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Bot Related Marketplace

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by theadultsplayground, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. theadultsplayground

    theadultsplayground BANNED BANNED

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    I'lll currently working on creating a marketplace that will be dedicated to selling bots and bot templates (e.g., UBot Studio bots, Zennoposter Templates, XRumer footprints, etc).

    The plan will be to give people that are interested access to submitting their own bots to the marketplace (I would create a user account, their would submit their product, set their own price and description, etc).

    Some concerns I have would be how to monetize the website for myself.

    Should I charge a commission for each product sold by the merchant or possibly a monthly fee based on the amount of products they submit and have active on the marketplace?

    Or even open the marketplace up for free for maybe 6 months to get people interested and work on getting traffic to the website then monetize the ads.

    If I charged a commission then I would need to hold the funds for at least 45 days before paying the seller since the buyer could open a dispute with Paypal.

    How would I handle support for the bots (I don't want to be responsible if the bot stops working).

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Shadexpwn

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    You can do a few things, make monthly VIP payments mandatory to submit applications or charge a flat fee for each product they are looking into submitting ($30 for example). You can also use paypal's API which is being utilized by sites like fiverr and other marketplaces. There are some themes I have come across in my journey that grant self explainatory access to a functional marketplace.
     
  3. demongerbil

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    I think same model as WF, no charge to register, but charge to post bots (like "War Room" fee). Probably lift the posting fee for 3 months or so to build up a base of bots that will give people reason to visit it in the first place.

    Also accept private banner advertising (just not too many on each page).

    Great idea overall, btw.
     
  4. Burn Notice

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    Crakin idea. Now you'd better get it up quickly.
     
  5. theadultsplayground

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    I'm using the ISC for the platform. Its in the early stage but here you go codeabot.com. I do like the idea for charging to submit a application. One thing I just thought about was maybe charging for featured items.
     
  6. clint1988

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    i am a newbie in Im but i would open the marketplace up for free for maybe 6 months and then i would charge a commission for each product and make ads

    so you get all positive sites of your methods
     
  7. meatro

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    I wouldn't mind taking part in something like that. As a seller, I mean. I can make small bots pretty easily in UBot and I've not really toyed with ZennoPoster, but I could get it figured out pretty quickly.

    As for selling, a commission would be cool. For the percentage, just work out a cool system that benefits you and the seller both. For example, a certain percentage for the first X sales, then after that, give the developer a better cut.

    Say if the person wanted to sell a bot for $20 per copy, you could start off with a commission of what, 30-35%? So you make $6-7 per sale, then after say 20 sales, knock it back to 10-15% so you're only taking $2-3 off the sale and giving the developer a chance to make some good money off the work. That would encourage good bots, encourage people to post their bots for sale and post more of them for sale.

    What sounds better to the developer? $650 for selling 50 $20 copies.
    or $770 for selling 50 copies? $770 isn't bad, plus you gotta think about the fact that you get commission off of every single sale of every single item. They don't. So you'd be throwing them a bonus there.

    How about having exclusive options like ThemeForest? You can buy the template for $35 or you can buy the template and they'll stop selling it altogether for a much higher price.

    Also, I would not be cool with you holding my funds for 45 days. I wouldn't do that at all. Because honestly, the developer is just another end user of the site, not and administrator or other special staff member. They're not responsible for the transactions. It's your website and it's up to you to protect both end users, the publisher and the customer. YOU are the seller. Otherwise give me back that 35%. :p

    I do not get to tell my suppliers that I do not have to pay them until the client pays me for retail goods. You cannot tell the developer, "I'm not paying you until this person is happy." In the end, you're dealing with bots. There's going to be issues, people do not know how to use it, people go crazy with it and get their accounts locked/deleted. You'd need to protect your own ass as well as the developer against that situation via a well written TOS agreement, return policy, etc.

    As a writer, I cannot guarantee at all that you'll be satisfied with a bot that I make. I can tell you what it does and how to use it, but if you set the timers wrong, proxies wrong, login info wrong, you're going to be flagged. Then you're going to be unsatisfied, but BFD. :'(

    Other than that, a site like that would be awesome. You could build quite the directory of custom tools, why not take requests as well? People request a specific task. A writer agrees and creates the bot, the person purchases the bot like any other. Maybe for a bit higher price.

    You know what I want to see? A bot that I can "train" to fill forms. Sort of like the ScrapeBox learning mode, but more dynamic and flexible. Navigates to a page, tell it which field is which and which buttons do what, what to write where and submit. Next time it goes to that page and any other time, zip, done. This would be incredible for "truly white hat" links. I've heard SENuke X is supposed to do something similar soon, but I've not looked too much into it.