March 28, 2020

Earned first $100 from subscription

Yuya Uzu @yuya_uzu

This February, I added a premium subscription to Pomofocus and which have generated over $100 so far.

I'm surprised to learn that such a simple tool can actually be profitable!
It's just a web app and not on iOS nor Google Play. The daily unique visitor is around 2,000 and the main customer acquisition is from Google organic search.

Although the money it make is not that significant, this is a great success for me. Because I originally built the tool for myself (I'm still one of the heavy user) and which is also helping other people.

  1. 3

    Awesome work . Can’t see a CTA to pay.

    1. 1

      Thank you! The CTA button should be visible when you click the locked item on config setting.

  2. 2

    I love PomoFocus, it's awesome. I've been using it for the past month or so and just signed up for a subscription.
    Here are my suggestions:

    • It's extremely easy to close out of the window while you have a pomo going. You should make it so there's an open form in the window so the browser notifies you "are you sure" before the window can close.
    • It's so easy to close out of a pomo and I want credit for my work time that I think you should let users add in pomo's for time tracking. I lost 3 today b/c I went pro, added a project, and logged in (all of which delete actively running pomos).
    • Let me attribute time off of projects to my projects. If i forget to click over to a project then it's just time not-attributed.

    Thanks for making such a cool thing!

    1. 1

      Hi, thank you for your feedback! I'm glad you liked Pomofocus.
      I reply to you as followings.

      1. Your advise make sense. I will consider adding it.

      2. Sorry, but all the tasks and pomodoros saved before you sign up are saved in the browser cache, not in the server. So they will be lost when you signup. (I could improve this but I don't think it would add much values considering the situation happens just one time. )

      3. You can transfer time from a project to another by clicking "Edit" button on the middle of the report modal.

      I hope it make sense.

  3. 2

    Hi Yuya Uzu, I have been using your app (Pomofocus) since April 2020 and I have finished 5 coursera courses by using it (1 hr pomofocus everyday). I am a big fan of your work because not only are your apps reliable, they are also good looking as well (are you also a ui/ux designer?)

    I am an up and coming react developer and you are my inspiration in becoming an indie hacker as well. Hopefully my apps will be as beautiful, fast, and as reliable as yours. Thank you and I hope I would be able to meet you in person in the future.

    1. 1

      Thank you for the encouraging comment! Wow, 5 courses are a lot. Great to hear that.
      Yes, I also design apps by myself. (have no experience in UI/UX job though)
      Would love to see your works in the future. Good luck!

      1. 1

        Your apps are really well designed and built. Do you have any good resources for learning about the technologies you use? Like jcroberto, I hope to become an Indie Hacker and your stuff is very inspiring

        1. 1

          Thanks for your comment, bennyruby. I use React/Redux and I learned the most of the knowledge from Udemy courses taught by Stephen Grider. Highly recommended.

  4. 2

    Thank you for developing this! I use this nearly everyday

    Edit: Made this account just to say that, can't wait to see what you create next. I love the clean designs you have in all your applets.

    1. 1

      Thank you! I will build more!

  5. 2

    Hi, I am one of the users of Pomofocus! I just started this week since I was looking into the pomodoro technique and I found your app. Simple but it hits right to the functionality and the goal ;) :D

    1. 2

      Thank you for the feedback!

  6. 2

    Hello Yuya,

    I really enjoined Pomofocus simplicity and efficiency.

    I would like to contribute to the project coding some feature.

    Or, would you already considered to opensource your project?

    My best,

    1. 1

      Hi Andre, Thank you for the comment.

      I'm not looking for contributions at this moment.
      Also, I am not thinking about making it opensource.
      This is my little side project and can be operated by myself.

  7. 2

    Looks great, it’s very user friendly and intuitive. I also like the color choice, it’s refreshing, great job!

    1. 1

      Yes, it took me while to choose the colors. Thanks!

  8. 2

    おめでとう。I think I know why you're seeing some success: 2,000 unique dailies from search engines is a lot of targeted visitors. For comparison, I have a ~10 year old website with 300 indexed pages, but only see ~100 organic visits per day.

    1. 1

      ありがとう!The figure 2,000 includes returning user, and new users from search results is about 700 users daily. But yeah, it's still a good amount of targeted users.

  9. 2

    Congrats! Fine work and the tool looks great. Love the clean design, how did you come up with that?

    1. 2

      Thank you! I designed it while I code, so most of them are random ideas. I just tried to stick with one color that may helped the UI look simple.

  10. 2

    Congrats! I just checked your web app and it looks really clean!

    1. 1

      Thank you, tgel0! I like to keep UI simple.

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