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Launching a product in an hour: Indie hacking RSS-as-a-Service

I've had this micro product idea in the back of my mind for a while and I wanted to test how quickly I could get it up and selling, with a brand new Gumroad account.

So here you go, this is what I made in 1 hour.

Indie RSS-as-a-Service

I remember when I started at Indie Hackers, everything was overwhelming. I had built a business, but I hadn't spent time in the community.

I had to learn who everyone was, and for me it would also only be the right thing to do to subscribe to their blogs.

I know everyone is a bit bullish on emails and newsletters, but I only use emails when I absolutely have to. RSS is my go to source and over the past couple of years I've slowly been adding sources to my feeds.

It is much more efficient.

And it turns out I can share these feeds fairly easily for others to use, to save you the many hours of time and research I've put into it.

RSS feeds are pretty easy once you get into the flow of it, you just have to be a bit organized and continually add your sources in. And the great part of it is that once you have access to the feed then you also get access to the updates I continually make without even realizing it!

I use BazQux as a RSS feed reader, but there are a few out there. Feedly is quite popular.

👉 Have a peek at the product

I have no big plan around this to be honest. I decided to take it off my mind and put it out there.

I tweeted about it and made 3 sales so far!

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    Yessss, love BazQux. No affiliation, but it's the only SaaS I pay for. Good luck on your launch!

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    Where did you get your first few customers from?

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      Twitter.

      I tweeted it first. Then I posted it here. Nothing else.

      I'm at 21 customers now, slowly but surely!

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    Weirs, I thought RSS were a thing of the past, like IRC chats and UUPC...

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    Hi Rosie,

    I definitely think there is a missing product in the RSS market. It is very difficult and time consuming to track down RSS feeds for all the content I consume.

    Good luck!
    John

  5. 1

    Good work Rosie. All the best!

  6. 1

    very cool! was talking with a friend just today about this space.

  7. 1

    Cool :)

    ps. an idea: I wonder if you could include interesting IH forum threads on this RSS feed?

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      No RSS on IH 🙈 but I could manually curate the best ones. 🤔

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        ah, just an idea... it already looks awesome as it is =]

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    Really cool. Congrats on thos esales.

    I would add in some analytics for users to see whos reading what and trackign cliks ? put some power behind that feed.

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      Nice idea, but I’m keeping it simple and doing it with ‘no-code’.

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      new name? >>Powerfeed

  9. 1

    A really interesting product concept. But I'm not sure what the purchaser gets. An OPML file? A single RSS feed combining all the feeds?

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      I was wondering the same thing, and now I'm curious if paid OPML feeds are a viable idea.

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        Putting together a MVP seems simple, you may give it a try.

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      A link of combined RSS feeds for each of the categories:

      • indie hackers blogs
      • indie women blogs
      • indie YouTube channels
      • indie sources you should read (news, tech, etc)

      That they can they use in their own RSS reader.

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