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How Much Money I Make with Apps (Updated) - The Daily Overpass #266 Today, I show you (once again) my Daily Revenue spreadsheet and try to be transparent about how I'm doing. Are you a fan of the Overpass company? You can leave us a review on Google at https://goo.gl/maps/XwEdcBgPLR62 For Overpass merchandise, check out our shop: https://shop.spreadshirt.net/overpass/ About Overpass: Overpass is a mobile app development company based in the UK that actually makes money from its own apps as well as creating money-making apps for clients. We have our ideas and build them. We can build your ideas too. If you haven’t started creating your mobile app yet, you are already behind. Our team consists of developers and designers with years of experience in various business sectors. We build apps in native iOS, Android, and Corona SDK. We are based in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Find out more about Overpass at www.Overpass.co.uk. Check out our educational games such as Mandarin Bubble Bath, Agent X, and Deep Sea Typing. Check out our spy apps like Ear Spy, Alarm Spy, and Eye Spy. If you are looking to get an app developed and want to discuss it, give us a call on 0845 834 1008 (+44 Country Code). Or email us at [email protected] Overpass on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+OverpassCoUk/ Overpass on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OverpassApps Overpass on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OverpassLtd About Eric: Eric Wroolie is the owner of Overpass. He has built software and web-based solutions for very many large and small companies including Macmillan Publishing, RibbonFish, BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, BBC Worldwide, and many others. Before that, he was a Chinese Mandarin and Vietnamese Linguist for the US Army and then a school teacher. Now, he makes apps. Eric on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricWroolie Eric on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+EricWroolie
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Kuba Vaněk (2 days ago)
When you first opened that spreadsheet I was like, huh, Ł150 approximately isn't that much, but it's nice be paid that much per month for something you created. I am a student so that much would actually really help me. And then I looked closer and saw it was per day. Wow.... Need to get my app developing going
Overpass Apps (1 day ago)
It would be much better if I moved somewhere less expensive :-)
Noah Joshua (8 days ago)
Hey! I have a new app with ~60 downloads a day making about $4 a day. I’m thinking of marketing... any advice?
taleb younes (12 days ago)
Too wordy
Overpass Apps (10 days ago)
That's what they call me ;-)
Harshan Bala (18 days ago)
There is so many videos out there but yours is the best man. Thank you so much for being open and inspiring me. You're the best.
Carpal Tunnel Gadgets (24 days ago)
how many apps do you have?
Overpass Apps (23 days ago)
4.3 which is spamming the app store. But, they even started rejecting the unique apps I put out. I did a few videos on this. I think they are starting to push back against developers with too many apps. I've spoken to several prolific developrs with the same problem. They get rejected even before the reviewer tries the app.
Carpal Tunnel Gadgets (23 days ago)
What was the reason they were rejecting them?
Overpass Apps (23 days ago)
I have a couple hundred. But I've removed most of them from iOS because they started rejecting everything I sent them.
Tech Genius (24 days ago)
I am jealous! I have only had 11 downloads in the last month!
Tech Genius (3 days ago)
Bradlee297 I haven’t monetised any of my apps yet
Bradlee297 (10 days ago)
Tech Genius do you earn money from the 11 downloads? I'm new to this
Overpass Apps (24 days ago)
Keep at it. Try to update your keywords and see if you can climb the ranks a bit more. We all start out like that.
Srdjan Lukic (1 month ago)
Very interesting. It's cool to see how other developers do things. Cheers
onur u. (1 month ago)
I see a honest man; I subscribe.
Mattylynx Asamoah (6 days ago)
PostMaloy (1 month ago)
do you need an android developer? im a beginner but i can make basic apps. Ill work for cheaper than most to build experience! US based.
Viktor Kuzmanov (1 month ago)
How about you make an updated video on this. Hope you are earning more now !
Santhosh Sana (1 month ago)
Which ad network is good for mobile games . am mobile game developer from India. I don’t have idea ad network. One more doubt 1 million download game means how much in ad revenue?
Santhosh Sana (6 days ago)
tx bro, which ad network is best for mobile games ?
Mattylynx Asamoah (6 days ago)
Depends on active users and their ad impressions but a range should be within $4000+ per month
Mike Krestas (1 month ago)
Hi could you pls tell me tour dau?
megaman X (1 month ago)
What are the name of your apps? And how many do you have? Thanks in advance! Great vid!
The Noob Gamer (2 months ago)
Why don't u go to shark tank
Alhassan u Jalloh (2 months ago)
Alhassan u Jalloh (2 months ago)
Can you help developing my app?
A Williams (2 months ago)
Good video. Nice and honest.
Eli Israel (2 months ago)
Thanks, but I see "Overpass Apps" has something like 20+ and more apps listed on Google Play alone, So this is around £ 150-200 for 1 app per months, Isn't it? If true we won't survive.
John Jara (2 months ago)
Do you also phone farm other apps???
KETAN RAMTEKE (2 months ago)
One more subscriber. Very helpful video.
Shivam Meena (2 months ago)
Hey Guys! After 1 Year of Hard Work i have finally Published my own Game. Please Check it Out and Give some Feedback. - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SM_Games.The_Genius_Quiz
Mike Krestas (1 month ago)
i couldnt find it on the app store, so i guess you've published it on playstore... I dont have an android phone so i couldnt try it but it looks pretty good...
Shivam Meena (1 month ago)
did you played it?
Mike Krestas (1 month ago)
Shivam Meena looks pretty good man!
Bike Vids (3 months ago)
Dood you’re doing it wrong. If you don’t make $14K/day you’re ripped off. Go desktop with a USB key and hire a marketer.
Big Ice (7 days ago)
Bike Vids - I think you have a point, but these apps you're showing here are from experts to experts. Thus 1. You need a team of devs OR much time for development. 2. You need to have at least one expert in the field of your app - and therefore 3. You need to share the revenue. 4. Big expansive apps require continuous development and user support. So what you're suggesting is to create a company for your apps, or am I wrong here? I mean I'm just tapping my toe into this territory at the moment (so, I'm serious, please educate me), but to me your suggestion sounds like a traditional software company distribution model.
Bike Vids (3 months ago)
Overpass Apps Yeah I think selling the $3000 bucks a copy app is more to my liking. https://www.solarwinds.com/network-performance-monitor
Bike Vids (3 months ago)
Overpass Apps Here’s where you want to be man. $1500 bucks a copy. https://www.subrosasoft.com/product/macforensicslab/
Bike Vids (3 months ago)
Overpass Apps https://sentinel.gemalto.com/software-monetization/what-is-software-monetization/
Bike Vids (3 months ago)
Nice greenscreen.
Andrey Dimitrov (4 months ago)
Admob is crushing it these days $5 for intersticials
Krokki Krokki (4 months ago)
I've been doing this for like a month. I'm at the point of making 1€ per day, having a total of 40 apps. Few of them are in the top when searching for the main keyword. I'm now waiting for some time to pass by, to see what happens next, if this 1 euro per day will rise to few euros a day. :)
Kundan yadav (4 months ago)
In which company do you work
Rıfat Erdem Sahin (4 months ago)
Gr8 video. Ps: Checking admob multiple times a day is not healthy.
shridhar dongare (4 months ago)
Even you are not a billionaire Millionaire you're are great teacher sharing your knowledge with us. thank you sir
ESL Phonics (4 months ago)
i get about 30 a month lol. i have a way to go yet :P My friends think cos i have 20000 or so downloads i must be making loads. Problem i have is i have the ideas, but my revenue skills are woefully lacking!!
Jose B (4 months ago)
Great video. Thanks for sharing.
Coding in Flow (5 months ago)
Thanks for the insights 😁
muscleman155 (5 months ago)
I have an app idea, can I contact you?
Media 360 (5 months ago)
I want to make android apps. what is the best platform for beginners
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Media 360 If you are only interested in Android, I would learn native. If you want to do games, or make something that is cross-platform, then there are a lot of other frameworks you can look into. React-Native is pretty cool. I’ve recently started looking into Flutter (from Google) which looks pretty awesome and uses Dart as a language. There are a lot of possibilities.
MrNettoon (5 months ago)
Eric, could you tell me how many impressions you get per download?
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+MrNettoon Unfortunately, I can’t. I once did a video where I showed my Admob and RPMs and then found that it was against the terms and conditions to show this info, so I had to remove the video.
Stein Fluss (5 months ago)
Great Video, thanks for your tranparency
Too Many Ideas (5 months ago)
I made currently 3 dollars a week from my app!
hassan attia (5 months ago)
thanks bro.
Iain Key (5 months ago)
Great video Eric, thanks for sharing
Hey, Eric great video. I'm planning to start app business. How many months should I wait before expecting my first revenue.? Do I have to spend $ for marketing our apps.
Indragni Soft Solutions (5 months ago)
Hi Eric, this is one of the best video in last few months. since US has more iphone users, pls check your userbase stats for ear spy in itunes
Mahmudur Rahman (5 months ago)
Hey eric, Nice video! You said that there are some new policies in ASO from google. Can you please share that with us :)
Hicham RK (5 months ago)
Hi Eric. THANK YOU for your transparency. Your stats are frustarting for someone who targets 1k $/day :) I've launched my 1st game in January 2018. I've tested Admob and with about 1 milion ads impressions in February, I started thinking I need to analyse other networks as the RPM is not good. Maybe because Admob is a CPC network and if the app is generating a huge amount of ad impressions, maybe a CPM network can lead to a better revenue. I found a mediation network called Appodeal aiming to serve the best performing ads from famous networks such as Admob itself, Adcolony, UnityAds... Have you heard about it?
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
I tried AppoDeal with one app, but the app didn't have a lot of downloads to really experience it. I think freaked out a bit when it started setting up all the ad units for me and used a Chrome plugin. But, I think they are pretty legit. I should have given them a better try.
Pablo Perna (5 months ago)
Hi Erik, thanks a lot for your videos, you're one of a kind. I'm a developer from Argentina and trying to run my bussiness through in-app subscriptions on Android. Do you have any advice on this matter? Thanks!
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
Thanks so much Pablo. Wow! Argentina! I am going to answer this this week
Learn To Master (5 months ago)
Thanks for sharing that, Eric. A lot of our apps (certainly the older established ones), are used more in India / Indonesia than US/Europe these days and so RPMs are down, despite always having the same impressions over the years. I found that the newer apps that we developed (last year), have more popularity in the US/Europe than India and therefore RPMS are strong. But the key would be to increase RPMs in India. Love to find out how. I'll certainly be trying the idea from Abdelghafour Driowya!
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
Thanks for sharing that, Tom. I think I need to try that idea too. I wonder if it will help.
N.A ClaSHer yt (5 months ago)
and here I earn 1$ per month :)
Twinc Apps (5 months ago)
Have tried targeted pricing in India? Interesting video as many of us are experiencing similar things. :)
Twinc Apps (5 months ago)
My main market is still the US, but I have recently starting running app install ads through AdWords and I'm getting most of my downloads in India. I'm not trying to figure out how to best monetize this new segment.
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
Actually, yeah, I lowered the IAP prices in India to a very low one, but didn’t see any increase in sales. Have you tried that? Do you have a similar situation?
Syed Shah Lateef Ahmed (5 months ago)
Hi. Nice job. I like your videos. Thanks
BlackDeath12345 (5 months ago)
Eric, I wish u came to app masters connect! It was fun
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+BlackDeath12345 Was it cool? Did you learn a lot?
Eric Vaughan (5 months ago)
Completely off-topic, but I keep wondering: How have you lived in the UK for nearly twenty years without picking up even a slight accent? Maybe that phenomenon depends on the person. I moved from New Jersey to North Carolina and only lived there a year and it put a little south in my accent.
A Williams (2 months ago)
Some people are tone-deaf so they don't pick up the new accent as they can't hear the tones. Also, if he works from home a lot he might not be around Brits every day.
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Eric Vaughan Haha. Thank you. Certain members of my family back home think I’m getting an English accent but no on here does. I guess it’s because I was 25 when I moved here and it was pretty much settled in.
bastawa (5 months ago)
transparency international :) Have the same more and more Indian users but they don't bring any monrey at all :(
RonnyNews (5 months ago)
Thank for a video on Sunday! Yeah!
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+RonnyNews Thanks. I’m going to try to do a bit more... let’s see how this goes :-)
Lakshman Chilukuri (5 months ago)
I have been scratching my head for last one year how to improve admob earnings. It's halved and there is no sign of stopping. My downloads and ratings are good though. Sometimes I wonder if it has happened after I switched to firebase libraries.
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Lakshman Chilukuri Mine are halved too. And now you got me wondering if it coincided with adding Firebase.....
manik mittal (5 months ago)
Sir your topics are extremely good but the problem is that your make big videos which cause sometimes boredom in middle of your videos Hope you will work on this
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
Thanks Manik. This one was a big topic, so it took longer than others. I try to keep them short, believe it or not. It’s not for everyone, I know.
theblazer (5 months ago)
Or maybe read the microwave food instructions? haha
BojaRaj Club (5 months ago)
Your not an Expert , But your a great motivator and Speaker. Thanks
Abir Hassan (5 months ago)
how much do you make from youtube?
A Williams (2 months ago)
That's not bad though given you only have 9k subscribers. I actually thought YouTube revenue was less than that.
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Abir Hassan Good question. It’s low. I only turned on ads in the last year or so. It makes about £50 a month.
Abdelghafour Driowya (5 months ago)
Hi Eric , try to change admob id unit. Advertisers tend to filter their ads on apps , if a lot of high paying advertiser stop showing ads on your app the rpm goes down. Best way is to make admob ad unit remotely so you can change it from time to time
Abdelghafour Driowya (5 months ago)
may be firebase can do the same (never use it)
Abdelghafour Driowya (5 months ago)
I think there's nothing in admob policy or adsense that prevent you from changing banner & interstitial id. By remote i mean, storing banner & interstitial ad unit in a website and retrieve it in the splash screen for example. so you can change it any time.
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Abdelghafour Driowya This is interesting. Is it legal? Are you saying to use some kind of remote config (like Firebase) to change the ad unit id?
Kim Heaver (5 months ago)
Thank you very much for being so open, is a great help to aspiring developers
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Kim Heaver Thanks Kim. I would show more (like AdMob), but I can’t show the RPM or impression numbers according to Terms and Conditions.
Abir Hassan (5 months ago)
Thank you for the video.
Kaique Ocanha (5 months ago)
Eric, as always, great video! Thanks for sharing this kind of information, because (in my case) it shows that it really is possible to make money with apps. I'm also having the problem with the rpm in Admob. I'm currently making 20 - 30 US Dollars a day (here in Brazil that's kind of more money than 60% of the population earns on "real jobs", so that's nice. Our currency, the Brazilian REAL its like 3 to 1 vs US Dollar. You sharing your earnings it's really good for us to open the discussion, so here it is how much I make too, and I hope more people share their situations so we can understand even more the market! See you tomorrow!
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Kaique Ocanha Thank you so much, Kaique. That sounds good. One problem I have is that England has a somewhat expensive cost of living. At least, in my opinion it does. But, keep at it. I’m starting to wonder about changing networks again... but AdMob has always been so easy for me.
YouWatchGames (5 months ago)
How do you market your apps?
Wael Fadhel (1 month ago)
me too looooooooool
Tyler Lucas (2 months ago)
@YouWatchGames I thought your thumbnail pic was a hair and I kept trying to wipe it off my screen!
Radio Head (5 months ago)
Noah Johnson yep, universal app campaigns are really good
nfjinnovation (5 months ago)
Adwords is great
Tom Sutherland (5 months ago)
My RPM is terrible lately. Fortunately my apps are getting a lot more traffic so my revenue is up.
Mattylynx Asamoah (6 days ago)
+marco da silva $1 a day
marco da silva (11 days ago)
How much could a beginner expect to make from apps? I know that's a pretty broad question, but maybe you could give some sort of idea.
jomel dumaran (5 months ago)
How do you deal stress while coding?
PZ4 (2 months ago)
You just have to push forward because once you find the solution, its soooo worthet!
jomel dumaran (3 months ago)
Thanks to all of you😊
Ferencz Kaszoni (3 months ago)
Yes indeed. Not necessarily stress, but as you mentioned, emptiness. This is why apart from client work, I have a few of our own exciting projects, that get you pumped up while working on them. When I can see that I'm scrolling through my code editor without any purpose and the energy is low, I put aside the client work for a few hours, open up my own exciting projects, and work on them. Please note: the project has to be big and exciting enough to get you pumped up. Apart from this, I plug my headphones in with some billionaire motivation speeches, these get you pumped up quite well. I hope it helps :)
jomel dumaran (3 months ago)
Ferencz Kaszoni ahahaha but have you experienced emptiness every time you coding for a long time with same routine.
Ferencz Kaszoni (3 months ago)
I deal stress while coding by coding :D
Praharsh Bhatt (5 months ago)
The reason for low RPM for last 6 months or so is Google stopping native ads and pushing all the app developers to downgrade to banner ads. After doing the above, I too saw a drop in RPM. Google will be releasing Native advanced in around march. Let's hope we get to those steady good RPM rates again.
Twinc Apps (5 months ago)
I observed the opposite. My one app served a native add and did really poorly. When google announced the change I switched it out for rectangle banner ad and it's doing a lot better...
Praharsh Bhatt (5 months ago)
Thank you for these videos! By the way, that's not low.
Overpass Apps (5 months ago)
+Praharsh Bhatt Thanks Praharsh. You’re always the first one here :-)

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