Thought I'd share some of my learnings from growing my Five Ideas a Day Community. Here are 3 things that helped me get to the 4,500 mark.
You need to give value for free.
Prior to launching my community, I posted five ideas every single day for free on ALL my social networks (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & a handful of forums). This helped me build up a community without even knowing it at the time.
Find the right audience to promote your product.
I've heard a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to launching on PH. Here are my two cents. I knew when it came to launching my Five Ideas a Day website that PH would be a great product match fit. Why? Well, because a lot of my ideas were around apps, technology, and startup ideas. Considering this is 99% of what is posted on PH I knew people would engage. There were trends I noticed with the top voted products - colorful gifs, nicely designed imagery and of course emojis in the description. All of these helped my launch become [#3 highest voted](https://www.producthunt.com/posts/5-ideas-every-day) on the day with 922 upvotes. It also worked well for my second launch - my 5 Ideas a Day ebook which was voted #2 highest voted on the day.
Offer a free plan
So, after sharing 5 ideas for 365 days I grew a decent following online. When I announced that I was going to post my 5 ideas behind a paywall it was met with mixed reviews. Some people were annoyed that they would now have to pay a whopping $1.99 per month to continue receiving my 5 ideas a day. I think people forget that I don't have a full-time job and that I pay the bills through my side-projects. I spend around 1-2 hours each day working on my 5 Ideas plus the cost of running the platform all adds up. So to please everyone I offered a FREE membership plan, the free plan offered a weekly review of 5 of my ideas. This kept both parties happy and helped my member count grow.
The above is a top level overview of some of the methods I used but it should help plant some seeds in your head when coming to growing your community. If you have any questions then please ask below and I will get back as quickly as I can.