Some of you may have seen Edward Kim's blog post about his sales figures for his wildly popular Car Locator application on the Android Market. For those of you that haven't and are interested in getting into app development for Android devices, check it out :
It's a pretty inspiring post to say the least. It's definitely one of the reasons I'm so interested in mobile app development, it showed me that small developers can make a nice little sum of money even when pursuing their own interests. But I digress, a post dedicated to my aspirations and motivations can wait, back to the interesting stuff:
I published my first application (LED Flashlight) on Christmas Day. Since then I have been releasing new applications within a 3 - 4 days of each other. Although my success story is nowhere near that of Edward Kim's, I'm still quite happy where I am today.
I have been on the market for 17 days now (not including today) and have made a gross profit of $158.40. My net profit is $110.40, $85.40 if you factor in Google's initial publishing fee. Now I know more than a couple of you just snorted at that, "a hundred dollars is chump change," and while I totally see where you're coming from, I'm still thrilled with the results. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting to even recoup the initial $25 fee until at least a month had passed. To my surprise I had accomplished that in the first 4 days of LED Flashlight being on the market.
Some interesting points:
-I on average make $6.50 a day from app sales. That's net.
-160 copies of my apps have been purchased.
-Like Eddie Kim, I have literally done no marketing for these apps with the exception of this webpage (which I created today).
In summary, while my sales aren't the best, I'm still satisfied due to having very low expectations in the first place. It's nice to have some extra pocket cash coming around, especially as I'm always playing the role of a broke college student. To any aspiring app developers out there, I implore you to dive in, it's not that hard to get started. I'm still not sure which is more surprising, how easy it was to make my first apps or the fact that I'm making any money off of them. Anyways, on that note, I leave you with this: