Thomas, you are totally not understanding the intent of my advice. If you promote your items elsewhere, more people come back to envato and purchase your files. That’s a win-win for authors and a win-win for envato. I would appreciate it if you would not over-sensationalize and misinterpret the help I am trying to give you and other authors. There’s nothing “shocking” about promoting your files elsewhere and having customers come back to see and purchase your files on envato. We encourage it. That’s why we have a referral system in place. That’s we offer banners for you to download and put on your own Web site.
There are many, many ways an author can promote their own work outside of envato. On your own site and on social networking sites for example. Simply link back to your items on envato and even add a referral link if you want to. Here are some more ideas for you to think about from blog posts made on ThemeForest and FlashDen which may or may not be applicable to all marketplaces, but it should help you understand that self promotion is a very important process for any serious stock market author:
- 50 Ways to Get Your Site Noticed
- How to Promote Your FlashDen Files on Hot Scripts
- How To Promote Your FlashDen Files on Adobe Exchange
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other creative ways you can market and sell your files. Good luck!
Just to add a couple of things no-one has mentioned yet: Most regular customers do not look at the home page to make a purchase. Of course the home page is important, especially so for brand new, first-time visitors, but regular, returning customers either (a) search for a file using the search engine, and/or (b) go directly to the main categories to peruse files, because it’s quicker and easier to keep abreast of new files that way (seeing as they’re listed chronologically and not randomly like on the home page).
Secondly, while it’s a great bonus to have your file appear on the home page, authors should not rely on this or think of it as the best way a file is going to get promoted. It’s simply not true. Uploading your file to any envato marketplace is only the beginning of the hard work, it’s up to authors to take responsibility themselves to market and promote their own work outside of envato.
If you have a yard sale with some really cool items for sale at great prices, it doesn’t matter—no-one’s going to come to your house and buy them unless you advertise and promote the fact you’re having a yard sale.
In regards to documentation. On all the files I tend to see “Well Documented”.
What is the point of this? In the past I understand files were’nt given as hard as a time, now with the bar raised it’d seem pretty standard to have this “Well Documented” documentation.Is there anything higher then this? I think beer mentioned earlier on in the thread that the quality of the new authors for their documentations exceeds that of the veteran authors, I bet these files are listed as “Well Documented”? Should’nt they have a higher level to indicate to the buyer the increase in quality documentation? Such as “Excellent Documentation”.
“Well Documented” is the highest rating possible. All files are either “Well Documented” or “Some Documentation” because we do not accept files without documentation. It’s as simple as that.
Symphony-of-Specters – It seems we disagree on that fact that you are publicly vilifying AudioJungle. We can agree to disagree. I’m not here to change your opinion, but I am warmed by the fact that you actually have a portfolio of 50 items on AudioJungle, so you do have some vested interest in AudioJungle. There’s obviously a reason why you are here, which is great, and we’re glad to have you and your audio. We even featured your work on your blog, that’s how much we value your portfolio, just like we value all other author’s work. To say that we don’t market AudioJungle at all is not true and not fair.
I have stated several times that “AudioJungle is ranked #1 for stock audio by Google”. Case in point, search for “stock audio” on Google.
May I add that no-one has ever forced any author to submit content to any envato site, it’s always the choice of the author to come here and sell audio here, and if there’s something in the terms and conditions that do not appeal to anyone, then they are welcome to walk away either before they sign up or afterwards. We are extremely glad that all our authors choose envato and AudioJungle and continue to make success here whether financially, through increased reputation, by being part of a growing and helpful community, or simply to attract future business, work and opportunities.
There were some good points made in your post and I would be glad to consider some solutions to some of the things you mentioned. All I would like to say to assure you and any other AudioJungle authors about the immediate and long term future of this site is:
- I was one of the very first authors on AudioJungle (formerly FlashDen when envato first started accepting audio), so I was purely an author for a very long time before becoming part of envato. So I fully understand what authors need and want. I also know what customers need and want, and so the changes you will see me implement over the coming weeks and months, will be a win-win for both authors and customers.
- I have been site manager for less than 10 weeks. It’s still early days as far as proving to you how AudioJungle is being improved and tweaked. Wheels are already in motion with solutions to most of the requests you have brought up, Symphony-of-Specters, I’m not one to waste any time. But you must appreciate that changes, sadly, cannot happen overnight. Due to all sorts of factors, new features and improvements can unfortunately take a lot of time to roll out. I ask again for your patience.
- Please be mindful that a lot, if not all, of our developers’ time is presently being used towards an amazing (and trust me, I am not exaggerating…) redesign of the entire Web site. You should definitely stick around to see it. Once that has been rolled out, you should start to see even more ways AudioJungle will grow and be enhanced. You must appreciate therefore that we have priorities that have to be fulfilled before we can move onto all the other things we would like to do around here.
- The more time we spend talking about improvements (such as this thread), the less time we have to focus on making those improvements happen.
Most of the points you raised by the way are already, as-we-speak, either being discussed or have already been discussed. I’m just disappointed when any author that has a vested interest in AudioJungle chooses the public forums to vilify and denounce our Web site. It comes across to me and to your own potential customers very negatively and as an intended, purposeful, parting shot to do more damage than good. I’m afraid it’s this kind of forum post that will not be tolerated in any of our forums, not just AudioJungle. So please accept this as final notification that derogatory comments against a service that you are currently using, will not be tolerated. Via support? Cool. A personal e-mail to me? Awesome. But not the forums, please. It’s counter productive, it’s not cool, and it really does not solve anything.
Please work with me, and please work with AudioJungle to make everything a success. Please don’t work against us.
Scott. (not Will)
While I appreciate everyone’s feedback, I would like to remind everyone that there are better and more professional avenues to voice your opinions. First and foremost, please contact support to document your feedback and suggestions. Secondly, as previously mentioned in this thread, anyone is welcome to contact me personally (sitemanager AT audiojungle DOT net) with ideas, suggestions, or feedback about what you like or dislike about AudioJungle.
Publicly vilifying AudioJungle in the forums is not cool and won’t be tolerated. I really do not want to disable this thread, but a word of warning that, if the tone dramatically plummets to insult rather than constructive commenting, then I will seek further options with our forum moderators.
Again, I cannot emphasize enough that AudioJungle is already the #1 stock audio Web site according to Google, and there are many good things that we’re about to roll out over the coming weeks and months that will make AudioJungle authors glad they’re part of our community and Web site. I cannot recommend enough how important it will be for you to stick around: Be patient and don’t be too hasty in your decisions.
Please remember that I am an author here too and so I have a very good idea of what other audio authors need and want. I want AudioJungle to not just continue to be as good as it is right now, but to get even better. So although I cannot reveal what some of the actual plans are, I can assure you that the wheels are definitely in motion.
Stay tuned, all good things come to those who wait.