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First came the Google Analytics news from Austria and now Google Fonts ruling in Germany...

It seems like the EU is catching up to my old post on how to de-Google a website. YouTube embeds next!? 👀

Having a baby in the house means that I'm now saying no to all external calls. It also means that I may be changing diapers during regular working hours while responding to emails in the middle of the night. Grateful that I can work such flexible hours 👶

"Can you recommend any resources for a marketer who wants to write more engagingly?"

My favorites that will give you the right mindset:

Rework by the Basecamp team
This Is Marketing by Seth Godin
On Writing by Stephen King
The Elements Of Style by Strunk & White

Interestingly, GitHub stars have little impact on GitHub sponsors. We have 10k stars and 27 sponsors.

Stars do match the overall growth trend of Plausible much better (5k subscribers).

Last year we hired Robert to help us with the tech support and development part time while finishing his CS degree and now we're looking for our first full-time engineering hire! Exciting times!

Are you enthusiastic about open source software and online privacy? Want to help us degoogle a few more sites? Take a look:

I've now updated our original post on "How to fight back against Google FLoC" with this news

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Google FLoC is dead! Google has decided to scrap FLoC after "a bunch of great feedback from the community, as I’m sure you know" 🥳

This is already our best month yet for Google search traffic (12.5k visitors, 295 trial signups) and there's six days left!

When publishing content, your traffic will increase organically with the increased demand for the topic you're covering.

Hoping to see more great and sustainable privacy-first open source products! I'm a happy paying subscriber of:

Bitwarden for password management / 2FA,
StandardNotes for docs / notes,
Feedbin for news / social,
Mullvad for VPN

So Google Analytics gets in a bit of legal trouble in Europe and it's immediately "time for a new EU-US data transfer framework" 😃

Exciting last week with the Google Analytics ruling by the Austrian DPA. Our traffic and trials up 50% and we didn't even publish any posts.

If your lawyers tell you that GA no longer allows you to fulfill the legal requirements that apply to you, do check out @plausible.

All visitor data Plausible collects is exclusively processed on servers and cloud infrastructure owned and operated by European providers.

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If we can manage to donate $19k (the year after losing $50k of our savings) by running a bootstrapped and open source Google Analytics alternative, then anything is possible!

"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion"

Always inspiring to follow Matt Mullenweg and his work on building a more open web

New milestone! I'm now a dad so I guess I'll be sharing child growth lessons learned in addition to the SaaS growth lessons learned in the future 👀

We started the year by making it to $10k MRR on January 12 (took us almost two years to get there). If things go well, @plausible could end the year on $50k MRR! 🤯🤞

I've been a fan of Wholegrain Digital and their quest to make websites greener for a couple of years now (love their Website Carbon Calculator). It feels great to see this post where they recommend Plausible to their clients instead of GA!

"Marketing Is Scary for a Solo Developer"

Rauno Metsa made it to the Hacker News front page again!

I was a bit concerned about companies paying Google to get in front of people that search for Plausible but turns out it had no effect on us. November was our best Google organic traffic (12.3k) and best new MRR ($4.4k) month yet.

After reading about OBS Project's brand being misused and our recent issue of competitors misrepresenting themselves as Plausible in Google's ads, it seems that registering a trademark is a must for open source projects.

Another nice Linux app I can recommend is the Break Timer. It notifies you when it's time to take a break from your screen. I use it to rest my eyes for 20 seconds every 20 minutes (the 20/20/20 rule).

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