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I didn't know much about marketing and growing startups when I started Microns. I started building a lot of features by following competitors in the field. After creating the product, I didn't know how to acquire users and what to do.
But what I realized after six months of developing my startup is that nobody cares about a lot of features if you don't tell people about them and build with them.
This way, I accidentally found a book written by Pieter Levels called makebook. I learned that you should be fast and explicit. Users should be first, and your app should make one feature but does it great.
After looking at the available options to start: blog, YouTube, podcast, newsletter, social media, I chose the newsletter.
Because I had previous experience writing, I love writing, and I like reading other newsletters.
To be fast, I found the all-in solution for running a newsletter called Revue and set up everything to send the first issue.
To find the first 50 subscribers, I did only two things.
I engaged on Twitter and Indie Hackers by helping people and sharing valuable things.
This also positively impacted my Twitter following and IH profile points.
In a few weeks of being active, I found a growth partner, and we started thinking about the next steps.
Eventually, to go further, we needed a brand new custom website. We built the first version of Microns in under two weeks.
After this, we've made three essential things.
We made our product completely free for the next six months.
We posted a newsletter in many startup and newsletter directories to get some SEO juice.
We launched on 10words and Product Hunt. We were on the first page on 10words and then got 3rd place on Product Hunt.
And people loved the product.
After launching on Product Hunt, we've got a few ways of popularity on Twitter. Many people talked about Microns.
They were excited about it. Look what they said.
@ilyanovohatskyi Great platform! I check it every once in a while to see if there are any new opportunities.
I also get your newsletter 👌
— Roberto Robles 📈 🚀 (@robertodigital_)
Nov 1, 2021
In a week, somebody from the Hustle editor team noticed us and mentioned Microns in their newsletter issue. It gave us around 300 new subscribers.
The same did a lot of small newsletter creators. They mentioned Microns and made an organic free ad for us.
I consistently wrote newsletter issues every week and engaged on Twitter and IH. By making them a stable stream of traffic.
But besides this, we started testing paid growth channels.
After six months, we monetized Microns and introduced the Premium plan.
All money from Premium subscriptions we spent on advertising in other newsletters, sponsoring creators, and communities.
It gave us brand awareness, new listings, and improved SEO.
We are at 2,600 subscribers and keep growing.
The way was long and hard. Every activity helped us spread the word about Microns.
We've made many mistakes, but we learned from them too.
Soon I'd be happy to introduce you next project built by the Microns team. Awesome UI and friendly UX.
In one word: it will help startup founders to promote their side projects.
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Sahil Bloom grew from 0 to 500k followers in less than two years.
This allowed him to quit his job and he's now at 5x what he was making as a VC.
Here's everything I learned about how he operates his personal flywheel:
— Jakob Greenfeld (@jakobgreenfeld)
Mar 21, 2022
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