So you want to start blogging but have not decided on either WordPress.com, WordPress.org or even Blogspot. My friend, you are not alone. While blogging and working on content marketing on a hosted platform like Medium, WordPress and Blogspot can be easy, going self-hosted is the best way to extend and monetise your blog, long term. Here’s 5 things you can do with your WordPress blog.
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Things You Can Do With Your WordPress Blog : Introduction
A self-hosted WordPress site can be troublesome to start with. You need to learn up a bit of system administration stuff in order to handle your updates, troubleshoot when you encounter errors and even sometimes update your plugins with the press of the update button.
But a self-hosted WordPress installation also ensures that you own your data and allows you to add features to your site via commercial premium plugins. You can also decide to code your own or hire a developer to code one up for you. Do note that hiring a coder to build a custom plugin would also require you to maintain it. This would cause the plugin’s cost to increase substantially.
Let’s get down to some interesting things you can do with some commercial premium plugins
1) Things You Can Do With Your WordPress Blog : Sell Courses
Selling courses online is a great way to make money for a popular WordPress blog. After all, if you have a number of customers, you can earn a good recurring income by producing valuable videos for your readers. Great examples of this would include Scott’s Bass Lessons, LaraCasts, TreeHouse and even SketchCasts.
While launching a site like this would be really expensive ten years ago, you can now easily do this and integrate your learning management system (LMS) to WordPress. Notable WordPress plugins to consider for your LMS are
2) Things You Can Do With Your WordPress Blog : Sell Products
WordPress has come a long way in the world of ecommerce. Previously derided as not suitable for ecommerce, the WordPress-based WooCommerce now powers 39% of all ecommerce sites globally.1 For your popular blog, selling products based upon your niche can be really rewarding.
These products can be what your readers are looking for or even products that you use. Or you could perhaps sell something that solves a problem (e.g.: Better ice cream or burgers via your WordPress blog). I’ve seen popular blogs end up selling really well, due to the traction they have as a blog.
WordPress plugins that helps you sell stuff on your site are
- Easy Digital Downloads
- WP EasyCart
- WP e-Commerce
- iThemes Exchange
3) Things You Can Do With Your WordPress Blog : Sell Tickets To Events
Perhaps along the way, you feel like organising an exclusive event for your readers that pay. Or have a conference. With WordPress, you can easily do that either as part of a WooCommerce extension, or as a standalone plugin.
Event of course, can be lucrative. With just the venue, speakers and perhaps food and drinks required, your event can generate you a few hundred thousand dollars per event. If you make it a bi-annual or monthly affair, you might even make more.
Plugins you can use to sell your tickets are
- Tickets for WooCommerce
- WooCommerce Box Office
- Easy Digital Downloads Tickets
- Event Espresso
- CampTix Event Ticketing
- Eventbrite Tickets
- Event Booking Pro
4) Things You Can Do With Your WordPress Blog : Sell Your Time/Space Via A Booking System
So, you don’t want to sell courses, products nor organise events. How about renting things out or even sell your time? With WordPress, you don’t have to worry about hiring expensive developers. Rather you have great choices on how to sell your time or date based bookings.
If you plan to rent out cars, rooms, condos, hotels or even musical instruments and video cameras, WordPress is a perfect tool for you. Here’s some of the best WordPress booking plugins out there
- WooCommerce Bookings
- Easy Digital Downloads Bookings
- BirchPress Scheduler
- WooCommerce Booking & Appointments by Tyche Software
- WooCommerce Appointments by BizzThemes
5) Things You Can Do With Your WordPress Blog : Sell Membership
If you produce really valuable content, you might want to reserve some for your privileged readers. That would mean having a membership site charges a monthly/yearly fee for readers to enjoy the benefits of the site. While this doesn’t make you a full blown course site, you are able to do things such as have a forum for members, members newsletters and even members coupon codes.
Membership sites can be a valuable way of generating income once you have traction. Unlike physical goods, you do not need to keep stock nor keep packing new ones all the time.
Notable WordPress Membership plugins include
Conclusion : Get A Self Hosted WordPress Blog
While running your site on WordPress.com and getting a custom domain is easier to start with, you’ll be limited in the long run. After all, once your blog becomes popular, you may want to monetise it via the various ways mentioned above. Or, you can perhaps build a web app via Django, Laravel, Rails or some other framework, that sits on a sub directory of your site.
If you plan to have a self-hosted WordPress site today, you won’t go wrong with WPHostingSpot. Grab a license today and don’t forget our 30% recurring discount for the lifetime of your managed WordPress hosting service!
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