Interesting Plausible use case:
A user mentioned our custom goals and their newsletter provider didn't match for new subscriber numbers.
They installed a captcha to investigate. Turns out their provider is inflating subscriber numbers as they don't do bot detection that well.
Not sure how common issue it is but this was one of the largest newsletter providers.
Lesson: double opt-in is worth it on your newsletter for many reasons.
From $415 MRR in April to $9,116 MRR right now!
Let's see where we can take @plausible in the new year!
Nice to be featured in "9 stories about switching to an open source alternative in 2020" by Opensource.com
"Ditch your proprietary software for open source solutions"
Love that a site as influential as GitHub has decided to remove Google Analytics and they made such a strong public announcement about it! Makes it more acceptable for others to do the same! 👏 #timesarechanging
This traffic spike notification feature we introduced thanks to the Changelog team works well!
Shared it on Hacker News too so let's see how that goes!
Just published my lessons learned from building and growing an open source SaaS. Hope it's useful to others who'd like to venture into the world of FOSS!
Hopefully this, in addition to Google already announcing that AMP will no longer get any preferential treatment in their search results, will mean the end of AMP 😀
(Twitter screenshot for those not on Twitter)
How much funding did you take? $0
What's your marketing budget then? $0
You must have a great sales strategy? We don't do sales
You must use tons of sneaky website elements to trick people? None
You can grow without being annoying and without supporting the adtech.
Nice thread on IndieHackers: "What do you hate most about modern websites?"
Review it and make sure your website doesn't tick too many of these:
slow, popups, dark patterns, autoplay, chat widgets, fake notifications, clickbait, excess animations...
Nice new feature on @plausible! Get an email when there's an unusually high number of current visitors on your site.
This spike was caused by someone influential sharing my article on Twitter and I found about it with an instant email notification from Plausible 😀
Love this latest update to our WordPress plugin!
Now all features are supported including self-hosting while the plugin got so much lighter at the same time. Running it on my site now too 😀
It's so cool to have people like Mehul who are happy to contribute to our project! 🙏
My review of Cloudflare Analytics.
Will update it for the new release after I use it a bit more but the issues are similar:
Bot filtering is better but still not good despite using JS
Heavy sampling makes stats inaccurate
Stats deleted after 7 days
Escaping the adtech machine and making the web a bit more human friendly
Co-Founder Plausible Analytics, simple and privacy focused web analytics
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