As mentioned on my blog last month, i have integrated a sponsored ad into my "Free Blue Neon Go Launcher EX Theme". This was due to the continuing drop of sales from my paid apps/themes. After noticing that "paid apps" is not really the best way to get some monetary support from the users, i dug around to see what else is there to do. It was a challenge from my end because it is a little hard to integrate an ad system to themes because of it's lack of user interface. There is really no place for me to place banners. Luckily! I have stumbled upon on Leadbolt Ad Network. One of the way you can advertise using leadbolt is through the user's notification bar.
I was very hesitant at first in implementing an ad through the user's notification bar. But I thought to myself, this is really not any more annoying than other types of ads shown EVERYTIME an app is opened (like wall blockers or banner ads). At least for the notification ad you would only see the ad ONCE a day and can be easily ignored/cleared. So i went ahead and tried it and set the settings so the ad would show up 12 hours after the app is installed and recurs ONLY once a day.
Just like my initial thoughts. Some of my users were outraged with the implementation of the sponsored ad. I received comments like "you're a scam", "this is just a spam", "you're a terrible dev for using ads". Really people, how hard is it to support a developer through a simple ad that does not get in the way if you don't want to pay for the paid version? I hate to say this but there are a lot of android users out there who are cheap and ungrateful. This might be the reason why the Apple Store has more serious developers.
Maybe all these disgusts by the users are just because this is something new to them. Maybe one day they will turn around and accept this as just another way of placing an ad. Maybe some of these android users will soon realize that we developers will not be able to keep doing what we're doing for free (totally free) for too long. Just maybe.
But for all those who still continued to support my work, I thank you so much! It is much appreciated. You guys are the reason why I am still able to keep on going =)
- June 9, 2012 - HTC Wildfire S with version 1.9.4