Indie Hacker Ihor Stefurak is working on a new approach to validating micro-SaaS ideas.
The best part of this approach is how fast you can iterate on ideas. Ihor and his team use this to go from idea to customer-friendly MVP in a matter hours.
Here’s the scoop…
Ihor’s team launched 5 micro-SaaS projects (so far) by using this Reddit validation-first approach, including a “cash cow” Email Verification Add-on
and a recently launched personal productivity micro-SaaS: Silent Inbox
Here’s the high-level of the process…
👉 Whenever Ihor gets an idea to validate, he writes down at least 5 keywords related to it. For example, Ihor might write down: “meditation”, “breathwork”, “breathing technique”, “anxiety”, “stress”. Enter one keyword at a time into the Reddit search bar and it will give you a list of subreddits where your keyword is mentioned.
👉 Find at least 5 subreddits with people who discussed your topic. Make a copy of Ihor’s spreadsheet
, collect information about the number of readers, and paste those numbers into the spreadsheet. Pro tip: don’t waste your time on subreddits with less than 10K readers.
👉 Go to Related Subreddits by User Overlap
. You need to check every subreddit you found by searching your terms to get more ideas on when your potential audience is hanging out.
👉 Read posts within each subreddit to see if people might be interested in your project. Add subjective relevance to the spreadsheet, where 10 is for super relevant subreddit.
👉 Once all numbers are added to the spreadsheet, sort your list of subreddits based on the Score it calculates for you.
Congrats! Now you’re ready to pick the most relevant subreddits, plan content, write a title, research the best time to post, etc.
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