Sites where you can promote your startup?


What are the best sites or blogs to freely promote or prompt reviews for your new startup?

(Except well-know sites like TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, and so on ... or other sites where you don't have a chance without a well-known name behind you.)


asked Aug 27 '10 at 00:11
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Try Hackernews and also promote it yourself by creating a page in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, OnStartups, etc... There is also a project I am working on called, the tech map where we intend to map all tech startups in the US, check it out Also, a good way to promote your site is to participate in blogs by leaving comments (intelligent comments not just links to your site) making sure you have your site address in your profile.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 00:31
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  • IMHO getting trackion on hacker news is very difficult unless you already have a high karma score. – Venturesocially.Com 12 years ago
  • True, and the only way to earn karma in that site is by participating in it! Cheers! – Ricardo 12 years ago


Here are some lesser known but still quality sites to target:

All the owners of these blogs are friendly too!
answered Aug 27 '10 at 07:18
Jeff Epstein
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Also try guest posts on blogs that get a decent amount of traffic and already target your audience.

Reddit is also another good place to promote your site. See Digg vs. Reddit for promoting a blog post For other ideas, check out:

How to promote my business using social networking How effective is Twitter for disseminating links? Meta: How should we promote Answers to the world?

answered Aug 27 '10 at 03:11
Zuly Gonzalez
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3 is a fabulous site that profiles innovative new businesses, and not only website or tech related businesses. I hope to have my business profiled there someday.

However, I haven't yet looked into how to get selected by them for profiling. So let us know if you find any good tips for getting on the site. Trish

answered Dec 27 '10 at 21:09
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There are a number of websites that incessantly profile tech startups and new web apps such as KillerStartups, Venture Bin, and DIY Startup News. There are more, but their names escape me at the moment.

If you are actually looking to go beyond just another pageview and gain users, simply approach the bloggers/influencers relevant to the market your startup serves.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 05:36
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I am actually the founder of Rate My Startup and I saw traffic coming from this post so I came here to reply. (Thanks a lot for the comment Karen!)

I would definitely recommend Rate My Startup (obviously) as well as some other great sites such as Hacker News, Killer Startups, Feedmyapp and Great Web Apps

A lot of the more mainstream sites (Digg, Reddit, etc) are difficult to get to the homepage of. The smaller sites like the ones listed above will normally provide a good amount of traffic for any quality web startups. Also, I would recommend using these sites as a way to get feedback on your startup.

answered Jan 16 '11 at 07:27
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I found a service called Magical Mofo the other day, they submit your site to 20 startup sites (like killerstartups, startuplift, etc.) for 9 bucks.
I Haven't tried it but seems like it would be worth it for the time savings. I'm going to try it for my own launch next week so I'll report back.

answered Dec 28 '10 at 14:23
Karl Krantz
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I just stumbled on this site which displays a list of blogs or directories that review startups.

It appears to be regularly maintained and includes most of the suggestions above.

answered Nov 18 '11 at 14:14
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You could check there are sites listed here where you could also submit your startup information.

Once you find sites that you could submit your startup you could also use to find other website where you could submit your startup.

answered Sep 13 '11 at 15:40
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I guess what should be done is first reach your target community not to VC...
it is always better to get some users first...

I tried all above but community sites worked better.

answered Jan 13 '12 at 21:12
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0 if you are still in a limited release phase

answered Oct 9 '11 at 08:27
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