Well I finally went and started an office, we have had a 60% increase in US signups in the past 8 weeks as the site begins to go mainstream. I am definately not looking forward to New Years this year as the surge in traffic will be absolutely massive.
Monday was the first real day at the office. I was up till 3AM on sunday fixing a replication server. Than at 9AM the internet didn’t work so I came in to see what was wrong. I got to the office and the dishwasher flooded the kitchen as it wasn’t properly attached. At 10AM the power got knocked out. At 9:20 the generators failed and my site got knocked offline. Than at around 5 it took a few hours to get everything back online as power was restored. I talked to the head electrician and he said the backup generator was configured for low Load and it would fail everytime the entire building was put on it. It was a REALLY long day…. At any rate i’ve also hired 2 new customer service reps replacing one that is leaving. So i’ve now got 3 employees! 1 Employee for every 250,000 DAILY active users.
I found out that you can create logins for Google Admanager and people can check up on the status of their orders. I will be selling advertising space at 80 cents a CPM in US, Canada, UK and you can target by whatever you want. http://www.plentyoffish.com/advertising.aspx
The idea is to offer it cheap and get some of the bigger advertisers off adsense. I suggest people run it in a few states and not in others and than look at their database to assess the impact. From my own testing for every 1 user you get from ads another 1-4 show up virally.