Can authors advertise on their live preview sites?
For instance, I have two themes, both are setup on my web server so people can view them live. When people preview them live, at the top could I put a “frame” or something similar that I could place advertising? It wouldn’t be just for advertising but something saying “Live Preview” visit ThemeForest.net to purchase.
I believe that it’s allowed. Take a look over at flashden and check out what some of the major players have done. Some pretty creative stuff! I think the trick seems to be making sure the potential buyer doesn’t confuse what is included in that template.
In the template I released I used advertising as the sample content. I started filling it with placeholder text then I realized I could just advertise the theme and myself instead.
I would think this is allowable…in fact, I know that I’ve seen some previews with advertising links, ThemeForest affiliate links, etc.
Using content that’s related to the theme makes sense to me. Why put in some gibberish when you can supply valuable information to the customer regarding the theme’s features, etc. And might as well get a plug in there for your design company too!
From my understanding it is allowed…but Shadow made a VERY important point…if you are advertising in your live preview you have to make sure that the buyer does not get confused as to what he/she is getting for their money.
Rather than framing it…a good idea would be to do what others have mentioned…use content in your theme and have the “portfolio” section, for example, display images of your other themes instead of images of flowers…hehe that was just an example.
The one thing I am unsure of is referral linking within your live preview…I believe in the past FD actually put a stop to using referral linking within FD forums and stuff…but I do not know, if its permitted in your previews…The fact that your previews are hosted by you, may sway that rule. But again I’m not sure…
I’m sure Jeff will be able to shed some more light on this when he reads it..