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Open Makers

Open Makers is a community of talented people sharing their maker journey as they build SAAS products in public.

New Feature: Notifications

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


It's Friday, so that means it's time to push to production!

Today we are publishing out new notification system, to make it easier to see the various actions that are happening on your profile and products.

If you click on the new "Bell" icon in the top navigation system while logged in, it will take you to your notifications page (https://openmakers.io/notifications).

Here are some of the actions that will create a notification...

  • Someone Likes one of your milestones.
  • Someone Follows You.
  • Someone Follows Your Product.
  • Someone Asks you a question in our AMA section.
  • If you follow someone and they post a milestone or article.
  • and more...

We are testing a real-time toast notification system when these actions take place, so if you are on the site and someone creates an action that relates to you, you will get a toast. We'll see if this becomes overwhelming or not.

As we were working on our notification system, our friends at Hey.Cafe launched one as well. Turns out their design was VERY similar to what we were already doing, so we didn't steal their design and they didn't steal ours, give them a follow: https://openmakers.io/product/heycaf%C3%A9

This is the first iteration of notifications, we'll likely have a bunch of refinements to make over the coming weeks. We will also have an email notifications system for some actions that require a response, such as AMA questions. This will be a little while out still though.

Let us know your thoughts.

Thanks!

:: Open makers

Week 7 Updates for Open Makers

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Ok, this is actually like week 7,8,9,10, we are a bit behinds on our updates!

✅ Launched on Product Hunt (https://openmakers.io/product/open-makers/open-makers-now-live-on-product-hunt) ✅ Interviewed by Smart Cherry (https://openmakers.io/product/open-makers/open-makers-interview-with-smart-cherry) ✅ Launched new Product Hunt "Embed" feature for Open Makers ✅ Met a lot of new makers and products from our PH Launch ✅ Started testing out notifications system internally, working on a few remaining things and hope to push this out soon. ✅ Took a break for some much needed rest and bit of travelling.

Stats ✅ 99 Makers (+51) ✅ 49 Products (+8) ✅ 670 Visitors, from 84 Countries ✅ 2 Min. 6s average time on site. ✅ 6.1K pageviews

Slowed down a bit this week, but it's been a busy week so didn't do as much promotion as launch week. Our Twitter account is seeing some good growth though.

That's all for this week.

:: Open Makers

Open Makers Now Live on Product Hunt!

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Our team is excited to share with you what we have been working on the past few months for the Build-in-Public / Open Maker community. Open Makers is a community for you to "Share your Journey" as you build products in public.

Growing your product takes more than a single Product Hunt launch, it takes days, months and even years of consistently publishing content and product updates to become successful. Product Hunt is a great start, but it's impact typically only lasts for 2-3 days, after that it can be hard to maintain steady and consistent traffic.

The goal with Open Makers is to provide Makers with a centralized place to share ongoing progress updates or milestones with the community to help foster trust and maintain visibility for your products.

Check out some of the current features available for you to use on Open Makers...

Open Makers

  • Dedicated Profile Page
  • Social Media and Web Links
  • List of all your Products
  • List of Product Milestones
  • Publish Articles / Posts
  • Ask Me Anything (AMA)... any member can ask you questions.
  • "I Need..." ability to ask for specific help with something.
  • Link to your Newsletter
  • Link to your Podcast
  • Link to "Buy Me a Coffee"
  • And more...

Maker Products

  • Dedicated Product Pages
  • Social Media and Web Links
  • Publish Featured or Standard Product Milestones
  • Google Analytics and Stripe Metrics (more providers soon)
  • Add Additional Team Members
  • Link to your Affiliate Program
  • Link to your Newsletter
  • Link to your Podcast
  • Link to "Buy Me a Coffee"
  • Product Hunt Badge and Slideshow Embeds
  • And more...

Do you build in public? Leave a comment on how it has benefited you as a Maker.

Visit Product Hunt: https://www.producthunt.com/posts/open-makers-2

Thank you! :: Open Makers

Week 6 Updates for Open Makers

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Latest updates for the past week...

✅ Launched "Ask me Anything (AMA)" ✅ Fixed Small Bugs ✅ Worked on Notifications System ✅ Wrapped up Product Hunt Feature for Tuesday

Stats ✅ 48 Makers (+4), getting close to our first goal of 50 ✅ 41 Products (+1) ✅ 98 Visitors, from 32 Countries ✅ 4 Min. 18s average time on site. ✅ 2.2K pageviews

Saw a bit of an up-tick this week since we finally launched the AMA feature.

We have most of our core features in place, need to finalize a few things but then we can start flushing out some upgrades to the various features.

:: Open Makers

Ask Me Anything (AMA) Now Live!

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Have you always wanted to do an AMA but always felt a bit nervous or unsure how to go about it Have you done an AMA and always wanted to do it again?

Today we are pleased to share that Open Makers has a new "AMA" on demand feature available just for you!

Let's step back a bit and talk about what an AMA actually is. An AMA or "Ask Me Anything" is a community driven discussion with one specific person, in our case it is often a indie maker, founder, entrepreneur, etc. Community members submit questions and they are then answered by the interviewee, usually in a real-time, time specific experience. Think of it as an informal interview.

With Open Maker AMA's we are shaking things up a little bit. Rather than a focused AMA event, our approach is an on-going, persistence experience. On every Open Maker profile you now have an AMA tab, any registered user can visit your page and ask you a question at any time. You can then respond to that question, or delete the question if you do not want to answer it or if it's not relevant.

What is cool is that our AMA's are a living feature, there is no specific start or end date to receiving questions. So the more you share it, the more questions you will get which means more visibility which leads to more trust and growth. AMAs on other platforms are great but the discussion slowly fades away and becomes less and less visible, which kind of defeats the purpose.

AMA questions are sorted by number of votes, so over time the important and interesting questions and responses will float to the top of the list and always be easily discovered by other users.

All recent questions and answers will be easily discoverable on our homepage as well, so whether someone asks you a question today or a year from now, you have the chance to be discovered and also to discover other makers.

This is only phase one of AMA's, we would love to hear your feedback on how to improve them and make them more interesting and unique. One of the most important pieces for AMA's will be getting notified when someone has asked or answered a question on your profile. We are working on a notifications service right now, so keep an eye out for that soon.

We can not wait to see all the questions and answers that you will post!

:: Open Makers

Open Maker Articles Now Live

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


We are pleased to announce the launch of "Articles / Posts / Stories" whatever you want to call them for Open Makers. Articles are a way for you to share content to your maker profile that you create but is not necessarily related to a specific product.

Articles can be used to share content about a service, product, tutorial, announcements, etc. Treat is as a "mini-blog" that compliments the milestones you create for your products.

An article consists of...

  • A Title
  • Cover Image
  • Content
  • "Attached" Images
  • Tags
  • Canonical URL

Most of those items are self-explanatory but wanted to highlight a few things...

Attached Images If you have ever posted content to dev.to, you will be familiar with the "Attach" image feature. This allows you to select an image from your computer, after it has been uploaded to our servers we provide you with the relevant Markdown (yes, articles support Markdown) to copy and paste within the body of your article. This allows you to easily embed 1-to-many images within your article to share screenshots, photos, images, etc. without having to host your files offsite. (We may bring this to Milestones as well)

Attached images that end up not being used in the article are automatically deleted after a certain number of days, this way we do not end up with millions of files that are not actually being used on the site and makes it so that we don't have to build a UI to deal with them either. Hopefully this will work :)

Canonical URL Many of you have content that you have created on other sites like your own blog, or on Medium, or on Indie Hackers, etc. We want to make sure you can reference the original post without the concern of ending up with "duplicate content" issues.

If you click on the "Article Settings" button we will display the option to add tags, but also the original "canonical URL", if there is a value in that setting we will use that as the article canonical URL value rather than our default structure.

Now you can cross post your content with fear of getting dinged for duplicate content.

We can't wait to see what kind of content you publish on the site, as time progresses we'll add search, categories, etc. to make it easier to discover articles as well. In MVP fasion, there is not a lot of point for that now since there is very few articles posted!

That is all for articles for now, we have a couple additional features in the works that are also excited about, so stay tuned for those as well!

:: Open Makers

Week 5 Updates for Open Makers

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Here are the latest updates for the past week...

✅ Fixed Misc. Bugs ✅ Nearly done with next feature. ✅ Social Media Posts

Stats ✅ 44 Makers (+0), getting close to our first goal of 50 ✅ 40 Products (+0) ✅ 52 Visitors, from 15 Countries ✅ 3 Min. 12s average time on site. ✅ 770 pageviews

Still didn't quite get done with our next feature, but very close now. Then I'd like to do two more features and do an official launch.

:: Open Makers

Google Analytics Metrics Now Live

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Today we were finally able to turn on the ability to add Google Analytic Metrics for products!

  • Navigate to one of your products and click the "Metrics" tab.
  • Click on the "Add New Metric" (while logged in)
  • Select the Google Analytics icon (we only support V3 and prior, we are still working on V4).
  • Off to the right, you need to click the "Connect to Google" button.
  • Authenticate and select the property you want to display on your product page
  • And that's it!
  • If you want to manage which charts are displayed, simply click the gear icon to manage.

Here is an example product with Stripe and Google metrics turned on: https://openmakers.io/product/sunshine-social/metrics

That is about it for now, stay tuned for our next be feature coming soon!

Thank you, Micah

Week 4 Updates for Open Makers

Published by: MicahIverson, Founder of Open Makers


Here are the latest updates for the past week...

✅ Fixed Session Length issues. ✅ Made more progress on Google Analytics Metrics ✅ Worked on more UI for next features.

Stats ✅ 44 Makers (+2), getting close to our first goal of 50 ✅ 40 Products (+4) ✅ 78 Visitors, from 28 Countries ✅ 2 Min. 42s average time on site. ✅ 1.1K pageviews

Slowed down a lot this past week, it was a busy week outside of site and didn't have much time to do typical social media and growth effort.

Hope to wrap up a few new features this week and get those into your hands for testing.

:: Open Makers