Tip: add "reddit" to search queries to get authentic human results untainted by SEO

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Ehh I dunno about this as a one-size-fits-all piece of advice. There’s some real sketchy subreddits out there. Try the word “forum” instead of “reddit” and see what happens? :thinking:

The proof is in the results, of course, if it’s working for you, then it’s working for you!


I had to turn off the plugin that adds -site:pinterest.com to searches because it’s not smart enough to leave it off of Maps searches.


It works! With the example search I feel like the forum results (the graphics tablets example will get you to dpreview) have an interesting profile—older, more professional, but also a bit more peremptory. More likely to have used specific devices extensively, but less likely to have tried alternatives. I wonder if this is a quality of “forums” as a readership. Esp. with gadgets.


I have always add the word “forum” in a search… that will go straight to people talking about what you are searching for. Works great.


what if you are searching for the best forum?

Google Video searches can be filled with so much rubbish from fandom.com.

I will sometimes see a reddit post pop up in video search, but the reddit post itself has no video content if it is loaded.

Well then, I have some GOOD NEWS FOR YOU! :wink:


Just Google “reddit”.

Since this looks like a shameless plug, let me give an honest testimony:

It amazes me how easy it is to do the installation and technical maintenance of a small-scale Discourse server. It is not hard to do at all. There are great tutorials and walk throughs for it. I literally had mine set up and running within a couple of hours. The Linux side is not that difficult. Upgrading to the next version is easy and relatively pain free. It is a lot easier, a lot more fun, and a lot more satisfying than you would ever expect.

If you need a Forum for anything - Discourse is your product.


actually I prefer getting bombarded by ads while I click through 20 slides just to get the answer I searched for :nail_care:

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That’s very kind of you to say, and I will relay your kudos to the team! 🙇‍♂️


Yeah, same. It didn’t work for me either.

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