Jeff Triplett ✨
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@jefftriplett

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Joined August 2018

It all comes down to the basic question: What makes you want to buy a book?

If I want to learn about the subject, I will buy the book or, if I know the author, support them. I listen to friends and acquaintances recommendations too, but I will never buy a book about a subject that I am not interested in learning about.

Assuming the book isn't self-published, I lean more towards audiobooks these days because it's so much easier for me to put my Air Pods in and listen after I have dropped my kids off or while I'm doing errands or walking.

Thank you for your reply @jefftriplett ! Interesting to read you're into audiobooks. I've been postponing taping my books because I'm unsure about the possible reach. Will look into this.

But how do you deal with one-off broadcasts like announcing a new product feature?

My advice is that if it feels like a newsletter, I would probably treat it like a newsletter and use Sendy or one of the pay-per-blast services. That way, people can unsubscribe without your servers getting a reputation hit because someone can't be bothered to click the unsubscribe link. Once you get flagged by Google's mail servers, you can never fully get it back.

I switched off of Mailchimp after many good years of service because they changed how their "constantly-changing-noun-for-groups" worked, and our $30/month plan was going to be $199/month or $299/month. This made zero sense for a list of 3k to 5k people.

For basic sending, I'm currently using Mailgun for my projects and it uneventfully just works.

Or are you saying just keep charging the $20/mo like we do now?

I'm +1 keeping a paid plan. I'd experiment with pricing to see if that's a barrier. May factor in purchasing power parity (big mac index) since ~$200 does not scale outside of US/UK/Europe very well.

But make it invite-only?
How would #3 work without #1?

I think invite-only free accounts are a decent model to avoid SPAM. I have invited several but I think that leap from free for a month to mentally ~$20/year or $150/yr might have scared a few off.

If you have a distinct line between paid and unpaid features, then that gives people an incentive to want to pay you. I'm that way with Twitter too. I would love to pay them but not for what Twitter Blue gives me when I'd pay to never see an ad.

Oh nice. You just gave me a crazy idea.

What if we showed ads to free members. But instead of regular ads, they would be ads for the products of the paying members!

All three are kind of meh to me. I'd recommend #3 + #2 and skipping #1. I like #3 so that there is money coming into to help grow/build the website. I don't think you need to do free if you go that route, #2 makes a lot of sense.

If people are not seeing the value, maybe change up the pricing to $89 or $99 for the first year and re-evaluate your pricing for the next year if renewals don't pick up.

How would #3 work without #1?

Or are you saying just keep charging the $20/mo like we do now? But make it invite-only?

The "problem" I'm trying to solve is there's relatively few new members joining each month. So if we were to restrict it further (making it invite-only), that just makes matter worse.

Or are you saying just keep charging the $20/mo like we do now?

I'm +1 keeping a paid plan. I'd experiment with pricing to see if that's a barrier. May factor in purchasing power parity (big mac index) since ~$200 does not scale outside of US/UK/Europe very well.

But make it invite-only?
How would #3 work without #1?

I think invite-only free accounts are a decent model to avoid SPAM. I have invited several but I think that leap from free for a month to mentally ~$20/year or $150/yr might have scared a few off.

If you have a distinct line between paid and unpaid features, then that gives people an incentive to want to pay you. I'm that way with Twitter too. I would love to pay them but not for what Twitter Blue gives me when I'd pay to never see an ad.

Oh nice. You just gave me a crazy idea.

What if we showed ads to free members. But instead of regular ads, they would be ads for the products of the paying members!

I would use GitHub's code search for gpt3 prompts and/or OpenAI to get you started. I have dabbled, but almost everything seemed to be API-based and most websites have playgrounds you. Not sure if you'd call OpenCV AI really but I have been working on several small projects to use it more and more. It's worth checking out if you plan to do any kind of vision-baed work.

I'm late to the party but I think it makes more sense to rename it. You could always follow up later with a [ ] checkbox or something to let people set that a project turned into a product but I wouldn't stress it either way.

Good point.

We already have 'Launched 🚀' checkbox for products (with launch date & @wipbot message in the Telegram group), which could also apply to a project.

Do you a specific question about it? From my quick sampling they have HTML, Vue, and React versions for most or all of their templates.

I wrote in gory details in django-tailwind github.com/timonweb/django-ta… but it got closed with a message to DM timonweb on twitter.

Now waiting for response in twitter.

will update this when I have news

An option for me is to write my own vanilla JS just for that landing page 🤷🏻‍♂️

Ok, latest update is I will choose the vanilla JS route. Turns out timonweb is also using tailwindui and he chose that route. I feel more confident in that option now.

100% telegram. I edit via the website when I forget to add emoji :tada: 🎉

How has your perspective changed after launching several successful products/businesses vs. the first time when you weren't sure if you would make money from it?

How important was seeing that first $1 (in whatever currency) come in?

How has your process changed after each successful product launch?