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How long before you got your first sale and with how many tracks?
16 Apr 2012 14:05
Just signed up here - what's the deal with sales? Do you need hundreds of tracks uploaded to get started, or have you found things pick up with just a few?
Obviously it depends on the quality of the track and demand, but it would be useful to know some of your experiences so as to have realistic expectations.
23 Apr 2012 13:46
There's a lot of competition of course, but in the few weeks I've been here I've sold 6 items. Not much but at least there's hope. I notice it's pretty hard to get a lot of views, but the purchase/view relationship seems to be pretty good.
Changed 23 Apr 2012 13:49 by PremiumProductionTracks ""
27 Apr 2012 14:46
So much will depend on the library of music that you have and that you continue to build. More quality content = better. If you are able to promote the music & effects you sell here, even better. I find that the more regularly I upload new content, the more frequent my views, cart adds and sales do.
My experiences on Pond5 have been great! I'm a member for less than a year now. Super fast inspetion times, lots of great upload features and options, and the lack of higher royalties from being exclusive on other sites is more than made up for in the increased sales here.
1 May 2012 07:53
I am just waiting for my firs sale :S
28 May 2012 23:27
I am also a beginner and I am waiting my first sale!
1 Jun 2012 21:38
Hello guys and good luck!
23 Sep 2012 15:49
I don't remember how long it took for me to get my first sale, but I've had about 21 sales in around a year, from only having 11 clips total uploaded. The weird thing is all my sales except one have come from one track. I can't figure out why one track has gotten so much attention and the others haven't. Maybe it's in the right category or something. Anyway, I intend to upload more music over time. I enjoy composing, and having a place to sell is just a bonus.
25 Sep 2012 15:04
Hey all. I just signed up last night. Uploaded a few tracks to the review queue so let the fun and games (or frustration!) begin. Hello to Tacomusic also. Thats a name I recognise!
27 Sep 2012 13:14
welcome to pond5 sweetwaveudio
13 Jan 2013 16:23
I also signed up a few days ago and let's see what we can expect here regarding sales (non so far).
p.s. Some might now me under SonicCube better than Sonic Media Design
16 Jan 2013 00:16
Hi! I just joined P5. I'd like to ask you how long does the reviewing of uploads take?
16 Jan 2013 08:05
in less than a month i got 2 sales.
i do not advertise my music elsewhere and i still wonder about the magic of being found in this website! :)
16 Jan 2013 11:34
you should consider if you want to make a living from this type of musical activity, or you're not doing it for profit.
say you want 1000eur a month from stock music.
consider most sites take 50% of your earnings (a total ripoff imo).
that means you actually have to make 2000eur per month.
say you have 100 audio clips.
say the price that usually sells is 25eur.
that means you have to sell 80 clips monthly.
that's almost 3 per day.
you would better post on 20 different sites and hope that each sells at least 4 of your clips a month.
so getting 2 sales in a month is not impressive, bosone.
16 Jan 2013 11:35
i didnt consider some clips may not sell at a price higher then 15eur, and i didnt consider the taxes you'd have to pay for what you earn on stock music.
16 Jan 2013 11:40
actually, i think it is absurd selling on music stocks.
think about it, for a audio clip you spend at least 5 hours (at least !!!) developing it.
you might spend another 1-2 extra hours mixing/mastering it.
not to mention the cost of the softwares and plugin you're using.
so you spend a day (8hrs) on one track.
now, if you'd be working on a job, that day would worth 100eur (if you have 2000eur per month at your local job).
so your idea should return at least 100eur to you.
if you sell it at the regular price, 25 eur, you'll get only 12 eur from one sale.
so you have to have 8 sales of the same track only to cover the expenses !!!
after those 8 sales you can consider it to be profitable.
and having 8 sales on one track is rarrissimo on most users on stock music sites.
so you see, you're better off making a site and promoting them yourself, and negociating other prices with the potential buyers.
16 Jan 2013 12:38
dear LivingroomClassics all you said is right and i absolutely quote it.
i'm not at all impressed by my stock music sales. actually i'm impressed to had just 2 sales here after three weeks!!!
i'm also on other sites - where i sold something more - but still i made very very few money since the beginning of my "royalty free" experience.
but the matter for me is that:
1) music is my hobby
2) I am putting on these sites music that i have already made for my own amusement. On my HDD i have more that 100 songs of different genres, made in the last 12 years, for nothing but the joy of making music. I have recently discovered the possibility to put this music on stock website and i'm actually make some money from it, with very little effort (actually uploading, tagging and categorizing the tracks is SOOO tedious!!).
i'm not doing a lot of promotion, and i'm not spending a lot of time on it.
obvoiusly, i hope to sell more and to make more money, but for me it's not a matter of living "with" music or to sell 1.000 tracks/year... even some 100$ more on 1 year is good for me...
also, for me it would be impossible to contact potential buyers and to compose tracks on demand, because music is not my businness and i not have a lot of time for it.
But do you know what is the greatest part of all of this?? is that i made music because i felt the "necessity" to make music and to play / record my musical ideas. now someone is buying this music (on this and on other stock sites). That means that my music was not bad all all, isn't it? and this feeling makes me very happy! :)
16 Jan 2013 12:44
well. i belive people buy your music cuz they happened to stumble on it while they were searching, not that they compared your music with everyone else's and decided your's is better. also, they bought it cuz it's cheap.
stock music sites have cheap prices.
what i said right now is not strictly related to you, but to anybody that posts audio clips in here, including me.
what we all forget is that it's about the business side of the music-business.
it is about the business.
hard to grasp aspect.
i didnt yet.
17 Jan 2013 05:30
I am also a hobbyist at this time. I've had maybe a dozen sales to this point (on site since early Nov. 2012). I chose P5 over other sites like audiojungle because P5 is non-exclusive. When I'm ready and have enough of a portfolio and pipeline built I can put together my own site and market my royalty-free tracks directly. However, you have to be able to host the portfolio, support your own custom watermarks and be able to do e-commerce for digital downloads, etc. Until I can put all of that together, P5 gives me a place to start that doesn't tie me to an exclusive arrangement. Of course, this is just MHO. Your story and results may vary.
17 Jan 2013 12:23
why do u need e-cormmerce? wownt u just be posting your portfolio and then if someone likes it compose separately for them (not posting the result on your site yet) and bargain with the price face to face?
17 Jan 2013 13:54
Hi LC, that's something I had not considered in a while. My presumption has been that, except for larger budget situations, producers mainly buy stock these days. I would certainly relish the opportunity to compose for specific applications. I'll give that some thought. Thanks for the input.
2 Feb 2013 20:15
Dear pond5 Music producers,
Ready to change your life? I just typed this increible, thought provoking message in the forums...click below,
COMPOSERs, PUBLISHERs, and PROs, Oh My!
This may shed some light on this whole business. I just had my whole idea of making music, blown away last night and replaced with what I mention in my above link. Please read. I posted it here but thought it so important,I made a new topic.
This is going to change the way you think and you are all going to thank me. Well the ones that read this.
Nathan Luis Steinke
Changed 2 Feb 2013 20:17 by liftedCREATION ""