I’ve had mixed feelings about implementing the Tapjoy “points” system. I can tell you that after a week, so do the users. Some don’t like it at all, and ask me for a paid version insted. I would gladly have one, but as I mentioned countless times before, I can’t sell on Google Play (reason being Google, not me).
Anyhow, I will also add Google Analytics, to analyze some things (such as average events used by each user etc.), to see how users interact with Power Schedule.
But coming back to Tapjoy, the results are promising. I’m getting an average of $7.04 eCPM over the first week since implementation. Also the trend is increasing (since only around 30% of users are using the 2.x version). I hope once people get used to the point system and also the new User Interface, things will get even better.
There are some other things which I plan to keep an eye on: localization. I really want to see the effect of translating Power Schedule to Slovak and French. I hope this will add some completely new users, which didn’t see the original 1.x version at all.
I have some new updates which I didn’t post online yet. First of all, the new 2.1+ versions got Power Schedule users back. Yes, the 2.0 version was quite a disaster, as it was quite complicated to use. Also the point system was not sufficiently explained. Here’s the chart from Google Play:
Anyhow, I’m glad things are getting back on track.
Also, the new 2.1.2 version is translated to Slovak, French and Romanian (more languages to come). By the way, if you know Japanese, Italian or Spanish and want to help me out with the translation, drop me a message.
Today I just uploaded the “point free” Power Schedule version to Amazon Appstore and SlideME alternative Android markets. Yes, it seems they are more open to developers, as they allow me to sell apps there. Power Schedule “unlimited events” edition costs just 0.99$. If you don’t like the point system, you can get the paid version. No ads, no points – just events. As many as you like 🙂
It will take a few days until the Amazon and SlideME staff review and approve the app (hopefully :)). I will post the purchasing links then.
Also, stay tuned for an income report update. This time, from AdMob, Leadbolt and Tapjoy.
Amazon launched their own Android Appstore (name is still under clarification with Apple – but that’s a different topic). It’s only available to Android users in the US for now, but I’m sure this will change soon enough. But the big news (for me, anyway) is that they also accept developers from many different countries – including Romania 🙂 . I couldn’t find a list yet, but I think if you have an Amazon account, you’re eligible).
They withhold the US tax – 30%, but if you have an US Tax ID (one can be obtained relatively easily, for free), it can be as low as 0%, for some countries (depending on tax agreement between US and your country). Of course, you still need to pay the required taxes in your country.
The point is, selling Android apps is more than possible, from all countries, even from a legal point of view… now I’m still confused why Google doesn’t allow it as well yet :(.
I refuse to think they really don’t care (that would be a major dissapointment).