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3 Lessons I Learned From Making the Front Page of Reddit

Quote that made it to the front page of Reddit

Getting on the front page of Reddit which is billed as "The front page of the Internet" sounds awesome, but what really happens when you do that? Here are three lessons I took away from my experience after a meme I created skyrocketed to the front page of Reddit.


It's awesome to see something you created get 18k+ upvotes and 100k+ views within 24 hours. It makes you feel good. But lots of upvotes, likes, and views don't necessarily translate into cash. I didn't have a rush of new people looking to hire me as a virtual board member or life coach, joining our personal development book club, buying phone and radio or interview room recording systems, or investing in themselves by taking courses from our partners just because I had a meme that hit the front page of Reddit. It was fun for a little bit, but not very profitable. Raising awareness of your brand is great, but if you want to make money, at the end of the day you still have to get people to purchase your products and services.

If you're selling things like coaching, that requires that people trust that you have their best interests at heart. No one will figure out that one of my favorite things is watching people grow or trust me through one meme that they clicked like on along with thousands of other people. It takes time to build trust and relationships.


My phone blew up when my slightly modified quote, "The most dangerous phrase is "We've always done it this way"" from Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper took off. For about twelve hours before I turned off notifications for the post, my Reddit inbox was slammed with notifications. A few days later? The rest of the world forgot about my meme's 24 hours of fame and life went back to normal.


If you do a little digging, you'll find out that the original quote from Hopper was actually "The most damaging phrase in the language is “We’ve always done it this way!”" according to quote investigator. Someone else had already tweaked the quote to say dangerous instead of damaging. I tweaked it a little more and added her picture. It was something familiar to most of the audience yet a little unique. The meme also had a lot of hidden depth behind it for people who knew Hopper's story, which is why it stood out to people. My thought when creating it was that most people would not consciously notice those very subtle tweaks unless they were pointed out, but subconsciously they would be drawn in, and I think that's exactly what happened. In my experience, success is always in the details, pay attention to them!

I encourage you to take notice of what works and what doesn't and make those tiny little tweaks in your own life if you want to stand out. Be sure to sign up for more personal development tips to keep yourself growing each week!

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3 Lessons I Learned From Making the Front Page of Reddit 3 Lessons I Learned From Making the Front Page of Reddit Reviewed by Don Smith on 11/03/2017 Rating: 5

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