Hello, fellow indie-hackers... I'm hoping you can help me make this gut-check decision.
I founded TokyoSpark in October. Traffic is now starting to pick up, and I've been adding content at a furious pace to cast an even wider net and keep this growth going.
I also have a membership, where subscribers get access to Japanese courses. These courses aren't built yet. They're being made in front of the members.
I should say, member. There's only one. Partly because I honestly haven't had time to market.
With traffic clearly growing I was thinking about going the more classic route - make everything free.
Then give it a few more months of growth. After I get traffic to a certain point, add monetization.
My monetization strategy would be cleanly placing ads non-disruptively as possible, affiliate links to niche-focused products I personally recommend, Voyagin tour affiliates, and Booking[.]com hotel bookings affiliates.
I'm a digital artist too so I could add artwork of Japan for sale as well -- possibly before adding ads, affiliates, etc...
This is my gut check. Do I stop the membership now while I only have one member to refund, open everything up/optimize for Google to bring more traffic -- and then monetize that?
What would you do?