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.
Thanks for the encouragement! Can you believe that CiteThisForMe gets 10 million visitors a month? The people deserve better!
If anyone here wants to give Citationsy a spin, email me your username and I’ll give you your first month for free.
Great job! Here's some thoughts
What about https://www.zotero.org/? I've been using it for my thesis and it's been pretty great
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.
Side question, how did you grow to 146 customers in 2 weeks, thats impressively good.
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?
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.
I haven’t experimented with the pricing at all yet, and you’re probably right.
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.
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.
Great story and great product. I wish you all the best!
Thanks, Thomas! :)
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 ;-)
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.
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.
That’s probably true, I should definitely cut it down — I could get rid of the whole FAQ section, right?
Thanks for the feedback!
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
This is a great story! Hope you do well :)
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…