Jared Sinclair talking numbers regarding his RSS App Unread:
I should have priced Unread accordingly. If I had launched at $4.99 and got the same amount of downloads, I probably missed out on an additional $16K in sales.
Jared opened his cards to everyone to show how Independent developers suffer from the AppStore, and how it’s not an easy to earn money from the AppStore to live a normal life…not perfect, but just normal.
I can relay to that because I also suffer with this site’s numbers, it’s not a lot to be honest, and just like Jared I’m trying my best to make my numbers grow and attract more people.
His idea to attract a lot of people was to sell the app in the first week for half the price, and my idea was to choose a beautiful design for the site and make it beautiful and easy to read, both of us didn’t get the attention that we hoped for.
Jared said that what boosted his app the most was:
Coverage from influential bloggers can drive more sales than an App Store feature.
And I really think that this is so important, if no one supported you, then its hard to stand on your own, and if you did, then its gonna take you a while.
Other solutions is to drop what you are doing now and do what other peoples do.
For Jared it will be developing a game with a lot of IAP, something with catchy name and something that kids will cry to their parents until they get it for them and force their parents to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on the IAP.
In my case I would have to do some Black SEO Tricks, which is absolutely going to kick me out of Google Search Engine but it will help me gain more readers for certain amount of time, or spam the internet with links to my website.
Ads is a solution for both of us, and I remember Unread ads on The Sweet Setup which was good I believe because The Sweet Setup by the Founder & Editor-in-Chief Shawn Blanc is a great website and attract a lot of people who love well designed apps and like to support developers, but for me I don’t think I want to spend money on ads just for the mean time.
At the end I want to say: I’m sure Jared won’t give up on doing what he love to do the most, neither will I, or follow what the mainstream want, for me i’m gonna keep writing on my site until the right opportunity comes, and I hope it does too for Jared and his Pixel Perfect App Unread.
And if you wanna support me, you can see how on the site’s Support Page.