Monday, November 8, 2010

32,000 downloads, and another post

Hello there,

Yes, about 6 months later, the milestone has been reached, and now it seems like there's a healthy community of transposh users. Lots have changed in the plugin and the code is constantly improving (although not as fast as I hoped, maybe I should hope for no progress and be positivly surprised at the 64k post).

So far the revenue model has proved useless, and the total income is below $10. Many users decide to either keep the links (thanks guys). Write their own widget, or simply have no ads. All of which I am happy with. The downside of this is that no money makes progress slower, and I hope that it will change in the coming months.

On other fronts, a personal issue I had has slowed development considerably for the last few months, this has now passed ( ;( ) so now I have more time for the project, and I am using it to think of the coming directions. One of the decisions was to do a full trac scan and create meaningful milestones. This is work in progress, but I really enjoy it as there's so much information and directions in there that are so exciting, I wish I could implement each and every request but I am trying to keep things in focus.

What will the next version bring? The next major will hopefully be a UI redesign, with many of the tickets on the trac closing there, this milestone is marked as 0.7 and will be the best milestone to date. Any ideas, bugs, money will be happily accepted.

Don't worry, be happy now.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Is there a revenue model?

Well, there might be one, but I will have to keep looking for it, or at the least be very patient with the implementation of one.

The recent attempt made was to offer users to exchange the link in the widget for some ad replacement, after a few days this has not yet proved its worth as a solid business model. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

On the product front, progress has never been faster as more and more features creep in and more and more bugs are weeded out. There are still so many things to do and so little time....

Thursday, April 22, 2010

16,000 downloads post

Yes, promised a post at 16k, and here it comes. This time it took 4 and a half months to get to this milestone. With the current rate of growth, it will take 6 months more to get to the 32k milestone.
The product is beginning to shape up nicely, becoming better and better, and I am starting to think about if this will ever be able to grow into a service that is monetized. I have received many offers for donation in exchange to the backlink removal. I am not going in that direction, as this will not be substantial and will not make a living of this. The idea is to provide a real value added to bloggers (and/or readers) so that they will be happy to purchase this service. A few ideas exist, but nothing has not hit me as the holy grail yet, if any reader have his own set of ideas, this would be something I would love to hear.
Next up is more, yes, more of everything. Better integration with wordpress will be coming soon, including themes and comment integrations. I also hope that we'll be able to provide support for third party widgets and support another CMS besides wordpress in the coming future. The features continue to creep in as well, and the improved interface for translators will be the main goal there.
We are more "social" than before, you can follow us on twitter, facebook and here too. Show your support, it helps.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Disasters bring people closer

I have just finished releasing v0.4.2 for Transposh, aka the answer ;) This release brings in the support for Haitian language. Which was released by the Microsoft Translator Team two days ago. The reason they released it is probably the horrible earthquake which struck Haiti about two weeks ago. First, kudos to them on their efforts. This is the first time the MSN translator team has beaten Google translate to a language release that I know of, this has reminded me the not so recent release of Persian support by Google following the Iranian election scandal.
It seems like world events help bringing people closer together, and there's no better way than translation tools, as I guess that the mutual goal of everybody in this field is to achieve better understanding (and world peace, maybe).
I hope both teams will add support for more languages, without the need for bad stuff to happen.