One of the biggest advantages to using the WordPress platform is that you don’t need any programming, coding or web designing skills to set up a website. WordPress is so easy to customize that it should be easy for most people to start making money online right away.

There are so many different WordPress plugins and themes to choose from that you can create multiple ways to monetize any website. Of course, you also have the freedom to focus your efforts on one primary income producer as well.

Here are some ways to make money online with WordPress:

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Blogging

WordPress is one of the easiest blogging platforms to set up and use. If you have a passion for a particular topic or niche, you might want to blog about it.

There are plenty of success stories circulating online about bloggers who have earned enough from their blogging efforts to quit their day jobs so they can blog full-time. The key is to find ways to monetize your blog to bring in more profit.

Professional bloggers charge hefty fees for advertising space on their sites. Some bloggers will happily write sponsored posts, which are specifically written posts on a topic or keyword paid for by another company.

Advertising Widgets and Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is the ease of adding widgets and plugins to suit your needs. If your goal is to earn money through advertising, you’ll find lots of ad widgets and plugins to make your monetization efforts much easier.

It only takes a couple of minutes to copy and paste Google Adsense or Chitika code into a widget that can be placed into your WordPress sidebar. Every visitor that arrives on your site can see the ads displayed and you get paid each time someone clicks on one of those ads.

You do need to install the WordPress platform on your own domain with your own hosting to take advantage of this option. The free WordPress.org hosting won’t allow you to place ad widgets on your site at this time.

Affiliate Marketing

WordPress makes life easy for many affiliate marketers. Instead of inserting the HTML code for pay-per-click ads into your widgets and plugins, you have the option of adding your individual affiliate links into the same fields.

For example, if you’re an Amazon Associate you can create a simple banner or affiliate link that can be inserted into the appropriate widget on your site. Amazon also lets you build widgets that point to specific products you want to promote that automatically include your affiliate links.

Each post you publish on your WordPress blog also has the capacity to promote various products. You can add your affiliate links behind the text of any content you write, making them less obtrusive for your readers. You might also decide to write targeted reviews on any products you’re promoting to help readers make an informed decision about what to buy.

Keep in mind that if you’re hosting your blog on the free WordPress.org site you won’t be able to add affiliate links to your site. If you intend to make money from affiliate marketing you will need to install your WordPress blog on your own domain with your own hosting.

Create a Membership Site

There are plenty of highly profitable membership sites circulating online. Members pay a monthly fee to access premium content that isn’t available for regular visitors. Your premium content might include tutorials, e-book downloads or videos that aren’t accessible to non-members.

WordPress makes it incredibly easy to create a paid membership site. There are lots of plugins available that allow you to charge a fee for visitors to access a paid section of your site. Some of these include:

Once you’ve installed your membership plugin, you will need to integrate it with a payment processor. Many paid membership plugins integrate easily with PayPal to allow you to accept payments.

E-Commerce Store

There are plenty of WordPress themes available that allow you to create your own ecommerce online store. You can sell your own products directly to your customers via your online storefront, so you keep all the profits. Alternatively, you can source your products from a drop shipping company and have them complete and ship your orders for you.

Many of the themes include easily customizable store displays that integrate with payment processors like PayPal. However, some themes may require that you install an additional plugin to facilitate your payments and order processing.

Sell Custom WordPress Themes

The free themes available from the WordPress website are fine to get you started. However, many website owners want more responsive features than are usually available with free downloads.

You don’t need to be a world-class designer to create a professional-looking WordPress theme. The key is to develop designs that appeal to people and help them create the type of site they want for their own online businesses.

There are plenty of ways you can sell your custom WordPress themes. You can display them on your own site, which essentially turns your blog into a display showcase for your abilities. You can also promote your themes on sites like Themeforest (http://www.wpexplorer.com/out/themeforest) or Mojo Themes (http://www. mojo-themes.com/).

If you’re serious about making money online, WordPress is an incredibly versatile platform. It takes minutes to set up your site and you can customize the look and feel of your site to suit your intended purposes.

It’s also easy to adjust your monetization efforts with a few simple clicks within your dashboard. If one advertising option isn’t performing to your expectations you can change it to something else, or add a completely different widget to see if your results improve. You have so many options available that it should be easy to find ways to generate.