August 29, 2019

Month 2 Summary: Hacker News Launch

Josh Howarth @jhowarth15

Hi everyone,

Our second month was massive as we launched on Hacker News and the response was fantastic. A lot of quality discussion and Trennd even reached #1 on the front page, albeit very briefly!

No hacks or tricks for this one. But some general good practice when launching on Hacker News:

  • get your Show HN title right! (simple, clear and humble often works best)
  • draft an opening comment that is relatable
  • be active in the comments & discussion (reply to the nice/constructive comments and ignore any undue/negative criticism - this way you direct attention to the good stuff!)

This Show HN went on to have a huge domino effect onto Twitter. Dozens of people tweeted about Trennd. Amazingly we even got a shoutout from Rand Fishkin. This made my month. 🤩

All of this combined to rocket us above 2000 email subscribers. I’m ecstatic and excited to build this thing out further and see where we’re at in 12 months.

  • Subscribers: 2,263 🎉(+1,910)
  • Users: 28,353 🕵️‍♀️ (+26,274)
  • Pageviews: 124,026 👀(+116,453)
  • Trends: 1672 📈(+800)
  • Insights: 54 👁(+2)

I wrote up a full breakdown of events here:

(And apologies this month’s update is weeks late. It’s only the second one… and I already fell behind! I prefer coding to writing, but definitely need be more disciplined with these.)

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