Create a Shareable Maker Profile 🛠️

Maker.rocks by Ethan (@Booligoosh) from Sydney, Australia.

https://maker.rocks

 

It’s a shareable profile for makers that includes a list of products launched, recently completed tasks on WIP/Makerlog, stats, links to social profiles and more. You sign up, enter your info and it creates the profile for you at a lovely URL of your choosing like maker.rocks/ethan.

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

A while ago I was hanging out in Maker’s Kitchen and one of my friends, Dinuka, had just made a #1 product of the day on Product Hunt. He had made a few other products in the past, and I thought I’d create a nice summary for him.

I posted a message with nice 🥇🥈🥉 emojis summing up how all his products had done. I realized that this actually summed his maker activity up quite well.

I started thinking of a website where you could create a profile and it would show links to your products, your activity on WIP/Makerlog, interesting stats and charts. I sat on it for a few months, but when I heard about the 24 Hour Startup Challenge I decided that it was time to make it!!

You can see the entire process of me building it in 24 hours from the first line of code to preparing for the launch to actually launching it here on YouTube.

 

What are your product features?

You sign up for an account then enter your usernames on different platforms such as Product Hunt, WIP, Makerlog, Twitter etc. It then creates a profile for you at a nice URL of your choosing such as maker.rocks/ethan. You can share this around social media, put it in your Twitter bio, link to it on your website or send it to someone when they ask what you’re working on! The idea is that it’s one link to sum you up.

At the moment it just shows a list of products you’ve launched, your recent tasks on WIP/Makerlog and links to your different social profiles, because I built it in 24 hours and was short on time. We’re not allowed to make changes yet because voting hasn’t closed (by the way, vote here 😁).

But as soon as we’re allowed to keep adding features I’ll add a bunch of stuff like total number of Product Hunt upvotes across products, average number of upvotes per product, WIP/Makerlog streaks, Twitch embeds, Medium/YouTube links and more!!

 

When did you launch?

I launched last Sunday, November 18th, 2018.

 

Where did you launch?

I launched on Product Hunt and posted it on Twitter in this thread (near the end). And because I was streaming it live on Twitch, a lot of people signed up from there too.

 

How did your launch go?

It ended up #1 product of the day on Product Hunt! It currently has 583 upvotes, and so far 800 people have signed up!! And I’ve had 3K unique visitors to the site. I didn’t have time to monetize during the stream, but I will monetize it once we’re allowed to keep working on it by offering paid add-ons such as extra stats, being able to host your page on a custom domain and being able to embed the page on your website.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I think livestreaming it all helped A LOT. Before I even launched on Product Hunt I already had 50 signups!!! This was partially due to livestreaming and partially due to tweeting my progress regularly on Twitter (thread). Twitter is a great tool to reach more people, I tweeted very often throughout the stream and also sent out tweets leading up to the stream with countdowns and bits of information about what maker.rocks would be.

I even had people asking me if they could reserve their profiles before I’d started making it!! If you want to see the entire process I went through, you can look through the livestream recording. I start preparing for the Product Hunt launch around here. I don’t think I’d do anything differently next time, I’m really happy with the launch!

Scan your old tweets for offensive words 👩‍🚒🔥

Will my tweets get me fired? by August van de Ven (@Augustvdven) from The Netherlands.

https://willmytweetsgetmefired.com

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I noticed that various famous people got in trouble because of old tweets that people dug up again and I realized that it is fairly hard to get rid of these tweets without deleting all your tweets or if you forgot about them.

 

What are your product features?

You can simply enter a Twitter username, click “Scan account” and wait a few seconds/minutes depending on the number of tweets. You’ll get a list of all your tweets that contain bad words with links to each tweet so you can do anything you want with those tweets.

You’ll also get a link to the list so you can always access it at a later moment.

 

When did you launch?

I launched it on November 22nd.

 

Where did you launch?

I launched it on my twitter, Product Hunt, HackerNews and on a few social media subreddits.

 

How did your launch go?

The launch went well on product hunt, with 130 upvotes and it was tweeted by product hunt a few times which helped a lot.17 scans were done on the first day so that’s around $50 in revenue. Unfortunately, the site was down for a while during the launch so I may have missed out on some revenue.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I think a great tip is to launch it in some more specific websites that are in the same category as your product, this has worked great for some of my other launches. I’m gonna launch it on a few social media forums and websites for example to get more traffic from people that would likely benefit most from my product.

Free landing page generator for Telegram channels, groups and bots 👨‍🎨👩‍🎨

tele.ws by Yury Smykalov (@ysmykalov) from Limassol, Cyprus.

https://tele.ws

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

As a chatbot developer and the founder of InviteMember (membership bot platform), I’ve had an opportunity to chat with many people who’re running a Telegram-based business. Most of them don’t have websites for their projects. Actually, they exist only in Telegram and promote their projects only in Telegram as well.

Sometimes these Telepreneurs (Telegram entrepreneurs) need to share a link with others about their project. Which one should they use?

t.me links are not optimal for several reasons (description is too short, you can’t put multiple links there, can’t change appearance, can’t use Google Analytics, etc). That’s why I built this dead simple landing page generator.

There are 3 things right now that make it “Telegrammy”:

✔️ You can log in with your Telegram account

✔️ Your page will be hosted in https://tele.ws/ domain (think of TELEgram WebSite)

✔️ Buttons will have a Telegram icon for t.me/ links

I already started using it live for one of my bots:

https://tele.ws/InstantRemindersBot

Compare this new link with the old one that I used in the past:

https://t.me/InstantRemindersBot

Which one gives a better sense of what is this bot about?

 

What are your product features?

📝 Title, tagline, and description
🆒 Buttons for all your channels, groups and bots
🎨 Themes
🧠 Short address (tele.ws/...)
🔍 SEO-friendly (coming soon)

Since this was a 24hrs project, the functionality is pretty basic at the moment. In the future, I’m planning to add (at least) image gallery (similar to the one on ProductHunt) and Google Analytics support.

I launched this product in a pretty early stage to collect feedback and find a market fit as soon as possible.

 

When did you launch?

I launched on 21st November 2018 (PH).

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt

24 Hour Startup Challenge

 

How did your launch go?

This was my second launch on ProductHunt. And it went much better than the first one!

Upvotes (PH): 61
Users: 48
Landing pages created: 35

News channel followers: 7

Reactions in Twitter: many, I didn’t count 🙂 For example, Ryan Hoover (ProductHunt founder, 108K+ followers) shared a link in his Twitter:

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

1. You don’t need a logo to launch. You could start with a free icon. I used paper plane from Font Awesome, for example.

2. ProductHunt page looks better with animated logo. I used https://giphy.com to create a cool looking rainbow animation of the paper plane.

3. I highly recommend participating in events like 24hrs Startup Challenge, great way to get more exposure for your project.

Curated set of interviews with developers 🖥️ and makes across the world 🌏

CoderStory by Jess Wallace (@jesswallaceuk) from London.

https://www.coderstory.io

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

It was motivated by the need to create more conversation in this space. As someone who has been learning to code for around 4 years, I still struggle with some of the key fundamentals of programming and always felt like I need the support of a developer to get anything done. However, we don’t all have the luxury of a developer always available to help with our questions. The idea behind these interviews is to understand their approaches to learning as well as building applications, their recommendations on how to learn and the best technologies to work with and lastly their advice for developers of tomorrow.

 

What are your product features?

Read through the latest interviews, broken down by category – more features to come.

 

When did you launch?

Sunday 18th November

 

Where did you launch?

Twitter and Facebook as a beta with work to do.

 

How did your launch go?

Twitter – 33 RTs, 143 likes

Site – 1000+ Page Views, 281 Users, 731 Unique Page Views

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Just do it. Post about it everyone and encourage people to reach out to you about it. You have to hustle and be authentic. That’s all I really have to say!

Manage Your Freelance Business Remotely 🎮 🗺

RemoteOne by Alex Price (@remotealex) from Bristol, UK

https://remote.one

 

RemoteOne is a new way to manage your remote freelance business. With automatic currency conversions and dead simple timezone calculators, RemoteOne makes working remotely a breeze.

 

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What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I’ve been freelancing for 10 years and last year I took my business on the road. I met a lot of great people with interesting projects, but I also ran into a bunch of problems. Trying to manage project communication with clients, converting currencies and organising meetings across timezones just to name a few. I wanted to make something that would solve these problems

 

What are your product features?

RemoteOne automatically converts currencies, calculates timezone differences and updates your clients with real-time project dashboards. It also has all of the features you’d expect from a time-tracking app: simple time logging, automatic invoicing and powerful reporting too.

 

When did you launch?

16 Nov 2018

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

 

How did your launch go?

– 260 Upvotes on PH

– Over 2000 page views

– 15 new paid signups

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Next time I would try and generate more hype about the product before I launched it. I would tell as many people about it as possible and try and get peoples email address on a pre-launch list.

I might also use the ProductHunt Ship feature to try and get more emails.

Stay on top of your meetings with this agenda 📅 timer ⏳

Timeblocks by Joshua Tabansi (@joshtabansi) from Lagos, Nigeria

www.timeblocks.co

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

Timeblocks allows you to create a structured agenda with time allotted for each time block. This setup allows you to be mindful of talking points and stop tangents in their tracks. Saving your team money on crucial working hours.

 

What are your product features?

I hate meetings. You probably do too. Not only are they usually unnecessary, but they are also almost always taking twice as long as they need to. I’m pretty time conscious,  always aware of the amount of money lost with every hour wasted.

When I sit through meetings like this, it becomes apparent that we are simply not being held accountable for respecting time. People go on tangents, bring up issues that aren’t on the agenda, or just go on about unnecessary details. We’re human, it happens.

But we also have important work to do. So I wrote down the idea for Timeblocks. Then the 24hrstartup came along months later where we had to livestream and build something in 24 hours, and I figured I could use it as an excuse to build Timeblocks.

I hopped on twitch and and was finished after live-streaming for 12 straight hours.  And here we are!

Structured agenda time blocks with allotted minutes, playback controls, sound notifications, rolling timers

 

When did you launch?

I launched on Sunday Nov 18, after my completing the #24hrstartup challenge.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

24 Hour Startup

 

How did your launch go?

312 upvotes & 1365 people actually used the product.

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

I wish I shared progress more as I was going, would have helped to build more hype and momentum by tweeting screenshots of progress. Twitch live-streaming is also a great way to build a following before launch.

Timeblocks is free for now, so there’s no better offer really 😁

 

Notification bot 🤖 for Product Hunt projects in Telegram 📲

Trackly by Nikolay Siabrenko (@sybrikN) from Ukraine

https://t.me/tracklybot

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

When I started building something at first I was thinking about how this project could make life easier for someone, money in the background(I think it’s my problem😊)

I started building Trackly because when I launched my first project, I refresh the page every 3-4 minutes for seeing new upvotes, it was a little strained. I think I’m not the first to feel this problem.

This project nonprofit for me, just building for fun in the https://24hrstartup.com/products/trackly challenge.

 

What are your product features?

Trackly – it’s Telegram bot🤖 which can send notifications about new upvotes and comments on any project from Product Hunt which you subscribe.

Just send a link to the project on PH and bot start track it for you. Also, you can watch stats about projects which you subscribe without visit Product Hunt.

 

When did you launch?

19.11.2018

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

 

How did your launch go?

In the first day after launch I had:

1. 67 upvotes on Product Hunt

2. 50 registered users

3. 30 users track 43 projects with Trackly

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Tips before and after launch:

1. Build community. No matter how cool and useful your product will be, how do people find out about him?

Just start from Tweeting about your developing progress, writing articles about the problem and how your product will solve it.


2. Do the MVP of your product quickly. Do not spend on developing MVP for more than two weeks, otherwise, you may waste time. Test your ideas fast 🚀

3. Don’t expect much from Product Hunt. This is only the first step in your journey.

4. Keep in touch with users. Send weekly emails about project updates, because people can forget about you.

Automagically email your blog posts ✍️📗💻

Blogsend.io by Mike Timofiiv (@mtimofiiv) from Amsterdam, Netherlands

https://blogsend.io

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I write for fun, so shockingly, my motivation was actually a personal need 🙊 I wanted a quick, easy and track-able way to send my new posts to my audience. So Blogsend was born from that.

 

What are your product features?

Blogsend completely automates the collection of emails of subscribers using our highly customizable widget. It also entirely handles sending the content as soon as you publish it to them, with 0 fuss on your part as the blog author. And finally, it makes tracking those emails easy and painless – you get actionable stats of how your posts perform.

 

When did you launch?

Tuesday, November 20th.

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

BetaList

HackerNews

 

How did your launch go?

– I managed to stay on the Producthunt homepage for almost the entire day, collected about 90 upvotes and got around 300 visitors

– Betalist actually launched me earlier than I figured it would be on, and so they soft-launched me a day early 😉 Got about 300 visitors from them

– Hackernews got me the best results in terms of traffic with my “Show HN” thread spending time on the first and second page for over 24 hours, generating 1.1k visitors

– I have a soft call to action on my homepage where users enter an email and their blog URL so my tool can scan it and they can preview their last post as one of my emails. That was done more than 250 times, meaning that the soft conversion performed at a nice conversion rate of 15%! This is great news for my homepage, since it does seem to convert.

– I got 4 subscribers so far. But I also recognise my product is not something that people just drop everything and start using, so 4 subs on launch day was actually fantastic!

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

– Stop worrying about tech, build a great product. Your customers probably don’t give a shit if you use Vue.js or COBOL as long as it works. I have lost time in projects before because I wanted an elaborate queue system instead of good old cronjobs for example. Prove that people want to buy first, then replace those cronjobs if you must.

– Make sure you get your San Fran time right when launching on ProductHunt. I launched in Europe and mixed up the timezones (thanks Summer Time 💩) and without messaging PH’s glorious community manager Amrith Shanbhag (who was awesome and helped me), I would have really wasted that channel’s launch

– I got the advice to gather soft conversions on the homepage the day before launch, and spent 5 hours implementing it (hence my timezone mix-up with my lack of sleep 🙃). As a result, I now have a way better idea as to where people drop off in my funnel than just “they looked at my homepage and then bounced”.

– Hackernews was actually really great because I got some amazing feedback with real comments from potentially interested users (in my case, bloggers and publishers).

– I thought of my launch’s success as measured in subscribers before I launched, but I realized as I was in the moment that considering the amount of work I put into it, I managed quite a buzz! I’d not personally focus on that one and only KPI as my metric of a successful launch in the future. It’s important but not the only thing!

Tools For Makers: A hand-curated directory of tools for indie makers 🛠️🔥

Tools for Makers by Sharath Kuruganty (@5harath) from Chicago

https://toolsformakers.com

 

Tools for Makers is a hand-curated database of tools to help you build and ship ideas faster. It currently features 200+ products in 30 categories to accommodate every possible stage from idea to launch. Each category consists of carefully selected tools, all verified by Product Hunt community. The cards come with pricing, trial info and a brief description of the product.

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

I’m a designer turned Indie Maker. Last week I challenged myself to build a product without writing code. Thanks to the community I found many tools. Inspired by @bramk’s Startup Stash 🙏I built a simple platform that features tools made by indie makers which are verified by Product Hunt community. Meaning almost all the tools are named as either Product of the Day or Product of the Week. My motive behind this idea is to support the indie maker community by curating the best tools in the market all at one place. Not to discard some of the best products that give us inspiration I’ve also featured many famous well-known tools.

 

What are your product features?

The unique card design layout comes with pricing, free trial info and a brief description of the product which gives users visibility to browse and power to explore multiple categories.

 

When did you launch?

21st Nov 2018

 

Where did you launch?

Product Hunt 

 

How did your launch go?

– Google Analytics: 1.1K users with 1.2K sessions and 1,361 page views.

– Averaging 20 active users at any given point of time.

– PH Upvotes: 259 and counting – Standing #3 product of the day.

– Typeform: Collected 26 tools from community

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

Launch day is so important. It’s purely strategy based execution. I completely hustled my way from the launch time. First and foremost thing is to GIVE first. Genuinely give to the community and then ask. Maintain a set of people who are influencers. For the launch, I personally approached to people who are in the community who cares. I gave a 1-1 response to everyone who supported me, upvoted me, liked/commented me in twitter. Like Jony Ive said “People sense care.” So try to be authentic and do your thing. Never ever expect anything and don’t rely on the outcome.

Analytics for your Ghost blog 👻

Ghostboard by David Burgos (@daburix) from Spain

https://ghostboard.io

 

What’s your motivation for creating your product?

When I moved my blog from WordPress to Ghost I missed some stats I think are important when blogging, so I started to build something for myself and then I turn it into a product for everyone else.

 

What are your product features?

– Instant setup: just paste a line in your Ghost admin and it’s done

– GDPR compliant and cookie-free, out-the-box

– Don’t need Google Analytics or whatever, it just work and you get all their analytics like Live or Content reports.

– Also exclusive blog-focused analytics for Posts, Pages, Tags, post per month, best time to post, much more and more incoming!

 

When did you launch?

Mid-August.

 

Where did you launch?

BetaList 

Hacker News

Product Hunt 

 

How did your launch go?

– 110 upvotes on Product Hunt

– Frontpage on Hacker News on 10th August, at 11:16 AM ES Position #16

– Almost 6K visits

– 20 signups

– 8 blogs setup it

– Then 3 customers, $15 MRR

It’s funny because some days ago I launched the 2.0 version and get shitty metrics 🤯🤷‍♂️

 

Any specific launch tips? Or things you would do differently?

– The more you launch, the better your launch is

– Don’t worry about metrics in general platforms, unless your target audience is there.

– Neither don’t worry if don’t get noise in the press and social media. At all. I also got some likes and mentions but no signups. In the end, I prefer silence and signups.

– Only worry about what your customers say and especially, what they do (pay, cancel, retention, come back, etc.)