Reddit has a hard stance against "self-promotion". What is considered self promotion is not consistent (posting your own youtube video = ban, AMA from famous person = frontpage). Content creators that have been loved by the community are often eventually destroyed by moderators and sometimes admins. Here is a great video about one entrepreneur's difficulties with this.
I think Voat has an opportunity in this. Content creators drive community and individual passion for their work.
- My first suggestion would be to be officially more content-creator friendly. People liked shittywatercolour, he was created by reddit, and shouldn't have been banned on all the big subs.
- Create an official content creator status that enables a few additional features. You could use this as a monthly revenue stream too.
- Improve analytics: simple to start... daily subscriptions, daily posts on your sub, daily click-throughs, etc. This is pretty standard anywhere else.
- Ability to have a "sponsored" type email list subscription or link section on subverses or comments. People can do this on their sub already but adding more of an official stance on it would generate more results. It could be a very subtle link on that person's comments too.
- Advertising opportunities: Reddit's best advertisement tool isn't through the ad section. It's done by real posts and votes. Content creators should be able to make real posts, identified that they are the OP by their own status, and allow the community to decide if its worthy of votes. Why shouldn't voat users be able to create content others enjoy?
I definitely don't want this to become a advertisement machine BUT ignoring the reality of it is a worse stance, especially if censorship is a primary focus. Thoughts?
Disclosure: I am a business owner, created on reddit, and eventually banned on reddit without an official reply. You can see what we're doing in /v/shirtwascash.