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I did some analysis for KTool: time from signing up to subscribe.

About 70% subscribed in the same day, 85% within the first 2 weeks.

And it's almost impossible to convert after 3 weeks.

What does this mean? πŸ€”

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I ended up using @MailerSend and look at that score πŸ‘Œ

Works great for both @Outlook and @gmail βœ…

I can sleep well now 😌

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Just found out @SendGrid shared IP being blocked by Outlook.

I’m testing @MailerSend now.

Any other alternatives you would suggest? πŸ€”

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KTool impressions on the Chrome Web Store.

There were 2 significant jumps in growth:

1⃣ Google rejected my Featured Badge request. The tweet reached Hacker News frontpage. Impression ~80 β†’ 300/day

2⃣ KTool got the Featured Badge. Impression ~300 β†’ 600/day

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Just found out @SendGrid shared IP being blocked by Outlook.

I’m testing @MailerSend now.

Any other alternatives you would suggest? πŸ€”

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Wow. Twitter changed its algorithm and my self-promote strategy no longer works 😒

Exactly the same content.

β€” May 21: 10K impressions πŸ₯³
β€” Sep 18: 200 impressions, detected as offensive content 😱

pLaTfOrM rIsKs πŸ₯Ή

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An annual subscriber churned today 😒

But.. I got super valuable feedback for KTool πŸ€“

Back to work. Keep going πŸ’ͺ

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Been cooking something new πŸ‘€

πŸ‘‰ Bundle articles into your daily or weekly magazine

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✨ I've just shipped a minor feature: you can now send documents directly to your Kindle.

βœ… Supports Markdown, DOCX & PDF

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Daniel vs Big Tech βš”οΈ

After a long fight, I finally got the Featured badge for KTool browser extension πŸ₯³

When big tech says no, you fight back 😎

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Monthly update for KTool (August 2022)

πŸ’Έ +$73 MRR (+386%)

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» 17k visitors (+580%)
πŸ‘οΈ 25k page views (+400%)
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’Ό 392 new users (+200%)
#⃣ 2.3% (visitors -> users)

πŸ’³ 16 new subscribers
🀩 0 churned
#⃣ 4% (users -> paid)

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✨Just shipped a minor improvement for KTool

You can now read these newsletters on your Kindle:

β€” SatPost by @TrungTPhan
β€” The Bootstrapped Founder by @arvidkahl
β€” Indie Hackers Newsletter @IndieHackers

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Hacker News aftermath πŸ€“

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» 11k visitors
πŸ§‘β€πŸ’Ό 140 new users
#⃣ 1.27% (visitors β†’ users)

πŸ’³ 5 new subscribers
#⃣ 3.57% (users β†’ paid)

πŸ’Έ +$24 MRR

I stayed on the front page for ~13h, about 1 hour at the #2 spot.

It was a huge success for me. Thank you πŸ™

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🚒 Back to shipping

I just implemented a caching layer for KTool. It's 200% faster now.

No, I'm not using Redis yet. Just in-memory cache ;-)

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I added this little notice for all free articles.

I hope this would nudge the free users a little to upgrade.

I believe my free users are all nice, just too busy and forgot to buy such a good product πŸ₯Ή

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Have a decent runway is a blessing and a curse

- pros: have the peace of mind to think long-term

- cons: lack the hungriness needed to grow an unproven startup idea

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Just shipped a major feature:

✨ Read Hacker News discussion on Kindle ✨

If you're a regular HN reader, you know that some of the most interesting content is in the comment section, not necessarily in the article itself

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The improvements I made 2 weeks ago seem to be working πŸ€“

I improved my signup conversion rate from 2.72% β†’ 5.21% πŸ₯³

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What KTool visitors concerned the most?

1. Pricing β€” understandable

2. Turn off Dark Mode πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

πŸ‘‰ default to light theme now

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✨ Just shipped a minor improvement

You can now send PDF & DOCX files from Google Drive or Google Docs *

* only public-accessible files for now

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✨ SHIPPING SATURDAY

I just shipped a minor feature: beta support for PDF

You can now preview & send PDF documents to your Kindle in one click*

*available only for paid users as it's resource hungry

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