One of the most proven and working ideas of how can a side project grow traffic is to build a project community.
A community can be built on top of platforms like Discord, Twitter, or Projectium and should be a group of people sharing ideas that will make the project grow & develop (feedback, insights, opinion).
The best way to grow it is to scale it group-by-group:
- “Friends & Followers” - 40–100 members
- “Target users & Early adopters” - 100–600 members
- “Thematic audience” - 600–4000 members
…and a few other groups that can scale your community to 25K members.
Same but in details read here.
In order to reach out to people you have to:
- Pack your idea (elevator pitch / oneliner)
- Define key values
- Define your target audience
- Reach out to people using websites like Reddit, IndieHackers, Projectium, or Twitter.
Building a community is very hard, but it will give you active users & retention. That’s why you should invest time into learning more about how project can build a community and start growing it as soon as possible.
From author: A few your years ago I had my own Side Project - A 3D Engine framework and I invested a lot of time to get noticed by other developers. A year later, with 5.5K stars on this project I decided to write a note and share some thoughts that can help.