How To Submit To Reddit: A Step-By-Step Guide To Submissions And Sub-Reddits
A lot of people seem to have trouble figuring out what a sub-Reddit is and how to submit to one. In an effort to help out those who aren't sure of how to use the site, I've created a step-by-step guide with screenshots and explanations of how to properly use Reddit. When you come across a picture, click it, that way you'll be able to see its full-size. Everything has been highlighted in red and explained. The images and hub will cover submitting a link, searching for sub-Reddits and both ways you can submit to a sub-Reddit when you find one you like. If any of this doesn't make sense right now, just keep reading. Everything will be explained and if it's not, ask anything you're confused about in the comments section and I'll attempt to clear it up for you.
Submitting To Reddit
If you plan to use Reddit to obtain backlinks and get traffic, you will need an account. This is fairly easy to make and you can find the "register" in the upper right hand corner. You don't need an email, but after a couple submissions they will ask for you to verify you're human, so I'd give them one just to skip that step later. Once you are registered you are able to submit links to the site. You can do so by clicking the "submit a link" button in the right hand sidebar. If you happen to be on a sub-Reddit, you will need to scroll down to find it.
The first picture shows you how to submit a link from the Reddit homepage. The second picture shows you where you might find the "submit a link" button on a sub-Reddit page.
Now when you're submitting a link there's a few things you have to do.
1. Title. When you put in your URL you have the option of letting Reddit suggest a title for you. I only click that button when the title will be the same my hub. Sometimes I will alter my title a few words for the sub-Reddit I'm submitting to. You are not required to, but keep in mind that it could help.
2. URL. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Just put in the URL to your hub and voila, you're done with this step.
3. Reddit. Often times this is where people get confused. It will say 'reddit' in the same font as 'title' and 'url' and in the white space it'll say 'reddit.com'. Beneath that box it will offer you different sub-Reddits to submit to. When I first began on the site, like many, I didn't change that box. However, you need to if you want to get any traffic. If you don't, your post will get buried and marked as spam and no one will see it. In the third picture the highlighted area is where you can change the sub-Reddit.
Once you've filled in all those boxes, hit 'submit' and you're good to go. Unless your account has been put on time out or it tells you to wait a certain number of minutes before submitting another link, it should be out there for the world to see with no problems. Some sub-Reddits will take up to fifteen minutes to show your link, so don't be worried if it doesn't immediately pop up in their pages.
Searching For Sub-Reddits
If you want to find a sub-Reddit, you can use the search feature on Reddit. You can do this through the search bar or when you're submitting. I find it significantly easier to use the search bar and enter a few words related to my hub to see where people linking similar content are posting their links. Searching is further explained in Picking The Right Sub-Reddit. This hub explains where the search feature is, how to use it and how to find the sub-Reddit when you do search.
In the fourth picture you'll see the search bar where I've put in a couple words to search. In the fifth picture I'll highlight where you can find the sub-Reddit that each link is posted under.
Now when you're searching, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
1. Links. What links pop up are the ones that correlate to your search. If someone else posts something that sounds similar to what you're searching for, then find out what sub-Reddit they've used and submit yours to the same.
2. Sub-Reddits. Some sub-Reddit titles will give off the immediate hint that hey, that's where you should submit them. When I type in "inspirational quotes" I get the 'get motivated' and 'quotes' sub-Reddits in my first couple searches. Obviously, I should submit my link to those sub-Reddits.
Once you decide on the sub-Reddit you want to use, there are two methods of submitting to them. That's covered in the next section of this hub though, so continue forth.
Submitting To Sub-Reddits
There are two ways to submit to a sub-Reddit. The first is through the homepage. You enter your title and URL information as normal and then erase 'reddit.com' from the Reddit box. You can then start typing what sub-Reddit you want to submit to. In the sixth picture you'll see the drop down menu that comes up when you start searching.
All you need to do is finish what you're typing or click on one of the options that they give you. I've found that some sub-Reddits don't show up when you use this method though. I'm not sure why that is but I know that if it's a text-only sub-Reddit, if you're posting a link, that sub-Reddit will not show up in the drop down menu for obvious reasons.
The second way is to go directly to the sub-Reddit you want to submit your hub to and submit that way. That's why I showed you earlier how to find the "submit a link" button on a sub-Reddit. It will not always be at the top. It will likely be after any rules they have and anything else their sidebar contains. Some sub-Reddits have links to other sub-Reddits they're partners with, so that fills up their sidebar as well. When you do that, the sub-Reddit will appear automatically, as shown in the seventh image. Nothing needs to be changed. Just insert your title, URL and hit submit.
Any Other Questions?
Hopefully this helps those of you who aren't sure where to find a sub-Reddit or how to submit to one. For those of you who don't know what a sub-Reddit is, let me give a quick definition: a sub-Reddit is Reddit's version of Digg's categories, except they have hundreds and Digg has a handful. Submitting to a sub-Reddit is choosing the audience you want to read your hub. I've written other articles about Reddit, the one I listed about picking the right sub-Reddit and this one about the pros and cons of using Reddit as a traffic source. I hope that between these three hubs all of your questions are answered, but if they're not, feel free to use the comment section to inquire further.