Serving ads in software
I am developing a piece of shareware software.
Does ad supported shareware actually make any money? I know that a lot of shareware have removed their ads. (Read this http://www.getright.com/statement.html)
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Cydoor is exactly what I meant about getting your software labeled as spyware. Check out the pages returned when you search on "cydoor" http://www.google.com.au/search?q=cydoor
Opera does this and their documentation is pretty good.
Ads are anoying. Maybe you'll have more luck making the basic version free, but providing an enhanced but commercial version.
Speaking of ads, I have been quite surprized that there aren't "sponsored" applications -- not banner ads rotating downloaded ads or anything like that, but rather just a particular corporation branding -- i.e. you load up SmartFTP and the splash screen proclaims "Brought to you by coke", and maybe the color theme is red and white with minimal coke branding. Given the proliferation of branding in the rest of the world, the fact that many very popular apps aren't branded seems bizarre to me. I'm, of course, talking about free versions of software -- this does not carry over to pay products. Speaking of that, the wife bought the "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" DVD - Unbelievably there are literally 15 ads before the movie starts. They are all ads by the same company promoting their other garbage movies, but this abuse of customers just blew me away.
>> I have been quite surprized that there
>> Ads are anoying. Maybe you'll have more luck making the >> basic version free
This is BS, in my opinion.
> Ads are anoying.
The point is that Joel isn't showing any ads in this forum. If he attached a "BUY FOGBUGZ!" banner to every post the number of posts here would decline sharply very soon...
I wonder how long until the advertisers realise that there's little money advertising to people too cheap to pay the $20 registration fee.
Well, Joel does put in small tags/ads at the end of his articles (My company recently released version 3 etc. etc.)...
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