Thought I should share some detailed info about what this really means, after you get to be a top author. Some of you fight to get here, so I am trying to get you ready for what’s following, from my own experience.
1. If you are a company, don’t do it. In time, changing developers you will not be able to provide the support needed when the tens of emails will hit you daily, and the guys in charge for answering will be different than the guys that actually built the files. And let’s not forget that you might not want to give any guys access to your precious account, for one reason or another. Plus there are many other reasons why you’ll stop doing it, if you get successful as a company.
2. If you are a Flash Rockstar, get ready to spend time doing it, and quitting your day job. Passive income doesn’t get passive after you have to answer 30+ emails daily, and around 100 comments per week + be present on the forums, to get familiar with the competition, to create friendships and to hit infants in the head. Some of you know what I’m writing about.
Let’s not forget people will contact you for custom work on the files you built, and that you need to keep pumping files on a weekly basis, on Monday would be the best to do it, to stay in the loop. Every Monday that is.
Oh, and did I mention advertising your files whenever you can, wherever you can?
3. If you are a freelancer, welcome!
Cool, now that we have this out of the way, here’s how it goes for me. If I tried to be on top of the list, I made it in the same month I wanted to do that. (wasn’t hard, I was on the second or third place )
If next month I kept doing my job, I went back down from the top of the list. Ok, cool. DS has a job too, so I can keep up with him.
DS quits his job. Hmm.. that’s a good idea, and why not.. I quit my job too. Too many things going on at once to keep up. And the fight continues.
More than four months since I didn’t upload any new files, due to keep on getting custom work + finishing the Uni + starting my own startup (FlashDen gets all the glory for the bootstrapping thing). Where’s bobocel now?
Well, he’s back to where he was in January!
So if you plan on making some good money on FlashDen, make sure you plan to do it for a long time. The money is good, the opportunities are amazing, but the work is hard. If you’re up to that, come on in, FD is open.
Now, I think I’ll get back to making competition to DS.
Less files, better planning, continuous support and more documentation. That’s my goal for next year.
Hey man, thank you for sharing these great tips! Good luck with your goal.
Glad you’ll be back on January. Totally agree with point 2, FD income is great but it’s a hard work to keep up with all email support, item page comment and making new files.
I just realize something (in my case) that uploading new stuff is extremely important. With over 5000 files and increasing everyday FD is really competitive, I won’t get enough exposure if I don’t have new file and in the long run sales will decrease over time.
A large portfolio may also help if there is a period of time that you can not upload new file. With thousand of file the hardest thing at FD currently is to expose your file to buyer. Less exposure leads to less sale or no sale at all.
I just upload a new file and the first day my total sale boost up cause more buyers had chance to see my portfolio but the day after it fell down again.
Another thing is trying to have at least one file in popular page and get high rank, that means more exposure.
Good post Bobocel. I do agree – it can be hard to have a full time job and support files at the same time. Can’t wait to see some new stuff from you.
I m very new here.
for all the “exposure” issues, it sounds like it is quite impossible to upload a few good files here – and then wait for it to get some pocket money for you automatically.
I do also notice that the maintenance of comments/feedback seems tough for someone with a dayjob…like me…
anyway still thinking of designing a template for flashden to see the response. probably my christmas wish. XD
to create friendships and to hit infants in the head. Some of you know what I’m writing about.
thats old school! And it was baby seals more so than infants. But whatever lets smack them too!
- Author was Featured
- Bought between 10 and 49 items
- Exclusive Author
- Has been a member for 6-7 years
- Interviewed on the Envato Notes blog
- Item was Featured
- Microlancer Beta Tester
- Referred between 200 and 499 users
nice post Andrei, you might publish it on the blog too
nice post Andrei, you might publish it on the blog too
I thought the exact same thing, yep
Inspirational Post there bobo, was gonna keep this back a little longer but its not gonna keep quiet forever.
As of Jan 09 i will be full time flashden. The reviewing will help me to earn a definate income and when im not approving you can expect lots of new files from me including my first AS3 file
Hopefully within a few months i will be appearing on the popular authors board and tackling you and DS for your titles.
But like i said not until January, need to finish up projects at work and get christmas out of the way
someone`s changed their tune, no?
I thought selling on FD would be pretty much the ideal passive income, its not. The reason its not passive is because of the architecture of the site and the resulting community around it. FD needs to do a lot more to curb the culture of authors working for free. Selling on iStock you don`t get the endless comments and emails but then again you don`t get the big sales.
When i signed up to FD i did not imagine the amount of time i would have to put in but, I never thought it would pay my rent and bills
1) There are a few companies on FD and they seem to be doing fine, trying put off some competition?
2) I actually think if you can take a slight (and it is slight) sales hit, you can make FD pretty much passive. If your files are good enough they will sell even if you make it very clear that you offer no support. Just don`t expect to be a monthly top 5 seller. dabamol is a great example of this, he offers very little support (none?) yet has a very high quality small portfolio and is a 5 star, gold badge author. I bet dabamol is way in front of everyone when it come to work to income ratio.
3) i would not worry about the leader board, last year no one thought anyone would get a gold badge, now we have authors who have sold twice that! the income potential is amazing here.
If i could do it all i again, i think i would only make templates and put a huge amount of effort into help files, tutorials etc.. and maybe only have 10 or so files in my portfolio.
Almost anyone can make money on this site, but like everything you get out what you put into it