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I didn't find any information about this on the forum so I went ahead and made a few Google searches and came across this hidden gem, which I'm sure many of you will find useful:
Extracted from r/TheoryOfReddit
- Try to stay in the large subreddits, especially r/pics, r/funny, and r/AskReddit - These subreddits have a lot of subscribers, lots of upvotes, and lots of new posts that are available for commenting. Other large subreddits such as r/politics or r/science are also an option, but sometimes commenters are looking for more of an in-depth and insightful response. They also don't have nearly as many posts as r/pics or r/funny.
- Go to your subreddit of preference and stay on the what's hot page - Scroll down the page until you see a post without a score. This means the post is fresh (within 2 hours), and ripe to move up the charts. Comment on this post. Set an alarm and refresh the what's hot page every 20 minutes so that you can comment on another fresh post.
- Commenting on a post rarely works, because you are competing with so many other responses. The better way is to reply to the top post. This way, your comment will almost always be seen. TIP: Try and gauge which response will end up at the top. If a top comment has 10 upvotes in 1 hour and 2nd comment has 8 upvotes in 10 minutes, you can be pretty sure 2nd comment will eventually hit the top. Reply to 2nd comment.
- Continue the conversation - Continue the train of thought from the preceding comment. Also, whatever immediately comes to your mind after reading the comment is what you should probably write about. Remember, you are karmawhoring, you do not have time to think out the perfect response. If you try to think too hard, it will probably be a bad comment.
- The comment MUST fall under one of these categories - witty/funny, interesting (personal story or trivia), thought-provoking, expresses gratitude towards someone or something. Keep in mind, witty/funny works the best, by far.
- Understand the Reddit audience - They are left-wing idealists for the most part. Don't criticize their beliefs. Inside jokes work extremely well. Always stay positive and if you must criticize, don't do it too harshly.
- Keep your comment short - Everyone who enters the comment section is willing to read a 1 liner, but not everyone is willing to read 2 paragraphs.
- Use bold or ALL CAPS. If you know you have a gold comment, use this technique. It makes your comment more visible for upvotes. BEWARE: Do not use this strategy often. Redditors do not like it if you are an attention whore. Also, if your comment is only average, you will be downvoted strongly.
- Use an image or GIF to explain what you can in words - Reddit prefers looking at pictures over reading. This is probably the most important tip I can give you. NOTE: Meme's work well also, but be careful, it is a thin line between a popular meme and an overused one.
- How do you find a gif or image? - Easy. Think of a keyword that matches the comment you are responding to and do a quick search on r/reactiongifs or r/gifs. Example. PROTIP: Reaction gifs are gold. Keep a list or folder for quick, easy access.
- 2nd option - Find an image using google images. Just type in the keyword that matches the comment you are responding to and add "funny" to the end. You will most likely find something that Redditors will gladly upvote. Example comment (Search google images for "samurai jack funny" and look at page 2 for the exact image I used)
- Look for opportunities to respond to people who have replied to you. Karma trains are your friend. Ride them till the end. NOTE: If someone criticizes your posts, do not respond. The hivemind will kill you. Haters gonna hate.
- Something I never did but works for a lot of other Redditors (I won't mention names) - Exaggerate or completely make up anything related to you - personal anecdotes, preferences, etc.. No one will know the difference.
- Remember, a lot of your comments will be hit or miss. As you continue to karmawhore, check your progress. See which comments were downvoted and which were upvoted. You will slowly get a better understanding of what works and what doesn't. Also, compare your responses to competing responses.
Extracted from r/TheoryOfReddit