Sunday, 17 July 2011

Adding an Ad-free version

Some users have asked about an ad-free version. At first glance, it may look interesting, but there are several cons:
-Google charges 30% taxes as a comission to each purchase.
-It requires an android-seller account.
-Antipiracy systems, though not difficult to implement, are useless.
-Doubtful benefit. I don't really know how many users would be interested into this ad-free version, since only 2 asked for it. It would be nonsense to charge big money for it, so let's say 2$ would be reasonable. This means I'd getting 1.3$ per purchase.
Sincerely, check for appleads (i.e. Pontiflex) benefits on the web and you'll understand me.

Moreover, users who'd paid for the app would ask for immediate updates, better interface and more options to "Ny subway map". And I'm unwilling to face it. This app was created as a tutorial and a test for myself and a friend who was learning android. I'm not interested in spending dozens of hours in it.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Ads modification

During the last few months I've been using an ads system called Pontiflex.
This method asks for name, surname and email and offers users the possibility to register in order to receive info from the ads they choose. Due to this ad being an initial popup, it wasn't very welcome.

This week, I've tried Admob, by Google, whose ads are a lot less intrusive and I've received some better marks.

On the other hand, Admob produced 4$ this week. I hope you all understand that Admob's are useless unless it gets to 10k daily impressions. I barely reach 1k.

So, on the next update, I'll try and use the Pontiflex ads. Maybe adding some sort of interval (i.e. appear once every two app startups).

In the end, with Pontiflex lots of users gave me bad marks WITHOUT ANY KIND of feedback. I'm not aware of any errors, their specs or anything similar. It seems like some of them see the ad more than once every time they launch the app, but I've failed to confirm it since they don't get into my site or mail me. Having tested this app on 3 devices, I couldn't find anything going wrong, but who knows...

Friday, 15 July 2011

New blog

In order to improve my apps feedback, I'm opening this blog so that we can talk to each other.

There are a couple of apps designed by myself at the market, but the one with a major success is "NY Subway Map". I'll try to post news about these apps here