Hey folks, been away for a while. And now, here I am, back. Hope you missed me much. How has July been? Did Leadbolt live up to it's "promise" of improved revenues in July?
Leadbolt - The Ugly
There were some issues with Leadbolt's revenue dropping, posted in many places around the net. We tried asking, and did not get any solid answers from Leadbolt.
The one answer I highlighted previously was that 1 advertiser paused. From the looks of it, many advertisers seem to have run away from Leadbolt.
For the first time EVER I ended a month with Leadbolt not hitting a 4 figure income. FIRST TIME! On my first month with them I already made an awesome amount, and this just is the worst!
Leadbolt responded on the Basic4Android forums that revenues will pick up in July. Well, they forgot to mention that the revenue pick up was for Airpush! (more on airpush below).
How was YOUR July with Leadbolt?
Leadbolt - The Good
Well, a couple of things from my previous highlighting of Leadbolt did get fixed by them. For one, my referrals revenues took a crazy upshot! I made $330 in July from referral revenues (it was about $15 in May, and $90-ish in June). This is more like it. Finally I see my hardwork promoting them and working out their libraries pay off. I wonder if Leadbolt can revisit my previous months revenues and do the adjustments to my referral revenues?
Another thing they fixed was the icons that showed $100 eCPM. Their banners now say earn 10 times more. More than what, I don't know. They are only about 2 times more than admob for me as of now.
Airpush - The Other Good
Yes, after what I've previously said about Airpush being a piece of bullshit, they finally improved. I know some other developers that have showed good improvements from their Airpush revenues. Although nowhere near their bullshit advertised eCPMs, I am pretty happy with the results for July.
August seems to have had an awesome start with Airpush too. If this keeps at current rate, I am gonna make a lot more from Airpush this month than from Leadbolt. Oh boy!
SendDroid - a Challenge?
In my previous writing about Airpush, SendDroid was mentioned in the comments section by me that it is all talk and no result. Well, kudos to Chandler to comment on the article and trying to correct that perception.
I have initially decided to give them a live try out, and I thought I will share the results every now and then here on this blog. Chandler mentioned that they are working out some issues with their network right now, plus the Google Play's new policy on ads require SendDroid to change their SDK.
Oh, but there lies the risk. If SendDroid (and any of the other ad networks) don't properly comply with the ad policy, you know that it is us, developers, who will suffer. A blocked account from Google is almost pretty permanent.
So SendDroid, any guarantee that your ads will not be the reason for my apps being removed from the store? Same question goes out to Leadbolt and Airpush.
Google Play - getting ugly
Well, the new policy is out on ad stuff. There goes content unlockers. Not sure what's the status with notification ads.
Airpush, Leadbolt and SendDroid have all said that push ads are not banned, but really, the terms on Google Play's policy is very very vague. Nobody can really give a solid response to it.
The problem with such stuff is that Google can intepret this any way they want to, and that really sucks.
Also, do note that in-app purchases on Google Play markets can only use their payment methods. How in the 9 hells are developers from unsupported countries to make sales for IAP then? Time to look at iOS!
How's your July been? Have you started removing icon ads and notification ads? What's your take on the new policies?
Hope things are improving for all though!