Thanks for all of your excellent efforts!
Very nicely said, Russell. Next career: motivational speaker.
If you check out the monthly top sellers list from past months you will see that the marketplace in general doesn’t really seem to have up and down months. Yes, there was a lull at the end of December for the holidays, but basically the number of sales on the top monthly sellers list just goes up up up. It is eye-opening to check out this list from a year ago or more.
Certainly, individuals authors have fluctuations due to the ebb and flow of the marketplace (this week was inexplicably slower than last week for me) but the overall trend is for increased sales every month.
Just like in AJ, watermark your demos and give the buyer the final version once payment to Paypal is made.
||garethcoker said-|| Now, how do you upload stuff again?
I’ll send you the mailing address, Gareth. Clearly label your cassette.
I would offer to provide stems or audio splits for an additional fee but not hand over your source file. It seems like giving someone your source file leads down a murky road in terms of copyright.
@Alkis: Thanks for the nice comments.
I think Tim and Jhunger have done a great job with having an identifiable “voice” on AJ. It has surely helped them market to and maintain customers.
One thing that Tim has done exceptionally well, in my opinion, is in the way he has established a personal relationship with his customers. His smiling photos are prominently displayed, his likeable demeanor is demonstrated through his songs and his video messages. From reading his posts here, I imagine that he receives many glowing emails from customers and fans who like his music and him. That’s a pretty great combination. I don’t think this helps initial sales, but I think this works hugely to his advantage with retaining customers. Don’t all businesses strive to make a personal/emotional connection with its customers?
This type of relationship to the customer base is much harder to pull off for authors like myself who put up a wall between their AJ persona and their real-life identities. Personally, I need to separate my royalty-free life from my custom music and recording artist career (where my music sounds nothing at all like my AJ portfolio). Artists like me are at a bit of a disadvantage in this regard but there are probably many authors in a similar situation.
Finding and succeeding at a niche I think is a very solid approach. It is certainly not an easy or clear path but if you find something that is working it makes sense to develop and explore that angle.
I’m using the AJ music player on my website and I would love to be able to reverse the track order so that my newest tracks in the playlist show up at the top. Right now they just get added to the bottom and I’m always stuck with the same tunes and order at the top. It looks a little stagnant. Anyone know how I might do that?
As with many of you I’m sure, I write so many tracks that I tend to push them out of my mind as I move on to the next project. It’s a pleasure to go back and listen and think, “Oh wow, I forgot about that one. That was cool. I should do more like that.”
And my most popular track with vocals:
Here’s a full motivational pop song: