Creating 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.
If you find a solution to a problem and create a plugin for it (that your audience might be interested in buying), there’s absolutely nothing that can stop you from making passive income from it. Analyze a few existing plugins that are making decent money and figure out how you can do the same to create a constant cash flow like Pippins Pluginsor FooPlugins.
If you are thinking to make money by selling WordPress plugins, make sure to create them by focusing on a specific need. One of the best examples in this category is the Comment Luv commenting link-back plugin. It makes your blog a spam free commenting zone and the free version is used by over 750k bloggers worldwide. Plus the plugin developer monetized their creation by release a premium version with more advanced features.
You can sell your WordPress plugins at CodeCanyon. You may also sell it from your own blog, or by creating a separate site for it. You can also make money by working on custom plugin projects. You will find such projects on freelancing sites like Freelancer, Elance, Odesk, etc.
Develop WordPress Themes
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 audience for your theme.
There are so many companies which are designing fantastic themes for WordPress sites to make passive income streams. For instance, people like Brain Clark and Chris Pearson founded StudioPress and Thesis respectively to build quality and appealing themes for WordPress websites. They have been making millions over years now just by hiring few designers and selling appealing themes each and every day. Another great example is Authentic Themes. Although relatively new, this premium theme bundle site is certainly making a name for itself by developing high quality themes at a low price that developers and users can afford.
If you are starting out in creating WP themes and still not confident enough, instead of doing it all by yourself you can form a team, or join a venture that is already in the business of making themes for others. This way you won’t have as difficult of a time making money while completing your work.
You may sell your WordPress themes at Themeforest, Creative Market, Mojo Themes 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.
Offer WordPress 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 is great social proof.
Blog Setup Service
Are you a beginner or a part time blogger who doesn’t have much WordPress skills even though you want to make money using WordPress? If yes, blog setting up service is the perfect option for you. Even beginners can offer this type of service. But how?
Many people want to use WordPress in their blogs, but they just don’t have much technical knowledge. So they opt for blog setup service. Your task as a blog setup service provider will be to install WordPress, upload a WordPress theme, add the recommended plugins, etc.
To get clients simply create a blog setup service page on your blog or website. Attract few leads or dedicated traffic to that page, either by adding banners for your service on your own site, guest blogging or by paid advertising. Social Media works as well.
If people are interested in your offer, they’ll contact you. But many new bloggers won’t want to pay. You can provide blog setup services for free, but you’ll have to rely on affiliate links within your services page. For instance, if you could recommend that they use Bluehost WordPress hosting, since they offer competitively priced hosting that new bloggers can afford plus their affiliate commission pays upwards of $65 for every successful sign up. Similarly, you can suggest themes, plugins, security services and other affiliate products to them when they sign up through your service page. But remember one thing – only recommend products which you have tested and are good.
Content Writing Service
Another way of making money online is to offer content writing services. Do you have the skills to write well? Yes! Start offering WordPress content writing service. You may find WordPress content writing jobs at ProBlogger Job Board, Elance, Odesk, peopleperhour, etc. Or just visit your favorite online blogs – many have contributor application pages where you can submit your articles and get paid for them. So not only will you get some awesome backlinks from top ranking sites, but you can get paid for your hard work.
Start your Own Blog
In the online world, it is always recommended to start a blog for your business. So, what are you waiting for? Launch your own WordPress related blog and start making money. You can create a dedicated services page and offer what all you can do for your clients. Clearly mention your previous work in the portfolio, and include few testimonials. Try to engage with influential bloggers to create a thriving network around your blog to get more clients. You can also make money using affiliate marketing, selling ads, sponsored reviews, etc from your blog.
You don’t have to be a WordPress genius to make a living. If you can do any of the above and know how to sell yourself or your product you will have plenty of chances to make really good money using WordPress. Also, figure out what your targeted audience truly wants; this way you will be on the right track.
Do you have any more strategies to earn money online using WordPress? Please share them in the comment section.