On the 24th of July, I launched my first side project. It is completely free so I did not spend any money on ads. I guess it was a nice experiment to see what results I can get by simply posting online about it.
Before launch (while developing it) I created a simple landing page where people can sign up for my mailing list to get notified when I launch. My app is made to help developers save time. So I decided to DM some developers on Twitter. That was actually a great idea because I got to speak with some people about my project before it was even working. The key is to not spam people and be very respectful when you message them. Like us, they are busy people so just start a conversation and if they are interested ask for their feedback. I found out that people were willing to give feedback and help.
The numeric results I got from that is that around 50-60% of people answer when you DM them in a friendly manner and start a conversation. Almost all of them took out of their time to give feedback and around 20% were interested enough to join my mailing list.
I managed to get 15 people on the mailing list. I know it is a small number but I am actually satisfied with that. If I tried harder that number would be bigger 😀
For the launch, I decided to post on Reddit, ProductHunt, Indiehackers, HN, and of course the email list subscribers.
For 1 week I got 114 unique users and 78 used the app (which brings great satisfaction even if the numbers are relatively small).
I found out that getting organic traffic is extremely difficult. I think I got only 2 clicks from google search (1 of them is me).
One could say that this is an absolute and utter failure, but I would argue that it is an absolute win (what a reference lol). The people I got to meet and the things I got to learn are invaluable and would definitely help me in the future 👍
Something that helped me is keeping low expectations. I was ready to not get any traffic even after launch. I also knew that even if I get traffic it will most likely die out after a few days. This helped me not to feel demotivated no matter the outcome.
Finally, I want to thank @csallen, @8bit, @rosiesherry, @tabansi, @BraydenTW, and everyone else in the IndieHackers community that helped me and pushed me to finally get out of my shell and start DOING instead of passively watching. The experience I got from this journey until now and the journey to come is really invaluable.
That got a little bit longer and cheesier than I expected but if you want you can check out iconsizer here 👉iconsizer.com.
I've set up donations using BMC and Brave tips if you want to support me 😉👍