Better Blocker: two year review and thoughts on the future


#1

I just wrote up a little post on my blog reviewing what we‘ve achieved in the past two years with Better Blocker, where I feel we‘ve fallen short, and what I’d like to see us do, going forward:


#2

Thank you for the summary, @Aral. Great to get these insights. :slight_smile:
I myself would be totally fine with a yearly subscription donation for example, I know that you guys need to run Better somehow and that it costs a lot. I am more than willing to support apps with the right mindset and yours is way at the top of that list.
Keep up the great work!


#3

Thanks for the update and Indie’s ongoing commitment to Better. Much appreciated!

The model you’re thinking about indeed sounds interesting but risky. The one thing I have to think about since reading your post is whether and under which circumstances enough people would chose to subscribe.

Here are some thoughts I’ve had so far

  • I would prefer an option to pay annually instead of monthly
  • Finding a good price is probably relatively hard because to cross-finance those who won’t contribute, the contributors might have to pay a relatively high and maybe prohibitive price
  • What about offering different price points for different income groups / levels of willingness of support?
  • Is there or could there be something not related to the core blocker functionality that could be offered as a perk to subscribers in order to make a subscription more attractive? Just as an example from another app, the creator of a free OTP app offers the ability to use custom images for the stored accounts when you’ve bought it

#4

IMHO making the service free would make sense only if:

a) you think you can significantly improve the service by the mere fact
of having many more people using it (which is not the case, I think)

and

b) you can afford a massive PR campaign that will tell everybody that
everybody is using it, to the point that everybody eventually will.

If not, I’m afraid “freemium” works only for VC-backed ventures.