Super excited to share that I finally hit my goal of getting newclick.io to $500 MRR, the original goal I had set for myself way back in January.
Some things that have worked...
Paid ads - this was by far the best channel, but also expensive.
Warm outreach - Emailing trialing users telling them they've reached the free tier limit has worked surprisingly well in getting them to convert.
SEO - I am finally starting to see the benefits of spending a few hundred dollars hiring an SEO specialist to improve our ranking.
In retrospect, getting to $500 MRR has taken longer than I had originally thought. BUT, the amount of practical, "skin-in-the-game" type knowledge that I've acquired as a result has been nothing but eye-opening. I now feel like getting to 1K, 5K, 10K MRR is not only achievable but within grasp.
I've also realized the amount of capital it takes to run a successful business. I want to keep feeding the machine, but have to consider my options. Do I continue using personal income and savings to build this business or is there another way? I'm seriously considering the option of raising money.
I also shipped Analytics this week! Newclick.io now displays view and click data within the home page. This is something I originally had on the roadmap but never got around to it. This will hopefully give our customers more insight into what's working for them and ultimately increase retention.
Newclick.io’s metrics are now open and available!
Earlier this year I reached out to Baremetrics and asked to “join the movement”.
I’m hoping this helps in two ways…
Forces accountability… I don’t want my numbers to slip now that they are public. Not that anyone cares, but I sure do now.
A marketing channel. I’ve already gotten some page views from the various open startup sites and blogs.
It’s also our first birthday!
We started validating and building in October 2019 and haven’t looked back.
Although our MRR is still quite low ($420/mo) I’m please with the success so far. This side project soon might turn into a full-time gig!
We also recently shipped Snackbars!
You can now design and display snackbars on your website. This is a great tool for announcing promotional discounts or even new blog articles, important announcements, etc.
I recently added a way to preview what a banner will look like on your website. We do this by using the wonderful thumb.io service that allows you to display real-time screenshots of websites
I've built something like this in the past using PhantomJS. I certainly didn't want to roll my own this time around. I remember it being pretty complex to get right. Thum.io is a great alternative and exactly what I was looking for.
I finally got around to adding an onboarding component to the app. Before if plopped you right into the dashboard without really showing you what to do next. There was a small link to "Create a banner" but other than that, it wasn't clear on what the app did or what steps you needed to take.
Happy to say I fixed that today. We now have an onboarding component that walks you through the 5 major steps in order to get a banner live on your website.
I've been meaning to record a quick explainer video that highlights some of the main features of the product. I finally banged one out today! The quality is pretty bad and overall was kind of a miserable experience, lol. I forgot how much I dislike recording and editing video. Anyways I got it out and will hopefully give people a quick idea of what the product is all about. Check it out here if you're interested: https://newclick.io/watch-demo.html
Woo! We got featured on https://betapage.co/
Overall the timing has been great. A few things came together at the right time...
Here are some of the results we've seen so far...
📈 200 Sessions (and still climbing)
🕵 15 new trials
🛠 3 Banners Created and Installed
📬 A handful of emails from people interested in learning more
☕️ 1 coffee meeting (with someone who looks important)
I also started writing a listicle-style blog piece about the "10 Best Shopify Apps For High Growth Ecommerce Startups". I know some people cringe when they read these, but honestly, I found it quite fun to write. The article provides a ton of value for business owners and operators that are planning on starting an e-comm company. I look forward to publishing it sometime next week.
Today we finally got our first partner payment from Shopify!!! Not much but it's something. I've made a few bucks on the internet before through e-commerce, but this is my first SaaS revenue and I gotta say, man, it feels good. I think I'll take today to celebrate this win 🙌
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