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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.
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  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 :)
    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 :)

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