Thousands of people use my website a week, apparently they dont care about 4s load times.
My actual audience has bothered me to create more content more frequently.
Nothing happened. A month or two later, I decided this was a waste of time. But before closing the remaining browser tabs (which were the ones low on my priority list), I decided to submit a one-sentence description to the remaining sites.
The next morning, I heard back from one of the sites , which not only wanted to feature my startup  — they also wanted to license our technology to make their website easier to read!
If there's a lesson to be learned from this N=1, it's that shorter is sweeter when it comes to pitches.
The only difference is that I used a short pitch for the last ones and long pitches for the first ones.
Also - the "get the pdf version" is really a dark pattern since you're not allowed to download it without first paying some non-zero amount that you laughably get to choose. Might be a bit nicer to say, "buy the pdf version".
My worry is just that this service will quickly get marked as a spammer and probably blocked or downvoted as a poster in many places.
Also, I HN it's very useful that the owner/submitter can answer the questions that appear in the comments of the post. The problem with mass submission / spam is that the owner can't mass answer all the comments in all the sites.
You should be very wary about doing that. Some of the link in the list are news sites (eg Mashable). If someone at a news site sees you're spamming them they'll be a lot less likely to cover your startup favourably in the future. While you might get some 'backlink juice' out of it, you could also be burning some very valuable bridges.
It's a faulty way of seeing things, but businesses like that tend to have a fog around them. They don't see the icebergs coming.
(1) “Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to.” https://darkpatterns.org/
Submitting to show HN, Crunchbase and /r/programming will require 3 dramatically different entries and info. I don't believe that's achievable for $89 unless you want to do it badly. What cost your reputation?
EDIT: I understand your comment now, yes it is. How this startup got funded I have no idea, it's a decade-old SEO "sh*tlording" technique :/
Apologies for my French. It's just that HN is a lot smarter than this...
No but this is such a pattern in human history. Don't fight war, sell the weapons. Don't mine bitcoin, sell the cards. Don't start a startup, start a meta-startup (startup about startups). Easy $$$! Basically be the parasitic side-liner supplying to the often-fruitless follies of mankind.
Take a look at GPU company stock prices over the past 2-3 years for me will ye' ;)
It should be similarly unsurprising that companies like Apple, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft, Stripe, Salesforce, Google, SAP, Amazon, etc. could also be described as "selling stuff to other people selling stuff to them."
The only reason I built the Submit Checklist is that create a feedback generator. For this reason, the sending process takes a month if you willing to pay me to submit for you.
Enjoy the list
Have a nice day
Seeing a site like this on the list makes me question the usefulness of other sites that I've not heard of.
edit: Also, some of the FB groups are either completely inactive (last post was months ago) or are satire (one sentence startup pitches).
To all of the naysayers - submitting to messageboards is a perfectly fine way to get the word out about a product! Plus, I'd expect it to help with its googlability. There's no question that it is better to talk to actual customers, but where do you even find these people? How do you get them to talk to you? How about message boards with communities of different people looking to try out new ideas as a start?
But congratulations to the author for the work and the Show HN.