Posting blog links on Reddit can be a quick method to generate hundreds – if not thousands – of visitors to your newest content.
That being said, Reddit is not a community that takes kindly to blogspam, and redditors have been known to leave exceptionally harsh criticism on the content they downvote.
In this short guide, I will walk you through the basics of Reddit, as well as how to share your blog links on Reddit without rubbing anyone the wrong way.
What Is Reddit? A Quick Overview:
If you are not familiar, Reddit is,
A TYPE OF ONLINE COMMUNITY WHERE USERS VOTE ON CONTENT.
Used as a verb, to reddit is to take part in a Reddit community. Those who take part are often referred to as redditors.
Each time a new text post or a new link is submitted to a subreddit, other redditors can upvote it, downvote it, or comment on it.
You might be thinking that it would be easy enough to simply submit blog links on Reddit to as many relevant subreddits as you can find. That is not the case.
As an online community, Reddit upholds a sort of code of conduct referred to as reddiquette.
According to Reddit, reddiquette is defined as,
AN INFORMAL EXPRESSION OF THE VALUES OF MANY REDDITORS, AS WRITTEN BY REDDITORS THEMSELVES.
In other words, these are the global rules.
One such rule is,
FEEL FREE TO POST LINKS TO YOUR OWN CONTENT (WITHIN REASON). BUT IF THAT’S ALL YOU EVER POST, OR IT ALWAYS SEEMS TO GET VOTED DOWN, TAKE A GOOD HARD LOOK IN THE MIRROR — YOU JUST MIGHT BE A SPAMMER. A WIDELY USED RULE OF THUMB IS THE 9:1 RATIO, I.E. ONLY 1 OUT OF EVERY 10 OF YOUR SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE YOUR OWN CONTENT.
Yes, you can share your blog links on Reddit, but be sure to display good reddiquette.
Further, you will want to follow any rules published by the moderators of individual subreddits before posting new links or text posts of your own. Failing to do so may result in being banned, having your post removed, or simply failing to achieve any level of status on Reddit, which is known as karma.
If you are looking to drive traffic by sharing your blog links on Reddit, I have put together a list of six subreddits in which you are permitted to do so, without any fear of violating the rules or reddiquette.
Be warned, however, that low quality posts may still be rapidly downvoted, and they may also be accompanied by a negative comment or two.
Each week, /r/Blogging posts a Check Out My Blog Post thread.
You are permitted to share one new blog post each week to this thread. For best results, take a moment to comment on blog links posted in this thread by other redditors.
Do not post your blog links on Reddit by posting them directly to this subreddit – only post them to the designated thread.
You are welcome to post a link to your newest content in /r/selfpromotion. Just remember that your newest blog post will be subject to the same scrutiny as content from any other source that gets posted here.
For best results, try to comment on new links and text posts in this subreddit from other redditors before posting your own.
/r/shamelessplug is similar to /r/selfpromotion except that the moderators are explicit in their instructions not to post affiliate links.
This subreddit, /r/BlogExchange, encourages redditors to post a link their newest blog content.
Be sure to follow the instructions. Click on at least two links to blog posts from other redditors, and actually take a moment to read their content.
For best results, upvote any link you read via /r/BlogExchange, leave a positive comment for the redditor, and also leave a comment on the blog post itself.
This is a subreddit used to get feedback on your blog. In other words, do not post your blog links in this subreddit strictly to generate traffic. You will be banned.
If, however, you are open to receiving some feedback, or you would like to make connections with other bloggers, post your blog links on Reddit to /r/blogfeedback.
Before posting a link to your blog, be sure to offer some helpful and constructive feedback on links posted by other redditors.
As the name suggests, /r/anythinggoesblog gives you the freedom to post just about anything you want, including blog links on Reddit.
Since this subreddit is basically a giant free-for-all, you never know what kind of results you may get, or what kind of content you may find.
Do you have a favorite subreddit we should check out?
If so, leave it in a comment below.