Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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Before Avatar, a Curious Boy

Posted: 16 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

Over on the Tuts+ Premium blog, Skellie has listed 20 Must See TED Talks for Creatives. This is one of them.

"James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits ‘Aliens,’ ‘The Terminator,’ ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar.’"

7 Reasons Why I Love Envato Marketplaces

Posted: 16 May 2012 04:17 AM PDT

Natural Number 7 by Simon Dean

From a developer’s perspective who used to sell his stuff outside Envato, I’d like to tell you why I love Envato marketplaces, and why any Developer/Designer/Musician/Photographer, etc should respect these marketplaces as it may change the world of a talented people and gave them the complete environment they can use to release their innovation. These are top 7 things I love most about Envato.

1. No Marketing

Before I added my first item WordPress Automatic on CodeCanyon I used to market my products on a popular marketing platform which is a popular marketing forum having a section for listing special offers. You can’t imagine how hard was it for a developer to market his stuff.

Long story short, I used to search for a JV (joint venture) who would market the product for me and get his percentage, which was not below 50%. That was not only a hassle for me to find the right JV, but also he used to take the big percentage. In Envato the scenario differs. Just list your product and you are done. Pretty cool?

2. High Quality Buyers

In a developers’ life high quality buyers means low support tickets, as quality buyers already can understand what you expected they will understand from the documentation. So a developer can spend more time concentrating in developing and researching rather than spending most of time supporting people who don’t even know the different between a browser and Google. :D

You may see that as an exaggeration, but let me tell you a situation that I found myself in last month. I wrote some documentation for one of my products I was willing to sell on a popular marketing forum, gave it to the JV, and what? He didn’t understand it at all, although it was written in the same way I write for my CodeCanyon items.

He simply didn’t understand it, though all buyers on Envato understood the same documentation. He told me that “it should be easy, like a six year old child is reading it.” I was shocked. This guy who calls himself a marketer couldn’t understand fairly simple documentation. Perhaps his mind stopped growing since he was six, lol. :D .

3. Stay Motivated

Without being motivated you will never achieve. This is the power that will let you keep your hard work going and this is what Envato paid high attention to in its marketplaces.

To keep you motivated they give you as an author a cool set of shiny badges. You look at them now and then, and hope that you can increase or improve them over time.

You also have a rank over the marketplace which you look at and hope you can push further. And you also get notified every now and then when your last item was approved. This reminds you not to forget yourself and what you planned to do.

4. Get Rewarded

Everyone like to get rewarded for their hard work. Envato will feature your items from time to time if they deserve it.

5. Stay Awake

Detailed sales reports not only will let you know how you made this week and month, but give you the full picture of what progress you are making. This will keep you awake like, “Huh, I made more sales this month than the last one. I’m heading in the right direction.” Or “Oops, I didn’t achieve what I expected this month. I should concentrate more.”

6. Win-Win

Envato pays new authors 50% – and all the way up to 70% of gross sales. This is pretty fair, and is definitely cool for any author who do zero hours work in marketing.

7. Quality & Quality

You don’t like to see your quality items listed with other people’s rubbish. Envato is a quality place that keeps you proud of your work.


Marketing is a hassle if you don’t know how, and this is the biggest reason why you should love Envato to death.

Captcha changes

Posted: 15 May 2012 09:14 PM PDT

We’ve listened to your opinions about the captcha and we’ve made some changes to how the captcha works for signing in.

Previously, we’ve had to force the captcha to be required for all signins due to hackers brute-forcing user accounts. This was meant to be a temporary measure but it was safer to leave it on, even though it was at the expense of legitimate users.

After listening to your feedback, we’ve decided to add a change that hides the captcha for users who have previously signed in successfully on each computer.

You will only be asked for the captcha once per username per computer.

The captcha will still show up if you enter incorrect details, if you are trying to sign into another user account on the same machine, or the same user on another machine.

This change should make it much easier to sign in until we implement a solution that will reduce captcha rage. (Don’t worry, we have been hating on it too).

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