I’ve excited news to share with you all.
It was busy few months reviewing hundreds of products and tools to find the best resources to supercharge your online business and website. It was not easy for sure, but I guess I made it (shameless).
So what I am talking about?
Geek Flare Nexus
Geek Flare Nexus aims to help a blogger, startup, designer, developer, freelancer, medium business to find the best product, tools, services, SaaS to increase the sales revenue, secure a site, make the web page load faster, generate leads and more.
There are more than 1,500 products I’ve reviewed, and not everyone made a list. At the time of writing, there are ~1000 resources, and I plan to update regularly.
To make it easier to navigate, I’ve grouped resources into a “Collections.” There are ~100 collections for now, and yes, I will keep adding it.
How I got this into?
There are mainly three types of articles I’ve on Geek Flare.
Tutorial and troubleshooting blog posts are evergreens, and I write it as it requires. However, a list-based blog post is different.
In a list, you write about many products talking about more or less the same thing.
Let’s take an example if I have to write about “10 WordPress Security Plugins”. I’ll include all the popular and be a promising one, but the nature of each plugin is common to secure a site. And, most of them would offer the same features.
So, If I have to write about it, I will explain about them and make the article length ~1000-1500 words. But if I look at the heatmap, users are not interested to read all the details, they all want to know the product name, link and brief intro about it.
I know what you are suggesting – don’t make it long and keep it short as needed. I wish!
But guess what, there will be another article on the Internet about the same topic in more than 1000 or 2000 words, and that will probably rank higher in the search engine. There is a trend to write long articles because SEO expert advise. I don’t know how accurate it is.
After reviewing a few list-based analytics, I realized I was not delivering the value. I include many things which users are not interested to read but because I have to do it to make it longer. That didn’t satisfy me.
Is it just me who thinks in this way?
I started thinking about a solution, and I came across many list-based sites. They are good, and I got inspired by them and thought to make something new with value-add. I decided to keep it simple for users.
- A page where you have the best products and tools to solve a problem or achieve a specific thing, and you can visit a respective site in a single click.
- A user doesn’t have to go through a lengthy article instead know the product name, and little intro and if feel comfortable with it then click on “Visit Site.”
As you can see above from “Accepting Cryptocurrency” collections. You can see them all and directly go to the site if you want. By default, only ~30 words will be displayed, and you can expand if you’re going to read in details.
Expanding doesn’t take you to the new page.
Now, you know a little history about Geek Flare Nexus. Let’s take a look at the implementation.
Choosing the Name
When I came up with the solution, I kept a name “Geek Flare Collections” – Simple but too familiar. I had a few brainstorming session with my friends and came up with few names.
I liked Launch, but it was not relating to what I am doing. I was not 100% convinced.
Did some research and thought to get some professional to suggest it. I hired him on Fiverr, and he suggested a few names.
I liked Nexus 🙂 and here you go!
Choosing the Technologies
There are many options in the market. Initially, I would get it done in JS, but I realized it would cost me more. Since I don’t know how market will interact, I thought to keep it simple with low investment, and you can guess the cost-effective solution – Its WordPress!
WordPress is powerful CMS which is not just useful for blogging but complex application too. I got my regular developer, and he took ~ 3-4 weeks to complete it.
- Google Cloud Platform – hosting VM
- Thrive Leads – for the opt-in forms
- Cloudflare – for CDN & Security
- ESSB – to allow people to share the collections
- Algolia – for search
Launching on Product Hunt
Geek Flare Nexus is all set to launch on Product Hunt on 9th August. I hope to see you there!
I had an idea, and I made it possible with help from friends and talented people. Now, it’s your turn to share what you think about it. Ultimately, it’s you the people who will decide if it is helpful.
Thanks for reading and this wouldn’t be possible without my wife and son support. I’ve taken their lot of family & play hours.