[Journey] Building an iOS & Android App Empire

Hello, bro i have a problem with one of my ios account i published one app and it's been 1 month under review ? but my other account was working normal and accept new apps so fast
It just writes "In Review" for one month? Normally it should take maximum one day. Contact Apple.
 
It just writes "In Review" for one month? Normally it should take maximum one day. Contact Apple.
it was rejected at first saying that they need more time and i don't need to upload any review and waited for like 15 days and no reply so i canceled that review and uploaded a new one and it's been 15 days again.
 
@nakamura
A bit offtopic:

Any ideas why Apple dev forum is so "inactive" in terms of answers to people's problems?
I see tons of questions with 0 answers.

Like there is nobody on forum that can answer or willing to answer different questions.

Where you mostly search for information or answers?
For example specific for Apple development, Apple store?
Or you already know everything about it?
i would say it's most useless forum hahaha , i'm facing a problem with one my account and i couldn't find any answers only people posting the problem and they find solution by themselves
 
it was rejected at first saying that they need more time and i don't need to upload any review and waited for like 15 days and no reply so i canceled that review and uploaded a new one and it's been 15 days again.
In the review, you can send a message / reply. If it doesn't work, you can write the support directly.
 
@nakamura
You said you copy successful apps.
That you make them better, make top notch UI, that looks like made by million $ company.

Lets say there is a bit older app, made in 2017 for example and has 4.8 stars out of 5 and has like 100k reviews / ratings.
The app itself makes roughly million $ a year according to appstore spy.


Do you copy those as well or you skip such successful apps?
 
Here is the update for April 2024. Yet another increase in revenue.

In April I uploaded 3 new iOS apps. One of them made me $500 instantly with organic traffic just within 4 days after uploading. Seems like I found a really good niche. Currently this one app has an ARPU of $2.25 for me. Means I am earning $2.25 per user on average.

However, let's get into the summary:

Ad Earnings: $2900

Right now I am using two Admob accounts. Just to be on the safe side. In the past few months, I never had any problems at all with Admob. But, also I am not in any greyhat or blackhat niche. I don't use any banner or native ads, only interstitial and rewarded video ads. Especially the rewarded video ads have a very high ecpm. If people do
n't want to watch these video ads, they can just make a subscription and remove ads.

IAP: $11220

Total Earnings: $14120

Spendings: $3000 mostly for Google Ads and Meta Ads

This month I actually spent far more money on ads, just by trying different things. For example, I tried different ad sets for one of my apps on Meta. The results were just so-so. I have to figure out a way to decrease the CPI, so I can scale up more and more.

Total Profit: $11120

Here are some stats:


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Subscribers

When the month began, I had 207 subscribers, the month ended with 281 subscribers.

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MRR

Currently, I have a monthly recurring revenue (through subscribers) of $4808.

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And last but not least I also include some ARR stats. Below is the annual recurring revenue. You can see the growth over the past few months.

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Why does it start in August 2023? Because it was then that I started using RevenueCat. Also, before that, I mostly earned money through Admob alone. IAP was not really my priority. Also important to say: These are ONLY iOS apps. I didn't integrate RevenueCat in Android apps. So they are not in the stats.

The app I am using for the stats is RCKit. They also always send me a push notification once someone subscribed or purchased something.

By the way guys, I was hiring a guy to get me better reviews for one specific country for one of my apps, this guy seems to bought reviews (maybe?) and Apple immediately detected it and sent me an email:

Hello XYZ,

We're writing to inform you that your company isn't in compliance with the Apple Developer Program License Agreement (DPLA).

Section 11.2 (Termination) states:

(g) if You engage, or encourage others to engage, in any misleading, fraudulent, improper, unlawful or dishonest act relating to this Agreement, including, but not limited to, misrepresenting the nature of Your Application (e.g., hiding or trying to hide functionality from Apple’s review, falsifying consumer reviews for Your Application, engaging in payment fraud, etc.).

Be aware that manipulating App Store chart rankings, user reviews or search index may result in the loss of your developer program membership.

Please address this issue promptly.

Sincerely,
Apple

So I would highly recommend any of you guys to don't do any of this stuff. They seem to detect it directly. I would never do anything like this again, because it is simply not worth it. I could lose all my earnings and apps, just because of some stupid reviews. Honestly, I almost shit myself after reading my company is not compliant and in the next paragraph was the word "Termination". But hey, it's still alive, and hey, it was a wake-up call. So yeah, they can definitely see whether someone is trying to manipulate ratings/reviews.


So what's next?

I plan to upload 5 apps this month. Right now I am working on one.
Then, I want to scale and increase the subscriber count to 400 at the end of May.

To scale, I will have to try different ad networks and work on ad sets/creatives to get the best possible CPI. So yeah, this month will be all about uploading 5 new apps and figuring out how to get the most out of the ad budget. I set my ad budget to $3000-4000.
 
absolutely loved it once again ;)

by the way , i am working on app for the past 1.5 months on app which has one of the features in which image is manipulated from UI coordinates to CG coordinate system
and lot of maths are to be done on it. do you make such kind of apps where you have to calculate a lot ? like tangent of circle and then convert it to another coordinate system ?
 
So I would highly recommend any of you guys to don't do any of this stuff. They seem to detect it directly. I would never do anything like this again, because it is simply not worth it. I could lose all my earnings and apps, just because of some stupid reviews. Honestly, I almost shit myself after reading my company is not compliant and in the next paragraph was the word "Termination". But hey, it's still alive, and hey, it was a wake-up call. So yeah, they can definitely see whether someone is trying to manipulate ratings/reviews.
So keyapp is out of business for iOS ? ;p I used them few years ago and there were no penalties. I always thought Apple doesn't care or their algorithm is too dumb to figure out any kind of blackhat techniques. Seems like there were some update or maybe the guy you hired did something so hardcore (like 1k reviews for app with 100 installs) that it triggered manual review.
 
So keyapp is out of business for iOS ? ;p I used them few years ago and there were no penalties. I always thought Apple doesn't care or their algorithm is too dumb to figure out any kind of blackhat techniques. Seems like there were some update or maybe the guy you hired did something so hardcore (like 1k reviews for app with 100 installs) that it triggered manual review.
Keyapp is fine for installs, but I wouldn't buy reviews/ratings
 
absolutely loved it once again ;)

by the way , i am working on app for the past 1.5 months on app which has one of the features in which image is manipulated from UI coordinates to CG coordinate system
and lot of maths are to be done on it. do you make such kind of apps where you have to calculate a lot ? like tangent of circle and then convert it to another coordinate system ?
@nakamura didn't answer my question bruh ?
 
absolutely loved it once again ;)

by the way , i am working on app for the past 1.5 months on app which has one of the features in which image is manipulated from UI coordinates to CG coordinate system
and lot of maths are to be done on it. do you make such kind of apps where you have to calculate a lot ? like tangent of circle and then convert it to another coordinate system ?
Sorry for late response. Usually, I don't make such complicated apps. I really always try to make it easy and straightforward, not only for myself but also for the users. If you found a good niche and you think it will be profitable, you can definitely give it a try.
 
Can I use flutter to make android apps? I am learning flutter these days and I found it very easy to build android apps.
 
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