Being a manufacturer/producer is a tough job, you need to put every effort possible into trying to create a product that will be better that its competitors.
Unfortunately, some people don’t bother polishing their products which is why forums covering all marketplaces are echoing with the groans of authors whose products have been soundly rejected. Recently ThemeForest applied a new policy to such authors.
They get banned for 6 months.
According to Envato, they are actually doing those authors a favor so they are able to fix mistakes, improve their skills and make their products better.
Unfortunately, this new ruling affected lots of authors whose products were getting lots of sales and were appreciated just for what they were. Why did this happen?
Envato devised some sort of equation that calculated the ban probability by dividing the number of uploaded products during the last 6 months by the number of soft rejects.
Meaning that if you uploaded 5 products over the last 6 months and a mere half of them required some modifications, then you’re banned from uploading new products over the next 6 months.
So what is this piece all about?
I’d like to show you the differences between these three marketplaces from the perspective of the author so that you can understand which of these three fits you the best. Let’s roll.
Yeah, that's us.
We became a marketplace not so long ago, but have already helped lots of makers to make substantial amounts of cash. Check out some author success stories here.
How do you become an author and to upload your first product to the TemplateMonster web templates marketplace?
When our review team checks your product you will receive an email notifying you that your product either requires modification or is ready to be published right away.
There may appear an impression that this process is quite easy, and you know what? It’s easy. Make sure you stick to the rules and don’t act irresponsibly.
You may be aware that our marketplace team claims that a product review takes 1 business day, but that all depends on your product. If you’re going to sell a font, then the review will take just a few hours; if it’s a package of illustrations, no longer than 2 hours; but if it’s a robust CMS template the review may take up to 1 business day.
Just be patient and don’t lose your temper. Now let’s have a look at what’s inside the ThemeForest author admin.
The process of product uploading is practically the same, but there’s a snag. You need to read lots of articles in their help section if you want to have your product approved from the first shot.
The number of requirements they have is astonishing, but despite that, some crappy products somehow get published and sold.
The process of becoming an author is similar to the one described above. First of all, you need to...
And here comes the moment when you have to be patient.
ThemeForest is known for its extremely long product review process, may take up to 1 month.
Here’s a suggestion. If you have 5 products you want to sell at various marketplaces, you can start by submitting them to ThemeForest, and then you can go to TemplateMonster.
If five products are submitted to our marketplace you will receive the feedback from our review team...ThemeForest remains quiet.
Your products will already be live at the TemplateMonster marketplace, and will be featured in the New products section on the home page. Some of them might have even sold a few times...ThemeForest still remains quiet.
At the TemplateMonster marketplace some of your products will be included in the affiliate roundups, and some guest posts...ThemeForest continues to be quiet.
You’ve earned your first $500 at the TemplateMonster marketplace (that’s an average income most authors get in the first month)...ThemeForest gave you a soft reject for one of your products; the other four items are still pending.
Still, it’s up to you to decide from where you want to start.
Let’s move on.
Why do you think CreativeMarket is the last on my list?
In case you were unaware, you won’t be able to sell your products at Creative Market unless you are approved as a seller.
The process is quite simple, but still a lot of those who wish to participate get rejected.
There are two possible reasons for that:
Still, I’m here not to justify or evaluate your English or portfolio, I’m here to show you the differences or similarities in author/author/seller dashboards.
Let’s see what's inside the Creative Market seller dashboard.
When you get your invite, your user profile will be upgraded to a Store.
As a store, several new menu items will be added.
When you press Add New Product you will see this screen.
As you can see there are 8 types of product details you need to fill in.
When you’re done, change the product status to live...and that’s it.
Your product goes live immediately and appears on your storefront.
And now comes the madness.
The second spot on the top 3 list of the CreativeMarket forum is “When should I expect the first sales?”
If you are lucky to be included in the handpicked section, your first sales will happen quite quickly, but if you are going to find leads on your own, the process can drag on for years...
|Product review time||1-5 days||25-40 days||0|
|Limit on number product uploads||No||website templates - 1 product at a time||No|
|Can you get banned?||You need to try hard||Hell yeah!
Lot's of Video Hive sellers were banned recently.
|Only if you violate copyright policy.|
|When should expect first sales?||1-2 weeks||1 - 3 months||1 week, or 3 months, depends on your luck.|
Hear me now! I'm not trying to recruit you, I'm just giving you an unbiased opinion about these there pillars of digital products.
You're the one to decide where you want to sell your products.
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