Post to people who will value your idea and give you valuable feedback.
Just trying to get "traffic" is a wasteful and distracting vanity metric. The feedback you get from such traffic will take you further away from building something that really connects with the right audience.
(In the case of the list itself, it is worth posting it to those sites, as the audience at those sites is the target audience for the list itself. Which makes it hard to point out why the list is misguided.)
If you are building a consumer app your base unit is attention. You need to post to these sites in order to even find that “right audience” - so long as you’re not just trying to get people to sign-up for a non-existing product, this is the way.
Yes it’s fun to give people the “just give it to 5 people who really like it, and make sure you keep in touch” advice - but the truth is that for most good devs, their product dies because of exactly this mentality.
You need to learn to push your product as a creator, otherwise you will just straight fail, even if it’s a good product.
This is simply the easiest path to getting initial users to seed the feedback mechanisms that drive feature development.
Do not take the above advice - post your product to every high traffic place you can get your hands on. The users you don’t care about won’t stay, the ones that you do care about will give you information through the channels you hopefully have set up beforehand (i.e. Intercom, Segment, email, phone, Logrocket, Sentry, Datadog).
It’s up to you to then parse out which users are responsive, and if they come from some specific subreddit, you target that. If they come from a specific city, target that. You won’t ever get the data to make the decision of what niche group to target unless you post it to some high traffic source, or you are somehow extremely intimate with one of those groups already, which is often not the case.
Even if the feedback from people themselves isn't helpful, installing something like Sentry or Rollbar before you post to one of these sites can give you a ton of "real world" data about whether your app actually works.
The idea was to provide a definitive resource which was more user friendly than just a bullet list of links.
If you did come across it, I’m curious to hear if you have any suggestions on how to improve it.
# It's slow, each page load and column sort is 1.7+ seconds.
# It only sorts in increasing order, not decreasing, and if you'd want only one direction you'd likely want decreasing for followers and Alexa rank.
# Categories (Regions, and Platforms) should be faceted, to keep the UI tight consider the pattern employed by Excel for picking column filters.
# URL and Twitter should be sortable.
# Whole and filtered lists should be exportable to CSV.
Whilst these are all UX related, the last one for content.
# Add a "Type" column, this could differentiate between the type of site: "News", "Directory", etc.
This is all possible with a sprinkling of JS, no need for heavy server-side stuff :-)
I hope my partially unsolicited feedback is useful, have a great day.
I agree these sites need the revenue. Just don't claim to be torch bearers for the startup community. Be upfront like ProductHunt which says pay us to get promoted. No harm in that.
Thinking about seo, wouldn’t Google downrank duplicate submissions across multiple disparate sites as spam?
Would it be better to try and shoot for the top 5% of these sites with unique submissions (different text descriptions)?
However, duplicate submissions are starting to become shadowbanned (if the intent is to manipulate SERP), while having your site link on spammy sites is simply a downrank in relevant metrics.
The other corollary is that these sites will likely not have substantial enough metrics -- owing to the amount of outlinks they have to all sorts of low-ranked content -- and so posting your site on them for purely SEO purposes is misguided.
They're better used for organic traffic.
Spam is unsolicited.
automation !== spam