Welcome back to another week of Baby Steps to Blogging! We’re going to be wrapping up this section of increasing traffic soon and this week we’re going to cover using reddit to increase blog traffic. Before we get to that though, let me say: I am not a Reddit expert and I cannot guarantee that Reddit will bring you traffic. Reddit is complex and Reddit can be downright cruel. But, it has become a part of my social media strategy, which I will discuss once we’re done with this section of increasing traffic.
Reddit calls itself the front page of the internet, and perhaps rightfully so. There’s a lot to be found on Reddit and it’s quite easy to get lost or become overwhelmed.
However, if you want to start harnessing Reddit to increase your pageviews, here are a few simple tips:
1- Be active. This is incredibly important. Comment and upvote on both submitted posts and discussions. Find subreddits that you want to be involved in and participate regularly. There’s a subreddit for almost everything if you just search.
2- Personalize your Reddit experience. After you sign up for an account, Reddit will show you popular subreddits that will populate your Reddit feed. This, for me, was quite annoying and one of the first things I got rid of. After finding subreddits that interested me (topics like parenting, autism, kids crafts, etc.) I was able to make my Reddit more user friendly. I could easily access those subreddits and get to them quickly when I wanted to submit a post or comment.
3- Don’t be a spammer. In other words, do not link drop and run. Reddit will flag your account for this quickly. Try to think of this as a StumbleUpon or Pinterest ratio and submit 10-20 quality links for every link of your own. And by quality, make sure that it’s relevant to the subreddit that you’re submitting to.
4- Develop a thick skin or ignore comments for your sanity. People at Reddit can be downright nasty and trollish. Sometimes they might be genuinely trying to give constructive criticism. Sometimes they’re just being rude to be rude. The best step? Ignore comments or just approach with a thick skin.
Reddit can be a great source of traffic, if you work it properly. Some subreddits may require more karma (built up by upvoting, commenting, and submitting quality links) before you’re allowed to participate more.
By working Reddit 30 minutes a day in your social media strategy, you could start seeing results. It really all depends on what you’re submitting. For example, I’ve learned that what works on StumbleUpon may not work on Reddit right away or it may not work at all.
That’s fine with me. I’ll just find a new post to promote.
For me, personally, my posts about autism do best at Reddit. I have yet to really try others, but we’ll see what happens when I diversify that a bit.
Are you on Reddit?
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