April 6, 2020

Reached 17k users in 1 month - here's the numbers

Donald Coleman @docoleman

Two weeks ago (Mar 26), we launched our first version of MVP for https://entrylevel.io ( a job aggregator for entry-level positions)

Our goal was to get some feedback, fix bugs, and get about 1,000 users.

The launch went better than expected, and the feedback was generally positive.

We posted our launch in Indie Hackers, Product Hunt, Hacker News, and Reddit.

It was best received on HN with 269 upvotes, it made it to #1 on the front page for a good while. We posted on Reddit again on Monday, April 1st and received 364 upvotes.

Analytics:

Before launch

  • 3k users

March 26th

  • 9.8k users
  • 10k sessions
  • 22k views
  • 0.43% bounce

1 week

  • 14k users
  • 15k sessions
  • 35.4k

March

  • 17k users
  • $350 revenue
  • 18k sessions
  • 39k views
  • 14% bounce

Feedback/Critiques

  • Most requested type of jobs were remote
  • People wanted jobs categorized and with a filterability
  • Searchable tag
  • Some jobs were not entry-level and required 10 years of experience
  • Expired jobs listed on the site

Bugs

  • People using Brave automatically had Adblockers and unable to use the site
  • Firefox had a bug native to the web browser we had to debug
  • 10 other total errors while in production

Goals Now

  • Grow Entry Level to become the biggest entry-level job aggregator
  • Implement features requested by users and fix bugs
  1. 3

    This is really cool, thanks for sharing the numbers. Before posting on major websites you had 3k users, how did you manage to acquire your first 3,000 users?

    1. 1

      Thanks! We grew to 3k in 3 weeks. I posted in channels and communities where my target audience hanged out. Every week, I updated those channels of milestones, changes, and new features. We asked for lots of feedback and grew a following.

  2. 2

    Hi Donald,
    This is so exciting!
    Have you been talking to your users individually or watching their behavior on the site?
    Also, what's the tech behind this?
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jonathan

    1. 2

      Hey Jonathan,

      Thanks for responding!! We mostly talk to users individually. I ask them questions like would they continue using Entry Level? What features would they like to see? What would make them come back? and questions like that.

      We watched user behavior in the beginning, but then I passed the free tier on Hot Jar so that's on hold lol.

      Technologies Used: React, ContextAPI, Node, Express, Postgres, and ElasticSearch

      1. 1

        Very cool!
        I'm doing free consults to the community.
        If you'd like to dig a bit deeper, I'd love to hear more: https://calendly.com/jonathanoron
        Feel free to book me :)

  3. 1

    Interesting idea with a narrower niche.

    Quick feedback: Not sure if it was just me, there were no results under "Recent Jobs" when I landed on the home page and saw the results only after searching for a keyword and location. At first, I was worried the site had no recent jobs as all, so I thought no use staying/searching.

    1. 1

      Thank you for your feedback. Some of our code broke yesterday after a recent deployment. It has been fixed.

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