October 10, 2019

Launched a free version of Spider

Amie Chen @hyperyolo

I never thought I'd be making a web scraping product one day. I was trying to find a scraping tool that requires zero setup and costs very little for one of my projects. But all the non-programmatic tools need a hefty subscription fee and complicated setup. Needless to say, I was surprised and started asking myself how I'd want a tool of such to work.

The goal was to create something self-serviced, well designed and much cheaper. I was very much against the subscription pricing model: no one should pay recurring fees for something they only use once or twice in a month.

I worked on the design and development solely for a couple of months on the side. At some point, I decided this tool might be good enough for others to use.

The launch on ProductHunt got Spider quite some traction and helped me validate the idea. Many people told me they loved using it and would actually pay for the tool, meanwhile pointed out several use cases I didn't think of. Spider end up being #4 Product of the day with 840 upvotes. It was a great place to start.