Most users will start building websites with WordPress purely for fun; however, after a while they may want to take their hobby more seriously and look for a way to make money with WordPress. If you have experience working with the world’s most popular content management system, you may want to consider exploring new ways you can make money with WordPress. There are many different ways by which you can also earn a living online with it.

Today we will discuss about some of the best ways you can make money using WordPress.

Developing WordPress themes and plugins

If you are a web designer or developer then this paragraph is for you. There’s a thriving collection of free themes available in the WordPress repository – 4,542 as of today – but WordPress users are increasingly turning to premium themes. Premium themes are often higher quality, feature-rich, and come with more customization options than the free themes available.

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. However, if you design great themes you can quickly build a name for yourself – and therefore an income – whichever route you go. WordPress clubs offer the potential for recurring income, but the sheer volume of traffic to the ThemeForest marketplace makes it highly lucrative.

Like themes, plugins are another reason WordPress has become the go-to CMS for beginner and expert webmasters alike. 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. For these reasons if you are thinking to make money by selling WordPress plugins, make sure to create them by focusing on a specific need.

Offer WordPress consulting services

WordPress may be the most popular CMS, but that doesn’t mean everyone using it knows what they’re doing. Complete beginners won’t know how to install WordPress on their website, add a theme, or know what plugins they will need. With a little information, you could help that person get started by recommending and installing a WordPress theme based on their requirements, configuring it correctly using the out-of-the-box customization options the theme supports, then pointing them in the direction of all the plugins they will definitely be needing. But remember one thing – only recommend products which you have tested and are good.

Finally, this is one of the easiest ways to make money online using WordPress. 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.

Content Writing Service

If you like to write, and you have a good grasp of the WordPress platform, you could make a living writing WordPress-based content. 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.

Monetizing a Website

If you’re capable of building great looking WordPress websites and you’re a savvy marketer, there’s no reason why you can’t build your own website capable of generating an income for you. In fact, this requires no additional effort from you – it’s simply a way to take full advantage of the content and traffic you already have.

You can  build a website specifically with the intention of monetizing. This includes affiliate marketers, who promote products in return for a commission of any sales they drive. Most marketplaces and service providers offer affiliate programs. Some  that are easy to work with include Themeforest, Shareasale, CJ Affiliate and Creative Market.

Also, there’s the option to build a website with the intention of ‘flipping’ it – in other words, selling it for profit.  You can building traffic to a website quickly can then sell it on to anyone looking to buy an established website.

Conclusion

These are just some general ideas for monetizing WordPress, but in reality you can sell any service/product a person is willing to pay for.  In fact 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.