I have that question, since I’ve had many things to do this month and haven’t been able to participate much in the forums. Last month I was very active here, and my sales were great! But this month I haven’t been so active and I’ve seen a decline in sales. Could it be possible that being active or inactive in forums could affect sales?
Carlos I don’t think so It’s rather depends on frequency of adding new tracks (new things have little boost in searches).
I believe there is a correlation between participation and sales. However, be mindful that your participation should not always be geared at driving sales. I think most buyers can see through such a tactic, and I have seen it used before on these forums.
I believe that participating and giving something, whether it be an answer to someone’s question, or maybe providing some useful knowledge you have to others not only helps the community, but also helps you in further understanding the areas of knowledge you already possess. That alone is a good enough reason to participate in the forums, with the slight possibility that it will spur a few sales. But remember, the sales generated from this are probably considerably less that the sales you could generate by properly marketing youreslf and your tracks.
Those are just my thoughts on the subject.
Good luck to you!
Oh yeah, I’ve seen it happen many times. A few days of nothing, then all of a sudden kapow sale. Why? Well it was a 10-15 minutes after my new forum post.
But also, april’s been slow for some people.
(waiting for sale within 15 minutes. please you buy good sound efect)
There authors here with plenty sales who never post here so I will say no.
@guitarjock, I think what you’ve said there in your post is exactly the right attitude, which is why you have a nice shiny badge to prove it
I read the forums a lot, probably too much when I should be doing other things and I think most authors do…... but refrain from replying to every post, the forums are a great source of info, there is always some good posts here that are helpful to me and others whether it be about vst’s, the best way to withdraw money, which gear to buy, something amusing is always nice to brighten up your day etc
like ztarrzound said there are plenty of authors that don’t use the forums and make plenty of sales, I think some people just use it for exposure, it is far better to be helpful and to encourage others rather than just keep posting useless threads about nothing, I think that just annoys people.
It’s better to use the forums for what they were supposed to be used for and not for self promotion and personal gain, if that really does make a difference to sales, which I don’t believe it does.
Just my two pence worth!
Have a nice day all
I don’t believe, that forum participation influences on sales directly. But in some ways I think it does. I found here a lot of useful and very helpful tips about using this marketplace more efficiently, item requests (in a couple of them our tracks were chosen and bought), opportunities for cross promotion with VH authors, a lot of support and encouragement from fellow authors and all this finally resulted in sales increase. And it always feels so good when you can give back a little bit of positive to your AJ colleagues. Have to come back to our new track. Wish you all a nice day, a lot of inspiration and many sales
I think buyers are coming here looking for good tracks not good people.
I honestly don’t think that there is a direct correlation between the two either. I mean yeah it’s true that one learns a TREMENDOUS amount of good info and I think that for a rookie out there trying to make it big, reading up on the forums is a great idea, but I don’t think the clients really look around here. I mean yeah we had that incident a while back where we had a music director have a forum argument with one of our top authors (those of you that follow forums will know what I’m talking about) but otherwise I’ve seen very little evidence of them frequenting our forums.
Personally I love the forums and community and to me it’s like reading the news, but news that I can also take part in. This is easily one of the most polite, respectful and open minded forums I’ve ever been on and people are always bringing up interesting conversation topics that I think a lot of us authors are concerned with. That reason alone should spur authors to use the forums, not sales.
I also agree that it probably does not help sales much. But it does increase your exposure at least in some ways, possibly to a VH author.
Plus it’s just kind of nice to get to know your fellow authors and it gives off a good vibe.