How Does Reddit Make Money?

Last updated: October 10, 2016 - 11:33am EDT

As we outlined in our article on how many people use Reddit, Reddit is a rather large website that is pretty busy almost all the time.  So how does get the money to host all of its content and handle all of that Internet traffic?  We'll explain below.

Reddit makes money by selling advertising space and affiliate hyperlinks on their website to qualified parties.  They also sell a premium subscription service called Reddit Gold, which offers users enhanced website features.  They have also earned money from investors such as Jared Leto and Snoop Lion.

Less prominently, Reddit has also made money from selling branded merchandise & third-party apps, posting sponsored content (such as its "Formative" series, done in collaboration with Google Cloud Platform), and being bought out by companies such as Condé Nast and Advance Publications.


That's a bit of information about how Reddit makes (and has made) their money!  For more on Reddit's premium subscription service, see our Reddit Gold article.

Next, we'll introduce you to some alternatives to Reddit if you'd like to try a different website that's similar to Reddit.

More Reddit Tutorials

See all 12 Reddit tutorials

Support TechBoomers

TechBoomers offers free articles that teach people how to use technology to make their lives easier (and more fun!). To support our work, some of our content contains links to websites that pay us affiliate commissions when our users visit them through us and make purchases. Learn more about how this works.

Did you learn what you wanted to?

Was something in this tutorial missing, confusing, or out of date? Or did it give you all the information you needed, and you just want to say "thanks"? We'd love to hear what you thought!