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Dream-Theme says

Exposure is important, but you guys need to adapt to the situation, how don’t ask me.Maybe bring more attention to your sel’fs.

And about new authors and quality etc.

If u check the item discussion section where new authors come to ask for some direction or advice u will rarely see any of the themforest hotshot authors…to give your 3 minutes advice to the community. lets be real as many of mentioned copying starts when people get frustrated by answers like its not unique enough or not meeting technical requirements etc. I am not bashing the reviewers, it just is frustrating. But there is progress. And what do authors when frustrated do they go and find good selling stuff and figure out how or why is it selling.

And if u check overall templates all the aspects are copied and evolved onwards… sometimes tis evolution of design goes a bit slower, but hey that’s the business.

Razing the bar to what end? There are some standards that are used in web if you go out of them people will not buy and if u try something new u mostly get rejected or ending up with 1 or 2 sales and if you focus on surten groups u again don’t get sales. Lets keep in mind like envato we all are here for the $$$.

Cheers!

$$$ is not an excuse for making and aproving shit. ‘nuff said

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Anps says

Yes it’s not, but then what is shit, by that kind of definition, every time the standard is risen the old templates that aren’t good enough for the new standard are shit and should be removed from sales?

Actually the stores work like that outdated stuff or stuff that doesn’t sell ither goes out or goes on some super discount :)

So do that and you’ll clear the lines :) But i guess a lot of people would be pissed :)

Don’t be to quick on judging :)

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JamesMoran says

Yes I agree… I buy 3-4 themes a month and well some of the themes I see on here are average. and some really do look ugly…

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Anps says

But you don’t buy the ugly ones i guess :)

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JamesMoran says

But you don’t buy the ugly ones i guess :)

LOL your a clever boy! :)

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MonkeeThemes says

It looks like the marketplace will be crowded (or already is) with a lot of themes that are no more being bought.

My idea would be to have rules over templates and say that a theme that hasn’t been bought more than 20 times or something over 3 months should be removed. That’s just a example.

If nothing is done to do a spring cleaning the marketplace will be over crowded… How do the buyers to search a theme anyway? Me, filter by sales or by ratings.

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mopc76 says

Hi, guys, we are new authors here, but this issue is very important for all of us. Just posting few ideas of how to increase impact:

1. Listings on all pages should be more sortable. Just to add more parameters: responsive, number of predefined color schemes, language file included, etc.). This will help user to choose and this will let theme to be listed on the homepage a little bit longer.

2. Let the author to set up some discount from author earnings and include this discounted items to the home page for some time.

3. PSD IMHO can be listed on Graphicriver or in separated row on Themeforest: WP theme 1…theme N - HTML theme 1…theme N - PSD theme 1…theme N -

4. Invent and distribute to authors some kind of the “test-content-set” for the WP section (including images & graphic), just to see the different themes with the same content. It will really help customers to make a decision. For example: business people with business-style headings, or medical center with medical slogans etc.

5. Add some kind of “rotation row” with the randomly selected items, not older than 2-3 months.

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GJThemes says

Funny, had the same thought yesterday.

Although I think my latest theme might simply not be appealing to customers, it was really a shock when it vanished from the homepage after just 2 days. Thats a very very small exposure time and barely enough to end up at the popular items section. Looking at the list of previous approved items I see quite a few gems that with a little more time on the front would have easily made the popular items section but now probably wont.

So for now, a quality requirement increase might fix that problem but in the long run I am not sure if the current homepage concept will work out well.

Its a little like back in the days when codecanyon didn’t exist, only that nowadays tons of html themes flood the marketplace…

I also have to agree here…it’s interesting because a friend and I were talking about this not too long ago when I mentioned there appears to be a growing problem where so many themes are being released, I think one day there was 11 about a week ago.

Unfortunately, too many themes and too many lower quality themes (oxymoron when rejection emails mention “not to our quality standards”) are flooding the marketplace, which affects everyone. The problem here is that the incentive to new authors is diminishing, especially if you are on the front page for a very short period of time now and sales are low, not to mention 50% commission. Not very enticing when some take 2, even 3 months to make a theme.

I agree quality standards need to be increased, and perhaps a review team that includes more than 2 people who are qualified for the specific theme or template being submitted, as in specializing with WordPress, specializing with Joomla, specialize with the others. But not to simply look at a theme visually and make a subjective choice, but take it further to actually “reviewing” the coding standards, visual design, theme documentation, creative uniqueness (I mean lets not make every theme generic), and more.

Getting knocked off the first page so fast does become a problem because it’s the same thing as getting into page one results of Google; you lose your page 1 position, guess what happens to your traffic!

For myself, I’ve had 4 WP themes rejected, but here is the interesting thing….I sell them on my own website and actually making more than the newer authors are making here, so again, where is the incentive for authors now… Before it wasn’t the case…such as trying to catch up to Kriesi was and is still impossible :) You got in the right time, lol.

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Anps says

heh, the thing is that u can’t get to kriesi level with few templates, its astonishing how one template for example can generate 400 000 $.

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CodingJack says

A category of items labeled something like “Staff Picks” would be cool. Something like a featured area with more items. The ones that the staff thinks the marketplace needs and are cool. An area where clones are not allowed. :)

There used to be a “files of the week” thing on the blog. This was back when I was a more active buyer and I always checked out the list.

Edit: here it is

http://blog.activeden.net/inspiration/files-of-the-week/activeden-files-of-the-week-6/

This was when ActiveDen homepage exposure lasted 2 days as well, and so the list was a nice way to give awesome new files a little more exposure.

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