App Store Optimization aka Flappy Clumsy Bird Ninjas

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What is app store optimization you ask? Basically it’s ensuring that you are using the proper title and keywords in your app store listing to get you as many downloads as possible. But like any tactic for marketing there is a right way to do it…and a wrong way.

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Look Back As You Move Forward

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As my “newb app developer” journey continues, I am still learning new things. As I prepare  to launch V2.0 of my apps however, it has given me a chance to look back at where it all began, and how I’ve come to where I am at right now.

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Happy Anniversary! One Year On The App Store

appbday2Wow. Hard to believe it’s been a full year since I released my first app(uh…by accident). It seems like only yesterday that I began telling the world about my great new app…oh wait, I’m still doing that. :)
It’s been an amazing journey. So what has happened since my six month update?
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iOS7 Upgrade=A Choice For Devs (with an app pricing rant)

iOS7 was a major iOS upgrade no question…but since my apps are pretty basic and don’t make use of most of what a native app has access to, it really didn’t have an effect on me.

But if your app is super cool with lots of functions, it would indeed be a big deal for you. From what I’ve seen online, there are many changes that required a lot of work on the developers part, even if all you wanted to do was keep your app working if the user upgraded to 7.  There were also many developers who took the update as a chance to completely rebuild their apps for iOS7.  And this would lead to a hard choice for the developer…do you offer the update as a free update, or do you create an iOS7 only app?

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Should You Make Your App Universal?

 

appsad2One of the first decisions you need to make when developing your app idea is which devices you want your app to run on. Do you want to make it universal for both iPhone and iPad? Here’s my experience!

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Getting Online Reviews And Mentions

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If you think all the hard work is done now that you’ve launched you app,  and all you need to do is  sit back and count the money  as people download your app…you are going to be extremely disappointed. Your app isn’t going to sell itself. Nor will the App Store. The only way you are going to be a success is by getting online reviews and mentions…and I’ve found this can be a very frustrating experience. Read more » (1057)

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Help! I Need Somebody!

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When you are a newb app developer like me with very limited programming skills, you will run into problems that you can’t figure out on your own and you will be screaming for help!
There is an amazing amount of resources online and people willing to help.  But you have to ask for it the right way. Read more »

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Social Me-Duh Part 4! Trying To “Go Viral” And Other Failures

It’s all about “going viral” today, getting everyone talking about your video or online posting that will bring people to your app, or product.  As I’ve found out, trying to spread the word yourself just ends in suspended twitter accounts and getting banned from posting on Facebook, and emailing entire continents.
I have two experiences with attempting this….both of which I would suggest were failures. I think I’d have better luck catching the ebola virus.

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Six Months Since App Launch…Reality Check Time And Saying Thanks!

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Well, it’s now been six months since the release of my Photography Assignment Generator Apps, and I figured it was a great time to take a second to look back at how things have gone.  Why the quote/image from “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by the great Dr Seuss?  Because it’s an awesome tale about the highs and lows of life.

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Social Me-Duh! Part 3: How to alienate friends and get banned on Facebook

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Facebook is great place to connect with people and one of the prime ways to use social media to promote. Your friends, acquaintances, people you went to high school with who you never really knew…when you’ve got an app, it’s a built in market.  But as I’ve found out the hard way, you’ve got to be careful with how you use it.

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