Going Viral on Reddit - Massive Traffic

by John Atkins 21 replies
Recently I started a blog about meditation and so far it has been very easy to get traffic to it. After a few days I started getting 30-50 unique visitors daily and then I hit the jackpot:



See the massive traffic increase? Nothing special was done for that. I simply wrote a good post, shared it on a large active group (subreddit) in the same niche, and participated in the conversation that took place. Needless to say, I got plenty of subscribers thanks to this event.

Don't hesitate to participate on social networks. Getting traffic is nowhere near as difficult as it's made out to be. We marketers tend to focus on the complicated and forget the simple - like sharing interesting posts in groups. The trick here is to create interesting content with a good eye-catching title. From my experience controversial titles are the best.

Social networking is the future of the internet and bloggers who focus entirely on SEO and don't exploit this are fools. Don't forget that social marketing improves your SE rankings as well.

Back to reddit - it's a great social network and you can get a lot of traffic (in some niches like meditation) with it simply by sharing your stuff on related subreddits. Be careful not to overdo it though, otherwise you will get shadowbanned.
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  • Profile picture of the author NeshSab
    Wow awesome results!

    I started testing reddit two weeks ago and I get good results so far (not like yours, but still ).

    But I can't seem to understand how to put the thumbnail when submitting a post :confused:
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    • Profile picture of the author lunarninja
      Very great case study.

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    • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
      Originally Posted by NeshSab View Post

      Wow awesome results!

      I started testing reddit two weeks ago and I get good results so far (not like yours, but still ).

      But I can't seem to understand how to put the thumbnail when submitting a post :confused:
      When I post on reddit thumbnails are created automatically from the picture in the post.
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      • Profile picture of the author shimul0011
        Originally Posted by John Atkins View Post

        When I post on reddit thumbnails are created automatically from the picture in the post.
        I submitted on Reddit once it took my image as thumbnail. My post had not less than 10 images, but Reddit took the featured image as thumbnail. I guess ( not 100% sure though) if you are using WordPress ( I bet you are ) , then the featured image of a post will be taken as post thumbnail on Reddit.
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  • Wow, congrats on that. I completely agree about social networks. Especially ones like Reddit where they don't like being marketed to, you should get involved with them (not just for the sake of marketing as they can give great insight and advice also).
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  • Profile picture of the author deborahdawui
    Originally Posted by John Atkins View Post

    Recently I started a blog about meditation and so far it has been very easy to get traffic to it. After a few days I started getting 30-50 unique visitors daily and then I hit the jackpot:



    See the massive traffic increase? Nothing special was done for that. I simply wrote a good post, shared it on a large active group (subreddit) in the same niche, and participated in the conversation that took place. Needless to say, I got plenty of subscribers thanks to this event.

    Don't hesitate to participate on social networks. Getting traffic is nowhere near as difficult as it's made out to be. We marketers tend to focus on the complicated and forget the simple - like sharing interesting posts in groups. The trick here is to create interesting content with a good eye-catching title. From my experience controversial titles are the best.

    Social networking is the future of the internet and bloggers who focus entirely on SEO and don't exploit this are fools. Don't forget that social marketing improves your SE rankings as well.

    Back to reddit - it's a great social network and you can get a lot of traffic (in some niches like meditation) with it simply by sharing your stuff on related subreddits. Be careful not to overdo it though, otherwise you will get shadowbanned.
    I never thought of using Reddit as a traffic source but I was motivated to give it a try by your post. I have to say it's driving good traffic to my site than even StumbleUpon. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bent SEO
    Are you pretty active on reddit usually or was this a new account?
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    • Profile picture of the author PBMax
      Originally Posted by Bent SEO View Post

      Are you pretty active on reddit usually or was this a new account?
      He must be active on Reddit because they don't take kindly to newcomers in general, and especially not to newcomers who post OBL to their own blogs.

      This is a good case study, but it isn't the norm. When I posted articles from my blog on Reddit, I'd get 30-50 uniques, but not 1000+.

      Either way, give it a go.
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      • Profile picture of the author Roxyrock
        Originally Posted by PBMax View Post

        He must be active on Reddit because they don't take kindly to newcomers in general, and especially not to newcomers who post OBL to their own blogs.

        This is a good case study, but it isn't the norm. When I posted articles from my blog on Reddit, I'd get 30-50 uniques, but not 1000+.

        Either way, give it a go.
        Depends on subreddit. The trafffic is slow on some of them, and there are tons of readers on the others.
        Also it depends on how redditors like your link. If they downvote it you won't get much traffic.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheFury
        Originally Posted by PBMax View Post

        He must be active on Reddit because they don't take kindly to newcomers in general, and especially not to newcomers who post OBL to their own blogs.

        This is a good case study, but it isn't the norm. When I posted articles from my blog on Reddit, I'd get 30-50 uniques, but not 1000+.

        Either way, give it a go.
        How many likes do you get and how active is the subreddit? If you aren't liked then you aren't getting much traffic, but if people like your content you will get huge traffic in active subreddits.
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  • Profile picture of the author SnusOnline
    is reddit really worht. I didnt find any visitor.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    That is a great result, but don't get used to it or count on Reddit.

    Read this thread to see what will most likely happen to him if he continues to share his own content:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/social-m...t-warning.html
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  • Profile picture of the author HeadStartSEO
    Kudos, OP. Please do your best to keep the good vibes flowing through r/meditation.
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  • Profile picture of the author jllagu01
    Wow, this is awesome. I got banned once when I posted something irrelevant to the discussion. My bad. So I never bothered going there again except to participate in discussions from a different account. But this is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    Actually it was a relatively new account but as I said don't overdo it, otherwise you will get shadowbanned.
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  • Profile picture of the author 111caz111
    Ok I'm going to try this and I will post a screen shot after I post on Reddit. Never used this site before.
    Another one I have heard is imgur for artists, photographers, illustrators, graphic designers or even the basic marketers infographic can go viral on it at their peak time (according to my source) which is after 12(night). If anyone tries this, please post your results on this forum so we can see!
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  • Profile picture of the author artflair
    Reddit is great for free traffic but you have to be careful not to over do it!
    - don't be posting non-stop to the same subreddit. Each one has its moderator and they can ban you for it
    - try to use different accounts - when you'll be posting things only from your website you can be consider a spammer
    - only post really relevant and interesting articles - you can get tons of traffic like this
    - you'll have to do it over and over again because one post will give you a boost of 1-2 days and then it will go down again
    Good luck
    Art
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  • Profile picture of the author deborahdawui
    If you post to the subreddits, make sure you are posting questions or answers without links.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheFury
    Yep, reddit is the easiest way to get traffic... I've gotten as many as 8000 uniques in 1 day from a good post and regularly get 2000-5000 a day. However, this isn't easy traffic to sell to, or even to keep them coming back without having to post articles on reddit all the time. EDIT: In terms of getting banned, I think it is important to make sure you are active commenting etc. and not just posting links and disappearing. I don't buy the 90/10 rule, most likely, it is better to post good content every few days from 1 or 2 sources than dilute your stuff with a bunch of lolcats images.

    Originally Posted by John Atkins View Post

    Recently I started a blog about meditation and so far it has been very easy to get traffic to it. After a few days I started getting 30-50 unique visitors daily and then I hit the jackpot:



    See the massive traffic increase? Nothing special was done for that. I simply wrote a good post, shared it on a large active group (subreddit) in the same niche, and participated in the conversation that took place. Needless to say, I got plenty of subscribers thanks to this event.

    Don't hesitate to participate on social networks. Getting traffic is nowhere near as difficult as it's made out to be. We marketers tend to focus on the complicated and forget the simple - like sharing interesting posts in groups. The trick here is to create interesting content with a good eye-catching title. From my experience controversial titles are the best.

    Social networking is the future of the internet and bloggers who focus entirely on SEO and don't exploit this are fools. Don't forget that social marketing improves your SE rankings as well.

    Back to reddit - it's a great social network and you can get a lot of traffic (in some niches like meditation) with it simply by sharing your stuff on related subreddits. Be careful not to overdo it though, otherwise you will get shadowbanned.
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  • Congrats to you I'm glad I found some people like you that you manage to increase traffic in Reddit.
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  • Profile picture of the author serpyre
    Very nice, how are you going to monatise it!
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