Here is my limited list of various app marketplaces and websites that you can sell and/or distribute your mobile app creations on. This is just a small list that I have made to give you guys an idea of a few of the app marketplaces available. Over the past few years of running the App Business, we have had our apps placed in well over 20+ marketplaces and I now know what markets will make you more money than others.
I’m working on several reports from my experience on what markets have worked for me and what markets have not worked for me. This specific JUICY information will be available in a report I will be launching later on which will be a paid report. I’m planning to launch that in 2013 so stay tuned!
Getting your app into every marketplace takes a LOT of time, so the markets report that I’m making will save you a LOT of time and money because you’ll be able to maximize your time and profits by focusing on the right markets that have worked for me rather than just hitting up every one of these markets. Your market choosing strategy will depend on the type of apps you are making.
Here is a brief listing of some of the app marketplaces you can develop for (Each link takes you right to the developer page):
Apple App Store: https://developer.apple.com/
Google Play Market: http://developer.android.com/index.html
Blackberry App Marketplace: https://appworld.blackberry.com/isvportal/login_input.do?pageId=0
Palm/WebOS Marketplace: https://developer.palm.com/
Windows Marketplace: http://create.msdn.com/
NOTE: The above are 5 DIFFERENT platforms which feature totally different code bases. iOS, Android, Blackberry (BB10), WebOS and Microsoft (Which is usually some form of code within Visual Studio or the XNA Platform).
Under EACH category, there are many OTHER marketplaces and stores that cater specifically for those categories or several of them. Most of the many marketplaces today will cater to Android and iOS, but many are starting to emerge for Windows 8 as well.
WebOS is more of a dying breed (They are trying to re-market it for another system and we may hear about it again in the future), and RIM seems like it may be on its way there, but only 2013 will tell which direction RIM will go. When deciding on marketplaces, figure out what your end goals are. Based on what you are trying to achieve, you can choose various markets.
If you’re looking to make MONEY: Then iOS and Android marketplaces may be the place to go
See what your requirements and needs are, but ultimately most developers end up choosing an iOS or Android path, but once again 2013 may end up shifting this a bit as we see how Windows and RIM battle it out for the 3rd spot in the list. RIM has a solid amount of followers, but is on its last legs. Microsoft has the whole PC market in its back pocket and is trying to test out Apple like stores and pushing a new platform focused on Touch Based interaction. There is a definite battle brewing to take 3rd spot so it will be interesting to watch.
Now if you are using special tools, you may be able to port an app over to ALL marketplaces. That will give you the added benefit of making money in ALL of these marketplaces and more. I for example ported our apps into well over 20 different marketplaces, so I can tell you that making money is much more easier when you are in many different app stores.
The downfall however is that it takes TIME to port an app to a different app store. There are many more image sizes, different descriptions and different requirements based on each and every market that are just too much to handle sometimes.
I will have my special report available for 2013 which will go into what I’ve learned so far about the best app markets and can share with you some tips and techniques about them.
Take care and God Bless!