WordPress is the largest publishing platform on the planet, and it powers over 30% of all websites (about 445 million). You can use WordPress and blogging to earn money online by doing what you love. You can work from home, at your own time, and there is no limit on how much money you can make. In this article, I will share top “proven” ways to make money online blogging with WordPress.
Little warning: these aren’t ‘Get rich quick’ schemes.
Unlike other “make money online” articles, this is a comprehensive guide on how to make money at home legitimately, using blogging and WordPress. As long as you’re willing to put in the effort, you’ll reap the reward.
Before you can start using any of these methods, you’ll need to have your own self-hosted WordPress blog. We have a step by step guide on how to start a blog in 2020 for beginners.
1. Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product or service to your audience using special tracking links, and then get a referral commission for every time someone buys after clicking your link.
If you’re interested in getting started with affiliate marketing, you can start by thinking about the products you already use that your readers may be interested in as well. Then you can see if they have an affiliate program (Most of them will).
2. Display Google AdSense on WordPress
Google Adsense is an easy way to make money from your blog. All you need to do is add a script from Google to your website and start displaying ads. You will get paid for every time a user clicks on the ad. These are called CPC ads.
What is CPC? CPC stands for “cost per click.” By displaying CPC ads with Google Adsense, you receive a set fee every time a visitor clicks on an ad. The cost per click is set by the advertiser. (Whereas CPM ads, you’re paid for ad views instead of clicks. CPM means “cost per thousand impressions,”.)
Google Adsense is a good way to start earning money online when you are first starting out. You can see our guide on how to monetize a WordPress blog with Google AdSense to get started.
3. Earn Money Online by Flipping Websites
If you can build a WordPress blog and start getting traffic to it, then you can sell it and make money for your efforts.
This requires knowing the type of websites in demand, and how to price and sell them. There are websites like Flippa that serve as auction sites and brokers for selling websites.
4. Create Restricted Members Only Content
Membership sites can be a big time investment since you must continually create premium content for your paying members. But they can be very Profitable because they are recurring revenue (Monthly or yearly subscriptions).
You can easily create a membership site using a Ultimate membership pro plugin. We recommend using it, it is the best and robust membership plugin for WordPress.
5. Sell Online Courses
Selling an online course is another great way to make money online. Courses usually sell for a much higher price point than ebooks. You can charge a premium for your expertise.
You’ll need to create the lessons for your course, plus any supporting materials that you want to include such as downloads, slides, checklists, templates, etc.
Once your course is ready, you can use a learning management system (LMS) plugin (I recommed learndash plugin) to deliver the course to your audience.