September 2018 Report: 2nd month of #turnIndieChallenge

It's time to review my second month of #turnIndieChallenge, you can read the 1st month balance.

Remember if follow me on Twitter you can see my daily progress.

๐Ÿš€ What I did

  • ๐Ÿ“„ Support for Pages and a special report for them
  • ๐Ÿ“” Multiblog: have and switch multiple blogs in same account
  • ๐Ÿ˜ด Mute items in SEO report
  • ๐Ÿค– async support in tracking code
  • Well, you can check the full changelog
  • And of course, support to the users

๐Ÿ˜ฃ In this month I hard worked: I just planned develop and ship Glasslytics and the first point of Ghostboard. Guess what happened!

In fact, the launch of Glasslytics was forced. In the last day of the month I decided to launch and see what people say about it, even I wasn't be 100% happy with the app ๐Ÿ˜•

I will keep updating it based on the users' feedback and whatever I need, because I use it too ๐Ÿค“

โš–๏ธ What I got

Very little.

On the day of the launch Glasslytics only got about 3 upvotes in Product Hunt ๐Ÿ™€ ยก3! Nothing else. No comments, no signups, nothing.

Looking for an answer, the next day I discovered that there was a technical problem in my servers for which sometimes the load was extremely slow or ended up failing. I got to detect up to 1 minute of waiting.

Unacceptable, sure. I already know it. And I did not detect it in my tests.

It could be worse? Yes, of course, and this problem also affected Ghostboard and a user reported the problem to me.

After fixing it in a few minutes, things started to change:

Hacker News

Some votes came in Hacker News, no comments.

In Product Hunt the votes multiplied:

Product Hunt

And the first and relatively positive comments came:

Product Hunt - Comment 1

Product Hunt - Comment 2

Product Hunt - Comment 3

The rest of the comments are my answers to these.

But it was too late, I was already in very low positions of the daily listings and few people would see it already. Shot wasted ๐Ÿคง

Yes, you can imagine, a fucking disaster ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

For all this, it's been a shit month ๐Ÿ’ฉ

๐Ÿ’ฐ Show me the money and numbers

Wait, wait, there's still more ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

  • โœ‰๏ธ 3 signups
  • ๐Ÿ’ต $0 revenue, obvious

  • ๐ŸŒธ 4 customers (+1)
  • ๐Ÿ’ต $15 MRR
  • ๐ŸŽฎ 7 new blogs in free trial
  • ๐ŸŽฏ 0 cancellations

๐Ÿ‘Ž If you saw the previous report, the customer numbers and income do not match, huh? That's right, the reason is that one of the first customers' payment has failed (2 times, the last attempt remains, on time yet) ๐Ÿ’ so probably next month we will subtract a client ๐Ÿ’ฉ

๐ŸŽฎ About the free trial on the previous month: one is the new client, another blog was deleted itself, another blog was a test just installed (and then abandoned) and the rest did not enter the card ๐Ÿ’ณ

There are several blogs in free trial, we'll see who will stay next month ๐Ÿคž

To be positive, I must also say something of which I am very proud: the majority of current clients and some new users are incredible: I receive regular feedback messages, requests and even support โค๏ธ

That gives some sense to all this I'm trying to build: there is someone using it and paying me for it ๐Ÿ™ If someone reads me, many thanks!

๐Ÿ“บ Coming soon

I have not planned to release anything new in October ๐Ÿ’ฅ BOOM

๐Ÿนโ›ฑ It does not mean that I'm going to take holidays ๐ŸŽฎ or to play these video games that are coming out at this time and I like them so much, I'm in saving mode! ๐Ÿท

What I am going to do? Focus on Ghostboard, I have several ideas I want to make and others to try. We will evaluate the results again, of course.

Maybe by the end of the year if I'm going to launch something else again, but that's another topic

Anyway, that's the way things have been and that's how I've told them. I like transparency and therefore I apply it to me first, if things go well or bad not so good ๐Ÿ’ช I will keep fighting!

If you want to follow my progress more closely and my day to day, follow me on Twitter.

๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh and if you have a Ghost blog, try for free Ghostboard for 30 days no credit card required and tell me your opinion.

Feel free to ask me anything ๐Ÿ‘‹ Thanks for reading!

David Burgos

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