Sunday, January 27, 2013

How To Get Traffic From Reddit Without Getting Blacklisted!

How To Get Traffic From Reddit Without Getting Blacklisted!

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If you’re interested in doing wonders for your brand, or blog, you should already have accounts on most of the popular social Sharing sites.

If you’re going to Reddit, be warned that you should never spam your own posts, and expect to get a positive reaction, and you will defiantly get little to no interests shown in your topics.

The Reddit community frowns greatly on people who only submit their own content, they also hate anyone that does what they believe is “gaming the system” by using Reddit simply to get visitors to your blog.
There are ways around these strict guidelines, a way you can gain large numbers of users to your blog, but you need to be extremely careful when doing these things.
In this post I will go over some of the key things that are important to keep in mind when promoting your own blog posts.
1. Understanding Reddit
 If you are not familiar with the Reddit Community, you need understand how it all works. Basically Reddit allows its users to submit anything they want in the form of a link, be it Webpages, Pictures, or whatever.
Most Redditors share the same or like opinions on a lot of the topics posted to the community, Reddit actually calls the large part of its user base ‘The Hive-mind  because they tend to share similar opinions.

The users on Reddit  generally frown upon submitting your own site, so take caution when making mention that the content is your own in your title.
Its best just to let people assume whatever they want about who created the content; your just need to make the title enticing to click on and genuinely interesting.
Which leads us to…
Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian with the Reddit ...
Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian with the Reddit Alien (Photo credit: Anirudh Koul)
2. Post the article with an interesting title & picture
When you post your article, remember that in most cases, you only have the topic line of your posting to grab someone’s attention, and get them to click on your link, think about asking a question in your topic, this may get some to click, they may be interested in posting  a response to something you have asked.
Try and pick topics that are controversial, people like to ask questions and debate, they like to be involved in the topic, so this will help you get comments posted back as well as people forwarding your posting to friends and family.
Here are some of the posting Ideas I think do best on Reddit:

§  Personal stories and personal challenge stories,  people facing incredible odds seem to be the most popular
§  Educational sites do well and sites that deal with science, or technology
§  Photography is a big one, people love looking at pictures also art and comics
§  Politics & Religion grab a lot of readers.
§  Video games
§  Technology, Specifically Computers and Programming
§  Science & History
§  Music
§  Marijuana
§  Food & Fitness

These are typically the subjects with the most popular subreddits.
3. Don’t post in the wrong  subreddit!
A subreddit (referred to simply as a ‘ Reddit’) is the way Reddit organizes its content.
 If you choose a subreddit that is overcrowded your article may get lost in all of the other postings, for example positing anything but an image in the images subreddit would be pointless as your posting would just be looked over.
But if your posting showcases some great new food recipe, posting in the r/Food subreddit would bring in users that are interested in Food rather than posting your post in the r/pics because the cheese cake looks great, you’ll get more responses from r/Food for the simple reason that its less crowded than r/pics
To check how many people have added the Reddit to their page, open a different tab, and after the Reddit address, type in /r/Reddit-name.To the right, you are going to see the number of people who have the Reddit on their front page.

The other reason for submitting to niche subreddit  and not the big ones is that you can make the top post more easily in these smaller subredditSo, if you make it to the top of r/Joomla with your post, that is still 3000+ subscribers to the Joomla subreddit that could potentially click through (just make sure your post is excellent, and has to do with Joomla specifically!)

4. Be an active contributing member
Reddit Eats
Reddit Eats (Photo credit: GaryRHess)
As with any online community, you need to be a active contributor to the site, you cannot expect for gain respect from other user if when they look at your posting history all they see is a bunch of spam for your website, as with anything you need to spend time cultivating and caring for your reputation.
A handful of great and informative postings will go a lot farther for you then just spamming your blog or site, and believe me the community on Reddit knows the difference anc can spot a spammer a mile away.
In Conclusion: is Reddit worth it?
Reddit is certainly a lot tougher than Digg, if you want to be successful on reddit make sure your niche is unique and through, present your postings in a professional manner.
Keep in mind when posting to Reddit, you are dealing with one of the hardest crowds on the internet, expect to see a few nasty comments, and quite possibly you might fail the first couple times, just follow the advice I have given you here, and you many land on the front page of a bigger subreddit, when that happens you will never question the potential of Reddit, your site will see thousands and thousands of visitors from one posting.

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