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How to Post on Reddit

Adding text, media, and link posts to the social media site

By Justin Pot · April 19, 2019
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Half a billion people look at Reddit every day—voting, commenting, and occasionally even clicking a link.

If you'd like to post something on the site you'll first need a Reddit account; sign up here if you don't already have one. You can start posting right away, but there are a few things you should learn first. Let's go over them, then show you how to actually post things.

Things You Need to Know Before You Post on Reddit

Reddit isn't like other social networks, where your posts are seen by your specific friends or followers. Instead, things are posted to specific communities, called subreddits. Members of those communities vote on whether or not the post is worthwhile, and the number of votes determines whether users subscribed to that subreddit see posts or not.

This can be confusing for new users, which is why it's important to read up on the proper etiquette before posting. It basically boils down to learning what kind of posts people like in a given community but there's a bit more to it than that. I recommend spending some time browsing posts on a particular community before posting there. Reading Reddit's outline of Reddiquette,

Take this seriously. Bad behavior, particularly spam, is really looked down upon by Reddit users, and there's a good chance someone will point it out.

How to Post on Reddit

Ready to start posting? Head to the specific subreddit you'd like to post to, then click the Create Post button.

Reddit: Create Post button

From here you can post three kinds of things: a Text post, an Image or video, or a Link.

Reddit post options

Text posts require a Title, and should probably also include some Text. This is a great way to start a conversation.

Reddit text post

The text editor has a toolbar for formatting, but markdown is also an option. Check out our guide to markdown if you don't know how to use that.

Media posts require a title and a video or photo, which you can upload from your computer.

Reddit image post

Make sure to mark anything that's not safe to work with the NSFW tag.

Finally, there are link posts, which require a title and a link.

Reddit link post

When you're done click the Post button. Your post is now on Reddit!

Reddit posted

How many people will see your post? It depends whether members of the subreddit like it or not! Good luck.

Want to learn how to integrate Reddit with 1,500 apps? Check out our Reddit integrations.

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