It’s been a whirlwind 3 months!
I’m conscious that I haven’t blogged for a while, and you’ve missed out on a lot of news…
So let me take you back in time to share with you Market Samurai’s short history for a moment.
(In my next post, I’ll share with you Market Samurai’s future…)
July 2nd: Early Lessons
Market Samurai Lesson #1: Never tell Ed Dale a secret…
Ed Dale leaks photos of Market Samurai via his Flickr account.
Enthusiastic internet marketers start “hunting us down”, finding the Market Samurai web-site and contacting us wanting to find out more. Too early! We’re not ready yet!
July 9th: The Holy Grail!
The day after “completing” a proof-of-concept version of Market Samurai (while we’re still testing ahead of release!), Google releases actual (accurate) keyword search traffic data from their own data centres!
The Holy Grail of Keyword Data is released!
The Market Samurai development team scrambles, working 22 hour days, to include this data into Market Samurai.
July 15th: A Legend Begins…
First floodgate is opened!
Immediate Edge members begin downloading Market Samurai.
Managing the roll-out, the support team works a 37 hour day, before dropping back to 16 to 22 hour days, 6-7 days a week for the next 7 weeks.
Feedback for Market Samurai is glowing… but they ain’ seen nothing yet!
August 2nd: …Suddenly, there’s a massive change…
Thirty Day Challenge launches; Market Samurai “grows up”.
Market Samurai now looks like this. Only Keyword Research features are available – other modules are undergoing final development.
The development team lives in the office for the next two weeks, sleeping in 4-6 hour shifts on mattresses set up on the floor whenever they can.
There are a lot of features to finish-off – features need to be completed before they’re used inside the 30 Day Challenge training itself, and deadlines are fast approaching!
August 3rd: A Second Module is Released
Market Samurai’s “SEO Competition” module is released.
A huge “WOW” factor!
The Market Samurai team continues to release a regular stream of updates and improvements to the system.
August 15th to 28th: Gets Better With Age
Numerous new features are released, including the “Find Content”, and “Promotion” modules.
September 12th: Groundbreaking 42% Conversion Rate!
13,000+ of internet marketers are now using Market Samurai, with around 42% choosing to upgrade to the full version when it is released by purchasing Market Samurai early.
September 20th: Far Too Successful!
The percentage of Market Samurai users who are using the paid version rises to 46% – an incredible conversion rate on a paid product!
Market Samurai has surpassed everyone’s wildest expectations of success, but it’s meaning that we haven’t been able to give users the kind of service that we initially aimed for.
The #1 focus of the Market Samurai team becomes serving our existing customers.
All Market Samurai promotions are ended.
September 30th: Users Achieve Huge Successes!
We take some time to review Market Samurai’s testimonials and feedback.
A massive number users are achieving [literally] overnight rankings for high-traffic, low-competition, high-value keywords that they have found using Market Samurai.
It’s one thing to prove Market Samurai works for us. It’s another to have 100′s of success stories flooding in from users themselves – with many of these people being internet marketing “newbies”.
The system works!
October 7th: MORE Bugs are Stomped!
The Market Samurai team is back to its previous fast turn-around times on support…
…And the Market Samurai development team has released several bug-fixes and updates that seem to address [almost] all known issues that Market Samurai users have faced.
Today: Big Things Ahead…
To date, over 60 “builds” of Market Samurai have been created and tested, with most being released.
Right now, the development team is conducting final testing on Market Samurai v0.78 – an update to the way Market Samurai handles proxies that will give a significant performance boost when gathering some types of data.
In addition to this, the next set of features is well on its way.
So what’s on its way?
Well, you’re going to have to wait until my next post for that!