Product Hunt is probably the most knowledgeable and visited website in the startup ecosystem. All founders, entrepreneurs, VC keep an eye on it to see what are the new trends.
So, having a product that hits the top #5 of the day will bring you thousands of visits, some attention from all over the world, and even some PR.
Product Hunt is THE place to get your early traction.
Here is a guide of how to get more out of your launch. It is an extract of UserBooster, a Notion Dashboard that helps you get your first users and build your launch strategy.
The bad news about Product hunt is: you only have one shot. You can’t post the same product twice, except if you made some major upgrade. So you better get a good launch!
That’s why I don’t advise you to launch fast on PH. My advice here is to wait until you get your first feedback and a small audience.
First, build an audience (use the other acquisition channel on this dashboard to do it). You will need a couple of hundreds of upvotes to hit the front page, so grow a mailing list of at least 500+ followers (or any other sort of audience, like Twitter).
If you start from scratch, I highly recommend using the “Ship” feature of ProductHunt. Creating a following base directly on PH is much more actionable when you launch!
In the meantime, start some conversation in the Discussion section of PH. As always, try to bring value to your topic. It should give you some followers as well.
Connect all your social media to PH. That way, all your Twitter, FB friends will see your PH profile and will follow you!
That sounds obvious, but if you want to get all these upvotes, you better have a good product!
Product Hunt launches are all about timing! The homepage is reset every day at 12 am PST.
So schedule your post just after 12 am PST, that way, you’ll have 24hrs of exposure. It’s also a good way to get some traction before the big guys from Silicon Valley!
When scheduling your post, set the time zone to PST. Product Hunt does not adjust for different time zones.
If you want maximum exposure and traffic, you should launch on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. They also are the most competitive days - launch there only if you’re fully prepared!
Tip: use weekends for your small projects, you’ll get less traffic, but your chance to be ranked are better
This one is easy. Just use the name of your product, no emojis
The logo is a 240x240 image, and that’s what attracts visitors! Use a high-contrast logo to stand out easily. Don’t overthink it. Use Canva and make a simple one.
The GIF is not really a thing nowadays, as they don’t auto-play.
The tagline is also essential. Create several versions. Pick the more impactful
Two mission here:
You should really spend some time on the slide, not really on the design (again, use Canva), but on the content. Explain what problem you’re solving and how it will help your customers be faster/cheaper/…
If you’re comfortable with video, do it, I really think it is worth it. Loom is probably the best way to go here. Create a short screencast to show your solution
Your first comment as a maker is super important. It should contain
Here are two very good examples:
Try to add something that leads to engagement on your comment, like a question. The more comment you’ll get, the more product hunt will promote you.
It’s not mandatory, but the ProductHunt community appreciates it when you create a special discount for the launch.
I personally created a 20% discount during 48hrs after the launch.
It was super important in the first days of PH to be “hunted” by a super famous member of PH. It’s not really the case anymore. But having a “Hunter” will help you increase your reach. All his followers will receive an email about your product! (And he also can share your work on his social media)
You’ll have some extra exposure!
Check the Hunters leaderboard below and try to be hunted by the most followed one!
The first hours are crucial. The US is still sleeping. That’s when you need to stand out quickly!
GOAL: hit the homepage asap
To do that, you’ll need as many upvotes/comments as you can in the first 3-4 hours!
Answer to EVERY comment on product hunt and on every platform you posted on, every DM you have as fast as you can. Start discussions! I got 80+ comments on UserBooster launch, which clearly helped me to rank faster.
People will support you when you launch, don’t spam people asking for upvotes. Don’t ask people to create new accounts, or your product can be banned! Try to get some real engagement instead, answer questions, start conversations.
If you’re not on the homepage after an hour (despite having more upvotes/comments than your competitors), contact the PH team on Twitter!
It happened to me, UserBooster was stuck in the “New” section. I messaged ProductHunt and they fixed the issue within 10 minutes!
After the Launch
A launch on product Hunt will bring you some traffic for at least a week after the D-Day! You’ll receive some comments on your page, some questions on social media, a lot of new connections as well - and maybe some PR requests.
And use this launch to grow your audience and reputation online!
If you’re ranked enough, your product will be in the Daily and weekly newsletter. Each newsletter brought me 1000+ visitors!
Now you know everything about launching on Product Hunt. I used these techniques to launch my products, that’s I managed to be ranked in the top products on the day!
I hope you the best for your launches! 🚀🚀
If you have any questions or suggestions, I’d be happy to talk to you about Product Hunt, your launch, or anything else.
Contact me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/angezanetti