Impressions On Download Sites

Since I had a lot of luck with submitting my PAD file and getting it registered on a bunch of download sites automagically, I decided to try submitting to an awful lot today, via Robosoft.

Here is my view of the transaction that happens between any shareware site and a shareware author.  What I bring to the table: I give you software for free, and this lets you attract visitors to your pages, not necessarily in the search for my software but in the search for an aggregator of lots of software.  What you bring to the table: you help any of those folks who need bingo card creators find me.

Here’s what a lot of software sites seem to think the deal is: I pay them for listing.  They then, possibly, direct people to me.  And if anyone purchases my software after downloading there, then I pay them a cut.

Funny, given that there are hundreds upon hundreds of download sites on the net, and I have no efficient method of evaluating quality of traffic I’ll get, this does not strike me as a good proposition.  I would much rather spend the $20~$100 you guys want on Google ads, where I have 100% control of my advertising and can guarantee that I’ll get X number of downloads for my dollar.  I’m similarly unlikely to link to anybody who asks for it: while I sympathize with your desire to get a higher PageRank there are too many of you and all I need is for one of you to go “bad neighborhood” to screw my business royally.  I see most of you understand this, as the overwhelming majority of you (even the ones with paid registration) refuse to give a standard link to author pages. and Tucows are sort of special cases: they have traffic which is just too high to ignore.  I’ve been on for about 3 weeks.  They’ve tracked over 100 downloads, which is roughly 50% of what I’ve given out myself over the same interval.  In another 2 weeks or so they’ll finally get through processing my submission for 1.03, after which those downloads should start to see much more frequent conversions (although I rather suspect one of my last 2 sales came from them, since that person came to my site the first time through the trial download).  (Tucows says they’ll have my application processed at some point in 2007.  Thanks fellas.  I love you, too.  After seeing what it takes to get a decent rating on your site I think I’ll pass in favor of producing a quality product.)

In any event, free is free.  My site is now available at 89 places more than it was this morning.  Here’s my promise to the RoboSoft author: if I get 4+ sales which originated at those sites in next 30 days, you get your $100 and a hand-written thank-you note.

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2 Comments on “Impressions On Download Sites”

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    In any event, free is free. My site is now available at 89 places more than it was this morning. Here’s my promise to the RoboSoft author: if I get 4+ sales which originated at those sites in next 30 days

    Thank you for your interest in RoboSoft! We are glad that you enjoy your free trial. Yes, for an average shareware product ($25-$35) that is intended for a large user auditory, you should get 5-10 “hot sales” while your product stays on tops of download sites listings, on the “recent additions” pages etc. However, this is not the main goal of your download sites promotion campaign. This is just a bonus. The main goal is increasing of your search engines visibility. You may want to check the DynamicPAD site for hints on how to get better results with RoboSoft.

    Best Regards,
    Mykola Rudenko
    Software Submission Service, CEO

  2. I don’t know if you know this, but they also offer a service where they’ll do all the submissions for you for $70. It’s not bad if you consider it takes you all of 5 minutes to setup. As we’re pretty busy (, I’d rather spend the money and let them take care of it. It might not be as effective as you doing it yourself with the software, but if you factor in your time costs, for us it’s definitely worth it.

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