11 Ways to Make Money Online Blogging with WordPress

Last updated on November 25th, 2022 by Max O

You seem to hear a lot about how people making money online,  is it really possible to earn a sizeable income from blogging? and how are people doing it?

The truth is, it’s possible to make money online but it will require a significant amount of time and effort on your part. This is not a get-rich quick scheme and It can take years before you see any significant upside.

The name of the game is consistency; if you are willing to put in the work then you will reap the rewards of your labor.

So without further adieu, lets get into it. Here are 11 ways that you can start making money online blogging with WordPress.


Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you recommend a product or service by posting affiliate links on your blog. If a user clicks on your referral link and buys the product you earn a commission from the sale.

Getting started with affiliate marketing is real simple. All you just need to do is sign up for an affiliate program and share the referral links that they provide in your blog posts. There are many affiliate programs you can join with the most popular ones being:

  • Amazon
  • CJ Affiliate
  • Commision Junction

Affiliate marketing is the easiest way to make money because you can promote a wide variety of products and just about every popular store like Target, BestBuy and Amazon has an affiliate program.


Google Adsense

You can also use Google Adsense to monetize your blog. Setup is quick and easy where all you need to do is add a script that Google provides to your site and you can begin displaying ads.

Every time a user clicks on an ad, you will receive a fixed payout amount. This is known as CPC or “Cost per click.”

Google AdSense is a great way to start earning money online when you are first starting out. However, keep in mind that you may not get approved the first time if your site doesn’t have enough quality content or what’s know as a “thin” site.



Flipping Websites

If you know how to build websites, you can make money by listing your site for sale.

If you can build a WordPress blog that generates a good amount of traffic, you can sell your website on Flippa, which acts as a broker for buying and selling websites.

High ranking websites that generate lots of traffic are extremely valuable and some are even worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Want to know how much your blog is worth? Try Flippa’s free valuation tool.

Become a Freelancer

Freelancing is a popular way to make money and you can start offering your services right away.

If you have a certain set of skills, there’s someone out there looking to hire you for your services. You can create a portfolio site with your skills, past accomplishments and services that you offer.

You’re also going to need to setup invoice and payment processing. We recommend using Stripe as it is one of the most popular payment processing platforms on the market.



Sell Online Courses

Selling online courses has become lucrative for some and is a great way to make money online.

If you’re an expert in your field, you can create your own online course. First, you’re going to need to gather all the required learning materials such as downloads and templates. After that, you need to plan out the lessons and quizzes. Finally, once you’re ready to launch your course you’re going to need a way to deliver the course to your audience through a Learning Management System.

Thankfully WordPress has a many LMS plugins to choose from. We recommend Tutor LMS which is feature-packed and allows you to easily create and sell courses online and even has a Quiz builder for creating challenging and fun quizzes.


Sell eBooks

Creating your own eBook is also another great way to make money.

It is relatively simple and less time consuming that creating your own course, and best of all once you finish, you can forget about it, and every time you make a sale you get 100% return on investment. Above all, years can pass yet you can still make a return on investment on the eBook that you made.

You can also offer your eBook for free in exchange for a users email address as they sign up to your email list.

Email lists are extremely valuable and Email Marketing is the single most effective marketing technique with an astounding ROI of around 3600%!

Building your email list is effective since you can reach your entire audience instantly and offer additional products or services thereby increasing sales even more.



Create a WooCommerce Dropshipping store

Have a product that you want to sell online? Opening up your own online storefront is easier than you might think with the help of WooCommerce, a free WordPress plugin.

WooCommerce makes it easy to sell products and services online. It’s one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the world used by millions of businesses worldwide. If you plan on holding inventory and shipping products yourself, you’re going to need to invest some capital. First, you would need to decide what products you want to sell and buy those in bulk. In Addition, you would also need to keep track of inventory. The risk is that if your product doesn’t sell, you’re left with a lot of inventory that you can’t move.

A more risk-averse strategy is to create a dropshipping store, where orders are sent directly to the supplier and the supplier fulfills and ships the order. Best of all, you don’t need to keep inventory and there’s no limit to how many products you can list.

A common strategy that many folks use entering the dropshipping business is to get a supplier from China, usually from AliExpress or Alibaba, where products are cheaper and your margins for profit are greater. But beware that shipping products from China can sometimes take weeks and customers can get annoyed if shipping takes too long which can lead to losing their repeat business. Most consumers expect to receive their products within 2 days now thanks to Amazon. So, if you decide to open up a dropshipping store these are some things that you should take into consideration.

There’s also a WooCommcerce Dropshipping plugin which you can use to automate your dropshipping business.



Accept Donations

Another way to earn money from your blog is to simply ask for it. After all, If readers like your content, they would be more willing to donate.

There are several WordPress plugins that you can choose from to start accepting donations from your visitors. A personal favorite of mine is Buy Me a Coffee which is easy to set up and allows you to accept recurring monthly or yearly donations from your subscribers.

Sponsored Posts

Setting up banner ads on your blog is quick and easy. However, they can add clutter to your site and most users tend to ignore them. Even worse, some users may never see your ads thanks to the widespread use of ad-blockers.

A great alternative is through sponsorships. Many companies are willing to pay you to write reviews of their products. Companies send products for to you to try out and pay you for writing a review about their product. It’s similar to affiliate marketing but you don’t need any tracking links.

Keep in mind that this will require that you have a large enough social-media following before you receive such offers.

Paid Membership Forums

You can create a forum website where members can have discussions on certain topics.

Forums are a great place to interact with community members, ask questions and get help from others. People will gladly pay a premium if they find being part of such a community valuable.

If you’re interesting in starting your own forum, bbPress and BuddyPress are popular WordPress plugins that you can get started with.


Sell Vector Graphics

If you are a designer, you can sell your graphics on your WordPress site.

You can create icons, vector graphics and sell them on your site using an eCommerce plugin or list them on places like Shutterstock or Vecteezy.

Create A Blog Today And Start Earning

There are numerous ways to make money with a WordPress Blog. Although, to become successful, you should find a topic or niche that you are passionate about and start with that. If you write about topics that interest you, it will help you stay motivated.

We hope this article inspired you to start your own blogging journey.

Let us know in the comments below what strategies worked best for you.


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