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When I started this app business, I was really on my own. I had no idea of the tools or services that a lot of the online app companies provided. That was over a year ago. Now with the help of these app companies, I’ve 200 apps published and lots more on the way!

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So how did I get to where I am now? With a lot of help from free and inexpensive online services. I made my business’s first dollars with an app I published which ran Chartboost ads, I grew my team through amazing online sites opt-ins and I’m totally obsessed with AppCooker. So without further ado…

40 Top App Companies I Can’t Live Without in 2013


Please note that some links on this page are affiliate links, meaning that if you decide to purchase using one of these links we may receive a referral fee. Be assured that this referral fee is never added on top of the price. Also, we’d never recommend something just for the potential revenue of an affiliate program. If we can’t speak to its awesome-ness, it’s not on this list.


Testflight – The easiest way to get your app running on your device before its published.
AppCooker – Probably the best wireframing app in the business.
xCode – The program you use to make iPhone and iPad apps.


Shutterstock.com – Great option for monthly plans, DL 25 graphics a day.
Graphicriver – Tons of graphics on here too.
Photoshop – The bad ass of all graphic editing programs.
testico.net – A fast way to check if your icon will look great on an iPhone.
dafont.com – Probably the best font site on the planet.
99 Designs A great place to find really good artists & icon designs.


Georiot.com Update this with all your affiliate networks and generate one global URL. So handy.


Audacity – A great free program to edit sounds.
Audiojungle – My first port of call for music and sound effects. Great site.
fiverr.com – If there anything you cannot buy on this site for $5??! Love this site.


Chartboost – Great for direct deals, nags and more screens. One of my favouites.
Playhaven – Great for changing ad types dynamically. I use this a lot.
Applovin – The new kid on the block. Email: [email protected] and mention me to get access.
Revmob – Probably the easiest and fastest to set up of the bunch.
Admob – Good banner ads with great fill rates. Definitely a convert.
Vungle – Video ads with higher than average eCPMs. Check it out!
Flurry – An ad solution for non game apps. Worth trying for sure.


Udemy – HUGE portal with online technology courses of all types.
Blue Cloud Solutions – Tons of info on app publishing and reskinning. Love it.
Ray Wenderlich – Great tutorials for iOS Developers, highly recommended.
Chocolate Lab Apps – Game developers app blog, xCode tutorials and app publishing advice.
Gamesbrief.com – A great site to stay up to date with the games world. Must read!


Sensor Tower – A REALLY useful website to research and track keywords.
Appcod.es – Another site definitely worth looking into for keyword research.


iTunes – The online shop for iPhone and iPad apps
Topappcharts.com – A great site to research app trends


Appfigures – Great way to get daily updates on your app sales.
Appannie.com – One of my favourite app reporting sites.
Appbot.co – App reviews for all over the world direct to your email. Genius.


Nextpeer – Multiplayer made easy. And great customer support.


Chupamobile.com – Tons of source code here to reskin. Must visit.
Apptopia.com – A place to buy and sell published apps. A wider cost range.
Sellmyapp.com – Even more source code here to reskin. Lots of interesting options.


oDesk – A great MASSIVE outsourcing site. Find any skills you need. Adore it.


Casual Connect – Very interesting app conferences held all over the world. I went to one in Germany.
GDC – The big game developers conference in San Francisco. Where it all happens.
Meetup.com – A great way to schedule and meet local app developers.

So that’s my list of the Top 40 App Companies that I can’t live without. Got an alternative option to one of the tools mentioned here? Did I miss something altogether? Let me know in the comments so that I can get to know more tools and maybe even improve how I’m running my business!

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Elaine Heney is an online entrepreneur, triple #1 best selling author and international keynote speaker. Elaine is an Amazon FBA ecommerce advisor, investor, Hollywood movie producer, online business consultant and CEO of Chocolate Lab Cashflow. Elaine has also published over 300 mobile apps across Amazon, Apple & Google, and enjoyed over 20 million app downloads and over 50 #1 apps worldwide.

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  • Jose Castro-Frenzel September 5, 2013, 6:08 am

    Great post!!! 😉 Secret gems hidden in there.. Question any other suggestions besides shutterstock for bulk purchases?

    Pura Vida!!

  • MakeMonies September 5, 2013, 9:23 am


  • Brett September 5, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Great info. Nice one

  • Jose Castro-Frenzel September 5, 2013, 1:47 pm

    2 Softwares I cannot live without:

    Reflector and Air Server for OSX for reflecting your ipad/iphone to your mac. I use Snagit to record it and upload it using the FREE version of screencast.com

    – There ya go !

  • Elaine Heney September 5, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Great tip thanks Jose!

  • Kelvin September 5, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Thanks Elaine! I’ve been listening to you recently on podcasts and reading through your posts. This is probably the best post on the net right now for anyone getting started. I’ve already got the source code, Enrolled in the IOS developer program. I’ve been learning about ASO, and the several marketing options available. Next step is to get my own Macbook, but I am waiting on next week’s Apple Keynote to see if there will be new Macbooks announced. I’m getting very excited with my progress, and I just wanted to say thank you thank you for all the inspiration.

  • Thomas @ Online Income Tycoon September 5, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Great collection of resources! You included all the must-haves that I can think of at the moment – App Annie, Sensor Tower / AppCodes, Elance, etc.

    One that I’m not familiar with but I’m really looking forward to checking out is AppCooker. That looks like it would be an awesome tool, especially on the iPad!

  • Elaine Heney September 5, 2013, 5:02 pm

    You’re welcome Kelvin good luck with it! Thomas, yup definitely worth a look. It nearly feels like you’re not working as you can get away from the laptop for an hour or two with Appcooker.

  • Chuck Rayman September 5, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Great post! Tons of great resouces. Thanks for sharing.

    For your graphics category, I would recommend PicMonkey for a quick and basic graphic edits. It’s a great site and the best part is that it’s free (if you don’t mind the ads).

    Once again, thanks!

  • Fred Jumayao September 8, 2013, 4:27 am

    Thanks so Elaine. I found you from another posts and I just can’t believe the great info you have provided. I bought your two books on Amazon and have read and re-read both them again to pick up all the great info. I have published my first app on iTunes. I definitely wish I had read your books before hand. But nothing is lost, I am re-adjusting and refining my skills and knowledge. Again thank you so much for this great blog.

  • Brian September 16, 2013, 5:07 am

    Many many thanks for all your blog posts! A wealth of information. Thank you.

  • Event Mobile App September 18, 2013, 6:57 am

    Nice collection of companies and there apps. and thanks for sharing it with us

  • Sean September 20, 2013, 5:47 pm

    When you do your reskins, what steps do you normally take to improve the likelihood of getting an ROI in your apps….other than App Store optimization? Also, about how long does it take you to become profitable on those reskins?


  • Hugh September 20, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Hi Elaine,

    We are honored that you have included Sensor Tower and have found our service useful. Thanks again for the useful and inspiring post you wrote for us! We would like to add that there is also some great education from Stanford on iTunesU, on YouTube (although you have to dig a lot more) and Lynda.com.


  • Elaine Heney September 20, 2013, 6:44 pm

    @Chuck, Fred, Brian, Hugh & Event M – thanks guys!
    @Sean – to be successful you need to understand ASO.

  • Sherri Hutchinson September 23, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Great post! Thank you for all of the information you provide.

    One question, how do you go about naming your new app? How do you make sure the name is not already taken? Is it as simple as doing a search through iTunes?

  • Elaine Heney September 23, 2013, 3:57 pm

    Sherri, yes you can do a search. It’s not a big issue though. If you try & type a name into iTunesconnect that’s already taken, Apple will just ask you to enter in a different name.

  • Ouriel Ohayon October 2, 2013, 1:10 am

    Hi Elaine

    40+1 ? We’d love to be on that list, or another. Or simply get your attention
    we make tools to help app developers grow, many of which are free or very cheap

    We (Appsfire.com) built one of the largest app discovery service, and great tools for developers like you to keep users engaged (Free push, feedback, app store reviews, ….)

    Please reach out and we ll set you up > [email protected]

  • Stuart February 14, 2014, 8:03 am

    Thanks for mentioning AppBot!

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