Add AdMob with Google Play Service

On April 9, 2014, in Android, Make Money Online, by James Liu

The Admob service is integrated in Google Play. After August 1, 2014, Google Play will stop accepting new or updated apps which are using the standalone AdMob SDK. Adding AdMob in android app seems to be easy. But it still takes me half of the day to run the app on my android phone successfully. In this Android example, I will show you how to integrate AdMob from Google Play services in your android apps.

Try Example Android App

You can download and install this android app by click the following link, or scan the following QR code to download and install on your android phone simply. If you feel it is helpful, please support me by clicking the banner inside the app.

Download and Run AdMob Example App on Your Android Phone
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Get My Website Back Into Google Search Engines

On January 11, 2014, in Make Money Online, Other Online Technology, by James Liu

This morning, I suddenly find that one of my website disappeared from google search engine. Actually I don’t know when it happened. I have not paid any attention on this website because its traffic is low. There are several reason for low traffic. From google analytics, I can find some organic search from search engine like Bing and Yahoo, but not google. The problem here I mentioned is not low traffic, but there is no traffic at all from google search. Hence, I am doing several testing about my website on google search.

My website is connection-kit.com. It is registered 3 years ago. My website was added to google webmaster tools at that time. The last article I was posted is at July 23, 2013. I have checked in my webmaster tools, Google still crawls on my website every day, and all my pages are still indexed. The following two diagram shows you the last 3 months Google webmaster states.

Google Crawls in 2014

Google Crawls in 2014

Page Indexed in Google

Page Indexed in Google


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Sell Apps With Right Price

On October 31, 2013, in Android, Make Money Online, by James Liu

When we want to release an app to sell, how much to sell it is always the problem we are facing all the time. Someone says it doesn’t matter because the sales will be good if the app is great and useful. I really doubt about it. The following example will show you the price really does matter the sales.

This is one of my Android app sales report. It is a very simple app which I am not pay too much attention on marketing it. I published it at my website page two months ago. I priced it as $9.99. After one month, there are 313 people have viewed this products, and I got only one sales. Here is the sale data for you to refer.

App View in July

App View in July

Sales Report in July
App Views 313
App Trial Installation 29
App Sales at $9.99 1
Sales Conversion Rate %0.3

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Integrate PayPal Digital Goods Express Checkout Into Website

On April 27, 2013, in Make Money Online, by James Liu

Once Apple introduce the in-app-purchase, purchase digital goods inside app becomes one acceptable way for users accessing videos, audios, eBooks, virtual goods easily. Therefore, in-website-purchase should be the correct way for user to purchase digital goods inside Website. PayPal released a new payment way which enable us to purchase digital goods smoothly in website.

The first time I was using the Paypal is 4 years ago. At that time, my friend and I want to create a social site using PHP and integrate the Paypal as our main payment gateway. Then, in the second time, I implemented the Paypal in my CMS site, which is an simple donation button. I think it is time to use Paypal again, because it provide a new payment way, PayPal for Digital Goods.
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How to Add Smart Banners in Your Android and iPad Apps

On April 4, 2013, in Android, Android Phone and Tablet, Make Money Online, by James Liu

A new ad unit, Smart Banner, is introduced after AdMob v6.0. This new ad banner make us able to render multiple size of ads on any screen size, regardless it is Portrait or landscape. Lack of screen size standard, there are too many different screen size mobiles and tablets we are using in the world. It make us too hard to create our apps to fit with all the types of screen size.

Smart Banner help us to solve the screen size problem. It smartly detect the width and height of the phone in current orientation and decide to show the most suitable size of ads in our apps. One piece of code can solve the problem to show different size ads in different device where our apps are running. For example, the Smart Banner can show either 320×50 or 360×50 size ads in portrait mode. While in landscape mode, it will show an ad in 480×32 or 682×32 which is depending on the height of the phone.

Download and Try The Example App
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