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The Pros And Cons Of Using Reddit As A Traffic Source

Updated on May 10, 2013
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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 "". 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 "" 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?

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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.


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    • ShaamCA profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Very informative , had a good study about Reddit, this would be helpful to me in using this social media network . thanks for the share

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful as always. Love your pragmatism.

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      Alexander Gibb 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you for a very informative Hub. I've had limited success on Reddit so far but you have given me new ideas to try. Voted up.

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      D Shannahan 

      6 years ago from Everywhere Man!

      good first hand info here, the best kind. my experience with reddit is big initial boom and then dead after a day or two. But in terms of social bookmarking sites reddit has been the best in terms of traffic.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Really great information about Reddit. I started using it a few months back but stopped. I will put your suggestions into action to increase my traffic. I see now that my mistake was to submit and let it go at that. Thanks so much for writing this very useful hub.

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      Mike Russo 

      6 years ago from Placentia California

      Thanks for the information. I wasn't using the subreddits properly. I'll try what you said. Thanks for SHARING

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      6 years ago from India

      Great info about sharing to reedit. I am doing there mow, because my earlier account I lost my password and was not using again started. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      Jennifer Essary 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I posted my hubs to StumbleUpon and Digg yesterday and I've seen a surge in traffic from SU. NO much from Digg yet. I was wondering about Reddit. Thank you for the warnings : )

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      This hub is very helpful. There are so many sites - and I had a feeling we would have to stay active in them to get any credibility. But I am definitely joining Reddit.

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kansas

      Seeker7 - Thanks for your comment. :) I'd heard about Reddit several times through people's "how to drive traffic to your site" hubs. I figured I'd check it out and to my amazement it worked.

      Tillsontitan - Submitting to sub-Reddits seem to be a lot of hubbers downfalls in the beginning. I'm trying to make it so less people face that issue. I stop submitting to sites that aren't showing any traffic drive, personally.

      DavyJones02 - Thank you. Good luck with Reddit! :)

      Jean - NSFW means "not safe for work". It's basically rated R material. No, you don't have to elaborate. When you submit links it'll just take you to that page automatically. Just like when you publish a hub it'll take you to the hub you've just published. I hope that makes sense.

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      What does NSFW mean, Jedi Jess? Thanks. I'm really trying to learn this,and it's been so frustrating! I'm copying your hubs to try again tomorrow. and they ask for comments, are we supposed to elaborate on the subject we put the URL for? It kept taking me back to the comments box.

    • DavyJones02 profile image


      7 years ago from Netherlands

      Nice! Always looking for ways to get that traffic up and this has been a great help!

      Voted up and useful!

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Great info about reddit. I had no idea about the sub-Reddit or the need to participate more often. My hubs never seemed to appear on reddit - probably because I didn't sub-reddit. I will certainly try again. I will also look to make you a friend. Voted your hub up, up, up!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi JediJessicuh,

      This is a really fascinating hub. I have heard briefly about but didn't really know much other than the name. Your article was really informative, many thanks for sharing the info - and for being honest about both the good and the bad.

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kansas

      YadiraE and Cheerfulnuts, like I told MiAmore15, they don't tell us who befriends us. So send me a message or let me know what your username is. :)

      Let me know how Reddit goes for you guys. I've just started posting hubs in other categories besides Harry Potter and have seen some good results from there too. I guess you have to pick and choose carefully though. So good luck.

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      That's great JEDIJESSICUH. A well-written and highly useful hub. Very informative. Just what I needed to know. I'm definitely giving reddit a try!

      Thanks for sharing this information, and congratulations on your success. That's a great feat, reaching that number of views after only a few weeks. It's a great inspiration to hubbers such as myself. :)

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      7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow, this is really informative. I have a hard time figuring out how Reddit works. Thanks JEDIJESSICUH for sharing this! Btw, I've just added you to my friend list on Reddit.:)

    • YadiraE profile image


      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I'm definitely going to try Reddit! This Hub was very useful!! I have friended you on Reddit. I hope i know how to use this right.

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      7 years ago

      I know! I was absolutely shocked. Sweet! I shall go and confirm the request. :)

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kansas

      Whoa, that's crazy. I don't make much on AdSense, strangely. I get a dollar or so every few days and I'm at like, sixteen or something. And I added you on Facebook. :)

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      7 years ago

      My username is MiAmore15, same as on here so I wouldn't get confused! lol I'm glad to see it is definitely legit..I made $5 and change on google adsense overnight as well because of it. It was a great surprise this morning :D If you have a facebook Jess, add me with the link in my profile here on hubpages!

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kansas

      Brynn - It doesn't tell me when people friend me. So what's your Reddit username? And yeah, I didn't know about sub-Reddits either. I ended up looking up information here on HubPages about how to submit to them and I was like, "THESE EXIST!?"

      thebeast02 - That's awesome! Congratulations on getting double your overall views! That's what happened to me and convinced me the site was legit for traffic. I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing results.

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      7 years ago from Louisiana

      Absolute truth. I began using the subreddits correctly yesterday after Jess and I talked about it. I DOUBLED my overall views overnight, literally. I went from 750ish views at around 5 PM yesterday, to over 1700 at this moment.One hub alone received over 700 views from reddit yesterday. The niche aspect is the big winner here. If you can find a subreddit that will fit some of your articles, get them in there for almost immediate results, but don't spam them. Do one every couple days and as she said, interact with the community there.

      Great article with great info.

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      7 years ago

      I didn't get you anywhere love, your talent and drive to succeed did! I've just been along for the ride. :D I hope it continues working well, overnight (last night) I had over 300 view across 2 hubs once I sub-reddited them! I never would have guessed that sub-reddits were an option.

    • JEDIJESSICUH profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Kansas

      Sweet! I have my first Reddit friend. I would like to thank all the people who got me here. Which was, well, you. Haha. :) I'm glad to hear Reddit has brought you some traffic. When I first posted a link there and it got two hundred views overnight I was like, "Why did no one tell me about this sooner?!" Hopefully it continues working out well for you.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for this hub my love, it is great! Because you suggested reddit, my hubs have seen SIGNIFICANT traffic increases, and I thank you so much for sharing the information with me! Great hub! ((Also, added you as a friend on reddit!)) :D


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