First Kindle eBook Published

Auction TipsI’ve now published my first ebook on Amazon’s Kindle platform. It’s exclusive to Kindle too, currently.

It’s quite a short ebook, with an estimated 25 pages according to Amazon, and aimed primarily at the UK market, although many of the concepts should transfer to other markets.

It’s a factual book, which provides a number of tips for buying things from offline auctions, as opposed to online sites such as eBay.

Click here to buy it from Amazon UK and here for Amazon US.

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My Final MochiMedia Payment Received

I’ve just received my last ever payment from MochiMedia, totalling $100.80.

As yet, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do personally with what I have that has been affected. I have five sites with several thousand Mochi games between them as well as a few dozen Flash games. Currently, I’m wondering if it’s going to be worth expending the time and effort to convert all the games and rebuild the sites. In terms of Mochi revenue, one game on one site is accounting for a substantial proportion of the income I was getting, and that’s an ActionScript 2 game, so finding an ad network and highscore system that will work with it is going to be challenging. Another problem is that I’ve never personally made a pre-loader for a game! I used the Mochi ads as a pre-loader.

It is going to affect by, admittedly rather low, Flash game income, as the majority of the non-Mochi income is coming from games that have MochiAds in them, which should legally be removed by any sites hosting them – and that will cause the income to drop even more.

So, where do I think Mochi went wrong? I don’t have any inside information on this, so these are only my opinions.

Selling to Shanda

Firstly, Shanda closed Mochi down, even though there were offers on the table worth more money than they would get from closing it. Another company may not have closed them down. I am curious why Shanda decided not to take them. Perhaps it was a pride thing on the part of whoever did the deal in the first place? If they couldn’t get it to work properly, they didn’t want someone else to come along and make them look like the idiot they are. The other reasons I thought of are more underhand.

I never considered Shanda to be a good match in the first place. Shanda run online role-playing games (and I read some comments at the time of the deal that suggested they had operated in a rather dubious manner, namely with gold farming) whilst MochiMedia on the other hand were an advertising platform. They may both have been involved in games, but they weren’t exactly complimentary businesses.

It’s possible that the financial backers of Mochi may have just taken the first deal in order to get their money and profit back, rather than picking a good partner.

Too Much Mochi Games Branding

The Mochi ads in the games started having too much branding and too many ways of sending traffic to their own games portal, Mochi Games. This managed to annoy publishers, developers and sponsors – basically everyone – as Mochi were getting free sponsorship from this.

This policy was later reversed, and a means of adding sponsors’ own branding was introduced, but the damage was already done and a lot of trust had been lost, as this had been done despite it being stated that it would never happen. This was essentially done under Shanda’s governance.

Ignoring Other Platforms

“If Mochi had a more meaningful position today beyond Flash, then there may have been a different path for the company going forward,” CEO Josh Larson said when the announcement was made that MochiMedia was shutting down.

Mochi had concentrated solely on Flash, ignoring HTML5, despite how poor it may be for games, Android and iOS apps. Some Unity integration was done, but the other options were all ignored. Mochi would have had an advantage going in to this as there was a community of developers on Mochi who were developing on other platforms and who would have used Mochi services on them. Even GamesChart was going cross-platform.

This could have been due to Shanda’s influence; it is entirely possible that Shanda were just trying to squeeze as much money out of Mochi, without investing in any more development, before tossing the remainder away. That is the impression that has been given, especially by how poorly Shanda has handled the closing.

Goodbye Mochi. I’m going to miss you.

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Well, this Sucks

Flash LogoThis morning I received two emails, one from FGL and one from Kongregate, both saying that MochiMedia are shutting down on March 31st. Nothing from MochiMedia itself though.

I checked, and it’s true – they are. I haven’t gone through everything as yet, but this is going to have a significant effect on tens of thousands of games on thousands of sites. The high scores and Publisher Bridge won’t work any longer, so that means no high scores on any sites that have implemented it. Any games out there will stop earning money for the developers from advertising, until they are updated with new ads – there are alternatives, such as FGLAds, CPMStar and Epic Game Ads, but they still need implementing. With Live Updates shutting down, many games will now revert to old, possibly broken versions, and there will be no way of updating games and pushing the changes out to every site. Instead, every single site will need to upload a new game, and it’s probable that won’t happen in many cases.

This is a potentially devastating impact on the Flash games market, both for developers and for portals. Sure, Flash is in a decline due to mobile, but it’s still quite significant. Sites such as Kongregate which use their own advertising and high scores will do better, but smaller portals could well suffer.

There are even offers on the table to buy Mochi which their owners, Shanda Games, are ignoring. The decision looks to have been made counter to what Mochi staff want. There also has been very little warning – 2 weeks – before the service is shut down, and that surely can’t have been a decision made that quickly. Shanda looks to be confirming peoples’ opinion of them as a company. Maybe there’s something underhand going on here on there behalf, not Mochi’s. I never considered them to be a suitable owner of the company.

I’m close to the threshold this month, but it’s so close I’ll probably have to fill a form in to make sure I get my last $100(ish) out.

I haven’t been spending as much time on Flash games recently (looks like that was a good idea now) but I still have some almost finished games that will need publishing. I have only been earning about $0.30 to $0.50 per day recently from Mochi, but that’s still money from work I did years ago. It won’t affect my entire Flash game income, but it’s doubtful whether it’s going to be worth updating my existing portfolio.

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Earnings for February 2014

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during February 2014.

The earnings are divided into two main categories, Accumulated and Received. Accumulated earnings also detail any payments received from that category during the month. Earnings are then further broken down into the areas from which the earnings were made. Earnings for the previous month follow the current month’s revenue in brackets.

For a full breakdown of article related progress and earnings, see the complete article on InfoBarrel.

Most of the work done during the month was related to articles, and any associated affiliate programmes, rather than other sources.

Earnings were down substantially this month, with the lowest revenue since July last year. Bubblews earnings again improved slightly, and AdSense income was up for the month, but InfoBarrel’s tier earnings declined and there wasn’t the competition income boost that there was in January.

RedGage earnings are missing this month, as they haven’t been updated, and Expertcolumn’s have been included for the first time since the site was redone.

Amazon was up slightly, making it one of the best months on Amazon, although still very poor really, and Bubblews still continues to account for an enormous proportion of earned revenue.

Some of the links in this section are affiliate links that can earn me a commission, or revenue share, at no extra expense to you.

Accumulated Income

Accumulated income is earnings from the month that were accumulated to accounts, to be paid out at a later date.

Affiliate Programmes:

AdSense: $35.70 ($23.36) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $1.84 ($1.37)

InfoLinks: $0.81 ($1.44)

Miscellaneous: $1.00 ($1.00) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy’s continued status as a reported attack site is worrying, but the earnings for February were added as they should have been.

Fizzy: $15.87 ($11.99)

GamesChart: $0.03 ($0.15)

Kongregate: $0.11 ($0.06)

MindJolt: $0.76 ($1.03)

MochiMedia: $11.93 ($13.51)

Writing Sites:

These are earnings from various writing sites that aren’t received through other affiliate programmes, such as from Google AdSense and Amazon.

Expertscolumn: $0.02 (N/A)

HubPages: $0.58 ($0.53)

InfoBarrel: $6.33 ($119.65)

TOTAL: $74.98 ($174.11)

Received Payments (Monthly):

These were payments received during the month, excluding any mentioned earlier under accumulated. These are programmes for which a monthly payment, or payments, is usual, rather than those which build up to reach the payment threshold. This includes those that make the occasional monthly payment without accumulating earnings.

Affiliate Programmes:

CPMStar: $2.22 ($0)

Epic Game Ads: $0.45 ($0.49)

Writing Sites:

Again, this is money that wasn’t earned through other affiliate programmes.

Bubblews: $251.23 ($250.70) – This was all cleared PayPal payments this month.

Squidoo: $4.22 ($2.41) – Combined with the money in the Reserve Hopper from the previous month, this was enough to receive a payment.

Other

Advertising: $0 ($4.45)

eBay: $0 ($0)

TOTAL: $258.12 ($258.05)

The total for accumulated and received income during February 2014 was $333.10, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

January earnings in total were $432.16, so there was a decrease of $99.06.

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Earnings for January 2014

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during January 2014.

The earnings are divided into two main categories, Accumulated and Received. Accumulated earnings also detail any payments received from that category during the month. Earnings are then further broken down into the areas from which the earnings were made. Earnings for the previous month follow the current month’s revenue in brackets.

For a full breakdown of article related progress and earnings, see the complete article on InfoBarrel.

Most of the work done during the month was related to articles, and any associated affiliate programmes, rather than other sources.

Earnings were up this month although this was primarily due to winning the monthly competition on InfoBarrel, as many areas have seen a decrease in income, something that is not unexpected at this time of year. Bubblews earnings improved slightly, and InfoBarrel saw the best tier earnings ever, but Amazon sales dropped and no eBay sales were made. RedGage earnings are included for the first time, as this is the first time the figures have been available since the site was redone.

Amazon, despite its drop, still saw one of its best months – which, given the amount earned, is not that impressive. Bubblews continues to account for an enormous proportion of advertising revenue.

Some of the links in this section are affiliate links that can earn me a commission, or revenue share, at no extra expense to you.

Accumulated Income

Accumulated income is earnings from the month that were accumulated to accounts, to be paid out at a later date.

Affiliate Programmes:

AdSense: $23.36 ($27.34) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $1.37 ($17.57)

InfoLinks: $1.44 ($0.72)

Miscellaneous: $1.00 ($0.73) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy is still being reported as an attack site, and there adverts are still causing warnings from Norton, which likely isn’t helping revenue there. In addition, earnings from December and January are not being properly displayed in the finalised figures – they are, in fact, missing.

Fizzy: $11.99 ($18.44)

GamesChart: $0.15 ($0.05)

Kongregate: $.06 ($0.37)

MindJolt: $1.03 ($0.85)

MochiMedia: $13.51 ($13.93)

Writing Sites:

These are earnings from various writing sites that aren’t received through other affiliate programmes, such as from Google AdSense and Amazon.

HubPages: $0.53 ($1.26)

InfoBarrel: $119.65 ($11.15) – $100 of this was from winning the monthly competition.

RedGage: $0.02 (N/A)

TOTAL: $174.11 ($92.41)

Received Payments (Monthly):

These were payments received during the month, excluding any mentioned earlier under accumulated. These are programmes for which a monthly payment, or payments, is usual, rather than those which build up to reach the payment threshold. This includes those that make the occasional monthly payment without accumulating earnings.

Affiliate Programmes:

CPMStar: $0 ($1.31)

Epic Game Ads: $0.49 ($0.53)

Writing Sites:

Again, this is money that wasn’t earned through other affiliate programmes.

Bubblews: $250.70 ($228.01) – This is both cleared and pending PayPal payments.

Squidoo: $2.41 ($4.84) – No payment was actually received, and this money was added to the Reserve Hopper.

Other

Advertising: $4.45 ($13.5)

eBay: $0 ($20.58)

TOTAL: $258.05 ($268.77)

The total for accumulated and received income during January 2014 was $432.16, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

December earnings in total were $361.18, so there was a increase of $70.98.

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Earnings for December 2013

A dollar sign.This is a summary of the income, both received and accumulated, that was earned during December 2013.

The earnings are divided into two main categories, Accumulated and Received. Accumulated earnings also detail any payments received from that category during the month. Earnings are then further broken down into the areas from which the earnings were made. Earnings for the previous month follow the current month’s revenue in brackets.

For a full breakdown of article related progress and earnings, see the complete article on InfoBarrel.

Most of the work done during the month was related to articles, and any associated affiliate programmes, rather than other sources.

There has been another drop this month, again due to lower Bubblews earnings. The propping up of the income from eBay sales that was seen in November was, as expected, not seen in December. A few sales were made, but the majority of the stock had been sold off in the previous month. No eBay income is expected in January, although this may change.

This was the best month ever for my personal Amazon earnings, although still not that impressive. Currently, monthly earnings are far too dependent on Bubblews income, so more needs to be done to increase income from other sources.

Some of the links in this section are affiliate links that can earn me a commission, or revenue share, at no extra expense to you.

Accumulated Income

Accumulated income is earnings from the month that were accumulated to accounts, to be paid out at a later date.

Affiliate Programmes:

AdSense: $27.34 ($26.96) – This includes YouTube income and has been converted to dollars from pound Sterling.

Amazon: $17.57 ($1.20)

InfoLinks: $0.72 ($0.67)

Miscellaneous: $0.73 ($0.93) – This is earnings from various minor programmes

Games:

These are, currently, earnings from games on the Flash platform. Fizzy has been suffering some sort of problem recently, as it is currently listed by Norton as an attack site, due to their adverts – which I think they actually run themselves.

Fizzy: $18.44 ($15.94)

GamesChart: $0.05 ($0.10)

Kongregate: $0.37 ($0.14)

MindJolt: $0.85 ($0.80)

MochiMedia: $13.93 ($21.09)

Writing Sites:

These are earnings from various writing sites that aren’t received through other affiliate programmes, such as from Google AdSense and Amazon.

HubPages: $1.26 ($0.92)

InfoBarrel: $11.15 ($14.09)– A payment of $56.76 was also received, the first payment from InfoBarrel’s own advertising programme, tier 1 and tier 2 ads.

TOTAL: $92.41 ($82.84)

Received Payments (Monthly):

These were payments received during the month, excluding any mentioned earlier under accumulated. These are programmes for which a monthly payment, or payments, is usual, rather than those which build up to reach the payment threshold. This includes those that make the occasional monthly payment without accumulating earnings.

Affiliate Programmes:

CPMStar: $1.31 ($1.92)

Epic Game Ads: $0.53 ($1.04)

Writing Sites:

Again, this is money that wasn’t earned through other affiliate programmes.

Bubblews: $228.01 ($275.13) – This is both cleared and pending PayPal payments.

Squidoo: $4.84 ($4.68) – An additional $4.68 from the Reserve Hopper from last month was also received.

Other

Advertising: $13.50 ($4.53)

eBay: $20.58 ($130.87) – This has been converted to dollars and is the profit after all eBay, PayPal, stock purchase and post & packing charges have been taken off

TOTAL: $268.77 ($418.17)

The total for accumulated and received income during December 2013 was $361.18, excluding actual payments received from the Accumulated Income section. The latter will already be taken into consideration in prior months, when applicable.

November earnings in total were $501.01, so there was a decrease of $139.83.

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Flash Games Update

Flash LogoAbout another six months have passed since the previous Flash earnings update. Here are the latest figures for Flash games earnings during the period, both received and owed, for all Flash games including those with revenue share. Fizzy earnings are still incomplete as the earnings for June to October 2012 have still not been updated.

Castle Match:
MochiAds: $5.03
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $5.04

Castle Match 2:
MochiAds: $5.78
TOTAL: $5.78

Castle Match 2.1:
BannerFlux: $0.15
MochiAds: $14.43
TOTAL: $14.58

Christmas Pairs:
Fizzy: $14.85
Kongregate: $0.33
MochiAds: $9.54
TOTAL: $24.72

Clock Patience:
Fizzy: $22.33
Kongregate: $0.56
MindJolt: $693.93
MochiAds: $55.73
MochiAds Publisher: $0.14
Newgrounds: $0.41
TOTAL: $779.10

Constellation Pairs:
Fizzy: $14.23
Kongregate: $0.45
MochiAds: $5.63
TOTAL: $20.31

Constellation Slots:
MochiAds: $10.18
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $10.19

Decorate Your Christmas Tree:
Kongregate: $0.27
MochiAds: $20.49
MochiAds Publisher: $0.05
Newgrounds: $0.10
TOTAL: $20.91

Easter Egg Match:
MochiAds: $30.24
TOTAL: $30.24

Easter Egg Match 2:
Kongregate: $0.17
MochiAds: $18.69
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $18.87

Easter Egg Match 3:
Fizzy: $39.48
Kongregate: $0.69
MochiAds: $21.56
MochiAds Publisher: $0.44
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $62.18

Easter Egg Slots:
Kongregate: $0.33
MochiAds: $45.53
TOTAL: $45.86

Little Bo Peep’s Sheep Toss:
Competitions: $1,000
Fizzy: $167.34
GamesChart: $0.01
Kongregate: $1.59
MindJolt: $685.05
MochiAds: $56.24
MochiAds Publisher: $0.06
Sitelocks: $50
TOTAL: $1,960.29

Mars Slider:
Kongregate: $2.00
MochiAds: $6.16
TOTAL: $8.16

Meteor Storm:
Kongregate: $1.36
MochiAds: $9.42
Sitelocks: $250
TOTAL: $260.78

Monster Traffic:
Kongregate: $1.98
MochiAds: $5.65
TOTAL: $7.63

Obama Uppy:
Kongregate: $1.39
MochiAds: $21.06
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $22.46

Picture Find:
Fizzy: $36.68
GamesChart: $0.04
Kongregate: $0.75
MindJolt: $32.25
MochiAds: $350.28
MochiAds Chinese: $2.05
MochiAds Hungarian: $0.30
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $422.36

Picture Find 2 Landscapes:
Fizzy: $35.99
Kongregate: $0.52
MindJolt: $191.97
MochiAds: $27.42
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $255.91

Pong:
MochiAds: $16.35
TOTAL: $16.35

Pyramid Solitaire:
Competitions: $1,000
Fizzy: $171.17
Kongregate: $1.90
MochiAds: $313.48
MochiAds Chinese: $16.41
MochiAds Hungarian: $0.74
MochiAds Publisher: $0.02
TOTAL: $1,503.72

Quiz Me:
Fizzy: $32.77
Kongregate: $0.81
MochiAds: $36.24
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $69.84

Solitaire: Captive Queens:
Fizzy: $18.04
Kongregate: $0.47
MindJolt: $312.74
MochiAds: $31.20
MochiAds Publisher: $0.02
Newgrounds: $0.01
Sitelocks: $200
TOTAL: $562.48

Space Match:
MochiAds: $4.25
TOTAL: $4.25

Space Match 2:
MochiAds: $3.58
TOTAL: $3.58

Space Match 2.1:
MochiAds: $10.86
TOTAL: $10.86

Space Slots:
Kongregate: $1.11
MochiAds: $66.87
MochiAds Chinese: $5.35
MochiAds Hungarian: $1.31
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $74.65

Sphere Avoider 2:
Kongregate: $0.65
MochiAds: $5.66
TOTAL: $6.31

Sphere Avoider Variant 1:
Kongregate: $0.36
MochiAds: $2.74
MochiAds Publisher: $0.01
TOTAL: $3.11

Sphere Avoider Variant 2:
Kongregate: $0.37
MochiAds: $3.08
TOTAL: $3.45

Sphere Avoider Variant 3:
Kongregate: $0.53
MochiAds: $3.11
TOTAL: $3.64

Spooky Pairs:
Fizzy: $32.32
Kongregate: $0.64
MochiAds: $25.29
TOTAL: $58.25

Spooky Pairs 2:
Fizzy: $23.85
Kongregate: $0.25
MochiAds: $15.79
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $39.9

Spooky Slots:
Kongregate: $1.01
MochiAds: $87.20
TOTAL: $88.21

The Sky is Falling:
Kongregate: $0.62
MochiAds: $4.45
TOTAL: $5.07

UFO Assault:
Kongregate: $2.16
MochiAds: $6.62
TOTAL: $8.78

Wordsearch: Card Games:
Fizzy: $26.96
GamesChart: $2.35
Kongregate: $4.73
MochiAds: $60.36
MochiAds Publisher: $0.12
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $94.53

Wordsearch: Christmas:
GamesChart: $0.70
Kongregate: $0.66
MochiAds: $3.92
MochiAds Publisher: $0.14
Newgrounds: $0.03
TOTAL: $5.45

Wordsearch: Constellations:
Fizzy: $14.03
Kongregate: $0.45
MochiAds: $10.76
TOTAL: $25.24

Wordsearch: Easter:
Fizzy: $12.14
GamesChart: $9.71
Kongregate: $0.15
MochiAds: $30.97
MochiAds Publisher: $0.84
TOTAL: $53.81

Wordsearch: Halloween:
Fizzy: $12.80
GamesChart: $5.74
Kongregate: $0.35
MochiAds: $18.65
MochiAds Publisher: $0.04
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $37.59

Wordsearch: U.S.Presidents:
Fizzy: $15.64
GamesChart: $4.72
Kongregate: $0.30
MochiAds: $15.45
MochiAds Publisher: $0.37
Newgrounds: $0.01
TOTAL: $36.49

Revenue Shared Games (6):
Fizzy: $16.59
GamesChart: $23.17
MochiAds: $111.27
MochiAds Publisher: $2.01
TOTAL: $153.04

Total for all games: $6,869.97

With no significant changes in the past six months, the largest earners have remained constant, with Little Bo Peep’s Sheep Toss remaining at the top due to competition and MindJolt revenue, followed again by Pyramid Solitaire from competition and MochiAds revenue and Clock Patience in third from MindJolt earnings.

A total of $259 has been earned since the previous update, lower again. Only one new game was released during the period, a revenue share one. Most earnings have been fairly low, with a significant percentage coming from Fizzy, so it is a bit worrying that their stats system is so erratic.

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