10 Websites That Boost Your Traffic For Free

At the beginning of a startup’s life there is hardly time for marketing as you are spending most of your day developing and refining your product. But don’t forget that some traction is very helpful for gathering feedback in the early stages of product development. Here are some websites you can submit your startup to and generate traffic, for free.

These websites help you getting the first early adopters and increase your chance to prevail when contacting the tech press.

1. Hacker News


Hacker News is a great place to get very helpful feedback from tech-savvy users and also to generate a humongous amount of traffic if you are lucky and get onto the front page.

2. Startup Bird


Startup Bird is a platform to present new startup ideas from all around the world. Startups only need to fill out a short description, state their USP and if the publisher is interested your startup will be featured on their front page.

3. Kickoff Boost


Kickoff Boost presents new and interesting products and smartphone apps on a daily basis. You just need to add a short description of your service and hit submit.

4. Crunchbase


Crunchbase, part of the TechCrunch Network, is a behemoth of the startup world and firstly a directory of startups and their company structure, news releases, etc. Definitely worth the time for a backlink but compared to the other portals not as viral.

5. Betalist


Betalist publishes startups with all kinds of backgrounds, not solely technology-driven companies. Next to a lengthy submission process you have the possibility of doing an interview which is a great opportunity to expose your brand further.

6. Bootstrappist


Emails have the highest conversion rate and Bootstrappist allows you to leverage that. In exchange for a good story Bootstrappist sends out your message to over 9,500 tech-savvy subscribers.

7. Killer Startups


Killer Startups is interested in the story behind your tech startup and features you on their front page. In order to do so Killer Startups provides different models: free users need to wait up to six months as demand is high, users who pay $167 get featured within 48 hours.

8. App Storm


App Storm is a big review network that also has a web app subsidiary. Startups can submit their project for free and also send other interesting news.

9. Side Projectors


Side Projectors is a market place for startups. The portal showcases cool projects and lets you search for co-founders or possible buyers.

10. Firespotting


Firespotting at first sight seems like a copycat of Hacker News but it does its job: simply submit a title and URL and wait for traffic to come in. The purest form of startup marketing ­čÖé

BONUS: Startup Vitality

In case you don’t want to spend your time on submitting your product to various portals there are services that do the job for you. Startup Vitality┬áleverages their network of sites and allows you to gain instant exposure in 24 hours. Their service starts at $ 389 with 1 premium network member, 5 network members, 72 hour turnaround and a traffic preparation guide. Surely the best method if you have the spare change.

Whether you do it one way or the other, you should make sure to read this practical guide to get media coverage for your startup at OnStartups.

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    1. Yes, missed that in the post. Apparently they’re gonna keep it running for another 12 months then close shop. In the meantime I have found a lot more sites.

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