With rapid enhancement in technology, people explored various ways to earn online. WordPress is among the state-of-the-art technology which supports e-commerce platform. Due to its fast integration with rapidly developing technologies, it is capturing the hell of market shares. Below are the few ways of earning from WordPress. I will try and elaborate each point briefly.
Developing and Selling Plugins
If you have used WordPress, you must be aware of one thing – you can’t run your blog without using at least a few plugins, right? Everyone uses plugins to add extra features that help run a WordPress blog successfully. There are thousands of plugins available in WordPress – some of them are absolutely free and the remaining are premium ones.
Below is the list of few popular WordPress plugins:
Developing + Launching WordPress Theme
Are you a web designer or developer? Yes! Then you can make money by developing WordPress Themes. You don’t have to be a top-class designer or coder to design a great looking WordPress theme, but you should definitely know what you are designing for your targeted audience. At the end of the day, you should know to whom you are designing your theme for, or else you will end up finding zero audiences for your theme.
You may sell your WordPress themes at ThemeForest, Creative Market, Mojo Marketplace or you can sell them from your own website. Just like plugins, you may also work on custom WordPress theme projects for clients to make some extra dollars.
Providing Consulting Services
One of the easiest ways to make money online using WordPress is to offer consulting services. It can be done easily only if you are good at WordPress – be it creating custom designs for clients, or teaching WordPress tutorials to beginners or advanced users.
Make sure you have a great portfolio if you are thinking of making a passive income stream by using this method. One of the easiest ways to build a great portfolio to increase your income is to offer your consulting services (or select products you’ve created) for free to some of the top influential bloggers in the WordPress community. Ask them to give feedback if they are satisfied with your work or to share a review of your services on their blog. This can really boost your online sales, as testimonials from top bloggers are great social proof.
Theme Customisation Service
Are you an advanced developer with some extra time on your hands? Try offering customization services. Many developers are making decent side incomes offering website, theme and/or plugin customization services on websites like Upwork and Freelancer (plus many others – just check out this post on the best WordPress job sites where you can find client work). You can also offer your services through your own website.
In any case, there are many WordPress users who can install a theme (or maybe their hosting provider offered this along with the setup of their WordPress install) but they don’t have the technical ability to make changes for page layouts, custom post types, etc. This is where you can offer up your services at a set task or variable per hour rate.
Monetize Own Blogs
In addition to offering products or services on your blog, you can generate a passive income. You can make money using affiliate marketing, selling ads, sponsored reviews, etc from your blog. This requires no additional effort from you – it’s simply a way to take full advantage of the content and traffic you already have.
Most marketplaces and service providers offer affiliate programs. Some of our favorites that are easy to work with include Themeforest, Shareasale, CJ Affiliate and Creative Market. Just signup for a FREE account and add links to your posts where it feels natural.
To sell ads you can offer your own ad packages or work through a company like BuySellAds. Or signup for a Google Adsense account and insert your code to let Google’s network handle the ads while you get a nice little check each month.
You can also offer sponsored posts on your blog. Add a page or contact form to your website so brands can get in touch to pay you for reviews, guides, list style posts or something else. Just be sure to stipulate in your sponsored post agreement that all opinions will be honest.