I have had quite a few theme for sale on themeforest in the past, but I haven’t made one for about three years. One thing I did notice though, is that when I was developing themes to sell here, the weekly top themes would always change week to week as nice new themes overtook previous ones.
I have been wanting to make some new themes lately but it is pretty discouraging to think about selling them on themeforest when I see that years after I have stopped selling themes here, the same 6-7 themes are in the top 7 spots for most popular for the week as they were 2-3 years ago. These top themes have many more weekly sales than they did when I left, while at the same time, the newest 5-6 pages of themes look like they are averaging worse sales than then.
So to anyone who is an author or knows enough about the market to answer: Is it still worth it to make a nice theme as a solo theme developer? Can they still succeed? And can you do it without having to have 1001 features added in on top as plugins?