Hi @MusicBoxStudios! I will always encourage and motivate anyone to continue when they’re in a situation like this. Why give up if you’ve come so far? Everyone always has two options: Sit back and wait for things to happen, or work hard and be in control of what happens next. Which one do you want to do?
Succeeding on AudioJungle (much like anything in life) requires a commitment so authors should always ask themselves how committed they are, or how committed they want to be, to not only continue, but to be successful.
To cut to the chase though and to answer your ultimate question, I don’t think it’s fair to blame your current success on the search engine. Here’s what’s really going on:
###You’ve released 4 tracks in the past 5 months.
I can’t put it any more bluntly than that. So every time a customer comes to find music for their project, the probability of someone purchasing tracks you made in 2016 are 4 out of almost 400,000, such is the size of the AJ library now.
I would ask yourself, is this putting your best foot forward? Is this the best way for you to compete with others? Simultaneously, are you putting all your eggs in one basket? If AudioJungle is the only way you are promoting your music, you’re probably doing it wrong (or at least, inefficiently). Authors are now thinking outside the box and working on new and better ways to drive traffic to their content on AudioJungle.
Long gone are the days of releasing a couple of high quality tracks here and there and expecting to earn a living off of it. Competition is now huge. Thousands upon thousands of new items every single week and almost 400,000 tracks in the library every time a customer comes to find the right track.
I think successful authors in the “new world” are succeeding because they’re finding the right balance between quality and quantity. So on one end of the scale, you’ve got an author (for example) who has an amazing track, and it’s selling, and it’s super high quality, but it’s only one track. And on the other end of the scale, some authors are churning out a ton of “average” items on a regular basis. I think the sweet spot right now is somewhere in the middle:
###Aim for original, high quality content, but produce and submit it on a regular basis. Find the balance that works right for you and discover how much you are willing or able to commit to.
I hope this is some honest and useful food for thought, and good luck whatever you decide.