When To Surf became #1 app in Sports, Weather, Surfing on Product Hunt + 3000 people tried it
Last week I launched my app - When To Surf on Product Hunt and I want to share my results that were achieved. You can read how I done it in my previous article I learned to code, build a web app and launch it on Product Hunt in 2 months.
I had never launched anything before so it was my first launch and I was scared what people would think about my product.
So I worked on my on the app all of Saturday night prior to the launch, to have it ready. I got 20 minutes of sleep and finally launched it. Then the beginning of madness started after the launch: answering questions on Product Hunt, Twitter, Email, Medium. I was also fixing bugs on production at the same time. The app crashed a lot, but I tried to fix as fast as I could. It was like 48 hours crazy marathon.
Online traffic was insane. I had only 500 free API calls per day, but it was moments when I used this limit just for 5 minutes. So I was creating new accounts for new API keys every 5 minutes for a period of time.
I had to do a few debug sessions on Twitter — Thanks, John O’Nolan gave quick feedback and helped to fix the first critical bugs after the launch.
I submitted the app to Product Hunt at 00:10 PST time on Sunday, and I hoped to get at least 60 votes to become #1 in the Surfing category.
I didn’t ask any famous hunters to hunt my app because I wanted to have organic results.
But, after the launch, When To Surf got 149 votes, during the first day and climbed to the TOP-7 products of the day!
Even Mr. Ben Horowitz voted for me! (But after he deleted his vote. Maybe it was just mistake but anyway, it was pretty cool 👍🏻)
A couple hours before the launch, I published a Medium post “I learned to code, build a web app and launch it on Product Hunt in 2 months”. It is a story behind the app. It went viral.
Twitter become insane … All of my timeline was filled with likes, retweets, and mentions.
Email subscribers & feedback
I thought: “If it’s free app, how I can measure the usefulness of my product?” … So I decided to add a “Subscribe” button, to check how many people were interested in getting a few updates about when to catch the best waves.
I gained 26 subscribers, other 26 people also left me feedback. So I suppose that my Medium article about the product become even more successful than the app itself.
So in total I got more than 3000 users that tried When To Surf during last 7 days. It’s about 437 users per day.
New features that I added last week
I read each feedback and instead of developing features that I felt would be cool, I decided to listen to what people wanted. Many people asked to add a search for locations and to optimize the app for mobile device. So I went ahead and did it:
- The best to launch is on Sunday, 00:00 PST time
- It’s a great idea to write the story behind the product/app on Medium.
- People like to read stories that are similar to movies, where there is a problem, a goal, overcoming of an obstacle and a happy ending.
- Sometimes, an article on medium about the product will become more popular than product itself :)
- Make sure to buy API calls 3 days prior to the launch — not in last 5 minutes like I did.
Thanks to all people who voted and who gave me feedback.
And a special thank-you to Pieter Levels for his support and advice.
It was a great experience for the first launch of my own product.
Recently I quit my job and I have one year to get to profitability
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