April 8, 2020

34K pageviews & 9K users last month!

Bugra Ozkan @bozkan

Incubator List got 34K+ page views and 9K+ users since March 1! 🎉🥳🎊 (I admit it is slightly more than a month 😂)

This month was much different because most of the traffic came either directly or from Google (%73). I think I started to reap the benefits of my small but really effective SEO efforts - which I ignored all the time so far, either as an entrepreneur or as a full-stack dev.

Today, I am going to add filter to the homepage, add a few new programs before I launch it on Product Hunt tomorrow.

Yes, tomorrow is the big day, so wish me good luck and please support by your upvotes!

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    Such a novel concept, all the best buddy.

    Good aggregator platforms always gives value and nevertheless to say yours is one.

    Just some suggestions I felt like as a user and a startup junkie which you can implement moving forward.

    1. A little bit of UI-UX would help you in gaining more users and lowering Bounce Rate.

      (a) The Home Page
      Just keep the home page simple instead of showing all the accelerators over there. It gives a crowded feel. Think like if you can make it as a simple search bar (Google Search) with some drop-downs. (Point - Improved User Experience) and on the listing page list down the accelerators according to different filters and sorting options. (A proven model)

    (b) Showing the startups prevailing & exited as in a slider in every incubator/accelerator page would give a user more reasons to stay in a page to look into those startups & its details. It will also give them a reason to come back to 'Incubator List' to see more on other incubators as well.

    (2) Posting about the site in as many as startup related facebook groups with the approval of admin or let admin itself do the posting surely do wonders in hiking up the numbers.

    (3) Likewise in Insta & Twitter. May be you can use Upviral for increasing the leads if you can do a giveaway or something of that sort to get more people checking out the site.

    (4) Definitely increase the number of Accelerators. The county where I am from, India itself has more than 270+ accelerators & incubators which ranks 3rd globally, first being US & China & 4th being Israel.

    https://www.startupindia.gov.in/content/dam/invest-india/compendium/Startup India - National report_Final Version_web.pdf

    https://www.vccircle.com/india-now-ranks-third-globally-in-number-of-incubators-accelerators-report/

    (5) Do draft a message for a WhatsApp forward and send it to different WhatsApp group members or admins to check out the site to know more on the available ones. Please note that almost all startups would be looking for open & available incubators/accelerators so keeping them in top of your list would help them to check out the site more and to give the site as a referral one to their peers. Don't do the forward unless and until you get the UI-UX part in place.

    (6) At the same time acquiring good authority backlinks via guest posts and listings would also be great for your SERPS rise.

    Just shared my 2 cents.
    Keep us updated with your success. Wishing you all the best in your PH launch. Let it be a good inspiration and motivate all the IHers to give their best.
    Peace :)

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      Hi Achyuthan,

      This is the best and most useful feedback I've received so far, and tbh, I agree with all of them. I am grateful for every single word! These are my next to-dos right now.

      I will definitely keep you and IHers updated about every step of my progress. I wish I can be an inspiration! Best, Bugra!

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    Thank you so much for making something like this. I cannot express how much time you have saved me here. Again thank you so much for making an awesome product that people want!! 👏🙌

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      Omg, I felt so happy to have such positive feedback! I am glad it's been useful. I am improving the UX as well, so it may save much more time soon!

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    i have been tracking you since you started building incubatorlist. congrats for the work.
    how did you deal with procrastination and fear?

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      Thanks a lot! Actually, I can't say that I am very good at dealing with procrastination, still suffering a lot from it. But I can at least say these for the fear: Always have people in your life who support you any time & in any condition, and forget others:)

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    Amazing to hear this! Would love to learn about the small SEO strategies that worked well. Congrats man

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      Thanks a lot, man! I will copy-paste the same thing as other people also asked the same question

      I have many tips, and I am writing a blog on it. I will share it with you when it's finished if you want to read. But for now, to summarize:

      • present your data on as many pages as possible
      • convert all your URLs, either dynamic or static, to example.com/meaningful-urls-like-this
      • use keywords, which doesn't make sense for you why they're unpopular.
      • analyze meta tags of the websites you love, and try to do what they're doing.
      • create a really well-structured JSON-LD data for every page
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        Awaiting your blog post. If you get a chance before that, can you elaborate "use keywords, ... Why they're unpopular"?

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          Sure, I realized that it wasn't clear enough, sorry. These are generally keywords with low competition but medium volume, but very close to high volume & high competition ones. This may sound weird, but I tested it a lot, and worked well.

          For example, "best accelerator" keyword is much more competitive than "top accelerator" but has nearly the same volume. When you google "top accelerator" you also get nearly same results with "best accelerator".

          I can't say that this strategy works insane but at least it worked

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            That's a great tip. I did not see keywords from this angle. Thanks! 👍

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    Hard work and results! 💪🚀 Of course, good luck.

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      Definitely! Thanks a lot 👊

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    Nice one, congrats! Got any SEO tips to share?

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      Thanks a lot Jamie! I have many tips, and I am writing a blog on it. I will share it with you when it's finished if you want to read. But for now, to summarize:

      1. present your data on as many pages as possible
      2. convert all your URLs, either dynamic or static, to example.com/meaningful-urls-like-this
      3. use keywords, which doesn't make sense for you why they're unpopular.
      4. analyze meta tags of the websites you love, and try to do what they're doing.
      5. create a really well-structured JSON-LD data for every page
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        Yeah please send me your blog post when you're done, thanks!

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    Congrats.

    Thats good growth. I think you must be change design and espacially colors.

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      Yeah, I will redesign most of the parts, thanks for the feedback!

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    Congrats on the growth!

    Sounds like an awesome idea and very useful. Mind sharing how you made that growth?

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      Thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked it.

      Initially, backlinks helped me a lot. Then I started focusing on SEO, especially the most important part, in my opinion, is presenting your data on as many sub-pages as possible. This boosts the traffic, therefore, your ranking gets higher. There are other important parts too, like creating well-structured JSON-LD data for each page and targeting important but unpopular keywords. I will write and share a detailed blog about it.

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        How did you get backlinks?

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          Plus, some startup programs shared Incubator List with their audience + from social media.

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          Most of them are my own submissions to over 10 platforms (easy to guess, the most well-known ones are IH, HN, PH)
          I will - hopefully - start blogging very soon:)

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    very nice congratulations buğra