Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jul 2014 22:00 UTC, submitted by Alfman
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

survey from market research firm VisionMobile, there are 2.9 million app developers in the world who have built about two million apps. Most of those app developers are making next to nothing in revenue while the very top of the market make nearly all the profits. Essentially, the app economy has become a mirror of Wall Street.

The application store model was a good thing for a while, especially early on. Now, though, it's becoming an impediment. Supply has increased so much that it's impossible to stand out, especially now that a relatively small number of big players are utterly dominating the listings, drowning out everyone else.

If nobody does anything, this will only get worse.

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App visibility
by DavidCollins on Sat 26th Jul 2014 08:56 UTC
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I know what this article is talking of first hand.

I developed an app. Decent quality, people who tried it liked it, it filled a need and was fun. I'll admit my marketing wasn't top notch, but I got in newspapers and at least one blog review.

Since then, sales have been minuscule. I've tried various things to boost sales, none have worked out or even just worked.

Don't want to sound like I'm complaining here, I take full responsibility for my app and it's sales, I just thought people here would appreciate and example case.

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RE: App visibility
by soliton on Sat 26th Jul 2014 22:19 in reply to "App visibility"
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App store profitability is all about using botnet downloads to juice your ranking. Google "app store ranking manipulation".

iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone store are all DOMINATED by botnet promoted apps. And don't think you'll get anywhere reporting even the most blatant examples. You won't, I've tried, repeatedly.

If you want to make a profit from indie app development, you're wasting your time unless you're prepared to shell out $5000+ for fake downloads.

If not, as you've discovered to your cost, you'll never break through the rankings because at least 50% of the top 5...10 ranked apps in any given category is doing it.

It's cheap, 100% effective and unchecked.

Given the amount of highly ranked dross in all the app stores, anything goes.

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RE[2]: App visibility
by Kalessin on Sun 27th Jul 2014 02:49 in reply to "RE: App visibility"
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What evidence do you have that botnets are being used to pump ratings? I can certainly believe that that's happening, but how can you know that is what's happening?

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RE: App visibility
by Luminair on Sun 27th Jul 2014 04:54 in reply to "App visibility"
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I'm skeptical these 69% of unpopular developers deserve to be there in the first place. Call me a curmudgeon, but even big expensive software is usually bad. All that solo work I haven't see probably has a lot of bad too. Maybe even 69% worth...

IMO Things get popular because communities of like-minded people admire said things and then share with other communities. One can't be expected to advertise and manipulate ones way to popularity. You should be on forums etc offering value to people with your voice and services. Then, if you're as good as you think you are, your fans will sell you to their communities.

How many of the 69% of unpopular developers are passionate about helping others first? How many of those apps have been updated this month, even if just one small bug fix? Democratization includes the annihilation of people you don't like, including those who are just in it for the money. Nobody admires those people.

Wealth and popularity beget wealth and popularity. But I'm skeptical most of the people in the app stores deserve either...

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