5 clever Growth Hacks to instantly increase your website Traffic

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If you’re running an early stage startup, you’re probably looking forward to the day that you’ll be featured in The Next Web, Techcrunch or Mashable. You’ll get thousands of users and probably have the best day of your life. World domination is now looming tantalizingly on the horizon.

However, if you’re an early stage startup you’ve probably only coded a prototype and put a landing page up to accept some signups. You have your minimum viable product (MVP) in hand, you’re eager to get your first customers and have them test your product. Here’s a list of 5 simple growth hacks to reach that goal.

Hack #1: Betali.st

Betali.st helps people discover and get access to the latest internet startups. They’ve been operating since 2010 and have over 23,000 people following them on twitter and thousands more subscribed to their email newsletter.

Let’s do this!:
  • Betalist gets 55,000+ pageviews per week, their daily newsletter has 9,000+ subscribers and they have 20,000+ followers on Twitter. Getting on betalist is typically good for ~150-250 unique sign-ups on your landing page. It’s not really a hack, but just do it!
  • You must sign up before you launch your product, but after you have a landing page set up to collect email addresses/signups. Don’t miss this opportunity by sitting on it.
  • Once you have your landing page ready to go, pay the small fee to expedite your listing. It’s worth it.
Pro tip: Don’t forget to copy & paste your listing onto StartupList and BetaBound while you’re at it. Although they are much less popular, they will still result in a decent amount of free traffic and sign-ups. Not bad for under five minutes of work!

Hack #2: Google News + MTurk = Press


Getting press is daunting for just about every founder. Who do you talk to? How do you find them? What do you pitch them? All questions I spend hours thinking about…for…every…project.

But with a little creativity, and a little hacking, getting press is easier than you may think.
  • Step #1: Use Google News API to find journalists who write about topics relevant to your startup or company. (How? Download these files, unzip, and open ‘index.html’)
  • Step #2: Use MTurk to get their email adresses
  • Step #3: Send them press kits, and get press!
Go here to read the full instructions for this hack.
Pro tip: Remember, YOLO (You Only Launch Once). I don’t recommend generating press until you’ve validated your customer segment(s), their pain(s), and much of your solution. Use this to spark a flame you’re sure will turn into an inferno.

Hack #3: TweetFavy

TweetFavy is a simple growth hacking tool for Twitter. It’s a great and cheap alternative to twitter ads for small businesses to gain targeted followers, mentions and website traffic.

You get consistent social media activity benefits without having to perform labor-intensive incremental work or worry about things like content or tweet timing. Just continue to use Twitter as you normally would and enjoy the added benefit of TweetFavy working alongside you!

Learn more: TweetFavy.com

Hack #4: Craigslist

Craigslist is a convenience and discovery engine. Ways you can get discovered include job posts, gig posts and “beta tester wanted” requests. Get creative, although this can cross over into “black hat” territory fast..

You definitely don’t have to be in real estate (i.e. AirBnB) to leverage craigslist for awesomeness, although if your hack isn’t interesting or provocative, your traffic quality will be low. Automate to the extend possible.
Pro tip: These strategies can also be used to a lesser extent with smaller task marketplaces like Taskrabbit.

Hack #5: Friendbuy

Want Dropbox-style affiliate referral links without having to roll your own? Friendbuy has a straightforward, intergrated API, widget and analytics solution for affiliate sharing setup with a lower technical learning curve.

You can read more here

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And that's it! Hope this is helpful to some of you
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
    Nice list especially #2..

    As for #1 also add producthunt.com that site is serious booming right now.
    • Profile picture of the author egyptik
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      Nice list especially #2..

      As for #1 also add producthunt.com that site is serious booming right now.
      Yes, producthunt is great!
    • Profile picture of the author mspanwar8924
      yes, tweetfavy is my favorite tool.
    • Profile picture of the author longnhvietnam
      Originally Posted by SteveSRS View Post

      Nice list especially #2..

      As for #1 also add producthunt.com that site is serious booming right now.
      Agreed. Producthunt is really good when you finish product in beta version. You will collect many ideas from this community.
  • Profile picture of the author RachelTravels
    This is a awesome compilation!
    Thank you for this!
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  • Profile picture of the author profitsouth
    Very nice list, thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author wealthbuilder
    Thanks egyptik, these are some really powerful and actionable PR tips! I like #2 a lot and will consider it for my next project. Kudos!
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  • Profile picture of the author wickedsam123
    Thank you for the list. =)
    Was especially amazed by the second strategy. I am not technically inclined and have tried creating a hit template on Step #3 without any success. Every time I tried to edit the form it simply states: "Unable to update your project".

    I simply tried to type the instructions I deemed appropriate for the Hit. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could advise as to what I might have missed?

    On a separate note, wonder if MTurks is only available for requester within US? I reside in Canada and wonder if it would be possible to use the tool?

    Thanks
    • Profile picture of the author egyptik
      Originally Posted by wickedsam123 View Post

      Thank you for the list. =)
      Was especially amazed by the second strategy. I am not technically inclined and have tried creating a hit template on Step #3 without any success. Every time I tried to edit the form it simply states: "Unable to update your project".

      I simply tried to type the instructions I deemed appropriate for the Hit. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could advise as to what I might have missed?

      On a separate note, wonder if MTurks is only available for requester within US? I reside in Canada and wonder if it would be possible to use the tool?

      Thanks
      Take a look at this: Creating a HIT Template - Amazon Mechanical Turk

      I'm also outside the US, just search for a valid US address and give them fake info, worked for me
  • Profile picture of the author amcg
    Some good advice, thanks for taking the time to write.
  • Profile picture of the author herbie9
    I wonder if these hacks work for all kinds of website/startup. But I'll definitely try all of them. Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Acquaviva
    Great list of Apps!! Thanks!
  • Profile picture of the author alexmobile
    Guys,

    you could surely skip the BETALIST.com or BETALI.ST, unless you want to pay $100 to be listed in there. It has been already 50 days since I've submitted my startup in there, with absolutely no response and no listing.

    What I have submitted is pretty innovative mobile app project - QRID.com, by all means it should be there, but it has not been listed yet and I doubt it will ever get listed unless I pay $100 for a listing.

    So I am pretty sure you should not bother with BETALIST submission unless you are willing to pay for it.

    I am posting this here to save you 30 minutes otherwise spent on registering there and filling in their 4-page submission form.
    • Profile picture of the author egyptik
      Originally Posted by alexmobile View Post

      Guys,

      you could surely skip the BETALIST.com or BETALI.ST, unless you want to pay $100 to be listed in there. It has been already 50 days since I've submitted my startup in there, with absolutely no response and no listing.

      What I have submitted is pretty innovative mobile app project - QRID.com, by all means it should be there, but it has not been listed yet and I doubt it will ever get listed unless I pay $100 for a listing.

      So I am pretty sure you should not bother with BETALIST submission unless you are willing to pay for it.

      I am posting this here to save you 30 minutes otherwise spent on registering there and filling in their 4-page submission form.
      Yes, they almost never place sites without paying, but it's absolutely worth the money ten times over if you have a solid product.
  • Profile picture of the author liltceo
    thanks for the lists
  • Profile picture of the author gcreationz
    Thanks Great tips and information !!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikfoxx
    Interesting lists. Thanks for sharing! Gotta explore some of it some time.
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    • Profile picture of the author iam8iam
      All startups on a tight budget can benefit from the good and proven free marketing methods such as blogging, webcasts, webinars, interviews, free adds, press releases, articles, and so on. Plenty of hacks here.

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