As you may know there are no many success stories written by the Android developers. Regular readers of my blog already know my success story (see my monthly Android Developer Income Reports for details). But what is main reason of not hearing much about developers making money on Android? That most of them do not write their own blogs and do not have places to share!
So today I want to share with you two short stories that I got from my loyal readers. They have briefly written their stories as a thank you messages for me. I love getting such emails and if you have your own story I would be really happy to hear from you! As this post is not about me I will just make some copy&paste (I got permission from that guys) just with a little comment from me if needed.
Here is first email that I got from a developer from India (I am still asking him to write a guest post for me - hope he will agree soon):
Hi Chris, Basically I was following you from March and I started my Android Development after seeing your earnings. Though I am a smartphone geek thatswhy I wanted to create apps but with money , i was like definite. So i Started and followed and followed. But I wasnt able to buy your ebook due to my investment with my Development like buying a new phone, laptop etc. And before buying your ebook, I have already created 11 apps, out of which 3 are succesful somewhat ( enough for me, not like yours though) In september, I buyed your ebook on the 22nd and implemented it that night with like 7 hours remaining for next day. As I understood some of the key points of the ebook by researching the market, but i wasnt sure with them. But after getting ebook, i got sure shot. And like on that night of 22nd september, after I implemented your last tip, you can see in the screenshot that how my requests and impressions grew after 22nd( i think its 50%) Maybe you can just put this screenshot on your website in the next blog post, If it is equivalent to your expectations. And I would like to Thank you for your effort, and it would be like i would have also paid 30-40$ for buying this ebook with the new tip you added 2-3 months ago.( if i knew it can have such an intense effect on my earnings).
And here is a screenshot attached to the email (click for the zoom):
Thank you for your story and good luck with future development!
I have heard about success of this developer from one of comments under my blog post "Developer Income Report #14". Here is the comment:
I have decided to ask him about more details via email. Here is what he has replied to me:
Hi, KreCi, I don't have my website right now. But I can write a brief story about my experiences in this email. I have been developing with Android since May this year. I developed three casual games in the beginning. However, none of them lives up to my expectation. Two of them have downloads less than 1000. The rest one is better, but the Ads CTR is pretty low (Maybe the users are just too concentrate on the game ). I saw your blogs a few months ago. I'm interested in your experiences so I bought your eBook. After reading the eBook, I tried to develop an entertainment app. Utilizing those tips you mention in the eBook, I uploaded the app to Android Market. To my surprise, it got nearly 1000 downloads on the first day and the downloads passed 10,000 in a week! The Ads CTR of the app is pretty good comparing with the other apps I made before. In last ten days, I earned three times as much as that in the previous three months! I have motivation to develop more apps now.
Looks like another successful Android developer! Congratulations!
So it looks that this is not true that there are no successful Android developers. It is rather that they do not have many places to share. If you will like this post - let me know in the comments and I will publish more emails received from other developers.
Or if you are one of such persons please leave me the message via email or comment. It will be a real pleasure to spread your success anonymously or with your name. I will be really happy to publish your story or even take a guest posts!
And one more little things... If you wish to join a club of successful Android Developers I am sure you can follow my path as that guys did! Just if you need little more help you may check my "Make Money on Android" marketing guide for Android developers! Good Luck!