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How to monetize a potentially viral web app

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by andreic, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. andreic

    andreic Newbie

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    So I've recently finished a silly app that started out as a joke. But my friends started sharing it like crazy. I think that, by any standards, it may become what we call 'viral'.
    Since it's the first thing anything like this ever happened to me, I have no idea what to do next.
    So how do I monetize it? when is the best moment to start monetizing it?

    (I'm talking about a simple web app, a few web pages glued together to do something funny. Social sharing is included, of course)
     
  2. TayaX

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  3. gazmo

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    Most important thing in these situations is to collect their emails. Sites don't "stay viral" after all...

    Offer them something they can' t refuse in exchange for their emails and you're set for a long time.
     
  4. andreic

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    thanks guys.

    my app needs a simple registration (one field so far, username) in order to start using, and everyone's been doing it so far, so adding one more field for the email shouldn't bump up the bounce rate so much, I guess.

    Once I have their email, what kind of offers can you shoot young people in college? (french?) I think (in my rather uninformed vision) that direct email marketing for young, tech-savvy people is kind of pointless, in terms of ROI?
     
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    Why should it be pointless? With the right offers you can make a nice Return.
     
  6. SkyrocketSEO

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    Don't spam people in the start. What is this "app" about?
     
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    For that particular demo, I would promote dating/edu/job/muscle related offers.

    Or even a simple tee-spring campaign targeting "computer geeks" could work as well. The only con about this method is that the INTL shipping fee will cost more in comparison to the US.
     
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  8. andreic

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    Since you've asked nicely ( ¬_¬ ) basically it's a combination of 2 social, (mostly)"offline" games (think "The Game"). the app takes your username, and generates a page for you, plus my secret sauce. After that, I've put up a simple social widget, and direct sharing form. I'm thinking about implementing another functionality that better targets the person you want to share it to, making it even more personalized, and thus increasing trust and interaction tenfold.

    I don't wanna give out too many details, since I know there's a line I shouldn't cross...I don't see how my question would represent, in any way, spamming people, though.
     
  9. andreic

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    Now here's a cool idea I didn't think about. I may search for something similar locally, here in France.
    Thanks, mate!
     
  10. TayaX

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    Mobile PIN related offer can make you hell of money in France. I used to get $100+ a day with 6 convertion only.
     
  11. SkyrocketSEO

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    I was talking abut spamming your users, not this thread. Try to grow your audience in the beginning, don't start offering crap immediately
     
  12. andreic

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    wow. That seems so...far from reality, my reality, I can't even conceive it. Could you tell me a tad bit more about it?
     
  13. andreic

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    oh, sorry. Misinterpreted your reply there.
    Thanks for the heads up. I'll take care, even more so, since I wouldn't know what I'd be doing.
     
  14. SkyrocketSEO

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    So, how many users you have? 100, 1000?

     
  15. TayaX

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    Well that was from fileice, a content locker associated with downloadable files. Fileice is closed nowadays tho, but im pretty sure you can find other CPA network with PIN offer from France.

    Then find a good thing to promote or offer to your visitor, use a content locker with that kind of CPA offer and bank !
     
  16. andreic

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    didn't implement the email grabbing yet. 188 connections per day and rising, via analytics.
    how's that in terms of IM? (considering the traffic is rather targeted)