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December 1, 2012 at 7:21pm

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The Journey Starts Here

Oct 1 Cl Alerts soft launched.  A little over 2 months later and we have sent over 22,000 Craigslist alert emails. Most importantly we have started to refine the product to our user’s needs. 

Craigslist Alerts Growth

It all started out about 3 months ago when I was using IFTTT to subscribe to Craigslist gigs for some potential consulting gigs.  I landed 2 contracts off the service and thought to myself there must be others that aren’t as web 2.0 savvy that would love a service like this. 

IFTTT is a great tool to get Craigslist alerts BUT it’s too difficult to setup and to maintain.

I started doing more research and noticed that there were a number of competitors in the market.  One would think that this would be a detriment but it actually helped me validate this idea quicker. 

I wanted to create a service that was super simple to use and at the same time really flexible.  Our MVP focused on these two points.

  1. Our bookmarklet doesn’t require an account, just a simple email subscription that can be edited and stopped directly from the email. 
  2. Users simply search for the thing they are looking for on Craigslist.org and then bookmark it via our bookmarklet.  This allows users to use special search query’s on Craigslist and use CL categories. 
With the help of some talented peeps from Odesk I was able to go from concept to working demo in about 2.5 weeks.  Cl Alerts was built on top of Mailgun, Launchbit and MagpieRSS.  

Can you guess how much it cost for development?  Go ahead and guess below!

My next post I show you how I spent a whopping $5 to create our demo video 

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