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Here's what I got done this week:
* Completed redesign of TinyPilot homepage
* Finished migration to @emailoctopus
* Concluded my pay-what-you-want experiment
whatgotdone.com/michael/2021-0

I did get more Gumroad ratings. I think I had 9 five-star ratings before the experiment. During the week, I got 3 more five-star ratings but also 1 one-star rating (no other feedback given). Oddly, Gumroad still shows this as a perfect 5-star rating overall.

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Of my 263 total sales for the course, 105 (40%) occurred during pay-what-you-want week.

I was hoping that the burst of new customers would lead to recommendations by word of mouth, though there haven't been any new sales since the experiment ended. Might be too early to tell.

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I screwed up the experiment a little because it was due to end Friday, 8/20, but I forgot I'd be traveling from 8/20-8/23, so I didn't revert pricing until 8/22.

I wanted to promote "last day to get it at pay-what-you-want" but I didn't have time while traveling.

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The sales page had 318 unique visitors over this period, so almost exactly 1/3 of people who were interested enough to visit the site ended up purchasing the course.

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The majority of sales (55%) happened on the day that I announced pay-what-you-want pricing. I suspect that these were mostly people who follow me and were interested in the course in the past but felt the price was too high.

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Final results of my weeklong pay-what-you want experiment for my blogging course, Hit the Front Page of Hacker News.

105 new customers
$755.34 in new sales
$7.19 average price paid
$39 max price paid

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Just published my notes for How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.

It didn't live up to my high expectations from How to Win Friends and Influence People, but it teaches useful lessons about managing stress and appreciating life. mtlynch.io/book-reports/stop-w

RT @GregBensinger
I took a spin through Google/Waymo’s terms and privacy policy on the Waymo One app (self driving cars in SF).

Here’s just some of crazy stuff you’re required to agree to /1

RT @mangopdf
i wrote a blog post about writing blog posts so now next time someone asks me to review their draft i can do a HUGE flex and send them this in response
mango.pdf.zone/i-give-you-feed

RT @tinypilotkvm
TinyPilot's mission is to be the world's most convenient KVM over IP device. Here's a first look at the TinyPilot Voyager 2, which drastically simplifies installation and cabling. tinypilotkvm.com/blog/voyager-

RT @deliberatecoder
This week, my blogging course (normally $69) is "pay what you want."
The course explains how I write technical content that reaches the front page of Hacker News and reddit. It has a 5.0 rating on Gumroad and has helped several students hit HN's front page hitthefrontpage.com/

RT @monicalent
Since my little side project has officially "leaked" on Twitter, let's make it official 😉

Announcing my next free course: SEO for Devs!

SEO has become one of the most valuable skills I have as a developer. I hope this helps more people get started:
seofordevs.com

The $588 in revenue makes this the strongest sales month since March.

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On day 3, it's slowed down, but the pay-what-you-want pricing is still attracting new students to the course.

87 new customers
$588.34 in new sales
$6.76 average price paid
$39 max price paid

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RT @deliberatecoder
This week, my blogging course (normally $69) is "pay what you want."
The course explains how I write technical content that reaches the front page of Hacker News and reddit. It has a 5.0 rating on Gumroad and has helped several students hit HN's front page hitthefrontpage.com/

RT @mattcantstop
I am going to start building in public, with weekly updates after loving following @deliberatecoder's journey and a few others. Primarily focused on two things:

- Building a consumer app, and
- Building an Airbnb to rent out

Weekly updates on Sundays.

matthewduff.com/2021/08/15/sta

At this point, offering pay-what-you-want pricing has increased my total number of customers by 50%. In just over one day:

71 new customers
$458.20 in new sales
$6.45 average price paid
$39 max price paid

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Only one customer has chosen a price that's not a whole dollar amount. They made two separate purchases, and I feel like the numbers they chose are some sort of riddle for me to decode.

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In five hours, this sale has exceeded my revenue for all of July.

32 new customers
$273.20 in new sales
$8.54 average price paid
$39 max price paid

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