A few weeks ago I posted a question to the forums asking whether any hubbers had used Reddit.com to create backlinks. Most people reported negative experiences, saying that the reddit community had reacted badly to their attempts at self promotion.
It occurs to me that the problem is trying to post links in the wrong reddit categories or subreddits.
So I have come up with (maybe) a solution. In my capacity as a reddit moderator (okay, anyone can do it) I have created a subreddit dedicated to promoting hubs. The idea is that hubbers can post links and descriptions of their hubs. Hopefully the reddit pages will be crawled and create backlinks to our hubs.
The subreddit is in need of contributors and links so I invite all my fellow hubbers to post links to their hubs and a short description of the hub.
And if this "ffffffffuuuuuuuuuu" stuff is normal for them, I guarantee you that I'm not the first person that's been scared off by it. Hacker paranoia is rampant. And I would consider it an extremely poor Sales & Marketing gimmick. And it's tacky.
Yes. Robert is an attorney in real life. He is as normal as you and me. He isn't trying to pull the wool over our eyes. He could be disbarred and I believe he will not ever let that happen. There page looks odd and unusual but they have been around for awhile.
Now I see it. What you are seeing is actually a link to one of the more popular sections on reddit which is entitled "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu" The moderator says that it is a subreddit dedicated to "creating and sharing rage comics." It has 279,178 followers. Rage comics are not very funny in my opinion, but they are a sort of internet meme these days. You can google "rage comics" to find out more.
There is nothing wrong. This is the actual title of one of reddit's sections. Our section dedicated to hubbers so far has no where near as many readers, but who knows if enough hubbers sign up we might make it to the top of the google search results.
If I ran across that in a subpage, it wouldn't scare me, I'd be fine with it, I'd even visit it.
But a first time visitor seeing that on the goggle frontpage sitemap of a reputable name like reddit, I can't believe I'd be the only one scared off because of wondering if hackers were messing with reddit.
I will send reddit's Sales & Marketing my bill for these consultation services.
@paradigmsearch - not sure why you are getting these strange results when you google reddit.com. I am not getting anything unusual and their site is functioning fine for me. You can visit their main page at reddit.com
I am not getting that either and I use Chrome. That is strange. Yes I am viewing it chronologically, but I am not getting what you are getting when you Google search them. I would recommend that you log out of your computer and go back in. I don't know who your provider is but I am not having any problems here.
Reddit veteran here (5+ years). You're seeing Google's listing for Reddit, which as a popular community site gets both a mainpage listing along with sublistings for multiple popular pages within the site. The links you are posting are called subreddits, and any Redditor can make one, just as quoatations noted in the post that started this thread.
Here's a quick rundown of the subreddits you listed, which are obviously among the most popular (tens of thousands of subscribers): fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu - Rage comics. Very popular on Reddit. There are many memes (if you don't know what that is, look it up) that are also connected to rage comics. pics - Pictures, obviously. This a very broad subreddit for user-submitted pictures. At the moment, it's mostly pictures of Halloween costumes. That will obviously change tomorrow. Programming - Many Redditors, especially those who have been around for a long time, work in IT and have an interest in programming languages. Gonewild - This is pictures of people (mostly women) flashing their bare chests, for the most part. It's obviously NSFW (not safe for work). Gaming - For video game topics. Funny - Mostly funny pictures or videos. Also obscene joke threads from time to time.
I'm really not sure how much a link on a random subreddit with few followers is worth. Reddit front page links get linked to by blogs and various copycat sites around the web, but the front page of a subreddit is not the same thing as the front page of Reddit, especially when that subreddit isn't popular.
As I've said before, the Reddit community is very hostile toward suspected spammers and basically any new members who are posting links. While there's little they can do to stop a subreddit that they don't moderate, they can see that subreddit and track who posts there. They won't worry much about one subreddit, since very few people will see it anyway, but I would strongly advise against submitting links on other parts of the site unless you're absolutely sure your link adds something of value and interest that the average internet addict hasn't seen before.
Thanks for your insight. As I said this is an experiment. I don't think that it will generate click thru traffic, but it may add some PR value by way of backlinking. This way at least we won't get attacked by the larger Reddit community for posting links to hubs.
If you are concerned about the rest of the reddit community noting what you post, feel free to post your hub links using a throw away account. Reddit does not prevent you from having several aliases, just like Hubpages.
I think the PR boost is going to be limited by the links being nofollow, but I suppose it won't hurt anything.
Reddit actually has an active SEO subreddit, with plenty of excellent information about getting your website seen by more people. Unlike most other sites offering SEO advice, the Reddit community weeds out most of the hustlers and salesmen and downvotes their comments and submissions into oblivion, so only the valuable and interesting stuff survives.
Reddit is a real time killer and seems to have an endless number of communities (subreddits). No one seems to know how many there are. Just hit the "random" button on the very top left hand corner of the screen and start exploring all that there is to reddit.
I have never really had problems with posting links on Reddit. In fact, a huge part of my traffic came from that site in the beginning. The problem with posting hubs to a hub dub-Reddit is that only HubPage readers will see and care. If you take the time to find the right sub-Reddit, you'll get more exposure.
Submitted my first link. It's not showing everywhere yet. Needs to be moderated? If so, I'm fine with that. Also, my last comment there came back with a 504 error. Also no problem. It's all still in beta testing after all. Bye for now.
You may not be seeing the links because I need to review and approve them, since I am the moderator of that forum. Sorry for the time lag, but it's early morning where I am. Keep on posting. I promise that I will review and approve them all.
And an uh-oh. As previously stated, I posted a link. However, I unfortunately did not post it via the comments section as I now see we were supposed to do.
I posted my link via the big, blue, rectangular button located at the right of the screen that said "post link" or whatever. The good news is that I did also fill in the box specifying to post the link in thehubhub.
I am glad that you are seeing some traffic from our little experiment.
I think that it might be better not to enter all of our hubs there, or at least spread out the posts over a long period. If Google sees that this page points to all hubs on a certain subdomain it might see these links as spam. I think it would actually help if hubbers could also post links to other projects of theirs such as articles they have written on squidoo. This way the page would seem more "organic" and not so obviously just meant to promote hubs (which of course it is).
If you don't mind being called a TROLL continually by liberals. On only my third post there i wrote the comment 'mind-boggling' about a tech article and got a negative response ever since.. i quit because it wasn't worth my time arguing with people who EXcessively use the word TROLL at the drop of a hat, but maybe i'll rejoin since there's an individual 'hubredditt' group.
I'd recommend submitting an article or two to the hubhub subreddit. I've done so, already. If you are going to do so, while you're there, look at the marketing strategies used by others on other subreddits. You'd be surprised what gets voted up in computers. You'll delight that others like what you like in the Nostalgia subreddit! There are so many subs that every article really has a home there, it's just marketing it properly in a non-spammy way.
It took me about a month to get comfortable with Reddit. Just go slowly, don't post a bunch of stuff all at once. I post less than an article per day (mine or someone else's). I do not use it as a site to draw views from the site itself. I use it to reach DDO players, and other gamers, so I can provide them with relevant, and entertaining, material - and thereby draw quality views. I've grown a fairly steady viewership at one of my blogs. My Gygax article gets views from there (Nostalgia). rpg subreddit is another I use frequently.
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