Reddit + IndieHackers + Twitter = Traffic
When posting to Reddit:
r/WebDevTutorials the post title was "Delivering Better UX in Five Easy Steps - a free mini-course for developers" - Redditors are in this subreddit to learn, so generic was good
r/SaaS the post title was "Better UX In Five Easy Steps - a free mini-course on improving registration, interactions, and payments" - SaaS founders are often looking for improvements on key metrics, especially signups and payments.
r/SideProject the post title was "Better UX for your side-project - five easy steps - for developers by a developer"
Generating traffic from Reddit went well.
Twitter has been around for quite a while - but I've never really used it before, so this was quite a learning experience.
Test 1: mention a very well-known user in a Tweet praising their work. This got a lot of responses/retweets but almost zero gain in followers. I'm glad I could help out someone else :)
Test 2: mention a product I used (Zeit.co), praising the product and sharing what I built on their platform. THIS WORKED! and generated the biggest traffic spike of any social media tactic I tried.
This was the most hustle, but also the most meaningful. Checking IndieHackers on a daily basis to offer value to fellow Indie Hackers and then adding a relevant link at the end has been a great way to generate a small yet steady stream of traffic :)
I listened to the podcast with @louisswiss earlier this week and this is exactly the strategy he advocates. It totally works :)
Here's what it looked like in Google Analytics: