How to Earn Cash with Affiliate Marketing Using Reddit?

Reddit got famous with the Wall Street Bets and Gamestop stock where many people got rich, but there are a few ways to use the site for affiliate marketing. The best thing about affiliate marketing is you can earn money without risking your capital in a pump and dump stock.

The easiest way to earn cash with affiliate marketing is to post helpful content on Reddit and put links to your website that has an affiliate link.

Keep reading and I’ll share 3 ways to use Reddit to earn money and 4 BIG mistakes to make on the platform and 4 ways to grow your Karma quickly!

Biggest Mistakes to Make Using Reddit for Affiliate Marketing?

Reddit is more strict that growing up in a royal family in the 1800’s. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but there are MANY rules.

Whatever platform you’re on it’s best to follow the rules otherwise they can kick you. This is why I’m a fan of blogging and email marketing because you own BOTH those platforms.

The good news is Reddit is one of the top 20 websites that gets a boatload of traffic. It’s hard to ignore the potential of this website.

1 – The biggest mistake is to direct link to an affiliate product because you risk getting your account shut down!

It’s generally frowned upon to start spamming an affiliate marketing link all over the place.

Direct linking to an affiliate offer is generally a bad idea, you could link to a helpful resource that links to an affiliate offer.

This is why having a blog is SUCH a good idea because you own the blog. As long as you’re being helpful then attached a link to one of your blog posts or Youtube videos is a good thing. Then in the content you own you can link to an affiliate link and earn money.

2 – Posting titles that don’t match the content you wrote.

Maybe this is where clickbait comes from! You just don’t want to mislead anyone because your post will be downvoted.

3 – Posting to a Crappy Subreddit

You want the subreddit to match what you’re posting about. Also, you want to make sure there are enough active followers.

If you post to a subreddit with 2 active people don’t be surprised if nobody reads it.

To find subreddits I recommend this site HERE. You can also find how many people are involved in the subreddit. Notice how different all 3 subreddits are with subscribers? The first has 999 subscribers and the third one has 765,653 and the second has 58.

4 -You are posting and don’t have a lot of Karma.

I’ve been guilty of this for a while. There are a few things you can do to build Karma. You could post funny pictures on subreddits that have to do with humor.

You could also post pictures of hobbies you are interested in. Do this a few times a day and your Karma has to increase.

Oh, and you could be the first to make a comment that is witty and good. Maybe going over to this site HERE and including a good giphy could help.

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One more idea is to head over to this subreddit HERE and just ask and answer questions to gain Karma.

What is a good amount of Karma? Depending on how old the account is, between 1,000-10,000 is good!

The DIRTY truth about the internet (feel free to disagree with me) is “everything” you post online someone is earning money from your effort.

Now, if you’re posting on your own blog then that is different. If you are going to post something you might as well get paid right (at least this is how my brain works)?

How to Earn Affiliate Commissions by Direct Posting on Reddit?

Next, you have to have a way to earn money from the traffic. Affiliate marketing is great because you don’t have to create a product.

There are different networks and one I’m a fan of is this one HERE because you can earn “a lot” of money when someone enters their email address.

Nobody even has to buy anything before you get paid!

Oh, and I tell you by clicking HERE exactly how to get accepted into the network because they are VERY strict.

Next, I’m a fan of finding the traffic FIRST. You need 2 things to earn money online.

  • Traffic
  • Way to earn $$ from the traffic

Not super complicated right?

This link HERE will give you 500 of the most popular subreddits. Then match an affiliate offer to one of the popular subreddit categories.

Cats are listed as 44, I’m sure you can find an affiliate product linked to cats.

You would create a helpful post and then link to a blog post or Youtube video that you made that contains the affiliate link.

Your post on Reddit should be as helpful as possible so it gets upvoted. It’s not a good idea to post 1 sentence and then your link because it looks too spammy right?

All you have to do is BE helpful!

You can put links on Reddit it just has to be a good resource (again be helpful). It’s generally frowned upon to direct link to an affiliate product, but if you have a blog post or other content I would recommend linking to that.

Then in your blog post for example you would link to affiliate products.

If you are interested in learning how to blog then getting the right education can make a HUGE difference. It’s the one area to invest a little in because you’re going to learn from other people’s mistakes instead of making them yourself.

The only place I would recommend to learn how to blog is these guys HERE because they are the real deal.

I can’t say enough good things about a blog because you OWN it.

Plus with a blog, you do the work 1 time and it can earn you money well into the future. Plus you can repurpose your blog into videos, podcasts, Linkedin, Quora, Tiktok videos, and many other places.

Oh, and I can’t forget there is a subreddit about a Shameless plug that is HERE. Next time you create content all you have to do is submit your link to this subreddit easy right?

How to Use Reddit to Come Up with Content Ideas?

Another way to use Reddit that I have to mention is to brainstorm ideas. What is the biggest fear of a content creator?

It’s not mean comments or trolls – some of those are entertaining.

My biggest fear is running out of stuff to say or getting bored. To keep things fun and interesting I create content on stuff I want to learn more about.

It’s almost like having a conversation with someone and each topic is an unlimited amount of branches that you can go deeper in.

If you type in the seed phrase of your niche maybe it’s earning money online and type Reddit next to it you will get all the threads on this topic. Then read through the conversations and people are giving you more seed phrases based on your niche.

You could learn about one of these topics and JUST document what you have learned. It REALLY is that easy!

Seriously, why do people go into debt for school when they can learn about shit and earn money while they learn? Cool right?


When it comes to earning money online I’m a fan of using ALL the approaches. The key is you have to go out there take massive action and make mistakes.

Reddit is just one tool, that I plan on using more. Again, I do everything blogging, Youtube, TikTok, Instagram, Linkedin, Podcasting, and more.

Heck, I just started getting into press releases that I recently created a post about HERE.

What is the worst thing that could happen? You get rejected or a troll says “you suck shit.” If you can deal with that then you’re going to earn money.

The best part is it doesn’t cost money to try all the platforms. The key is you have to get traffic and link the traffic to a way to earn money.

Some people get traffic, but they haven’t figured out a way to monetize it.

Lastly, earning money online is fun, productive, and healthy. The easiest way to earn money might just be to take bills you’re already spending money on it and reduce them.

This way HERE has some interesting ways of doing it and I bet there are a few you never thought of.

I hope this blog post on Reddit and affiliate marketing was helpful. Bye for now.


Affiliate marketer for 10 years, domain investor for 2 years, a recent crypto guy, and part-time surfer. Hopefully, this blog can benefit you.

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