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How does one promote / advertise a package / library they made?


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+Red King

I have a fairly large JS library hosted on npmjs. As I like to keep my professional identity and sh## posting identity separate, I will not link to it.

 

I'm proud of it and think its a great achievement, but it only gets ~50 downloads per week. 

 

How do people promote such things to get more traction, more downloads, etc?

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+virtorio

Write a blog post, talking about why it's so great, and maybe submit it to places like reddit r/javascript (I don't really use social media that much so I don't have great suggestions to submit it, but when googling for a good library that does something, I'll usually end up on a blog post of some sort, often via a reddit post or hacker news post).

 

I'm curious about what it is, can you DM with your lib (I don't care about your s**tposting history in the slightest).

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astropheed

While I'm not sure, I can say what aspects of a library are important for me to find it:

#1: It does something I don't want to do myself, but need to. For example: "Pretty Vue Table with sortable columns"

#2: I google "Pretty Vue Table with sortable columns"

#3: I pretty much research the top 2 or 3 results and pick one which does the most while having the most documentation to help me use it.

 

In that specific example I just made my own and it turned out better than all of theirs. So whatever you made needs to be better than what I'm willing to make by a sizeable margin.

 

So, in answers

#1: make something pretty useful with a generalised use case.

#2: Have SEO know about it (you need to talk about it everywhere). 

#3: Very well documented.

 

Good luck.

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+Red King
30 minutes ago, virtorio said:

Write a blog post, talking about why it's so great, and maybe submit it to places like reddit r/javascript (I don't really use social media that much so I don't have great suggestions to submit it, but when googling for a good library that does something, I'll usually end up on a blog post of some sort, often via a reddit post or hacker news post).

 

I'm curious about what it is, can you DM with your lib (I don't care about your s**tposting history in the slightest).

That actually sounds like a good idea - a blog entry about developing it and stuff. I'll PM you a link.

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goretsky

Hello,

 

Announcements on social media using new account(s) to support/discuss the package, tagged with appropriate #keywords, would be one option.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 

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