Vincent Ritter

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Sublime Ads

A privacy focused ad management service for your apps, websites and others.

Sublime Ads is a platform to allow you to manage and serve your very own ads in your own apps, on your websites, or other services using a simple API, or a lightweight drop-in JS script. You are in complete control on what you want to show, and how.

Everything is in one place and is easy to manage, no need to write your own custom solution. On top, Sublime Ads is privacy conscious to you and your users. Only taps/clicks will be registered for served ads and nothing else (can also be disabled per ad). I also don't use any tracking for the web application and other things, just like the internet is supposed to be.

Launching as an MVP product, very soon, to satisfy my very own needs as a developer with multiple apps and sites.

Visit the website here.

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I love the process of tweaking things when I’m close to shipping something (websites, apps etc). Had a great Sublime Ads session today. Hopefully it’s ready soon ❤️✌️Now it’s time for bed.

If anyone has any interest, I’m currently working on the new homepage for Sublime Ads. I’ve enabled it and you can have a peek. Wording will probably be changed as I go. Also need some screenshots and of course a pricing section. Happy what I have achieved so far.

Making some progress on the new homepage for Sublime Ads… and yeah, will probably work on the wording as I go (as usual).

Added the wording of "per month" to the pricing section of my latest Sublime Ads update post, concerning the free tiers. Might be confusing otherwise.

Sublime Ads - to the finish line & pricing plans.

It's been a while since I wrote a longer post regarding Sublime Ads. So where to begin?

It's nearly there

Whilst I think progress was slow it has been going steady. As usual I am balancing more client work than my own work... but that's just the way it is. Pays the bills.

Over the past few days I worked every evening to make progress with it.

I'm happy to say, bar a real homepage and some more documentation, it is pretty much ready to launch.

Changes, changes and... tweaks

There are always a million things that you find as you go. Some you just don't know about until you're months in and you find edge cases. So I fixed those that I could find by chance!

Leading up the launch there were a few things I wanted to tackle like a Micro.blog account - so if you come from there and want to use it, I have a special free "Basic+" (basic plus) account with generous usage. Everyone seems to use the "+" sign these days... might as well join in.

That meant I had to add a few extra checks and mess with the subscription model a little. Worry not, it's all worked out!

Of course, there were wording changes everywhere... it's never going to be finished!

One of the bigger viewable changes made was to re-work the settings page with better navigation. Also made it slightly wider. Looks like this (API Key is a test one, before you want to try it):

And yeah, they jump around as you hover over them... I couldn't resist... and if your don't like it... I added an option some weeks ago to disable the playful UI.

Pricing

Sublime Ads will launch as a paid service. However, I will also allow a free "basic" tier that allows API and embed usage of 1000 hits. That means you can load up your embeds or anything straight from the API 1,000 times in a given month.

If you come from Micro.blog, you will have a Basic+ account. That has 3,000 usage points per month. To put that into perspective, my own site is way below that limit - so it's a great limit I reckon. If you come from Micro.blog, just let me know as and when you sign up and I will mark your account accordingly.

Everyone that signs up, once it's open for registration, will have a free trial of the monthly plan for 14 days. That means no limits to what you can do. Perfect for you to get started and get adding to your very own app, site or whatever (digital billboard?).

After that time, you can either subscribe for a small monthly (currently at $7/month) or you will automatically be downgraded to the Basic plan.

7 is a nice number, so I will leave it there for now. As time goes and accounts grow, I'll be increasing the price. Worry not, you will always be on the same monthly that you signed up with... unless you cancel or let your subscription lapse.

I'm not interested in complicated pricing points. Between you and me, I did try and work something out, but at the end of the day I just want to keep it super simple. So here we are - and that's why we have a free "basic" tier.

Homepage

The homepage, or the marketing page as some like to call it, is my next step. That's the biggest thing I need to worry about now. Tax was my first worry, but I dug in and just did it.

I really would love to do a live build of the homepage or something - I'm thinking of starting a Discord for that purpose. Would that be of interest? Might be utterly boring. Only problem would be my creativity - might be non-existent at any specific time.

It's all sketched out on a piece of paper... ready to go and implement.

Documentation

That's still ongoing. I'm happy where it is already, but I need to do more here.

Also thinking about onboarding videos at some stage. Although right now, as I write this, I'd love to do some live onboarding sessions with anyone that would like it.

General feeling

I've been using the platform since around April last year and I'm happy with the way it shaped up. There are already a few accounts, with my dear testers, that are also using it.

Whilst I haven't heard back from some, I believe Sublime Ads is performing well. Since I had it up and running, I had zero downtime. Let's keep it that way haha.

There are more things I want to add... as always... however I am super happy with where it is now. It's minimal, it's quick and it works.

Environment

Yeah, this was important to me... so last year I started looking at alternative server providers that provide 100% renewable hosting. I ditched Linode (sorry) and went with a German hosting provider, based in Germany (yay for data protection!). Hetzner (referral link) provides amazing servers for a great price which will allow me to grow as we go... on top all their servers run on 100% renewable! NICE.

Next steps

As I mentioned above, it's the homepage that is left to do and then it's ready to go. I won't be doing any launch press release or anything, just a normal blog post and go from there. I haven't really figured out how to go about spreading the word... but blogging is good for me. Might just do a special episode for my podcast too.

So, launch day? No idea yet... client work, other stuff... life... etc.

Thanks for reading ❤️

My past self has implemented Team accounts for Sublime Ads. Thank you self ✌️😂

Another good evening progressing with launching Sublime Ads. Just need to sort out payment plans and then I can work on the "home" page. Let’s see where I’m at come end of the week ✌️

Spent around 4 hour last night on more tax related things for Sublime Ads… Yeah, went to bed at 05:00, but it was good fun to sort. Happy it’s one thing less I have to do. Etching closer to release. Maybe by the end of the month it’s finally ready.

Uh oh… I’m coding on Sublime Ads...

Planning to do some sort of livestream of developing the homepage for Sublime Ads. Any pointers of where and how I should do it? I don’t want to use YouTube.

Sublime Ads is nearly ready to launch 🥳 It needs more documentation and also a dedicated homepage. Everything else is minor. Really happy how far it’s gotten.

Am working on an API usage counter for Sublime Ads… and I was testing something when a limit was reached… and then the date changed… and then I got confused because everything was working again…

Happy to say that my reset code works then 😂

OK, got into the thick of it now. Think I’ll be sticking with Stripe for now. I just did a too good job with it. Need to talk to my accountant next and figure out the best way to make this easier for me… EU tax is 🤯 I think I know how I should do it better/easier.

Remember when I spent a few weeks adding billing to Sublime Ads? Yeah, so I’m going to try and re-implement it with a European payment provider… Wishing myself luck.

One more deploy for Sublime Ads… it’s been on the list, because some have asked for it… I call it "boring" mode. So a little bit less of those funky angles.