Alright. I launched https://remoted.io 2 days ago and everything went much different from what I thought it would go.
I build a job aggregator for IT professionals and I know this market exists and a lot of people use it, so, it's not like I'm launching something completely new. I know there is demand.
I also know there is a lot of other very very similar products but I made sure to have at least some features that sets https://remoted.io apart. For example search filters. I put a lot of effort on it and the other aggregators I saw don't have it. My API is also really good but this is not UX so I understand it wouldn't drive users much.
Anyways. Nobody could care less. I failed on Product Hunt, Reddit for remote workers, Hacker news. Basically anywhere. Except one.
I'm a Brazilian living in Germany and there is not a lot of Brazilians building stuff, to be honest. I wish there were more. So, after I was convinced everything was lost, I went to the Brazilian Reddit community and posted this (In portuguese): https://www.reddit.com/r/brasil/comments/bggtm6/brasileiros_do_reddit_eu_criei_um_website_para/
This post had a completely different vibe from the ones I posted before. On the previous posts I was just saying: "Hey guys, I made this product and this is why I think my product is better.". When I went to the Brazilian community, though, I took a completely different approach. It was more like "Hey fellow Brazilians. I know not a lot of Brazilian people are building stuff but I'm trying. This is the website I did, and it can help you land a job to work outside Brazil without leaving your country. By the way, I managed to land a job in Germany and, if you are interested, I can tell you how".
The response was amazing. 416 upvotes (For the Brazilian community, this is a lot), 111 comments and 1 Reddit Silver. I could not have predicted this in a thousand years.
Now, looking in hindsight, this is what happened: Brazil is full of talented people (sorry, I'm biased) but the economy is stagnated. A lot of people are planning to leave the country, specially developers because of the high demand abroad, especially in Europe. And a lot of people are looking to work remotely.
Because I have a lot of experience already (I'm 34 and I started with 21) and because I have experience working remotely and also moving to Germany, I managed to be a source of inspiration to my fellow countrymen. Seriously, it is extremely satisfying. A truly enriching experience for me. I'm sure that I managed to inspire people and, also, to get some promoters. I'm feeling super motivated to continue ❤️
TL;DR: After, launching a remote job aggregator and failing to promote it on day 1, when I thought that everything was lost, I found that the Brazilian community would love my product and my story and I had one of the best experiences online I ever had.