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I Will Build my App Empire - Once for All.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by guire01, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. guire01

    guire01 Registered Member

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    Hello Everyone, my name is Guilherme. Last week I realized that I need to do something to help my family with expenses, and i know that i can do this.

    Why i know this? I am a member of BHW since 2011, and work with programming and internet marketing since 2009. During this period I did many things but never stabilized my earnings. I even win $ 3,000 in a month by Adsense but I wasted opportunities and never won more than that.

    Now i work half time with php and do some SEO freelancer for extra money, but nothing big. So, i choose Apps because i already have some experience with this and I realized the great potential of the business, and this journey is to force me to make things happen and publish my successes and failures for an audience, that I hope to achieve here.

    My Plan:
    Build Android Apps, generic or not. Simple as that. I already started this last week, today my first app was accepted on Google Play.
    Ps. Generic = Wallpapers, jokes, phrases or anything that already has a lot on google play.

    For each app i will do this:
    1. Buy source code.
    2. Edit it's appearance.
    3. Publish on Google Play.
    4. Rank with SEO and advertisement.

    I think that's all.
    I will try to update this post and reply everyone. And please, your opinion worth a lot for me. Some stats:

    Total Apps Online = 1

    Image App, published in 29/08/2014

    • Source Code = $20
    • SEO = $0
    • Ads = $0
    • Earnings = $0.09
    Net = $19,91

    Next Update only next week, I'll be out until then. Oh, and sorry for my english, my native language is portuguese...
     
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    Good luck and better move your thread to IM journeys section :)
     
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    I think you mean the net as in negative 19,91$? But good luck on your journey mate, and don't worry your thread is already moved, I think by Mr Apricot.
     
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    Good luck with your journey!

    May I ask where did you buy the source code for the apps?
     
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    good luck ,keep us informed with your number :]
     
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  6. guire01

    guire01 Registered Member

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    Ops Sorry for that, and Thanks Mr. Apricot. Oh, i put my net red to say that is negative, but I will put the negative sign also.

    Thanks, i do not know if i can post, anyway, i bought on codecanyon.

    Thanks, Here it go:

    This weekend some friends help with downloads and reviews, got about 50.
    Today i translate my app, put more imagens on it and posted in some groups on facebook. Stats:


    Image App:
    Source Code = $20
    SEO = $0
    Ads = $0
    Earnings = $0.12


    Net = - $19,88


    Now I am planning to create videos and do some SEO.
     
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    Hi Op,
    Nice journey. My advice to you is to try reskinning more games (at least 10) and then promote them. With only 1 game you not going to make a lot of money. I found very difficult to find reliable people to reskin my games. Did you reskin your game or you pay to someone?
    I wish you good luck!
     
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  8. Harry Nguyen

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    You don't hire people to do the apps for you right? You use them drag and drop builder type apps? I never heard of buying a source code, that's interesting. How does that work?
     
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    You can't use "drag and drop builder type apps" when you buy the source code. Most of the time you or your developer is using Eclipse, Xcode, unity etc..
     
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    Damn, that's pretty hard lol. But yeah, how long did it take you do all of that?
     
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    Good luck mate wish you make your army
     
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    One thing I heard but can't confirm is that you shouldn't get reviews yet.

    Apparently Google might know the general downloads/review ratio and if yours is 10x the normal rate and it's only a generic app it might seem fishy.

    Good luck with your journey !
     
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    Good luck with your journey mate

    Hope you achieve your success very soon

    Following your thread

    Thanks
     
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    I started doing a similar approach but with a slightly different method, I am publishing to IOS on a certain niche. (might make a journey post/thread).
    Good luck with your journey!
     
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    one idea is to use gamesalad. You can get heaps of full made games for free online, reskin them and upload. The only issue is that you have to make the apps paid since the engine doesnt allow you to add your own adds for the free version. Just a though!
    good luck
     
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    Thanks guys!!!! This is motivating me a lot.

    I don't know gamesalad, but i use construct 2 for games, it is quite easy to learn and i can use ads on it. And I think you could also post a day, becomes better to exchange more information :)

    I will try with more games, but for now i can not afford :/ And i reskin games and apps by myself

    If it is an app i use eclipse for reskin, it is not so hard, but can take time (image app took about 6 hours) if the source have some bugs.

    Ps. Now my English was horrible, sorry...

    UPDATES

    Video online and Facebook Ads online too. No change in cash for now.
     
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    Wish you best luck in your journey.
     
  19. guire01

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    UPDATES

    Source Code = - $20
    SEO = $0
    Ads = $10 = 50 installs...
    Earnings = $0.15


    Net = - $29,85

    Hello Again Gentlemen,
    This week was busy, and and so will be the next... I'm working full time in attempt to finish my service soon and get more time for the journey. This week i worked with 2 new games, I just need to adjust a screen to choose characters, I think that is what makes people play forever: unlock more characters or other things, no matter how the game is.

    And i need help: How do you advertise apps? I'm trying facebook ads and youtube but without success...

    Stats
     
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    facebook ads have never worked for me. i wouldn't try to make it on google play, especially at $20 an app.

    you really have two options:

    1) spend a lot of time creating a really, really, good app and advertise it like crazy

    2) upload mass amounts of apps very, very quickly (i.e. 5/day)

    both of these approaches can work. i've seen successful devs with just 1 app. i've also seen successful devs with 500+ (one was a 3d flag wallpaper where literally each different app was just the 3d mesh with a new flag texture, just brilliant)

    anyways, i make my living with apps, and i do both approaches. i go through phases of uploading mass amounts of crap, and also of refining and perfect one single app