App Monetization List of Marketplaces, Advertisers and Others

Marketplaces to Sell Apps, In-App Advertisers, Components and App Resellers

If you are interested in writing applications (Apps) for mobile devices then earning cash from them will also interest you. The term App monetization is used. What is monetization? It is about turning Apps (and other software, websites and projects) into a revenue stream. The lists in this article can help point the way. The main revenue stream is through running advertisements, but revenue can be earned via commission, sales or selling on what you have developed.

Trying to earn cash via App monetizationWhy Apps? For many consumers mobile devices, i.e. cell phones and tablet computers, have replaced the desktop as the main computing and browsing device. So much so that mobile devices are the most popular form of computing device. The most popular means the biggest market. It is also a market where consumers do not expect to pay large amounts for products and services. Hence the importance of concentrating App monetization around low cost and high volume. However, remember to keep quality high because user ratings ultimately drive the volume.

The following App monetization lists are far from complete, however, the lists will grow over time. The companies listed should be in alphabetically order, i.e. the position in the list has no meaning. The presence of an organisation in these lists is in no way an endorsement of their services. You must always perform your own checks on any products or services offered by a company. Cross border payments may prove difficult, for example US companies require the completion of a US tax form before payments are made. You may need to use a company that has a local presence to make payments easier.

List of App Stores

Also see the List of Android Appstores at the One Platform Foundation. The table provides useful links for developers.

List of In-App Advertisers for App Monetization

App and Code Resale Marketplaces

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Adverts for Web Site Content

Information on Ad Sizes

See the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)  advertisements size usages guidelines if you need help determining how big the adds in your content should be – http://www.iab.net/guidelines/508676/508767/displayguidelines

See our article on AdMob Ad Sizes.

Others

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Google Play Publishing Graphics Checklist

You like your Android Phone or Tablet, it gives you easy portable computing with access to thousands of programs that cover almost any subject. Almost. That App that you wanted doesn’t exist so you’ve invested some time and energy and made it yourself. Now you’d like to publish it so that others can use it, and maybe make a little money on the side. Unfortunately you’ll need to break out the creative talents again and come up with some promotional graphics, because your App will not be listed on Google Play (formerly Android Market) unless those graphics are available. The following table lists the graphic and media images you will need to produce to publish on Google Play.

Media Assets Required for Google Play App Publishing
Item Type Opt. Size Alpha Padding
2 to 8 Screenshots 24-bit PNG/JPG No 320×480 or 480×800 or 480×854 No No
Large App Icon 32-bit PNG No 512×512 (1024KB max.) Yes Allowed
Promo Image 24-bit PNG/JPG Yes 180×120 No No
Feature Image 24-bit PNG/JPG Yes 1024×500 (924×400 useable) No Yes
YouTube Video Link URL Yes N/A N/A N/A

Notes:

  • Provide every asset for a professional app listing, even those that are optional.
  • PNG is a Portable Networks Graphics file, file extension normally .png.
  • JPG file extension is normally .jpg or .jpeg and is a Joint Photographics Expert Group graphics format.
  • All graphics sizes are give as X pixels times Y pixels (i.e. 320×480 is 320 pixels wide by 480 pixels high).
  • Alpha determines whether or not the alpha channel is support for the given image being used.
  • Do not put a border around the edge of any graphics.
  • Use large fonts, bright contrasting colors and crisp designs that are not overly detailed. Particularly for the Feature Image which may be scaled down.

See the article High Resolution App Icon for Google Play Publishing for a tutorial on generating the 512×512 image.

See the article Grabbing an Android Device Screenshot for information on generating the screenshots required.

The Google web page Graphic Assets for your Application has further details.