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Appcoiner Review: I Tried It, Should You?

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AppCoiner is one of the many money-making opportunities that pay you to test apps.  Or, so they say.

It will be your job to choose an app from their list and then write a review after you play around with it for a bit.  The more apps you test, the more money you can potentially make, at least according to the company’s official website.

Right now, the company is accepting people from around the world who want to test an app and then get paid after writing a review.  It doesn’t appear you will make a ton of cash, but you could make a few bucks a month if you write a review here and there.  More on this in a few.

In today’s review, I wanted to sign up and test the website out myself just like I do with my hundreds of other reviews.  As always, I’m 100% honest, only recommending products I would use.  If I wouldn’t use it and/or I don’t feel it’s worth your time, then I will let you know in the end, I promise you that much.

If you like the idea of testing new apps and writing reviews, then this may be an option to consider.  Let’s find out.

What is AppCoiner?

According to the company’s website, AppCoiner allows you to “make money testing out the coolest new apps.”  It will be your duty to choose an app to test from their database and then test it for a certain amount of time.  Then, after you complete your review, you will write an honest opinion of the app, getting paid shortly thereafter.  The website does note that “App Coiner monetizes your website traffic and the more apps you test and write about, the more you can make.”  It’s hard to figure out what AppCoiner is but upon researching it more in depth, I did figure out what they do.

The company didn’t have an about us page nor could find much information about the owner.  Is this a red flag?    Not always as some companies can be legit.  But, what I have found is that an ethical company will always have some sort of about us page to at least let you know who you’re dealing with.  The biggest plus is that they deal with Clickbank, a reputable affiliate marketing platform of sorts.



Signing up for AppCoiner

To sign up for AppCoiner, they will ask for your first name as well as your email address.  Before you join, you can play a video to learn more about the company if need be.  This is optional, but it can kind of tell you what they are all about.

After you click the sign-up button, this is where it was quite confusing to me as I thought I could start to make money testing apps.  Instead, I was presented with a message stating, “Congratulations!  You have reserved an AppCoiner Membership,” followed by thousands of words on why AppCoiner is the best and why not using AppCoiner is costing you money.  It was a lengthy read, but what really got me was in the end when they asked me for $27.

What?

Every single thing I tested online never asked me for money, so this is where I was really confused.  What could you get for this $27?  Is it worth it?

In my years of research, if you have to pay to make money, it’s not going to be a fun ride.  After all, would you pay an employer to work for them?  No!  While it’s okay to pay money for an informative guide of sorts, most of the time, it’s not okay to pay to work.

Paying $27 for the Course

So, apparently, if you pay $27 for the course, you will be able to take advantage of the following:

  • make money testing the hottest new apps, with hundreds to choose from
  • no limits as to how many apps you can review
  • weekly payments
  • support
  • instant access
  • 60-day money-back guarantee

Hey, this sounds great in a way.  It seems as if I’m paying $27 for a list of apps I could test, then review and get paid?  The copy seemed okay, but was it worth the $27?

As a tip, they will send you a coupon if you wait a few days, usually dropping the price to $17.  Also, aside from the $27, there are a lot of upsells as well, so $27 isn’t the final price, sadly.

Not so fast.

When I first started this review, I thought it was much like the many apps I mentioned in my get paid to download apps guide. I figured you could sign up for free and then you were presented with a dashboard, letting you know which apps you could download to get paid.  This wasn’t the case.

Instead, what AppCoiner does is that they will create you a website and will then let you post reviews on your website.  They will tell you which apps to write about in hopes you write something good to draw in search engine traffic.  Then, when you get traffic, your visitors will hopefully click on your affiliate ads and make you money when they sign up.  This is simply known as affiliate marketing and is a wonderful way to make money online.  However, you won’t need to pay $29 to AppCoiner as you can learn how to make a blog from so many free resources such as the Income School guys at YouTube and the Ahrefs Blog, to name a few.

In short, they make it easy for you.  They give you a domain, which is a subdomain, a notch worse than an actual domain.  This will be operated off their main domain. And, then they give you a WordPress login, in which you can log in and start writing, but before you do, they will ask you to sign up for Clickbank, which is an affiliate program where you will get the links to put inside of your blog posts.  They have full control of your site.  That should tell you something.

Let Me Save You $27

So, let me save you the $27.  This is how it’s going to work.

In a sense, what you’re going to want to do is start a website.  I prefer WordPress, but there are additional platforms you can use such as Wix and  This is an entire post in itself, so for now, I will point you to Hostgator.  If you sign up for a hosting account (it’s only a few dollars a month), they have an awesome “1-click install,” where you literally click one button and your WordPress site is up and running.  The goal here is to get a domain pointing to your newly founded website.  WordPress will just make it that much easier to post content.

Once your website is up and running, you will then want to do keyword research to find keywords that people are searching for that tend to have low competition.  With Google, your content often ranks on many metrics, one of the biggest being your “trust,” which comes from other people linking to you.  This is another post in itself, so I will point you to the 200 ranking factors over at Backlinko.  Simply put, you will want to write about apps that people are searching for but others really aren’t writing about.  This is where keyword tools can come into the picture.  It appears AppCoiner will provide you with a list of apps that fit the keyword research criteria, but you can easily find these on your own.  Just load up the Google Play store and searching inputting app names you find into these keyword tools to see what pops up.

After you find those low-hanging keywords, you will write an in-depth guide.  In this case, you will review the apps.  Hopefully, if your research pays off, you can start to see customers roll in and you can monetize your content.  This strategy can be applied to any topic, not just reviewing apps!

There’s so much more to it, and I know it can seem overwhelming.  But, your goal here is to write about app reviews, get traffic from it, usually via Google, and then monetize your traffic, either with display ads and/or affiliate links.  If there’s traffic, it will make you money.  You will want to go this route as you will have full control of your website.  This is a huge plus.

AppCoiner will work no differently than this strategy, only that they will set you up on some server and take a cut of your affiliate checks.  Trust me, it’s not worth the $27!

Get a Refund If Need Be

If you’re reading this and already signed up, you can still get a refund as they run on the reputable Clickbank platform.

As long as you haven’t passed the 60 days since payment, you can request a payment.  I would start with AppCoiner first, but if they give you grief, you can always contact Clickbank.  I have read many success stories in people getting their money back.

Worst case, you can always file a dispute with your credit card company.  This works 99% of the time, too.

Final Thoughts

In the end, I don’t recommend AppCoiner as you don’t get paid to test apps on the platform.  Rather, they create a website in the hopes you get traffic from the app reviews you create.  This is something that you can learn on your own for free without the need for this program.  Again, if you need guidance, I highly recommend you start with YouTube or even QuickSprout, to name a few.  These sources can get you started on ways to start a website and earn money from it.  As a fair warning, however, it can take quite some time before you even see results so do keep that in mind.

AppCoiner has a strategy that works, but you don’t need them to succeed.

I don’t see any benefits as you’re just making AppCoiner money as they know 99.9% of the people who join will not take action.  So, for now, save yourself the $27 and at least invest it in a domain name and some hosting for the next year or two.  That way, your $27 was well spent to at least get a website going.

If you don’t want to make a website and would rather test apps, then be sure to check out my get paid to test apps and websites guide as I talked about more than 20+ companies that will pay you to test apps without the need to create a website.  Going this route can earn you money in days rather than have to wait months to see your first check.

Now, as always, I leave it up to you.

Have you ever tried this company?

Am I missing anything?

If you want to chime in, do so in the comments below.

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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