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Fayaz Ahmed
Fayaz Ahmed

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Got my 10th sponsor today, for a side project which was inspired by my article

So one my post here called "These free tools for developers are πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯" was getting a lot of views and it gave me a idea to make a website our of it & a few days later I launched Appydev

I put it up on Product Hunt and it was voted ~700 times & is the top voted product of the day (19th July 2020).

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It was also backlinked by many popular design blogs & mentioned by some really awesome people on twitter.

How I built it?

When I finally started building this, I had a huge list of bookmarks of great tools and resources which helped me a lot for my work.

All I had was links and I had been saving them with the notion web clipper. Now the issue was getting the data, descriptions, images, author, pricing & open source links for these projects.

Doing this manually for ~300 links was a huge task, so I wrote a scraper in node js which did all of the heavy lifting. I just uploaded a csv file with the links and it pulled the title, description, og:images, icons etc.

I tried pulling pricing links & github links, but it didn't work well (worked for a few links), I just ended up find this data manually along with a little help.

This site was made with vue, nuxt, nuxt content module & tailwindcss.

A month later, I have sold this template to two 2 clients for a good amount of money. They wanted something similar, but a little customised to their preference.

The best part is I got sponsored by 10 awesome people, who just liked the website and they were not even trying to get something in return & it was all because of a article.

You can find these supporters here

Top comments (7)

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Rahul Jain

Loved the UI. Looks very polishedβ™₯️

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Tanishq Sharma

Beautiful design Fayaz πŸ‘Œ Loved the overall balance and look

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Fayaz Ahmed

Glad you liked it

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kapeel kokane

Awesome work there Fayaz! Looks great.
So how did you get a word out about the new site when it was ready? Did you post a link for it in your article that was getting those views?

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Fayaz Ahmed

Posting on PH, announcing on Twitter, telegram groups etc, the rest was just backlinks and stuff.

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Arnaud Cortisse

Very inspiring!