There's No Silver Bullet Strategy For Monetizing Apps, But There Are Lots Of Options To Compare

from the many-ways-to-make-a-buck dept

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In the sidebar widget featuring DevsBuild.It content, many of the most-read links have been those dealing with business models for apps, such as the developer who explained how their first game made $28,623 (the most popular post over the past month). For those of you following these kinds of stories, we’re highlighting a few new additions to DevsBuild.It that aim to help developers with the task of monetizing an app.

First, there’s a comparison tool that helps sort through all the different ad networks and other monetization platforms, filtering them by various criteria to help developers put together a smart business model:

To accompany the tool, there’s also a free white paper on app monetization [pdf link] which compares different app stores (including the less-mainstream ones) and breaks the core monetization models down into categories.

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(In related news: our readers may be interested in checking out the ADA’s amicus brief in the Google/Oracle appeal, which urges the court to uphold the ruling that APIs are not copyrightable.)

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John Fenderson (profile) says:


The other point to be made is that none of these monetization strategies are mutually exclusive. Developers can (and should) take a multipath approach to monetization.

Have both a “free” ad-based version as well as a for-pay, ad-free version. Put them in multiple app stores simultaneously, and sell them directly to your customers from your own web page at the same time.

Gerald Njuguna (profile) says:

My App

Wanted to say that I was thinking of developing an app for the Kenyan market specifically targeting people in the auto industry. The issue is that i am not an app developer so that would be one of the constraints i will have to deal with.

The other issue was to monetise it. I had thought of using admob. Will bookmark this page and probably when the time is right i can refer to the links you have provided.


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