14 comments

  • Michael MckeeverMichael Mckeever, 2 years ago

    The days are gone when I would have needed this but Chegg's business practices are disgusting so I hope you can succeed, if only to take some market share away from them. Props to you for going out and building your own solution.

    7 points
    • Cenk Özbakır, 2 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement! Can you believe that CiteThisForMe gets 10 million visitors a month? The people deserve better!

      1 point
  • Cenk Özbakır, 2 years ago

    If anyone here wants to give Citationsy a spin, email me your username and I’ll give you your first month for free.

    4 points
  • Thomas RawcliffeThomas Rawcliffe, 2 years ago

    Great story and great product. I wish you all the best!

    2 points
  • Eliot SlevinEliot Slevin, 2 years ago

    Great job! Here's some thoughts

    1. What about https://www.zotero.org/? I've been using it for my thesis and it's been pretty great

    2. Your pricing at $1 a month is dirt cheap, I love the fact you're getting paying customers right away - but if somebody is going to pay $1 over a month, they'd be happy to pay $5 - if that scares you, please at least raise it to $3. If you can generate more money off it, you can spend more time - and then you can serve your 146 customers better.

    3. Side question, how did you grow to 146 customers in 2 weeks, thats impressively good.

    4. If you google Citationsy google thinks you misspelled it and redirrects you to citation - prehaps consider a name change to a slightly more seo friendly, memorable, and 'easily sent to friends' name?

    2 points
    • Cenk Özbakır, 2 years ago
      1. I’ve tried Zotero, but I really didn’t like it. I don’t even know where to start - the user interface is terrible, it doesn’t automatically cite URLs and so on, and it’s built in Java and looks and behaves like Limewire did 10 years ago. Not that I don’t appreciate the functionality, it all works really well in practice and I’m sure for some people it does everything they need. It’s just not what I want to use.

      2. I haven’t experimented with the pricing at all yet, and you’re probably right.

      3. A large part of them is from one institutional partner. The others are friends of friends and some from Adwords. I also tweeted at people who were complaining about RefMe going away and suggested they try Citationsy, that seemed to work very well.

      4. I know, the Google thing is annoying. Me and my girlfriend went through a bunch of different options for the names and decided on this one. I hope Google will sort itself out.

      0 points
  • Patric Schmid, 2 years ago

    Great stuff and good luck with your project!

    The gif on the landingpage is lightning-fast. Maybe I am getting old, but its too fast for me to actually see and understand what is going on. Had to watch it like 3 times ;-)

    2 points
    • Cenk ÖzbakırCenk Özbakır, 2 years ago

      You’re right, it is a bit too fast. I’ll try to adjust some of the frame lengths in Photoshop to make it more obvious what is going on. I went to great lengths trying to keep the filesize down.

      0 points
  • Account deleted 2 years ago

    I dont need this at all but the service looks nice, the design is perfect for what it is and I love the honest approach you've taken to 'marketing'. I think you could cut down with a bit of the copy on your homepage though - Theres a lot to get through there.

    2 points
    • Cenk Özbakır, 2 years ago

      That’s probably true, I should definitely cut it down — I could get rid of the whole FAQ section, right?

      Thanks for the feedback!

      0 points
      • Account deleted 2 years ago

        I dont think you necessarily need to get rid of it, i think you just need to use type to make your sections have more hierarchy. It looks like a massive wall of text at the moment, just play around with headings and body copy sizes and you should be fine

        3 points
  • Guillaume BroderGuillaume Broder, 2 years ago

    Really nice article and website Cenk ! I've used CiteThisForMe for some academic papers the last few years and was really disappointed and frustrated by it. Your business model seems really honest, I feel it's can definitely attract students with a tight budget. You could send some emails to universities to market your product and maybe offer some sort of discount. I know for a fact that I would have used the one mine provided if they had any but they did not … So I looked it up online and resigned myself to use CiteThisForMe. More on the website, I think it's missing some branding ? No logo anywhere ? It's not necessary but would feel better in my opinion…

    1 point
  • Jake Lazaroff, 2 years ago

    This is a great story! Hope you do well :)

    1 point