Exciting news! My company Browserling was featured on Product Hunt and it got over 500 votes, making it the product of the day! If you haven't heard about Product Hunt, it's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.
In this blog post I want to quickly summarize what happens when you get on Product Hunt.
The immediate effect is very similar to getting on front page of Hacker news or Reddit and you get a sudden spike of traffic. However unlike HN and Reddit, Product Hunt's traffic lasts for several days (as long as your product is visible on Product Hunt's home page), and if you make it as the top product of the day, you get featured on their mailing list, that sends more traffic.
Browserling was product of the day on Product Hunt, Oct 18, 2015.
Overall, I had 7-10 days of 2x-3x daily average traffic thanks to Product Hunt and I got tons of tweets, several writeups on various tech sites, 800% more signups and 300% more new customers (compared to daily average).
Product hunt's traffic spike on Oct 18, 2015.
I had to spin up a bunch of extra cloud servers to handle all this extra traffic. Be prepared that a day after you get features, Product Hunt's mailing list goes out so you'll have another sudden spike of traffic. I didn't know that but I've real time Google Analytics open 24/7 and noticed that.
I've to run now. Other than that if you've a cool product, you've to get it on Product Hunt. It's a great site. I didn't find until 12 hours later that Browserling was submitted. And when you get on PH make sure to monitor Twitter and PH's comments and engage with people who're interested in your product.
Until next time!
I'm implementing every feature imaginable to make Browserling as easy to use as possible. A little while ago I created Bookmarklets for Browserling. Browserling's bookmarklets let you bookmark links to browsers for quick and easy access.
Let's say you're cross-browser testing in Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 daily. Then you can just create bookmarks to these browsers, put them in bookmarks bar and start testing in IE 9, 10 and 11 with one click on the bookmark. Super quick and easy!
Under the hood, Browserling's bookmarklets use Browserling's unique browser sharing URL scheme, which is another feature for easily accessing browsers.
Here's how Browserling's browser sharing scheme looks like:
This loads catonmat.net in Chrome 40 on Windows Vista. Browserling's bookmarklets just generate the right browsing URL and when you bookmark it, it loads the right browser. Neat, isn't it?
I've also created Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions for Browserling. They make cross-browser testing as easy as bookmarklets. Just install the extension and you can start testing with one click on the extension's icon.
Until next time!
In September I launched comic.browserling.com - a new webcomic about web developer, web designer, programmer and browser jokes. The comic has gotten popular quickly and the cartoons are getting shared and viewed tens of thousands of times.
I've been adding new cartoons every week and here are three latest comics.
All cartoons are licensed under the CC BY-NC license. You can share, remix, transform, copy, link to, redistribute cartoons and jokes but you can't sell them.
Until next time!
I'm on a mission to make Browserling as easy to use and accessible as possible, and I just released a Firefox extension for Browserling. This extension lets you quickly access all Browserling OS platforms and browsers with one click. No need to go to browserling.com first to start cross-browser testing. Just install the addon and you're ready to go.
Try it out now and let me know what you think!
Today's Blogger of the Day is Peter Krumins. Peter is an expert software engineer, a physicist and an entrepreneur. He runs a cross-browser testing company called Browserling in the Silicon Valley. He's also a mentor and Hacker in Residence at Hackers/Founders, world's largest startup network, and an advisor at June, a company that reinvents hiring. He also has a popular programming/computer blog called catonmat.
How is your company Browserling doing?
Browserling is doing fantastic! I'm kicking butt and building a global, international team. Right now I'm working with people in 4 different countries and I'm hiring more people soon.
As we're a small team of professionals, we're able to adapt to our customer needs very quickly. Our customers love us for that, and we love them. I'm having the best time of my life at Browserling!
What would you recommend someone who is graduating high school do if they are interested in computers/technology and entrepreneurship?
I'd recommend not going to college and starting a company right away. Colleges don't make any sense anymore. Perhaps 20 or 50 years ago when accessing information was difficult, colleges were useful but nowadays they're a complete waste of time. You can just learn any topics you need when you need them.
Instead of going to college and wasting your life, go get Peter Thiel's fellowship. It gives you $100,000 to work on your idea and it requires you to drop out of college.
What are a few of your favorite computer jokes?
I'm a huge nerd and I love computer jokes. I recently started my own webcomic about web developer jokes. Check it out here. Here are my favorite jokes so far.
· What did Times New Roman say to Comic Sans? ... I hate your type!
· Internet Explorer does a great job of downloading Chrome.
· My grandma never got to experience the Internet, not because she’s old, but because she used Internet Explorer.
Here are some other of my favorite jokes.
· Once upon a time, a computer programmer drowned at sea. Many people were on the beach and heard him cry out, "F1! F1!", but no one understood.
· Why programmers often mix up Halloween and Christmas? Because Oct 31 = Dec 25.
· An SEO expert walks into a bar, bars, pub, pubs, tavern, taverns, public house, Irish pub, drink, drinks, beer, alcohol.
What is the best way to improve SEO?
There are no more secret tricks to improve your rankings. You just have to naturally build your site and use all the known SEO practices to rank better. My suggestion would be to create something people love. They'll share it naturally, you'll get many backlinks and you'll rank well. If you're trying to game SEO you're wasting your life. Google will update their algorithms and you'll lose. Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
What goals do you have for the next 5 years?
My goal is to make Browserling a huge and international company.