First the GOOD news…
36% of the people visiting LockLab are first-time visitors, presumably new lock pickers. The Tribe is growing LockSport!
On May 8th I published the LockLab University’s “Lock Picking Course”, consisting of 12 modules and three more modules in the works. This is the only online lock picking course and it was almost immediately highlighted in the forums and on Reddit. Over 2,500 new pickers have started the “LP101” course.
A quick web search shows that Lock-Lab.com is the only website dedicated to lock picking. There are a number of blogs and forums, but no other web sites. With LockSport growing and the number of new lock pickers increasing daily, I want our Tribal website to be the preeminent source of lock picking information. To ensure that I’ve installed Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software to help us score highly on search engines. Inputting the SEO database properly is laborious, but soon any search for lock picking will result in LockLab at the top of the results.
Now the BAD news…
Recently LockLab was targeted by DDOS attacks originating in Romania. We have security software that shuts down everything except the home page, and it worked perfectly. Still, we were down for an hour and four minutes and I find that irritating. Amazon’s network security team temporarily blocked that entire country’s access but if the attack reoccurs I’ll ask for a permanent block.
The forum is still in the works but at a lower priority. The reasons for this are not financial because I’ve already bought the software. Instead I’m concerned with the time required to operate it. I am one guy and struggling to balance the production of YT videos and run the Tribal website. Time is my main constraint and I’m hesitant to take on another project until things stabilize a bit.
Last week I ordered six of Sparrows top-of-the-line kits, bringing my reimbursement rate is down to 39%. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a Patreon or fan funding, now would be a really good time.