I’m Erman - I have realized not many indie hackers are into Shopify Apps so I thought an AMA would be helpful!
10 months ago, we launched our very first Shopify app: Analyzify. We knew we were solving a good problem - but we didn’t expect this much traction. We have reached 500+ paying clients and $15K/monthly revenue only with the very first version of our product.
A short background story ✍️
We have been offering productized services on the Upwork market for over 4 years now. We noticed that Shopify merchants always came with similar requests:
Initially, we were using some products that didn’t meet our clients' needs and had pricing that wasn’t really beginner-friendly, so we decided to develop our own app. We first thought it would be a private app and that we would only use it on our projects.
Painful first period 🤕
After the first 10 clients, I have almost regretted that we did this. As explained shortly here and there; we attracted some clients that had their own custom setup and requirements, and truly this was something I didn’t expect at all. I thought “Well, nothing is as easy as it first seems anyways!”
50, 100, 250, 500 clients 🤩
We have passed the test - and managed to make all of our tough cases happy. We started to receive tremendous reviews and more importantly - regular clients: The clients that didn’t have complex cases - and our app and support were more than enough to solve their problems. We started to gain traction. The free course we have created on Youtube helped us tremendously with the sales - and we have gotten 50+ reviews only in 5 months!
Shopify as a Market 🚀
Just incredible - especially after they removed the 20% commissions from the app store in August. It is a marketplace with 1.7 million merchants, most of them profitable - and with zero commission. We are quite happy to be here and we plan on continuing to build products for the Shopify app store.
My humble suggestions 🔖
Always happy to help and Ask Me Anything!