Lately, a big issue has been bugging me. And bugging a great many of you developers too. Leadbolt's revenue dropping faster than you can say Led Zeppelin. It might have been a stairway to heaven previously, it surely seems like an escalator to hell right now.
For those that are asking me about it, well, I did try getting some details about it. The bad part is the answers given really did not justify.
A Thank YouBefore we get into the issue, I'd like to thank those 102 developers (and 2 advertisers) who have signed up with my link. Hope things are going great for you. Some of you have told me how much you're making, and stating that I should be getting 10% of what you're making.
The truth is, the statement on their dashboard is pretty misleading. I don't make 10% of what you make. I make 10% of the profit that Leadbolt makes. I was making about $0.50 a day for previous months, this month it has improved to $2 a day. That is TOTAL daily from all the referrals put together.
So no, referrals aren't making me money. All that promotion I have been doing for Leadbolt, it was for their good. Maybe I should have not promoted them so much? Probably I'd have a bigger slice of the pie today?
The IssueNow back to the issue at hand. This issue has been raised at many places. At least when it relates too me. Basic4Android forum, Leadbolt support forum, direct twitter messages and other email/private messages asked by fellow developers.
Do keep in mind, I am a fan-boy of Leadbolt. I admit that. It will be not so easily that I would leave them, but if things continue getting bad, who'd wanna stay on the titanic?
No AdsCheck out this link. It is an issue some developers are facing. When I started with Leadbolt, I used to get notification ads all the time. Then that stopped. After that, offer walls stopped. Then fullscreen ads stopped (how do you make content unlockers with no ads to unlock the content?). Then the icon ads had no apps to show.
You see the problem? It looks like they are not getting advertisers enough on their network. It has been probably over 6 months since I got any notification ads from them.
For all you developers who are having this issue, there is nothing technically wrong with your code if test ads were showing. That white banner you see? Thats no ad available!
Gone are the days when you'd refresh your dashboard and see a sudden jump of $3 at a time. Revenues from ads has gone pretty low now.
And here is another discussion about it on Basic4Android.
Response from leadboltMy AM informed me about the recent slowdown. On 25th June, my Leadbolt revenue dropped below Airpush for the first time since.... EVER! Oh boy. Ok, it was a weird thing that went on at Airpush on that date, and my revenue from them skyrocketed for that one day. But that still paints the horrible picture that something is bubbling in Leadbolt, probably from the leak at the bottom of the titanic.
According to my AM, (and this is what's annoying me the most) one of their large advertiser has paused campaign. Now, I have been given such reasons previously too. But seriously? ONE large advertiser pauses, and everyone's revenue gets cut by about 60 to 70%? This does not seem right. Are advertisers avoiding Leadbolt? What will happen if that ONE large advertiser stops using Leadbolt? We're screwed!
I saw the Sign..Something to ponder on. When a main person of a company leaves, the one who has been all out running the show, is it time for us to leave too? Brian Tippy left Leadbolt earlier this year, and maybe that was a sign that the iceberg has been hit? Now, for those using AppLovin, if you see Rafael leaving, better start looking elsewhere too.
The SpiritAnd in the spirit of highlighting everything that is wrong and everything that is right, in a fair and just manner, I'd like to bring you to my Leadbolt sign-up ad on the right. You will notice such ads from Leadbolt. $100 eCPM! Do read my previous posting in regards to this.
Note to Leadbolt: Please come up with realistic ads for us to use for referrals.
Love-HateHonestly I really hated writing this post. Leadbolt is something that many associate with me, as I have been praising and promoting them since ages ago. We used to eat dinosaur meat together! As for all the support that I have given them, helping to test their libraries, fixing issues with missing files in their library, promoting them, it has been a wonderful ride all this while.
And it really sucks when this is going on for a while now, and we are not getting a real picture from anyone in Leadbolt.
As for me, I will still be with Leadbolt. I am gonna ride this storm with them, hope that no tsunami comes and washes me away! Really really hope things start picking up again.
A quick advice: expand your fishing net. Don't just use a single fishing rod to fish. When that line snaps, you'll be hungry for the night. Make sure your revenue sources are from many different ad networks.