August 16, 2014 in Income Reports
Welcome to my July 2014 income report. Last month was a very busy month for me. I was quite ambitious and it really paid off! I am happy to say that this is my first 4-figure month consisting of all online income. In July, I released 3 apps in the Apple App Store and they contributed to a significant portion of my earnings. The first app was released at the beginning of the month and is currently my most successful app to date. I call this one successful only because compared to my other apps, this is a big winner for me.
You’ve probably heard that success doesn’t come overnight and that’s very true in my experience. It wasn’t until I published my 5th app before I found a successful theme. I’ll list the names of my new apps below. Because it sometimes takes quite awhile to find any kind of success with apps, I’m really glad that I’m reskinning apps instead of creating them from scratch. As a result, I do not have the expenses of hiring a graphic designer or programmer. At this time, my only costs are the source codes I’ve purchased which range from $99 to $499.
One thing I shouldn’t have done when I started reskinning apps is buying too many source codes. Till now, I still haven’t reskinned the first code I bought and that one cost me $480. I’m going to stop buying source codes for now and work on the ones I have right now. It’s too easy to caught up in all the hype from some of the email lists I’m signed up for when a new source code is released. They all promise an easy reskin process and almost instant profits. I have found neither to be true… at least for me. I guess you could say that the design part is easy for me but it is VERY time consuming because of the sheer number of graphics that need to be changed in a single source code.
I’m pretty fast when it comes to Photoshop but it still takes me a long time to create all the graphics. A lot of time could be saved if I hire a designer and programmer but I don’t feel it’s the right time to go that route yet. So I successfully cranked out 3 apps with one of them getting rejected and resubmitted. In the end, all 3 were approved before the end of the month.
App Release 1: Ghost Camera
The first app I released was called Ghost Camera: Make Paranormal Apparition Photos with Scary Photo Stickers. This is an app based on Austin Church’s Mustache Bash code. This photo app allows users to add transparent ghosts to photos to prank people. It was my first reskin of this code and there was a lot to learn in this one. I would not recommend this as a first reskin for first-time reskinners. There are a TON of graphics in this one. Not only do you have to create all the stickers, there are thumbnails and banners. Not to mention the user interface is a completely separate set of graphics to recreate.
Regarding the thumbnails, there are 4 thumbnails to make for each sticker graphic. Just so you get an idea of the number of graphics, the Free Pack has 16 stickers. Multiply that by 4 thumbnails and you get 64 individual graphics you have to create just in this one pack. Some of the individual stickers have 5 versions themselves. I would guess that the first pack has about 80+ graphic files in it that need to be changed. If you think that’s a lot of graphics, you are correct! Keep in mind that there are 8 graphic packs total in this source code. Believe me when I say there are a ton of graphics in this app… not to mention the user interface graphics too.
However, I am very pleased with the results I got and feel like my time was not wasted creating this app. For the ghost images, I found a site with vintage public domain photos and cut them all out in Photoshop. This was perhaps the most time consuming part of the whole process.
Like I said earlier, this is now my most successful app to date. Ghost Camera got over 800 downloads in the first 3 days with a total of 4200 downloads in the first month. Since this is sort of a Halloween theme app, I am expecting more downloads as we get closer to October.
App Release 2: Bingo Beach Rush
I had told myself I wasn’t going to buy another source code until I reskinned more of the ones I already owned. However, I didn’t stick to that decision very long. That’s because Justin Malik from MoneyFromApps.com had recently released their Bingo source code and I couldn’t resist. You see, he was responsible helping me reskin my first few apps. Not that I had direct training from him but he does make very detailed video courses on how to reskin apps. So when I saw that his first source code release had a free Udemy course attached to it, I had to buy it.
My first reskin of this code is called Bingo Beach Rush. Unlike the Ghost Camera app, this one was relatively easy to reskin. The number of graphics that need to be changed is significantly less. On this one, the interface doesn’t need to be changed but for me, I can’t leave things as is. So I also changed most of the interface graphics as well. It still looks very similar to the original game so the next time I reskin this code, I will completely change the interface. I don’t want Apple to be able to detect that this is a reskin as easily.
I picked the beach theme because it seemed like a good one according to my research on Straply and Sensor Tower. Bingo Beach Rush has only been live for 10 days and has 572 downloads. I would consider this my 2nd most successful app in terms of downloads.
App Release 3: Stock Car Photobooth
The 3rd app I released in July is called Stock Car Photobooth. I made this app because I’m a fan of NASCAR stock car racing. This is another reskin of the Mustache Bash source code. The time needed to create this app was shorter than the Ghost Camera app because I was more familiar with the assets and what needed to be done. A lot of the graphics were simple to create in Photoshop which allowed me to quickly create the individual sticker files. I also used a lot of the Photoshop files I had from the previous reskin to help save time because I used them as templates.
This one has a fresh look to the user interface but I also saved time here because I used a lot of the buttons I created for Ghost Camera in this one. Luckily those buttons still worked well for this theme. Even though this one was quicker to reskin, it wasn’t nearly as successful as the previous 2 apps. In the first 10 days, it only got 114 downloads. It’s definitely not my worst app in terms of downloads because I have a few that get much less than that.
This app is based on the numbers and sponsor stickers you see on stock cars and includes all the driver numbers from the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. I may update this app in the future to include all numbers from 0 to 99. But we’ll see how this app performs. I know that the Chase for the Sprint Cup is coming up in a few months and I hope that race series will generate more downloads during that time.
Now that I’m familiar with the Mustache Bash source code and the potential income it can deliver, I’m current finishing up 2 more reskins of that code with completely different themes. I hope to hit a new earning record once those are released. I’ve been averaging about 1 app a month. My goal is to release at least 10 apps by the end of the year. I’m getting close. That’s all I have for this month. Here’s the Income Report.
- Total: $105.48
- Last Month: $82.60
- Difference (+$22.88)
- Total: $44.31
- Last Month: $35.18
- Difference: (+$9.13)
- Total: $62.68
- Last Month: $66.56
- Difference: (-$3.88)
- Total: $39.58
- Last Month: $49.72
- Difference: (-$10.14)
- Total: $7.80
- Last Month: $0.00
- Difference: (+$7.80)
- Total: $210.96
- Last Month: $199.84
- Difference: (+$11.12)
- Total: $52.50
- Last Month: $31.25
- Difference: (+$21.25)
- Total: $23.20
- Last Month: $118.00
- Difference: (-$94.80)
- Total: $487.01
- Last Month: $157.47
- Difference: (+$329.54)
- Total: $85.79
- Last Month: $111.73
- Difference: (-$25.94)
Here’s a snapshot of my totals for easy reference.
- Kindle Publishing: $105.48
- Amazon Associates: $44.31
- Banner Ads: $62.68
- YouTube: $38.58
- Commission Junction: $7.80
- Createspace: $210.96
- Udemy: $52.50
- Linkshare: $23.20
- Mobile Apps: 487.01
- Template Sales: $85.79
Total this month: $1119.31
- Last month total: $852.35
- Difference: (+$266.96)
Total earnings per day: $36.10
- Last month earnings per day: 28.42
- Difference: (+$7.68)
How to Get Started Reskinning Apps
Since I don’t know how to program, I decided to get into the area of reskinning apps. The costs are much, much lower than developing an app from scratch. And I do it without hiring a developer or graphic designer. I’ve been doing this for about 3 months now and have 3 apps in the Apple app store.
The way I did it was buying source codes that have video courses that accompany them. This is the way to go when starting out! Since I had no idea what I was doing, the reskinning courses were perfect for me. I just finished my 4th app and feel pretty comfortable now. I still don’t know everything but I could not have done it without video instruction. In fact, I have to go back and watch the video tutorials every time I reskin those source codes.
My latest app Penguin Match is based on the popular Free Flow or Jelly Flow game. This one is called Jellow and it’s a fun and addicting game. The source code comes complete with video instruction and can be found here.
I knew I had to get this source code and reskin this app because I couldn’t put the game down after I started playing. I had to keep solving the puzzles and get to the next levels. This source code has 3 ad networks already built in for monetization… just replace the app IDs with yours. It also has 8 “In-App-Purchases” that range from $0.99 to $14.99 for more opportunities to make money. The videos tell you exactly what to do from the standpoint of someone who has never built an app before. It starts from the very beginning from setting up your accounts with Apple to setting up your devices for testing. You’ll be able to go from knowing nothing about app development to publishing your first app.
If you want an inexpensive and uncomplicated way to get into app development, the Jellow source code and video course is the method I recommend! The source code includes an unlimited license so you can develop this code over and over again with different themes with no additional fees. It’s a great way to try your hand at app development without breaking the bank.