Hi Planet Micro ISV Readers,
I’ve made three important changes to Planet MicroISV today.
1. I’ve added 6 blogs into the feed. These are the first new blogs in a while. If you have suggestions for product development focused blogs the email me.
2. The RSS feed now only displays the summary for articles. I’ve always felt a little guilty that I was stealing traffic from the authors sites so I want to test using a summary only. If enough people complain (or it drives me crazy) then I’ll switch back to the full article.
3. The main page now only display the summary for articles.
A few months ago I was looking at Planet Micro ISV when I realised that it has become a stale old site. Initially I cut the inactive feeds and since then I’ve removed a lot of other feeds too. Most of them only carried product update announcements or had more non-ISV related posts than ISV related ones.
In the time I’ve been running this site our whole industry has changed. If you’re a software developer who’s planning to spend 6-12 months building a desktop app without testing the market first then you’re a dinosaur who’s likely to fail. Today it’s about web/mobile apps, lean development and marketing.
But don’t think that’s the end. Some of you may have noticed that internet marketers with no programming skills have started building successful software empires. They’re doing this in months, not years, because they’ve applied their skills in product creation and marketing (especially testing/optimization) to create a simple process that almost guarantees success.
Over the coming months I plan to transform this site by adding more feeds covering:
- Lean or agile development
- Web/Mobile apps
- Internet marketing
- Lifestyle business
I realise that some of these changes might not sit well with existing subscribers but I think we need to move forward. Many of you are building products on the side so it’s important that you learn:
- How to test markets before building a product
- How you can build and manage your product/business in only a few hours per week
- How to market a product once you have it.
If anyone wants to complain then please email me.
Over on The Business of Software forums there is a thread about a 30 Day Product Challenge. The objective is to build and launch a product in September (30 days). If you’re interested in joining then send your RSS feed to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add it to the 30 Day Product Challenge category on Planet MicroISV.
I screwed up earlier today and accidently redirected the Planet Micro ISV RSS feed to ASP.NET MVC Ninja RSS feed. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
This is a repost of a message posted on The Business of Software.
The 2011 microISV Pain Point Survey is opening on August 1st and all microISV operators are invited to pre-register today. We’ll send you an email link to start the survey as soon as the survey period begins.
Let me extend a special thanks to the 150+ microISVs who participated in last year’s survey; this will be the second year we’ve run the survey and I’m looking forward to seeing what trends develop. If you missed last year’s results, here’s a link:
By participating in the survey, you will…
* Get exclusive access to anonymized survey results.
* Get a company profile listed on our participants page (optional).
* Get a link to your microISV site from our participants’ page (optional).
* Help the microISV community by guiding future applied research.
* Contribute to world peace!
The microISV Pain Point survey, sponsored by the microISV Research Alliance, guides applied, academic research at Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering microISV Research Lab. Specifically, the survey helps determine fertile areas of research based on the daily struggles of microISV operators like you.
The microISV Research Alliance is the public face of Auburn University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering microISV Research Lab. Our mission is to assist microISV operators in building and growing their businesses by providing insight and research into topics and issues specific to the microISV community.
If you would like more information about the survey, please visit the link below or email me at Russell [dot] Thackston [at] microISVResearch [dot] org.
Our goal is to make you more successful.
I set up a FeedBurner feed for Planet MicroISV a few days ago. My next move will be to redirect traffic from the WordPress feed URLs to the new FeedBurner feed in the next day or so. I’m posting this in advance so that readers know what is going on just in case something goes wrong. If it works the way I expect then readers shouldn’t notice any problems or need change their feed URL.
I’m making this change because most of the sites readers are using the feed and I want to better understand both how many readers the site has and what they’re reading.
This is just a quick note to let everyone know that I’ve added a new podcasts category to Planet MicroISV. In this category you’ll find the feed from Startup Success (which we already aggregated) as well as Startups For the Rest of Us and Start Lens which have just been added to Planet MicroISV. Both of these are from the amazing Rob Walling. I’ve just finished reading his new book Start Small, Stay Small and I can’t praise it enough. Unlike most books it’s full of real world examples, practical advice and provides actual figures that you use for estimates. If you only read one book about building your startup then this has to be that book.
It’s been about 10 hours since Planet MicroISV was updated. The process went smoothly and the site is now back to full automated which is something that it hasn’t been for a couple of months. If you’re one of the people reading this site using a news reader then you’ll be pleased to know that the old RSS and Atom news feeds are redirecting to the new feed URLs (RSS and Atom).
So why did I update Planet MicroISV? There are a number of reasons why I decided it was time to update the site. The main three are:
1. The site was looking tired and has become difficult to maintain. After switching to shared hosting I found myself needing to run the script to aggregate blogs manually off-line then upload the site. This meant that it was only getting updated once every day or two (sometimes longer). It’s now back to fully automated and readers should see posts being added throughout the day.
2. While the site has always ranked well with Google I found it was well down the list on Bing and Yahoo. By updating to WordPress I’m better able to optimize pages and it seems like it’s had an immediate impact. Hopefully this will result in increased traffic from all search engines.
3. Over the next 12 months I’d like to grow the site from simple blog aggregation to become the SitePoint for MicroISV’s. While Planet Feed Reader served me well for the first 18 months it simply wasn’t going to allow this.