Reddit’s 2013 Performance Was Incredible, But Questionable

Something’s fishy with Reddit’s latest user metrics. In closing out 2013, the impressively vulgar social platform shared surprising full year stats. The highlights include:
  • 56 billion pageviews
  • 731 million uniques
Holy mother… really?! *High fives all around* What’s even more noteworthy is these numbers are up quite a bit from 2012. The year before, Reddit served:
  • 37 billion pageviews
  • 400 million uniques
Effectively, in 2013, Reddit saw a 51% increase in pageviews and an 83% increase in uniques year-over-year. That’s HUGE, right?
But wait…
We decided to look at our own numbers within the Shareaholic network, which supports 200,000+ websites reaching 250+ million people each month (last month we tracked 322 million people across the web), in order to see how this “growth” translated into referrals to publishers (click to enlarge):
Reddit Referrals Report (data) Jan 2014
Here’s what we have:
  • Reddit’s share of overall visits to websites dropped 35.96% year-over-year (comparing Dec’12 – Dec’13)
  • During December 2012, sites saw 0.33% of their overall traffic come from Reddit
  • Last month (Dec’13), sites saw only 0.21% of their overall traffic come from Reddit
Our data, collected over 13 months (Dec 2012 – Dec 2013), shows how referral traffic numbers trended. Now, the only question worth asking is: Reddit, WTF?!
Reddit Referrals Report (chart) Jan 2014
Naturally, we’re shocked when we dug up this data.
While we cannot verify or refute Reddit’s user metrics, what our data does show is a drop in referrals to publishers from Reddit. Reddit seems to be hoarding its users and keeping all of its traffic within the social news site; our data, essentially, suggests Reddit is referring less traffic out to sites, which is strange behavior for a social bookmarking site.
And just ’cause…
Reddit Referrals Report (snarky chart) Jan 2014
Although activity on may have increased dramatically from 2012 to 2013, sites around the web, sadly, aren’t seeing much of that traffic.
If Reddit is sending fewer visits to sites, web stores and publishers, where else should brands, blogs and businesses turn to for social traffic? Our money’s on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. At least, that’s what the data would suggest.
Ok, now it’s your turn to share your thoughts.

By Danny Wong

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