Revenue vs. Ads vs. Visitors

I’ve used up my $100 credit from Google towards AdWords and at the end of it all, it doesn’t look like it made much of a difference, if any.

The chart shows roughly what my revenue has been per day for the last couple months (which also shows why I’m just doing this as a hobby — can’t quit the day job on $20-$30 a day!). That’s the red line. The green line is how many visits my website gets. And the yellow shows my little ad campaign over the last week or so.

A couple of observations: There’s some between revenue and visits as I suspect a number of people buy my apps and visit my website once out of curiosity. (Welcome, new visitors!) Occasionally, my website will get significantly more traffic if something I post gets picked up somewhere (like the Loco Roco Nursery by Joystiq or my Iron Man video by StumbleUpon). But those visitors rarely buy my apps because they just happen to be here for that one thing. The other observation is that ads don’t seem to make a difference, at least not the way I was using them. I think people tend to buy apps more based on what their friends suggest or based on reviews and articles.

2 Responses to “Revenue vs. Ads vs. Visitors”

  1. Si Brindley Says:

    Counter-intuitively, your ads should not link straight to your App Store item. They should link to a carefully-designed landing page to convert those clicks from your ads into sales. Word it for the person who clicked the ad – include screenshots and testimonials. Try a couple of ideas and learn which landing page converts the most. Linking straight to iTunes is the worst way to make sales, believe me.

  2. Mach Says:

    Hmm, interesting… I tried it both ways and it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. But maybe you’re right, it might just be a matter of tailoring the landing page to the person who clicked the ad.

    I’m still not convinced that advertising works, at least not for my humble little apps. But if I decide to give it another shot, I’ll try your idea. Thanks!