So, we advertised on BetaList; is it worth it?

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In the initial phases of your startup, you want to focus on developing your product, supporting your initial users and listening to the feedback they provide. But what can you do before you go live? Well, BetaList is pretty interesting. This website allows you to submit your startup before it goes live for a one-time fee of $99. What does that get you? Early adopters! At least, it should prompt early users to register for the beta release of your product, which is an added bonus in this phase! Is that really possible for just πŸ’° $99? Time to put it to the test…

Day 1: Featured on BetaList, the results will amaze you

No, this isn’t one of those dodgy ads. I was truly blown away by the results we generated thanks to the ad on BetaList. As soon as Upvoty was included on the BetaList homepage, the number of visitors started to sky-rocket.


At this point, we were only mentioned on the website; the real cash cow is their newsletter, although we wouldn’t be included in that until the next day.

πŸ“ˆ Results after day 1 (inclusion on website):
Beta sign-ups (via BetaList referral URL): 13

Day 2: The BetaList newsletter did the trick

Until the afternoon of the second day, we were only featured on the BetaList homepage, which generated an additional five beta sign-ups. But then the newsletter was sent to a huge list of product managers, start-up founders, beta testers and other tech enthusiasts.

πŸ“ˆ Results after day 2 (inclusion on website + newsletter):
Beta sign ups (via BetaList referral url): 46 (!!!!)




Yeah. I know.

So, is it worth it?

Yes, it is. Not only did we get more beta sign-ups, we also saw an increase in site visitors, Instagram and Twitter followers and social shares after being mentioned on BetaList. A definite win-win!

Check out our visitor statistics here:


After a couple of days…

We continued to see the effects of being included on BetaList for several days, with significant effects for the first five days.

πŸ“ˆ Final results after 5 days (inclusion on website + newsletter):
Beta sign-ups (via BetaList referral URL): 63.

We’re happy ❀.

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