9 Ways to Take Your Site from One to One Million Users

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  1. Brandon

    Brandon Regular Member

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    In this video from The Future of Web Apps London (FOWA), Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, WeFollow and Revision3, shares 9 things he did to increase his users to 1,000,000 and beyond.

    Here’s a quick bullet-point summary. You can watch the video, view the presentation slides or download the audio.

    Here is the blog post with some bullet points

    #1. Ego

    1. Ask yourself: Does this feature increase the users self-worth or stoke the ego?
    2. If a user is contributing to my system, what emotional rewards do they walk away with? What (visible) rewards will they receive?
    #2. Simplicity

    1. Stop over building features
    2. Pick 2-3 things to focus on
    3. Ask yourself: Is there anything I can take out of this feature?
    #3. Build & Release

    1. Stop thinking you understand your users
    2. Learn from what they’re actually doing on your site, not what you think they’ll do
    3. Decide on what you’re going to build… and build it (avoid analysis paralysis)
    4. Build, release, iterate, and repeat
    #4. Hack The Press

    1. Invite only system (Pownce, Digg v3)
    2. Talk to the junior bloggers
    3. Attend parties for events you can’t afford – network w/influencers, bring a demo
    #5. Connect with your community

    1. Start a podcast (it’s OK if not everyone listens)
    2. Throw a launch party, then yearly/quarterly events – invite the press/influencers personally – don’t tell the bar
    3. Engage w/the community, be an active participant your own ecosystem
    #6. Advisors

    1. What technical problems are you going to have?
    2. Advisors can be helpful in a whole slew of areas (marketing/hiring/bizdev)
    3. Stock compensation, typically not a board seat, solid advisors help during fund raising
    #7. Leverage your userbase to spread the word

    #8. Does your product provide value for 3rd party sites?

    #9. Analyze your traffic

    1. Install Google analytics
    2. Entrance sources (search?)
    3. Paths through site
    4. Top exit pages
  2. dpSubi1

    dpSubi1 Regular Member

    May 19, 2010
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    very useful and interesting. i never thought some of the points mentioned above.


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