9 Places To Publicize Your iPhone App

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On October 10, 2008

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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

asa.png 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.png 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.png 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.png 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.

aipapps.pngApple 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.

ipal.png 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.

nia.png NativeiPhoneApps features the “best iPod Touch applications and iPhone applications on the Internet” so you’ll want to be on there too! The submission process looks simple enough.

ipacouk.pngiPhoneApps.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.png 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.png 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.png 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.

  • Abbey

    AppCraver is personally my favorite. Another good one that you didn’t mention is Apptism.

  • Peter Cooper

    I’ve added it to the list – thanks Abbey, much appreciated!

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  • http://www.appbank.net appbank

    My website http://www.appbank.net is an iPhone app reviewing site in Japan and has some power of influence in the country. Why don’t you add the list?

    Submitting page (written in my poor english)
    http://www.appbank.net/2008/10/27/iphone-news/948.php

    And this is the most influential website regarding iPhone in Japan. I think the developer worth to inform him about the info for their marketing.

    http://ipodtouchlab.com/

    The submitting page
    http://ipodtouchlab.com/post-1.html

    Thanks

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    Great with any style music – pop, rock, hip-hop, jazz and rap .

    Just play song from your music and then start up iTurn. Move your finger back and forth on the turntable to hear your D.J. magic over your song!

    Touch control Scratch volume.

    Features include:

    - Scratch sounds vary based on direction of motion.
    - Pitch of scratch varies based on speed of motion.
    - Adjustable volume control.
    - Drag horizontally or vertically across the turntable for a single beat scratch.
    - Drag your finger for a variety of multiple beat scratches.

    Entertain friends. Great for parties – just plug into your system and use iTurn to add your D.J. touch to the music.

    Get the beat!
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  • jeff

    most of them are automated, for unbiased reviews visit

    iphonehacks.com
    iphonefootprint.com

  • http://lonelyplanet@blogspot.com Vincent

    My favorite is iphonefootprint.com. Good blog with nice variety

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  • http://www.tapdownload.com Chris Johnson

    Great list. Another site you can submit your iPhone and iTouch apps to is TapDownload http://www.tapdownload.com/AddPAD.aspx

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  • http://www.oasysmobile.com Oasys Mobile

    Thanks for the great list. Any other ideas on how or where to promote iPhone Apps?

  • http://www.ocelotgaming.com John Murphy

    Twitter is amazing. Use the hash tag #iphonegames. It is a great way to get some exposure.

    Ingot
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=300334122&mt=8

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  • http://www.appcraver.com AppCraver

    First off I’d like to say great list! Secondly, I’d like to thank you for mentioning AppCraver in your list. It is really important that as a developer you submit your app to all of these sites. With over 20,000 apps (currently in the App Store) you need all the exposure you can get.

    If you are looking for more information on how to market your app we have written and syndicated a helpful article which can be found here entitled How To Market Your iPhone App. We will be adding more tips and tricks to spread the word about your app. Best of luck to all the developers.

  • http://www.iphonecommunity.org Rob

    We do lots of reviews and app promotions as well. This post is a bit old but here’s another option:

    iPhone App Reviews and Promotions

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  • http://Phoxware.com Phoxware

    We do a lot of unbiased reviews and don’t charge a pay-per-review fee. Look for the Submit App link on our site.

    Phoxware

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  • http://iphoneapp.linkmobile.net/ jess

    it is a good way to challenge yr concentration and memorization .amaizing and cool!
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=311745565&mt=8

  • http://iphoneapp.linkmobile.net/ fredric

    It is challenging your eyesight and finger reaction. There are five stage in lite version of this game. Two pictures in each stage. You will have limited time to point out several defferents between two pictures. You will be enjoy this game at your free time slice.
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=310826056&mt=8

  • http://iphoneapp.linkmobile.net/ Tim

    It is every funny and easier to play.
    Try to sway your iphone/itouch Three dimensional direction, You can get three Hip-Hop’s accompanist. Whenever, any where you can dancing with your iphone/itouch.
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=311747545&mt=8

  • http://www.slapapp.com/iphone Rich

    Also don’t forget about http://www.slapapp.com . We offer unbiased reviews not to mention create our own apps. Check us out

  • Sergejus

    http://www.appalbum.com/ accepts iPhone app submissions

  • http://www.slapapp.com Robert

    We submitted to a bunch of these review sites. Some of the sites are good, and others are like a black box. In most cases it took forever for our reviews to be posted; some were never posted. The only site we experienced a quick turn around from was http://www.slapapp.com. They responded right away and had our review up within 48 hours. Granted we paid $10 for the “cut in line” option, but $10 to get a review done in 2 days. You can’t beat that! I recommend everyone check out http://www.slapapp.com. If anything it’ll get content about your app out there sooner.

  • http://freeiphoneapps4u.blogspot.com V. M.

    I’ve reviewed and showcased many apps on Cool iPhone Apps With $1 Caps. You may want to include it in a blog list to get publicity for developers. No, we’re not the big guys, but we care about getting the word out ,and every publication helps.

  • http://www.sinletter.com Asif

    Is the list up to 20 now? :)

    For opiniated iPhone app reviews check out AppStruck.

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  • http://www.appshouter.com Debbie Gordon

    Hi,
    we also accept submissions for reviews

    appshouter.com

    Thanks

  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    http://www.theiphoneappreview.com is also a great resource. They accept developer submissions and feature a lot of apps and provide comprehensive and honest reviews

  • http://www.iwikiphone.com Giadita

    We’ve recently developed a new platform called http://www.iwikiphone.com thinking of offering iPhone lovers and developers a real place for apps networking . You can register and build your profile page to let the world know what you do and who you are, you can point the apps you want into your Apps List and then upload reviews, videos, descriptions and more. But above all, you will be networking with people who are really interested in applications and those people will tell their friends what apps they like and so on and so forth. iWikiPhone.com is a free platform and you won’t find any advertisement on it, if there’s an app you’d like to promote by submitting your description, review or video just search in our DB and if you can’t find it please use the Contacts form and we’ll take care of that. I hope you guys like it!

  • http://sk4.co.uk Victor

    An amazing application that sends a WOL packet to a specific computer via the internet or LAN @ http://sk4.co.uk

    Pretty Amazing App Check it out

  • http://www.21x20.com/frog K Wags

    I found AppStoreApps.Com on this page and recommend everyone avoid it. I ordered $450 in advertising and never received any responses. I received no advertising, no refund, no responses — I’m out $450. Currently pursuing a chargeback with the CC as PayPal (the only payment method he accepted) declined to mediate a “Virtual services” dispute.

    So, a warning to any other developers: Stay away from AppStoreApps.Com. (I sincerely hope the originator of this blog will consider pulling the link to the site completely to help save other developers the problems I’ve experienced.)

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  • http://www.creativeglance.com Charlotte Matthews

    another most famous website to promote your iphone apps is http://www.iphoneappsgallery.com

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  • http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=325934793&mt=8 kashem

    Thanks for great list of resource sharing with us.
    Meanwhile try this brand new adventure game, it is simple and fun filled,
    Just one need to help Adam The “YO YO” to open the valve and reach for the exit door watch out ! he has to avoid slipping and falling in the pool of toxic liquid and also the creepy creatures which crawl over the well.
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=325934793&mt=8

  • ImNoSuperMan

    I strong believe TouchArcade.com(sister site of MacRumors) should be in this list. It’s the most popular blog for iPhone games(afaik) and has great forums for devs and gamers alike.

  • http://asdsoft.ru/en Aleksandr
  • http://asdsoft.ru/en Aleksandr

    Hello everyone!
    Let me introduce our website about applications for iPhone – http://www.oniphone.ru.
    We welcome everyone and invite developers to send us your game for review and publication on our site.
    Site in Russian. You can send a description in your language.
    We will promote your applications on the Russia market.

    Also, let me introduce a new game from the ASD Soft – Bikini Lines.
    Funny version of the famous game – Lines. To clear the playing field and you will appear next to the beautiful bikini.

  • http://www.21x20.com/frog K Wags

    Just an update to my above comment.

    On 10/22, we received word that our disputed charge from AppStoreApps.Com came back in our favor. We have received our $450.00 back from the CC company.

    … But it took us over 2 months and a lot of headaches. It is my opinion that developers should just avoid using that site or risk wasting a lot of time like we did.

    Good luck to all!

  • http://www.lucky3.be Kilimanjaro

    Kilimanjaro is now available on the iPhone App Store.

    Kilimanjaro is a highly original and addictive action game based on the concept of a climbing simulator. You can practice your climbing skills or test yourself in a time attack. Once you feel confident enough, you can challenge your friends or colleagues for an exciting multiplayer game.

    iTunes ->

  • http://www.iphoneindie.ning.com Tychicus Jones

    Game App: NewYorkSwimmer/SUDDENDEATH
    Developer: Tychicus Jones

    Itunes App Store Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/newyork-swimmer-suddendeath/id329164306?mt=8

    Free Promo Code: EJ4XHTEN6J9P

    Players hold their BREATH to compete and complete each stage.

    Compete with friends to see who can hold their breath the longest!

    How to play:
    (player 1) you hold your breath while your man swim to complete 5 Stages-
    stage 1………………15sec
    stage 2………………30sec
    stage 3………………45sec
    stage 4………………60sec
    stage 5………………90sec

    (TEST YOURSELF, BUILD STRONGER LUNGS)

    (Player2 mode) SUDDENDEATH

    You and a friend compete to see who can hold there breath the longest,

    player1:
    Jumps in and swims as far as possible(holding your breath as your man swims)hit BREATH when you can no longer hold your breath.

    player2:
    Jumps in and swims as far as possible trying to past player1 who is treading water waiting.

    If player2 passes player1 then player1 drowns SUDDENDEATH, if player2 stops before he passes player1 then player2 drowns SUDDENDEATH.

    So how long can you hold your breath

    Tic Toc….

    Music Option: on/off

  • http://www.LuvShaker.com Sherri

    Thanks for great info! Our first app just approved after 3mos+ in the black hole that can be Apple – in our experience, anyway. Here we go…

  • http://www.yarg.com Steve

    As a developer of iPhone Apps I didn’t realise for months that the reviews you see in the AppStore aren’t all the reviews! I did a search in Google for my App and it was coming back with reviews that I’d never seen before. Anyway it transpired that these where US Reviews and as I’m in the UK they’re not that easy to find (other than having to go and change the country via iTunes). Anyway I hope this helps some fellow developers .. http://www.appergy.com

    It searches the App Store .. all of them .. for App Reviews .. it can take a minute or so as the searching is live and not cached .. but it’s worth the wait .. well it was for me anyway ;-)

  • http://www.iPhoneAppReview.com Promote your iPhone App

    You can post a free press release about your app on my web site. It is a great way to get the word out.

    http://www.iphoneappreview.com/iphone-developers

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  • http://www.iphoneapplications.com.au Promote your iPhone App

    We also accept press releases about your iphone. We provide you with a page of content so you can write about your app, 1 x link to your website and 1 x link to your App in the Apps store, we do charge $499+GST per year.

    NOTE – our site dominates Google in Australia.

  • http://www.mduck.com/christmascardexpress John

    Thanks! this was a great article! I just launched my Christmas Card Express App. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=342874924&mt=8 and submitted to the pages above.

    Create your personalized and customized holiday photo cards and email them to friends and family right away! They will love it when you send them a personal holiday photo card of you wearing a santa hat in a winter background. (just one of many types of cards you can create)

    Why get this app? It is VERY EASY and FAST to use, while giving you exceptional options and results!

    Expect big gifts in return this holiday season for your thoughtfulness in minutes!

    This app will let you
    1. Grab a photo or take a picture with your camera
    2. Choose a nice background setting for your card
    3. Pick a personalized greeting with multilingual options
    4. Set and scale your prop to add that extra something
    5. Send the photo card via your iPod Touch/iPhone’s email right within the app!

  • http://www.PimpMyInterview.com PimMyInterview

    thanks for all the new app review sites from everyone…its much appreciated…here’s my contribution
    ExposeMyApp.com

  • http://www.alliphoneappsreview.com Parri VP

    Here is another venue to promote your app for free
    http://www.alliphoneappsreview.com/promote-your-app/

  • http://www.PimpMyInterview.com PimpMyInterview

    correction

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sin-finder/id345125126?mt=8 Burnham Global

    Sin Finder is a comprehensive, searchable database of over 119,000+ businesses that can be accessed wherever you are with business contact details, directions, reviews, feedback, and so much more at the tap of a button. It is independently owned and maintained, free of advertising, with the largest growing database of listings of interest for ages 18 and over adults.

  • http://ifanzine.blogspot.com/ iFanzine

    We’re a brand new blog that review iPhone and iPod Touch games, hold promo code giveaways etc… Any chance of being added to this list?

  • http://www.itouchapps.biz itouch apps

    Just released a few days ago, itouchapps.biz includes a general categorized app guide along with user ratings & relevant comments. We do aim to receive user app submissions in the coming future.

  • http://ipooon.com Dimitar Stoyanov

    Thanks for the post! It’s full of sites about native iphone apps, but where to put free webapps like my free sudoku game
    http://ipooon.com/sudoku/

  • http://www.fabernovel.com Marie-Caroline

    Hi,

    We juste published a creative common study on “How to market your iPhone App”. You can read it on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/misteroo/how-to-market-your-app
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  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/princesstd/id351077305?mt=8 ouloba

    PrincessTD is funny tower defenece game

  • http://www.iphonefortress.com Terry N.

    Hi,

    I wanted to add that iPhoneFORTRESS.com is another good site for iPhone stuff.
    App,s wallpapers & other good stuff.

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  • http://www.letigames.com Eyram Tawia

    Hey Guys,

    Checkout the 1st African iPhone game iWarrior on the Appstore
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iwarrior/id333224219?mt=8

    This game is awesome. I’ve played it and its really cool and different from other shoot em up games. The sound is true African and the color scheme is also really African. Try it now!!

  • http://www.musicroom.com Dan G

    Hi,

    Music Sales Ltd have released ‘The Beatles: Little Black Songbook’ iPhone application. This app represents the first licensed Beatles material to appear on iTunes.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-beatles-the-little-black-songbook/id317213840?mt=8

    Check it out!

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    Hi Guys,

    Please check out this amazing iPhone application for the Soccer World Cup 2010.

    Name: WCSoccer2010
    Description:
    WC Soccer 2010 is packed with loads of features and information about the Soccer World Cup. The application allows you to view live match scores with game timers, get the latest news, view information about the venues, watch the game highlights on the application directly from YouTube, see the group stages along with the scores for each team, the knockout screen allows you to easily view the progress of your favourite team.

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    What a great article. Thank you! We are currently trying to push our new Auto Recall app, that we thought would be very useful to iphone owners. Here’s a link if anyone is interested http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/auto-recalls/id366446682?mt=8 It’s a really neat app because it lists recalls for any vehicle both old and new. We just released the app and I had a few emails sent saying how cool it is because, as it turns out, many people don’t even know their cars have recalls! The odd thing is that we did not get any ratings or reviews. I actually tried to write one myself to see if it would go through, and it did not. To test it out I had a friend try from their phone, and again the review never showed up. Something is strange and meanwhile my app is sinking to the bottom with no reviews What is that about?

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    Hi all,

    Please, try GTekna Corporation’s promotion service. We promote your lite/free version of application and put it into Top Free 25 Overall in the US app store within 3 days. We charge a flat fee. If we fail, we make a full refund immediately.

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    Hi All,

    App Store Link:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iLoopIt/id367246530&mt=8

    For all puzzle lovers out there, try this one. You will love it. It’s so good because it’s so different. (Yes finally a different game that looks like nothing else on the app store). The idea is simple yet challenging. Trust me it will stimulate your brains and will grab your full attention.

    The objective of the game is to form a full loop of solid red lines that doesn’t overlap or intersect at any point within the grid, while achieving the blue numbers within the each square.

    The game has 3 levels: Easy, Medium and Hard – A total of 72 unique puzzles. The game remembers your Best Time for each unique puzzle so you can keep trying to improve your performance.

    Check us on the App Store!
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iLoopIt/id367246530&mt=8

    Have a nice day!

  • http://www.2010worldcupquiz.com/ Brian Venge aka The Real Zakumi

    Looking for a World Cup 2010 App that is NOT a Live Score Monitor, Score Predictor or News Feed Reader ?

    Soccer City Mania app is one of a kind and aims to generate interest, excitement & supply relevant knowledge about the World Cup Finals being hosted in South Africa. This app is fun & suitable for soccer fans of all ages. Users will acquire relevant knowledge about the beautiful game in a beautiful country. Knowledge that will be useful to maintain bragging rights in the pub, school or office.

    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/soccer-city-mania-2010-world/id365646125?mt=8

    Free Promo Codes for the early birds
    6LHF64H3LAHL
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