My newsletter about niche micro saas ideas is reaching $400 MRR. Started completely lean and completely built without writing any code.
Some key learnings for anyone to try newsletter writing
It takes time to analyze and write content
Have you ever written a blog post of 3K words? Found it tough?
Now imagine you have to do it every week on different topics. It takes a lot of time and energy to consistently write quality content every week.
If you are starting to write a newsletter, keep in mind that it takes a lot of your time.
It takes a lot of discipline to write newsletters as you need to be sending them on time every week. There are exceptions always to miss it once or twice (or delay it by a day). But overall, you should be having a recurring schedule to publish content every week without missing it.
You need to find your style of writing
Every newsletter has its style. This could be based on the writer or type of content. Have a specific style for your writing. In my case, I start with current players making money in a given micro saas niche. Then I write about upcoming startups in the niche. This will be followed by "Negative Nancy" section and then followed by Deep dive into more micro saas niches, Technical chops, Marketing chops, Cost Analysis for 100 customers, "Must-read" section for anyone ready to implement the idea.
Writing code is easier than writing newsletter
If you are coming from the programming world, remember that - "Writing code is easier than writing newsletter anytime".
If you already built a product or in the process of building a product, think twice before starting to write a newsletter. You will often find it tough.
Coming up with high-quality newsletter every week isn't easy
Writing quality content every week isn't easy. Quality of content has a flywheel effect. If you write quality content, you get more subscribers. If you get more subscribers, you will be happy to write quality content. Similarly, if you compromise on the quality of the content, you will lose subscribers. If you lose subscribers, you would lose interest to write quality content.
Started lean - Not even a domain name until I crossed $250 MRR
I started lean on this. No domain. No web page. Just nothing. Starting with a simple substack but with super high-quality content. Only after I crossed $250 MRR, I bought a domain name two weeks before.
Currently, the newsletter flow is built on just Substack and Gumroad.
Recent poll on Twitter
I did a quick poll last week on Twitter and some stats here.
I may be going for a PH launch either this week or next week.
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If you are writing a newsletter and need some advice, please feel free to reach out to me. You may also try NewsletterCrew built by @yaroslawbagriy