iPhone App Ranking Tools

by Brook Lenox on June 19, 2009

tools-lots1Pinger’s iPhone app Picfree (no longer with us) was getting close to dropping out of the top 100 paid apps.  I needed a tool to track its progress whenever that happened.

In my research, I found two types of tools:
1) Tools to track app store sales and
2) Those to track app store ranking.

iPhone App Store Sales Data Tools

These tools automatically download your app store sales and equip you with various charts to understand trends.

AppFigures – free, $4.99, and $139/month
AppStore Clerk – free
AppViz – $29.95
My App Sales – donations

I found these in a great post, Sales Stats Tools for iPhone Apps, by Mark Johnson. You’ll find a bunch more detail in his post.

iPhone App Ranking Tools

Then I looked into these 3 ranking tools.


Each had different strengths, but I especially liked APPlyzer, and started using it.  APPlyzer is a web based app ranking tool that is currently free really inexpensive.

Its features include:

  • Ability to track category and overall ranking by country
  • Charts of past seven days by category and overall by country
  • Top 50 worldwide list

What I liked:

  • It’s web based
  • Very simple interface
  • Easy to track both my apps and my competitor’s apps

I hope they’ll add the ability to:

  • Look at several apps at a time
  • See charts by various date ranges
  • Receive alerts when an app passes a certain rank

Here are a few screen shots:

Rankings by Country for Picfree


Photography Category Ranking for Picfreeapplyzer-picfree-category-chart

Overall Paid Ranking for Picfree


So that’s about it.  Let me know what you think of APPlyzer or these other tools.

Want more help? – I think you’ll find my How to Market iPhone Apps eBook quite helpful.

UPDATE – 10/23/09

  • Someone mentioned in the comments Top Charts and Kukapp. Both seemed to have promise, but a ways to go.
  • I liked Top Chart’s “Big Jumps” and “Big Drops”, but couldn’t look up the current rank, and found that dissapointing.
  • Kukapp’s concept (monitoring, history, analysis, etc) was intriguing, but I couldn’t easily find info on features and pricing.
  • UPDATE – 9/4/09

    • Since the orginal post I’ve been able to connect rank changes to PR, in app promotions, ad spend, and price changes.
    • By having all that data you can better estimate whether a certain change (say a price reduction) will or will not give you a positive ROI.
    • I wrote this post over 2 months ago now and continue to use APPlyzer daily.

    Photo credit: flattop341

    { 23 comments… read them below or add one }

    Michael June 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm


    thanks for reviewing APPlyzer. I have changed the design a little and soon more functions will be appearing. I will see that I can implement all wishes to become a little helper for all App developers.


    Brook Lenox June 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm


    Thanks for the quick response. I really like APPlyzer and think it can be a great help to developers. Keep up the good work!


    Michael July 25, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Hi Brook,

    In the mean time APPlyzer.com has changed and has got new features like hourly rankings, Top1000 for Free and Paid and a new design. Soon there will be coming more features.

    Best regards

    Brook Lenox July 31, 2009 at 3:30 pm


    I agree APPlyzer.com is coming along quite nicely. Please let me pay you to track some of my free apps hourly! :)


    Farrell October 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Cool! If my staff want a free site or app for checking ranks or downloads, which one I should recommend? How about the new sites http://www.kukapp.com or http://www.TopAppCharts.com?

    Brook Lenox October 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Farrell…It’s not free, but APPlyzer is almost free. Couple of bucks a month per app and Michael Dorn the creator has been really quick to get back to me whenever I have a question. That’s my recommendation.

    Pedro Martins November 25, 2009 at 3:53 am

    very good information, thank you.

    Brook Lenox November 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm


    You bet! Feel free to come back.


    Rabab Gomaa January 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hello Brook,

    Thanks for the article. It is very useful!
    Any tips or links regarding how to increase the ranking of apps.?


    Brook Lenox January 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm


    I’d encourage you to read these two articles:
    Free iPhone app marketing
    How to market iPhone apps

    Good luck!

    Rabab Gomaa January 7, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Thanks Brook. Actually after putting this comment, I started reading your other posts in the blog and I found myself reading all your blog posts :)
    You share very good knowledge and a lot of your experience.
    Thank you!

    Brook Lenox January 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm


    Thanks for the stopping by and the nice comment.

    Good luck,

    Srdjan January 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Try the free app ranking monitor application from the http://www.theblueplum.com.
    It gives you app rankings from other iTunes stores – not just from the US store.

    Brook Lenox January 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm


    Thanks..I’m always looking for better/different ways to track iPhone apps. Have any plans to track more apps? I’m tracking about 25 every day!


    Tea September 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Have you tried App annie ( http://www.appannie.com/ ) ?

    For now it’s completely free, and it displays graphs on iPad too.
    I’ve been using this since my first app came out. I guess it depends what you’re looking for. I think their layout is pleasant and clear and I’m sensitive to this kind of things.

    I haven’t found any site that would allow me to tag promotion events and make it easier to correlate ranking/sales to marketing & PR.

    Brook Lenox October 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    @Tea – thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check it out.

    Ding October 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I like UpRank, which I downloaded from AppStore. Simple, clean and more important I find it VERY accurate!

    Brook Lenox November 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    @Ding – thanks for the recommendation.

    Tijmen June 3, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Did you take a look at Distimo Monitor? Next to Apple App Store it supports a lot of other major app stores.

    Karthick K August 15, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for introducing Applyzer. I have been searching to find this kind of a tool for many weeks. It is rocking.. Thanks again.

    Faik August 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Appstatics is the new kid on the block. You can track your iPhone, iPad and Mac app rankings. It is frequently updated (3 hours currently), you can track as many apps you like.

    Brook Lenox August 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    @ Karthick – you are very welcome.

    Brook Lenox August 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    @ Faik – thanks for sharing.

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