Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This Week’s Featured Authors

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 04:55 PM PDT

Congratulations to this week's featured marketplace authors.

ASIMANCA ActiveDen Featured Author: ASIMANCA

Our current featured author here on ActiveDen is ASIMANCA who joined in August 2009, has a portfolio of 20 items for sale and has racked up 332 sales!
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scoringaudiogeeks AudioJungle Featured Author: scoringaudiogeeks

Our current featured author here on AudioJungle is scoringaudiogeeks who joined in June 2011, has a portfolio of 88 items for sale and has racked up 72 sales!
View scoringaudiogeeks’ Portfolio

ProgressionStudios ThemeForest Featured Author: ProgressionStudios

Our current featured author here on ThemeForest is ProgressionStudios who joined in July 2010, has a portfolio of 10 items for sale and has racked up 1898 sales!
View ProgressionStudios’ Portfolio

BuddyFX VideoHive Featured Author: BuddyFX

Our current featured author here on VideoHive is BuddyFX who joined in January 2011, has a portfolio of 8 items for sale and has racked up 85 sales!
View BuddyFX’s Portfolio

kinzi21 GraphicRiver Featured Author: kinzi21

Our current featured author here on GraphicRiver is kinzi21 who joined in December 2009, has a portfolio of 47 items for sale and has racked up 2763 sales!
View kinzi21′s Portfolio

KonradRakowski 3DOcean Featured Author: KonradRakowski

Our current featured author here on 3DOcean is KonradRakowski who joined in April 2011, has a portfolio of 59 items for sale and has racked up 13 sales!
View KonradRakowski’s Portfolio

dijitals CodeCanyon Featured Author: dijitals

Our current featured author here on CodeCanyon is dijitals who joined in July 2009, has a portfolio of 5 items for sale and has racked up 1257 sales!
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PsdPremium Tutorials Featured Author: PsdPremium

Our current featured author here on Tuts+ Marketplace is PsdPremium who joined in August 2010, has a portfolio of 18 items for sale and has racked up 931 sales!
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homydesign PhotoDune Featured Author: homydesign

Our current featured author here on PhotoDune is homydesign who joined in August 2011, has a portfolio of 526 items for sale and has racked up 13 sales!
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Five Years of Envato

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 12:47 AM PDT

It’s kinda crazy to think, but our little internet startup, Envato, has been on the air now for five years. We started back in 2006 as four very enthusiastic and totally green entrepreneurs with a shoestring budget and a love of the web. Fast forward five years and while we’re hopefully a little less green, we’re still incredibly passionate about Education, Marketplaces and the web! It’s been an amazing time and we’d like to share a look inside our Melbourne HQ offices, some stats about Envato and a big thank you to the community.

Behind the Scenes

With such a big milestone, we thought it might be good to give an inside glimpse into our Melbourne HQ offices and some of the people that work here. So we invited a Melbourne film crew called Compulsive to come in and shoot a 3 minute video about Envato. I hope you enjoy it!

As you may know, we also have a large remote team working around the globe on our sites. Next year we’re hoping to gather all of Envato and as much of the community as possible for an epic meetup, but in the meantime if you’re curious to see who’s who, you can check out this little video from our remote staff meetup last year in Chicago.

Some Stats

Looking back at five years of exciting and sometimes exhausting Envato work, I put together some stats about Envato from our time online so far. In five years we have:

  • Published over 10,000 tutorials and articles helping people learn everything from Photoshop to Freelancing
  • Hosted over 300,000 items for sale on our marketplaces from WordPress themes to Stock Photos
  • Showcased over 12,000 items of inspirational design, photography and a host of other creative mediums on Creattica
  • Listed over 8,000 jobs on our freelance job board
  • Reviewed and rounded up over 3,000 apps on our AppStorm network
  • Launched 9 marketplaces, 11 tutorial sites, 9 blogs, 18 books, 7 bundles, 4 Regular Podcasts, and more social media accounts than you can poke a stick at
  • Accumulated close to 1 million RSS subscribers and twitter followers
  • Signed up almost 1 million marketplace members, 90,000 Creattica members, 50,000 FreelanceSwitch members, and 40,000 Tuts+ Premium subscribers
  • Served up well over 1.5 billion pageviews across all our sites since inception

Holy toledo batman!!

Thank You

I can’t say thank you enough to all of you for supporting Envato all these years. Whether you are long-time user of the Marketplaces, Tuts+, AppStorm, FreelanceSwitch or Creattica, or just a casual visitor, we’re really proud that you stop in and use our sites. If you’re one of the thousands of contributors, authors, writers, and subscribers, we’re honored and humbled that you have helped us build this company and filled these sites with such amazing content. And regardless of who you are, we hope that we can continue to provide value and service to you for many more years to come!

On behalf of the whole team, thank you all!
CEO, Chief Tea Drinker and Web Designer Who Doesn’t Get to Design Anymore

Author Interview: DanaosC

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:00 PM PDT

Going to school in Greece, being “a disgusting and funny guy”, having speakers you really like, and watching anime. This week we meet Danaos Christopoulos (DanaosC) from VideoHive.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

Hello, my name is Danaos Christopoulos, and I am a 16-year-old Motion Graphic Design student living in Rhodes, Greece, and I am currently self-learning.

I do accept freelance jobs when I have the chance, but the main source of income is from the Envato marketplaces. As a high school student, I am not able to work in some company or anything, so Envato is my best and only choice.

I haven’t really gone abroad or anything, but I want to visit Japan someday.

Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?

My primary marketplace for sales is where the honey comes from, VideoHive! But I have also some items in AudioJungle, and I plan selling on GraphicRiver as well.

On VideoHive I sell AE templates and specifically trailers, but I have various logo reveals and social media promotion videos. I’m planning on making other unique AE templates for sure.

On AudioJungle I have only one item, just to experiment making a soundtrack. Who knows though, in the future I may make more!

How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?

Actually, I was searching for freelancing jobs, but you know how the Internet works, especially these days. You can’t trust anonymous people easily.

And then one day, bang! Here comes Envato! I found VideoHive and the other Envato marketplaces. That changed my life for the better. I started uploading projects, and as I saw my income rising I was getting into this thing more and more!

I haven’t really had any “training”. All I know is what I learned by myself. Tutorials from websites, training videos etc.

Describe your home workspace.

Workspace huh? Well, it’s simple and pure. Could be better though. Sometimes the mouse gets in my way when I am typing because I have a strange way of holding it.

My desk is long and big, and very comfortable. A wide space is always good. I’d say that I could do no work in front of another desk.

I am proud of my speakers. Well they could be better, but I really like them!

Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?

It really depends of what type of file I create. I usually find music that I really like and imagine the motion, colors and style that it would fit the music.

I decide on which type of template – trailer, promotion, presentation etc. It doesn’t take lots of time, usually 2-3 days.

After I make the project, I render it out with the VideoHive watermark and preview it. If it has some mistakes in it, I correct them until it’s fine.

Then I modify its file structure in and out of the project, so it would be easy and simple for buyers to customize it how they want. I usually include color options, so the user will have a variety of colors to choose from.

What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?

I can say for sure that difference matters! I mean, c’mon, I think you understand too that if you create items where there are hundreds of them out there, it’s really hard to get many sales. Don’t aim for 1-2 sales, but the maximum possible.

You have to ask yourself, “Is this item really needed?” or “Do people need this item?” Well, you have to get in people’s shoes, and understand what they want. Just imagine yourself as the buyer.

After you have some ideas, one really important thing is the quality. Even if the idea is special and unique, if the execution of it is low, then the outcome will be the same.

To sum up, creativity is what matters when creating a great portfolio.

What do you do to market your files?

Just advertise, post links, advertise and post links! ;)

I post my links on Facebook or Twitter. I keep updating my videos on YouTube and Vimeo. I could say that Vimeo is a great place for marketing your items if they are videos. Even if it’s a theme, template or picture, you could always make a video of it, join a group, and post your links.

And remember, one very important thing when you are posting your links: ALWAYS use your referral link.

What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?

Hm, that’s a hard one, I really don’t have any favourites, but if I had to choose, I would choose as my favourite the Destiny Project. It was one of my first projects, and it went unexpectedly well.

I really like this one, because I succeeded making an epic trailer. :D I’ve seen so many authors making trailers, so I couldn’t help but make one too.

Second is the Get Social Project. I like this one because I never made anything like it before. It was a new experience for me, and I have to admit it went pretty well.

And last is the Picnic Time! I am a disgusting and funny guy, so you can understand why I made this project!

Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?

elements is my favourite Envato author. He has some breathtaking projects! He really is my idol.

timmcmorris is one of my favourite authors as well. He has great voice, style and imagination!

And Last but not least, InlifeThrill! An author with great creativity. He has some of the most unique items in the marketplace!

What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time… What a wonderful phrase… Well when and if i have spare time, I usually watch animes! Sound childish huh? Oh well, trust me, it’s not. It’s worth watching!

Sometimes, I play basketball and sometimes chess. I like designing my website (www.danaosc.com). I really like adding more and more stuff.

And the hardest thing to do, study!

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