I already asked this question in the topic about earnings, but unfortunately there were no answers from the market staff. Try to get answers in a separate thread. So…
Maybe someone knows the answer to the question. Why authors do not have access to the number of downloads of the item. I mean, we have all sorts of trends, earnings per day, bonuses, etc. But we do not have data on how many people visited the item page and how many people downloaded (licensed) the item. WHY?
I would be very grateful for transparent answers from the staff and for a wide discussion from the authors.
Painful Truth: the answers to those questions will never be shared by Envato. And the Envato Staff have almost certainly been instructed to not respond to those questions when Elements authors ask about them. (Or Envato Staff are afraid to answer them, for fear of being disciplined/fired/etc.)
Authors have been asking for that information since Elements was launched.
Envato only wants to share analytics and information that will encourage authors to keep uploading. Such as: popular topics, best selling items, trends, keywords, etc.
Envato does not want to share any analytics or information that could discourage authors from uploading. Authors seeing page traffic and knowing the actual number of times their items were downloaded, would almost certainly discourage them. Why?
Page traffic and page visits would allow authors to easily see if Envato Elements is growing or dying, based on month to month visits. If page visits are falling, this could be a strong indicator that authors would be better suited to upload their footage to another marketplace.
Seeing download numbers for items would allow authors to calculate just how little they are actually making per download. For example, I have an item that made me $5.00 last month. Which sounds ok. But if I were to see that I made $5.00 on that item and that it was downloaded 500 times, it would allow me to calculate that I only made $0.01 per download. …Which doesn’t sound like a very good deal for the author does it?
Envato is a business and they are in business to make money. I don’t fault them for that. But it certainly appears that Envato Elements was created to make Envato more money, not authors. I also don’t fault the Envato staff or the development team in these forums, as they likely have no say in Envato’s decision to not share that information with authors.