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🚀 Free resources you may use to promote your next startup

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Promote Your Next Startup

Free web-resources you may want to use to promote your next startup.

The main advertisement channel is of course people who are in love with your product. Their sharing activities is the best advertisement. Thus, the main idea is to create the product that is useful, usable and attractive to the end users. And only after that it does make sense to spread the word about something you've done.

Spread the Word

Post News

Link About
reddit.com The front-page of the internet
news.ycombinator.com Hacker news
lobste.rs Lobsters
facebook.com Post news to your niche groups
twitter.com Of course
slashdot.org News for nerds
raddle.me News feed
designernews.co Designer news
datatau.net DataTau - Data Science Newsboard
devrant.com A fun community of developers
sidebar.io The five best design links, every weekday
changelog.com News and podcasts for developers

Create a Product Page

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producthunt.com The best new products in tech
saashub.com SaaSHub - Software alternatives and reviews
angel.co Where the world meets startups
alternativeto.net Crowd-sourced software recommendations
indiehackers.com Indie Hackers

Post an Article

Link About
medium.com Read, write and share stories that matter
linkedin.com People and companies that are posting and looking for job. Post to your niche groups as well.
dev.to The DEV community
dzone.com Programming news, tutorials and tools
scotch.io Top shelf web-development training
habr.com Russian tech-blog
hashnode.com The Dev community
dou.ua Ukrainian developers community
muckrack.com MuckRack for journalist and public relations
techhype.io News, articles and tools for developers
towardsdatascience.com Towards Data Science
python.libhunt.com Awesome Python LibHunt
vas3k.club Вастрик.Клуб
codementor.io CodeMentor Community
kdnuggets.com KDNuggets
morioh.com Social network for programmers and developers
hackernoon.com Hacker Noon
blogger.com Blogging platform
hackr.io The list of programming classes and tutorials
javascriptkicks.com JavaScript Kicks
smashingmagazine.com For web designers and developers
forum.freecodecamp.org The Free Code Camp Forum

Niche Platforms

Here are some niche blogs which you may use to find your target audience.

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geeksforgeeks.org A computer science portal for geeks
codeforces.com Programming contests platform
kaggle.com Your home for datascience

Write for News Blog

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medium.com/dailyjs Daily JS news
itnext.io IT blog
alistapart.com For people who make web-sites
thenextweb.com Web news
developer-tech.com Developer tech news
programmableweb.com APIs, mashups and the Web as a platform
hakin9.com Blog of IT security magazine
datacamp.com Data Science Online News
echojs.com JavaScript News
css-tricks.com CSS Tricks
daily.dev/blog Daily Dev Blog

Answer Questions

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stackoverflow.com Where developers learn, share and build careers
quora.com A place to share knowledge and better understand the world

Write on Forums

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techrepublic.com Community of IT experts
sitepoint.com Sitepoint forums

Write to Dev-Chats

Don't spam!

If you think your project is useful for some specific group of people then find targeted channel, read about channel rules and only then post information to channel.

Link About
gitter.im Where developers come to talk

Record a video

Record a demo video of your product, or some learning content and upload it to your YouTube channel. Put the link to the product or to the content to the video description.

Link About
youtube.com Video platform

Become Awesome

If you find your project to be related to one of the awesome partitions then just go ahead and create pull request to add your product to the list.

Link About
github.com/bayandin/awesome-awesomeness A curated list of awesome awesomeness

Use Advanced Google Search Techniques

Google supports powerful search techniques that may help you to promote your resource.

Find sites linking to competitors

Find sites linking to your competitors and try to add your link to that web-sites as well.

Google’s link: operator was officially deprecated in 2017. But it does still return some results.

It might be a good idea to exclude competitor web-site itself from the search results by using the site: operator to avoid displaying of internal links

Do the following Google search but with you competitor's URL:

link:https://competitor-domain.com/blog -site:competitor-domain.com

Find guest post opportunities

This allows you to find web-sites where you might submit the article about your new project/product/startup.

Pick your niche keyword (i.e. programming) and Google search for guest post related phrases like so:

programming intitle:"write for us" inurl:"write-for-us"

You can also use other phrases like:

  • contribute to
  • become a contributor
  • guest post guidelines
  • inurl:guest-post
  • etc.

You can also search for many of these at once:

programming ("write for us" | inurl:"guest-post-guidelines" | inurl:"guest-post")

Or even:

(programming | machine learning) AND ("write for us" | inurl:"guest-post-guidelines")

Find resource page opportunities

Resource pages contains the links to best resources on specific topic.

It might be a good idea to pitch your resource for inclusion.

To find resource pages you might do the following Google search:

programming (intitle:"resources" | inurl:resources)

Or you might narrow it down to:

intitle:programming AND intitle:resources AND inurl:resources

Find more related resource

Once you found a good web-site to place a link to you might want to find similar relevant resources.

To do so just do the following Google search but with the resource you're interested in:

related:https://news.ycombinator.com

Register in Startup Directories

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betalist.com Discover and get early access to tomorrow's startup
startuptabs.com Startup discovery engine
crunchbase.com Discover innovative companies and the people behind them
geekwire.com Breaking news in technology in business
f6s.com Startup founder deals and accelerators
killerstartups.com Where internet entrepreneurs are the stars
startupbuffer.com Promote your startup and discover new startups
allstartups.info All startups info
betapage.co Community of tech lovers and early adopters
index.co Connecting startups, corporate brands, and investors
gust.com Startup funding and investing
startupproject.org The startup project
springwise.com Discovering innovation
launchlister.com See the day's hottest product launches
vator.tv Voice of the entrepreneur
nextbigwhat.com Discover great products
iamwire.com A digital incubator & network for technology ecosystem
snapmunk.com Technology trends and startup culture
nibletz.com The voice of the startups
startupstash.com Curated resources and tools for startups
alltopstartups.com All top startups
startupdope.com Startup Dope
techpluto.com Platform to showcase innovative startups and tech news
thestartuppitch.com Come pitch your startup to the world
sideprojectors.com Marketplace to buy and sell side projects
launchingnext.com New startups and ideas
startupranking.com New startups and ideas

Other suggestions

Depending on the subject of your post you may use the targeted subreddits:

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