Setting Up LeadBolt Ads

In order to show LeadBolt banner ads in your app, you need to sign up with LeadBolt and register your app to get a LeadBolt Section ID.

Sign up for a LeadBolt account

  1. Sign up for a LeadBolt developer account to get started with LeadBolt ads.


  2. If you have a Google+ account you can sign in with that. Alternatively, enter your information into the fields and click the "Sign Up Now" button.

    Note that Company / Developer Name is a required field; if you don't have a company, enter your full name into that field.

  3. You will be sent an email when you are able to log in. Once you receive the Welcome email, return to the Leadbolt website and use the email and password you provided to log in to the LeadBolt portal.

  4. Review the Terms & Conditions for your LeadBolt account, then check the "I accept" checkbox and click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.

    After logging in, you should see the LeadBolt Dashboard.


Create a new app in the LeadBolt Portal

  1. Log in to your LeadBolt account.

    Note: you do not need to download the Android SDK. If you're ever asked to download an SDK, you can safely ignore it.

  2. Click on the Apps button on the left-hand side of the page under Publisher Tools.


    This will show you the APPS page:


  3. Click on the Create New App button.


  4. Enter all of the information for your app.


    For Platform, choose "Mobile Web." This will pre-select HTML banner ads for your app. Do not choose "Android" because that will pre-select the SDK ad types which do not work in Andromo. Only the HTML banner ads work properly at this time.

    For App / Site URL, enter the Google Play URL for your app (if you know it), otherwise enter for now. (You can edit that field later.)

    For Content Type and Category, choose a value that is appropriate for the content within your app.

    For Demographics, adjust the values to represent your best guess of who you expect your users to be.

    Note: Make sure you set the platform to Mobile Web.


  5. Click the "Create Now" button to return to the APPS page.

    You should see an entry for the app you created, with two ad types: "App Banner (HTML)" and "App Overlay (HTML)."


  6. Click the Edit button and select Edit Settings for the "App Banner (HTML)" ad.


    The Edit button is the little button on the right, on the row next to the "App Banner #1 - 320x50" text under Actions.

  7. Change the Banner Size to "Auto Stretching" and make sure the Open Clicks In setting is set to "Current Window" THIS IS IMPORTANT.


  8. Click the Save button to return to the APPS page.

  9. Click the Get Code button for the "App Banner (HTML)" ad.


    The Get Code button is the little button to the left of the settings button under the Actions column, on the row next to the "App Banner #1 - Auto Stretching" text.

  10. Copy the numeric section ID from the Get Code popup.

    The section ID is used to tell LeadBolt what ad to send your app, and to track the clicks so you can get paid. It can be seen in the Get Code popup window as the number following the section_id= part.


    You must enter this section ID on the Monetization tab in your Andromo project.

  11. Enter the section ID into the Monetization tab in your Andromo project settings.

    In your Andromo project, enable the LeadBolt Banners" option on the Monetization tab, and then enter your section ID into the **LeadBolt Section ID field.

    Make sure you enter it correctly. It should consist of a single large number, like this: 513685406


    Remember to click Save Changes when you're done.

  12. (Optional) Build your Android project and test it.

    If you build your project now, the LeadBolt ads will be shown in Test Mode. In test mode, placeholder ads are used and clicks do not get counted.

  13. On the LeadBolt portal APPS page, click the Test Mode button and select Set Active to take your app out of Test Mode.


    Your app will need to be manually approved by the LeadBolt approval team but once approved, live ads will begin to show in your app.

    You will receive an email from LeadBolt when your app has been approved.

  14. Build your Android project and distribute the new version of your app.


How to add an HTML banner ad if you don't have one

When you create your app in the LeadBolt portal, if you choose "Android" for the platform instead of "Mobile Web" you will see many rows of SDK ads, but no HTML banner ad. You will need to manually add an HTML banner ad to your app in LeadBolt to get the correct section ID for Andromo.

Here is how you can correct this situation:

  1. Log in to the LeadBolt portal and go to the APPS page.

  2. Click on the Add Section button.


    This will open the "Choose Ad Type" popup.


  3. Switch to the HTML Ads tab.

    The SDK Ads tab is shown by default, but the ad you need to select is on the HTML Ads tab.


  4. Select the App Banner (HTML) ad.

  5. Make sure that Banner Size is set to "Auto Stretching" and that Open Clicks In is set to "Current Window." THIS IS IMPORTANT.


  6. Click the Add Now button.

  7. Copy the Section ID from the code in the Get Code popup. This is the value you can use in your Andromo project. Click OK to return to the LeadBolt APPS page.

    You should see a new row for your ad title "App Banner (HTML)."

  8. (Optional) Set the other ads to "Deleted" so they don't clutter up your dashboard.

    You can change an ad's status on the LeadBolt APPS page by clicking on the little green dot at the start of its row and selecting "Delete" instead of "Pause". Note that this doesn't actually remove the ad entry; it just allows the ad to be hidden when the APPS page is set to Show "All But Deleted" instead of "All."