What Is Reddit And How Does It Work?

Reddit is – or likes to think of itself – as a community made up of thousands of different subreddits, each of which has their own name, focus, “crowd” (Reddit members are almost always subscribed to various subreddits, and thus overlap in some of them.)

So what is Reddit? Reddit is a place for everyone to be themselves. Reddit is a home where all people are welcome, and they can share their stories without fear of judgement. They can find common ground with others and discover the beauty in things that may not have seemed beautiful before. The articles on Reddit cover anything from funny cat videos to deep discussions about science or philosophy.

What Is Reddit And How Does It Work?

Reddit’s traffic overwhelmingly comes from the USA and the wider English-speaking world – even in the subreddits of European countries such as Italy or Germany, a good part of the subscribers will be English speakers. We have another article that talks about the best time to post on Reddit.

It’s good to keep some basic facts about Reddit in mind before you start trying to promote your product or service on it with Reddit Ads.

How Does Reddit Work?

How does Reddit work? Reddit is a website that aggregates content from around the web and displays it using an up-voting system. Users can submit links to other websites, images, or text posts. These submissions are then either “up-voted” or “down-voted” by other users and only the best of the best get to be on the front page.

Reddit’s system is designed in a way that favors submissions that receive more upvotes than downvotes in a short amount of time. Seems logical, right? If no one has upvoted your submissions or commented on them within a few hours, you can consider that submission dead and its chances of rapidly gaining popularity and exposure slim to none.

Reddit’s algorithm does not favor hours-old posts with little engagement, or with more downvotes than upvotes.

This applies to sorting by “hot” submissions, which is the default sorting style and the only one that most visitors to Reddit will ever use. There are other ways to view submissions (namely, by sorting by “controversial” posts), that show you submissions that have more even ratios of upvotes to downvotes.

What Is The Purpose Of Reddit?

Reddit is a social news aggregator and discussion forum that ranks content based on user votes. In essence, Reddit is an online community where users can post links to external websites or submit text posts as self-posts in order to discuss the topic of their choice with other members.

Why Is Reddit So Popular?

You’ve been there you’re scrolling through your timeline or favorite subreddit when suddenly a link for “The 10 Most Shocking Things About Your Body” pops up.

You click on it because why not?

What are the odds that this is actually going to be interesting and informative? Probably slim, but hey, you might as well give it a shot.

It’s just too bad I’m not alone in clicking on these links. In fact, Reddit is one of the most popular websites on the internet and people spend an average of 15 minutes a day reading posts and commenting (the site has over 9 billion monthly page views).

Why is Reddit so popular? Reddit is popular because of their unique niche and how they are able to provide an online forum for anyone with something to share. Reddit is also popular because of their friendly subreddits where you can find like-minded individuals who want to talk about things that interest them.

How To Earn Karma On Reddit

I’m sorry, did you say “How To Earn Karma On Reddit?”

Yes, I did.

So what’s the deal?

What is karma and why would you want it?

Well, to put it simply: karma is a point system that redditors use to decide which content they think is good. The more upvotes your post gets on reddit, the higher your karm score goes and in turn the higher chance of getting even more upvotes from other redditors! But how do you get those precious points called ‘karma’ then?

That’s where this blog post comes in handy. Read on for some tips and tricks to earn some sweet karma of your own!

You should aim to provide relevant, useful content that is original and not a rehash of the first few results of a Google search. Easier said than done, of course, but your target audience will appreciate it. You can also use Reddit Polls for ideas and getting feedback about your business.

It’s crucial that you don’t even hint at or suggest your own personal gain in the submission – there are some posts that manage to combine obvious self-promotion with a good reception from Redditors, but they are the exception and not the norm.

Here’s a post on how to block subreddits.

Redditors hate being advertised to, especially if they feel that the promotion is being done in an underhanded way.

In the span of three days, I submitted two links to Reddit that made the front page. What making the front page means is quite simple: a ton of traffic.

Around 20,000 visitors in fact.

Social bookmarking sites can either be a boon or bane to your website. That’s because, if you do it right, your traffic can skyrocket with the appropriate application of some simple rules.

There’s always an element of chance, but if you follow these tips to the letter, you’ll have a great opportunity to really augment your website’s traffic.

Make it good

I’m sure you’ve heard the webmaster’s adage, Content is King. This holds just as true for social bookmarking sites, especially Reddit. If your content doesn’t hold up, you will get downvoted mercilessly.

Make it good, and you’ll be well on your way to traffic nirvana. Use a tool like Grammarly to make sure that your content is error free.

Know what they want

Reddit is pretty easy to figure out. They love pictures. If you add [PIC] to the end of your anchor text, you’re in quite good shape.

If that’s not what you have though, make it political. Reddit has two congressional heroes: Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Ron Paul (R-TX).

So when writing about politics, make it either left-wing or libertarian and try to include either of those names in your headline.

Sensationalize your headline

That’s right. Throw out any journalistic precepts you may or may not have brought to the table.

Capturing the Redditor’s attention is your primary objective, and a cold and sparse statement of fact will rarely do the trick.

Choose wisely

With Reddit, you can choose a subreddit to which you submit your content.

These range from politics to pics to funny memes to WTF. As you’re not supposed to submit duplicate links, you essentially have one shot at this, so make your choice wisely and consider your audience.

Time is of the essence

The members of your audience are human and thus goes through the natural cycle of waking and sleeping.

In other words, don’t submit your content in the middle of the night, because no one will read it. Based on your target audience, there’ll always be a best time to post.

Reddit uses a formula including the number of points (upvotes minus downvotes) and time since submission to determine the placement of your link on its site.

That means that you should submit at a time with a large interval of high traffic ahead of it. I would recommend a weekday at either 9 in the morning (people surf during work) or 9 at night (people surf at night).

And that’s pretty much it. If you go in knowing what you’re doing, Reddit can be your best friend.

Now go out there and make the most of it.

Reddit Resources

The Complete List of Subreddits That You Can Advertise On
Reddit Polls
How to Get on The Front Page of Reddit
How to Block Subreddits?
What Is The Reddit Logo Called?
What Age Group Uses Reddit?
How Do I Promote My Product On Reddit?
Guide To Getting Backlinks From Reddit
Reddit Ads vs Facebook Ads
How To Advertise On Reddit For Free
Reddit Ad Examples
Reddit Ads API – Detailed Set Up & Usage Guide