Over the last 3-4 years You Doodle has dropped in downloads by about 50% annually. This is despite my best efforts to do SEO and update the app at least once a month. It is frustrating that apps that have not been updated in years rank ahead for many keywords that I target.
Today downloads are about 90% lower than they were three years ago. The loss of downloads accelerates and is about 10% loss per week now (yikes!). You Doodle does not come close to supporting the family anymore, nor does my Unity asset efforts. Needless to say I am in a frenzy trying to get other products created in order to sell and support the family. It is a stressful, challenging but hopefully a learning and growing experience.
Being a solo indie developer is a challenge for sure, and it is not for everyone. But I am determined to make it work and create products that change the world for the better.