I’ve been selling courses for over two and a half years on my website, justdjango.com and started working full time on it from March of this year. Since then, I’ve documented the most important decisions I’ve made so far, and how it’s affected the revenue of the site.
This is part 1 of a series of articles I'll be writing about the significant changes I made to my site that helped increase revenue and other metrics.
Part 1 - Subdomain
Part 2 - TBA
This post is specifically about the effect of moving my courses' website to a subdomain.
Moving to a subdomain helps filter out people who aren’t really interested in your courses, at least that's my hypothesis.
The reason I did this was that I had future plans to transform the root domain into more of a central landing page. It would have a contact page, a short about-me, and promote my freelancing work.
But the main focus was to drive people towards the learning platform, on learn.justdjango.com
I set up a tracking goal in April to see how many people would click on the call-to-action that redirected them to the subdomain.
Unfortunately, I didn't track this back in March so I can only assume the traffic has been the same or worse. Using Plausible Analytics, you can see the redirect goal achieves just under 20% conversion.
This is quite a big decrease in the original traffic that used to be able to signup for the courses straight away.
The courses were moved to a subdomain in early April.
This table compares the numbers for the month of March (before subdomain) and June (3 months after subdomain)
I need to make it clear that moving to a subdomain was not the only big change I made to the site. I made several large changes and I don't think this one helped as much as the others. But I do find it interesting because the number of signups decreased (as we saw from the Plausible data), but the conversion rate increased significantly.
I'd like to believe the increase in the conversion rate is related to the subdomain move because it largely filtered out people who were not interested in taking my courses. The remaining 20% of traffic that went through to the subdomain were much more realistic customers. I can't say for sure that it did help, but I just have a feeling. I'd love to hear your take on this!
Logging in with Google is both good and bad. It’s good because it allows people to quickly login with just a click of a button, which is very convenient. It’s bad because it allows people to essentially window-shop. You can login with Google, take a look around, and then leave and forget about it. Whereas logging in with email and password, to me, feels like it requires a little bit more interest to create an account. If you have an opinion on this thought please leave a comment below. I'd love to discuss it.