I broke the rules on reddit and got over 900 upvotes on my post

I thought I'd share this feat here since I see a lot of people saying their posts got deleted on Reddit. It seems luck is on my side because my posts never seem to get deleted. Yesterday I broke 3 of the rules on r/web_design, yet my post got over 900 upvotes and stayed in the top spot for a day.

I think it might be because usually I post a screenshot or a little video and say I made this, what do you think? Or maybe people just really like my product and let it slide. Either way, I'm happy :)

You can see the post here: https://www.reddit.com/r/web_design/comments/gojca9/i_made_an_app_to_speed_up_your_icon_coloring/

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    What's rules you're broke? I think reddit broken totally like other old social networks.
    For example, my (and other posts) was deleted from /r/startups when I tried to find someone (their said about moderator sabotage later).

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      I think I broke these three rules of that particular subreddit:

      1. No self-promotion
      2. No commercial promotions/solicitations
      3. No soliciting feedback outside of Friday Feedback

      I'm not completely sure what their definition of #4 is, but I assume I broke it.

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        Thanks for explanation

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    Good job! I will definitely download it :) I'm curious can you share of much traffic you got from this?

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      Sure, for some reason my analytics doesn't really track referrals from reddit properly. So I will just give you the totals for Friday and Saturday. 1087 visits but with a rather low conversion rate surprisingly, just 6.3%. Usually it's around 13%.

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        It's to do with the reddit mobile app not setting a referrer for some reason. You should use UTM tracking.

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          Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the tip.

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    Awesome! how did you make the video?

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    It's a cool video and the link doesn't directly go to your website even though the title is a red flag. Sometimes you strike luck with the reddit mods and sometimes you don't.

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    Awesome work! Smart putting the link in the comments instead of in the main post.

    Too bad there's not a way to A/B test posts like this on Reddit. That would be pretty cool.

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      Yeah A/B testing is hard but as you post more, the more you get a feel for what works. A short video showing some interesting action in the app seems to work very well.

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    This comment was deleted 6 months ago.

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      Yeah that makes sense actually. I try to make my posts feel as not spammy as I can.

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