If you’re building an online service, which this post will focus on, you have probably spent a lot of time and effort creating it. Now you are probably eager to get some users in there.
Before you whip out your credit card and spend a small fortune on Adwords you should consider the following. Have you had enough users try it out or will you just be donating hard earned cash to the executives at Google?
Sites For Early Adopters
There are a few websites out there that promotes fresh startups to their audience. Their users are early adopters who love trying out new services. Why not have a bunch of people with low expectations test your service first? In addition to getting traffic to your startup, you are likely see a few blog posts and tweets as well.
On Product Hunt new products are posted every day and are ranked based on the number of up votes they get. There has been a lot of hype around the service during the last months and it’s a great way of getting traffic for your startup for free.
At Erli Bird you submit your startup to their catalog and in return its users get the chance to try it out and leave feedback. They have both free and paid options, but from my experience you should at least get the cheapest paid package.
It’s important to know that Erli Bird pays their users to try out your service. Don’t expect to gain many loyal users but see it as a way to get traffic for your startup to see how users actually interact with it.
Another great way to get traffic for your startup is Beta List. However Beta List requires that your service is in private beta. Unlike Erli Bird they don’t offer different paid packages, but you can pay for a quicker review. Something I would recommend, unless you want to risk getting publicity a month later instead.
Beta List has a great presence on twitter, in fact in order for users to try out your service they’ll have to pay with a tweet.
There’s a lot of alternative websites that also list startups. While they might not generate as much traffic for your startup it might still be worth submitting to them. Remember that getting links to your website is important for your search engine rankings.
Startuplister is a service that submits your website to 40+ websites. It costs $49 to use, but perhaps you’d rather invest time in developing your startup than spending a day submitting to these sites manually.