Speaks volumes really, with Envato finally turning the faders down on us non exclusive authors. Don’t worry Envato, I can take a hint.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with this. It’s a little sad it is going this way as many of us have actively promoted Envato and spoke of the place in high regard among friends and work colleagues, stressing that it is a supportive and thriving community that cares about its authors. Why doesn’t it feel that way now?
Like many non-exclusives, I’ve continually uploaded the best content I can over the course of my time here – that’s almost 4 years. That effort, combined with the feeling you’re part of a ‘family’ of sorts here, has meant that being treated this way unsurprisingly upsets you as the ‘cold shoulder’ feels deeply personal.
I have the tendency to speak my mind, which I’m pretty sure works against my efforts here. However, I feel it’s important to highlight issues in a marketplace that actively promotes feedback and has an emphasis on ‘community’ in its strap-line. Surely that works in Envato’s favour if they do care about their authors as they’ll know how to address the concerns of their content providers?
But maybe you’re right Alumo, and this really is a hint for us to pack up and leave. If it is the case, rather than turn the dial down on sales and leave us in perpetual silence, why not be straight up with us and then we can weigh things up as a business decision?
Answers on a postcard.
I’d also recommend either Sibelius or Finale for notation – export your MIDI file and adjust in one of those two programs so it’s more readable / realistic for players to perform and you should be fine (or hire an orchestrator if it’s a one off or particularly complex notation, it will be worth it believe me!).
Here’s a poem that reflects things more accurately – sorry Scott, I’m ready for your tomatoes, boo’s and hisses!
Whenever you feel the pinch
Upload and keep on smiling
And try not to wince and flinch
With the dodgy EU VAT filing
Community was once a priority
With support and encouragement aplenty
But now it’s all just authority
While sales drop close to ‘empty’
Where once individuals were heroes
Faceless companies take their place
New uploads get but zeroes
(Which is a bit of slap in the face)
How nice it would be to have transparency
But that might upset the system
So let us continue things merrily
And worship a biased sales system
I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it.
Love Taco the ever optimistic
(and undoubtedly poorer as a result of this beautiful poem!).
Marb, I totally feel your pain – in all honesty, it really does feel like a drop in sales in general here combined with a mass influx of content plus what I personally believe is a cleansing out process of non-exclusives to make Envato ‘more attractive’.
Not sure how many farting gunshot cat meows there are in the library, but I’m sure you’re right that they’re not unique despite sounding like it! If it’s any consolation, I’ve gone from 29 sales in Jan to 20 in Feb to 17 this month. If I go below 17 in April, I’m just going to close my account and put my efforts elsewhere.
It is definitely a dream of mine, but I would need to make 3 to 4 times that to be able to quit my day job. I don’t think it’s a good idea to put all of your eggs in one basket—especially as big companies are getting into this and just everyone on the planet pretty much. The over-saturation will unfortunately lead to a smaller pool of income for everyone. There will still be some who will make good money from it, but I think the number of those people will get smaller. I could be wrong about this, but I think it’s just the cold hard truth. And just the idea of trying to make as many tracks as possible, that will just contribute more the problem. So will making more tracks make you more visible? Maybe, but ultimately getting a higher quality will be more important. You don’t want buyers to be like “hey, I see his stuff all over the place” but not in a good way. It may actually backfire. So you want make sure that what you are giving others to see is something that is exceptional (something I must say I have failed to do myself).
I agree with everything you said Erick, but look at Kevin MacLeod who mass produces pretty poor quality material yet is wildly successful. That guy has done so much damage to places like this along with YouTube’s own library as they’ve become ubiquitously known among people seeking music and the quality doesn’t seen to be an issue for them. Out of principle, and to help improve the future of selling royalty free music for all of us, I choose to try produce the highest quality stuff I can instead of mass producing.
However, it means we have to find ways to market our work in ways that stand out and most of us aren’t good internet marketers (I know I’m not!) which is essential if you don’t get a helping hand from the marketplaces you sell on. And if you are a good Internet marketer, why would you drive traffic to a place that pays you 33% of each sale considering you can send them anywhere (like your own site where you can get 100% minus expenses like PayPal fees)?
Along with writing the best stuff we can, targeted traffic is really the currency that people deal with online as it’s the way you can make conversions and build a community. I’m working on building an email list at the moment, I suggest you all do the same.
Massive! That’s incredible! Congratulations, well done
Thanks everyone! Paul, glad I can be a hero to someone…
Just blowing a tiny little insignificant trumpet as I reach 1000 sales. Plus it was my birthday recently. A small feat for some, I know, but it’s taken me a fair while to get here – let’s hope these sales get back on track and I can celebrate the next milestone a bit more!
IMO, a winning strategy for AJ (or any music site) would be to offer 50% for all, plus an earnings ladder. That’s sure to bring more players to the table. You’re always going to link your videos, pages and stuff to the account that brings in the most cash in the long run. You don’t need exclusivity to gain loyalty. It’s really the other way around, exclusivity is like a prison and the day you can run away, you will.
For starters, the ContentID restriction is usually for 3 main reasons: 1) The library is still stuck in 2005, not willing to accept that composers now want to track their material with technology now available to them 2) the library is fearful of losing custom as they don’t want to deal with customers once a purchase has been made (ie. no support) 3) The library wants to submit and take claim on it’s composer’s catalogue on ContentID and rake in the cash from it (this one I’m seeing more and more, often without informing the composer first).
Yup yup. +1
Matt, what do you think about top-sellers list? There is EU VAT on their tracks too, so why they all still sell damn good? Btw sorry to see that your track is not in weekend bestsellers list, hope this is temporarely, That Positive Feeling is a masterpiece, wish to see it there again
I know the question isn’t directed at me, but my opinion on that is a mixure of:
- Top sellers are promoted both within and outside of AJ heavily mainly by being top sellers
- The influx of new SFX has meant people have to wade through lots of redundant things, so they probably go straight to the top sellers to save time
- People often sort by sales in search (I know I do)
- I expect the top sellers are a taking a small percentage of the sales going on, but as the traffic is normally quite high here (although not so much recently I get the feeling) that means they will rack up sales anyway
The move away from non-exclusives hurts people like me, but that’s just the policy here it seems.
As Matt said, on to new ventures!