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CreativeMilk says

Just seeing that Envato has put on ads on the marketplaces(in our download section), bad move if you ask me.

Envato earns a lot of money on there authors and jet they have to earn money by ads to? It starts with little ads and it ends up with junk.

(Uprinting)

Another thread here http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/tf-dreamhost-selling-new/28065

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_rohan says

I seriously dislike this.

This is a professional outfit, you shouldn’t be posting referral links. Google doesn’t add refer all links to your search results.

This isn’t a personal blog, and I really don’t appreciate adding these ads, Envato.

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FRESHFACE says

I don’t mind this little ad space. But only this. If you add anything else/more somewhere else that will be a whole different story and you know it.

I would also expect these ad earnings to be spent on something good and useful like more reviewers for updates, not just a net revenue, but it’s your money anyway ;)

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DDStudios says

Who cares. It’s their website. Have to deal with it.

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jonathan01 says

I believe this was supposed to help buyers with services that are relevant to – in this example – something that could be printed – which I have no issue with at all – but is this appearing when people buy a template for instance? If so then yeah, it’s just an ad.

EDIT : just noticed that there is hosting next to templates in my download – print next to printable items etc – not a bad thing I think – it is kinda a service and is more than relevant – however I would prefer a drop down of a selection of services so it appears less like a forced ad.

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LoewenWeb says

If it helps the user by improving their experience, I’m for it. The ads are clearly related. If it took away from the item being purchased that would be a different story.

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conceptcoding says
If it helps the user by improving their experience, I’m for it. The ads are clearly related. If it took away from the item being purchased that would be a different story.

I don’t understand how this helps.

It’s annoying, I’ve just paid $3x for a WordPress theme and then I get greeted with a referral link so Envato can make more money. It’s especially annoying when I have three themes in succession in my downloads and all of them are telling me to “Get hosting”

It’s also been there for at least two months.

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ChrisMooney says

I’m with rohan on this. Envato is earning money off our hard work and we pay a price to have our stuff sold here. For them to be trying to milk it for all it’s worth leaves a bad taste in my mouth to be honest.

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Parallelus says

I have no problem with up-selling or referral links like this in theory. My issue is that if someone buys my theme and decides to host it using the ThemeForest referral link, I should get a commission. It was MY sale that led to that referral. Currently the authors get squat. That is bad business.

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jonathan01 says
I have no problem with up-selling or referral links like this in theory. My issue is that if someone buys my theme and decides to host it using the ThemeForest referral link, I should get a commission. It was MY sale that led to that referral. Currently the authors get squat. That is bad business.

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