You have cast your votes, and the voting is now closed! The idea that most individuals voted for is to see me developing a mobile phone application! I'm excited to get started on this new niche pursuit and to share what I learn and my results with you each step of the way. I believe that this idea provides a lot of potential and will be a great learning experience for me, and hopefully for some of you as well. I want to discuss briefly how I am going to approach this business venture and what you can expect on this blog over the next 3 to 4 months.
However, first I want to discuss some details on the voting, just to be totally up front and open with you. The mobile phone application did indeed receive votes from the most people; however, it did not receive the most votes. Let me explain. When I opened the voting, I allowed voters to cast multiple votes with no restrictions. Most people only voted once. However, a few people voted dozens and dozens of times. I have pasted the final count of the voting below that shows the total voting, even with all of these “ballot stuffing” votes 🙂 :
So, public domain works actually received the most number of votes with mobile phone application in a close second and Domain flipping a far 3rd. However, because I was tracking where each vote was coming from by IP Address, I could see that couple of people were voting over and over and over again for Public domain works. I appreciate the passion, but I decided it would be more relevant to pursue an idea that most PEOPLE wanted to see (not just what a few people wanted). So, I went through and deleted all the votes on all the ideas that came from the same IP address. Each IP was left with only 1 vote. Here's is how the voting actually turned out:
So in reality, most individual people wanted to see developing a mobile phone application (29%) and the 2nd most popular idea was actually domain flipping (26%). So, public domain works actually was 3rd with 18% of people voting for it.
So, since most people (not just votes) are interested in seeing a mobile phone application developed – this is what I will be doing! I appreciate the enthusiasm of the public domain works people, but hopefully they will still be interested in seeing a different business idea! And who knows, in a few months maybe more people will want to see a public domain works project.
At this point, I don't have a solid business strategy on how to jump into this mobile phone application venture. I really am starting from scratch here and will be sharing everything as I learn along the way. So, my initial approach here will be to learn about the business and how to get started. I need to educate myself a little bit about the market and only then will I develop a more comprehensive strategy.
So, in order to educate myself, I will be searching out any free information I can find online, I may be purchasing a book or 2 on the subject, and if needed I will join an online course. So, if anyone knows of any good ebooks or online courses that could help me get started, let me know! I will be sharing some of my findings in the next few days.
Here are a few Books that I found (affiliate links):
- How to Create iPhone Apps with No Programming Experience (recommended by Pat Flynn)
- Easy Money with iPhone Apps (looks pretty weak)
- iPhone Dev Secrets (games and apps focus)
- App Savy: Turning Ideas into iPad and iPhone Apps that Customers Really Want (Amazon.com)
- The Business of iPhone App Development (Amazon.com)
I don't know for sure if I will buy or read any of these materials, but this is just a sample what I found after doing a quick search. I'm sure some of these books will help me to learn the basic mechanics of getting an app listed and sold, but the ideas need to be my own.
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My iPhone Ideas
I do have a few ideas already that I could potentially turn into iPhone or other smart phone applications. However, I am going to continue to brainstorm over the next few weeks to see if I can come up with any additional ideas. I plan to simply jot down any ideas that I might have during the day on a notepad that I have sitting next to my desk. Hopefully at the end of a few weeks I will have dozens of basic ideas that I can pursue.
My expectations here are not to make millions. Really I initially simply want to create something to learn the process and hopefully figure out the business a bit better. After a few months of intense learning and experience hopefully I can have something created that will give me an additional stream of income outside of my niche websites business. At this point, I really don't know how much I should set a goal of making each month, so I will save setting specific monetary goals for later.
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Anyway, what do you think? Is there anything in particular that you would like to see as I pursue this idea? Do you have any words of wisdom that you would like to share?
Update 5/28/2012: My iPhone App is now Complete! You can get it below – the Ad Alert: Google Adsense App