Why WordPress Needs Gutenberg (& the Future of Page Builders)

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WordPress is the largest CMS in the world, powering ~1/3 of all websites.  The WordPress editing experience hasn’t changed much in over a decade and Gutenberg now aims to completely reinvent it.  That’s a big deal.

It won’t be easy, but here’s 1) why it’s worth it and 2) what it means for page builders.


The Wild West

The WordPress ecosystem has been trying to improve the site editing experience since before plugins entered core in WordPress 1.2 (2004).  There have been page builders, theme frameworks, front-end editors, etc. all trying to improve the WordPress experience.

Like every meaningful advancement, there are these wild west days of churn to find something that works.  There have been a lot of great tools and learnings, but there has also been a lot of fragmentation across dozens of page builders, theme frameworks, etc. that don’t work well together.

If you’ve been around WordPress for a while you’ve seen some cringe-worthy examples of this.  For example, a site with a bloated “multipurpose” theme…using a page builder…and using WooCommerce or some similar monstrosity. It’s a mess.

Why do we have page builders, theme frameworks, shortcodes, custom post types, and more?  All to fill the gap between what WordPress core does and what users want.

What Users Want vs. What WordPress & Page Builders Do
What Users Want vs. What WordPress & Page Builders Do

WordPress is a Broken System

The WordPress ecosystem is built around a broken system with bloated themes, widgets, shortcodes, custom post types, menu items, page builders, etc.  These DO NOT exist because they’re the best way to build a website.  They DO exist because they’re compensating for WordPress’s shortcomings in fulfilling users’ needs.

Gutenberg aims to standardize and add these foundational elements that WordPress lacks.

Gutenberg: Everything is a Block
Gutenberg-ization: Everything is a Block

While experienced users may be used to this (like you get used to a bad knee and don’t notice limping), it’s a bad experience for new users and it’s holding WordPress back.

This is why WordPress needs Gutenberg.


Will Gutenberg Kill Page Builders?

This is a question I see asked a lot.  The answer is yes, but not how you think.

TL;DR “page builder” is a description of “how” page builders work, not “what” page builders do from a jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) perspective.  There will always be a market for the what.  It’s only the how that’s changing.

For example, page builders provide a flexible interface (modules, drag & drop, etc.) that gives customers advanced customization beyond WordPress core.  The flexible interface is only relevant because it enables the customization.  The customization is what customers want.

What WordPress page Builders Do
Page builders had to provide a flexible interface in order to provide customization. Gutenberg is changing this.

To reiterate, the only reason page builders provided the interface (via their own frameworks) was because WordPress didn’t.  They had to provide the interface in order to give users what they want.

In a sense, Gutenberg frees page builders to focus on what customers actually pay them for: advanced customization beyond what WordPress core does (or will ever do).


Page Builders Will Evolve into Customizers…

Over the next few years as Gutenberg develops we’ll see page builders migrate from their old (own) frameworks to Gutenberg and evolve from page builders into customizers.

This should provide a major advantage as they can redeploy resources from maintaining (and supporting) their own frameworks to focus on building the best customization experience in innovative ways.

What WordPress Page Builders Did
Gutenberg allows page builders to focus on what customers actually pay for: advanced customization beyond what WordPress core offers.

But will pure customization be a big enough market for customizers (page builders) to thrive in the future?  Oh, yeah!  Here’s why:

  1. Gutenberg will be in 100% of WordPress installs 5.0 and later–far that more any page builder today.
  2. A more flexible, easier to use core editing experience will only accelerate WordPress growth, meaning a larger TAM (total addressable market) for customizers.
  3. Customers are divinely discontent.  Their expectations will continue to rise as they always have.  Only page builders customizers that leverage Gutenberg and focus resources on improving the customization experience will meet these growing expectations.
  4. Bloated multipurpose themes will die out as functionality shifts out of themes.

There will be thousands of new opportunities to make money with WordPress. The future is bright for those who adapt.


And Some Page Builders Won’t Evolve at All

There will also be page builders that fail to make the transition.  They’ll try to stay relevant by adding “Gutenberg compatibility” with their old page builder frameworks.  This is like adding “electric compatibility” to gas-powered vehicles–it misses the point.  Perfect reasoning from wrong premises.

But we can’t fault page builders for behaving this way.  Switching to Gutenberg when you have a paying customer base using your old framework seems counterintuitive.  Companies are supposed to leverage their advantages, not destroy them, right?

They’re sticking to what made them successful in the past, oblivious that it’ll doom them in the future.  Sometimes you have to disrupt yourself before somebody else does.  The hard part is knowing when.

This is the classic problem with incumbents.  For example, despite being one of the first to mobile, Microsoft was too focused on what made it successful in the past and ported Windows to mobile (made Windows mobile compatible) rather than thinking mobile-first like Apple and Android.  Sound familiar?


On Resistance to Gutenberg

There’s resistance to Gutenberg in the community, primarily by existing WordPress users used to the way things are.  If you’re an existing WordPress user (especially a freelancer or agency) it can be scary to think about how this could impact your business.  Some reasonable questions and concerns are:

  • Will this make it so clients don’t need my services?
  • I already have tools and a system that works for me, will this break them?
  • I don’t have time to learn anything new.
  • This just creates more work I don’t get paid for.
  • The plugins and themes I rely on won’t work anymore.

…and dozens more.These are all reasonable concerns and the uncertainty of not having answers can create fear that manifests as resistance and anger, especially when livelihoods are at stake.

The WordPress team could have handled the approach and messaging around Gutenberg better.  If existing users (especially WordPress professionals and plugins/theme authors) were brought along better, then Gutenberg would have more community support.

But this is very hard work and they’re human.  They’re also volunteers dedicating a nontrivial amount of their limited time on this earth to improving a project we all rely on and use for free…so let’s cut them some slack, appreciate their efforts and contribute through constructive criticism.  This is what makes WordPress great.

The great thing is that the only reason this is happening (people passionate about making WordPress better and people passionate about not ruining it) is because we all care deeply about WordPress.  Remember, this is what makes WordPress great!  Let’s get through it together.


Gutenberg still has a long way to go to earn the confidence of the community and it’ll take more than just polishing the experience.  It’ll take listening to the community, addressing the concerns around Gutenberg like helping existing professionals adapt to the change, ensuring more plugins are compatible, etc.  Even hosts should be involved and educating their customer bases.

This is a community project and it’ll take the community to make it successful.  When it is, we’ll all have more of the growing WordPress pie.

Here’s to 50% and the next 15 years!

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #28

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Blogging

How to Make a Business Out of Blogging [Interview]

In this Matt Report interview, Dayne Shuda of Ghost Blog Writers shares how his company helps business owners maintain their commitment to sharing regular updates with their target market.


How Blogging Can Support Your Passions [Interview]

Frauke De Laender from The Life Factory is a Belgian DIY creator who uses blogging as a way to support her creative passions. She is one of those gals who shows that blogging can be defined on your own terms. You have the freedom to create your path, to adjust the rhythm, to iterate how often you please. She shares how beginner bloggers could start their digital journey.


How to Start a Blog with WordPress [Guide]

If you ever wondered how to start a blog then you’re in the right place. No matter if you want a blog for a business purpose, a personal project, your cute Instagram puppy, or anything in between, this guide is for you. And best of all, the hands-on work will take you only about 30 minutes (plus the time needed to read this guide, duh!). Quite frankly, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is to start a blog.


Ways to Make Money

How to Sell E-Commerce & SaaS with WordPress [Guide]

There are two main ways to monetize WordPress: you can use it to set up an online store and sell products, either physical or virtual. Or you can use it to power a Software as a Service (SaaS) business, like our own Edublogs. Both of these sound like a great way to earn a living: you don’t have to deal with clients, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, and you don’t have to go out looking for freelance work. But before you picture yourself as the next Matt Mullenweg or Jeff Bezos, stop and think about the reality.


Use WordPress for Your Podcast Websites.  Here’s Why.

Podcasting has become a hugely popular industry. This means if you want to build a significant audience for your own podcast, you’ll need to do some groundwork. This usually includes setting up a dedicated website. Let’s talk about why you might want to create a WordPress website for your podcast. Then we’ll explain how you can make that site stand out using podcast-specific themes and plugins. Let’s jump right in!


How to Make Money on the Side While Going to School

Regardless if you’ve spent your summers side-hustling for extra cash, building experience as an intern or traveling across the globe, it doesn’t have to end. Side-hustling is great way to make it happen. Whether you’re already working a part-time gig or hope to find one that’ll help beef up your pocketbook, here’s how to get (and keep) work that you’ll be able to manage during those busy days of school.


Freelancers & Agencies

How WordPress Web Professionals Can Thrill Clients

It takes a big person to admit that their client relations needs a boost. However, regardless of whether you’re man or mouse, improving client satisfaction is straightforward enough that anyone can do it. In this post, we’ll offer a few key considerations for how to ensure satisfaction among your clients. However, before that, let’s quickly discuss why this is an important aspect of being a stellar web professional!


13 Steps to Managing WordPress Sites [List]

Getting your website up and running is a great first step towards building an online presence for your brand and business. However, once your website is live, your job is not done. While WordPress is powerful and easy to use, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure your website continues to operate without any issues and converts your visitors into customers.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Career Growth for WordPress Professionals [Guide & Video Interview]

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve gone into business for yourself or you work for someone else. Your original goal probably wasn’t to remain in the same position for the rest of your life; you wanted to experience professional growth. For those of you that run your own business, there is even more opportunity to grow as its wholly yours to control: your revenue, your client base, and even your personal growth. But it can be difficult to do when you don’t know where to grow to.


The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Freelancers [Step by Step Guide]

I get it. Social media is a tough nut to crack. And that’s exactly why I made this checklist because I think it will help freelancers pulling all their hair out with no idea where to start. Here, I’ve laid out an easy-to-follow, actionable social media checklist for freelancers who want to use social media to get more clients.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #27

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Plugins & Themes

The Pros & Cons of Selling WordPress Themes on Envato’s ThemeForest

With WordPress used by over 30% of all websites, the space can be very competitive! A dilemma for WordPress theme developers is whether to go out on their own or distribute through a marketplace. We’re going to explore first-hand experience of selling themes on ThemeForest over five years, and some of the pros and cons of the platform. If you are still deciding which route to take, this can help you choose.


How Buttonizer Built a Successful WordPress Plugin Business

This WordPress plugin success story comes to us from The Netherlands, where Jeroen and his team are running Buttonizer, a great-looking “floating action button” plugin for WordPress websites with one purpose: to help increase user interactions and conversions on websites.


Lifetime Licenses vs. Automatic Annual Renewals for Plugins & Themes [Comparison]

My name is Amir Helzer, founder of OnTheGoSystems (makers of WPML and Toolset). In this article, I’m going to lay out the reasoning behind our recent move from Lifetime licenses to annual automatic renewals for our products. I’ll also explain why I warmly recommend you consider doing the same for your WordPress products. We need to get paid for our work. Clients need peace of mind. Automatic renewals offer exactly what both developers and the clients need.


Generate Recurring Revenue

How to Get More WordPress Site Care Clients

Lead Nurturing. Lead Generation. Marketing funnels. Sales Funnels. Sales Life Cycle. These are all the various words to describe the process from beginning to end of a customer journey. See, there’s another word, Customer Journey. The bottom line is when you are in business, you need paying customers (or clients). In order to get those customers, you have to develop leads. We know that leads aren’t always ready to buy when you first meet them, but here’s how to close the deal.


How a Payment Gateway Helps Grow Recurring Revenue for WordPress Site Maintenance Plans

You’ve started selling WordPress care plans and you’re excited to begin generating recurring revenue for your business. But let’s say you become incredibly successful in this venture. How the heck are you going to handle processing and tracking those payments? Luckily, with WooCommerce and a trusty payment gateway like Stripe, you don’t have to.


How to Sell Your Subscription Services with WordPress [Guide]

You’re all set to elevate your business to the next level by creating subscription products for your clients. Your sales page, emails and software are ready to go. But have you thought through the most ideal way to actually charge your customers? Thankfully for you, I’ve gone 10 steps ahead and learned the ideal setup for subscription charges. We’ll cover the pitfalls that can happen, from failed credit card payments to requests for cancellations.


Freelancers & Agencies

Why WordPress Freelancers Need a ‘How I Work’ Manifesto

This is a solid post from Dean at WP Buffs, who makes the case for freelancers to set out a “how I work” document which sets client expectations. Proactively setting these expectations lets you as the contractor define when you’re working, when you’re available, and how clients can get in touch with you. With these expectations set, most clients will respect the boundaries, won’t have a problem with you not getting back to them at the weekend, and are thus much more likely to have a great experience with you.


8 Ways to Handle Slow Sales as a Freelancer [List]

One of the scariest things for a freelancer is looking ahead at their calendar and seeing nothing but blank spaces on the to-do list. When your freelance sales pipeline is low and you don’t have any upcoming projects, it can be a bit alarming. But the ebb and flow of busy times for freelancers is often normal so don’t get too worked up if you don’t have a lot of work coming up. Instead, use the tips here to attract more projects and keep calm (and busy) during your slow times.


3 Ways to Serve WordPress Clients: 1-on-1, DYI & Group [Comparison]

At the end of the day, WordPress clients come to you for the purposes of goal attainment. You are the expert and so they reach out to you in order to get the best results on their path to success. But have you ever considered what is the best way to provide WordPress consulting services to these clients?


8 Steps to Writing the Perfect Web Design Proposal [Step-by-Step Guide]

The web design proposal is the first document that you and your client will have. Until then, there have probably been some conversations through email or phone calls, but now the ice is broken and it is time to start earning their business. Here’s the step by step guide to writing the perfect proposal.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #26

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Freelancers & Agencies

Do You Ever Feel Guilty Selling Your WordPress Services?  Don’t,  Here’s Why

Do you ever feel guilty about selling WordPress services to clients? Like somehow you’re ripping them off because you’re doing something they could easily do on their own if only they took time to research it? Or perhaps it’s the fact that WordPress and many of its integrations are free and you feel that your markup is too high? You should never feel guilty about that.


24 Ways for WordPress Freelancers to Sustain Profitability [List]

If you don’t charge what your consulting services are worth, you’ll soon find you won’t have the ability to offer that service to anyone. The following guide covers everything you need to know to build and sustain profitability in WordPress consulting.


How To Get More Clients With Facebook [Guide]

Thinking about creating a Facebook Group to promote your business? You are in the right place! Read on to find out how we did it! We decided to share a case study about how we grew our group and why you should do it too! Join us for a 10 minutes read where we share the little-known details and the challenges we faced while growing our Facebook group. After using the methods, our Facebook group had a 400% increase in the number of members, but most importantly, our engagement increased with 350%.


Ways to Make Money

You Don’t Have to be a Developer to Make Money with WordPress – Here’s How!

You’ve probably heard about this thing called WordPress and how people are using it to make money. They could be developing WordPress themes and plugins or creating amazing websites. You might ask, “can I start a WordPress business of my own?” Let’s assume you have a little experience with WordPress. Maybe you’ve blogged on a WordPress site, or maybe you’ve helped a friend create a small online storefront. You don’t, however, know a lick of code (PHP looks like gobbledy gook on your screen). You’re in luck.


Top 10 Reasons Selling Digital Products Beats Selling Physical Products [Guide]

Digital products have become so pervasive that nearly all of the top professional bloggers, speakers, and other influential public figures have taken advantage of the trend, releasing sought-after content like PDF guides, eBooks, podcasts, and videos. Additionally, many independent creators have built entire online stores based around digital products, joining a booming economy of people enjoying greater personal freedom and passive income. So what are the factors and benefits that make these types of products so appealing? Here’s a list of the top reasons why selling digital products is better than selling physical products.


How to Put Together a WordPress Career Plan

So, what’s your career plan? Do you have one? Maybe you don’t? If you don’t, let’s do something about it in this post on how to build a successful career with WordPress. Before you launch yourself into searching for a job, setting yourself up as a freelancer, or launching your agency or your fabulous WordPress product, you should do some planning. This will help ensure success both now and on an ongoing basis.


How to Automate Affiliate Income with a Curated Content WordPress Site

I’m going to show you how you can automatically curate content and automatically insert relevant affiliate links into that content. You’re going to see the word “automatically” a lot. After the setup process, it’s pretty much 100% hands-off. Want to learn more? Let’s get started.


Selling Products & Services

Selling Digital Products?  Here’s How to Write Copy That Sells!

Are you stumped on how to write compelling digital product copy and descriptions? How do you feature your podcast, e-course, plugin, etc. to its fullest advantage? What’s the best way to make your digital product stand out in a competitive market? The good news is that you don’t have to be an English or marketing major to be able to write great digital product copy. With a little bit of creativity and passion, you can attract online interest and convert visitors into customers.


How to Boost Slow Sales of Digital Products

It can happen to the best of us: one moment, your digital products are flying off the metaphorical shelves, and the next, things have slowed down so much that you feel the need to take some action – and fast! First things first… breeeeaaathe. We’ve got you! In this post we’ll look at some actionable steps you can take today to push past the lull and get sales flowing again.


10 Ways to Sell High End Digital Products [List]

Whether you’re selling eBooks, digital artwork, audio, or services, certain marketing elements and strategies are essential if you want to get customers to buy – but this especially true for high-priced products! We’ve pulled together some important tips to help you make the most of your marketing efforts and inspire customers to confidently spend on your high-priced, big ticket products or services!


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #25

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Plugins & Themes

How to Sell WordPress Plugins & Themes [Guide]

The thought of ditching your day job, abandoning your clients and selling your themes and plugins can be very tempting. For those who’ve made a success of it, it can be lucrative. But once you’ve written and released your code, the work isn’t over. You’ll need to market it, keep it updated, test it regularly and provide support. But if you follow this advice, your career as a theme or plugin vendor will be more successful and you’ll provide real value to the WordPress community.


How SEOPress Went From Idea to 10,000 Installs in 12 Months as a Side Project [Interview]

Benjamin Denis is an interesting WordPress plugin creator from France. He agreed to share his entrepreneurial strategies with us, and talk about how he took SEOPress from a mere idea to a sustainable business in one year while working full-time at a web agency.


The Ultimate Tax Guide for WordPress Plugin & Theme Developers [Guide]

The United States has a number of tax laws on the Federal, State, and Local levels that WordPress theme and plugin developers need to be aware of. This post will talk about the tax implications of things like outsourcing work, incorporating your business, and sales taxes.


Freelancers & Agencies

How to Build a Career as a WordPress Professional in Your Free Time [Guide]

Getting established as a WordPress pro isn’t easy. If you want to freelance or set up a WordPress business, you’ll need to build up a list of clients and establish a reputation for yourself. And if you’re looking for a WordPress job, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve got experience with WordPress and can work with it at a professional level.


How to be a Successful WordPress Professional [Guide]

Professionals make the most money, have the most influence and generally have it good. They also fair well when faced with challenges since they are skilled and hence more confident in their capabilities. They are the creme de la creme, and everybody (read clients) want a piece of their awesomeness. Pros do it big and are as a result the envy of the millions who don’t make the cut. With all these nice things ready for the taking, why wouldn’t anyone want to become the go-to person in their area of expertise? Here’s how to do it.


Starting a WordPress Business?  Here are 30 Expenses You Should Expect [List]

As WordPress gains more and more of the global CMS market share, there are a lot of opportunities to help businesses establish a strong digital presence with it. Needless to say, launching a WordPress business in this environment is a smart move. That said, no matter how slow of a start you have with your WordPress business, there are costs everyone has to contend with.


The Top 10 Reasons You Don’t Close Sales on Website Projects [List]

Rejection is part of the gig. And you know what? It’s okay if a prospect rejects your proposal, so long as the reason for it is valid. Perhaps your style of communication or work doesn’t blend well with the client’s. Or maybe your pricing is too far out of reach for a company of that size. Or maybe they really are happy with their current web designer. When there’s a valid reason for rejection, accept it with grace, thank them for their time, and move on.


Ways to Make Money

How to Sell Photographs Online with WordPress [Guide]

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40+ Proven Ways to Make More Money [List]

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How to Sell Digital Courses [Guide]

With the internet being the most widespread and easily accessible source of information, e-learning has skyrocketed – and selling digital courses has never been more popular! If you’re thinking about selling digital courses, we’ve put together this guide to help you… learn (ahem)… how to get started.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #24

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Multisite

5 Ways to Monetize a WordPress Multisite Network [List]

Multisite functionality is mow much more accessible for any WordPress users who want to create their own networks. But what can you do with it? We’ve been creating and refining more ways for you to make money with your Multisite network since the early days of WPMU. You’ll find that there are many tools that will let you customize and automate your monetization strategy.


How to Start a WordPress Hosting Business with Multisite

WordPress Multisite is a powerful tool that allows you to host many different sites within a single WordPress installation. Among its many advantages, such as making management of many sites both easier and cheaper, one of the most prominent has to be its usefulness for web hosting businesses.


How Edublogs Makes Money with WordPress Multisite

WordPress multisite is a powerful tool that allows you to host thousands (even millions) of website won a single WordPress install. This is great, but how can you make money with WordPress this way? This post is about how Edublogs does it.


Freelancers & Agencies

How to Get more Clients with Inbound Marketing [Interview]

In this episode, Joe Howard, the founder of WP Buffs, explains that it isn’t rocket science. He gives us some simple tips to grow your business by getting the customers come to you.


What Do You Need to Become a Web Designer? [Guide]

Are you wondering whether you need a piece of paper to be successful as a Web Designer or Developer? Trying to decide if self-education is enough, or if you really do need a degree to become a Web Designer? Well here is a list of the pros and cons, from someone who’s done both!


How to Get Better WordPress Clients [Guide]

This post has everything you need to know about attracting better clients with decent budgets into your business. It’s no 5-minute fix: time and effort will be required on your part. But if you follow this simple step-by-step guide, you too can start winning better, higher-budget web design clients.


How to Start Selling Services as a WordPress Freelancer [Guide]

If you gain clients and do well, you can expect the amount of business coming in to grow over time. You might decide you don’t want to take on extra work, or you may choose to grow your business by taking on new staff. Either way, your business will develop as you gain more expertise. As this happens, you can start charging more and taking on bigger and more interesting projects.


Ways to Make Money

How to Make a Living with WordPress [Guide]

People who want to start a career in WordPress usually come in two groupsT: people who’ve been using WordPress as a hobby for a while and want to use their skills to earn a living, and people coming to WordPress from another specialism who can see the potential of the platform. So if you’re in one of these groups, what are the options available to you? Let’s look at some of the career opportunities available!


How to Start a Store to Sell Digital Products [Guide]

When it comes to creating a digital product store, you have more of an advantage than you might think! There are more advanced eCommerce tools available now than ever before, with plenty of real-world examples to guide you. Take advantage of the trial and error processes that other store owners have gone through in testing out their methods; be observant, and don’t be afraid to try things out for yourself – sometimes you have to experiment to see what works for your specific product and business model.


8 Legit Ways to Start Earning Money with WordPress [List]

Now days many people have found ways to make tons of money with WordPress. There are many different ways by which you can also earn a living online with it. Have you ever thought of making money using WordPress? If yes, this detailed post is a treat for you where I will be discussing 8 proven ways to make money with WordPress.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #23

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The Top 10

Memberships & Online Courses

Interview with Brian Krogsgard on Running His Post Status Membership Business [Interview]

I have an enormous amount of respect for what Brian has created over at Poststatus. Poststatus is a mix of WordPress and industry news, with a paid for membership component. Brian spills the beans on how he started the successful WordPress membership and news website, Poststatus.


CGCookie: An Example of How to Run a Successful Membership Site [Interview]

This interview is with Jonathan Williamson, co-founder of CGCookie. He’s going to talk to us about running a real world membership website on WordPress. Jonathan is Pippin Williamson’s twin brother, and he has years of experience running membership websites. There is much that we can learn from him.


Why Membership Sites Need Premium Content to Succeed

Building a thriving membership site isn’t easy, and you want to crack the code to success. But first, you must consider the incentives for your potential customers to join your membership site – and stick around. Enter premium content. This kind of super-exclusive content opens the door to a cascade of benefits, from generating interest in your site, monetization, and building revenue, to enhancing brand perception and reinforcing your content authority.


Freelancers & Agencies

Tips & Advice for Selling Services Through Your Website [Guide]

Services are a completely different type of digital “product”. You trade your time and specialized skills for remuneration, instead of selling a downloadable product. How do you ensure your service is beneficial to both you and your potential clients? Here we’ll provide tips and advice for selling your services online.


5 New Ways for Freelancers to Get Clients [List]

Finding new clients is exciting and inspires our confidence. It means money in the bank, food on the table, a roof over our heads and spare cash for fun stuff like holidays, new Apple products or whatever your vice is. So why are most freelancers so bad at it and how can you fix it?


How to Supercharge Your WordPress Cash Flow with Repeat Client Business [Guide]

The biggest issue that WordPress businesses and consultants face is cash flow. For some reason, particularly as new businesses, we feel that continually finding new customers is the key to growing a business. But many businesses owners still feel there is a disconnect between your new customer sale and creating a regular customer out of them. I’m going to show you how to start that conversation with a customer to move them to a regular customer.


9 Killer Tips to Win More Contracts & Get More Clients [List]

Contracts allow us to come to a mutual understanding with our clients regarding what we will be doing, at what cost, and for how long. Here are nine tips that will have your loving contracts and winning more contracts, faster.


Selling Products & Services

How to Succeed Juggling Many Roles Running a Bootstrapped Business [Guide]

Most small businesses begin with just one or two people, which inevitably means the founder or founders constantly juggle dozens of different tasks every day. In this post, Pippin Williamson shares some advice on the art of juggling many roles in a bootstrapped eCommerce business.


How to Inspire Customer Confidence When Selling Digital Products [Guide]

In the era of hackers, fraud, and online theft, customers are taking more precautions than ever with their money – and if you sell digital goods, this means you are likely faced with adjusting your methods to create (or reclaim) customer confidence in your brand and products. Here’s how.


14 Tools to Help You Build a SaaS Product [List]

A cloud-based SaaS product can be a highly lucrative opportunity. Of course, you have to find the time, resources, and money to build it first. These are the 14 free or inexpensive tools you can use to build a SaaS on the cheap.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #22

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Selling Products & Services

How to Leverage Social Media to Succeed with Digital Products [Guide]

If content is king, social media is the king’s podium. Social platforms serve to amplify your message to the masses, driving interest in your brand and products while carving out your identity. They’ve also been established as effective customer support channels and convenient central hubs for communicating, educating, and engaging with your audience. Here are some tips to help you master your socials so you can stay competitive, reach the right people, and convert sales.


Everything You Need to Know About Selling Software Online [Guide]

When it comes to selling digital products, software is unique. Over the last 6 years we’ve seen many of our users succeed with selling software products. Let’s deeper look into the complex, exciting world of selling software online.


The Ultimate WordPress Resource List for Selling Products & Services [Complete List]

Regardless of whether you’re trying to sell products or services, there are a lot of competitors out there and new ones every day. Why should prospective customers buy your products and services? How do you start What’s the best way to sell your products or services? How do you grow sales even further? To stay […]


Freelancers & Agencies

10 Ways to Close Client Project Deals Faster [List]

Sales. Ick. Blech. Ugh. There is very little that the average designer, developer, freelancer, or business owner likes about sales, except the very end result of gaining a new client or customer. Let’s examine 10 simple ways you can sell less and still close new sales.


How to Move From Freelancer to Company in 8 Steps [Step by Step Guide]

If you’ve been struggling to find new business, grow your team and deliver incredible results, optimizing your business process is just as important as improving your technical or design skills. Here are eight steps that would enhance your online presence and improve your business process, boost up your profitability and establish you as a professional WordPress consultancy.


How to Use Your Clients to Grow Your Business [Guide]

What would be the ideal work process for you? Is it handling the design division of a large client of yours, or to work with several small business owners and help them accomplish more – or maybe partner up with a designer while taking care of the technical infrastructure?


Is Building WordPress Websites Still Profitable?

The WordPress market is full of themes and plugins created to make designing a website with WP a breeze. However, since so many view WordPress as an easy-to-use system, there is quite a large sum of people who think that they will only need to pay $500 for a site that you would rightly charge $3,000 for.


Ways to Make Money

13 More Ways to Make Money from a WordPress Website [List]

There are so many ways to make money with a WordPress website it boggles the mind. Essentially, what you have is a digital property and unlimited potential. There is not only a crazy number of different ways to generate money from the site, but there is no ceiling on the amount you can earn.


How to Create an Amazon Affiliates Site With WooCommerce [Guide]

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to make money online, but its not easy–competition is high. But if you have a hobby or interest that aligns well with affiliate opportunities then in might be fore you. This guide will show you how to get started with the Amazon Associates affiliate program using a WooCommerce site.


Starting a Career in WordPress Services: Freelancing vs. Employment [Comparison]

Have you ever thought about, or are you considering, selling your time as a WordPress professional, either as a freelancer or through finding paid employment? In both cases, you don’t own the thing you’re producing. Instead, you sell your ability to produce that thing for someone else.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #21

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Freelancers & Agencies

Raise Your Prices

Years ago I was coaching a young entrepreneur that was just getting started with her business. As we talked about all the different things that go into running your first business, we landed on the topic of price. Her response to me was something I’ve since heard several more times: “I can always raise my rates later.”


How to Win More Clients Without Doing More Work

Your prospects care about 3 things: Do you understand the core problem? Do you have the right experience? Do they trust you to fix their issues? You know this. You do this. And the point of this post is to help you to win more clients. So what’s the trick? I’m about to tell you.


How to Improve Your Branding & Marketing

A few years ago I was sitting in an office with a group of folks. This was one of those times when I was helping out a company, and they were stuck and they asked if I would meet with their marketing team. They were stuck. I want to help you, too. You don’t have to suck at branding and marketing.


How to Increase Your Website Services Sales [List]

How do you steadily drive sales up? I remember selling our first website (HTML) for $300 and feeling as though I had just hit the lottery. Skip ahead 15 years and we’ve had projects in the $30K range. How do you do that? How do you drive sales up that far in less than 15 years? Here are 3 ways to increase your sales today.


Blogging

How to Increase Your Blogs Earnings by Over 40%

I want to talk about two things I’ve been doing on my main blog to increase the profitability of the blog – both have been working really well! I’m going to talk about 3 income streams in particular: AdSense Ad network (although this will be relevant to other networks too), Affiliate promotions and selling our own products.


Should You Monetize Your WordPress Site with Ads?

Online advertisements have always been one of the most popular ways to monetize your website. However, the rise of adblockers threatens to change that. At this point, anyone starting a new site needs to seriously consider whether running ads on WordPress is still a good option from a financial perspective. Some websites still make good money from ads. However, plenty of others are looking elsewhere when it comes to monetization. So, what should you do?


How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer [Guide]

Being a freelancer is not a garden full of roses but it is an experience that can be very fulfilling both for your income and your sense of accomplishment. Try asking a web designer how nice is to deal with customers, you’ll understand my point. In this guide I will share with you my personal experience, ideas and methods in hopes that it will inspire you to become a freelance writer.


Generate Recurring Revenue

How to Scale Website Services Like SaaS for Recurring Income [Guide]

If you’re looking to scale your web services, did you know that you can serve all types of clients, earn a healthy automated recurring income, and build your client list all at the same time by applying the SaaS business model to your website consulting services?


How to Build Recurring Revenue for Your WordPress Website Business [Interview]

Is recurring revenue in your website business important to you? In this interview, Brad Morrison from GoWP explains how he transitioned his development business to a support agency that generates recurring revenue in a steady and simplified way.


How to Sell WordPress Website Maintenance for Recurring Revenue [Guide]

Interested in learning more about how to sell website maintenance plans to your clients to create a steady revenue stream? Here’s an EPIC post and webinar that covers everything you need to know about selling WordPress maintenance plans, including the templates you need to get started.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #20

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Memberships & Online Courses

How to Sell Corporate & Team Memberships on Your WordPress Site

If you’re trying to sell corporate memberships and felt like WooCommerce couldn’t do it, the good news is that now it can! Check out this demonstration.


How to Make More Money with Your WordPress Membership Site Using All Access Passes

Increase your profits by selling All Access memberships – which give your customers an extremely improved experience. All (or just some) of your store’s products will be right at your customers’ fingertips when they need them. After purchasing a membership, they simply log in and start downloading products. Your customers spend more than they otherwise would have, and also get more for their money – everyone wins.


The Ultimate Guide to Creating & Selling Online Courses

Online courses can do a lot of things. They’re a great way to share your knowledge and help others, and they can make you quite a bit of money in the process. But creating them can take a lot of work and time, and if you don’t sell them right, that can be a lot of wasted effort.


Recurring Revenue Products & Services

How to Launch a Digital Product

You’ve researched your market. You’ve validated your digital product idea. You’ve defined your niche. You’ve created your product and it’s at least in the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) stage. Now what? How do you successfully launch your digital product?


The Guide to Starting a WordPress Maintenance Business

As a web developer or designer, you know that there are ongoing tasks required to keep a client’s website in tip-top shape after launch, and that’s where there’s opportunity to start a WordPress maintenance business. Have you thought about the additional revenue you could make each month by offering those services to your clients?


How to Grow a Lifestyle Business Without Losing the Lifestyle

Balancing a lifestyle business — and trying to grow it — can be tricky, when you’re not willing to give up your lifestyle for that growth. There are ways to grow your business without giving up the lifestyle you began it all for, right?


Freelancers & Agencies

5 Tips to Improve Your Freelance Business

You’ve likely heard the story of the four blind men that touched an elephant and guessed wrong about its identity, right? Well, that story isn’t just a fun story to tell, it’s also the imagery for today’s five business tips for freelancers.


How WordPress Freelancers Can Stand Out & Win More Clients

It turns out that a freelancer will almost immediately stand out and distinguish themselves from tons of other developers and agencies if they do one simple thing. It’s so simple that it feels foolish to write an entire post about it. Yet so many people rush past it that it often goes missing. Ready?


How to Price Your WordPress Website Services

Pricing is an interesting topic that rarely gets discussed so we seized the opportunity. Time and materials pricing is what works for most of my clients, but this doesn’t mean that it is the right fit for every situation. Discuss the different possible structures with your clients and find the best fit for both of you. It is ok to mix structures. Some projects may be a good fit for T&M and others may be better suited for flat rate.


7 Tips on Value Based Pricing

In this 45 minute video, I’ll cover why value based pricing is really hard, how positioning can help clients understand what they’re really paying for, a tip that most of us forget when we’re talking with prospects and much more.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #19

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Recurring Revenue Products & Services

The Ultimate WordPress Resource List for Selling Products, Services & Generating Recurring Revenue

Whether you’re trying to sell products, services or generate recurring revenue with your WordPress business, there’s a ton of competition and new competitors every day. Here’s how to win.


All About Running a WordPress Product & Services Business

Let’s drill down and expand upon what it’s like running a WordPress consultancy, while trying to sell digital products.


How to Productize Your WordPress Consulting Services

Brian, like most of us, started as a “web designer” then made the shift to product via Restaurant Engine. This is not — let me repeat — not an easy task. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know this is something that I’m working on day in and day out.


Freelancers & Agencies

How to Succeed as a WordPress Freelancer

In this episode, Megan’s going to teach you how she bought the bar and works from the beach. Megan Gray focuses on WordPress website design and is founder of House of Grays. She teaches us the secrets to her freelancing success in this episode.


How to Talk to Your Clients About Profitable Projects

This conversation is made available to help agency owners and clients understand the importance of running a profitable web project. If you’re an agency, this can help start the conversation with your clients. If you’re seeking to hire someone, this is a great primer to work with one another.


How WordPress Freelancers Can Find a Niche

Since the early days of BuddyPress plugin, David Bisset has focused his freelance development business around integrating it into his highly customized client projects. Here’s how you can find your niche.


Should You Raise Your Rates?

Pricing is tough. Sometimes you hear that raising rates until people start saying no is the way to go. While that is a strategy, it may not always work.


Ways to Make Money

How to Sell Other People’s Products

There’s a great way to make money selling other people’s products. If you’re not a developer, but you’re good at marketing, then creating a marketplace may be right for you.


9 Ways to Make More Money With WordPress

WordPress is an incredibly versatile application, and there are many ways to make money with it. On this page I have listed the most common, but I’m sure it’s not an exhaustive list. If you know of any others then please do let me know.


3 Ways to Make More Money from a WordPress Website

What determines your ability to make money with WordPress? Two key factors: audience and engagement. Making money in any business is a function of providing value. The more we help other people solve their problems, the more other people are willing to pay us for our assistance. If you want to make money from your WordPress site, you must provide value.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #18

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Plugins & Themes

How Beaver Builder Became One of the Most Popular Page Builder Plugins in WordPress

Beaver Builder is a page builder solution developed by the three guys (Robby McCullough, Billy Young and Justin Busa). The boys discovered the internet as a career early on in life and came together five years ago to form their first company FastLine Media, from which followed Beaver Builder. This is a fun interview with the 3 guys, discussing the ups and downs of creating a successful business.


An Interview with Pippin Williamson of Restrict Content Pro, AffiliateWP & Easy Digital Downloads

Pippin Williamson is the man behind the fantastic plugins Restrict Content Pro, Easy Digital Downloads and Affiliate WP as well as teaching others in his plugin development courses at pippinsplugins.com and co-hosting the Apply Filters podcast with Brad Touesnard – and he’s only 25!


An Inside Look at a Successful WordPress Plugin Business with Pippin Williamson

Pippin Williamson is the founder and CEO of Sandhill Development which is well known for its three premium plugins, Easy Digital Downloads, Affiliate WP and Restrict Content Pro. In this episode, Cath talks with Pippin Williamson about how he got started, how he grew his business, how he has dealt with lulls in motivation… And what’s up with this brewery that he owns!


Freelancers & Agencies

How to Get Leads & Sales for Your Freelance Business with Online Quizzes

Troy talks to Josh Haynam, who is the co-founder of Interact, an online quiz software company. They talk about how online quizzes are the ultimate interactive tool that you can use to increase your conversion rate. They also talk about not only the software behind it but more importantly- the psychology.


The Best & Worst Types of Clients for Agencies

We asked 32 different agencies and freelancers in the dev-design-tech segment to tell us what makes a good client in their book, and what drives them crazy when things don’t work out as planned. Here’s what they said.


5 Ways to Market Your Website Design Business

Nobody has to tell you that your website won’t sell itself. For years you’ve explained to clients that the “build it and they will come” philosophy is bogus. Why then, when it comes to your own firm, do you still find yourself questioning how to promote your web design business?


How to Niche Your Website Design Business

Sara talks with Matt about her recent use of YouTube and how she is committed to producing regular content along with creating a niche for her freelance business.


Blogging

6 Ways to Monetize a WordPress Blog

If you’re ready to become a serious blogger and start making money online, you need to monetize your WordPress site. It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually easier than you might think to get started. All you need are the right techniques, some tools you trust, and a little creativity (which as a blogger, you’re great at)!


How to Start a WordPress Blog

Do you want to start a WordPress blog the right way? We know that starting a blog can be a terrifying thought specially when you are not geeky. Guess what – you are not alone. Here’s a step by step guide on how to start a WordPress blog without any technical knowledge (trusted by 370,000+).


The Beginner Guide to Affiliate Marketing with Your Blog

In this affiliate marketing guide for beginners, we will explain how affiliate marketing works, how to get started right away, and how to start earning through affiliate marketing using your WordPress blog.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #17

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Ways to Make Money

How to Make Money Online Working from Home in 2019 (the RIGHT way!)

Everybody wants to make money online working from home because it provides a great quality of life and you can work from anywhere. Here’s how to do it right!


How to Monetize a WordPress Business Directory

In this article, we will consider the numerous ways to monetize your business directory and turn your site into a profitable business. Strategies covered include selling and claiming listings, charging visitors to view top listings, creating a membership site and advertising.


How to Monetize Your Website with the Brave Browser

This is a popular browser among users who value their security and privacy. This browser is available on all the platform including Android and iOS. Brave works on a reward system which can be used by any website owner or YouTube creator to earn the BAT token. You can, later on, sell this BAT token for bitcoin or fiat money. In this tutorial, I’m sharing everything about how you can earn BAT token with your Web site YouTube or Twitch channel.


Plugins & Themes

Is WordPress Premium Theme Business Dying?

Is everyone getting out of the theme business? In November, 2013 we heard that the theme business at WooThemes was only generating 20% of their revenue. Then, in February, they announced they were stopping the theme subscription club.


4 Lessons Learned From Building a Freemium WordPress Plugin

A while ago, we managed to launch a page builder plugin named Forge. It is a freemium plugin– people can use it for free, and then upgrade with some paid extensions. And the actual challenge of creating Forge was not the plugin itself, but rather promoting it. Here’s what we did.


How to Monetize a WordPress Plugin: Premium vs. AddOns

WooCommerce, iThemes Exchange and some other of the most successful WordPress companies have managed to build significant businesses with the add-ons monetization model. It’s very tempting just to follow them based on their success.


The Ultimate WordPress Plugin & Theme Developer Resource List

The WordPress plugin and theme ecosystem is incredibly competitive. With 50,000+ plugins and themes to date and more added every day, it can be hard to stand out. To be competitive you need to stay at the top of your game with your how WordPress is evolving, how to grow sales and how to run your business.


Freelancers & Agencies

The Ultimate WordPress Freelancer & Agency Resource List

Life as a WordPress freelancer or agency is highly competitive. There seem to be new entrants every day and anyone can call themselves a “WordPress Expert” and underprice you while promising the same result. To compete, you need to stay at the top of your game with your skills, lead generation, business practices and more.


The #1 Way to Get More Sales From Existing Clients

The website worksheet is a staple for my business; the process is so smooth and the strategy works to qualify the right leads. What I was failing at, however, was properly executing project requests from existing clients who already had their website built by us and were looking for new features or redesign elements. The website worksheet is great – for new clients – but many of the questions were irrelevant to an existing website client.


How to Build Recurring Revenue with Existing WordPress Clients

How do you get your current clients who are paying you nothing, to start paying you something to maintain and care for their website? Many people think that their clients won’t pay, so they don’t reach out. Through coaching other website consultants, I’ve found that, in fact, it’s your current clients that know you, trust you and value your work. The majority of your existing clients are more willing to pay for a service you provide over a new client you have no track record with.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #16

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Freelancers & Agencies

The Ultimate List of WordPress & Remote Job Sites

Below you’ll find hundreds of job websites, newsletters and aggregators for WordPress and Remote (non-WordPress jobs). The WordPress jobs cover all specialties from WordPress plugin and theme development to web design and customer support. The Remote jobs include everything from programming to support roles, marketing and more. Happy hunting!


Tired of Freelancing? 3 Ways Stop Freelancing & Make More Money

Living one freelance project to the next. Feeling dependent on trading my time for billable hours. Having to chase down unpaid invoices. Putting out one client fire just to see another flare up. When this happens, it usually means means my subconscious mind is nudging me toward some sort of next chapter. I knew I needed to grow beyond freelancing and build a more scalable business.


10 Steps to Success as a WordPress Consultant

Here’s a succinct summary on how to succeed as a WordPress consultant (or any type of consultant) in 10 steps. We all start at the bottom, but as you grow your skills, specialties and the value that you deliver to clients you can raise your rates and grow your team.


Recurring Revenue Products & Services

Why Recurring Revenue is Good for WordPress Businesses

Here’s the thing I love about recurring revenue. It’s easily predictable. And predictable revenue is good. It lets you plan. It helps you invest in future efforts. It provides what you need to pay your support. Predictable and constant revenue allows you to offer something most customers really want: support and an engaging experience (beyond the sale).


How to Build a WordPress SaaS Product

A year and a half ago when I started thinking about what my next side project would be, I couldn’t have imagined the success that it would have. While it may seem small to some people, getting anybody to believe enough in your product to give you money for it is a huge accomplishment that you should be proud of.


Plugins & Themes

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Release a Premium WordPress Plugin

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. Here are five reasons you shouldn’t release a premium WordPress plugin, and instead give it to the community for free.


How the WordPress Product Market is Changing

The WordPress economy is changing, and many businesses are feeling it. The market is maturing, and customers are behaving differently. It’s happening slowly, but I think everyone realizes things are changing. Often this change has been discussed in terms of hosts and agencies, but let’s talk about products.


How to Price WordPress Add-Ons & Extensions

Pricing is tough – I know I say that a lot. When you’re pricing WordPress extensions or addons (dependent products), it’s even harder. What I want to do is highlight a challenge that comes from selling dependent products.


The Future of Selling WordPress Themes

2008 doesn’t seem like very long ago. And yet, so much has changed in the last five or six years – particularly when it comes to WordPress themes. Particularly when it comes to selling WordPress themes.


How a WordPress Agency Turned its Custom Plugins & Themes into Recurring Income

Today we’d like to share one specific example that can help many WordPress agencies (and freelancers) to increase their monthly bottom line with in-house developed plugins & themes. This is the success story of Ryan Theis, a partner of ours. Ryan shares how they did it at their agency – BNG Design, an Inc 5,000 Web Design & Marketing agency from Fargo.


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Job Listings

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Money Making Guides

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Educational Tracks

We’ve organized our hand-curated content into educational tracks by area of interest to help you master your craft.

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #15

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

This is your exclusive digest of the information and opportunities that you don’t have time to hunt down, but definitely want to read!

On to the Top 10!


The Top 10

Blogging

6 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Wondering how to make money blogging? Yes, you certainly can. Whether you’re a pro writer or a budding blogger, if you’ve got great topics and a killer voice, there are people looking to pay you for your skills. But remember, blogging isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme — it requires strategy and effort.


On Making Money Blogging

I did not make any money from my first blogs for almost 18 months (I didn’t even know you could so did not try) and when I did start to try to make money from them the first income was just a few dollars a week – but gradually in time my income grew from a part time income to a full time income and then beyond. Here’s how.


The Ultimate WordPress Blogger Resource List

There are millions (not a typo!) of new blog posts every day. Why should anyone read what you write? Why should anyone buy what you’re selling? If you monetize your traffic, why should anyone visit your blog? Here’s how to give them a reason.


Freelancers & Agencies

How to Make Your WordPress Site Attract High Quality Clients

Do you know how to find the best clients for your WordPress business? In this article, we’ll talk about what type of strategy you can use when designing your own WordPress site to attract this kind of high-quality clientele.


How to Start Outsourcing & Build a Team for Your Agency

One of the biggest lessons I learned as an agency owner is that as you grow, eventually you get to a point where you simply can’t do it all. At that point, it’s time to start looking into getting started with outsourcing. I’m going to go over some of the challenges, and how you can avoid common mistakes.


The WordPress Freelancer’s Guide to Building Your Professional Network

As a web developer, building your network can seem overwhelming. Regardless of whether you’re selling directly to customers, building a reseller network, or pitching to C-level executives – you need to establish a communication protocol by connecting and bonding with the right people. As Armstrong Williams once said: “Networking is an essential part of building wealth”. Here are our expert tips for growing your professional network, & why it matters.


Should You Ever do WordPress Client Work for Free?

“This project will be HUGE for your portfolio. And if this works out, it’ll lead to a bunch more work in the future.” Have you ever had a client who’s tried to lure you into doing some free work for them? Here’s how to handle it.


Plugins & Themes

The Big Business of Small WordPress Plugins

Everyone loves a good “how to make seven figures in software sales” story, but not every business owner desires to claim that headline. If there’s one trend, it’s that we don’t need world domination as a driving force to grow our business.


Are Themes Still a Profitable WordPress Business?

Can authors still make money selling WordPress themes? In today’s episode, Jonathan Atkinson an Envato Exclusive Author, joins Devin and I to discuss the current state of affairs in the WordPress theme marketplace. Atkinson shares some deep insights into Envato’s recent corporate restructuring, impact of multipurpose themes, and progressive competition in the space.


WordPress Plugin & Theme Developers: Raise Your Prices!

Here’s what I know. These prices are all way too low. I set aside a budget of $2000 a year for plugins that help me make money. The last several years I’ve not spent it. Know why? Because the market keeps pushing these prices down. And the message is wrong, because eventually some folks are just going to look at doing something else.


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Job Listings

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Money Making Guides

Our growing collection of guides to help you make earn more money with WordPress, learn how to start making money online working from home & more.

Educational Tracks

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #14

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

This is your exclusive digest of the information and opportunities that you don’t have time to hunt down, but definitely want to read!

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The Top 10

Plugins & Themes

How Make a WordPress Plugin from Start to Finish

In this week’s post, we’ll be taking a look at everything we do to create a new product or WordPress plugin. We don’t adhere strictly to any specific software development process, but the method we’re using currently seems to work well.


Interview with WP Migrate DB Pro Founder Brad Touesnard

We speak with Brad Touesnard from Delicious Brains, home of WP Migrate DB. Brad has been through the experience of launching the WP App Store, which included investment from Adii Pienaar at WooThemes and Carl Hancock at Gravity Forms. The WP App Store ultimately failed and Brad has lived to tell the tale.


How This WordPress Page Builder Plugin Earned $9,000 in Its First Month

This is a deep dive into a very interesting success story with Freemius. You’ll see why it’s interesting in a few paragraphs. This time we are exploring a WordPress plugin called Pootle PageBuilder, talking to its founder & managing director – Jamie Marsland.


How Beaver Builder Became a Top WordPress Page Builder Plugin

In this podcast, Troy talks to the developers of Beaver Builder- Robby McCullough, Billy Young and Justin Busa. This is a fun interview with the three guys, discussing the ups and downs of creating a successful business that came about simply from a need to “scratch their own itch”!


Recurring Revenue Products & Services

How to Sell with WordPress

Having spent a good portion of the last few years of my business around entrepreneurs who are heavy into marketing I’ve become painfully aware that for some reason there seems to be an aversion to ‘selling’ when it comes to WordPress.


How to Price WordPress Products & Services

Pricing WordPress products & services can be the biggest opportunity & frustration. The better question is what are those products & services worth to you? Anyone who has every sold a product or service around WordPress probably has a few frustrating stories to tell about their experience. I know I’ve had my fair share of frustrations (which inspired this post) and would love to see some changes take place.


How to Grow Recurring Revenue with Content Creation for Clients

Most of us know that the biggest struggle for website clients is creating the content for their site. We’ll show you how to turn that struggle into recurring revenue for your business, while solving your clients’ problem at the same time.


Freelancers & Agencies

How to Get More Clients with Email Marketing

Read this and you’re going to go and email your list and customers immediately afterwards. You’ll see the benefits of emailing customers clearly and you’ll know how to get started.


2 Skills for Successful WordPress Freelancers & Agencies

I’ve been coaching startups and entrepreneurs for over a decade. But recently (over the last couple years), I’ve started working with freelancers. And in case you were wondering – it’s a different thing. So today I want to highlight two skills that I think every consultant – but especially freelancers – needs to develop.


How to Attract Higher Paying Clients for Your WordPress Freelance Business

Everyone wants to know how they can get better, high-paying clients for their web design business. So we wrote a practical guide to help you to attract those high paying website clients and establish a renowned consultancy that will organically bring in even more of those ideal clients.


Exclusive Content


Job Listings

The WordPress & Remote jobs page has a curated list of 100+ job resources for WordPress & Remote (non-WordPress specific) jobs.

Money Making Guides

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Educational Tracks

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #13

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

This is your exclusive digest of the information and opportunities that you don’t have time to hunt down, but definitely want to read!

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The Top 10

Freelancers & Agencies

How to Grow Your WordPress Business with Fiverr

When it comes to platforms for finding clients and trying to grow your WordPress business, Fiverr probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. However, despite its low base price point, if used correctly it can be a very powerful tool and can be a very helpful addition as part of your overall strategy.


5 Ways WordPress Freelancers Can Diversify Income

Let’s face it, freelancing isn’t so great when it comes to having control over one’s income. Luckily, through diversifying your income, you can work yourself out of such situations. In this post, we’ll explore five diverse income stream ideas that you can start putting in place right away as a kind of insurance to support your financial goals.


How to Set Yourself Up for Success with New Clients: Expectations & Onboarding

A lot of freelancers and agency owners struggle with onboarding new clients and setting expectations. Then we feel taken advantage of by the client and resentful. The reality is that we’re the cause of the problem not our clients. But we don’t have to be – we can set ourselves up for success.


Plugins & Themes

Launching a WordPress Plugin or Theme? Use This List of 60+ Sites to Jumpstart Sales

What’s the hardest part of any business? Distribution. Getting your product out there in from of prospective customers in order to generate sales is hard! So, we thought we’d help you out. Here’s a list of sites for PR to jumpstart your WordPress business.


How to Win at SEO on the WordPress Plugin Repository

Many developers in the WordPress community aren’t aware of the power of SEO in WordPress.org directory, but if you think about it, most of the traffic to your plugin’s or theme’s listing is coming from search. So instead of spending days, weeks, months on polishing features (although those are obviously important, too)… you can potentially spend less than a day optimizing your readme.txt file and get a very significant boost in traffic to your listing, which will directly increase your acquisition rate.


How to Manage License Renewal for Premium Themes: Automatic vs. Manual Renewals

We initially offered lifetime support and updates. All was well for a couple of years, but eventually questions about sustainability started: if you purchased a WordPress theme once for $60, is it a fair deal to both parties to offer unlimited support requests and significant updates for years to come? As popular themes started receiving huge updates years after their original release, questions about sustainability started arising.


4 Key WordPress Business Tips From Top Plugin Makers

In this article we’ll go through some top tips from the developers behind three of the top WordPress plugins out there: NextGEN Gallery, Easy Digital Downloads and WordPress SEO by Yoast.


Ways to Make Money

10 Proven Ways to Start Making Money with WordPress

What is your purpose of using WordPress? There is one answer I think most people agree on: “to make a living”. This answer should actually take up the largest percentage when it comes to the question I raised above. Why? Look at how much you can earn!


5 Ways to Make Money with WordPress

Most webmasters 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 from their website. Now, most of you reading this will already have some basic knowledge of the WordPress platform, and we could all use a little extra cash, right? Today I want to introduce some of the best ways you can make money using WordPress.


How to Make Money with WordPress: The Ultimate Guide for 2019

This is the ultimate free guide for learning how to make money with WordPress, which powers 1/3 of websites worldwide. WordPress is the best way to make money online. Start now!


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Job Listings

The WordPress & Remote jobs page has a curated list of 100+ job resources for WordPress & Remote (non-WordPress specific) jobs.

Money Making Guides

Our growing collection of guides to help you make earn more money with WordPress, learn how to start making money online working from home & more.

Educational Tracks

We’ve organized our hand-curated content into educational tracks by area of interest to help you master your craft.

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #12

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

This is your exclusive digest of the information and opportunities that you don’t have time to hunt down, but definitely want to read!

On to the Top 10!


The Top 10

Ways to Make Money

14 Things You Can Make With WordPress (& Maybe Make Money!)

Blogs are great and WordPress is an excellent platform for blogging, but WordPress can do a lot more. Here are 14 things you can do with WordPress to start making more money.


A Guide to Making Money with Curated Content Websites on WordPress

With all the articles out there on just about every topic you can think of, content curation sites make finding them easy by gathering that information together in one place. This how-to guide lists several ways you can monetize your WordPress a content curation website.


The Top 12 Digital Products to Sell Online

There are numerous advantages to digital products over physical: ease of production and distribution being chief among them. Here’s a list of the 12 most popular kinds of digital goods, from software to online courses, and much more to help you make money with WordPress.


Plugins & Themes

How to Make Your WordPress Plugin More Successful

With over 45,000 plugins in the official repository, and many more on websites or even marketplaces such as CodeCanyon, how can you possibly increase your chances of success? Here’s how.


5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your WordPress Plugin Profits

We all know that having a buggy plugin or dropping the ball on support is a quick way to kill off your plugin business, but what other, more subtle mistakes can leave you wondering if you’ll ever make a successful business out of your plugins? Or worse yet, put you onto the maintenance treadmill, leaving you without any time, or energy, to actually create a viable business at all.


How to Increase WordPress Plugin 5-Star Reviews by 700%

I’ve been working on my WordPress plugin, RatingWidget, for a while. It was clear to me from the beginning that the number of reviews and average rating were playing a crucial part in the success of the plugin. Having said that, it took me over four years to figure out the right formula.


Selling WordPress Plugins Directly vs. on CodeCanyon Compared

If you’re a WordPress plugin developer who is trying to make a living from selling plugins – you may have heard of CodeCanyon and want to know if you can make enough to support your living through this marketplace. I’ve been keeping people up to date on progress via my transparency reports. However, I’ve not done a direct comparison of plugins sales vs CodeCanyon… until now.


Blogging

How Bloggers Can Make Money Freelancing

You should already know that earning money with a blog does not happen overnight. It takes time, consistent publishing of great content, and unique smart ideas to make a blog take off. Depending on the niche you want to get in, ranking in search engines might be tough, and often requires strong SEO skills. But what happens if you need money for your daily expenses? Or what if you need money to pay the hosting fees and tools required to run a blog? This is where most people turn to freelancing to help pay the bills.


How to Get a Blogging Job

Let’s talk about finding a job as a blogger – particularly how to apply for a blogging job. Back in 2006 I noticed I started getting a lot of emails for people wanting to hire bloggers. So, I want to give you some tips for applying for a blogging job.


How to Double Your Chances of Success with a Blog Content Strategy

You basically double your chance of success with a written blog strategy. According to Content Marketing Institute, 60% of organizations with a written content strategy are effective, compared to only 32% of those with a purely verbal content strategy being effective.


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Job Listings

The WordPress & Remote jobs page has a curated list of 100+ job resources for WordPress & Remote (non-WordPress specific) jobs.

Money Making Guides

Our growing collection of guides to help you make earn more money with WordPress, learn how to start making money online working from home & more.

Educational Tracks

We’ve organized our hand-curated content into educational tracks by area of interest to help you master your craft.

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #11

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

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The Top 10

Freelancers & Agencies

15 Questions to Make Killer Client Proposals

Understanding your client is the biggest part of winning their business and exceeding their expectations to gain more business in the future. This starts with the client proposal. A great client proposal positions you as a reliable professionals and sets the tone for the project. Here are the 15 must-ask questions to deliver winning client proposals.


How to Start Freelancing & Get Your First Client

Freelancing is a great way to make money online, and the best place to begin if you’re just starting out with your own online business. It doesn’t take much to get started, but passing that hurdle of getting your first client can be a real challenge.


A Guide to Finding Your Perfect Clients

Clients are the lifeblood of many a business model. You need them to drive your work, pay your bills, and to really have a business running at all. So it might seem like the best thing to do is go out and call up as many potential clients as you can reach. But bad clients can ruin work you enjoy, and reaching out to clients that aren’t really suited for the exact services and approach of your business can both waste a lot of your time and hurt your growth.


How Company Blogs Can Earn You More Clients & Projects

Blogs are a powerful, and often under-rated, tool for businesses of nearly any type. This, in turn, makes them a useful tool for web developers. If you deliver a well-designed blog to your client as part of their site, it will likely increase their traffic, revenue, and the overall effectiveness of their website: earning better testimonials and a better reputation for you.


Blogging

How to Make Money with a WordPress Blog

Are you looking for ways to make money from your WordPress blog? You need to know what options are available to you, some of the specific methods you could use to go about each one, and possibly most importantly of all, how to do the research and find out which method is right for you, your content, and your audience. All of that is exactly the knowledge this article aims to give you.


Make More Money from a WordPress Blog with Niches

Running a blog is an ideal way of making money for a lot of people. And if you’re successful enough, it can even bring in your full-time income. But how do you get to that point? This walks you through the process of finding the right niche for you and your audience to help your website shine.


3 Ways to Make Money With a WordPress Blog

Blogging is a passion for a lot of people and it takes that passion and interest in your topic to make a truly great blog. Blogging can also be a good source of income. With the right approach, you can monetize all the effort you put into your blog and live the dream of making money doing what you love with WordPress.


Plugins & Themes

10 Ways To Market Your WordPress Product

After you’ve put a lot of time and effort into creating a high-quality WordPress product to sell, you might be tempted to simply put it up for sale and let the money come in as you move to your next project. Unfortunately, that often isn’t an option. Getting sales requires marketing. This article gives you 10 ways to get the word out and get customers.


How to Sustain Growth after Launching WordPress Plugins & Themes

Getting a plugin to market takes a lot of hard work. But once you’ve crossed that major hurdle for your product and your business, you’ve still got some work to do. From customer support to bug fixes and content updates, there are several ways to keep a product current, relevant, and growing even well after its initial release.


Why (& How) to Capture User Emails for WordPress Plugins & Themes

Anyone who has ever built a product for WordPress (plugin or theme) and tried distributing it via the WordPress.org repository knows that user emails are not part of the bargain. You do not have access to this direct way of communicating with the people who are trying out and using your product. So what do you do?


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Money Making Guides

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The Gutenberg Challenge: How & When to Switch to Gutenberg

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The #1 question we get from WordPress users and professionals is, “How and when do I switch to Gutenberg?”

Change Is Hard

We all hear that Gutenberg is “the future of WordPress” but what does that mean? When you’ve been using the same theme, page builder, framework, etc. for years and it still seems to be working fine, it can be hard to think about switching to Gutenberg.

In essence, it just feels like a lot of work and risk with little value if you’re a user or work that you won’t get paid for if you do it for clients.


How to Think About Gutenberg

For context, here’s a quick reminder on how to think about Gutenberg (see the long version here).

First, WordPress does basic things that most users want: pages, posts, user management, etc. Plugins and themes add a flexible layer of customization that fill the gap between what WordPress does and what users want.

To use an example that’s most relevant to Gutenberg, let’s talk about page builders. Page builders are a type of plugin that adds a flexible interface for advanced customization that’s easier and faster than building a custom theme, using custom post types, etc.

Unfortunately, there are dozens of page builders and multipurpose themes with built-in page builders, which makes for a lot of complexity, bloat and incompatibility.

What Users Want vs. What WordPress & Page Builders Do
What Users Want vs. What WordPress & Page Builders Do

Let’s think about page builders today: “page builder” is a description of “how” page builders work, not “what” page builders do.

For example, page builders provide a flexible interface (modules, drag & drop, etc.) that gives users an advanced layer customization beyond what WordPress natively provides. The flexible interface is only relevant because it enables the customization–the customization is what users want.

What WordPress page Builders Do
Page builders had to provide a flexible interface in order to provide customization. Gutenberg is changing this.

The only reason page builders provided the interface (via their own frameworks) pre-Gutenberg was because WordPress didn’t. They had to provide the interface in order to give users the advanced customization they wanted.

But now, this new Gutenberg block model natively provides this flexible interface. This is WordPress’s new foundation, upon which everything else will be built.

Gutenberg: Everything is a Block
Gutenberg-ization: Everything is a Block

So, to continue getting the most out of WordPress you’ll want to start using Gutenberg when it works for you, which gets us to the question….


How & When Should I Switch to Gutenberg?

The most important thing to remember is that there’s no rush to start using Gutenberg. You should switch at some point, but it isn’t urgent.

Why? Because Gutenberg is still in its early days. For example, in Gutenberg Phase 2 sidebars, footers and menus will also get Gutenberg-ized (blockified?), which will be another fundamental shift.

If you’re nervous about switching to Gutenberg, we recommend waiting until at least the fundamental phases are done.


Ok, But How Do I Know When to Switch?

Ok, ok, I’ll get to the point. When to switch is different for each person, so we recommend using the Gutenberg Challenge.

So, what’s the Gutenberg Challenge? The Gutenberg challenge is a simple way to periodically test out Gutenberg and see if it meets your needs. Here’s how it works:

1Try using Gutenberg at least every 6 months. Start using it for simple use cases like basic blog posts, then progress to more complex use cases like landing pages and home pages. Here are some examples:

  • Try writing a blog post with Gutenberg.
  • Try writing or updating a simple page with Gutenberg (e.g. About Us, Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, etc.).
  • Try writing or updating a complex page with Gutenberg (e.g. homepage, landing pages, etc.).
  • Try your next simple website project or rebuild with Gutenberg.

2To save time, use the recommended free set of components (theme and plugins) we recommend below.

3Once Gutenberg meets your needs, start using it exclusively for blog posts and simple pages.

4When Gutenberg meets your needs for complex pages (e.g home page, landing pages, etc.), try using Gutenberg for your next full project or rebuild.

5If Gutenberg doesn’t yet meet your needs, please share feedback on what’s missing in the Gutenberg Challenge feedback form. We’ll share this feedback with the WordPress core team and use it to improve our recommendations here.

That’s it! Think of it as an investment in building familiarity with Gutenberg to continuously improve your skill set and keep your skill set relevant until you switch to Gutenberg.


Take the Gutenberg Challenge

If you’re interested in taking the Gutenberg Challenge we set up a dedicated site for it here. Not only is the site built 100% with Gutenberg, but we’ve included the recommended components to get you started fast!

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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #10

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The Top 10

Freelancers & Agencies

5 Ideas for Generating WordPress Web Design Leads

As the WordPress freelance market continues to grow it also continues to get more competitive, so we’re always looking for new ways to consistently generate quality leads. From coworking spaces to Upwork and online classifieds, this post gives you 5 new ways to generate leads for your freelance WordPress web design business.


The Ultimate WordPress Web Design Client Project Questionnaire

If you’ve been a WordPress freelancer for a while then you probably already know that how a client project begins is a pretty good indicator of how it will end up. A questionnaire is your secret weapon to ensure you ask the right question every time and your client gives you everything you need to exceed their expectations. Here’s how to create the ultimate WordPress client project questionnaire.


The WordPress Web Developer Honor Code

The average small business has a poor experience having their business website built on WordPress. As WordPress professionals, this is a failure on our part. If, as a community of WordPress professionals, we can align on the kind of consistent, quality experience we want to give out clients (the one they deserve), we’ll raise the bar in the WordPress ecosystem and our rates will raise accordingly.


How to Close More Leads With the Anti-Follow Up

Are you having trouble closing leads? Changing how you follow-up with prospective clients could help. Many freelancers follow up in a way that seems desperate, which could be a turn-off to prospective clients. Instead, try following up in a way that builds authority, positions you as an expert and builds a relationship.


Recurring Revenue Products & Services

Why (& How) to Use Value-Based Pricing to Sell WordPress Products & Services

As entrepreneurs (and especially as developers) we frequently undervalue our products and services. This not only leaves money on the table, but it’s also bad for your customers. Undercharging jeopardizes the future of the product or service they depend on. Paying what it’s worth supports the ongoing maintenance and development of the product. One way to fix this is with value-based pricing.


Add Recurring Revenue to Your WordPress Business with Client Reports

For a website creation and designing business, one of the most important things you can do is make it clear to your potential clients that your services provide a positive return on investment. This isn’t just limited to building the site initially. If you can convince a client to pay you to continually upkeep the site, the recurring income will provide you with a good bit of stability and freedom in your work.


How to Add Recurring Income to Your WordPress Business

WordPress agencies and freelancers typically live on a constant stream of clients. Finish one job, get paid, and move onto the next. This can function as a steady income stream, but the constant need for more work limits the flexibility that many people are looking for from this kind of job. The ideal solution for many is recurring income.


Plugins & Themes

How to Offer Free Trials for Your WordPress Plugins or Themes Business

When you own a WordPress plugin or theme business, the big challenge is getting enough people to pay for it. This is where free trials come in. Free trials come in many forms, but if done right they can boost conversions. This article goes in-depth into all the options, advantages, and considerations, covering everything you need to know about free trials for a WordPress plugin or theme business.


How to Manage WordPress Plugin & Theme Renewal Discounts

Are renewal discounts right for your WordPress theme or plugin business? Learn the ins and outs, and dos and don’ts, of renewal discounts for WordPress themes and plugins to make an informed decision on whether to offer these types of deals to your own customers.


Should You Sell Premium WordPress Themes on ThemeForest?

Have you ever created a premium WordPress theme? If so, a big consideration is where to sell it. You could sell it yourself or you could post it to one of the existing theme marketplaces. Here’s we’ll help you evaluate whether ThemeForest, the largest WordPress theme marketplace, is right for your premium WordPress theme business.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #9

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

This is your exclusive digest of the information and opportunities that you don’t have time to hunt down, but definitely want to read!

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The Top 10

Freelancers & Agencies

Why & How WordPress Freelancers Should Diversify Income

Life as a freelancer has ups and downs with income. You may be used to it, but it poses risks to the long-term health of your WordPress business. Level out your income by diversifying the ways you generate revenue–it’s easier than you think.


10 Ways to Make More Money as a WordPress Freelancer

Freelancing is great because you’re in control, work your own hours and can work from wherever you want. But to be financially successful as a WordPress freelancer you have to charge rates that support your financial goals.Here are 10 tops for increasing your rates as a WordPress freelancer.


How to Start & Grow a Freelance Business: The Ultimate Guide

This guide focuses on getting more leads, growing referrals and streamlining how you get new clients–which will be one of the most important parts of sustaining and growing your business. There’s plenty of WordPress work to go around, but the best jobs are competitive–this guide will give you the edge you need to make it rain!


25 Ways for WordPress Freelancers to Get More Leads

The hardest part about life as a WordPress freelancers is consistently generating quality leads. If you’re new to freelancing how do you first get that leads flywheel going over the first few years? Here are 25 ways to generate qualified leads that you can start doing today.


Recurring Revenue Products & Services

Why WordPress Professionals Should Consider Productized Services

Productized services are a relatively new path for WordPress freelancers who are tired of client. Not only is it more scalable, but if done right it can also be a lot more profitable. Learn how.


3 Productized Service Examples to Add to Your WordPress Business

Productized services offer new opportunities for WordPress professionals. They can be offered as add-on services or standalone services. This article offers 3 examples of productized consulting services that WordPress professionals can add to their offerings.


7 Steps to Building a Profitable Productized WordPress Service

If the last two articles have piqued your interest in productized services and you want to learn more about how to get started, then read on. This 7-step guide will teach you how to productize your WordPress business.


Ways to Make Money

How to Build a Successful Career with WordPress

WordPress powers around 1/3 of websites worldwide and has a thriving community of fans. Maybe you blog with WordPress, use it for your soccer team or church group. You’re familiar with WordPress and now you want to know if you can make a living with it. The answer is a resounding YES!


Not sure what WordPress Product to build? Read this!

If you want to create a startup, or launch a business creating products, it can be hard to narrow your options. Even when you have a good idea of what you want to do, creating WordPress products, for instance, you’re still left with a lot of choices. Here’s how to decide what to build.


21 Ways to Make Money with WordPress

WordPress is huge, as are the opportunities it can provide you. If you enjoy working with WordPress and want to make a living from it there are numerous ways you can go about it. Here are 21 ways to make money with WordPress, many of which don’t require knowing how to code.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #8

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Welcome to another issue of the ProfitPress Top 10! We’re excited to share another 10 of the most valuable articles that we could find to help you make more money online with WordPress.

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Plugins & Themes

How to Transition from Web Design to WordPress Plugins Without Drowning in Support

Katie Keith joins us to share the story of Barn2Media’s successful transition from designing WordPress websites to selling WordPress plugins.


Pippin’s Plugins “Year in Review” Posts

Pippin runs one of the most successful WordPress plugin businesses and is one of the most earnest, effective and transparent business owners in our WordPress community. If you run (or aspire to run) a WordPress plugin or theme business I highly recommend you read each one of his year in review posts–they’re full of excellent insight.


How to Make More Revenue Selling WordPress Plugins & Themes

IconicWP, a WooCommerce plugin shop, started out selling on Envato but then transitioned to Freemius. After switching to Freemius they doubled their WordPress plugin revenue in under a year. Learn more about how they did it to see if you can apply these lessons to your business.


How to Sell WordPress Themes & Plugins to Enterprise Customers

Most WordPress professionals serve individuals and small business, but there’s another customer that’s willing to pay you more: Enterprises. If you can earn their trust and meet their needs, you may have what it takes to land your first enterprise customer.


Ways to Make Money

How to Make an Extra $1,000 a Month on the Side with WordPress in 90 Days (Even if You Have a Full-Time Job)

Here’s a real-life example of how to start making $1,000 a month with WordPress in less than 90 days, even with a full-time job. Even if you choose to monetize your skills in a different way, this post has invaluable advice on how to get started.


How to Get Started as a Hosting Reseller Using Web Hosting Manager (WHM)

WHM provides a powerful way not only to create and manage your clients hosting accounts, but also to brand each individual cPanel with your own business logo and color scheme. In this post, we’ll walk through using WHM to create hosting packages and individual accounts, and branding your clients’ cPanel accounts.


How to Sell Audio & Music Online with WordPress

Selling music and other audio online is easier than it has ever been. Sell songs, lectures, samples, audiobooks, lessons and more with various business models like memberships, licenses, individual files or as a service. This is one of the best guides we’ve found on how to sell audio and music online with WordPress.


Recurring Revenue Products & Services

How WordPress Professionals Can Make More Money with Reseller Hosting

You build WordPress websites for clients, so why not also host them to add recurring revenue to your cashflow? Recurring revenue from offering reseller hosting creates more predictable cashflow to level out the ebbs and flows of client work. Learn how to add reseller hosting to your business.


How to Earn $15,000+/mo. with Productized Services

WordPress professionals typically offer services to clients that are high value, but low scale. Productized services add constraints and narrow focus to systemize the process and consistently deliver it as a packaged service. Learn how the author got to $15,000/month in recurring revenue after only two months and shows how you can do the same.


10 Productized Service Examples to Start Earning More Money

Here are 10 examples of productized services you can start offering to increase your income. The author discusses how the productized service he created now generates $34,000/month in recurring revenue and is still going strong.


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ProfitPress Top 10: Issue #7

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