If you've been looking for a fast, cost-effective and flexible way to get your content on to the iPhone, this could be the most important letter you read.
Here's why …
In early 2010 I looked at various options for creating an iPhone app. I found an excellent app developer (AppMakr.com), who helped me build an app that appeared in the iTunes App Store. I was thrilled! But not for long …
A few weeks later, the developer informed me Apple had arbitrarily changed their policy, and my app was now going to be rejected! This was after it had been accepted and approved by Apple. We worked diligently to try to meet Apple's new policy, but eventually it just got way too hard and expensive.
This is the problem with creating an iPhone app: Dealing with Apple.
Well, actually it's just one of the problems! You also have the delays, the arbitrary approval process, the further delays if you want to change it in the future, and the cost of doing future changes.
Fortunately, there's another – far better – option …
The solution is to create your own mobile "mini Web site", which looks just like an app, but doesn't have the same limitations.
For example, you can:
- Create multiple pages of information, which can include text, links, graphics and more
- Include your blog, Twitter feed, YouTube channel and other feeds
- Make it live (and accessible to users) instantly as soon as you create it
- Change it as often as you like (and the changes are instantaneous)
- Host it for about $25/month
- Make it "secret", so you only offer it to paying clients, members of your membership site, or as follow-up to a program
- Bypass Apple's stupid approval process, so there are no risks and no delays
- Run it on any smart phone that has a Web browser (including, say, Google-based phones, which are rapidly overtaking iPhones), not just iPhones and iPads
Best of all, you don't have to be a Web designer!
Is this legal?
In a word: Yep.
This sounds too good to be true, right?
I can understand if you're concerned this might somehow contravene Apple's policy, or require users to "jailbreak" their iPhone, or something else that's not officially sanctioned.
But don't worry … What I'm about to show you is just fine. We're creating a mini Web site, just like the millions of other Web sites out there on the Internet (but designed specially for easy viewing on an iPhone). So we're not doing anything sneaky, illegal or underhand.
Here's one I prepared earlier …
I run a private membership site, the eGurus Community, and I recently created a members-only app, so my members can get access to the main facilities within the community directly from their iPhone.
Let me show you some screen snapshots, so you get some idea of what's possible …
The home page shows the latest news about the eGurus Community. I change it every week or two (And remember, the changes happen instantly – I don't need to wait for approval from Apple or anybody else)
The Events page shows a clickable list of my coming events in the next few weeks. The clicks can take them to any Web page on the Internet, including your shopping cart if you wish.
The Vault page gives them access to my "vault" of 1,500+ resources for members. You probably won't need a page exactly like this, of course, but it's an example of how you can create a page of useful links.
This page is for people to join the membership site. It's not actually part of the app anymore (because my users are already members), but I wanted to show you an example of a page with a video embedded in it.
The Blog page shows my most recent blog posts, and – as you would expect – it updates automatically whenever I post to my blog. This is something I would recommend for your app as well.
The Videos page links directly to my YouTube channel. Members can click a video and it plays right there on their phone, and whenever I add new videos, they appear in this list automatically. Highly recommended!
The Poll page allows me to run a simple multiple-choice poll for my members. You can have as many polls as you wish, or you can just keep changing them regularly. Again, remember that as soon as you make a change, it's available instantly to your users.
The About Gihan page is … well, about me! It includes a picture, a short blurb, and a link to my Web site. You'll probably have something like this on yours as well. You can create other pages like this – with other content – if you wish.
The Twitter page is similar to the Blog page: Every time I post something on Twitter, it appears automatically on this page. Actually, it doesn't have to be just my tweets; it can be somebody else's tweets if you wish.
Note: These are just examples from my app. You don't have to have all these pages, and you don't have to have them in this order.
How much does this cost to create and maintain?
The hosting fee for your app is US$25 per month. That's not bad, when you consider that it allows you to change your app at any time, and using an easy interface.
How easy is it?
In fact, I ran a 90-minute webinar on this topic, and built an app from scratch in that time. It doesn't even take 90 minutes – you can do it in less than an hour!
One person, Karen Boyes in Wellington, NZ, e-mailed me the very same day to say she had created her first iPhone app; and within 48 hours another three people had told me the same thing.
Here's some of the feedback since the webinar:
"A sensational webinar today. I've learnt heaps – especially the many applications of the App."
"I made a quick app last night (while watching TV – was really very simple!)"
"As you may have guessed technology is not my forte! Despite this undeniable fact, I found your session yesterday to be so clear and easy to follow, I was truly surprised."
- Julie Meek
"Thanks Gihan again for an outstanding content rich and valuable ‘how to’ webinar. I can see so much upside for such a small investment. You continue to be an amazing asset to our business."
- David Penglase
Get the webinar/e-book package now!
This was such a popular webinar that I'm making the recording available to you, so you don't miss out on the opportunity. I've also written an accompanying e-book that takes you step by step through the process as well.
For just $97, you'll learn how to build and publish your very own iPhone app!
Wishing you great success.
P.S. Don't forget, you're getting everything to get you started with getting your content on the iPhone. So if that's what you want to do, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for!