How long did it take before your app/web app started yielding at least $500/month?
And what kind of effort did you put in to make it happen?
I build the site in a day and then abandoned it. I didn't want to invest time in it because I thought the market was too small. Surprise, no sales came.
A few months later, I came back and did some SEO work. Sales started to trickle in. Very slowly.
Every 6 months or so, I'd come back and update the site or raise prices. Sales slowly increased over time. I mostly left it alone because I was working full time and spending my evenings focusing on other product ideas.
Once it started outperforming my expectations, I decided to give it a second look. I did a big redesign and overhauled the products and prices, which doubled sales overnight.
Neat! What's the site?
Three months with my first app. Four months with my latest.
All effort was organic SEO (Keyword research, Page Copy Tweaking/Onsite Tweaks, Link Building - that's the hardest).
Nice. How did you go about link building?
Take a look at the links of my competitors and try to get them. Outreach to get software listed in articles. Submit to best download sites (I sell desktop apps).
Noice. I might have to take a similar approach. Did you have to create a PR kit?
6 months of full-time-no-social-life-commitment.
What's your product?
About 7 days. We hit a very hungry market early on that had a huge amount of word-of-mouth referrals. We gave free memberships to about 10-15 people in the beginning who we knew had large networks. We focused on making them extremely happy so they would refer us.
That is really cool! And now you're doing $120k/month???
Wow, that's fast! What's your product/service?
It was many months of about 10 hours per week effort for me.
Launched a new backlink service/database on February 25th. Today is exactly one month since the launch. Already earned $2364 in the first month.
Here's the proof from my dashboard in Wordpress: https://i.imgur.com/nmLbw3Q.jpg
How do you guarantee that your client's don't get blacklisted by Google?
I don't guarantee anything. It's on customers conscience how he uses the links. In a non-spammy manner or not.
Interesting! Can you share the link?
I have a profile here on Indiehackers as well