$1 Million with single wordpress theme

by GuyDon
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Everybody talks about product creation. Here's one simple unique example on themeforest..
This wordpress theme creater has sold more than 20000(+ still counting ) copies of a wordpress theme for $50 a pop..
Do the math $50x20000= $ 1 Million...

Link...
themeforest.net/item/udesign-wordpress-theme/253220
#million #single #theme #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    This shows that there is a high demand for wordpress themes...*hint* *hint*
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    • Profile picture of the author TMercT
      Originally Posted by owenlee View Post

      This shows that there is a high demand for wordpress themes...*hint* *hint*
      LOL that is the most obvious hint ever, but a very good one.
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    1 million dollars is very impressive.

    Note that from that, you need to deduct operating expenses (hosting, development, support) and affiliate costs, so the actual net figure would be less than $1M, but nonetheless, it would still be a great figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author 300SMG
    The money is definitely out there. And in the big picture of things 20k downloads is not that high a number.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marketing Fool
    Impressive... but I don't see what's so great about that particular theme...I don't think I'd pay anywhere near $50 for that thing...weird.
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    • Originally Posted by Marketing Fool View Post

      Impressive... but I don't see what's so great about that particular theme...I don't think I'd pay anywhere near $50 for that thing...weird.
      I agree totally. I personally think its ugly :/
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    • Profile picture of the author icoachu
      Originally Posted by Marketing Fool View Post

      Impressive... but I don't see what's so great about that particular theme...I don't think I'd pay anywhere near $50 for that thing...weird.
      Because it is used as a BASE for other designs. People use it for service sites. It's a B2B theme, that's why it does so well. I'm thinking of using it for my blog selling business.
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      • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
        There is a lot of value in selling 'non exclusive' rights to products or services.

        Buyers get a bargain because they're purchasing something for a fraction of what they'd pay for a bespoke one off. And that bargain price means that the supplier has the possibility to move huge units.

        I first saw this business model from an Online hip hop producer that I used to work with. He started selling exclusive rights to his beats for a few hundred dollars and then moved over to selling none exclusive rights for only $20...

        He would sell tens of licenses to individual beats. Sometimes even hundreds and his income grew far beyond when he was only selling exclusive rights.
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  • Profile picture of the author xparte
    I don't know. It looks clean, professional, simple. Would I pay $50 for it? Probably not, but I don't hate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    You guys are totally missing his other product sales from his portfolio.

    internq7's Portfolio | ThemeForest

    When you do the maths on his TOTAL sales to date his figure is even more impressive.

    $1,261,456 since 20th February 2010
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    • Profile picture of the author GuyDon
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      You guys are totally missing his other product sales from his portfolio.

      internq7's Portfolio | ThemeForest

      When you do the maths on his TOTAL sales to date his figure is even more impressive.

      $1,261,456 since 20th February 2010
      Yeah Will, I saw his portfolio later.. So how about this guy then 43250 units sold since May 2010
      themeforest.net/user/peerapong
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  • He should sell his business on flippa for around 15million or so. He's set for life!
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  • Profile picture of the author JabMonkey
    Haha...the U-Design theme looks ugly? I purchased it from him some time back when the way the slider works was considered unique. Sold my site for over $2k with that theme.

    I also know a top writer (I'm talking $500 minimum an article), who uses that theme to sell her services.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Thank you for sharing.

    I have friend, a fellow Warrior and client he used U-Design to design his client's sites, yes he likes to design sites for offline small businesses and he is doing good job with u-design,

    here is his recent creation with u-design:
    Livingstone Tanzania Trust

    Regards,
    Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    This is called marketing. Ofcourse the theme is also beautiful. But take time to see the duration of selling the 1 million themes
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    The product authors on evanto get anywhere from 50% - 70% of every sale, depending on the volume of sales they have. This guy would be getting 70% of every sale.

    You can see the schedule of rates here:
    Payment Rates | ThemeForest
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  • Profile picture of the author J50
    People are quietly making millions of dollars all over the web, find something you naturally excel at and pursue it as hard as you can.
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    • Profile picture of the author dejoliet31
      The point is that money is being made using the Internet. Not everyone is a theme designer or programmer, etc. But if you find the right niche and the right problem to solve, then stick to it, you can make huge profits.

      There are, of course, other pieces to the puzzle. If we fail to recognize that the process has been over-simplified when we talk about the above theme, we will be disappointed if we try and replicate its success and fail. So it's important to applaud the creator's success (as giving us hope) while realizing it is a 'bit' more to it than simply creating another WP theme.
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  • Profile picture of the author cooler1
    That's impressive.

    What is the main appeal of the Forest theme which made it such a hot seller?
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      That's impressive.

      What is the main appeal of the Forest theme which made it such a hot seller?
      The focus of the theme, like its name (UDESIGN), is to let you design your own unique website, with ease. Basically it has a ton of options to make your website unique from everybody else's of those who bought the same theme, unlike other themes where you could only change color schemes. In this theme you can also change the overall layout with ease.

      I don't know why people wouldn't pay $50 for it. Perhaps they don't see the usability of it. But in my opinion, the theme is very well constructed and slick. I have bought it and used it on my sites and love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Surminga
    Themeforest must rake in quite a bit - I don't know the cut they get but I imagine 5/10/15/20 in that region. They must make a fortune selling so many themes.
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    Very impressive, damn
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  • Profile picture of the author APRAffiliates
    It generated 1 Million revenue but how much of that does the guy take home?

    Either way that's impressive. (a lot of original sites out there lol 20,000 of the same)
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Kyle
    Originally Posted by GuyDon View Post

    Everybody talks about product creation. Here's one simple unique example on themeforest..
    This wordpress theme creater has sold more than 20000(+ still counting ) copies of a wordpress theme for $50 a pop..
    Do the math $50x20000= $ 1 Million...

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    Hi Guy,

    And what about the income generated by platforms like themeforest, templatemonster etc.? Substantial and makes you think.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Good for the seller. I don't like the theme and wouldn't pay anything for it, but that's true for a lot of themes. Most of them are near copies of each other. Time to come up with something new.
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    • Profile picture of the author WillR
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Good for the seller. I don't like the theme and wouldn't pay anything for it, but that's true for a lot of themes. Most of them are near copies of each other. Time to come up with something new.
      The same can be said for most success stories like this one. More often than not the product is nothing special and not necessarily the best product out there -- just the right product at the right time. There is a lot to be said for just taking action because it's not always the best product that makes the most money. But a product idea sitting in your head can never sell anything!
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  • Profile picture of the author footbag_man
    Originally Posted by GuyDon View Post

    Everybody talks about product creation. Here's one simple unique example on themeforest..
    This wordpress theme creater has sold more than 20000(+ still counting ) copies of a wordpress theme for $50 a pop..
    Do the math $50x20000= $ 1 Million...

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    WOW..

    And that theme isn't even really that impressive.. I've seen much better ones.

    1 millions dollars ... awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author TyreeSEO
    Why would you guys all get the same theme? That's like using a woman 20,000 times. I want my site to be clean and new just like my women.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
      Originally Posted by TyreeSEO View Post

      Why would you guys all get the same theme? That's like using a woman 20,000 times. I want my site to be clean and new just like my women.
      Did you even bother to read my post just 2 posts above yours or at least do some research on the theme? The theme is called udesign for a reason. It allows you to highly customize the theme to our liking. It allows you to make unique sites which are different from others using it as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Baadier Sydow
    The theme is a framework and allows for a lot of customization, hence the name. Its a quality system as you could definitely get a graphic designer to do something unique using your framework.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Ken Russell
    Wow nice. That theme looks awesome. Good for the seller!
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  • Profile picture of the author stan22
    Originally Posted by GuyDon View Post

    Everybody talks about product creation. Here's one simple unique example on themeforest..
    This wordpress theme creater has sold more than 20000(+ still counting ) copies of a wordpress theme for $50 a pop..
    Do the math $50x20000= $ 1 Million...

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Wow! That is a lot of money. I should have gone into themes. Lololol. Too bad that I am not passionate about them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Huy Phan
    Originally Posted by GuyDon View Post

    Everybody talks about product creation. Here's one simple unique example on themeforest..
    This wordpress theme creater has sold more than 20000(+ still counting ) copies of a wordpress theme for $50 a pop..
    Do the math $50x20000= $ 1 Million...

    Link...
    It's not really one million, because TF takes commission (fo under 27k in earnings, it's 50%, and when you get higher earnings, the commission drops, and the least they take is 25%, if i'm not mistaken).

    Also, as someone pointed out - take the costs of making the theme (i would say at least a month), and also, hosting the demo (because demos are not hosted on TF), and also time to spend on support.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffreydale
    I actually bought a theme from there and used it on my old site. Very good themes, and they were always helpful when I had a question. They also offer coding services if you want something "special" done to your theme as well, but of course it will cost you.

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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    $1 million, wow!

    I actually think it does not look that good...LOL.

    But hey, eye is in the beauty of the beholder i guess.
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  • Wow that is awesome, I never realized that word press themes could make so much money.
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  • Profile picture of the author RohitShah
    Thats great. I even think Optimizepress would have reached that number. Its not just about creating a product. Its about sticking to it too!
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