I would graciously decline to me Internet Prime Minister based on a belief in an unfettered Internet. Bloggers are always looking for ways to increase the flow of traffic to their posts. There is no shortage of offers out there to do just that; many of them require paid subscriptions and others are free.
Whenever you search the topic on Google you come up with over 1.5 million sites that fit the bill. A quick scan of the first several will suffice. They all suggest good quality writing and frequent posting – pretty much a given. Another standard suggestion is the use of social bookmarking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg and Reddit. These sites are all great ways of keeping your blog in view, with the exception of Reddit. Here’s an example from About.com:
8. Submit Your Posts to Social Bookmarking Sites
Several months ago I followed the suggestion and opened a Reddit.com account to post my blog. This is what people do on the other bookmarking sites, but Reddit has a procedure in place to stop these posts – moderators, or as I like to call them the Internet Police.
Reddit is divided not into categories, but subreddits. So you pick a subreddit that covers the topic of your post. In my case, as I often blog about Montreal and Montreal related topics I posted to the Montreal subreddit. A few of my blog posts were linked to Reddit; all fine and dandy.
But wait …
It seems if you post your own blog link you are deemed a “spam blogger” and your posts are removed by the Internet Police.
Let’s say you were to compose a post about an item of news related to global warming and post it on your blog. Then you go to the global warming subreddit and post the link there, as you would on Facebook or Twitter etc. The Global Warming Subreddit Monitor is likely to remove the post from Reddit; what they want is a direct link to the news item that would not send readers to your blog, but to the original source (e.g. a newspaper article); any comments you made regarding the item should be posted directly to Reddit This policing renders Reddit completely useless as a means of generating traffic to your blog.
Perhaps I just came up against some overzealous monitor, or maybe the advice to use Reddit as a traffic generator is bad. I’ve even heard of some bloggers who post each other’s blogs on Reditt in an effort to avoid being labeled spam bloggers. Either way I’ve given Reddit a miss for the time being.