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Hello Bootstrappers - I am Christoph


#1

Hi folks,

I noticed that I never really introduced myself, so…
My name is Christoph, I am 30 years old and live near Munich, Germany (if you ever get close, let me know - the beer is on me!)

I am working on LinksSpy.com - a SaaS that helps SEOs build better links. It analyzes backlinks of your competition and tells you which websites to reach out to for a link.

I’ve written a blog post about my launch and the mistakes I made here:

Cheers,
Christoph


#2

Thanks for the write-up! Interesting read.

As my goal is to be able to live off LinksSpy’s revenue in 2022 (no kidding there; that really is my goal)

Don’t forget to update us in 2022! :smiley:


#3

LinksSpy is pretty cool, I paid for a month of it. I think what you’ll have to do is try and get people to keep paying for it, or raise prices. I got most of the value out of it in that first month that I think I’d get out of it for the year.

It’s definitely worth checking out though, it does what it says, and does it well.


#4

The prices page looks weird on FF.


I thought it was a CSS error. But I realized after a while that it is wrapping the columns. But I don’t think that is a good idea. Also the ‘get started’ text on the green buttons is quite blurry.


#5

Is there no free trial? I really want to try something before I pay. Especially if it is a monthly commitment.


#6

Hi Andy,

thanks for letting me know about the columns wrapping around.

At the moment there is no free trial, but I’ll (hopefully within the next 2 weeks) be able to offer one. I’ll let you know.

Cheers,
Christoph


#7

Hey Christoph, long time no see dude. how are you?

If I click the “FAQ” link on the bottom - looks like I’m on a totally new website. If i click “CONTACT” there - the top-menu font changes. Then, if click “home” - i’m back to the “normal” site.

The idea is brilliant (defintely trying this next month) but the website glitches might stop someone from signing up…


#8

Hi Alex,

I’m good, thanks. How are you?

You are absolutely right about the different websites and I can see that this might push people away.
I’m trying to keep the “content” on WordPress (the app is Rails), because it is much easier to manage that way. I didn’t have time/wasn’t willing to invest the money to get a coherent layout for both.

Cheers,
Christoph


#9

Just move the app to a subdomain, and keep the site on wordpress. I guess you’re halfway there with “app.linksspy.com”.

Do you have your own crawlers to discover links or you’re using API-calls to ahrefs/majestic?


#10

The app is already on app.linksspy.com - which site would you want to keep on www.linksspy.com?
Do you mean the root/marketing page?

I use Moz as data provider.


#11

I see that. Most people land on the root page, which is - “the app”, not “the site”. But then if you navigate using the bottom FAQ link - you get to a whole new structure with a whole new design, with some “articles” section and some areas not even present on previous design. This is no good for SEO. And the header-logo points to “www.”, but “www” redirects back to “app”. This is a) confusing b) SEO screwups is not something you’d expect from a SEO-tool


#12

Hi Alex,

you’re right on that this is confusing, but I’d argue that it is not a SEO screwup (intentional 302 redirect).
Nonetheless I’ll see what I can do to make both sites look&feel the same.


#13

302 loses link-juice, and the homepage is the MOST linked page on your site :smile:


#14

Which is what I want: I want to build links to www. because I plan on moving the marketing website over to WP.
It was just easier to get started that way.