As most of you are well aware, I have been working on getting my very first iPhone app for the past several months. I don’t want to go over every single step that I went through or re-hash some of the bumps in the road, you see a compiled list of all the posts I have done on my iPhone app in the past here.
However, I want to cover some of the lessons learned, and of course where you can get the app right now.
In a nutshell, the Ad Alert iPhone App allows you to check your Google Adsense earnings hands free! It has a very unique feature that no other Google Adsense apps have. Of course, its like other apps where you can quickly and easily check how much you have earned in Google Adsense for different periods of time. But the unique feature, is really why most people will be interested in it.
Instead of going nuts logging into your Google Adsense account every hour to see if you have made any money, wouldn’t it be nice if your iPhone just told you? Well, that’s exactly what the Ad Alert app does!
You specify at what amount you want to be notified, and your phone will make a cash register or other sound (that you pick) every time you earn that amount! So, if you want to get notified every time you earn $10, you’ll hear a “cha-ching” sound (like a cash register) when your total daily earnings hits $10, $20, $30, etc. You can input any amount you want.
Not only will it free you from checking your earnings constantly, its more fun! How cool would it be to be sitting with your friends and suddenly your phone goes “cha-ching!”. Your friends might say, “What was that?!” You can just tell them, “Oh, I just made some money while I was hanging out with you guys!”
Here’s a Video of the App in Action:
I learned a great deal developing this app. I will do a more comprehensive post in the future. But I was primarily reminded of the importance of hiring the right people. I was able to outsource this project to a team of developers that I hired from Elance.com. Luckily, I have worked with a number of developers in the past, so I knew what to look for going into the project.
I would say one of the key takeaways is to always communicate as much as possible with potential programmers BEFORE you hire them. When they submit a bid, ask follow up questions, and overall try to make sure that they understand all the intricacies of the project. In addition, this will also help you weed out the developers that are not very responsive or may have a difficult time communicating with.
In fact, by doing this I actually prevented a disaster I believe. This was not my first iPhone app idea. My first idea was for a drawing game. However, because I was able to communicate with several developers before actually hiring anyone, I was able to uncover several potential problems and expenses before I ever committed to anything. By uncovering these issues, I decide to not pursue that project.
In addition, its critical to do as much background checking as you can. Look at past reviews and projects as much as possible.
Overall, the development went fairly smooth, but that of course is only part of it. Now that the app is available as of today, I begin the next phase of marketing and managing the app. I will continue to share the lessons I learn over the coming weeks and months with this new iPhone app.
I know that many of you are Google Adsense users, and would absolutely love it if you were to check out my app. So, for those that leave an honest review of the app on the Apple store, I will send you an original guide I’ve written on planning and executing a large authority site. I’ve done this once with my NichePursuits.com blog. This is a different strategy completely from building small niche sites (which I have covered extensively here).
However, as I’ve recently discussed, and discussed on the Niche Pursuits Facebook page, I am planning to put a lot of time and energy into a new blog in a completely different niche. This will be different then a typical niche site. I won’t be focused on 1 keyword, but rather focused on building a brand and destination that people will want to come back to again and again, like I have with Niche Pursuits. This is a big project and may take 6 months to a year before I see a lot of traction, but I’m committing myself.
So, at the outset, I’ve written a 15-page guide that walks through how YOU can build a large destination type site. I go into the importance of branding and standing out from the crowd. I also give tips on the importance of keyword research in the entire process, as this is still very important to get traffic from ALL sources.
So, if you want to see how I am going to build a branded site and potentially how you can do the same, I think you will love the guide.
Overall, its been quite an adventure creating my first iPhone app, and its quite exhilarating to finally see something I create LIVE on the App store! Over the coming days, I will be sharing how the app does, and other tips I learn throughout the process.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to answer them below.
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