I've analyzed all 485 IndieHackers interviews and identified 34 acquisition channels that work consistently for founders (see Zero to Users for more details). Today, I'll be reviewing the 4th most successful channel: posting/engaging on Reddit.
Most of our marketing strategies have been submitting our content to different communities like Reddit.. (Some important subreddits that work well in our area include /r/web_design, /r/html5, /r/frontend, and /r/webdev.)
Alexandru (the founder) made a bunch of freebies and submitted them to various subreddits where they got traction:
Reddit can also be an amazing place to validate your idea. This was the case with everydayCheck ($4.8k/mo), a habit tracking tool:
To validate it, I posted my app in several subreddits where I thought the app would be relevant and in most of them it caught great attention. Specifically, this post on r/GetDisciplined exploded. Validating the idea very early on gave me the confidence to go on with it.
Some subreddits can be pretty hostile to self-promotion. Here's how Simple Steps Code ($650/mo), a set of courses for web development, solved this problem:
What marketing strategies have you used get students for your course?
I got the first traffic to my site by posting a long, detailed, and useful Reddit text post directly helping with the struggles the customers had expressed during the research phase. Deep in the post, but not at the end, I put a link to my site in a friendly and useful way. That way the trolls wouldn't see it, and the only ones who would see it were those who were genuinely interested. Also, I made sure not to be promotional about it. I said something like, "In case you'd find it helpful to know more about XYZ, here's a quick guide," and then seamlessly continued with the rest of the post.
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