I've developed iPhone and Mac applications in the past, with reasonable success. Back then, Apple would take care of the distribution, and sales were pretty constant.
I just launched a website where developers can buy and sell source code. The idea itself is rather cool and there seems to be quite a market for it, but it has already been done, so I had to put a new twist on it. I have several advantages over my competitors:
- Very low commissions on sales (7%-10%, in comparison with 30% to over 50% in the rest of the market).
- No code exclusivity required.
- Simplicity (social media login, Paypal checkout, etc...).
In theory, it seems the first two points should already be enough to win a part of the market. Indeed, by switching to my website, sellers would save lots of money.
However, this just isn't happening. After around a week, we only have ~10 users, and 1 listings posted (excluding my own).
We've tried posting in forums, and this has had reasonable success (as in it was the only thing that "propelled" us to 10 users). We've tried emailing bloggers who are known for writing code and releasing it to users on their website, to no avail. Finally, we have little to no acquaintance with other developers we could contact and pitch our website to.
What should we do? How can we boost our original traffic? Once the website gets started, it should keep on going; all it needs is an influx of users, both willing to sell and to buy, and it should be able to work.