Lessons of Repentance: Avoiding a Ban from Reddit

© 2011 by Aurelio Locsin.

I was still dancing on clouds from my successes with Reddit, “the front page of the Internet.” It lets you add links to your sites and classify them under categories known as subreddits. Here users of like mind gathered and could visit your linked writing and comment on it.

Not one but two of my site postings gained over 4,000 page views for their respective sites in less than a day. And those sites continued to receive good traffic. Additional postings also garnered more visitors for their sites, though nowhere near the numbers of the top two.

The confidence in my success was such that I wrote three titles on my experiences, which are linked in the gray box on the right. Those articles act as introductions to this exposition, so you may want to read them first before continuing with these paragraphs. Otherwise, some of my references may prove unfamiliar.

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Banned

I was brashly adding Reddit links to all my writing. A moderator warned me against using too many of my own pages in links and that they would be considered spam. So I was slowly adding two or three links to other pages for every one of mine.

And then I noticed something odd. When I was logged into Reddit, my newly added links were visible in the subreddits to which they were added. When I was logged out, those links disappeared. This meant that no other users could see my efforts.

The help text had stated many times that the moderators could help me with any problems. So I hurriedly sent messages to those in charge of subreddits under which I’d posted. For good measure, I also sent a note to the administrators of Reddit.

My pleas remained unanswered. Only one moderator bothered to message me back saying it looked like I had been permanently banned. Apparently, that designation is irrevocable and my username no longer existed to the Reddit community. Fortunately, most of my links that existed before the ban remained visible, though a few were removed.

Further research told me that the only way out of this predicament was to abandon my username and create a new one. I also discovered a few guidelines that could prevent future banishment.

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Avoiding the Ban

Create a unique username that is not associated with your linked web pages in any way. If you don’t want to leave the optional Email field blank during registration, create a new email address that you use only for this site. Make sure that address is not related to your links as well.

Post at least 10 to 20 links to other sites before you even consider posting links to your sites. It can easily become an enjoyable daily habit to post links to three or four sites that you encounter on your Internet journeys. Links to stories on well-known sites such as CNN, YouTube or the New York Times are the most welcome. Do not forget to comment or Upvote other people’s links on Reddit. You want to put at least 10 links to other sites for every link to your own site.

Check to make sure that your link is actually showing up on the subreddit’s list of messages. To double-check that others see your efforts, sign up from Reddit first before checking your link. Message the monitors if your links are not showing up. As long as you are a member in good standing, they promptly respond within a few hours. In nearly all cases, they’ll make your link visible to all users. When you are new to Reddits or a subreddit, the site’s spam-catching software is very aggressive in identifying your efforts as spam.

Reserve your links for articles that may do well for Reddit’s target audience: people under 30. Some of the topics popular with that crowd include gaming, technology, entertainment, current events and multimedia.

Post no more than one or two links per week to your own writing. Posting on Friday or Saturday nights maximizes link exposure since that is when the most users are online. You can post an unlimited number of links to pages that are not your own at any time.

Let me know in Comments if you’ve been banned from Reddit and/or any of these tips helped you to use the site once more.

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Comments 117 comments

Andrew 4 years ago

Sorry to hear you were banned... I think I will also be in the same situation as you are soon. All of my reddit links are my owmn links.

Thanks for the tips.. I will definitely change my behaviour on reddit.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Well, I guess I better try a new e-mail address. I wonder if they follow the IP Address... I will let you know. Voted up, useful, and interesting. :-)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I think I was banned as well in the first week. That is the most traffic I ever got from any site. :( I may try again. Thanks for this information!


Andrew 4 years ago

Well would you believe it... I have been banned!

I logged out, searched for one of my posts, then tried to click on my username and it came up with an error.

This method of silently banning people is just crazy!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I only wish I had known about this sooner, so I could've incorporated the info into my hubs on Using Reddit. Fortunately, the solution is simply to use a new username and to start slowly. I have only posted one link of mine out of 34 links, and so far, so good. I think the potential for many impressions makes Reddit worthwhile in approach slowly and carefully.

Sholland1, as far as I can tell, they don't track IP addresses. But a new email address or no email address is a good idea.


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DougBerry 4 years ago from Abilene, TX

I just joined Reddit and put one link to a Hub that had been popular, but had dropped to 0 hits in the last 24 hours. It started getting hits almost immediately.

Now I just have to be careful what I do.

Do you have any follow-through or do they mostly bounce after the one article?


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Good tips Alocsin,

Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately lol), my account didn't get activated ... all the links they sent me failed. I probably will try it when I have more free time, but for now that is a lot of linking for me. Mind you, 4000 views is DEFINITELY worth the effort if you have the time free!!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Thanks for helping us get a handle on the best way to approach Reddit. Very Useful.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

In my enthusiasm to jump right in, I managed to get banned the first week - I started getting message about posting too many links almost immediately. Now I don't know if it's worth the effort to try to get back in their good graces.


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Axaflaxar 4 years ago from Virginia

Reddit tells me to you have posted to many links come back in an hour. when I do I get the same response so I didn't bother with them anymore.


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Axaflaxar 4 years ago from Virginia

I have noticed that when I submitt my links to reddit through Onlywire they seem to go through


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks all for your comments. Some responses:

DougBerry, you'll experience a surge and then a dropoff. But even on my postings that are many days old, the number of impressions remains higher than usual, though not equal to the initial surge.

Axaflar, you can only post a few links per day, depending on your status. When you get that message, you can try again in a few hours or the next day.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

What helpful information this is! Alocsin, once again I tip my hat to you and vote all your related hubs appropriately. As soon as I'm done, I have a new website to check out. Cheers!


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Axaflaxar 4 years ago from Virginia

Thanks dude


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks for stopping by.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I have done very little back linking of any kind, partly because of the issues you describe here, and also because I’ve read that it’s possible to get banned by google ads for it. So this article is very useful to me, both for if I ever decide to get a Reddit account and with back linking in genera, as I’d guess the same principle would be best applied to any site.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Yes, Melovy, you want to backlink judiciously. Being a member of the community by posting messages is also important. Thanks for stopping by.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Thanks for such helpful and detailed information on Reddit. I did give them a try but quickly became frustrated. However, with the help of your excellent tutorials, I may just try again:)


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Ian Dabasori Hetr 4 years ago from Papua New Guinea

I read you previous hubs about increasing traffic to hub pages and wish to try it out. This hub is timely because I now know how to avoid being banned from Reddit if I eventually lay my hands on it. Its a very useful hub and I have to vote it up.

Thanks for sharing.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good luck. Let me know how Reddit treats you this time.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

So far, I have posted one link to my latest hub, but only as a reply to somebody's question post. That resulted in about a hundred additional hits today compared to my typical averages.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

It never occurred to post a link to my hub in that fashion. What a great idea.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

Correction: 217 hits. I'm a little scared to try the direct method just yet, so I think I'll wait until I understand the site better. I'm finding certain things a bit confusing. It does offer so much material that can be adapted to articles, though, so that's a bonus.


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I haven't been banned, but, Alocsin, I would get a message that I have submitted too many links. Unfortunately, I have not had great success like you. At most, I have seen maybe 5 visits due to Reddit. Great useful hub. Voted up and useful.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Congrats jellygator. And formosangirl, it may just be you haven't found the correct combination of hub and subreddit yet. Thanks both for stopping by.


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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

Thanks for the info! I was wondering why I couldn't post any more links. I've only posted 5 in a week and it keeps telling me that I've done that too much and come back in an hour. I even tried to post a different link from tumblr and it wouldn't let me. Now to go join again and be more responsible!

Thanks for SHARING!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good luck Eclectic Fusion. Be sure to read all the related articles for more information.


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

Please add at the beginning of your first article that Kindly read through all three Hubs to not to get banned as I think I have done enough to get banned used same username and posted two links to my Hubs and only three of others.

Anyhow Thanks for a step by step guide for Reddit. Its was not waste of time rather I learned a lot once again Thanks.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good idea, Zainnisar. I actually did that here but neglected to mention that in article 1. Will do.


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Zainnisar 4 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

Hey Alocsin, as I am only a month old blogger so I am looking for things to get better so I am sharing my observation to seek some light on the matter from you,

I have observed that traffic coming from from Reddit and Stumble upon jump in and bounce back pretty quickly on the other hand traffic coming from Google stay longer as they are looking for that information and are more likely to be benefited of Adsence ads.

What's your experience have you seen some positive activity as comments or clicks on ads by visitors from Reddit?

Thanks in advance for your response.


PWalker281 4 years ago

This is a great series of articles on the right way to use Reddit. Sorry you had to get banned, but you learned a lot as a result and I appreciate your passing on what you learned to your fellow hubbers.

Rated up and useful!


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Tams R 4 years ago from Missouri

I'm thinking I may hold the record for fastest to be banned from reddit. Something like 30 hours. I didn't understand the system, but I guess it's time to retry. Thanks and congrats on your many visitors. Thanks for the help.


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pinappu 4 years ago from India

Reddit is too rigid. I was banned twice before reading this article series..lol. Even commenting may give you banishment there if it is like "good posting carry on". But it is not like stumbleupon or digg where waisting time is not rewarding.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I hope Reddit as as good to you as it has been for me, and am glad it's already working for some of you.

Pinappu, I'm going to give Stumbleupon a try, since you and a lot of other hubbers have recommended it.


markbennis 4 years ago

Oh boy how I wished I had just read this article even a day ago, dam! I had not really got to grips with Reddit and found them too weird for me, but I still had posted my articles.

Until last night that is? I had totally lost it big time! I had sent a barrage of abuse to the administrators and told them exactly how I felt about them and there site, its so frustrating trying to get to grips with all these other sites, well it kind of backfired on me this morning too, as the abusive title had been sent through to facebook, twitter and god knows where else I have signed up to, whoops!

Well there is a lesson in there I guess but that should have banned me for life, are well sometimes you just got to be human and let it rip!

Great article and voted up, also gave it a tweet. :)


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

Ok, so I just banned reddit from me.

I write here about relationship topics, and after reading alocsin's hubs about reddit, I visited there. As I mentioned in another comment, I got some great results from posting a link to my (related) article when I responded to someone's post.

I did this a few more times, and didn't have a problem.

Then one of the moderators told me they were removing those links. I replied that I wasn't violating any of the terms of use (their reddiquette pays specifically says you can link to your own material within limits) and included a quote from another moderator that said personal linking *is* allowed, and that the side bar of every page encouraged it, too. This mod told me that the mods can do whatever they want, basically, and that if I posted any more, that I was going to get banned from those particular subreddits. OOOkkkaaay.

So I approached another subreddit where that mod wasn't on the mod list. I sent a message to the mods about the whole subject and explained my professional background. They said how valuable I'd be to the community, but would have to decide whether to let me do personal links because they tended to not like links. I said I believed my work experience would add great value, and that since I only would post a link when it's directly relevant, perhaps about one of every five replies I offered, that I hoped they'd "value" it enough to let me have a few clicks from it. They decided that I could not do any links.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Sadly, as you've both seen, Reddit can be a dictator's paradise, and it depends very much on what Moderator you get. They don't even have to agree on a course of action. One moderator out of five can decide to ban your article and that's that.


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thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Very good information, thanks and vote up.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

All you fools are helping to cause another site to ban ALL links to HubPages.

Abusing the internet in these ways hurts all of us. It seems that you have yet to learn that lesson.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I don't believe it's necessary to resort to name-calling to get your point across. And as this hub has stated, one has to learn the rules of Reddit or any other site to participate in it usefully.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

I'm sorry, but this makes me angry. You shouldn't have to read rules to know better.

If you don't know what is proper behavior, you shouldn't be doing anything on the Internet.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I have no problem with opposite points of view, PcUnix, as long as they are expressed civilly, which you've just done, and I appreciate that.

Proper behavior, on the Internet and anywhere else has to be learned, sometimes painfully. I cannot know the rules until I learn them by reading or by being taught. And if I let fear of making a mistake prevent me from doing something, I would never progress.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Ok, but I'm not sure you have learned yet. You still seem to think that creating fake backlinks is acceptable behavior. It is not. It damages all of us.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Using an username that is not associated to your website is a good idea. Thanks for sharing your experience.


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

No, it's a bad idea. Do you not understand that fooling google is lying? Do you not comprehend that manipulating SERP affects all of us? That it is why we get crappy results when we try to do research? That these games are part of what hurt HP ?

Oh, never mind. You don't get it. Obviously. Have a nice day.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks rasta1. Appreciate the comment.


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tammyfrost 4 years ago from Oregon

This is an interesting hub including the comments. I was going to give it a try but certainly don't want to be banned.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Slow and participatory is the way to go with Reddit. Thanks for stopping by.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

"Some of the topics popular with that crowd include gaming, technology, entertainment, current events and multimedia." Guess after reading all of your articles...that pretty well leaves me out since I write mostly evergreen topics on other subjects. After reading all of the comments on these hubs concerning Reddit, it seems that it would take a lot of time away from writing hubs. Think I'll pass for now, but thanks for writing all of these so that people know what they are getting into if they decide to go that route. Up and useful votes.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

Ouch. I think this hub should be your part one of three...should have taken the time to read it first. Well, I only submitted one. All of the links in the hub are to my own work, though. Will that get me banned? Maybe I should open a new account already. :(


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Finally, today Reddit has let me post some recipes. :-)


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi alocsin,

Yes, I first came into contact with Reddit about 3 years ago. I heard from a fellow writer at Helium that you can make money with them. ...he was right, however, just like you I entered too many links and Reddit contacted Helium about me. Reddit is great, even if I don't care much for all the badwords that writers exchange with each other. ---Truth be known, I prefer Digg over Reddit, even if Reddit is more lucrative.

Take care

John


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Don't give up Peggy. I only listed some of the items. There are literally thousands of categories there. I'm sure you'll find something that fits. Thanks for reading it anyway.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Hard to say. Some moderators are very lax and other are strict. It really depends on the subreddit.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Congrats! I hope they bring you traffic.


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roxanne459 4 years ago from Washington

Thank you for all the info! I love the sence of community here at Hubpages. Everyone looking out for everyone else and sharing ideas and information. ;)


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Hi Alocsin,

Great article. Just wanted to share, I posted a link to one of my hubs regarding Deck Railings. Surprisingly enough, my views catapaulted - skyrocketed for a weekend, then dropping off. The whole experience was simply unbelievable. But yes, I did get banned for awhile. I will take your advice for future posting, voted up and useful.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thank your for sharing that. Yes, views tend to drop off after an initial surge. But I've discovered I continue to get views from reddit long after the initial posting.


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VendettaVixen 4 years ago from Ireland

Not sure if I want to check out Reddit just yet. It's not that I'm afraid of having my feelings hurt. It's that I can never abide by that wise old saying, "don't feed the trolls." I get the feeling I'd either spend days on end arguing with people, or be banned within a few minutes.

I can take critisism alright, just not the "Lol u is such a N00B, rtrd!" kind. It angries up the blood.

I'm bookmarking your hubs though, so I'll have something to refer to if I ever decide to venture in. Thank you very much.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

To avoid a ban, please subscribe and submit links to /r/writeitup on reddit. It's a new subreddit I created for all the people who have commented on Alocsin's information about reddit. It will let your link get on the main page and in a subreddit that won't allow spam but actually wants your links.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

It's definitely scary territory, VendettaVixen. Thanks for stopping by.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

The full address, for those unfamiliar with reddit, is:

http://www.reddit.com/r/writeitup

Jellygator wrote about her experience with reddit here:

http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Come-And-See-It

Another hubpages subreddit is thehubhub:

http://www.reddit.com/r/thehubhub


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

With these two "safe" subreddits, is it OK to post our material shamelessly, without judiciously sending in 9 other pieces from CNN or whatnot in between precious original hub submissions? Is it now safe to send them all 70 plus of my hubs?


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

Thanks, Alocsin! Hope to see plenty of hubbers getting some movement on their articles. We work hard for it and deserve it. As an FYI, only one person has joined so far, but in the two days since it was set up, it has had 24 views with no additional advertising. (Does that sound promising?)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm afraid I don't know, EuroCafeAuLait. My guess is "no," it isn't safe because the Reddit spam filter looks at all your postings and not just the ones to a particular subreddit. I recommend contacting the moderators of those "safe" subreddits directly and asking their opinion.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

It certainly does sound promising. Bear in mind that most Redditers don't subscribe to the subreddits that they follow. Otherwise, they'd be overwhelmed with notifications. I follow several subreddits, but have not subscribed to a single one.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

EuroCafeauLait, when I formed the /r/writeitup subreddit, it was initially banned by a spam filter. Upon discussing it with the powers-that-be, they decided to permit it. I can't speak for the /r/thehubhub subreddit, but I feel certain that writeitup will be safe as long as members view and comment on others' contributions. I have required a few things to ensure that it will not be seen as spam: 1) usernames be identifiable as the author of the contributor to avoid plagiarism, 2) The post title must be the same as the article, poem, or short story submitted, and 3) the type of contribution must be identified clearly in the title as well. I believe these steps will ensure that people do not feel annoyed by constantly seeing material they dislike (not everyone reads poetry, for instance) and gives users an easy way to identify the subject they'll read about when they submit.

As the sole moderator of that forum, I am responsible for approving people to submit or banning people. Currently, I have the settings assigned where anyone can view, but they must be approved to submit. I *will* ban users who submit spam outright.


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

OK. I submitted a hub to the Hub one (not r-writeitup) and it passed. Then two more CNN or similar hubs. One was accepted, the other had "already been posted". (no problem). Then the same day I posted a Hub on r-writeitup and the moderator said I'd been doing that too much lately. BTW, my Reddit ID has nothing in common with my EuroCafeAuLait pen name. Maybe I should wait a few days to revisit Reddit - certainly with generic material, not my own stuff.


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

It wasn't the moderator that said you submitted too much to writeitup. I haven't found the matrix reddit uses for submissions yet.


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

alocsin,

I have learned a tremendous amount! OMGoodness I have been doing it all wrong. With time constraints I go in spurts and I didn't realize these spurts were actually hurting me.

Awesome! You have been a tremendous help!

I haven't been out out on Reddit for months, maybe 24 months. I will have to take it up again and employ your strategy.

Maybe someday I will have traffic and a dollar to rub together from all of this writing work.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Thanks for sharing your experiences, EuroCafeAuLait. Different subreddits also have different policies regarding submissions. Sometimes even different moderators on the same subreddit have different policies.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good luck, GmaGoldie. Reddit is a good resource but only if you take it slow.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks for the info, Aurelio. Aurelio, along with Triond, is one of the sites I've given up on. They strike me as overly finicky and elitist


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I understand completely PDXKaraokeGuy. Different sites work for different people. Others swear by Digg and Twitter and those have never worked for me.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I don't use Reddit. I just stopped by to say you are a rock star alocsin!!:)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

You are so sweet, Sunshine625. Thanks.


Bob Hamptns 4 years ago

Thanks for this info - probably saved me a lot of anguish.

I was about to start a posting frenzy there :)

http://www.romsforvisualboyadvance.com


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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Thanks for the tips on the best and worst ways to post to Reddit. I'll see how my luck is.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Good luck, B. Leekley. Let us know how it goes.


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srbhadran 4 years ago from Thiruvananthapuram

Thank you sharing your experience with Reddit in an interesting way.I have read all the four hubs about Reddit today.Excellent work!


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Just to follow up, I have been *very judiciously* posting two or three Hubs a week to Reddit under the writeitup banner. So far, no major upsurges in readership, but at least eight reddits on my "Brief History of Croatia" Hub. So far, it looks like it's working (though I'd LOVE a 3,000 visit someday, LOL!).


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davenstan 4 years ago

I had to start all over again. I was banned. Right now, I am asking questions. I have two accounts, one with my hubname and another one so I can post my articles. Now that I have a blog and write on hubpages I can post both. I am taking it slow this time.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad you're taking it slow, davenstan. Reddit is well-worth the effort.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Now that was an odd twist to an otherwise good experience. Thanks for your clever follow through. You also helped others to avoid the same pitfall while navigating through the leaps. Bravo


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Dreamsinger 4 years ago from New Zealand

Ha ha thought I was doing something wrong - silly me used the same user name and wondered why I couldn't see my posts. I sent a message to the moderators - no reply. So I read this hub (had only read 1 and 2 that will teach me!) and changed my user name - what do you know, accepted a link to another website immediately. Oh well now I will be more careful - I had only posted one hub, second didn't show at all, so they are really quick!


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jellygator 4 years ago from USA

So far, I've posted eight links to my articles using the subreddit /writeitup. I'm the only moderator, and so far we have only three subscribers, but I've posted just about one link a day and no problems from the site. My articles get on the news feed (though they lose rank quickly since I write on a topic of limited interest.)

If you'd like to get your posts on reddit without getting banned, please consider posting to reddit.com/r/writeitup


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Dreamsinger 4 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks jellygator - will do!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Glad that worked out for you, Dreamsinger. It's a learning process.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm glad that is working out for you jellygator.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Thanks so much! I totally would have messed this up without your experience and assistance. Voted up and useful!


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ckimani 4 years ago from Kenya

Thanks so much for the advice i was actually warned about posting too many links to my hubpages articles


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

aurelio, I get lots of traffic from Digg, but not much from twitter. I've also recently started writing on Wizzley and had pretty good luck so far.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'll check Wizzley out, PDXKaraokeGuy. Have not had traffic from Digg of Twitter.


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MissTravel 4 years ago from Vancouver

Love your stuff, will try it because I definitely need traffic! thanks.


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jamila sahar 4 years ago

great interesting hub, i have used the same name on reddit, so i guess i will try posting or sharing different articles, as i have gotten that same message, you are doing this too much. maybe i uave been banned :-/


El Ray 4 years ago

I just finished reading your excellent hub article series on using Reddit for getting traffic ... voted them all up + useful!

A reader can take your experiences with Reddit and apply it to pretty much any social bookmarking site. You really do have to post the links of other people more than you post your own. Beyond that you have to be a 'mad scientist' and experiment with different sites. You may find that some are better for backlinks and others are better for generating direct traffic. I haven't figured out what works (when it comes to traffic) here on HubPages ... not yet.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Wise words, El Ray. By emphasizing other people's links on any social site, you increase credibility for your own links. Thanks for stopping by.


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CircleSquaring 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I guess the fall from the front page of the Internet can be painful. Thanks for giving us all the heads up, and offering consolation for those suffering the consequences. :)


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peeples 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wish I would have read this yesterday! I joined yesterday and posted 2 of my hubs. An hoour later when I saw how great they did I went back to post another and it didn't show up to anyone but me. I tried to post another and it told me to come back in an hour. This morning it still says come back in an hour! Great hub! I should have done my research first!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Now you know, peeples. Just start slow with Reddit.


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RSamuel92 4 years ago from Greece

I've managed to publish roughly 40 hubs on reddit without any problem, until recently, two of my new links were not visible. They let me post it but it was only visible to me or anyone who searches for my user activity. So they ended up banning my entire domain. I contacted the moderators, I'm not too sure how they could help. I haven't been just spamming my hubs either, I posted on other sub reddits and gave comments to things. Yet still I was marked as spam. It's sad really, how our hard work is just so easily cast aside as spam.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'm sorry to hear that, RSamuel92. That pretty much happened with my first user code, so I had to put in a new one. The problem with is that any moderator at Reddit can do that and is not accountable to anyone else. So some of them use Reddit as their little kingdom that they can rule as a heavy hand. (On the flip side, a lot other moderators are very accommodating and willing to help the newbie out.)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for helpful info. Hope forthcoming comments will keep the saga updated. :)


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Rain Defence 4 years ago from UK

Well I submitted my first link to Reddit. It isn't showing up in the new section of the technology subreddit. What's that all about then?


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Well, I am on my way to Reddit now. I am going to take it slowly and not post any of my links for a week or so and see what happens. Thank you for all you information and creating such helpful comments. Cross your fingers for me....here goes!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

I'd email the moderator of the group and ask him about it. It may be caught in the spam filter, and he has to release it. That's common for new submissions.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I don't know how you or anyone gets reads on Reddit. I just keep getting banned, doesn't matter how much work form others that i share..


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Try a different usercode, PDX, one that's not associated with your hub.


Kerry43 4 years ago

I must go back to Reddit, thanks for the heads up though, I always got so lost in there and was not sure about all the rules and regulations. I had having so many login issues that I gave up at one point.

Excellent advice, thank you!

My regards,

Kerry


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Tealparadise 3 years ago

A lot of people complain about a "heavy hand" on moderation at Reddit, but it's for good reason. Reddit isn't a place for self-promotion, at all. Some subreddits have specific rules about it, others don't, but it's an easy way to get banned simply because *they don't want self-promoters*. They don't want you, they don't care if you stay, they don't care if you post 100 CNN articles per day. (hey I rhymed!)

It's interesting seeing people discuss self-promotion on Reddit so frankly when the community there would be frothing at the mouth and researching to figure out which account was yours & ban it if they saw this.

The best way to self-promote on Reddit is to share only truly relevant and useful information on the appropriate subreddit or as comments on someone elses' posts. AKA to just post on Reddit, not be a self-promoter.

I post my own stuff at times, and simply say it's mine up-front, but that I think it answers a person's question / is really useful. Take a look at my Karma, you can find me on Reddit under this username. There's no need to lie unless you're doing something wrong.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

Your information is most helpful. So, basically when we go to Reddit to post links, we would do best to think of ourselves as curators (in a sense). Basically, when we read content that we think is of considerable interest and one that others might enjoy, we post a link. I like that because there's so much junk on the internet. When someone takes the time to leave a link to something they enjoyed, then it is likely I would enjoy it as well. I can see Reddit's logic in how they moderate. We always think our own stuff is incredible. But, it's not something we read, it's something we wrote. It seems like it would be better if other people posted our content on our behalf. I'm not suggesting it, but I can see the creation of a group of people saying, "If you post mine, I'll post yours." LOL!


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

You've got it right, MarleneB. Think "curating" and not "advertising."


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jellygator 3 years ago from USA

Eight months later, the "WriteItUp" subreddit still has no problems. If you want to post without getting banned, feel free to join it. I may not be able to approve your links every day, but I stop in at least a couple times a week. If you do this, please consider voting up others' links, too, so that the sub can grow and gain popularity for all of us.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA Author

Glad to hear that, jellygator.


JustMe 3 years ago

"Create a unique username that is not associated with your linked web pages in any way." Many users of Reddit use as username words from their website title, and have a lot of success and have no problem. Also they put just links related to their work and they do that for a long time.

How do you explain that? Do they have some privilege or what, what is the explanation?


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kellyteam 3 years ago from Michigan

Good information. Glad i read everything first. sure would have blown that. I have opened an account with reddit maybe I'll start posting other sites first. Thank you for sharing all this info. Very helpful. thumbs up useful and sharing.


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Easy Exercise 18 months ago from United States

Alocsin,

This is the recipe for Reddit that I have been searching for! Thank you very much!

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