It’s been a pretty wild ride these last two months and today I’m proud to announce that after exactly 60 days DomainPolish has generated 2,905.45 in revenue. This is unbelievably higher than I ever expected (my goal for the project was to make $5) and before I break down more of the experience I would just like to thank every single one of my customers for being awesome.
Over the past 60 days DomainPolish has had 10,936 visits, and 8,538 uniques or 142.3 uniques/day. Most of that traffic is direct, from Google searches for “domainpolish” or referrals from blog posts both by me and by others about DomainPolish.
From 8,538 visitors I’ve made 133 sales for a pretty average 1.5% conversion rate. Total revenue from sales has been $1,401 over two months. I’ve done a few things to try and raise this rate by creating landing pages for different types of visitors and driving traffic to it through AdWords (see an example at here) but I haven’t seen any significant results from that strategy yet.
The Rest of The Revenue
“But if you only made $1,401 from actual sales, where did you get the other 1504.45 from?” You might ask. Well, the other $1504.45 comes from a source that I highly recommend. I ended up licensing the codebase to someone else who wanted to build an app for Mechanical Turk but that wasn’t in the same space as DomainPolish. It was just about the easiest $1,500 I’ve ever made and the guy who bought it is awesome. He’s using it to review dating profiles with Mechanical Turk and the site’s not live yet but make sure to check it out once it is.
Custom Thank You Videos
I’m really working hard to make the DomainPolish experience great, and to do things in the beginning that don’t necessarily scale but are awesome. So I ended up making individual custom thank you videos for almost every single DomainPolish customer. The response to these videos has been awesome, and I think it’s really results in a good amount of recurring revenue from happy customers, or through recommendations.
Official Amazon Mechanical Turk Partner
DomainPolish also just became an official Amazon Mechanical Turk partner (pending a lot of paperwork.) This means that we’ll be on the Amazon website, and their sales team will recommend DomainPolish to their customers if they want to review websites. I’ll also be able to throw the Amazon logo onto our site which I’m pretty excited about.
My goal is to double my revenue for October to $6,000. Because I have to constantly acquire new customers for DomainPolish this is going to be a pretty hard thing to do. My plan right now is to recruit freelance web designers to sell DomainPolish as a white-label service to their customers. I really think that this is a win-win for both freelancers and DomainPolish so if you are a freelancer and are reading this I would love to talk to you. Email me at dan [at] danshipper.com.
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P.S. I’m working on a new project in the ad space so if you have any experience with web ads I would love to pick your brain via Skype.
This is part one of a series of posts describing my experience interviewing at Y Combinator this past summer.
Interviewing at YC is a lot like the first time you have sex. You’re trying very hard to convince the other person that you know what you’re doing, and it’s all over much too quickly.
During the middle of my freshman year at UPenn two friends, Wesley Zhao and Ajay Mehta, and I created a weekend app called WhereMyFriends.Be. It was a very simple Facebook API/Google Maps API mashup that just mapped all of your Facebook friends on a map. After we created it we cold-emailed a bunch of tech blogs about it and waited to hear back. To our complete surprise Mashable agreed to cover it, and it was our first taste of real success.