http://betali.st - quite well known, moderated, gets a decent amount of traffic if you get featured, not too many form fields to fill out.
http://www.kickoffboost.com - moderated, and relatively new, easy submission
http://www.reddit.com/r/sideproject - moderated, easy submission
https://www.sideprojectors.com - relatively new, easy submission
http://thestartuppitch.com - moderated, has quite a few more form fields to fill out than others
http://www.erlibird.com/startups - paid $149, last time checked out
http://forrst.com - Easy submission, used to be a great community for feedback - not sure now
http://www.bootstrappist.com - a mailing list of bootstrapped projects - has quite a few subscribers I think.
http://angel.co - Angelist, of course - new startups gets tweeted via various accounts
http://crunchbase.com - Crunchbase - similar to Angelist
Is mentioning they run the site necessary? Absolutely not IMO.
Personally I think it beats Show HN: Sideprojectors, which was his alternative. I saved the list in my notes. Thread was useful to me and good advertising for him. Win-Win.
I literally* don't understand how people mess this up. If you were talking about a list of projects that had not yet been submitted to one of those lists, would you say they are "non-submit"? No, obviously you would say "non-submitted". If you were talking about books that had been printed by a publisher, would you say they are "publish"? No, you would say "published", because it's a past participle, and that is how we say past participles in English. This is not a prescriptive/descriptive thing: every English speaker over the age of 5 talks this way. But for some reason "bias", a completely normal verb, causes people to throw out everything they know about English.
So, stop it.
* Yes, literally.
People get this wrong because with many accents (most American regions among them) the "ed" in "biased" is almost silent when spoken aloud at conversational tempo.
Oh sorry downvoters for quashing your dreams of wealth and fame with your bootstrap styled 10 hour project consisting of largely code copy and pasted from stackoverflow that will revolutionize everything everywhere. Yes please submit that to all the places. We all want to try it out.
Something is deeply wrong with this community. Not everyone was born with 10 famous startups and 10k Twitter followers under their belt, but things can and do change.
And no, I'm not in favor of spamming indices, either.
You're fighting nearly 30 years of tradition - don't bother. Just get used to it.
Yes, I have no problem telling someone on ShowHN where I see the issues with their project. But that's different from a blanket "come back when you're a Rails-powered millionaire, and by the way if you're not one already you'll never amount to anything" attitude as expressed above.
There is no question that a community like that is possible, you'd just have to wait for all the "losers" to clear out. So if that's really what HN is about to you, ramp it up! But lazy malevolence is still not the same as hacker culture, if such a thing even exists as a singular concept.
Also, no one ever said, "come back when you're a Rails-powered millionaire, and by the way if you're not one already you'll never amount to anything". That's not what's happening above, at all. I agree, if that were the case, that's boring and unhelpful, but that's not at all what happened. That's too specific. The above took place because of the obvious and unnecessary trickery in the submission - people don't like to be taken as fools.
However, as someone who really does commit to projects (as in, will work on them 6 months after the checks stop rolling in) this list is pretty great. Free traffic from early adopters is a good way to test a new product.
I do think there's a time and a place for this though. Know your market. Free traffic/press is nice, but only if you want a bunch of tech nerds using your stuff.
It s funny too, because people complain about the lack of innovation and/or people not working on hard/meaningful problems, etc. I happen to agree with that complaint, but it boggles my mind that many don't seem to connect it with the lean startup culture. Seems like a pretty natural consequence.
CrunchBase and AngelList are meant to be directories of companies. While side projects often turn into companies, there is a difference at least initially. Uploading a weekend side project to these sites is creating noise rather than signal.
There's nothing wrong with hoping a side project becomes a bigger thing, and using available tools to try to make that a reality. Some side projects do go on to be very successful. Like AngelList.
I think your best bet (based on advice from this site and my own experience) is to find the community most relevant to your product and make sure everyone in that community knows you're launching.
One word of caution: take the comments on Reddit with a grain of salt.
For every decent point, you'll see tonnes of comments like:
It costs too much, charge $0.99/month instead!
I hate it, change x, y, z and make it free and I'll consider it
Which can be safely discarded.
Definitely don't take any criticism received to heart!
Comments are garbage most of the time unless you find some super niche undeveloped subreddit unplagued by the masses, only retaining passionate users.
What happens is a community starts with people passionate about the topic of the community, and then the focus shifts from content to community preservation once the masses leak in and it devolves from there.
Because it's unmoderated for the most part (subreddit moderators don't count, most are bad at what they do, source: most subreddit content is bad), communities quickly devolve into the lowest common denominator of discussion, memes, bad unfunny overused jokes, and puns (which I really don't mind actually).
Sorry, I have a severe distaste for Reddit once I realized how "dumb" it actually is. I realized this when I saw articles posted to Reddit from HN that hit r/all and how different the comments were. Reddit for the most part seems fueled by hormones, HN is level headed.
Edit: Oops. Someone beat me to it.
So, yeah, go ahead and post to HN but only if your target market is actually on HN otherwise you'll get a lot of tyre-kickers and no actual customers.
Addendum: if you don't know how to reach your customers. Stop what you're doing and find out
Should I post it as "Show HN" or just submit the link?
[edit: removed the link because I don't want to be spammy]
Here's the link:
I've run two Show HN posts for my new project (https://wecombinate.com) and had zero replies or even visits from both. It seems you need to have a group of people upvote early on otherwise you'll disappear very quickly.
Like others have said, you're better off focusing your time and energy finding out where your prospects go for their information and entertainment. TC and the like will give you a big surge in traffic initially, but it won't be the traffic you want, and it'll die off quickly.
Now, a truly great resource for those launching side projects would be a list of sites/magazines broken down my major target market -- eg. pregnant mothers, hackers, foodies, athletes, etc.
We submitted the project to the following websites:
1. CrunchBase http://www.crunchbase.com/company/blogvio
2. Angel List https://www.angel.co/blogvio
3. http://www.betali.st/ 39$ - http://betali.st/startups/blogvio
16. http://www.erlibird.com/ - they ask 199$.
19. http://www.feedmyapp.com/submit/ (http://feedmyapp.com/p/a/blogvio/28928)
23. http://www.aboutyourstartup.com/ (http://aboutyourstartup.com/?s=blogvio)
33. http://www.startuptunes.com/ - http://directory.startuptunes.com/b/Blogvio
36. https://www.gust.com - https://gust.com/c/blogvio
We plan to submit it here as well:
Be warned, we still think press plays a major role as a distribution channel, compared to these sites that will only bring you beta users, in the hundreds. :)
I'd say you need to hit the road really hard, and try to approach entities to which your product would provide real value.
For example we also found partnerships to be a great distribution channel. We approach them by showing how much value our product can bring to their service (e.g. http://andreipotorac.roon.io/from-blogvio-with-love - this is the real deal). So far it worked great with the ones we approached! This means thousands of potential users so far!
On the other hand, we help them with user acquisition since we're a platform that integrates well with publishing tools.
3. Sites above
This is the order you should use when building you distribution strategy.
19$ to pitch the idea or launch to a crowd of entrepreneurs -- you get stats, feedback, and emails -- and it's rumored that promo codes for free or super cheap submissions are as simple as emailing firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Full disclosure: I'm on of the guys behind LaunchSky, but we've seen a few startups use LaunchSky.com to launch their project and iterate on it, not just get feedback on an idea that doesn't exist yet.
If you want to help gather more startups, I hear they are expanding rapidly and could certainly use your help.
I liked sideprojectors.com quite a lot too, thank you!
(Disclaimer: I run the site)