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Open report June: 🍜 profitability edition πŸ“’

1y anniversary πŸŽ‚ and 🍜 profitability Edition

πŸ’° MRR: $6358 +27%
πŸ’΅ Revenue: $7877 +54%
🀝 New Customers: 22 +46%
😎 Customer Count: 94 +12%
πŸ’” Churn: 11 +100%
πŸ‘‹New Trial: 287 +11%
πŸ”Ž Visitors: 18,200 +30%

So, what did we do this month πŸ‘‡

The huge milestone this month to reach ramen profitability.

Reaching $5k MRR means that we can:

  • pay 2 minimum wages (1200€)
  • taxes
  • servers/tools etc

And not lose money.

Tbh, since we raised money with TinySee we pay ourselves more (2k€).

ScrapingBee is also 1 year old this month and seeing it still alive after 12 months is a victory in itself ✌️.

Especially considering that our last SAAS, PricingBot, only lasted 9 months.

This month we got lucky with revenue expansion. 6 big customers increased their usage.

Kevin's SEO efforts are also still paying dividends +30% MoM organic traffic Clapping hands sign.

We published 2 great pieces of content this month written by πŸ‘ people.

A detailed guide about web scraping in JavaScript, and a detailed guide about web scraping in Ruby.

The later was ✍️ by the talented Sylwia Vargas and was viewed by > 2400 people!

https://www.scrapingbee.com/blog/web-scraping-ruby/.

On the product side, we improved our custom routing algorithm and cut our error rate by half.

We also released a new version of our Google API, cheaper and more reliable.

https://www.scrapingbee.com/api-store/google/

I got used to stumbling across shitty copycat those last few months.

But 2 weeks ago I found one that takes the cake.

Like the others, they copy-pasted copywriting, doc, etc.

But they also took entire paragraphs of our blog posts and even stole our cover image. Funny thing is that this guy is also on IndieHacker and sharing his stolen content with 0 shame.

Our road map for next month is simple:

  • double down on content.
  • improving the speed and success rate of the API

We will also try some new things during the summer.

Kevin and I love to play with new tools and we have several ideas we want to try out

Until next month πŸ‘‹

  1. 1

    This is so nice. Do you Ming walking through some of the strategies you used mate? Will help many indies like me.

    1. 1

      Thank you,

      I'm currently writing a big blog post about exactly that, will share it soon :)

      1. 1

        That's nice. Looking forward to learning from you mate. :)

  2. 1

    Great work! Love your recap with emoji!

  3. 1

    That's fantastic - awesome!

    Would love to hear about your content/seo strategy - I'm embarking on that myself. What worked for you? Long format pieces? Video? Something else?

    Nice job!!!

    1. 1

      Do not hesitate to shoot DM me on twitter @PierreDeWulf with your questions.

      This is something I don't really want to share publicly πŸ˜‰

      1. 1

        Hi Pierre, I shot you a DM!
        Thanks
        Simon

  4. 1

    Technical question , do you manage the proxy servers by your self or you using service ?
    Proxy server to avoid blocking ip from the scraped site
    Thanks

      1. 1

        where can i read about building and manage proxy servers, how did you learn about it ?

  5. 1

    I’m sorry that you have to deal with the copycats, Pierre, but I admire your journey. Thank you so much for sharing your progress. Congratulations!

    1. 1

      Thank you very much 😊!

  6. 1

    So amazing to see your product growing so much. Good luck in the next weeks, months and years :)

    1. 1

      Thank you Kevin!

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