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puddinlover
May 9th, 2009, 01:03 PM
I'm not one to really ask for much but I plan to release some of the applications and games I have made for free and was looking for some ideas as to how to make some revenue from doing so.

To get a better feel for the question and see some previous responses check out this post (http://codejustin.com/how-do-you-monetize-your-free-applications/)

whoop
May 16th, 2009, 02:57 PM
charge for:
support
shipment
installation
physical media
etc.

Idefix82
May 16th, 2009, 03:03 PM
I had a look at your blog and to be honest, you will not get better responses than the first two you got there.

MadnessRed
May 17th, 2009, 10:45 PM
I'm not one to really ask for much but I plan to release some of the applications and games I have made for free and was looking for some ideas as to how to make some revenue from doing so.

To get a better feel for the question and see some previous responses check out this post (http://codejustin.com/how-do-you-monetize-your-free-applications/)

donations :)

you'd be surprised how many you get.

s.fox
May 17th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Hi,

Adverts on the website the application can be downloaded from.

-Ash R

ibuclaw
May 22nd, 2009, 01:41 AM
Have a look here: http://pythonide.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-money-with-free-software.html

OK, I've twisted your wording a bit, but it is still a good read ;)

Carl Hamlin
May 22nd, 2009, 01:48 AM
I write custom software for business concerns which takes care of a lot of busywork that my clients would otherwise be paying human beings to perform.

The software itself runs on a set of complex datasets written by hand. The systems are complex, so most of my revenue comes from retainer contracts between myself and my clients, wherein they pay me a flat monthly fee, and I support the software and write some of the more complex datasets for them when they come up against a new project they want my software to perform.

SO - the software is free, and if they want to sit down and really figure it out, they can do so and not pay me anything. However, the long-run costs associated with training folks to use it are prohibitive, and most folk prefer to pay the retainer and skip having to train their own crew.