We always knew that 2010 was a special year for Agriya with the incredible growth driven by our indemand GroupDeal and FP Platform products, but it was only recently that we realized just how popular Agriya had become on the world stage.
There is a data metric from Alexa which attempts to rank all the websites in the world based on the amount of traffic each site gets. Now there is a little caveat here because the way Alexa generates this data is from people downloading their (and their partners) toolbar which logs each site the person visits. This data is then extrapolated to give a best guess estimation on the real amount of traffic a website receives. If a website has a traffic rank of over 100,000 then Alexa says that the data is not reliable enough, but as you approach the #1 spot the accuracy increases as they are able to use a larger sampling of data.
The graph below shows how Agriya has experienced explosive growth in traffic (and hence sales) in 2010 where we have nearly doubled the amount of people that are visiting our site (and our Google Analytics broadly correlates to the data in the graph below).
So how does that make us more popular than the big Indian IT companies? If we compare the traffic rank of Infosys, Wipro, TCS and HCL – which are the largest IT companies in India and dominate the enterprise market and have multi-million dollar contracts with the biggest companies in the world – then you can see that Agriya.com outranks all of them!
Agriya is becoming a major brand in its own right with over 500 people around the world searching for the company each and every week. Referrals and personal recommendations are part of the main driving forces behind the increased brand awareness but the media has played a large role with the likes of the Wall Street Journal singling out Agriya as a provider of group buying software and the BBC interviewing the owners of TipToken, another group buying website developed by Agirya.
Of course, such massive growth doesn’t come without some growing pains and Agriya is working very hard to ensure that all customers are getting the best possible service. We’ve recently added 4 new staff to the sales and support team and training them up as fast as possible to take on the extra workload.
The graph below shows just how much the brand awareness of Agriya has grown in the last 16 months. In December 2009 there were less than 200 people a week who wanted to find out more information about Agriya, now that has more than doubled to over 500 people a week.
So, given that Agriya is more popular and better known than some of the biggest companies in India and that thousands of customers have trusted us to build their website, get in touch with us to find out how we can help you with your next web development project.
Several months ago we announced the launch of our new crowdfunding website called FundProjectsWith.me which enabled anyone to open a web development project and seek funding from the crowd to turn it in to a reality. Since it launched we have been busy adding new projects which you might be interested in – everything from an Etsy clone to a Bitly clone.
We are also pleased to see that some members have started adding their own projects and are looking to people like you to help fund their ideas. Don’t forget, if you come on board and fund a project, you get a stake in it and can profit from it yourself!
There are now over 40 projects listed on the website which you can get involved with. All kinds of websites are available to be developed – although we think some people are being a little optermistic with their requirement for a complete Yahoo clone! So far the most popular project seems to be for the Yelp clone.
With the increased amount of interest in the website we’ve also had a fair number of questions from confused and perplexed visitors so we thought we’d take this opportunity now to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
So tell me again, how does this work exactly? Why are we listing projects and why should we fund a project?
OK, take a deep breath, here goes…
- Just like any large company, Agriya doesn’t like to take too many risks
- Developing a product like our Groupon clone takes a huge amount of resources, time, effort and of course MONEY. We estimate that some $150,000 worth of developer time has gone in to the software since we launched it.
- There are so many different websites that people want clones of
- Agriya wants to continue developing clone products, but only based on market demand
- The Fund Projects website helps us gauge market demand for a particular project
- The Fund Projects website helps us reduce the risk we take because people are able to pledge money
- YOU benefit from this because you might want to create a website based on another site but can’t find a suitable ready made solution. Getting the software custom developed is probably not an option because the costs are so high.
- YOU tell us what you want us to develop and pledge just a fraction of the total project cost.
- YOU can publicize the project and get other people interested and pledging money
- The project budget given is 50% of the total project cost and is the amount that the crowd needs to pledge before work can start. Once this amount is met, Agriya pledges the final 50% of the project cost to start the project
- Once the project cost has been fully met with the pledges the project will close, your money will be transferred to Agriya and Agriya will assign developers and resources to start building the project.
- Agriya will market and sell the product and you will receive a share of every sale made, based on how much you pledged.
- Everyone wins. YOU get your website built for a fraction of the cost. YOU earn up to double your original money back because you were one of the original investors and Agriya gets to reduce the risk of developing a new product.
Phew! Does that make more sense? Please let us know! Now here are a few more specific questions which people have asked us recently.
1. Can anyone add a project to the site?
Yes, anyone can add a web development or software development orientated project to the site in order to raise funding to get it developed by Agriya. It’s all about market demand, if Agriya sees a good market demand based on the money being pledged, we’ll help you get it developed.
2. Can I add iPhone, Android, Windows application etc. projects?
Yes, anything that is related to software development or web development can be added as a project and as long as it can be sold as a product afterwards.
3. Why would anyone fund my project? What do they get out of it?
At the moment FundProjectsWith.me is based around projects which create a product which can be sold to the masses once it is finished. If you list a project then other people who are interested in running a similar website can contribute so that they can save money and earn a percentage of the profits where they can earn up to double their money back (based on sales).
4. Will only I be able to use the software?
No, anyone who pledges money will have access to the software and it will also be sold as a product by Agriya where you earn a percentage of the sale
5. Who will develop my website or software project?
The projects posted on FundProjectsWith.me will be developed exclusively by Agriya. At this time you cannot raise the funds and choose a different development company.
6. Who will own the copyright to the project I get developed?
The copyright is owned by Agriya since we are developing the project to sell to the market. You are pledging some money to be involved. If you wish to have the copyright for the software then you will need to pay the full amount for the project cost.
These are just a few of the questions we’ve been asked so far. Please take a look at the website for yourself and discover how you can get your dream project off the ground right now with the power of the crowd and a little bit of help from Agriya.
If you’ve got any suggestions or thoughts about the fund projects website please let us know in the comments below!
Continuing the trend of releasing local and hyper-local based products such as GroupDeal, Nabit and Exposure, Agriya is releasing a brand new product which focuses on the nightlife and entertainment scene of individual towns and cities. Called Nocturnal, it will enable you to run a complete entertainment and nightlife portal with all the advanced features you need like event management, social networking, photo galleries, blogs and town and city based venues.
The script is based upon locations, so you first need to decide what areas you are going to cover – we suggest keeping it very tight and local to start off with before branching out to every city in America! Your first time visitors will be asked which town or city they want to find the latest entertainment and events in and they will be taken to the site which will only show information from the selected location.
Once the visitor has told the script which location they want information from, they can find all the local venues which are holding events, get photos, videos, the latest news and chat with others on the integrated forum.
Your users will even be able to plan their own events directly from your site, inviting their friends to sign up which helps to grow your site virally and without any effort on your behalf!
The script also has advanced social networking features and allows members to sign up, create a profile, upload pictures and videos, add friends, import friends from Gmail, Facebook and other large websites and keep track of all the events that they plan to attend.
You can charge the venue owners a monthly subscription to be listed and featured on your site and to promote events that are taking place. Since this is a local events based script you can also sell ultra-targeted adverts which promote events and entertainment venues in the local area.
Nocturnal is built on the CakePHP framework which is fully documented and uses an MVC architecture which makes it very easy for you to customize and modify to your needs. You can translate the script in to any language using the built in Google Translator API and manage all the language files from the admin area.
The Nocturnal software is ready to test drive today and you can find out more information by filling out the form on the official Nocturnal page here.
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