Tag Archives: LeadBolt

AdMob mediation tests

As of now I’m running some AdMob Mediation integration tests for Tapjoy, AppBrain, Madvertise and Leadbolt. So far it seems to work ok – with one mention being Leadbolt. If an ad is being displayed by this Network, it creates an Ad which obscures the other Ads. In other words, AdMob can’t destroy this Leadbolt ad, and the upcoming ads can’t be seen. I can’t seem to get a reference to the LeadBolt ad so I can pass it to AdMob for destruction. That’s a pity, I have to find a workaround.

I’ll let you know how it works 😉

Quick Android Income Report : 4 months since startup

I’ve been late with this report, mainly because of my other daily activities. In short, ever since I introduced ads and the point system in Power Schedule, Power Schedule Basic and App List, I managed to get enough money to pre-order (thanks to a friend in UK) a Google Nexus 7 tablet (Yay!). Unfortunately I will receive it later in August, when my friend from UK will visit Romania.

It’s not bad, but I can’t quit my job just yet. Some friends of mine actually make a nice passive income from other types of sources. Try, for example, online poker. There are many such services online, but they use Partypoker. It works for them. Since I’m a developer, I’m just trying to do what I know best: develop :).

Anyhow, the short breakdown is as follows:
LeadBolt income: $10
AdMob income: $6
TapJoy income: $242
Sales from SlideME: 7$
Adsense on monocube.com: $7
TOTAL: $272

Overall, I would say Tapjoy is working. Some users do like “incentive advertising”, while others not. Leadbolt and AdMob (banner based) ads are not so well suited for my apps, as they are “fire and forget” kind of apps (users rarely open them after installation). I’m currently working on some updates for all apps, I will try to use AdMob’s mediation service in conjunction with other advertisers (LeadBolt, Madvertise, AppBrain). Maybe I’ll also sign up with other AdMob Mediation approved advertisers as well (however I’m trying not to dilute the earnings between too many advertisers, since it may delay my checks by a while :).

eCPM results with Tapjoy

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.

Stay tuned.

New Update – Power Schedule 2.1.1

Last night I updated Power Schedule to version 2.1. I listened to people who complained about the new User Interface. Yes, now that I look at it, it was poorly designed. But somehow I missed this because I got used to it (while working on it).

Anyhow, I hope you like the new one. It’s much more clean and intuitive. I also added a “reboot” event – for Power Users who rooted their phones. You can set up a reboot each night, to have a “clean” phone in the morning (for example).

I plan to add a lot of other features as well – some suggested by users.
Many thanks go to these people (in no particular order):
Andy F
Carlos Blasco
Francisco Bautista
Levon Janpoladyan
Ferenc Harcos
Sujit Dey
Masoud Beheshti
Peter Jancar
Timothy Arceri
David Abdelli
Kevin (Darkbyte)

They helped me fix some issues and contributed with some ideas (or translations). I will also add their names (with their permission) in the About page (inside the App).

Looking forward to the next version

Ad report – last 25 days.

As I said before, I will publish the revenue generated by ads. In total, Power Schedule and App List generated a total of… 6.16$. 🙂
This is not much, as the ads are non-obtrusive and are displayed only if the user requests it (by choosing the “Special Offers” menu item).
Here’s the screenshot from my LeadBolt account (referral link):

15 March - 10 April LeadBolt Ads income

During the last week, I’ve been walking continuously n my Sisyphus path (also known as Power Schedule 2). I managed to rethink most of the User Interface. Hopefully it’s much more friendly and intuitive – also a LOT more flexible 🙂
Yes, most of the requested features are present (and working) already. I’ll leave the rest for the future versions (better to have a stable running version before adding new stuff). This will also support localization properly, so you’ll have Power Schedule in your own language (I’ll post the files soon for translation).
I *may* be able to release it this week (we have Easter holiday on Sunday, maybe things are more relaxed at work).

Meanwhile I also made a small fix for the 1.x version of Power Schedule – mainly, to support Data Connection control on Gingerbread (2.3+) devices. Grab the 1.6 version from the market now if you haven’t already.

So, next post will hopefully be the release news 🙂

App List

So I just released a new app – it’s called simple: App List.

You can check it out now here (Browser link):
App List on Google Play

or here (Android link):
App List on Play Store for Android

You can use it to quickly share some apps you like with your friends (via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Gmail or whatever sharing app you have installed on your Android device). Also, you can filter/search your installed apps list, view details about each one, open them or open the corresponding Google Play Store page (if any).

I implemented this one to familiarize myself with other Android topics. I’ll post a tutorial about what I’ve found out soon.

No more startup ads

I saw some users are not happy about having ads in apps. Ok, so I removed the startup splash screen and added a more unobtrusive “Special Offers” entry in the menu. These frequently change and generally you have an offer to download a free app from the Google Play Store. If you do, I will earn some cents. That’s all.

Learning from mistakes

Well, it’s easy to get over-enthusiastic and get burned 🙂
It happened to me last night because I didn’t test Power Schedule 1.5 on more devices. So first it crashed because I removed a needed library, then because LeadBolt (ads provide) apparently has some problems on Android 2.1 (even though they say they support it – heads up for other developers as well).

So now I just published version 1.5.4. Hopefully the crash reports are gone for now.

Next time I’ll take my time and test it on all supported platforms.