Category: Making Money

How to Add Affiliate Links in WordPress with ThirstyAffiliates

We are often asked about affiliate marketing tips for WordPress powered blogs and websites. What is the secret to affiliate marketing success? What is the best affiliate marketing plugin for WordPress? As we have mentioned on our disclosure page that we do make some money at WPBeginner from affiliate links. There is actually no big secret to our affiliate marketing strategy. We only recommend products and services that we use or that we would use. For example, we have recommended Sucuri for WordPress security and monitoring. You can read our article on 5 reasons why we use Sucuri. We have a blueprint page that talks about all the tools/plugins/services that we are using on WPBeginner along with an explanation of why we use them. The only affiliate marketing WordPress plugin that every blogger need is something to manage their affiliate links. In this article, we will show you how to easily manage your affiliate links in WordPress with ThirstyAffiliates.

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Sensei: Why you might not need a WordPress Membership Site

It’s possible you’ve read my post about e-learning and how I recommended WP Courseware. Or read my post comparing the various e-learning plugins for WordPress, including Sensei, WP Courseware and Premise. Either way, you know I’ve been a bigger fan of WP Courseware than of Sensei.

But over the last several months, the guys at WooThemes have been constantly improving Sensei – to the point that some of the glitches I experienced when I reviewed it last have disappeared. That’s always a good thing.

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Using Data to design the Levels of your WordPress Membership Site

One of the most commonly missed aspects of designing a WordPress membership site is the determination of levels.

I know it feels like a boring topic, but the determination and design of the levels of your WordPress membership site can really help your revenue. But because it’s boring, people rarely look at it.

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Is your Pricing Grid hurting Conversion?

Last night I was reviewing a web site. It was a great site and I know the folks that run it. Solid stuff. But I noticed a mistake they were making. And this morning, I did a quick scan of some of the sites I worked on last year, and guess what? I had made the same mistake.

Before I walk thru it, let me highlight how I caught it. We’ve all been to sites that show us the pricing comparisons of various plans, right?

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WordPress Plugin Prices Are Too Low

I’ll admit it, I’m on a mission. Just like you are. Only mine is righteous and yours is evil. Ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme.

I spend my afternoons and evenings working with startups, and these days many of them are in the WordPress community. It’s easier for me that way – there’s more natural consolidation and alignment than if my coaching were with other startups and I still spent time writing and using WordPress.

In just about every call I’ve had in the last two weeks, I’ve noticed a trend. It’s a scary one.

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When should you NOT release premium WordPress plugins?

If you’ve spent a lot of time on my site, you know I like to write about new product development and WordPress. I also write about pricing. So you might easily come to the conclusion that I would be completely behind the business dynamic of always selling premium WordPress plugins. Guess what? You’d be wrong.

When I write “premium WordPress plugins” I’m simply talking about a plugin you charge for. And when I say you’d be wrong, I’m saying that I don’t always believe monetizing the plugin itself is the right course of action.

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More Thoughts on Pricing

Dollar Smile

Whether it was the sixty seven comments on my last pricing post, or the fact that it spawned two more articles from others about WordPress plugin prices, it’s clear that pricing is not only a hot topic but a challenging one.

Phil makes the case that you need to price for value – and he’s right. Unfortunately, the challenge is that no two people are alike, and they don’t all value things equally. This is the challenge that Jeff highlights when he mentions that he would hate to see Gravity Forms raise their single site license to a higher rate.

He’s highlighting that the value of the plugin is different if you’re an end user with a single site, compared to a serious developer creating tons of sites using this plugin on all of them.

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Passive Income Strategies aren’t very Passive

Not all of you spent late nights like me watching television. Not all of you watched infomercials that made incredible promises that sounded too good to be true. And not all of you had that deep desire, going way back, to be rich and “make it” in today’s world.

Sure you can create a membership site. You can even attach it to an e-commerce site and collect money while you sleep. So in that sense, you can make money while you sleep. But there’s more to that story…isn’t there?

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Your WordPress Skills Can Change The World

You’re a talented WordPress developer or designer. Let’s be honest, you’re pretty popular these days. You’ve got skills that are needed far and wide. The only question is: How will you use them?

How about saving the world? I’m only kind of overstating it. The fact is, thousands of nonprofits are tackling our country’s biggest challenges and doing incredible work to improve their communities. But…they have few resources at their disposal.

At Taproot Foundation, we engage the nation’s professionals to use their talents pro bono to support organizations like these that are focused on social change. The number one request we get from nonprofits is for pro bono support to build a new website.

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How Content Marketing Helped the Businesses of Famous Web Designers

Content Marketing

Are you missing out on the benefits of content marketing? Most likely yes, you are.

Does it even actually work as good as everyone is saying it does? No, content marketing works even better than what you have heard about it.

As long as you use it wisely and don’t shoot blind. So here are four guys from the web and graphic design industry who will make your doubts disappear.

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