Apple Adds New 'Search Ads Basic' Ad Option for Developers

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Apple last year started displaying ads in the App Store when a user searches for a particular app as a way to provide developers with a way to improve app discovery via keyword search.

Searching for a term like "to-do" or "calendar" or even something specific like "Tweetbot" surfaces ads that are purchased by developers.

Starting today, Apple is expanding search ads with a new ad product called "Search Ads Basic," while also renaming the existing search ad feature to "Search Ads Advanced," reports TechCrunch.


Search Ads Advanced, like the initial Search Ads option, requires developers to pay whenever an ad is tapped. Search Ads Basic allows developers to pay for actual app installations received from the ad, rather than taps.

With Search Ads Advanced, developers are able to select specific keywords and demographics when delivering ads, while Search Ads Basic simply allows developers to choose a monthly budget and a maximum cost-per-install, with far less customization.

Search Ads Basic includes suggestions on how much a developer should pay based on historical data pulled from the App Store based on the type of app being marketed, and it uses App Store trends to target the ideal audience.

There's a maximum monthly budget of $5,000 for Search Ads Basic, but there are no limitations on which apps or companies can use the feature, so it's available to both independent developers and larger companies.

At launch, Search Ads Basic will be limited to the United States, rolling out to additional markets next year.

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38 months ago

Apple isn't happy with their 30% cut, so they're going to take an even bigger cut. If you won't let them take a bigger cut, they'll bury you under people who will.

This is why I stopped developing iOS (and Mac) apps. Apple can go F themselves. All of their expenses add up to virtually nothing per download to maintain the App Store. Developers put in 99.99% of the effort, and Apple takes 30+%.

If this weren't true, then how about Apple remove the walls around their garden and let me distribute outside the store? I'll pay the pennies to throw my apps up on my website, and promote via word of mouth (IE, for free), same as I always have.

So you’re upset because Apple charges 30% of an app’s profits in return for putting the app on one of the largest and most profitable App Stores in existence.

99% of the effort? Get over yourself. You didn’t create the App Store, ecosystem, or devices that run the apps.
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38 months ago
Apple isn't happy with their 30% cut, so they're going to take an even bigger cut. If you won't let them take a bigger cut, they'll bury you under people who will.

This is why I stopped developing iOS (and Mac) apps. Apple can go F themselves. All of their expenses add up to virtually nothing per download to maintain the App Store. Developers put in 99.99% of the effort, and Apple takes 30+%.

If this weren't true, then how about Apple remove the walls around their garden and let me distribute outside the store? I'll pay the pennies to throw my apps up on my website, and promote via word of mouth (IE, for free), same as I always have.
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38 months ago

So you’re upset because Apple charges 30% of an app’s profits in return for putting the app on one of the largest and most profitable App Stores in existence.

99% of the effort? Get over yourself. You didn’t create the App Store, ecosystem, or devices that run the apps.

Obviously not, but the App store would have been an empty store, without those developers.
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38 months ago

So you’re upset because Apple charges 30% of an app’s profits in return for putting the app on one of the largest and most profitable App Stores in existence.

99% of the effort? Get over yourself. You didn’t create the App Store, ecosystem, or devices that run the apps.

I agree. 30% to hit a potential market of a billion devices. If you have an issue with the 30% charge, you can deploy to the app stores for $0.00 ( free as you've requested ) and live off of ads ( or not ).

I prefer the walled garden of the app store. Weeds out most of the script kiddies.
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38 months ago
Is there a way to block ads on the App Store?
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38 months ago
Giving it a go ... got my first sale of my app (£2.99) for £0.75 :)
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