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How My Hub Went from Zero to 3,000 Page Views in Just Under Eight Hours

Updated on March 15, 2012
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© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin

I was going to wait until my data had become more meaningful before writing this hub. But I’m so excited about what happened that I had to tell someone.

My hub entitled Highest Paid Engineer Jobs in the USA had been a poor performer with only 500 page views in six months. The daily page views had been languishing near zero in the previous days.

On a tip from polyglot, a fellow Hub writer whom I followed a few days ago, I signed on to Reddit. This is a free website that calls itself “the front page of the Internet.” It essentially allows members to post links to articles according to topic, which are known as subreddits. You can click Submit a Link on the front page, or search for a subreddit and submit the link there.

I chose the latter option by searching for and landing on the engineering subreddit. Clicking Submit a Link displays a page that prompts you to put the title of your link, the url. The Choose a Subreddit field was already automatically field with engineering. I then clicked Submit and the link to my article was posted onto the site.

About two hours later, I checked my Hubpages statistics page, just because of my innate compulsive habits. I couldn’t believe the one-day total had already jumped to about 700. In three hours, it reached 1,200 views, and by four hours views had passed 2,000. The numbers just kept climbing, so that by eight hours later, when I wrote this hub, the total was over 3,000. UPDATE: The numbers topped out at just over 4,700 about 24 hours after posting and started back down. UPDATE 2: At 48 hours after posting, numbers are at 256 and continuing downward. But even this is still much higher than the average 20 or so a day I get on most hubs.

My research indicates that postings on Reddit experience a surge within a day or so, and then taper off. I just don’t know when or how that will happen. If you’re interested in these numbers, perhaps to use Reddit for your own efforts, give me a Follow. I’ll post any update information in Comments, so you’ll automatic receive email notification.

You’re certainly welcome to try Reddit on your own. But first read Increase Website Traffic by Posting Links on Reddit - Part I for all the variables involved. And then read Lessons of Repentance: Avoiding a Ban from Reddit. You’ll then be better prepared to use Reddit to its fullest capacity.

In the meantime, thank you for listening to my story. It’s probably been the most exciting eight hours I’ve experienced at HubPages.

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      Tammy Frost 2 months ago from Oregon

      Wow I have been reading your hubs again and I'm still impressed. .. are they still accurate? As far as reddit and the increased page views?

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      Anita Hasch 2 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Hi Alocsin,

      So glad I found this hub. It is just the info that I have been searching for. Will be checking out Susana S. She is obvious doing something right. I have managed to sell at Amazon last year and that's it. I want to sell at Amazon on a regular basis, hopefully I will now be able to learn from the best. Will also look into Reddit. Thanks for a really super and informative hub.

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      Amanda Marshay 7 months ago from Utah

      Thank you so much!! This is really helpful, and I appreciate you sharing!

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Great story! I once managed to get about 600 views in 1 day from Reddit, but I haven't got that many views in a day since. I average at about 10-20 views a day. Any more tips? I tend to post in a variety of different sub reddits.

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      hi alocsin, hope you'd be fine dear, just came across your hub , what an amazing and surprising result story you shared my dear, wonderful experience indeed, would definitely try to experience reddit, thanks for sharing this info and definitely i going to read your related hubs to this topics in some spare time soon and i bookmarked this page also. many blessings my dear!

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Hello,

      I have used Reddit in the past but with less dramatic results than yours. I think I will have to begin anew. I will also be checking your 'how to use Reddit sites' .

      I think articles like this, super-charge not just the author but also their readers.

      I am thrilled for you!

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      Holly 4 years ago from Boise, ID

      I'm intrigued! Thanks for the tip, and I will follow...

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      3000 views in just a couple hour is awesome! Would love to try you your method and hopefully it works for me too. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Gotta try this site out. Congratulations on your accomplishments. This is a great informative hub. Appreciate you sharing. Thumbs up sharing.

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Well done, I haven't had too much success with Reddit. But I will keep trying.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi alocsin,

      Reading this article reminds me of one of my hubs that kept on climbing and climbing to reach 2,416 views in a day. Writing on a hot topic can cause such views but the drop can also be drastic. Voted up, useful and more.

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      Katerina Kostaki 4 years ago from Athens-Greece

      Good to find another site to share my work...thanks!

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      Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

      Amazing story. I'll be back to read you other Hubs about Reddit, because I think I'll have to give it a try.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Thanx for the info. about reditt. I will try the same.

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      Chris Montgomery 4 years ago from Irvine, CA

      You rock man, you have really turned all your hubs into interesting, useful reads. Thanks!

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      omar21 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your experience, i'll give it a try and i hope it'll help me as a beginner.

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      Walter Holokai 4 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio

      I vow to try this one day. Thanks for the advice Al. You're my favorite.

      I'm sorry it took me so long to comment. I'm a little dense sometimes not to mention old. Ha,ha. God bless you and have a happy Thanksgiving! I'll be in touch.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      I voted this up and shared to my hub friends. I remember using reddit as well a few months back. I didn't get the results you got, though. I'll try reddit again and see how it pans out for me this time. :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I enjoy reading success stories. Than you for sharing yours with us. And, thank you for also including information that would help us further through the process.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      It's wonderful that you had such a boost in traffic from reddit. I've posted many hubs on there but haven't had all that many views so far. Congrats!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm told they're not any more, Peggy W, but haven't tried it out myself.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Just wondering...are HP users still banned from using Reddit? I am getting this from healthylife2's comment. Was just about to give it a try. Guess I am a "day late and dollar short" as the old saying goes. Ha!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So glad you got to enjoy that before Reddit banned HP. I never got the opportunity but hope there will be similar sites where you can simply post a link and achieve those amazing results.

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      greeneryday 4 years ago from Some tropical country

      wow thanks! i should check this site out...

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try.

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      Woww... I'm gonna try this like, right now! I THank you a lot for sharing this! Voted up up :)

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      I don't have enough words to thank you for this great help Alocsin. It is such a surprise that despite being a member there, I haven't been submitting my hubpages links on this site. Thanks a million for the reminder. Sharing it across. Cheers, Rema.

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      Gous Ahmed 5 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Wow! Fantastic, i wouldn't mind a steep spike of traffic on my hubs view graph! It'll add to the earning sat least!

      Will look into this excellent advice.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Thank you for sharing this knowledge .GBY.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't tried Reddit, I think I will check it out.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Very useful hub for hub writers, sharing with the followers.

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      Jesshubpages 5 years ago

      inspiring and interesting!

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      egummer012 5 years ago from Pakistan

      I will try out Reddit too from now. Most articles i read said that by submitting to stumble upon, ones article can get too many views if the article is good enough.

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      this is a great tip.I am going to try it

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      It didnt do anything for my hub pages when I posted or my blog! Maybe the posts just werent interesting enough, you did well to get 4000+ hits in sucha short time

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      Steve Andrews 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Maybe I should see if they have lifted the ban on me posting? I gave up on the site after that happened. I will read you hub about it. Have voted up!

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      Arren123 5 years ago from UK

      I've used Reddit in the past but never saw any increase in my views to any of my online work. Maybe I should get it another go, thanks for sharing, wish you all the best :)

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      Seems miracles are happening to your hubs , hope it will also happen to mine.

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      yaswanthk 5 years ago

      Very unique thought ......and great hub.... I have to wait and see whether reddit will increase traffic to my hubs or not.......... i m going to be a member of reddit now..

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      I just saw a FB post by a friend that mentioned Reddit. I am a bit behind, as I have never heard of that site. Coming across the idea twice in one day is a sign to get there and check it out. I will certainly read your other pieces about it to see if it can up my page views, which are a bit abysmal at the moment. Oh well, some days will be better than others. :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Nice tips here!! Very clever :) Congrats on getting so many page views!

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      Wow well done again, I have tried but not had any luck so must be doing something wrong.

      But love it when others get rewarded.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Holy Mackerel! I've got to give it a shot!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yes, bravewarrior, it does tend to increase my income, especially within the first day or two of posting there.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! Has Reddit increased your HubPages income? I'm going to follow you, on the advice of billybuc. This hub facinates me!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for stopping by, jessicaseo.

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      jessicaseo 5 years ago from INDIA

      Aloc,

      Thanks for the hub as I can figure out the research and time you have spent in getting this much info. Reddit of course is a great social site to get wider recognition and visits towards a page. However, as a whole I feel that social sites and other top sites where one could wide its page reach are just a platform which of course is very useful but what could get views and clicks is the title or header that you have posted. A post must be catchy to make users click on it, like your post when I saw zero to 3K page visitors I instantly clicked as to what it is.

      --

      Thanks

      Jessi

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      Walter Holokai 5 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio

      New friends thanks for all your great comments. I can't believe so many people liked it.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good luck with it, Jo_Goldsmith.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      Okay..this is the second time I heard of this Reddit thing. I will check it out soon enough. Thanks for posting this. Good luck and I voted up and shared for ya! :) Take care

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Great Article!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting. It seems as though Reddit would be a help. It might be a good thing to look into.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Gloshei. You'll find a link to all my Reddit article in the links section below the hub.

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      Gloria 5 years ago from France

      This is very interesting I read Part1 and now waiting for part11, in the meantime I am going to check out the others you mentioned and also polygot but first I must read your highest paid engineer.

      To think how your followers shot up it's amazing perhaps when I get more confident at hubs I may check it out.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Glad you found it, LaThing.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is very interesting. I just joined about 7 weeks ago, and missed your initial post. I am glad Roxanne shared it again. I will try it for sure. Thanks for all the good advice.....

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      Great hub. Great advice on reditt. It is a great site to get traffic but they ban you easily with no warning.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Anne. I do try to approach things logically and dig for as many facts as possible.

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      Anne Burlinson 5 years ago from Australia

      Hi alocsin, just want to thank you for the tip. If you were doing an experiment based on your experience, you could say that your 'hypothesis' is difficult to reject, one more time. All the best!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you're reading all the related hubs, poowool5. A lot of folks just read this one, try it out and wonder why they get banned.

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      poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

      Compelling hub title, reddit...couldn't pass this one up! And now I find it very useful and well-written. Voted up and interesting.

      Off to read the other required reddit hubs now before connecting with reddit itself. Thanks for the tips!

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      Alanna Fox Starks 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      OMG! This is truly amazing! Very great information here, I will try this and maybe send you flowers soon as a thank you! Blessings! =)

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Good stuff! I can imagine how exciting that would have been for you each time you checked! Thanks very much for sharing, was wondering about Reddit.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you've read all my articles on the subject, Anjili. Hope it works out for you.

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      Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Hey alocsin,

      I just shared this article with my followers after finding it rather interesting. Expect a few more hits and surges in readership as a result of my sharing. Nice hubbing. Keep up with it.

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      Anjili 5 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Hi alocsin,

      Thanks for sharing something I feel inclined to try out. Will read through your other hints before I leap. Take care

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It may also be coincidental, billybuc. I normally only get a couple of hundred extra hits per hub on Reddit. But careful targeting is needed.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You are too nice, Sunshine625.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Wow! That`s amazing. You are our inspiration alcosin. I am happy for you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Obviously I'm doing something wrong since I normally post on reddit but never...never see those kinds of results. It may just be that you are a better writer than I am and I can live with that. Congratulations and a job well-done.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Rock star. Need I say more? I don't think so.

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      I'm with molometer. I've posted a few Hubs on Reddit but I don't think I'm good at choosing the sub-Reddit. MissOlive shared one of my links there and I saw a huge traffic spike for a few days, but I didn't have the same success with the same Hub when I posted it. Thank you for sharing your success, it gives me hope : ) Voted up, useful, and shared.

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      Ramabhadran 5 years ago from Thiruvananthapuram

      Very interesting and informative hub. Thanks a lot.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Let us know how you do, B. Leekley. And be sure to read all three of my Reddit hubs so you don't get banned.

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      Trudy Cooper 5 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Very interesting reading, not quite ready to explore yet but will do when I am more confident with what I am doing. Thank you.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks for the Reddit tip. I'll give it a try over the next few days re my 9 hubs so far.

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      There goes the researcher par excellent. Thanks for invaluable information. I am a reddit subscriber but to tell you the truth, I am lost in that jungle of extra big type and flowing links, I am just not sure what to do. I hope I can figure it out. Thanks for sharing.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Be sure to read all my three other hubs on Reddit, ExoticHippieQueen, especially the one about avoiding a ban.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I agree Madurai. I think it's quite hit or miss with them, although I generally show an increase in traffic.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Amazing! I wish just once I could see that happen to me on a hub. Poetry is just not that popular, unfortunately. I see that the few "how to" hubs that I did always stay high in the ratings compared to the many poems that just usually hang around, though some have done very well. I am going to try Reddit. Thanks!

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      Madurai 5 years ago from Online

      Alocsin, you have posted here your surprise experience fro reddit about surging of traffic. I think that was a rare case, coincide with some unknown factor. I am regularly sharing with reedit, there was not much traffic from there. Anyhow, thanks for sharing this info.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Capedium but be sure and read all the parts of my hubs about posting on reddit, including how to avoid the ban. Also, not all submissions will get this many views. But if you're able to submit successfully, you'll see a noticeable increase in visitors.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      It can be very picky. Try waiting a day or two before submitting again.

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      This is just too good to be true.. This is more than amazing.. I HAVE GOT TO GET TO WORK..

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Reddit is a wonderful site which gives these experiences. But of late whenever I try to submit it says"You've submitted too many links recently. Please try again in an hour."

      May be I am doing something wrong.

      Thanks for SHARING

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I only try to submit one or two links every few days. If you do get the message, just wait a few hours and you can submit again.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub! How do you avoid it saying that you have submitted to many links? Voted up and useful.

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      biancaalice 5 years ago from Southern California

      I'm really starting to like your hubs. Great information, I didn't even know what reddit was.

      Voted up & useful.

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      Ironman1992 5 years ago

      I've been promoting my hubs on reddit, and my views have shot up, but seeing as how Reddit is picky and will ban you for only promoting your own stuff, I guess that won't last. I'll start using something other than reddit.

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      Mala Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      Again a very interesting hub.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Please read all parts of my Posting on Reddit article, especially the one on Avoiding the Ban.

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      Ironman1992 5 years ago

      I'll try this. Thanks for the advice.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Comment form just means you successfully submitted. Let me know how it goes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good advice, Swetankraj. Google Trends is a very useful resource, one that I use myself. However, it does require a high level of expertise. Thanks for reading this hub.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Alocsin...I posted my first hub without reading your second and third installments. Too excited to wait. When it goes to the "comment" form is that something the submitter is supposed to do? I'll let you know how it goes.

      THIS hub is voted UP UP UP and very useful Thanks so much.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That's awesome! Thanks for sharing the info Alocsin!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Thanks for the great information. Like some others, I post on Reddit, but obviously I need to use the subreddits (maybe other tactics a well) to get any traction. The comments you've gotten have been shedding light as well. Great article!

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      Swetank Raj 5 years ago from India

      First of all thanks alocsin for sharing such a good hub. I have also an account on Reddit and as other user said you only not need to post your topics, but you also need some other topics from different sites or they will band you. Once my hub has also been reached 200 views only in 5 hrs. The matter is that you will only not get traffic for some stupid hubs that does not contain any information just bored subjects. In my suggestion all hubbers should check Google trends and find the hot topic in the world and write hub in that topic. There are many persons who are using Google for searching and Google finds out what is the hot topic among users. To get benefited write hubs in those topic and definitely you will get lots of visitors!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not sure how I would test that, rasta1, I'm relatively new at all this. But it's something I'll explore. Sounds like it might be a good hub to write.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Do redittors click on adsense. The little experience I have is that they don't. I was wondering if you had any luck.

      What I have found is that my most popular articles on facebook gets equivalent traffic from google. It is evident that the new google panda is big into the social popularity. I would like if you test the same theory for reddit.