( maybe a linkback to our website or I don’t know , I just know that I have expenses and I need to live) .

If there are designers that are not ok with those changes and they feel that their wasted their time uploading items to psdbucket.com , I will add 2 banners spot on the homepage and I will rotate author banners with links to graphicriver portofolio ( with your refferal ) , just send me an email at : support@psdbucket.com .

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