Monthly report March 2012

Here it is, the (hopefully) long awaited follow-up report.

The numbers

March has been my most successful month so far! I’ll go for the numbers straight away.

March 2012 has brought me a five-digit revenue

How was this achieved? Like I told you in my February report, the google play store gives me some nice revenue. And I only had one app for sale back then. At the moment, I have two of them (Animal Puzzle, Animals for Toddlers). The sales in the appstore have dropped a bit, but google play store has increased. So now, both stores are more or less approximate to each other. I have a possible explanation for that drop in the appstore, but I need to investigate it further before I can tell you what it is.

Sales in the Apple AppStore and Google Play Store are quite similar at the moment

This is developing just like I have hoped: I now have two big income streams. If one of them will drop dramatically, the other one will still be strong enough to bring in enough money to go on. You all might get it by now: The e-book I keep telling you about in every other sentence was created with the purpose to build another income-stream. This is one of the key-factors to be longtime successful with what I do: Don’t stake everything on one card.

So here are some more possibilites to make money with your apps:

Amazon Appstore

Amazon has its own Appstore selling Android apps. Even though most of the apps available there are also available on the play store, you should definitely sell your android apps on amazon, too. Amazon Appstore makes more money per user than the play store. Maybe people prefer to buy at amazon because they have/had a better comment system and there is not so much crap in the amazon appstore because they have a quality assurance team. I started selling my Animal Puzzle on Amazon, and already have multiple 100 downloads a month there. No question I will add more of my apps in the future!

Barnes & Noble NOOK store

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

One major advantage of android is that there are multiple stores and thus multiple chances, just like the amazon store. The NOOK Color is an Android-powered e-book reader offered by Barnes & Noble. It is very popular in the U.S. In order to sell your android apps in the NOOK store, you will need a U.S. bank-account and tax-ID. Both are not that easy to get if you are not a U.S. resident.
As you might know, Animal Puzzle is also available on NOOK since some weeks. Since I am not a U.S. resident, I had to partner with a company that publish my apps on the NOOK store. They get some revenue share and in returnhandle all the tax stuff and do some promotion now and then. At the end of the month, I get my download statistics, send an invoice, and get some more additional bucks.

So as you can see, there are more possibilites than just the ones from the platform holders. Unfortunately, this does not count for the appstore. If your app has no success there, you are not able to sell it anywhere else. That might be the reason why I will be more successful with my android apps in the future than I am with my iOS apps. It is also the reason why I plan on moving to more platforms in the future.

I know I repeat my self, but it all comes down to “spreading my work as far as possible”, across all platforms and all markets. In the end, when you do average in some places, you do very well combined!

The income report for April will follow soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, make sure to tell everyone you know about this new website!

Oh, and did I tell you about that e-book that I have written? :D

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Eiswuxe,

    I also want to sell app in Nook, can you please tell me that what company you are working with to sell your app? Thank you.

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