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How to improve my resources so they gain better popularity?

Discussion in 'Tes Authors' Group' started by 13smith, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. 13smith

    13smith New commenter

    Hi, I am a fairly new author who had plenty of resources made that I used to sell physically to people before I found TES. I used to gain plenty of profit from selling them that way as many people were interested in them. However, on TES I seem to be getting views but not many purchases and I was wondering if anyone could tell me how I could potentially improve resources so that they gain more recognition. Thank you.
  2. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    It's tempting to think that selling resources on TES is a relatively easy way to generate a decent sized income. I reality, I think the number of people who can actually claim to do that is relatively small, and they have to put in a great deal of time and effort to do it. If your resources sell, then I would continue doing what you have done, and treat any sales you might get from TES as an added bonus.

    Remember that your resources on TES will be exposed to a significantly larger audience. Unfortunately, you have no guarantee you will sell more, simply because more people can see them. Your resources will also be evaluated in direct competition with many others on TES, in contrast to when you offered them to people directly.

    If by gaining more recognition, you mean acknowledgement of the quality and usefulness of your resources, then you are at the mercy of the Review system. The review system lets users award a star rating to a resource, and also add their own comments on the quality and usefulness of that resource. In theory, getting good reviews of resources should boost sales. If you read through these forums, you will find various opinions on how effective (or otherwise) the current system is, and a range of suggestions on how it could be improved. You may also find a few suggestions buried in the TES Authors Forums, such as the blog on how to use social media to increase the audience you reach.

    On the other hand, if by gaining more recognition, you actually mean increasing your sales, then perhaps the distinct lack of responses to your post is an indication of how willing other authors are likely to be, to help you to sell your resources at the expense of theirs.
    JosieWhitehead, 13smith and mrajlong like this.
  3. TheIrishTeacher

    TheIrishTeacher New commenter

    Hi, how’s things!
    I started selling on TES nearly 2 years ago now. I’m by no means a huge earner, but I have recently engaged in sharing on social media which increased sales in my store. I created a Pinterest account and begun sharing my resources there. The more they get “re-pinned” the wider the audience grew that could potentially come across your resource on the internet.

    I’m by no means an expert, just trying to offer a suggestion that may help your sales.

    Best of luck :)
    joannammarsh, MosaiK and 13smith like this.
  4. 13smith

    13smith New commenter

    Thank you :)
  5. 13smith

    13smith New commenter

    Thank you for taking the time to reply, I appreciate your guidance :)
  6. MrMathsWorksheets

    MrMathsWorksheets New commenter

    thanks I was just about to post a new post with the same issue. I've just joined the TES community. My resources are well established in the maths world - but for some reason i'm getting loads of views with no sales. My theory is that it's the summer holidays so we have more students / kids on tes looking for holiday work, hence unwilling to pay.

    However this thread has provided me with some answers. I think in the early stages I should lower my expectations especially as a newbie.


    I'm also toying around with prices - one day I dropped the prices to £1, nothing changed. So I've just priced them according to the standard and quality as I see fit - let's wait and see!
  7. joannammarsh

    joannammarsh New commenter

    I've also tweaked prices to see if it makes any difference: it didn't. I find that creating high quality resources and just enjoying doing that in turn lends itself to sales. Posting up new resources regularly keeps your name 'out there' as new resources are shown at the top of the page for a while...this then leads buyers to look at your other products as they will be advertised on the link too....it's a funny game, but irresistibly playable!!
    MosaiK and MrMathsWorksheets like this.
  8. MrMathsWorksheets

    MrMathsWorksheets New commenter

    I think this is really brilliant advice, and it's funny you say it because i only yesterday came to the same conclusion- that enjoyment is really the most important ingredient - i find it shows up better in the resources you end up creating also. yes its nice being paid for your hard work but at the same time - let's face it, no one really gets into this game without having lots of care and lots of fun!

    MosaiK likes this.
  9. Hican1980

    Hican1980 New commenter

    You can start small and then track your progress then continue in the same direction
  10. gm8ty30

    gm8ty30 New commenter

    Can you give any examples of good or relevant Pinterest boards to share my resources? I use Pinterest, but struggle to find the right boards. Thank you!
  11. iGCSE101

    iGCSE101 New commenter

    the longer you stick around the more people will see who you are and what you have to offer (for example what your field is and who your resources are aimed at). Time and showing everyone your expertise will surely help bump your sales. The TES statistics are also great for letting you know who your audience is - and who you can aim your resources towards.
  12. tesAuthorTeam

    tesAuthorTeam Administrator Staff Member TES Authors' forum host

    Keep your eyes peeled in December, the new Author Academy will provide you with hints and tips on boosting your sales.
    nwilkin likes this.
  13. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

    I've pinned a few of your resources at https://www.pinterest.co.uk/mathsmutt/tes-authors-shops/
    Hope this helps you.
    Nataliebu likes this.

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