When I first joined Reddit it was because I wanted to promote my YouTube blog and channel.
I joined the /r/letsplay Subreddit and I posted a link to my first good post on my blog.
That first Reddit post received around 48 upvotes and 91% of people liked it. (I say around 48 because Reddit fuzzes the number of upvotes/downvotes).
I got around 1000 visitors on that day which at that point seemed absolutely incredible as my blog got around 2 views per day at that time. (Yes, it was that bad.)
Inspired by my success I decided to create and “promote” a couple of other posts.
As you can probably guess, they were not accepted well by the community.
I did get a couple hundred extra views from each post, but I was annoying the members of the Sub and I was actually spamming and breaking one of Reddit’s golden rules without even realizing it.
However, after a bit of tinkering and figuring out how Reddit works I was able to craft a post that not only got over 50 upvotes, but also got me Reddit gold.
The Golden Rules Of Self Promotion On Reddit
If you don’t follow the following rules you risk more than getting a low score on a post submission.
You risk getting shadowbanned which means that all of your future posts will be automatically marked as spam and no one will see them, plus people will remember you if they feel that you were spamming.
Here are the rules:
- Make sure that whatever you’re submitting will either be interesting or valuable to the members of the Sub! This is probably the most important point. So often I see submissions that are nothing more than useless, regurgitated content or content that doesn’t fit the sub.
- Only around 10 percent of all content that you submit should be your own. It’s in the rules.
- Only submit your best work. This makes sure that you don’t look like a spammer and people will be more interested in what you have to say. Posting every single blog post of yours might bring you some extra traffic but it’s the fastest way to get Shadowbanned or disliked by the community.
- Make sure you’re actually interacting with the community outside of your promotional posts. Share your expertise or simply have fun. Either way you should be interacting with the other members of the Sub.
- It’s easier to get a higher submission score with text posts vs link posts so think carefully about which one to choose. I will go over the benefits and negatives of each later on in this post.