Messi vs Ronaldo
The sequel to my original side-project which I sold for a five-figure sum, messivsronaldo.app began as a learning exercise and developed into a real passion project. Built with Gat... Read More
The sequel to my original side-project which I sold for a five-figure sum, messivsronaldo.app began as a learning exercise and developed into a real passion project.
Built with Gatsby, this site was my gateway into React, and I can't understate how much I learnt during both the initial build and the never-ending feature additions. It was a constant work in progress for the best part of 2 years, and it was fantastic to have a project that really energised me in the way that this did.
The original iteration of this side-project which I previously alluded to (messivsronaldo.net), I created in 2012 and sold in 2016 with an average daily user count of around 15,000, and a firm grip of the top spots in Google for the most relevant search terms.
This new version was initially a learning exercise primarily, but soon began to show some promise in terms of organic performance. In a little over a year it had toppled its predecessor, and went on to achieve some dizzying numbers, despite zero financial investment on marketing.
In the year from October 2022 to September 2023, the site had 11.7 million users, an average of 32,000 per day. It has also surpassed 100k users in a single day on 8 occasions, including twice breaking the 200k barrier! The all time high was 226,323 on Monday 19th December 2022, the day after Lionel Messi's World Cup triumph.