What is going on?

Diego Barreiro
Jun 5 · 4 min read

Dear fellow Koders,
As you might have noticed, it has been a while since our last major update to Kodular Creator, Kodular 1.3B, and a while longer since we last bumped the version name, Kodular Draco.
And wethink .

Some of you may already have some information about what we are going to tell, as “Google” indexed some results about this and some people found it.

Google has terminated our Google AdSense account.

Yes, that sentence is a summary about everything that has been happening internally. It may be shocking, and we will try to explain everything so that you can understand it.

In January 2019, we got an automated email from Google saying that our AdSense account has been terminated because our website contains pornographic/nudism/hentai content.
As you can know, we don’t have any such content in any of our sites (you can check any part of the website(s) and you won’t find any such content). Besides, , so naturally, there isn’t any such content.

Why is this a problem?

Well, our main (and, in fact, ) way of revenue to support the servers was from the commission we were taking from Admob components in our users’ apps. And this was allowed by Admob, as when we launched Kodular, we contacted them asking if there was going to be any kind of issue, and they said everything was fine.
But now it seems it wasn’t.

And, without the AdSense account, we now had no revenue to support the server, as Admob requires an active AdSense account to work with.
Consequence: it is () impossible to each month in servers.

What has Google said about this?

None of the “official” contact attempts with Google gave result. And believe me, we tried hundreds of them: emails, phone, forms, forum etc.
However, we had the luck that a Google AdSense Monetization Specialist contacted us personally, and she said that some apps made with Kodular were displaying prohibited content, and that was the real reason of our suspension.

She [the Google employee] said that to get our account back. So, we started to work on some ways to solve the issue.
We first launched an automatic content detector, to prevent apps with invalid content from displaying Admob ads. We had to wait for nearly two months, and then she said it was not enough, that non-complaint apps could still be created.
So, we finally developed an approval system, which requires all apps to be manually approved by us to display ads. This system guaranteed a 100% of accuracy, as we manually check the content of each app.
However, after implementing it, .

What is going to happen with Kodular?

We started exploring alternate ways to keep the Kodular up and running and after long thoughts and discussions, we decided to implement the following system to keep the platform free.

With Kodular 1.3C we have added a new way to take commissions again. in order to take commissions from their networks.
This allows us to place their ads with our identifiers when we have to take commission from Admob. So, you might sometimes see other ad networks when using Interstitials. When that happens is because we are getting paid with ads.

Your app will have to be approved by us using the in order to show ads when not installing from Play Store, to comply with monetization policies.

We know this might be sound complex a bit, but don’t worry about it as your account will never get suspended for that reason, as . And mediation is allowed by all ad network providers.
You can have a detailed explanation of this new system here.

We hope that the immese support you all have been will continue.
We know you like Kodular, and we know how much you enjoy using it.
Think it like this: . We think it is fair to get part of those earnings, as they are made with Kodular.

But don’t worry. This is just a solution. Kodular Creator 1.4 E… will improve this system in several ways, and . At this moment commission vary from a basic 10% up to a 20%, depending on the ad network (tip: Unity and StartApp have the lower ones).
Plus, it will add several new features, it will be our biggest release since Andromeda. ProKoders know about some of them, but there is a bigger one which is still secret, which can bring a revolution to App Inventor.

We will try to be as transparent as possible, explaining as best as we can!

Conor Shipp
Diego Barreiro
Pavitra Golchha
Sander Jochems
Sivagiri Visakan
Vishwas Adiga

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Diego Barreiro

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