Hi Guys, this time I am back with some experience to share. Due to many requests I got from my developer community fans, I have decided to share my Google Play Store Experience…!
As you know Google Play store is the Official Android App Store, where almost all the android users get their apps from.
So in this article I’ll write some points, in the forms of tips, based on my 2 years of experience with Google Play Store, where I have published more than 36 apps, with total of more than 1 Million User Base(apps downloaded more than 1 000 000 times), lost 7 apps, lost 2 of my play store accounts and running my 3rd account.
Hope the qualifications in the above paragraph will urge you to read the article 😉
Good to Know
Creating a Google Play Store account costs you one time payment of 25 USD.
After market get suspended, they will not allow you to start a Google Play app store from the same account. So you have to start another Account.
When you are planning to publish an app for money(Selling an app for money in app store), unless you have a good client info tracking system don’t do it. Because one guy can buy your app, create backup which gives him the apk of your app, which he will publish in the Open Internet for everyone to get it and have it for Free. So always build free apps with Ads, so whatever happens you will still get money out of the ads.
Before you name your app please check if the word you are going to use in your app is allowed in United States of America. Because USA is the number one android market place with more than 75% of the app downloads happen, also they ban apps which has certain words or names. For example if ‘country x’ is in their black list, they block the apps with ‘country x’ in their names. Which will end up in a big loss to your app and expectations.
One of the easiest way to gain lots of download is to use a brand name(example: batman, Spiderman, Google), or a similar name to a popular app that’s available on that season(example: flappy bird, flappy tin man). But be warned that your app will be suspended sooner or later, even without giving you a warning. And there is no way of getting the app online.
Best tip on this will be use the brand name for sometime and replace them with your own after getting enough rating so your app is visible in the search(Not Recommended, you don’t know when they will suspend the app).
Add some relevant and popular tags in the description before publishing the app, it generates some traffic for your sites.
example: And have fun sharing with your friends on social network. #facebook #instagram
When developing an app always try to set the maximum possible min SDK value, so you will get a wide audience which results in increased download rate. Also if possible take screen shots from 7 inch and 10 inch tablets screen shots of your app and add them(There is a specific section for it in the app publication form), so that will enable the app to be downloaded by the tab owners too. Don’t care about the ugly interface when installed to a tab(if it is not designed for tabs ), even you can take a normal phone screen shot and create a tablet sized image with image editing tools.
Whenever you publish an app try to get it some 5 star rating with your friend’s help, people think that we are cheating, but the truth is you are actually pushing your app in to the Google play store search a bit so that it gets visible to all the users, so then it is up to the true down loaders to give the real rating for your app.(There are some of the Marketing Strategies I tried and succeeded)
You must understand, publishing apps in the app store is my hobby and not my profession, and I have lots of fun with the play store.
I have written all that came to my mind, this article will be constantly updated.
So tune in…