My Journey to the First $ 9.99 with My Side Project

Passive income with Chrome extensions

Marius Bongarts
9 min readApr 4, 2022
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When it comes to product development, there is a simple rule that I always follow:

Build something 100 people love, not something 1 million people kind of like. — Paul Graham

With that in mind, I realized that I reached 1 % of that goal right after I launched the first version of my Web Highlights Chrome Extension. I loved my extension. That is why I developed it. It gave me confidence that there must be people searching for the same practical extension. One that enables you to save text and bookmarks on the web more efficiently. Medium inspired me with its text-highlighter. I wanted to create one that works similarly but on every website.

Just Do It

If you’re not embarrassed by your first release, you’ve launched too late.— Yevgeniy Brikman



Marius Bongarts

Passionate about building exceptional products | Quality > Growth ❤️ Sharing my journey of growing a Chrome Extension to >100K users 💡 3x Medium Top Writer ⭐️