> Over the past month I made the move to the new admob, where I saw a dramatic decrease in my ad revenue. I have been reading up on Fixes ever since.
> Yesterday I overhauled my entire system, updated and optimized all of my apps, and I went from making $4-$8 daily to well over $200 in a day.
> My apps are relatively new, and do not have as many downloads compatively to a lot of successful developers, I think between 5 apps I have 80,000 total installs and 25,000 active. Which is really low for Google Play.
> A couple things that helped
> - Wrap my apk file in CocoonJS 2.00 Beta (I kept mine at 1.4.7 for too long because I thought this caused the problem)
> - Make Full Screen Interstitial Ads a result of a touch or a button press and ad in a 1 second wait afterwards before anything happens. (Touch screen, show full ad, wait 1 second then go to layout, in some of my games the app wouldn't have time to load the ad before it's called back to the game making my mopub numbers terrible)
> - Fill out everything in Cocoon JS under the ad tab (Even if you aren't using the ad networks, check all of the boxes, even if you aren't publishing on the iOS put the code for the Banner and Fullscreen ads in there anyways. I have no idea why but this was the main thing I did that caused the spike)
> - Use 3 AD Networks Admob, Mobfox, and Millenial Media I have tried all of them, I promise, use these three.
> - Set all of my minimum CPM to 0.35 (I'll experiment with higher and lower numbers, but by keeping it way higher than 0.05 I have weeded out all of the garbage, and my numbers are better as a result, so now I'm being served better ads with higher CPMs.
> I know there's a guy making a class or something, and charging people money for it. I don't agree with trying to make money from a community so I'll do my best to share anything I learn that might be helpful to people trying to make income developing apps.
> I'll probably do a tutorial with pictures and diagrams if you all think It would be helpful.
Hi Jerry, any update about the tutorial? cheers!
Good news / Bad news
I was sitting pretty with about 200,000 active installs, pulling in about $800-$900 every 2 weeks on average. However, Google was not a fan of the what my game's descriptions were worded and suspended my account for Meta-Keyword-Spam. I would not argue against it, I totally tried to slide in some names of popular games as a way to gain the SEO system.
I would word things like "Collect coins and build your score in this 2D Action Platforming Game, Super Jump Bros. Battle the evil MarioNette lord of puppets and blah blah blah stupid game plot blah blah blah ect."
Long story short, don't do that. Had to start from scratch, create a new business, change my IP addresses and do it all over again. I'm now back on Google Play, playing by the rules, & slowly building back to where I was.
In the interim I've shifted my focus to getting a game on Steam, my title Axes and Arrows was finally Greenlit. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=391649475
I do plan on releasing tutorials and my tips for Mopub/Ad Placement and Intergration, Promoting a game on Steam Greenlight, and marketing a game with no budget.
As I have no publisher, I don't work with any third parties for Marketing / Art / Sound / Code I do everything solo, once I get my game out in a month I'll take some time and write tutorials / blogs on what I did and how I did it for anyone looking to follow the same path.
For now I've got to crunch 4 more weeks to get a game ready for Steam!