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Protecting our product = making money

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by ntlntl, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. ntlntl

    ntlntl Registered Member

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    A story of my mate >.<

    My friend whom i worked with is upset and in a very bad mood at the moment. Months ago, we surfed the net for information, to feed our entrepreneur spirit, to make some money online. I chose MMO, and working on warez sites. He chose to be a teacher or so. He made a very good basic course about "making money online" in local language for our local market, hoping to earn big. He is smart, he has many things to teach, and to publish. The courses were about adsense...He made examples to show ppl.

    3 days after launch, the videos, pdfs,,..are everywhere on the net. Local demand turned into 0...Everything failed. I have nothing to do with it, he has his biz, failed. However I kept thinking about that. How can publishers survive in such situation

    Is there a good way to protect the courses? I got some ideals
    + Selling as products with activation keys
    + Use of Elearning website and charge membership fees
    + Use of printed books with online forum access
    ......

    Today I found

    Code:
    http://www.esellerate.net/solutions/activation_demo
    It promises to sell and to protect our products via activation keys system. A key is attached to a computer.

    I also found that videos in these 2 sites are flash and I don't see IDM download tag as usual with .swf files. Is there a way to capture these? If not, it maybe a solution?

    Code:
    http://copypastesystems.s3.amazonaws.com/prod-videos/fb-videos/Facebook%20Ads%20-%20introduction/player.html
    
    http://www.esellerate.net/solutions/activation_demo
    In conclusion, I'm new to the industry, Please suggest some ways to protect information product from being leeched. thanks
     
  2. bl4ck1ce

    bl4ck1ce Regular Member

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    I've been working on an info product for several months now (haven't launched it yet, still waiting on a well-known internet guru to finish proofing the module we collaborated on) but in all honesty, I'm expecting it to be shared quite widely... It's being distributed in hard copy, but it'd be easy to rip the files and share it online... I'm more concerned with people ripping off the method of product presentation than the content actually.

    As far as how to prevent people from stealing your product...
    Activation keys are a good idea, another option I've seen used is to put the whole thing online, protected with a membership script. Possibly do it all as a flash interface to prevent it from being downloaded/scraped.. if each access code is linked to a specific email address and limited by IP, then it would be much harder to share the info... but it has to be in a format that can't easily be scraped.

    Something to think about!
     
  3. ntlntl

    ntlntl Registered Member

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    ye. That's 1 way i thought of.

    Text = printed books. Books can be copied but my link will be everywhere, it may not be an issue.

    Video + files.. = online flash. There should be additional access to support forum or a ticket to some things special.

    My last question before I talk with my mate. how to make this kind of video

    Code:
    http://copypastesystems.s3.amazonaws.com/prod-videos/fb-videos/Facebook%20Ads%20-%20introduction/player.html
    Is there a way to download those?
     
  4. ntlntl

    ntlntl Registered Member

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    wow, i got it.

    it's
    Code:
    http://www.articulate.com/products/studio.php
    Seem like I found a solution
     
  5. ntlntl

    ntlntl Registered Member

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    nvm,. I guess it's never ending story. To import quality video into that articulate presenter, I may have to give up some features or so.

    I will try some offline materials and other technique to watermark those vids, files. Driving traffic to the site for other method may help
     
  6. SpamHat

    SpamHat Junior Member Premium Member

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    You friend made something and it didn't sell. Ok.

    You realise that trying to lock-down whatever he's selling is a complete non-issue atm?

    You need to focus on marketing and sales before you should worry about locking things down.
     
  7. ntlntl

    ntlntl Registered Member

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    it didn't sell. That's right.

    It's because of leeching. Someone bought, then share to the public 3 days after launch, it spread easily. 15+ sales, then it stay there !! 15 orders only.

    He shared on a famous forum, so that people will come to his download page first, before coming to my friend site. it's very easy to search around even they get to the landing page.

    Our market is not as big as USA. Once the product is free on a warez forum. There would be no reason to purchase the real one (Some kind ppl still do, but the % is tiny). In big market, the percentage of downloader may not be high to worry about products being shared. But in my market.

    Download links are on the net = dead business
     
  8. mollah

    mollah Power Member

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    That's why I only sell hard copies of my book (it's in a separate, non-IM niche).

    I get asked frequently for electronic copies and I always say "no." I'd rather lose sales than have my work pirated. Part of the reason is that I actually care about this product; it's in a niche that I am very passionate about and I spent a lot of time working on it. It's not like some bullshit rehash of someone else's shitty IM ebook that is itself a shitty rehash of someone else's shitty ebook that I really wouldn't care about.

    If I did release electronic copies I would make each one unique with the buyer's name, address, email addy, PayPal account addy, mailing address, and nude pics of his mother printed at the top and bottom of every page so that if he distributed the book a) I would know who was responsible and sue the fuck out of him and b) everyone would have his personal info.

    But I'm too lazy to do that, so I only sell hard copies, meaning actual physical books.
     
  9. boussena

    boussena Junior Member

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    About how to get any video is easy, use camtazia to record the video and the voice from screen.
    if you like to protect your course from being shared try to give some secrets that no one
    will like to share them with others.