A short review on Drippler.com by Abhimanyu Ghoshal is very encouraging.“Here’s one for those who swear by a budget: VanillaUtils’ Expense Manager lets you track your spending against a monthly limit, a stipulated amount while you’re on vacation or a business trip. You can even use this for budgeted projects such as home remodeling. A simple pie chart and listing of your expense categories help you get a clear perspective on your spending. Not bad for a free app that looks great to boot.”Thank you!
Redesigning Expense Manager to the Holo Theme did pay off. App got mentioned by Jens Lehmann his blog post
My app was one of the 8 apps mentioned under the Finance category. Feel elated.
2 from Pakistan (my lovely mother in law and my sister) – Both Asus Nexus 7
1 from Canada (maybe my brother in law) – Ruby
Feeling a little disappointed. I was hoping for at least 5 downloads on the first day from friends and family. But the issue is most people I know are using Apples or Nokias.
Another problem is that when you search “Expense Manager” on Google Play from the computer. My app appears on the fourth page. Thats terrible. No random person will go to the fourth page to download a random app. Worse still when you search “Expense Manager” from a mobile device only the first 500 apps appear and my application is not in it! Ofcourse if anyone searches my developer name “vanillautils” on GooglePlay from mobile or computer they will get my app pronto. But no random person in the world will search vanillautils.
Husband is finding my sad face very entertaining. He is quiet is positive. He is expecting a few downloads from his friends when he goes to work tomorrow. Lets see how it goes.
Going forward, the only solution I can think of is doing some SEO optimization to get my app to appear on the first two pages of GooglePlay. But I have to see how it will be done. A blog I read quoted to tips
1. Using the right keywords in the GooglePlay app listing page
2. Getting Vanillautils and Expense Manager reviewed (I guess that would mean more links to my page) on other sites
Other than that I have to start work on charts and graphs for my Expense Manager. I have already downloaded the aChartEngine library a popular library for making graphs and charts. Going to tweak the demo they have provided to see how to make pie charts, bar charts and line graphs.
So this is the story so far. Looking forward for some comments from the readers:)