Recently, I have noticed that I have much fewer sales than normal – like only one third of normal (down with 60-70%!), and I have been really puzzled as to why that is.
I think I have found out why:
Envato has put in a filter, that as default does not show items, that are more than 1 year old:
This is really demotivating to authors such as myself, that works hard to keep my items updated and relevant.
I think, that finding some of my best sellers, are how people find my portfolio at all, and also are exposed to some of my newer items.
But lately, this is not the case. Buyers are not presented (as default) to items more than a year old.
This basically means, that as a loyal author, all your hard work, in trying to make an item succeed, are wasted after just one year. The item disappears in category listings, unless the buyers notice the very small filter button, that is enabled as default.
I guess Envato wants newer items to have a chance, which I very much understand and sympathize with. But this practice, does not encourage authors to keep updating their items in their portfolio.
A suggestion could be, to let the filter show “items updated or created in the last year” – in stead of the current “created the last year”.
This way, old and out of date items, would be listed lower than new and updated items.
What do you guys think? Have you noticed this filtering…?