If you’ve published a book, starred in a movie or orbited Earth in a space station, Reddit is the place to go to tell your tale. It’s also the place to share deep thoughts that you’ve had while showering, funny pictures of your dog, business growth tips or real-time news updates.
In fact, you’ll be hard pressed to find a subject that doesn’t have a Reddit community, or subbredit, dedicated to it. This is why over 200 million visitors flock to Reddit each month, making it the 33th most popular website in the world.
This is also why an increasing number of businesses and marketers have turned their attention towards Reddit, in an attempt to divert some of that vast traffic to their own products and websites.
Unfortunately, most marketing activities fail on Reddit because the people who run them don’t take the time to learn how Reddit works or to understand the users who populate and power the platform. Unlike many other social networks where you can create an account and figure things out as you go along, in Reddit you either sink or swim . That’s why it’s important to do your research and learn the rules before you become active on the site.
Reddit happens to be one of my favorite social media platforms and I love sharing with other marketers (or anyone that will listen, really) the various tips and tricks that I’ve picked up throughout my years as a redditor.
This article, which is the second in a 3-part series about Reddit, is divided into two sections, both of which contain information vitally important to your success as a champion redditor.
- Part one- the 3 must-follow rules for navigating and interacting on Reddit successfully.
- Part two- Step-by-step instructions for getting your Reddit account up and running.
So let’s get started!
The 3 Secrets To Succeeding on Reddit
It sounds kind of hokey, but it’s true. If you want redditors to believe that the content you share is worth reading, or the product you recommend is worth trying out, they need to trust you. And in order for that trust to develop you need to just be yourself.
Join subreddits that interest you and participate in conversations about your hobbies. Talk about books, movies, your favorite vacation spots or your newest phone apps. Let your fellow redditors get to know you as a person and become a part of the community.
If you do this regularly, when other users visit your profile to learn more about you (which they will do) they will be greeted with a list of interesting comments and contributions from your history, which will help give you authority and prove that you are active on the site.
Bandholz is the founder of Beardbrand and these are the results that I see when I click on his username. It looks he’s a pretty active member who often shares valuable content.
Become one with Reddit
To really succeed on Reddit you have to become a redditor yourself.
You want to understand how redditors think and communicate so that you can interact in the same manner and share content that will be well received. So before you create for yourself a Reddit account just spend some time on the site visiting the different subreddits and reading the submissions and comments. You will notice that many redditors have a certain sense of humor and sometimes the comments themselves will take on a life of their own. If you can adopt this style you will do very well here.
A word of warning: While it’s helpful to mimic the funny and irreverent style of commenting that’s popular on Reddit, don’t forget that you are here as a professional. This means that you need to be more restrained in your conversation than the average redditor. So stay classy and don’t say or share anything that you wouldn’t want your boss or clients to read.
What kind of content do redditors like to read and share?
Well, take a look:
The top 5 Reddit posts of all time
Gifs and memes are also particularly popular on Reddit, especially if they include babies or cute furry animals.
Redditors enjoy sharing content that entertains, educates or kicks off a good discussion, so be creative and see if you can find ways to present your own content in a way that will appeal to the Reddit community.
If all you do is share links to your website or try to make your product the topic of every conversation, you will pretty quickly make a bad name for yourself. This can lead to all of your contributions being downvoted, and you may even be outed as a spammer by other redditors. In order to avoid this from happening you need to ensure that everything you share on the site will provide value to your fellow redditors.
- Offer tips and advice on topics that you are knowledgeable about, without asking for anything in return.
- Share detailed information about how your business achieved successful results in various activities. Beardbrand gained redditors’ respect by sharing a post on r/Entrepreneur detailing how they built their brand and the resulting profits.
- Share links to interesting articles that aren’t your own.
This activities are the key to building relationships and creating trust.
And now, young grasshopper, you are ready to begin your Reddit journey.
Here is your step-by-step guide to becoming an active redditor:
Open an account and pick a username
Choose your username wisely because once created it can’t be changed. It’s a good idea to pick a playful name that reflects you or your business, but without giving away that fact that you’re here as a marketer. You can simply use your own name or initials but you’ll score more points from your fellow redditors if you show some creativity.
Feeling uninspired? Try this username generator.
When you create a Reddit account you are automatically added to 50 default subreddits, which you can view here. Go through the list to see what’s there, unsubscribing to any groups that don’t interest you or aren’t relevant to the audience that you want to reach.
You can also take a look in your sidebar for a list of all the subreddits that you are subscribed to. The content from these subreddits will show up on the front page of your Reddit account.
Next, start joining subreddits based on topics that do interest you. A good place to start is by doing a search. You like food and cooking? Search for “cooking. ” The results will show you subreddits about cooking, food and various diets, as well as discussions about cooking that have taken place in the past.
To view discussions and links shared on all of the subreddits, click the “All” button at the top of your page. This is a good way to discover new subreddits that may interest you.
If you’re in an experimental mood, try clicking on the “Random” button in the navigation bar. Do this is a few times and you will likely discover a whole world of subreddits that you would never have thought to look for. (Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for where you may end up. But enjoy the ride.)
The 10 most popular subreddits at this time:
There are four main interactions that you can take part in on Reddit:
- submitting a link or text comment
- commenting as a response to someone else’s submission to a text comment
Participating in these activities will not only help you integrate into the Reddit community but they will also gain you points, or “karma.” The more karma you have the better your standings.
- Commenting – to leave a comment simply enter a subreddit and look through the discussions there to find one that you feel you can contribute to. If someone likes your comment then they may click on the up arrow by your comment, thereby upvoting you and gaining you some comment karma.
- Submissions- your ultimate goal may be to submit articles from your own website or blog but for now limit yourself to sharing content from other sources. Begin by reading the reddiquette so that you are familiar with the basic guidlines for participating on Reddit. Each subreddit also has it’s own set of rules for posting and basic etiquette, which you should read as well. These can be found in the sidebar.
Next, take a look at the content other members are sharing so that you can get an idea of the type of articles or links that are appreciated here.
If your submission is well-liked then it will get upvoted, gaining you Link Karma. If it gets enough upvotes it may make it to the Front Page, where it will receive more views and will likely be shared on other social media platforms.
If you’re a regular reader of Mashable you will probably notice that many of the news items that they share are originally from Reddit.
In addition to sharing links, you can also create a text submission, which means you would actually need to write some content in a provided text box, in order to generate a discussion or share information. Some subreddit will only let you share these types of submissions, though this can be an excellent way to showcase your expertise on a subject, and lead readers back to your website where they can find more information of value to them.
- Upvoting/Downvoting: When you see a comment or submission that you like or agree with, give it some love and upvote it. This will give the submitter some much-appreciated karma.
On the other hand, if you come across a submission or comment that you disagree with, or which you feel is not appropriate for the subreddit, you can go ahead and downvote it. Don’t go overboard with your downvoting though, because nobody likes a troll.
Pro Tips for quick karma:
It takes a bit of time to build up a nice amount of karma, and once you become familiar with Reddit you will probably discover your own tricks for growing your stash. This particular strategy is one that I use often to grow my comment karma.
- Pick a popular subreddit that covers a subject that you are knowledgeable about, or which covers a variety of topics. Subbredits like AskReddit or TodayILearned are good options.
- Go into the subreddit and click on the “Rising” button in the group’s navigation bar. This will show you the recent posts that are gaining traction, but aren’t yet overwhelmed with comments.
- Pick a question that you feel qualified to answer and leave a comment.
- Upvote the question to help it become more popular
- Check back later to see how this post is doing. If it does become popular then your comment on it will have been noticed by everyone that came afterward, making it likely to be upvoted (or maybe downvoted, but that’s a risk you have to take).
Another option is to submit your own original question or comment to one of these popular groups and if it gains traction, go back a short time later and leave a comment. This way you will gain both comment karma and link karma if your post does well.
So that’s it for the second part of my Reddit marketing series. If you didn’t catch part one, you can find it here.
And check back soon for the third, and final, article in which I will teach you what you need to know to market your business or product on Reddit.
Have a question about anything I shared with you here? Just leave a comment below and I will do my best to answer it.
Now go off and make some Reddit magic!