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The Pros And Cons Of Using Reddit As A Traffic Source
Anyone who has read my Hub Report from week #2 will have noticed my gigantic spike in traffic courtesy of Reddit. It's currently my top traffic source, bringing over 6,800 views to my hubs. It's the main statistic for seven of my hubs, four of which have hit more than a thousand views each. When people here on HubPages talk about having niche content I can honestly say that they are on to something. Not only has submitting the links of those specific hubs to Reddit put me over the ten thousand view mark in less than three weeks, it has also been incredibly profitable. Most people have only made pennies at sixteen days while I am currently clocking in at $10.35. To say that Reddit works is an understatement, especially considering it bumped me up from making ten cents a day to making a dollar and change. However, Reddit is not all sunshine and rainbows. It has a dark side and I'm here to tell you what that is before you go off thinking it's a fool-proof method for bringing in traffic.
The Pros Of Using Reddit
- Reddit is incredibly easy to sign up for. While they say you don't need an email address, I noticed that after a few links they want you to verify that you're a human by providing them with one. Don't worry, they won't spam you with junk mail, it's just to prove you're not a bot.
- Sub-Reddits are your friend. Beneath the URL box you will see another box that says "reddit.com". Most people, like me, in the beginning don't do anything to that, we just hit submit and move on with our lives. However, that's a mistake! Your hub will get lost, it won't get viewed and you will show absolutely no results. You need to erase that text and start typing in whatever category you feel your hub falls under. There are hundreds of sub-Reddits, so just start typing and they will show you possible options. This way people who are looking for content like that of your hub will see your link and know, "Hey, this person wrote about trees. I was just looking for something about trees!"
- If you get banned, which is explained in the first point of the cons, don't worry. You can create another account. I got banned with my first account because I didn't understand Reddit. I just created a new one and linked it to the same email and all seems well. I now have multiple accounts, one is my main and I use that for hubs that I know will draw in traffic and not get me banned. The others are for other hubs that are more personal and a little more likely to get me a downvote.
- An easy way to make sure you gain a reputation on Reddit is to get involved in the site. You are less likely to get banned for posting hub links if you submit more than just your articles. I've submitted an image or two to one of my favorite sub-Reddits, I've gotten involved in debates, I up and down vote should I come across something I like. You're more likely to be seen as a real person and not a spammer if you join in on the social aspect of Reddit.
- Submitting your links helps you get ranked in search engines. It's a do-follow linking site, so even when the traffic starts wearing off, it'll help you get pushed up in the Google or Yahoo search pages.
The Cons Of Using Reddit
- You can submit as many links as you want, but you have to wait about nine minutes between each submission. There's also the problem that their mods know we're trying to get traffic, so eventually your account will be banned if you just submit and do nothing else. You need to get involved on the site or else you will have to create a new account.
- When I submitted my links to my particular sub-Reddit that I frequent they got hits immediately. They continued to do so for a couple days afterwards as well, but not as good as that initial day. Unfortunately, the traffic you get isn't going to be a continuous stream. It will wear off after a few days and Reddit won't be much of a source for that particular article anymore.
- If too many people downvote your links you will be unable to post for a while. I'm not sure how long it lasts, but I know one account of mine was down for more than a day because I'd gotten too many people marking my hubs as spam - which happens to many hubbers. This was when I was submitting to the "reddit.com" sub-Reddit though. I just created another account and moved on with my life. No big deal. It's just a bit of a drag to create a new account all the time.
- Most long hubs will turn Redditors off. The ones I've submitted have been shorter than the average five hundred word hubs. People have short attention spans and since a lot of Reddit is about images and funny content, I wouldn't submit anything over 1,000 words unless you're really just in it for the views.
- If someone wants to comment on your hub, they'll do so on Reddit. While it will get you link karma, it's not helpful in bumping up your hubscore. I don't really pay attention to my hubscores though, so it's not a big deal for me. But keep that in mind if it's important to you.
How do you feel about Reddit?
Other Things To Know About Reddit
- You can create your own sub-Reddit! I thought about doing one for HubPages, but honestly, the only people who would be looking on there would be hubbers. But if anyone would like to have a community on the site, let me know and I'll attempt to get a sub-Reddit up for it. HubPages is it's own community, but we could be of use to one another on the site when it comes to socializing and not looking like spammers.
- If you have a Reddit account, you should become friends with me. Like any other social networking site, it's good to have friends and people to follow and follow you back. Though the friends button is less about following and more about acknowledging, "Hey, I know this person. We're cool."
- Be careful what you click on. Some people don't always mark topics NSFW. You don't want to click something and wind up with a screen full of images that could get you in trouble.
- You have to use Reddit regularly. While being social is ok, you need to submit more than just once a week. Even if it isn't to your hubs, submit something every couple days. This way you get link karma and people see you as a serious Redditor. You don't have to put much work in on the site, but fifteen minutes of commenting, voting and maybe the occasional link is a good idea. I spend about half an hour on that site daily, at least, mostly in my favorite sub-Reddit, it's not that hard.