I launched gloat.dev in June, installing self-hosted sites for customers on their own servers. In November I launched a managed host ongloat.com, where customers get a Ghost site set up on Gloat's own servers.
In total, I've installed 60 sites:
Overall, I'm very honoured and excited to be helping people get started and set up on Ghost, and hopefully starting to make businesses from their writing.
The hosted version of Gloat has reached the first goal of $100 MRR.
It took about 6 weeks since the initial launch of the product.
Gloat's pricing is purely annually at the moment, which means high revenue but slower MRR growth. Revenue is currently over $1,200.
I've now been running gloat.dev for four months now. In that time I've set up tens of Ghost sites for writers and bloggers.
I've fine-tuned the processes but it's still a pain to help get my customers set up; they need to add me to their domain host and have to create Mailgun and Digital Ocean accounts for me to be able to create their self-hosted site.
Today, I'm adding another option to Gloat: straight-up Ghost hosting.
"Gloat hosting" has two main selling points:
Luckily I've been setting up Ghost sites frequently for months so this business move changes very little for me work-wise. I still set up each site manually, but the change is huge for my customers: there is nothing to set up or invite me to.
I'm hoping this new offering now makes it even easier for writers to get going on Ghost.
More information at gloathosting.com
Gloat has a brand new site.
Initially I launched Gloat quickly using a very simple one-page site.
The new one expands, more clearly explaining each service and with a beautiful design.
I also wrote a page explaining how Gloat compares to the default Ghost host, Ghost(Pro).
I spent a ton of time refining the copy of this site. I'm very proud of it!
Gloat offers affordable, unlimited hosting for newsletters and blogs, powered by Ghost. Add memberships and payments for zero extra fees or costs.
Gloat also sets up self-hosted Ghost sites for one-off payments.