I’ve been looking at places where you can go to submit a start-up as this is a good way of getting initial exposure, especially to the start-up community who are a bunch of inquisitive and smart people.
Before you start submitting sites, you should have a press kit made up which contains images of your start-up, logos, maybe even screenshots. You should also have a PDF fact sheet which outlines the main points of your site, covering the basics of why, what, how and a few metrics as well.
For yourself you should also have a site description written up in many different lengths so that it saves you rewriting all the time for these submissions. In general have a description written in these number of words; 25, 100, 250, 500, 1000.
There are lots of lists out there and many are outdated, so here’s a recent list I put together to submit our latest start-up Mindlogr.
- Killer Startups – this is a great place to start with if you have a new web app that is interesting and captures a particular audience. Killer Startups has a lot of tech folk reading it, so it might get the interest of someone who could further your idea with articles and followups. If you have the budget I’d definitely recommend the speedy submission.
- Crunchbase – you can enter a company profile here which will give you some presence on this site and possibly on Techcrunch as they are linked together.
- Venture Beat Profiles – this is a profile site, just enter your details and register your profile to get a link.
- Startup Meme – this is a fairly big technology blog with easily over 10k followers on Facebook and Twitter combined.
- Feedmyapp – this is a directory of web apps. The submission process is quite easy and it doesn’t take long for them to get your site listed. They have a decent following.
- wwwhat’s new – this is primarily a site with a Spanish and Portuguese audience, so if you are targeting this market just drop in here, they have a pretty good sized audience and articles typically get a few hundred tweet outs and several hundred likes. Even if you aren’t targeting this particular audience, I would recommend this highly because you get a lot of referred links and link backs from other sites which pick up the news feed from wwwhat’s new.
- 101 Best Websites – this site doesn’t look fantastic, but it is good for a listing as it only takes a few minutes to register and submit a site. Don’t expect a lot of attention here.
- Makeuseof – I like this site, it has a very clear layout and it’s easy to read. They have a really good audience of mostly tech users and a following of over 56k. Either submit your website for a review, or try pitching them an article idea, but if you do, make sure it is newsworthy.
- MoMB – this is a listing site for any web app that is in beta. It’s an excellent place to start to get listed, and their search results generally do well on Google. You have to have the word beta in your logo or somewhere on your site. Live production sites will not be permitted here.
- Webdev2.0 – a new directory which has a quick and simple submission form. Don’t expect this to drive tons of traffic, but do expect a good link to your site.
- Sociable Blog – this is primarily a blog and article site which covers news around PR, startups, social web and interesting applications. Their submission process is simply to email them an article idea. Again make sure that is it relatively newsworthy.
- Rev2.org – don’t be fooled by the way this site looks, there is a simply form to complete with a submission note which is quick and easy to complete.
- Ontheapp – This is a directory of web2.0 sites, so if you app fits the bill, it’s worth a quick submission.
- NetWebApp – this is more of a directory of startups and they are quite lenient with their checking, so it’s a good backlink if nothing else.
- The Startup Pitch – this is a simple site with a fairly decent followship. You get to write a short pitch which covers the main points to get across. It’s a nice site with a good layout and get you some starting traffic.
- AppUseful – the site has a very easy submission process and again will get you a good listing. They have a 10k plus twitter account, so you’ll definitely get some traffic from posting a site here.
- StartupBooster – this site has got over 32k followers on Twitter alone, so it’s worth the time and effort to get in touch with them. That part is a little tricky, you can try the contact form on their site, but the submission form is currently broken.
- Paggu.com – this is a relatively small site with blogs about web startups and entrepreneurship. If you want to cover all the bases then do a submission here, but don’t hold your breath. They might take a while getting back to you.
- StartUpLift – this is a useful site if you want to get feedback from tech users. You submit your site and some questions you want answered about your site and then choose what number of feedbacks you want to receive. You can get 5 people to feedback for $70.
- Erlibird.com – this is another testing site to get real critical feedback and some traffic to your site. Use this if you want to get some useful information about how users use your site and what barriers you think there are for onboarding.
- New-startups.com – a simple submission form and you might get listed on this quite new site but has gained a small following quite quickly.
- Launching Next – this site is very new and has a very short submission form, so for a couple of minutes you might get some exposure on their site. They review extremely quickly, so expect a 24-48hr turnaround.
- The Startup Project – this is quite a new site, but it is run by Scalable Ventures, so you might catch their interest with your idea. The form is straight forward enough, be prepared with a story about how you started.
- StartupWizz – this site requires quite a few details from you including your work phone numbers and various other details, some of which are optional. They also have a free submission and a “speedy” submission for $29 if you want a faster turnaround.
- RateMyStartup – again a decent site to list your startup on. They do have a longer turnaround time from 4-8 weeks, but you can pay $20 to get a 2 day turnaround.
- TalkReviews – this is more of a review site where the reviews are written by visitors and users. I’m not sure how useful it is to have this listing, but there is a link to your site. Time will tell whether there is traffic from here.
- AppStorm – this is quite a large site, with lots of reviews and a very big following on Twitter and Facebook. They have a fairly straight forward submission form, but it is quite well hidden. You can get to it here: http://www.formstack.com/forms/envato-appstorm_review
- Tech Pluto – I couldn’t really tell how influential this site is, but again it’s a quick process for submission to an email address firstname.lastname@example.org, so it can’t hurt to spend 5 minutes doing it. There is one catch, your submission has a high chance of not making the cut. The guy behind this site has some high criteria for submission, or he just wants you to pay for a guaranteed submission at $95.
- Netted.net – this is a site run by Webby, the famous internet awards. You can pitch a story or idea or your startup to their editorial team, and then cross your fingers and hope for the best!
- The Startup Videos – this is one of few sites which lists startups by their explainer videos. If you’ve had a video made, this is the place to have it showcased. Bear in mind on the free submission there is a 2 month queue to get reviewed. You can bypass this with a $50 donation to their cause.
- Startup-Videos – this is another new site that is showcasing startup explainer videos. If you have a video for your product, it’s nice and easy to get it visible here. Be warned though, if your video is not up to standard you won’t make the cut.
- Crozdesk – this is a new directory which is aiming to be the Yelp for startups and new apps. They are focused on business related services and apps. Their service is completely free and it only takes a few minutes to complete the sign up process.
Well, I hope that helps you! It took me a couple of days to go through this list myself when I was submitting for Mindlogr. Come take a look at our startup whilst you are at it!