My little side project: $500 in 3 weeks

Just in case someone is interested, check out my new startup, I'd love to have a feedback!
K-Stash: The stash for your knowledge. https://k-stash.com

I didn't think that a simple web scraping API (https://onipot.altervista.org/wp-content/sm/) could be so appreciated.

I just wrote ScrapingMonkey in 1 day, published on RapidAPI marketplace and shared on Twitter using hashtags of some sort.

Users began to try it and averagely, in these 3 weeks, half of them purchased the 'unlimited' version at $2.

I am a full time student and I was looking for a simple business that could be easy to handle and completely automated, so that I have to 'waste' nearly zero time for mainteinance.

In the past I launched some good websites, platforms, but they required too much effort. This time an API was the right choice.

I know that for most of you $500 might not seem a lot, but for me they are.

Honestly, the thing that I love the most is the fact that a lot of people are enjoying and using my product.. and this is so motivating!

Things that I have learned so far:

  • Consistently share your product on the web
  • Always include a free subscription plan
  • Not necessarily you got to have an innovative idea. For me the key was: improvement of existing APIs.
  • Focus on your product and try to 'outsource' other aspects: In my case I just manage the code, security and selling aspects are handled by the well known and trusted RapidAPI.

Have a good day!

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    Wow, congrats!
    Regardless of the amount of money, it's 250 people who value what you have created, and that is impressive, and a great vote of confidence to motivate you to keep moving forward!

    I will use the opportunity to ask you a couple of things... I didn't know about RapidAPI. How do they work? Is your code running on your server or on theirs? Are they just a middle man for payments or an all-round solution?

    And finally, just out of curiosity, what are you programming in?

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      • The code is running on your own server, RapidAPI just hides it and act as a middle man
      • They also provide free security options (i.e: Threat protection )
      • I would say they are more than just a payment solution, they make you focus on coding only, and for me this was amazing.. and it is.
      • Currently I have coded it in php, thanks to rapidAPI I have included little security checks
      • High flexibility for sub plans: free, pay per use, daily or monthly thresholds or just unlimited!

      Hope I have cleared up your thoughts! :)

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        Thanks for the answers! Now I get what the role of RapidAPI is! Looks like a great solution, since it removes the biggest headaches of building api's.

        I might give it a try. I have some tools I use for myself, and since now I know I don't have to worry about billing, limits, etc. could be nice to make public.

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    Congrats, don't underestimate yourself!
    Some takes months and years to get their first $500
    what is your next milestone?

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      Absolutely going to improve server infrastructure.

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    Great job @onipot ! Any profit is good profit friend :) #treatyoself

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    This is amazing @onipot. Thanks for sharing and congrats on this fantastic revenue!

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      Thank you.. and I hope it will improve over time!

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        I have no doubt it will!

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    I know that for most of you $500 might not seem a lot, but for me they are.

    It is a lot! Congrats! I'm also a firm believer that consistency is key!

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    Third point is really something. I see often times many of us overlook this.

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    Nice job, I also made a similar API to extract data from the news articles and posted on RapidAPI as well: https://rapidapi.com/kotartemiy/api/extract-news

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      How has the customer response been so far for you?

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        Literally none. It just works. Some people just use it.

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    Congrats! This is really awesome!!

  9. 1

    Amazing. Good luck!

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    $500 in 3 weeks is freaking awesome! Congrats.

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    Congrats mate! Well done to you

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    I am so stoked about your project..

  13. 1

    congrats! how did you handle marketing?

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    That's awesome, congrats! Are the $2 enough to cover the costs of the data hungry subscribers?

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      At the moment, yes they are. I'll see in the future!

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    Bravo! That's a great result that many will envy.

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