Lessons of Repentance: Avoiding a Ban From Reddit
© 2011 by Aurelio Locsin.
I was still dancing on clouds from my successes with Reddit, “the front page of the Internet.” It lets you add links to your sites and classify them under categories known as subreddits. Here users of like mind gathered and could visit your linked writing and comment on it.
Not one but two of my site postings gained over 4,000 page views for their respective sites in less than a day. And those sites continued to receive good traffic. Additional postings also garnered more visitors for their sites, though nowhere near the numbers of the top two.
The confidence in my success was such that I wrote three titles on my experiences, which are linked in the gray box on the right. Those articles act as introductions to this exposition, so you may want to read them first before continuing with these paragraphs. Otherwise, some of my references may prove unfamiliar.
I was brashly adding Reddit links to all my writing. A moderator warned me against using too many of my own pages in links and that they would be considered spam. So I was slowly adding two or three links to other pages for every one of mine.
And then I noticed something odd. When I was logged into Reddit, my newly added links were visible in the subreddits to which they were added. When I was logged out, those links disappeared. This meant that no other users could see my efforts.
The help text had stated many times that the moderators could help me with any problems. So I hurriedly sent messages to those in charge of subreddits under which I’d posted. For good measure, I also sent a note to the administrators of Reddit.
My pleas remained unanswered. Only one moderator bothered to message me back saying it looked like I had been permanently banned. Apparently, that designation is irrevocable and my username no longer existed to the Reddit community. Fortunately, most of my links that existed before the ban remained visible, though a few were removed.
Further research told me that the only way out of this predicament was to abandon my username and create a new one. I also discovered a few guidelines that could prevent future banishment.
Avoiding the Ban
Create a unique username that is not associated with your linked web pages in any way. If you don’t want to leave the optional Email field blank during registration, create a new email address that you use only for this site. Make sure that address is not related to your links as well.
Post at least 10 to 20 links to other sites before you even consider posting links to your sites. It can easily become an enjoyable daily habit to post links to three or four sites that you encounter on your Internet journeys. Links to stories on well-known sites such as CNN, YouTube or the New York Times are the most welcome. Do not forget to comment or Upvote other people’s links on Reddit. You want to put at least 10 links to other sites for every link to your own site.
Check to make sure that your link is actually showing up on the subreddit’s list of messages. To double-check that others see your efforts, sign up from Reddit first before checking your link. Message the monitors if your links are not showing up. As long as you are a member in good standing, they promptly respond within a few hours. In nearly all cases, they’ll make your link visible to all users. When you are new to Reddits or a subreddit, the site’s spam-catching software is very aggressive in identifying your efforts as spam.
Reserve your links for articles that may do well for Reddit’s target audience: people under 30. Some of the topics popular with that crowd include gaming, technology, entertainment, current events and multimedia.
Post no more than one or two links per week to your own writing. Posting on Friday or Saturday nights maximizes link exposure since that is when the most users are online. You can post an unlimited number of links to pages that are not your own at any time.
Let me know in Comments if you’ve been banned from Reddit and/or any of these tips helped you to use the site once more.
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