Finally I got my first dollars on the internet and it happened because of a pet project!
Before I dive into, I have to note that this isn't from a business/saas, it's an info product listed on Gumroad that got me my first few hundred $.
I wanted to start a new project. But I didn't have any good ideas. That's when I remembered this interview:
The founder of that project talked about how he scraped/got information from the app stores to see which apps have potentials and also, which of these apps can be turned into better products (improving the existing app).
He used a script which he kindly sent me via email, but I couldn't get it to work so I abandoned it at the time.
A few days ago I wanted to try again, but not this. I wanted to use APIs to get information from the (google) play store, and I found a paid service.
Then I: used advanced queries to filter the information (only apps with 100k+ downloads but lower than 3.2 ratings), and then only select the ones that are active (updates from the last months at least).
I got around ~5,000 apps, I saved them to an SQL database and started going through it and selecting a few of those apps which could be my next projects.
And then I remembered: it's useful to me, maybe it would be useful to others. But anybody can do what I just did, so I should price it low. Like $3.99.
Fast forward, that's what I did: I saved the list as a pdf (+ a json, so developers could use it easily), signed up to Gumroad and started selling.
My first info product was born. It was time to launch it on PH, IH and HN (+ reddit).
The IH launch was unsuccessful and boring, I didn't get any comments, I think I posted it at the wrong time but I wasn't heartbroken.
Then it was time for Producthunt, which was my first successful launch there ever.
It wasn't the day of the product or anything, but so far it gained 200+ upvotes which placed it around 10-12th. And it got me tons of views + sales.
You can view the analytics from Gumroad somewhere in this post, I added an image and I don't know where it will place it.
The HN was successful too, it got me many views as well and a few sales.
It's big for me, but it's not a success story. I earned around $255, had 200+ upvotes on PH, 28 points on HN, 4,237 views on my gumroad product page.
If you are interested, this is the PH link:
Have a nice day!