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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
In this forum there's a lot of talk about how you shouldn't commit to writing an app unless you get 10 people who say they're willing to buy based on the idea alone... well, last night one of my apps had its 10th sale since launching in January (4 months), so I'm very pleased. :)
Yes, it's still small-time for me. I'm not rich, ready to quit my day job, or anywhere near ready to retire, but the money so far is nice and the income-to-work ratio is fantastic ($19 for 1 minute of work = $1140 per hour).
This is what I've learned so far:
(1) Don't price your apps too cheap: raising prices actually generated sales for me, even when one was raised by a massive 444% ($9 to $49).
(2) Don't waste time with PAD files. I didn't. Just publish your apps to big-name sites like Download.com (but ask them not to wrap your app in their Installer), MajorGeeks, Softpedia, and FileHippo.
(3) Signing your executables may or may not help. I haven't signed but made 10 sales so far, so the UAC prompt obviously wasn't an issue for 10 end users. Would that perhaps have been 100 sales instead if my app was signed? Who knows.
The advice in this forum has been great! I'd hate to see this place shut down. Let it stay open for others like myself who may visit in future. Thanks.
Congrats PSB136! Maybe I'll catch up to you soon! Lol
Saturday, May 16, 2015
@Zka: All I did was contact FileHippo and politely asked if they'd be interested in featuring my product on their website, and gave them the URL. They replied asking for more info, which I sent. A month later, it was listed. I can't give any further specifics than that, as I don't think they'd appreciate it.
@Scott: Why is that hourly rate a joke? If I receive 60 sales at $19 each, and it takes me 1 minute to process each sale, then I made $1140 for that one hour's work. Of course, this is not including PayPal's cut, taxes, etc.
"Of course, this is not including PayPal's cut, taxes, etc." and the amount of work you had before to create the software, the web pages, support, getting listed on web sites, writing help files... :)
Monday, May 18, 2015
Yeah, Racky, you can definitely see the stress in my previous posts about trying to finish my apps and get published. So many times I threw in the towel. :)
But I kept coming back because I knew I could do it, and because I truly enjoy writing software. Now with 10 sales under my belt, I feel more inspired than ever to keep working harder at it.
I wonder when I'll get a full screen of notifications like that. :)
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