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Ask HN: How much money do you make every month from your iOS app?
13 points by jetupper 501 days ago | comments


mansigandhi 499 days ago | link

About $200-400 a month on one paid iPad app in the Music category

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mstockton 498 days ago | link

Was making between $500-$900/month consistently for 1+ year, but the release of iOS6 hit my download count significantly. The app is Group Texting Pro

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ansonl 501 days ago | link

I make about $100 - $200 as a hobby developer of one paid app. It has been in the store about 4 years. App is Geometry Stash.

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anonymous1983 501 days ago | link

My buddy and I make between $50,000 - $60,000 per month. We have been doing this exactly 1 year.

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dear 500 days ago | link

Good for you! That is like 6MM a year! Pretty soon you can retire!

Do you get most of your revenue from Ads, paid apps or In App Purchase?

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hodder 500 days ago | link

Your math is off by an order of magnitude, but 50k a month is still amazing.

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dear 500 days ago | link

Oops...LOL ... I got too excited!

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anonymous1983 500 days ago | link

Yeah, I wish it were 6MM a year. Anyways, I get about 40% from In App purchases and 60 percent from ads.

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Mitchella 501 days ago | link

Which applications if you don't mind me asking?

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anonymous1983 500 days ago | link

Sorry, I don't want to give away my identity.

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jetupper 501 days ago | link

Wow, would love to know what are the apps too. Or perhaps, in what category / categories are your apps in?

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anonymous1983 500 days ago | link

Entertainment, lifestyle, and games.

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jetupper 500 days ago | link

Cool, and do you have any advice for iOS developers to achieve the similar kind of success that you're having?

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anonymous1983 500 days ago | link

If you are just starting, I would suggest creating a few apps and seeing which ones catch on and then focusing your efforts on those. Create apps quickly to test an idea, and then iterate quickly when improving an app. As for the type of apps, I believe ones that have decent growth and retention are best. I don't like apps that just focus on growth, because it is not too sustainable long term.

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dezinezync 499 days ago | link

You sir, have made some pretty good points there. I'm just starting off, looking to launch my app in February. These shall help me in the long run.

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aoporto 500 days ago | link

What have you found to be most effective for marketing your apps?

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anonymous1983 498 days ago | link

I've tried multiple forms of marketing. 1. Admob - Got users to the app, but the app did not retain those users and it was quite expensive to even get them to the app. Over $1 per user for me. 2. Tried facebook ads. Just a complete failure for me. 3. I cross promote my apps within my own apps. That does ok. I'm not exactly sure the exact amount of traffic it drives, but it probably accounts for 5% of the user base on the apps i promote. 4. Facebook, Twitter Sharing. This probably accounts for 5 - 10% of new downloads within an app.

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