Promoting landing page to get signups


OK, now I have my landing page with a signup form ready. Now how do I promote it to get early adopters? Should I:

  • Pay a content farm to put backlinks to the page
  • Pay adwords to get traffic
  • Find a resource site (tutorial sites and stuff) for the target niche and rent banner space on their site.
  • Send out a press release ("We proudly present our upcoming product...").

Or all of the above? Which one is most effective?

Beta Promotion Early Adopters Landing Page

asked Nov 26 '11 at 05:41
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  • Also would welcome ways to generate targeted traffic that aren't listed above. – Adib 12 years ago

6 Answers


Our start-up was just featured on and we have seen a solid influx of possible early adopters. This was kind of surprising given our relatively narrow niche (competitive gamers).

I would try submitting it to similar services (like KillerStartups or StartupBooster). Here's a non-exhaustive list:

answered Nov 26 '11 at 08:14
David Titarenco
405 points


I have gone through a similar stage while promoting a new startup and it was intended to drive traffic the website and making an opportunity to get them sign up and test our services in the real time. I had done plenty of things but then found that two of the below strategies worked very well to create brand and service awareness among targeted audiences.

  • Competitive Product Targeting: I am sure you know your competitors. Google their product names and create a list of all the 3rd party websites where they are mentioned. Then submit details about your products/services and make sure to get them mentioned where competitor product are also listed.
  • Engage Bloggers and Reviewers: While working on the campaign as instructed above; you will find some bloggers or reviewers who have covered your competitor products. Collect the contact details of those bloggers and reviewers; reach out to them directly and ethically ask to review your app/product too. Since they have reviewed a competitive product already so it will be easier for them to try our a similar product. One your product is mentioned on their blog site; you will start receiving very targeted traffic from day 1.
  • Viral Marketing: LinkedIn is by far the most effective way of getting potential attention from global professionals. Join in LinkedIn groups that relate with your product/service and short list those professionals who seem to be your target. Then send them private messages and seek for their feedback or thoughts about your new startup/service. This is one ethical strategy to receive expert opinions and getting your product(s)introduced among the top ranked professionals related to your target area.
  • Startup Review and Promotion Sites: I have already shared some selective but credible websites that encourage new website by reviewing them. Contact them and you will start getting some good amount of traffic once the submission goes live.

I hope these tips will help you generate quality traffic and without paying or involving into any paid channels for promotion. But I will advise you to keep your website SEO finished first and turn your landing pages into user-engagement and conversion engines. Then your external efforts will generate better value for you in terms of hiking the number of sign ups.

answered May 20 '12 at 06:02
Usman Sarfraz
1,326 points


You should leave a link back to your landing page when you post messages on site such as this, forum, emails, twiiter facebook etc. Start a blog or join discussions groups something like your doing now however attach your url as a calling card. If your service is of worth for visitors time and attention it will pick up traction slowly be surely.

answered Nov 26 '11 at 10:13
Donald Bailey
27 points
  • Good advice. However as far as posting on this site goes - put your link in your profile, but not on every post you write as they will be delete as spam, or it will be edited out. We have a fairly strict policy here (sometimes too strict in my opinion) against self-promotion. – Susan Jones 12 years ago
  • Not so good advice. I've added the link to my landing page as a comment and someone deleted it. – Adib 12 years ago
  • @adib Read Susan's comment. That may be a good strategy on other sites, but not on this site. – Zuly Gonzalez 12 years ago
  • @I agree with self-promotion policies here but in a special scenario where some someone refers a link in his reply/comment that belongs to a product/service he is affiliated to but it is directly relevant to the asked question or can be found helpful for the thread starter; then such type of reference links shall not be treated as Spam and must be allowed, I suppose. – Usman Sarfraz 12 years ago


The fastest way to get user's to your landing page is to pay for advertising, such as Adwords. But prior to doing so, I'd recommend that you install Google Analytics (GA) and track goals to see what % of the Adwords visitors are converting. Adwords may not be sustainable for you but it's a fast way to test the effectiveness of your landing page and messaging.

Paying for links is a very dangerous game. While the odds of your site being penalized are small this early, if it happens, it's pretty painful as you'll potentially be de-indexed altogether. If you are thinking of SEO as a strategy, start a blog and target specific keywords. Then have a clear call-to-action on your blog to your landing page. Obviously, your blog should be related to the product you are promoting. Use GA to see what keywords are driving traffic to your blog and try to rank higher for those with more targeted posts. note that this approach will take time and may not be right for you if you are just looking to validate your product - but it's likely a better long term strategy.

Another option is to find relevant discussion forums and contribute in a positive way. Many let you promote your site in some form (signatures, etc.) Just be sure to follow the rules of the forum.

answered Nov 27 '11 at 16:47
610 points


I started a start-up recently and was facing the same question.

There are two additonal ways that you have not listed:

  • using your personal conatcts (either via direct email or Facebook/Linked-In)
  • using YouTube

Starting with your own network is often a very good thing to do. Would your friends/colleagues be interested in your start-up? If yes, post it on your Facebook page. Even if they may not be interested in purchasing your product you may wish to share the great news that you are launching your start-up. And you may even be able to ask them to forward it to anyone who might be interested.

Then another source of traffic flow could be via YouTube. If at all possible produce some relevant content. If you do already have a demo, you can do a screen cast and explain what it is about. This can be done in 30 minutes or less. For our start-up YouTube has been a very good source of traffic.

Besides that I agree that AdWords is one of the quickest and straightforward options.

Good luck.

answered May 20 '12 at 12:01
11 points


Options 2-4 are all good. Option 1 is a short term win, but a possible long term loss when Google delists your site, so I would avoid it.

answered Nov 30 '11 at 06:54
Eric Brandel
160 points

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