Tips For Becoming A Succesful Author On Audio Jungle


#1

Well I saw this topic in another topic and I thought it would be worth Starting a whole new discussion. The question posed by alankillian. I think it would be great to get a bunch of tips from everyone and eventually trim them up and imported to the blog.
Well I will do some thinking about it but just to start us off:

  1. PROMOTE your portfolio - make a banner to post on your social network pages and personal blogs and sites you might have with a link straight away. You can’t sell anything if no one knows you are here. Of course you will pick up the random sale form the community, but to really do some damage I really think promotion is first and foremost.
    Lets hear from the AJ Vets.
    Thankz .

#2

Funny, i actually started to write a tutorial on the subject a few days ago :wink:


#3

Awesome - Looking forward to reading it.


#4

I’m not going to post it all here though, because it’s about 500 words so far and counting. But i can give you two of many side notes from that text.



"When you upload your content, don't forget to create a little thank-you-note that you can include in your uploaded file(s). This little note can help you with returning buyer sales, because you were polite enough to say thank you for the purchase and smart enough for leaving a link to your portfolio."

"Name your files correctly! Title of track, Artist/Author and any other possible information you can squeeze in while converting your wavfiles to mp3. There are tons of freeware programs out there that lets you embedd LOTS of text information into your mp3 file.

I’ve seen far too many of these "2339_clean_edit.mp3"
And that’s all there is! Your not leaving any trails behind at all…

Think about it for a while, example:
A client buys a track from you and decides to put it up on his website using a flash mp3 player.
Another guy hears the song and goes Wow, i must have this too!, but without all that info he wont be able to Google you at all.
If your information is correct, well… i guess you can figure out the rest.Yes, Another possible sale."

obvious to some people, but the rest of the 99% is missing out. the tricks might be simple but yet, effective.


#5

thanks stefan, great tips!:slight_smile:
is there a way to re-upload or replace files which i already have in my portfolio to include a textfile in the zip without using the usual upload process?


#6
thanks stefan, great tips!:) is there a way to re-upload or replace files which i already have in my portfolio to include a textfile in the zip without using the usual upload process?

Yes you can :slight_smile:

Go to your portfolio and pick a track, once there you’ll see the “edit” tab.
Scroll down and you’ll notice the “update files” box.


#7

perfect…thanks;)


#8

A few tips of my own.

1. Don’t give up.

I’ve introduced a lot of friends to AJ and the licensing scene, many with some great tracks that would be very useful to the marketplace, but after uploading a couple tracks and seeing no sales, they gave up saying it wasn’t working.

It’s not going to work if you don’t work at it. Keep uploading, keep aggressively being active, keep trying new ideas and getting ahead. As your portfolio grows and your variety increases you’ll snag more and more searchers, your name will be spread around more. Like everything in life, nothing is instant. Keep at it! My first month in September I had a grand total of 3 sales, 11 the net, 12 the month after, now i’m doing not so bad with 17-19 the past two months and with a constantly growing portfolio, I intend to increase those numbers.

Which brings me to my next point.

2. Presentation is half the battle.

Yes you may have awesome work, and should people find those tracks they’ll oogle all over it and buy it, but that’s the thing. They have to find you AND feel that it’s coming from a professional source.

The MySpace attitude won’t fly here. Give the buyer EVERYTHING they need to know. What’s in the song, what the song’s primarily about, suggest a few things it could be used for (people love it when you tell them your product will work for something they need it for, simply because then they can go “so they DID think about my needs while making this piece”, even if you didn’t but know that it can be used for that particular purpose.

That doesn’t mean list every conceivable use, but you get the idea.

Tell them of any offers you might have for that song (is it in a pack?), use proper english and grammar!.

This is a place of business, so put on your business suit. You are representing YOURSELF with every song you upload, and if there are two songs of similar style and quality, the purchaser will go for the one better presented simply because it feels safer to buy from that person.

My first month and partially the second I didn’t have keywords or much of anything, hoping that after I uploaded the song, it would be found by people who wanted it. Would you dig through category after category to find your track? Especially as it ages and is buried deeper and deeper in the list?

3. Use keywords that don’t suck or are too ambiguous.
Keywords are key (lulz). With that said, it’s tempting to bleed the entire thesaurus onto your page and make sure if somebody is using the English language, they’ll find you.

WRONG.

Using keywords that truly speak from the heart of your song will snag more sincere buyers. If you try to invade in other peoples space by using keywords that would trigger when it’s not warranted, you’ll start looking desperate and unfair. And I assure you people will start getting annoyed at your blatant tactics and begin intentionally ignoring your account even if you have something they could use. Sure you’ll snag a few customers still, but I personally think the cons far out weigh the pros.

Also try not to use too ambiguous or specific words. Words like happy and joy are too broad (but still useful, use them), but words like appreciative or likable are too… strange. What does appreciative sound like (why just listen to my song you’d say), but those keywords are not keywords that come to mind often. So you’ll not get many hits from them.

What I like to do is sit down with AJ and search songs myself. I pretend I need to find a specific type of song, so what do I want to put in to find it. It’s much harder then it looks and as authors who make the keywords we often forget that.

Some thoughts to consider.


#9

This advise has been really good, thanks guys, especially Maestro Rage. Now, time to upload more…!


#10

Awesome tips, but thats why you guys are the best in the game IMHO.


#11

It’s strange if some one want to make bunch of sales with 1-3 item in portfolio. But conformance exception have place…


#12
"Name your files correctly! Title of track, Artist/Author and any other possible information you can squeeze in while converting your wavfiles to mp3. There are tons of freeware programs out there that lets you embedd LOTS of text information into your mp3 file.

Do you recommend sticking with mp3 as a file format? I’ve been uploading .wav in the interest of fidelity, but perhaps this makes my files less usable to buyers. If you don’t mind divulging, what is your typical file format and sample rate?

-Justin


#13

Uploading .WAV gives your buyer the possibility to make there own type of converting/compressing … I deliver both WAV & MP3 …


#14

Best way to do it is MP3 preview + WAV on purchase. Selling MP3 songs for entertainment such as on iTunes is all good, but I don’t think one can justifiably sell MP3s as high quality stock audio.


#15

Yea this is great for nubees like me. Need some inspiration to get out there and find clients. It can be quit daunting at times to find a starting point on the web, but going local can put things back into perspective. There are a few studios in my home town that I know of but I would be suprised if they know of AJ ( Im in New Zealand ). Even if they dont buy any of my stuff I will have still made a referal.


#16

Also it is possible to add some information when TAGging WAV or MP3 files, there can be added some useful links to your homepage or to profile here on AudioJungle :wink:


#17
DodoBasnak said

Also it is possible to add some information when TAGging WAV or MP3 files, there can be added some useful links to your homepage or to profile here on AudioJungle :wink:

Any example Dodo?


#18

Here I placed some example image, google for audio files TAG editor, or it can be done via WinAmp and with many kinds of audio players. You paste there links for example to your profile page, featured image and so on. The TAGs will then display when listening in audio player and will show in user´s workstation when importing the file, so if buyer impressed, sure will check the links. That´s the example.

IsaacA said
DodoBasnak said

Also it is possible to add some information when TAGging WAV or MP3 files, there can be added some useful links to your homepage or to profile here on AudioJungle :wink:

Any example Dodo?


#19

Thanks so much Solidbeats and MaestroRage for the advice.

There’s so many things you’ve both flagged up that I’ve never considered!


#20
DodoBasnak said

Here I placed some example image, google for audio files TAG editor, or it can be done via WinAmp and with many kinds of audio players. You paste there links for example to your profile page, featured image and so on. The TAGs will then display when listening in audio player and will show in user´s workstation when importing the file, so if buyer impressed, sure will check the links. That´s the example.

IsaacA said
DodoBasnak said

Also it is possible to add some information when TAGging WAV or MP3 files, there can be added some useful links to your homepage or to profile here on AudioJungle :wink:

Any example Dodo?

Very good point!