If you are an online marketer or a blogger you have surely heard about Reddit right? Everyone is always going on about how great the Reddit traffic is… and they are spot on.
In fact I published a guest post last year on how to use Reddit to gain traffic. It is a great article and it will explain to you exactly how to use Reddit.
I have also included posting links to Reddit in my article sharing my Secret Sauce Recipe for Top Google Rankings…
Now the problem I had when I first tried out Reddit is that I read somewhere that it was great for traffic and the article just said to post your links there… so off I trotted and I created my first Reddit account.
I found Reddit a strange place and I didn’t quite understand how to use it. So I found a Reddit that looked appropriate and I popped in the link to a post I had just published.
I was happy as can be and carried on with my day. Over a period of maybe two weeks I posted a couple of links. I didn’t spam Reddit, I just posted my link as soon as I published new content. I also spent a bit of time trying to figure out how it worked. I read a few things, upvoted some posts and I commented here and there.
Then one morning when I logged onto Reddit to post a link I found that I had been attacked viciously by a number of members for being a “blatant self-promoter”.
Now the thing is that yes I was a self promoter, sure… umm aren’t we all? But the way in which these members literally ripped me to shreds was completely uncalled for.
It turns out that you are only allowed to be a “self-promoter” when you have spent a lot of time on Reddit and you have contributed in loads of discussions and taken part in the community… and of course then nobody calls you a self promoter, you are a “Redditor”.
Now the thing that bothers me is that I just wasn’t aware of how things worked, it is true that maybe I should have read more up on how to use Reddit but I did read through the rules and I did see that I had to read the individual sub Reddit rules to see what I can post there.
To the best of my knowledge at that time I was honestly sticking to the rules. To have a number of people rip me to shreds in such a vicious way, is in my mind, simply just not acceptable. It was quite frankly disgusting.
I was not intentionally trying to break any rules and if I was aware that I was in the wrong I would not have done it.
Besides if I have broken rules then boot me from the website, or give me a warning explaining what I have done wrong and why I am being warned. That is the appropriate way to deal with things like that.
Don’t insult me and get rude about it.
After that I left Reddit, it is not that I can’t take a few harsh words, it is just that I don’t like trolls. I have better things to do with my day.
About a year after that incident I went back to Reddit – very carefully too may I add. I did some homework and from what I can see Reddit appears to be a breeding ground for what I call Reddit Trolls.
I see them trolling other people and it is disgusting.
There are loads of people that have experienced the same as me. There are the “Redditors crowd” that have somehow earned their right to post their own links, then there are the mere mortals like me that are considered self promoters if we even think of sharing one of our own links.
Now I could spend the next year following all the instructions on how to become a Redditor myself, but the thing is that I have no interest in being “accepted” into a trolling community like that.
Oh my god did I just say it out aloud? Yes I suppose I did!
Yes I want the traffic but the truth is that I am not prepared to go and suck up in a community that trolled me. The thing is that I have literally 4 hours in the morning each day to get all my work done while my kids are in play school. That is 4 hours to manage my full time business with my 3 websites.
More importantly, I am a positive person and I prefer spending my time surrounding myself with positive people, like the community at Wealthy Affiliate for example.
I am not going to spend one minute kissing Reddit Troll ass to gain acceptance.
So anyway this post is just to share my true feelings about Reddit. Now I am sure that there are plenty of nice people on Reddit too, but for me and what I experienced Reddit just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
So now how do I still manage to get traffic from Reddit? It is simple really, I go to my favourite SEO online marketplace and I pay an SEO freelancer that has a Gold account on Reddit to post my links for $1 a pop.
The no troll method to getting Reddit traffic.