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A data-driven guide to creating successful reddit posts, redux

A couple years ago, I wrote an article using massive data set of reddit posts to tackle one of the more popular questions about reddit: How do I get a highly-upvoted post on reddit? In light of the recent findings

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Over half of all reddit posts go completely ignored

A couple years ago, Eric Gilbert published a research article showing that more than half (~52%) of all popular links submitted to /r/pics go completely ignored the first time they’re posted. I found this phenomenon to be strange because those

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Is reddit experiencing “upvote inflation”?

A couple months ago, one redditor asked a simple question: “Is [reddit] karma experiencing inflation?” Of course, it’s silly to think about inflation applying to upvotes because you can’t buy anything with them. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to find out whether

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The most upvoted post on reddit every day

One of the most commonly asked questions about reddit is, “What is the most popular reddit post of all time?” It’s easy enough to go to /r/all/top and see the posts with the highest score, but thanks to reddit’s vote

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Virality trends in reddit’s default subreddits

For the past week, I’ve been mapping out virality trends on various subreddits to better understand how posts go viral on reddit. It just so happens that the time period I sampled over covered the week that the reddit admins

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Rising and falling subreddits according to virality trends

For the past week, I’ve been mapping out virality trends on various subreddits to better understand how posts go viral on reddit. As a neat side effect, I discovered a method to detect rising and falling subreddits. Basically, a “rising”

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Virality trends in niche subreddits

For the past week, I’ve been mapping out virality trends on various subreddits to better understand how posts go viral on reddit. As a neat side effect, I discovered that several niche subreddits have their own interesting virality patterns. Below

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Popular subreddits have predictable cycles of virality

Ever since I started studying reddit, I’ve always wondered why the most successful posts were consistently posted around 7-8 am EST. I’ve had several theories, but until today I wasn’t able to back any of them up with real data.

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The window of virality on Reddit

Have you ever wondered why most of the posts on Reddit’s front page are less than 12 hours old? Or why a post with a score of 4,000 is ranked below 3,000 score post? It all has to do with

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A data-driven guide to creating successful Reddit posts

Edit: This article has been updated to 2015. Please see the latest version of the article here. Today I’m going to tackle the question that’s on all Redditor’s minds: How do I get a highly-upvoted post on Reddit? I won’t

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This blog is my labor of love, and I've spent hundreds of hours working on the projects that you'll read about here. Generally, I write about data visualization and machine learning, and sometimes explore out-of-the-box projects at the intersection of the two. I hope you enjoy my projects as much as I have.

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