I have always been told that, in order to have an item featured or, even more, to be picked as a featured author, you need to showcase stunning quality, a certain consistency in the sales, more items in your portfolio, outstanding customer support and an excellent rating. All these factors were also confirmed in a recent inquiry to the Author Help Center.
More and more – at least on CodeCanyon – I see authors being featured literally right after signing up, with one single item across the whole market and no sales. It almost looks like you have more chances to be featured if you have just signed up and have just released your first item than if you have an outstanding history. To be completely honest, by how well designed those item/author descriptions are, I even have the impression they are veteran authors who create new accounts for the sole purpose of having more chances to be featured, once it is noticed that this trend of featuring newly released items and newly registered authors is a recurring pattern.
If there was a change in the criteria Envato uses to pick their featured item and authors, we would like to know. It is somehow frustrating to pour countless hours of work to perfect our items and provide the best customer support to build our author history and reputation, only to see that an author gets featured a few weeks after signing up.
Any insights would be very appreciated.