At the end of 2014, I decided to get my first Software as a Service (SaaS) product underway called Workado after years of running an agency.
I spent months planning it all out. Mapping out the marketing ideas, content strategy, design mockups, and ultimately how the software would work. We already had an internal version we used at my agency, but this version would be rebuilt from the ground up.
I spent the better part of FOUR months mapping everything out. I would NEVER advise you to spend as long as I did doing this for several reasons.
1. Just get it built. Then talk to potential customers and see if they are interested. Start getting users, THEN you can spend time mapping things out.
2. For every day you spend preparing and planning is a day you aren’t developing it.
3. “All the best laid plans of mice and men entrepreneurs often go awry” anyway.
I think I spent that much time planning because, well, I really enjoyed it! I’m a marketer at heart, so thinking of all these great ways to grow the product was fun for me. In addition, it was my first venture into SaaS, so I wanted to learn as much as possible.
One of the things I compiled during this time was a list of different web app directories that I wanted to submit the product to once it was ready to be launched. The web app directories could bring new users, help the link count (I have an SEO background after all), get press, and help bring a little bit of credibility to your product.
Some of these sites are great for products in beta to help you get more beta users. Some are for post-launch. Many have specific submission forms, others have contact info where you will need to pitch them via email.
I’ll look to update this list as regularly as I can, so bookmark it!
As of today, all of these are active links. If you find dead links or have new directories not featured here – please leave a comment at the bottom of the post so others can see!
One note of caution: Getting in these sites won’t guarantee a whole lot of traffic. Some will generate more than others. This is one tactic to get started with and shouldn’t be relied on as your “marketing”.
You can grab yourself an excel file of all these web apps if you tweet this post! Download the List of Startup Directories.
Without further ado, here is the massive list of 100+ web app directories to submit your startup:
Tip: I would advise on hiring a virtual assistant through oDesk (or something similar) to perform these submissions for you.