Okay, so it has been a month or so since I gave any updates on my plans to develop an iPhone app. As many of you know, I actually ran a poll of sorts and let the readers of this blog vote on which new business venture I should pursue. The winning idea as you can see here, was that I build an iPhone app.
To be honest, I don’t have much updates to give at this point. But I did want to give a brief overview of what I have done, and when you can expect some more action on this topic.
I have read 2 books on the subject of building and outsourcing an iPhone app. Those books were:
Both were actually pretty decent books on the subject. The “How to Create iPhone Apps with No Programming Experience” provided a great overview of the entire process. However, the “App Savy” book provided MUCH more in depth detail and specifics. It did a better job I felt of helping your both brainstorm for ideas and what specifically to look for to determine if your idea has a market. At times the details in this book were almost too much, but I suppose that’s probably exactly what I will want when I actually develop an app for the first time. Overall, they were both good though.
In addition to reading these books, I also did quite a bit of brainstorming. I wrote down probably a dozen or so different ideas that I have had for iPhone apps. At this point, I am pretty sure that I have settled on one specific idea because I think I would personally use it. It is an app for Google Adsense publishers (go figure). I won’t go into too many details at this point on exactly what it does because I don’t want someone else getting a head start on it before I even start building it.
Other than that, I have not put too much effort into it for a couple of reasons. The main reason, is that I really want to get my software project, Long Tail Pro, finalized before I try to tackle another software type project. Even once I officially release my software, it will probably still be another month or two of customer support, updating the software, and other time consuming tasks, before I will feel like I can tackle another major project.
So, in reality, I expect that it will be at least August or September before I really have a chance to start hiring someone to build my iPhone app.
Another reason it will probably take this long, is because I am just too darn passionate about building niche websites! I continue to do keyword research and buy new domains. In addition, I enjoy keeping this blog up to date with some of the how to tips that I am sharing on the Niche Websites Hub. I know that most of you are probably more interested in the details I post about niche websites anyway (as opposed to details about iPhone apps). So, I don’t feel too much pressure to move too quickly on the iPhone app idea.
So, there you have it. I just wanted to provide a brief update on the iPhone app, and to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about it.
Update 5/28/2012 – I have launched my iPhone app: AdAlert – Google Adsense App. Check it out in the app store:
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