Apple iAds Is Awesome – Makes $1,400 In One Day

It looks like the new Apple iAds advertising platform is proving to be a boom for developers. Jason Ting, an iPhone app developer, has posted his results from running the new Apple advertising network and it’s very impressive: $1,400 in one day for his iAds supported iPhone 4 app.

Ting’s iPhone program lets you turn your iPhone’s flash, a new feature for the iPhone 4, into an LED flashlight. While the app got a solid number of downloads, what impressed Ting most were the amount of money the app made from iAds.

Ting’s LED flashlight app generated $1,372.20 in revenue in one day. What’s even more impressive is the eCPM (effective cost per 1,000) was a whopping $147.55! That’s even more than what this blog makes!

1 Day Income from iAds

The 11.8% click through rate is extremely high but iAds is a new advertising medium so high clicks are to be expected. It will be interesting to see if the click holds up over time.

As nice as making $1,400 a day is, Ting could be doing even better once Apple ramps up the platform. Right now, they’re able to only fill 34.9% of Ting’s inventory. If Apple is able to sell Ting out, he’ll be making nearly $4,000 per day!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dream up an iAds powered iPhone app…

50 thoughts on “Apple iAds Is Awesome – Makes $1,400 In One Day”

  1. Savage Flux says:

    Holy Crap. That’s amazing!

    Looks like it’s time to start developing some iPhone Apps. πŸ™‚

    1. I’d rather just buy out a current app owner that isn’t monetizing well. There will likely be a decent fall off once users get used to seeing the ads but this looks like Adsense all over again. First movers with popular sites made out very well.

      1. Dave Doolin says:

        That’s probably the smartest idea, buy someone out.

        I’ve got the whole deal: Macbook, ipad, iphone, xcode, etc. Just don’t have quite enough time to sit down and get ramped up into the code base.

        1. Pat from does have a similar approach. He thinks up of an idea, and gets the app made by developers.

          1. Earl says:

            Yeah – it’s cool how he posts how much he makes from the ad revenue alone on SPI

  2. FTB Bloggers says:

    I’m thinking about adding this as an app on my site, can someone comment after they download and use the app from their personal experience?

  3. Darin Carter says:

    Looks Promising, the iAds platform is going to be a success, however will it become flooded with people just trying to make money with silly little apps ?

    1. d3so says:

      There’s already a bunch of silly apps.
      Don’t forget about Apple’s approval process. They’re pretty strict.

      1. That’s why we able to get the quality applications.

        Sometime silly too … πŸ™‚

      2. Yes you will get tonnes of such application.

        So road for apple is tough ahead.

  4. dean says:

    ok, so what I understand you saying is that you have a cell phone app that generates income by the day?

    so what do I need to do to get going with it for myself then?
    Please advise.

    1. d3so says:

      create an app that people would download and use and insert iAds into it.

      1. Earl says:

        but make it at least somewhat half decent so it goes viral.

        1. d3so says:

          That’s why I said “create an app people WOULD USE” πŸ˜‰

          1. These days we are getting huge list of application.

            Open source always work.

  5. That’s crazy! $1400 in one day is good, now make it consistent πŸ™‚

    1. d3so says:

      Imagine what top developers are making.

    2. PPC Ian says:

      Totally amazing results! At $1,400/day, you only need consistency for a few years and then you’re done! πŸ™‚

  6. Bidet says:

    Wow that’s amazing he made so much in just 1 day. Hope he can keep it up.

    1. I feel like that high CTR could just be because people are fooling around on their new phones…. or maybe they just hit the ad by accident πŸ™‚ but personally I doubt that the CTR will remain that high and profits will actually decrease. Who knows? Time will tell, right?

      1. Earl says:

        Still, residual income is still residual income. No matter how small. If you get paid big up front, and then it slows to a trickle, isn’t it still worth your while if the application was outsourced and turned a profit?

  7. SnowBall says:

    Woah, that much money could buy me a really nice guitar. In one day though, seriously? Someone teach me how to make an iphone app. Please?

    1. d3so says:

      You could down that on a new car.

      1. He wants a new guitar, clearly. It’s a great instrument to play.

  8. This is very impressive John.

    I’ll be even more impressed if you really meant what you said at the end of the post. Are you going to create an app?

    If you are then I can’t wait to see it.

    1. d3so says:

      well he’s already got one app in the app store, i wonder what he’ll make next.

  9. Shaun Carter says:

    Wow, that’s quite an impressive figure!

  10. d3so says:

    Now this is what you call a get-rich-quick-scheme πŸ™‚

    1. Earl says:

      my team can make iAds πŸ˜‰ – I wonder if we can monetize that somehow

  11. Nathan Lee says:

    I’m kind of lose. With this program, you have to develop an app for the iPhone first, right?

    Basically, this is out of the question for people who are technically challenged.

    Can anyone tell me which app this guy developed so I can download it and see for myself.

    I’m surprise that John didn’t post a link to download the app or the name.

    1. Earl says:

      just create your idea and outsource the app creation. no need to wall yourself out because of technical complications.

      1. Nigel Chua says:

        Yeah Nathan – lookout from sites such as oDesk and eLance for outsource solutions. =)

  12. Steven Finch says:

    Too bad your only a month behind the times on this article!!!

  13. Paul Avery says:

    Jobs talked about an iPad app making more money in a week than his site did in 5 years will Google AdSense.

    It was some sort of periodic table app.

    1. Earl says:

      I wonder if there’s a site out there that lists all of the top grossing iAd apps.

  14. Might be something worth taking a look into.

  15. fas says:

    Now we will have more free apps.

    1. Earl says:

      Here’s hoping for quality free apps

  16. So… this app turns your screen into an LED flashlight? Does it focus the light or does it just make the screen glow really brightly. I just wanted to understand exactly what this app did. πŸ™‚

    1. Earl says:

      I think it’s the flash for the camera that turns on for the flashlight. but I may be mistaken (I don’t have an iphone to test it on)

      1. d3so says:

        they had this for previous iphone’s also. except they used the screen brightness as the light.

  17. Earl says:

    If anyone has any ideas for an iPhone app supported by iAds, or people looking to create kick ass iAds for them, my dev team would totally rock it for them.

    They made this app the other day for a company, and Buddha Board isn’t monetizing it in any way other than just exposure.

  18. Earl says:

    I’m starting to wonder now… if you only get 70% from the app sale, and you make a $1 app. You get .70c. Now if you make a GOOD free app that gets a bazillion downloads and isn’t obnoxious about iAds, you can make much more over time per download.

    Hmmm you got me thinking John.

    1. Nathan says:

      This is why I got into the game. My first app is making me about $25-30/day

      so I decided to make some free apps and test the market. It’s ridiculously easy to get an app ready and live…I’ll have 5 by the end of the month. So much more fun than blogging πŸ™‚

  19. Chris says:

    Lucky sod! Just another source of inspiration for us all to get our heads down… or go and learn how to make iPhone apps.

  20. jason says:

    Those are some truly amazing stats. That’s an impressive chunk of change if it can be maintained.

  21. Ok, anybody has a link regarding ‘how to actually make an iApp’? SY

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  23. Certainly for developers sky is the limit of earning.

    If you are a developer and also having businessman mind than this will be a deadly combination.

  24. wow! I didn’t realize you can make so much money from ipad apps. How can I get started?

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