Are Software Download Sites Still a Viable Marketing Concept?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the concept of free software download sites and at one moment I was thoroughly convinced that it was the only way to get traffic and customers to buy new software through the Internet. Nowadays, I don’t know if that still holds true. I’m beginning to have my doubts. Like everything in life, things change, and one has to keep up with those changes or risk being left behind.

A few years back I helped one of my sons with a software component that he had developed and wanted to sell through the obvious benefits of the web, which after more than ten years in our country, was just beginning to bear fruit. We timidly started submitting the software to the different download sites; a job that I handled personally while he struggled with the development of the business application that he was doing single-handedly. At that moment in time, I had to fill out all the forms by hand, which was not an easy or an enjoyable task by any means.

Anyhow, due to our combined dedication and the traffic generated by the download sites, companies from all over the world began to buy the component and the automated PAD file on autopilot took away the pressure of filling out forms from my hands. Without really being able to know exactly in how many sites the software was registered and functioning, the results were very clear: this was the way to sell in Internet for this particular product. At the same time, we noticed that the home website that harbored the software received very little attention from the search engines and Google was just beginning its astonishing upward career, but we didn’t worry too much because the free download sites were doing all the work.

This comfortable economic situation lasted about four or five years, but began to dwindle in the last couple of years, and things have become uncertain, to say the least. We began to worry about the durability of a software that had probably outrun its life-cycle possibilities. My son immediately started to make some badly-needed revisions in the original source code, migrating it to other programming languages, commenced to rely on new applications like WinForms, WPF and Silverlight to spruce up his output and did a whole make-over of his website.

None of this has been easy and sales haven’t been anywhere like before, but one thing that has definitely changed is that the search engines began to recognize the website and only a few of the top download sites are still responsible for a much smaller part of the visits to the site. In our case it’s probably because our product got lost in the shuffle somewhere between the thousands upon thousands of different programs that hit the market every day. We still haven’t been able to really put our fingers on what has happened, but knowing that we no longer can depend fully on third-party traffic has made us more conscious of the great challenge that we have ahead if we want to keep in business.

5 Fun Free Software Sites

I started writing this column way back in 1998 and one thing rates as true today as it did ten years ago: people love free stuff online. Free software tops the list of free things they love. People particularly love free software that solves annoying little problems, offers some fun, or saves them time and effort.

If you own a PC, the following free software will help you save time, enjoy a little fun, and protect yourself and your computer too.

** EULAlyzer **

Log on to http://www.javacoolsoftware.com and download the “EULAlyzer” software that helps you spot troublesome language in those “End User License Agreements.” You know, the software installation agreements we should all read, but normally we just click “Agree” and keep right on installing the software.

However, blindly agreeing to those EULAs means you could potentially consent to all sorts of unpleasant things, including your desktop getting assaulted by advertising “spyware” and worse. EULAlyzer helps you by analyzing virtually any EULA for trouble.

As they say on their site, “If you aren’t reading the license agreements, you have no idea what you could be agreeing to.”

** Want To Make A Movie? **

Ok, this software resides online instead of running on your PC. But that actually works out better because you only need a web browser to access it.

Log on to http://www.jumpcut.com and you can create your own cool videos to share on YouTube and other sites. No, it won’t make you into a Spielberg, but it can help you get a basic video done with text overlays and more without complicated software.

A must-look website for the online video newbie.

** Fast Photo Changes **

Did you ever need to resize a digital photo or just crop it?

Did you ever need to take a huge 8 mega-pixel photo and resample it to make it work as an email attachment?

Well log on to http://www.irfanview.com and install the “IrfanView” software that makes these two tasks easy as 1-2-3!

Though the software takes a bare-bones approach to look and feel, it does exactly what you need to resize and resample photos and images on the fly.

** Online Flash Games **

Everybody loves video games! Ok, well, maybe not everybody, but did you know that online gaming by adults represents the fastest growing segment of the game industry?

If you love to play games online (but hate to pay for them), then log on to http://www.Kongregate.com. This website boasts thousands of flash games you can play right in your web browser.

Sure, some of them are a complete waste of time, but, isn’t that what playing online games is all about? I guarantee you’ll find at least one game to enjoy on this ever-expanding site. (I admit I got hooked on “Desktop Tower Defense.”)

** Free Anti-Virus **

Log on to http://free.grisoft.com and download the free anti-virus protection. It doesn’t come with any tech support, but it sure beats running your computer without any protection.

I like AVG anti-virus products because they don’t seem to bog down your system the way Norton does and, in this case, you can’t beat the price.

Copyright (c) 2008 Jim Edwards

The Truth About Free Video Download – 6 Things To Look For In A Free Video Download Site

Are you like me who always looks forward to a weekend (Friday in particular so that you get to watch your favourite video?

If yes, you know that it is expensive to pay those video rental fees at your video rental store. Not so?
This is a situation that I faced for some years until I decided that I should look for an alternative to paying those monthly fees to the video rental store so that I can get to take my favourite movies home every Friday. Plus on top of the monthly membership fee, I had to pay per movie/video that I was taking home.

So I went to Google and typed in “free video download”

Guess what happened! I received 358,000,000 results. Wow, that is a great number.
This means that there are that number of websites where you can get free video download or some thing related to a free video download.

So given that fact that there are many free video download software programs available to download free music videos and video games online,before you use one of those free video download programs you may want to know what you need to look for.

I have joined many free video download sites and I have got the good and the bad experience about them. So here are the 6 things you should look for in a free video download website.

1- There should be no monthly fees or any per video download fee. If any site claims to offer free video downloads and then asks you for any monthly fee of any sort, I recommend that you steer clear of it. However, the best free video download sites will ask for a one time monthly fee just to help them maintain there services and sources for all these videos for you. That is acceptable. From my experience these are the sites that actually give you the real videos you want of high quality.

2- Quality of the videos downloaded: This is some how related to the above point. From my experience,free video download sites that do not ask for a membership fee usually provide low quality videos, some blurred and the likes. You see the most popular video site youtube, there are many videos, it is free to join but what about the quality of the videos you get?

3-Download limits: There should be no download limits what so ever. Most sites limit the amount of videos you can download per day, some per hour and others per

session. These are not good and I would not recommend that you join them.
4-Your safety and the safety of your computer or machine. What I mean here is that you should be worry of most free video download sites. Most have the capacity to infect your computer with viruses, adware and spy ware. For your security and the safety of your machine, you should stay away from these. How do you know that this

site will infect your machine with viruses and adware? That is a million dollar question,but my answer is that look for the recommendation of some one who has been there, seen it and experienced it. I have joined many of such free video download sites and I provide a review at my website as you can see in my resource box.

5-How about the number of videos available for you? I think we would all need the site to have as many videos as possible. It would be no good for you to join a site that

has only 10 million videos when you can get one with over 100 videos.Look out for such and it is usually listed at the home page of that website where you get to join and become a member of the website.

6-Variety: While most websites will offer one type of videos such as music videos, others will give you access to music videos, movie videos, video games and other software that you can download. That is the variety I mean here. So look for free video download sites that can offer you such variety.

Well,there are many other things I can talk about here such as the customer support, the download speed and many more. But I hope the above can give you a small hint of what you should look for in a free video download website.