If you own a smartphone or tablet, you probably use a lot of apps. They’re useful tools and games that help you get things done and help you waste time. The market for smartphone apps is huge; people spend billions on them every year. Developers make a lot of money, too, but the market is becoming increasingly crowded. Increased competition makes it hard for people to know what to buy and harder for developers to have their products noticed. App Coiner tries to cut through that; they say they’ll pay you to test apps on your smart phone or tablet.
Not only will App Coiner pay you for testing apps, but they’ll let you download the apps for free. That all sounds rather interesting, especially since App Coiner is promising that you’ll have access to “the latest apps.” So, can you really make money with App Coiner? Is it a scam of some sort? We’ve decided to take a look and let you know what’s really going on with App Coiner so you can decide if it’s the right product for you. Read on for our full App Coiner review.
App Coiner Overview
How big is the market for smartphone and tablet apps? In September 2015, Apple had more than 1.5 million apps in their store. Some are free and some are paid, but the people selling the most popular apps are most definitely making a lot of money. On the other hand, with that many apps available in the store, how is someone with a new one, even a good one, supposed to get it noticed? It’s easy to get lost among all of the others.
That’s where App Coiner says it’s going to be different. They say they’re going to pay you to “test apps” and to help them become better known. How does that work?
To join App Coiner, you pay the $27 fee, and then you have access to the members area. In the members area, you can pick an app to review from the site’s app database. Apps are available for smartphones and tablets and for both the IOS and Android systems.
You pick an app, download it, install it, and test it out and see how it works. OK, but how do you make money with App Coiner? The sales page is a bit vague on that. You make money by writing a review of the app and post it on your Website. The sales page was a bit vague on that, but yes, in order to get paid, you have to have a Website on which you can post reviews of the app.
When you download an app to review, App Coiner will give you a special link that’s associated with that particular app. That link is an affiliate link and when someone reads your review and clicks the link you provide, you’ll earn a commission whenever they make an in-app purchase. And guess what? Every app that App Coiner provides for reviews includes up to $400 in potential in-app purchases.
App Coiner also provides some suggestions and some free ebooks and videos regarding how you can promote your Website and get more people to read your reviews so they’ll download the apps from your site so that you (and App Coiner; more on that in a minute) can make money.
This all sounds fairly straightforward, even though App Coiner suggests that you’re going to be making money “testing” apps, rather than making money reviewing and promoting them. So, how much money can you make using App Coiner? Tens? Hundreds? Thousands?
I don’t know, and it’s not because I haven’t tried to find out. I’ve been inside the members area. I’ve seen everything there is to see inside the App Coiner site. They simply don’t disclose any information about how much money you’ll make if someone downloads an app through your link and makes a purchase. They’ll tell you that they pay you every two weeks via PayPal and that the amount you make is “up to you” but other than that, they really don’t offer anything concrete regarding earnings potential. That’s pretty odd, since most sales pages for moneymaking products talk about the money more than anything else.
Not with App Coiner. I have no idea how much money you can earn.
What’s really going on with App Coiner?
App Coiner suggests on their sales page that you’ll be testing popular apps. That’s not really true. What you’re going to be doing is promoting apps that aren’t popular, in hopes of making them popular so that the people who developed them can make money from them. If the apps become popular, then perhaps you can make money from them, too, but again, App Coiner doesn’t say how much money that might be.
Keep in mind that you’re likely responsible for any in-app purchases you make, allowing App Coiner to make money from the “free” apps they’re having you “test.”
I strongly suspect that the apps offered for “testing” by App Coiner are those created by the owners of the site, or at least partners of the people who own the site. They’re not using you for testing, though. Some of these apps are available in the Apple Store, and Apple isn’t going to accept apps that haven’t been thoroughly tested or which have bugs. Any apps that appear for public sale are already going to be tested, so you’re not doing that.
What you’re doing is promoting App Coiner apps so that they can make money from the in-app purchases. For that, App Coiner is willing to share some of that money, but they’re not willing to tell you how much.
App Coiner Summary
App Coiner says you’ll make money testing apps. That’s not true. You’re going to be reviewing apps and promoting them as an affiliate, using a Website that you didn’t know that you needed to create. If that suits you, then you might be able to earn some money with App Coiner, but I can’t tell you how much, because that is something that they’re not disclosing on their Website.
Given that there’s no basis for determining whether App Coiner can be profitable, I can’t really recommend it, but then again, the model of promoting apps as an affiliate isn’t a bad one and the product isn’t all that expensive. For $27, you will at least get some access to some free apps, though you’re probably responsible for any in-app purchases you make. In that case, you might actually be paying App Coiner for the privilege of buying more things from them.
I rate App Coiner as so-so.