The Modern Product Manager is a site and newsletter that is dedicated solely to helping Product Managers. It was founded in 2013 by Alex and has since grown into a profitable enterprise with over 3,000 subscribers.
We caught up with Alex to learn about his journey and to understand what it takes to become a successful newsletter.
I started the Modern Product Manager to help both aspiring and new Product Managers. We offer videos, blogs, courses, and more to help develop these individuals build both skills and connections in the Product community.
I began in Product Management close to 8 years ago. When I first started, there was very little material to help new Product Managers get started and I wanted to change that. It’s the reason I wrote Building Digital Products 5 years ago and why I founded The Modern Product Manager. I want to give back to the Product community and help others with resources that simply didn’t exist when I was getting started.
Advertisers on the Modern Product Manager newsletter gain access to a highly focused audience of both aspiring Product Managers and current Product Managers. This audience has an incredible level of influence over technical and product purchase decisions at the companies they work for. For that reason, they are in high demand!
Currently, The Modern Product Manager is making between $25-$50,000 per year and has grown very quickly over the past few years!
I’ve been writing about Product Management since I started in the career 8 years ago, although I’ve only truly monetized the brand in the past 3 years.
Time. There never is enough time to write as much as you want or try as many things as you want. Just like Product Management, prioritization is incredibly important and you have to be able to kill ideas that simply don’t work (or don’t work well enough).
Aside from my time, it was not expensive to start TMPM. There are some software costs (i.e. Mailchimp, Namecheap, Hosting), but generally I keep these to a minimum!
Continuing to produce high quality content and engaging with my audience in many different ways. Additionally, I’ve recruited other ambitious Product Managers to produce content for TMPM, which provides additional perspective that my readers have found interesting.
Medium has been an incredibly helpful tool in building my Product Management brand by helping me rank highly for key SEO terms in the Product space and driving top-of-funnel traffic to my brand. Over time, I’ve also learned how to integrate different email capture and traffic driving tools into my Medium posts to make the most of the traffic I get on that platform.
Find a niche or a niche of a niche (to be more specific) that you can OWN. Don’t make another “food” newsletter or “tech” newsletter. Rather, go 2 levels deeper than that and produce something in a topic you can OWN. After that, don’t overthink it! Invest serious time in producing high-quality and interesting content and your audience will grow.
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