9 Places To Publicize Your iPhone App
There are plenty of different places to get a mobile application designed. The problem is that they’re quite expensive. You might be able to figure out how to create your own, but it will probably look very basic. Instead, a good mobile application development software can make it even easier, so that you can build great looking apps all by yourself.
The Mobile design Starter Kit includes all the themes and scenarios you need to build whatever app you want. There are customizable and standard files that allow you to sell or offer anything you want through the kit. Everything is there, so once you spend the money, you can create as many mobile apps as you want – and even sell the apps if this is your thing.
Update: It’s 11 now – thanks to Abbey in the comments and Doug on the e-mail
So you’ve developed an iPhone application. You’ve got it up on the App Store. But now you need people to buy it and you want to get the word out. There are plenty of traditional ways to do that, but you also have the option of submitting your app to some of the many iPhone application review and profiling sites out there. Here’s a look at some of the options:
The Strong Contenders
AppStoreApps.com is one of the biggest and oldest iPhone and iPod Touch app review sites. Owner Doug Lynch has the goal of reviewing every single iPhone app. Unfortunately we think the volume might be too great in the end, but he does a thorough job, so check out his submission guidelines and other advertising opportunities.
AppCraver say that “If you have a new product or service to showcase to the iPhone community, AppCraver is the place to do it.” So don’t delay to get your app over there. Read their submission information and guidelines.
148Apps is another site dedicated to profiling and reviewing iPhone applications. You can submit any pay-for application for priority review by either sending 148apps a copy using the ad-hoc distribution method (keys are given on their site) or by sending them an iTunes Gift Certificate for the correct amount. Read more submission information for 148Apps.
AppSafari is an interesting iPod applications “gallery” that focuses on showing small screenshots of apps rather than full profiles. They claim to have over 1.5 million monthly pageviews, and have a good submission page.
Apple iPhone Apps is a blog (with 1502 subscribers at the time of writing) that writes about and reviews iPhone and iPod Touch applications. It’s less of a giant list of apps than the other sites and while they have no explicit submission page, they still accept tips.
Their reviews appear to be personally written and are of a high quality, so this would be a great site to get your application onto, especially given the healthy number of subscribers.
iPhone Application List is a site that lists iPhone and iPod Touch applications, unsurprisingly. It’s unique in that each app is profiled along with a full-size iPhone screenshot of the app. The submission page is quite straightforward.
iPhoneApps.co.uk is a blog with news about iPhone applications. It doesn’t appear to be updated very often, but a submission link is provided. Submit and give them an excuse to update (with your app!)
Apptism is another Mac application listing site. It has a very clean profile layout with a basic description, title, ratings (user and site), the app’s icon and other metadata. The submission page is here. Thanks to Abbey from the comments for the recommendation.
Other Potential Outlets
AppShopper is a new site by Arnold Kim (the guy famous for the excellent MacRumors.com) that lists iTunes App Store applications, with a particular focus on price changes and updates. It appears that applications will automatically make it into the site, but contact information is provided on-site, so if your application doesn’t make it in within a reasonable amount of time, it might be worth giving Arnold a prod.
AppRater is “where only the best iPhone Web applications are found!” This is a site principally for “Web applications” rather than the native apps as sold on the iTunes App Store.