My first app of #turnIndieChallenge:

Some days ago I published my challenge to turn into a profitable indie dev in 5 months and now I'm sharing my first app.

Here is: Ghostboard, a real-time analytics tool for Ghost blogs, without Google Analytics and zero cookies.

๐Ÿค” Origin

In 2012 I started this blog, then a Wordpress one and in 2017 I tested Ghost, I loved the experience and I moved my Wordpress blog to Ghost, but after I missed some stats and tools.

I searched specifically for any tool or service but didn't find but there were a lot of general analytics for any web.

After read the MAKE book by Pieter Levels, one of a lot I read this year, I decided to build something. Yes, once again, but this time something what I really needed for myself and I was willing to pay for.

I started with a tiny prototype in order to see if it was possible, then went online to connect to my blog and go testing, adapting and improving.

๐Ÿ“ฆ What have so special

  • ๐Ÿ– Ultra easy setup: just pasting one single line and it's ready. No code edition or theme integration
  • ๐Ÿ”ด Real-time reports: live, not only about visits, but also about posts, content performance, SEO, email reports, posts per month, countries, browsers, etc. And so much incoming!
  • โšก๏ธ Out-the-box works, don't need Google Analytics or whatever
  • โœ… 100% GDPR compliant, respect privacy and with zero cookies
  • ๐Ÿ’ž 30 days free trial available, no credit card required. Also starting only at $5 monthly.

๐Ÿ– Question: why to use Ghostboard instead of Analytics or whatever?

  • ๐Ÿค“ In Ghostboard you have specific analytics of your blog: SEO, content performance. And more incoming like tags, pages, authors, etc. This you will not find in any other generic analytics.
  • ๐Ÿ˜ฅ With Analytics you have to edit templates
  • ๐Ÿ˜ต In order to be GDPR compliant, you should add Opt-In y Opt-Out and that's mean: messages, coding, answers storaging, setup anonym IPs, etc.
  • ๐Ÿค– If you are a hacker, want your own way and don't mind specific analytics, it's ok.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฐ Yes, there are some GDPR-compliant generic analytics, but also they multiply the Ghostboard price.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ So if you have a Ghost blog, want everything with no problems just try Ghostboard

๐Ÿš€ Launching

Ghostboard was featured on Betalist on July 24th
August 9th on:
- Product Hunt
- Reddit
- Hacker News

August 10th on:

๐ŸŽ‰ Results


83 upvotes on Product Hunt and 2 comments
Product Hunt

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On 10th August, at 11:16 AM ES it reached the Hacker News front page, position #16:

Hacker News

While I'm writing this, the entry has 58 votes and 14 comments. Some positive comments, even in Hacker News! ๐Ÿ˜…

Hacker News Comment 1

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Got feedback from the app too:
App Feedback 1

App Feedback 1

Of course, there are comments about why Ghostboard instead of any tool, about bugs in some devices, etc. I'm working on it and replying them.

๐Ÿ“Š Yeah yeah yeah, but show me the money

Right now I got:

  • 20 signups, people who leave their email
  • 13 users, people who validated their email and set password
  • 7 active blogs, people who finally setup Ghostboard

๐ŸŒ„ Conclusion

Finally I see it's my first launch with feedback and tiny but real impact, with a few users, who knows if they will be the first customers ๐Ÿฅ

๐Ÿ† In other hand I feel I achieved built something what some people care about, for the first time. Now it's time to improve it and spread the word.

๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ I have worked very hard the last weeks, maybe it doesn't matter, but I will keep working hard ๐Ÿ’ช

Please leave my a comment with your feedback or question, I'm happy to reply and help you ๐Ÿ™‚

David Burgos

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