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Building Apps To Make Money

Updated on June 16, 2012

The technological World

If you don't already own a smart-phone then you are lagging way behind the times, I must admit I was one of the people lagging slightly as I only got my first smart-phone around 2 years ago but since then my life has changed, especially the way in which I now interact with my phone and get it to help me with all aspects of my life, in fact it is a little scary how reliant I am on it.

I have had a Blackberry and most recently an IPhone 4s which is my favourite, My wife has had an android as well in the shape of a Samsung Galaxy. No matter what smart-phone you pick these days though the one common thing they share is the ability to use apps.

So who makes these apps and is it possible to build our own apps, or do you need to be a computer programmer. I will answer all these questions and more.

Do I Need To Know Computer Language

Well the answer to that is yes and no!!, If you know how to programme using either Html or Java then you are off to a head start and will be able to program mobile applications and also trouble shoot them when they are not working right, But you don't necessarily need to know any coding to create your own mobile app.

If you have no coding experience then there are several websites out there that can help you build your app from the ground up and even some websites that can teach you how to learn basic coding so you can programme some of the app yourself. I will list some of these sites below and I advise you to pick a couple and give them a good read and understand the work involved before you take the plunge.

How Much Will I Earn

If you go into this process trying to earn money from apps then you are likely to be disappointed, Building apps is hard work and how you promote them can sometimes be the key to how well you do in downloads.

So how much will you make, well depending on which operating system you are designing for, depends on how much of the download price you get to keep, obviously the app store will keep some of the money for themselves.

Lets look at it this way you can either spend money to design an app such as what the games company Rovio did in 2009, The game cost them $100,000 to make and a bit more on updates periodically, but they have announced that worldwide there has been more than 50,000,000 downloads which has made them millions of dollars, not to mention there are now lots of Angry birds merchandise for sale too.

The other example is a 14 year old boy who wanted to make an app so he made his parents buy him an online course and he came up with a simple game which he programmed himself with his brother having no previous knowledge, It was simply called Bubbleball and was a game involving using boards to create simple pathways in which a ball can reach its target. It has now been downloaded 13,000,000 times and has knocked angry birds of its perch. It is free but if advertising was added could make him hundreds of thousands of pounds.

How much you earn depends on the amount of work you put in.!!

How Do I Earn From Apps

There are three ways to earn from making apps, You can earn by charging a fee for downloading your app which is fine but you need to make sure it is a very good app to earn this way, Or you can earn by having adverts included with your app and making it a free app.When the public download your app they see adverts from time to time and if they click on the adverts then you get paid!.

The third way is to release the app for free but have it linked to a website that you own so you get lots of free traffic. I have tried both the first and the last way of making money and to be fair it is easier to build an app that is a conversion of a website that you own, It means less coding and can be set up in a couple of hours.

The best thing to do is to try and experiment with earning and see what works best for you.

My Advice

I have a free app which is connected to my Call Of Duty Website and this has had 15,000 downloads in less than three weeks and is now driving traffic to my website and this is invaluable, I also have four other websites and have mobile apps for each of them that are paid apps, These are averaging maybe $10 a week and rising. Building apps is a great way to make a little extra cash but you do need to learn and work at it as it does not come easy and at times you will find yourself completely out of your depth.

Do what I did and join some app building websites, These are a great way of learning and if you get stuck most of them have forums where you can ask other users who have more knowledge than you for help. Try it and you wont be disappointed, I started out with Buzz touch and they are a great website dedicated to help you with video tutorials and plug-ins to help minimize the coding needed. Have a go and most importantly make an app you would be proud of. Any questions then feel free to ask in the comment section.


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