Even before I started out blogging back in 2007 I made a bold claim in a guest post on one of the most important blogs in that time: You don’t need conventional SEO, you just have to create a great site and great content and solely promote these a little.
One of my main suggestions was to submit your well designed site to CSS galleries.
Back in those days many sites were still done in Flash. Flash websites are rare these days for good reasons but the technique I propagated back then still hasn’t gone mainstream.
Isn’t the SEOgadget site worth being listed in a web design gallery?
Low level SEO practitioners still rather advise you “to submit to social bookmarking sites” even though they mean sites like Reddit or StumbleUpon which never were about social bookmarking in the first place and even Delicious has abandoned the strict social bookmarking model by now.
In 2012 most business people design great sites and create great content, everybody knows that you need both a great user experience and well crafted content adding value to:
- make people link to you
- make social media users share your links
- convert users to buyers
It’s not just about great user experience and great content, contrary to what some Google employees might suggest. Build it, write it and they will come doesn’t work.
It’s about promoting your greatness in places where people can appreciate it. Then these people and others will link, share and convert.
So whether you succeed online today or not depends on the fact whether you reach a targeted audience of influencers who can have an impact on others. It’s about finding those influencers. You can do it on
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or even Google+ depending on your industry or niche but it takes a lot of work to build an audience there. Why not go where the people already are? Why not tap into existing communities? Why not please people who already wait for your great design and content?
Today I want to show you places where such small highly dedicated communities dwell and who await your submissions
unlike social bookmarking users who do not in most cases. There are literally hundreds of submission sites for web designs, design news or even special content types like infographics. I’d like to focus on sites that are high quality, where existing audiences can appreciate your submission.
So this is not a list about all the sites you can submit but only a handful of those that are worth it: High quality web design showcases, news & infographics submission sites
Web Design Galleries
There are three kinds of sites in this list category, web design galleries, minimalist web design showcases and pure CSS galleries. The name are already quite self-explanatory so don’t submit Flash sites to CSS galleries or complex portals to minimal design exhibits.
- Best Web Gallery
- Submit Your Site | siiimple
- Submit a Site | Minimal Exhibit
- CSS Drive- Submit a CSS Gallery site, News item, or CSS example
- CSSelite.com » How to submit
- cssgallery.com – Submit a Site
- Submit to CSS Loggia
- cssstyle » Submit a Site
- HTML5 Gallery – Submit a site
Some of these design news sources are one man shows curated by the owners, others are communities where you have to join. On DesignFloat there is even voting involved to appear on the front page. Sometimes you have to fill in a contact form in other cases it’s possible or even better to contact the curators via Twitter.
- Submit News – DesignM.ag
- Submit Your Design News Article | Design News
- Community News | The Design Work
- Submit | DesignFloat
- Design and all about it!
- Design Jojo
- Community News | Dzinepress
Some sites that feature infographics are nothing more than simple Tumblr blogs. There is an ages old authority like information aesthetics I was reading as far back as 2005 I think, long before the infographics wave we experience until now. There are also some communities you have to sign up for.
- Infographics & Data Visualizations | Visual.ly
- Contact information aesthetics
- Cool Infographics – Contact
- Daily Infographic | Contact
- Submit your infographic to the Infographics Archive Database
- Visual Loop – Welcome
- Submit infographic to Infographicas.com
Also don’t forget that it’s not the typical “submit your site to 1000 social bookmarking sites ” aka spam. Don’t automate the process and duplicate your descriptions. Make sure to submit manually to the appropriate sites.
It’s not about the sheer number. You want to attract the few influencers who check out these site and inspire them to spread your link.
Also there is always someone who checks whether the site/content you submit is high quality as well plus on topic. So don’t waste your time and the time of other people by submitting your site where it does not belong.
You think your website is not about web design so you have nothing to submit? Well, you have a web design, don’t you? In case you don’t you may need a relaunch. Otherwise create a case study or write a story about how your web design helped with sales. Everybody can do that. Or create an infographic about your industry. There is always a way to approach the web design community.
Last but not least don’t forget about Pinterest users who might pin your website as a whole as long as there is a screenshot somewhere like in this post.
- 16 Best Web Design Galleries for Inspiration
- The Great Website Design Gallery Roundup by CSS-Tricks
- What websites can you submit infographics to? – Quora
- Best Free Tactics for Infographic Promotion by Vertical Measures
- Infographics Sites | The Infographics Showcase