Hey folks, so, like a lot of you I am sure, downloads have taken such a hammering over these last few months, I have no idea what happened, and am losing / have lost faith in how to halt the slide.
Some of my apps are literally 1/4 of what they were last year in terms of downloads, apps that got 4000+ downloads, now have 1000+ downloads a year, I know that doesn't seem much over a year, but there are several apps, apps that have been around ages, and have been regularly updated. I started back in 2010, and I believe 2013-2014 was a particularly good year for app development, and up until the middle of this year, it wasn't so bad either.
When I look at the graphs, it does point to the September changes that Apple made, they have all but nerfed me completely, I look at the app titles, if any that have longer than 50 characters, often the ones preceeding 50 characters do not have important keywords.
It's been a rollercoaster ride in this business that's for sure, but if things do not improve in a couple of months, i'll be bowing out, demotivated and destroyed basically! It's nice to look back and think of what you enjoyed during app development but it's so damn frustrating when the carpet is forever being pulled from underneath you, if you try to update the app , they knock you down anyway for losing ratings, it's a lose-lose situation.
I am pretty sure ever since they sped up review times, that downloads have been worse as well, maybe just a coincidence, or maybe it's just allowed more people to spam the store...
What do you do? Look at an app or game that has dropped since September, update it and hope for the best? Rinse and repeat? Is that the solution?
Advice/discussions welcome, we are all on this crazy ride together.