Vincent Ritter

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Sublime Ads

A privacy focused ad management service for your apps, websites and others.

Sublime Ads is a platform to allow you to manage and serve your very own ads in your own apps, on your websites, or other services using a simple API, or a lightweight drop-in JS script. You are in complete control on what you want to show, and how.

Everything is in one place and is easy to manage, no need to write your own custom solution. On top, Sublime Ads is privacy conscious to you and your users. Only taps/clicks will be registered for served ads and nothing else (can also be disabled per ad). I also don't use any tracking for the web application and other things, just like the internet is supposed to be.

Launched early 2021 as an MVP product to satisfy my very own needs as a developer with multiple apps and sites.

Visit the website here.

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Just shipped a new feature for Sublime Ads, allowing you to add any category to a parent category, so now you can have... sub categories with a main category. My head is spinning.

Documentation here and API options here.

As usual, this is a PRO feature only.

I've added the ability to make client portals public in Sublime Ads. That means you can just share the link without asking for a passkey.

Here is mine, for my ads running in Gluon (nothing grand, but nice anyway).

You can find documentation here.

Sublime Ads - Client Portals

I’m happy to release a new feature for Sublime Ads, called Client Portals. This was a quick itch I wanted to scratch, which sets the groundwork for more things that I have planned. But let’s get to portals!

Portals allow you to share a private page with your client (saucy?) so that they can see an overview of their stats for their ads. That means they’ll see nice graphs showing just how well, or bad, their campaign is working out with your app…

Here is one from last night that I created locally:

They’re super simple and fun (and probably boring).

Each portal is passkey protected and they all have a unique URL. Here is what it looks like in the admin area:

On top of stats, they’ll also be able to see the status of their ads, for example if they are active, inactive, or expired (if they have a schedule). Here is another screenshot of ads I am running myself:

I’m super excited to have worked on this over the weekend, it was well worth it… and unexpected.

Not to feed the hype machine, but this paves the way for new features that I have planned, for example… wait… let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

As with every release, there are minor fixes and tweaks also, for example a stats counter on the client list view is now available.

Client portals are available with the PRO plan and as always, there is good documentation here: https://docs.sublimeads.com/getting-started/clients.html#client-portals

Deployed a new feature to Sublime Ads. More info tomorrow. Started working on it last night (24 hours ago). Didn't track time, but took me a little longer than I thought 😋

Will write about it tomorrow.

Looks like 2 ad block lists caught wind of the Sublime Ads image CDN (and some other sub domains)... 💩

Sublime Ads, MRR: €6.12 😍🥳 I know it's not much in the grand scheme of things, but I am over the moon. This makes me happy! Thank you so much to everyone that subscribed so far ✌️

Continuing work for Sublime Ads today, I deployed a few extras for the ad and category lists which now shows you stats right there for you. It'll honour the date range you set last on the charts. You can hide it via settings if you don't like it. It's a pro feature.

Sublime Ads - Introducing Clients and other nice tweaks

I've jumped back into Sublime Ads over the past few weeks to work on a few features that I wanted.

One of those features, which had a few requests, was to allow adding Clients.

Clients allow you to keep your ads together with a client, which not only helps you keep organised, but also gives you quick glanceable overview of how well they're doing. Which is useful if you want to give reports to your paying customers (or free in my case).

It's super easy to get started and there is a nice write up in the documentation.

I made this a PRO feature. One of these days I'll probably drop the "pro" naming scheme and come up with something less boring.

This part of the clients section is only the beginning of what you can do with it and I am planning to add more nice features, for example public stat pages for your clients and also having a concept of "balances" meaning you can sell your ads and specify the price and also a running time. Although don't hold your breath here, it will take some time. So maybe next year.

If you don't use Clients, and you find the extra button and data annoying, you can hide this from Sublime Ads by heading on over to Settings where you can disable it. I like options, even though I have strong opinions.

Other bits

Alongside clients I have also made tweaks to the general layout of the site.

This includes slightly wider sections throughout, better list views with alternating row colours, and some slight tweaks to the Settings section. Also added some snark throughout (more coming!). The stats graph now show a little loading indicator as you switch dates or load them... useful to see what's going on.

That's it for now.

One more PRO feature hopefully launching next week.

First payout for Sublime Ads 🥳

So happy!

If you have a free/legacy account, and have a little bit of extra budget to upgrade to the yearly ($24/year), I am happy to upgrade it to include PRO features (which will get better over time - some new suff today).

Guess I like giving options and extra settings... 😋 And yes, currently working on something new for Sublime Ads.

Over 3 million API request have been made to Sublime Ads since last year. I missed the milestone. Wonder if that counter actually works 🤣😉

Started adding a bit of snark to Sublime Ads this morning, including the homepage. Also updated the terms of service, with a snark clause. More work to do here.

Actually wanted to work on some new features, but felt like doing this instead.

It's official! Sublime Ads now has a MRR (whatever that means) of €1.96 😍

I just made the official updates page for Sublime Ads public. No idea why I never did that… but here we are. Enjoy! ✌️

Sublime Ads - Pricing Updates

We've updated our pricing plans for Sublime Ads to accommodate more developers with varying budgets and to further make sure we stay on mission.

With prices being increased everywhere, we decided to go and do the opposite. All our pricing plans have been reduced by $5 per month (except the yearly) and are effective immediately.

This better reflects our values of where we want to go in the future. It's a balance of providing a great product and also making sure more developers can make use of Sublime Ads.

Our pricing plans now are the following:

  • PRO 100k/month API calls @ $9/month (previously $14/month, saving $5)
  • PRO 200k/month API calls @ $18/month (previously $24/month, saving $6 😱)
  • PRO 500k/month API calls @ $39/month (previously $44/month, saving $5)
  • Yearly plan 10k/month API calls @ $24/year (unchanged)

If you have an active subscription, you will have been automatically swapped over to the new pricing plans, and credits will apply to your account if you have recently have been charged or subscribed.

Don't have a subscription yet? Well, get to it! I'm sure there is a plan for everyone.