E-book update

I have updated my e-book to version 1.1. I added stats and tips regarding my conversion rate as well as some detailed numbers from inneractive, one of the App monetization exchange services described in the previous version of the book. I also added infos on a new possibility to attract some attention to your app. I already gathered some more infos that did not make it in this update, so expect the next update soon. If you already bought the book, you can request a new download link HERE. The month is coming to an end, and I will be writing a new monthly report in a few days. This time on time...

Monthly Report April 2012

So here comes another monthly report, this time for April 2012. I did not manage to maintain that crazy income of march since my appstore sales have dropped. Not dramatically, but noticable. Like I mentioned in my former report, there might be a reason to this. So my total sales income in April was about the same as in February. AppStore sales drop (slightly) So why did the appstore sales drop? I used the Corona SDK for building my apps. As the new iPad with the retina display was released, there was a bug in older Corona apps that made the apps scale wrong on the new device. There was a bugfix from corona, and so there was a bugfix to my apps. Unfortunately, I had to drop support of older devices, since the new version of corona required XCode 4.3 and thus was able to build for iOS 4.3 and higher only. Since apple wants people to buy new hardware, they dropped iOS support for their older devices, like the iPod touch 2nd gen and below or the iPhone 3G. So my apps were no longer available to older devices. This might have caused the drop, even though I did not think so many people with older devices get my apps. Now, there is a corona version available that fixes the retina display error AND lets you build for older devices again. So I today uploaded bugfixes for my apps to make them available for older devices again. Once the updates are online, I can verify if the sales go back to what they used to be, and...

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,...

Launch!

Welcome to my-indie-story! Now it’s finally online: the new face of my monthly reports, formerly online at www.eiswuxe.de. This is the reason why there have not been any more updates lately, because I was busy building this. I first wanted to finish this website, to have a new “stage” where I can write about my developer-story. Eiswuxe.de is more or less the product-page for my kid’s apps. I am very pleased that my apps are that successful, and I wanted to have a clear cut between that Eiswuxe / Kid’s stuff and all the other things I am currently working on. The monthly reports and my personal opinion were a bit out of place on my old blog, so I just started something new. Eiswuxe.de will change in the near future, away from a blog to a more “company style” website, featuring my kid’s apps. But this site is more than just “the reports”. It is my new “lair” where I can dwell on my own, apart from my (admittedly not very looked-after) public image, and work on more not-so-mainstream games. Of course, you will get updated soon about what I am working on at the moment. You surely have noticed that I wrote an e-book that contains ALL my current knowledge and experience about making a living out of my apps. So if you have always looked for a way to appreciate my reports or my work in general, I would be glad if you would buy a copy. You will get free lifetime updates 🙂 If you don’t need the e-book but want to support me nevertheless,...

Monthly Report February 2012

This article was originally posted at eiswuxe.de on the 9th of March 2012 Welcome to my new income report. It’s a little late this time, but I had to finish some stuff like releasing a new app. I’ll go for the graphs and numbers right away, so you don’t have to scroll down, check the numbers and then scroll up again to read the post 🙂   Separate curves You might still remember that I switched my animal puzzle to paid on Android due to the adult-ads issue. That’s why the following picture contains two curves: one for the App-Store and one for Google Android Market Play Store. I won’t show curves for every single app anymore but rather combine them for every store. App-Store (pink curve) and Google Play Store (blue curve) sales – click to enlarge As you can see, it was on the 7th of february that the paid android-version of the puzzle launched. At the end of the month google decided that it was the best time to ask for a verification of my account. They asked me for my address and I provided it. A day after, they told me that they were not able to verify my account, deactivated it, and asked me for a scan of my driver’s license or identity card. I proviced that, too, and finally it worked. But as you can see, Android sales dropped due to the fact that my account was deactivated. It took some time to answer emails from people who had problems buying the app at that time… But now everything is fine again.  ...