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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
Some years ago submitting a new piece of software to a large number of software repositories seemed to be the way to go. Nowadays, apparently, not so much any more.
I know the opinions about this are divided on this forum. Just a quick question for those who still do software submissions.
Do you use automatic submission tools or do you submit manually and selectively?
In case you use automatic tools, could you share which ones you use and what experience you had with them?
Do you have any data/experience about recently submitted new software (not updates to existing ones) regarding impact/traffic generation etc.?
Otherwise, how would you, nowadays, make a new piece of free software known? Press releases, Adwords, forums, anything else?
And I always wonder how do I actually submit/suggest my software on MajorGeeks?
Monday, December 14, 2015
Home page. left column about mid-way down the page, is an "About Us" link. It opens a page with what they do, how they test, and how to submit by direct email to them.
Note that they're VERY picky (no offense intended) -- my most recent app submission was rejected as being unworthy and of no interest. :( So being listed once is no guarantee that they'll accept anything else you have to offer. But once listed, they're great with publishing your updates and getting your product noticed.
Thanks a lot PSB136 :)
I looked at various pages from MajorGeeks but didn't think that they put the explanation on their About Us page. But maybe this is also by intention...
Monday, December 14, 2015
If it's free software, and it has a niche appeal, look for where that community hangs out. There will almost certainly be a sub reddit for them.
Read the rules of that sub reddit or community, and if there's nothing explicitly banning you from posting about your cool new app, post the link and ask what they think, and if they can suggest any new features.
Don't underestimate sub reddits these days. Interesting links that appear there get spread around very quickly - to other forums, on Facebook and Twitter, and on more regular news sites. The key is not pissing off the users, as it's their turf you're invading.
They usually answer quickly, within a few days.
The bad news is that they twice didn't reply to my latest submission at all, and when I pushed a bit harder, they said they'd "have to think about" my app. That was two months or so now, so I guess that's their way of politely saying, "thanks, but no thanks." :(
Although, maybe contact them again and enquire if they got your email? They should respond to that.
>manually and selectively
Manually and selectively. Most of the Windows download sites are automated garbage heaps now.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
> How many sales do you get from organic searches?
I have no idea. :(
But download sites like MajorGeeks still have their place, IMO. Here's my web stats for the last two weeks before I posted an app update to MajorGeeks, and the spike in visits after:
And two sales the day immediately after the posted update:
So, without posting to MG, sales would probably still be zero.
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