Got the following one today (unedited save for adding links):

Hey guys,

After listening to your podcast and getting Bob’s MicroISV eBook for free (offer from him for being bizspark member) (note I also found it so helpful that I paid for it anyway) I decided to do something about my horrible site.

The product this site was for is a pretty niche thing.  (controller for an RS232 device – a syringe pump).

I blamed my paltry sales on the small market.  After figuring out the potential market (the manufacturer is making a living selling these things so there had to be lots of room for growth for me – and I have no competition as far as I know) I figured there had to be a way to get more sales.

The eBook, combined with the hanselminutes episode about the timesnapper guy and the timesnapper guy’s 25 things to do list was an eye opener.

I just got off the phone with another sale today – this one from MIT – and am thrilled.  My sales for Feb 2009 is about 20%-25% of my total sales for the last 2 years combined.  (still nothing to write home about, but it is going in the right direction)

So, thanks guys.  The podcast and ebook were wakeup calls.  I still had a lot of work and research to do on my own, but without the kick in the pants I would have been still kidding myself about the lack of sales and waste of time.  (I still have to fix my paypal IPN scripts, upload more screenshots, make a huge download now button, write more faq entries, make some screen recordings/videos, but I am happy with the improvement.  I had the cliche horror-show butt-ugly do it yourself web site from the 90s.  (I am a C++ developer, not a web guy))

regards,
-Tim

3 thoughts on “Emails that keep me going…

  1. Hi Tim! I subscribe to the 47 Hats blog and I saw your post. It’s good to hear about your success story. Its encouraging to see a former colleague take the leap to entrepreneurship. I wish you the best of luck!

    — Jeff Ravetto

  2. It is way too easy to blame things on market, if only you had a million bucks to spend on advertising, etc.

    It is also really hard to take an objective look at your own site and see what you could be doing better, and then DO IT. Man, it takes a lot of effort, and a continuous commitment to making yourself better.

    Congrats on taking that step in the right direction.

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