It took me forever to get used to the trackpad, the mouse always just felt more natural but now I use the trackpad as well.
Yeah sure why not? It’s all about branding right? I think the only real rule is it can’t be offensive or some horrible animated gif lol
Lol yes, imagine if everybody used animated gifs! That would be terrible.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with putting your URL in your avatar.
Nice work, its starting to feel like the holidays!
Congrats! That is an excellent accomplishment.
Excellent input so far.
@Enabled – I totally understand your viewpoint and thought of the same things you pointed out when I was writing the original post. I want to say in all honesty that I am not thinking or going about this in a greedy way, that is in no way my intention. I have the highest level of respect for everyone at Envato, and especially when you take into consideration the amount of hard work that has gone into the entire company and website network. That being said I feel that Envato fully deserves the 30% that they take away, because as you said they do have a lot of responsibilities and costs and therefore they deserve a cut of what they offer to us as authors each and every day. Furthermore I am so thankful for the money and opportunities I have earned through themeforest, and when they bumped up the rates I was extremely thankful for that. I think it is really hard to decide how this split would work between the author, affiliate, and Envato. My final goal/vision, however, is increased earning for everyone involved. Marketing is everything, especially because of the vastness of the internet. I am not thinking of just authors promoting items, I know there are other people out there with huge websites and email lists that can generate a huge amount of sales just by one blog post or one email. In the end that means more money spent on the marketplaces, and that benefits everyone doesn’t it? I’ll be quick to point out my idea is by no means flawless, but that is what I am putting on the table, an open idea for discussion. Again thank you for your input, please feel free to add more.
So, I have no direct solution, but can say that at some point this will need to be addressed, but in a way that is balanced and promotes the financial growth of all involved.
@Timmcmorris – It sounds like we have a very similar vision especially with the long term goals, that being financial growth, which benefits everyone involved. Thank you for your valuable input!
On one final note, I just want to summarize and say that my final goal is to see buyers coming to the Envato marketplaces to spend their money, instead of spending it somewhere else. Lets face it we know about the competition out there, if we can make it more appealing for affiliates to promote the Envato marketplaces and send users here, that is more of a benefit to everyone involved.
Please keep the input coming! I love to hear different ideas from everyone.
First of all I just wanted to say how great Envato is, and how much I love the blog sites and of course the marketplaces. Keep up the great work guys!
One thing I did want to know however was whether or not the referral program will ever be changed to allow earnings from each sale that an affiliate generates through a referral. As many of you know email marketing is a huge tool in the online world. If somebody has an email list, they can only send out one email to their subscribers about some sweet themes or items on one of the marketplaces, because once the person signs up and makes their first deposit, the affiliate can no longer make income from that user. I am not saying affiliates deserve a 50% cut of every sale or anything, I am simply stating that wouldn’t it be more beneficial to allow a 15-30% cut of each sale to go to the affiliate, because in the end it just means more promotion and more sales. If envato would be taking too big of a hit by allowing a cut of every purchase (of a referred user) to go to the original affiliate, perhaps it could be based on a cookie system where the cookie lasted for 30 days. That way if an affiliate does email marketing or runs a website they can get paid for the sales that they in fact generate time and time again.
I hope this makes sense, if anyone is interested I can provide an example too that would maybe help. What are your thoughts?
Wow those images are definitely inspiring! Amazing stuff..
I suppose I should probably hop in and post something random about me.
I am a dude from Minnesota, and will be graduating college in May as a Pilot. In my spare time I love hanging around the Themeforest and other sites around the net. I have a strong passion for web design and internet marketing.
I don’t have a cellphone and I don’t have a facebook account (only for ddstudios, 0 friend) I love real social interaction
Seriously? No cell phone or facebook? I would love to hear how many authors here dont have one or both of those. I’ll tell you right now, I spend way to much time being distracted by my phone and facebook.