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.
24 Ways WordPress Web Professionals Can Diversify Income [List]
Sometimes life as a WordPress freelancer can be feast or famine. Adding different revenue streams to diversify your income not only helps level out your cashflow, but it also give you more options to reduce burnout. Here are 24 ways to do it.
8 Tips for Creating a Successful WordPress Web Design Agency [List]
Looking to start an web design agency? It helps to learn from the experiences of those who have found success doing it. Here are 8 tips for starting your own agency to get you started right.
5 Proven Ways to Make Money with Your WordPress Blog [List]
You can find hundreds of articles on how to make money with a WordPress blog, but most don’t deliver. What sets this article apart is that it’s based on lessons learned from a blog that actually makes money. Read on for proven lessons on how to effectively monetize your WordPress blog.
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) [Guide]
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.
50+ Tools to Make Your WordPress Freelance Business Scale [List]
Freelancing is great, but it’s a lot of work. Using the right tools will simplify your workflow and automate redundant processes to help scale your business. This list of tools for WordPress freelancers includes everything from scheduling to storage tools to help your WordPress business scale.
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.
5 Ways to Create a Winning Marketing Strategy for Your WordPress Agency [List]
Why should prospective clients hire your WordPress agency? That question seems to be getting harder these days, but there are some things you can do to stand out and land more clients.
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.
How to Transition from Blogger to Entrepreneur [Interview]
This interview with Sheila talks about her journey from blogger to entrepreneur. Sheila started as a fashion blogger, but found success when she looked inside, built a community and focused on helping others. See a quick message from Sheila below and link to the full interview at the bottom of this post.
How to Sell Services with WordPress Using WooCommerce & Easy Digital Downloads [Guide]
Discover everything you need to know about selling services and taking payment online with WordPress, WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads. Learn how to sell one-off services and regular subscriptions with recurring payments. All without any technical know-how!
How to Start Making Money with Your Skills [Interview]
In my challenge to Roberto, he walks me through exactly what he’d suggest I do to get started building a personal brand (if it was the day after I got let go). He identifies the strategies, tactics, and mindset that any new entrepreneur should embrace, and highlights the shifting culture of modern business. Roberto has a reputation for building brands from the ground up and helping entrepreneurs make money with their creativity, and his game plans are spot-on.
How to Transition from Web Design to WordPress Plugins Without Drowning in Support [Interview]
Katie Keith joins us to share the story of Barn2Media’s successful transition from designing WordPress websites to selling WordPress plugins.
How to Add Recurring Income with WordPress Website Maintenance Plans Using ManageWP
Adding recurring income to your business is a smart decision in the long-term. One way to do this is to add maintenance plans to your service offerings. And today, we’ll show you how to do that.
How to Make More Money with Your WordPress Membership Site Using All Access Passes [Guide]
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.
How to use Referral & Affiliate Programs to Earn More Money with Your WordPress Website
Wouldn’t it be nice if a WordPress site could be something more than just the digital face of one’s brand? That’s why you develop websites in the first place–to help companies do more with their digital presence. In other words, to generate more leads and conversions for their business. But is that enough? Is the revenue that comes from direct efforts to sell a service or product on the site the only thing you should be focused on?
How to Build & Grow a Successful WordPress Plugin Business [Interview]
This week’s guest is Garth Koyle from Event Espresso whose goal is to grow his business into a $100 million dollar revenue company. How do you do this I hear you ask? Well, let’s get some hot business and marketing tips from Garth.
How (& Why) You Can Make More Money by Retaining Clients
Searching for new clients is a big part of business, but retaining clients can often drive higher long-term revenue which is what makes businesses last. Learn how to make your WordPress business more profitable and increase referrals by retaining clients.
The Right Way to Start a WordPress Theme Business
With so many WordPress themes available on the market, it might sound crazy to even try and start a business selling your own. There are super-huge, multi-purpose themes selling $100k worth a week with option panels the size of their revenue charts, others with big passionate communities supporting them, and countless other shops just as successful in their own right. How can you compete?
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.
Understanding Who Buys Premium WordPress Themes
To say the theme marketplace is undergoing a transition is probably an understatement. We’ve seen many shops sell or change focus over the past year. A few have maintained their place in the market or even grown some, but it’s not easy work.
Are Freemium Plugins Better than Free Plugins in WordPress?
Taking into consideration years prior to 2013 as a reference we can see that on average 50%-60% of “freemium” plugins have been updated in 2015 or 2016. This is a significant difference compared to the findings of previous analysis I did on the WordPress repository. The survival rate after 3 years for the average plugin in the repository is around 10%-20%. We are looking at a 200% improvement.
A $2,000 Pricing Lesson for WordPress Plugins & Themes
A few months ago, I decided to challenge our plugin’s pricing and try the “WordPress way” by removing the monthly subscription. Keeping only the annual and lifetime billing cycles. We ran this pricing experiment for one week and saw a drastic fall in new customers. “Drastic” is an understatement – we lost 54% in our customer acquisition rate.
How to Price WordPress Plugins
If you want to thrive in the plugin development business, pricing must be at the forefront of your mind. Along with providing stellar plugin features, it is one of the most important aspects of creating a sustainable long-term business. Get it wrong and you’ll constantly be swimming against the tide.
Selling WordPress Plugins & Themes: Should You Go Niche?
Back in 2010, a developer could release a mass market WordPress theme or plugin and amass thousands of sales within a few months. In today’s market, that sort of success is exceedingly rare, and so, one of the most important decisions product developers must make is whether to go mass market or target a niche.
Should You Put Your Plugin or Theme in the WordPress Repository?
Is the WordPress plugin repository worth the hassle? If you’re a relatively experienced WordPress plugin developer, you’ve most likely already asked yourself this question – possibly more than once. If you’re a relatively new WordPress plugin developer, you’re probably asking yourself “Wait … why would I not want my plugin in the repository?!” Both questions are valid.
How to Offer Lifetime WordPress Plugin & Theme Licenses
My perception of a lifetime license is very different than the lifetime license WP Rocket or many of the other WordPress plugin businesses are offering. I was actually very surprised, even in shock, learning how much money WordPress plugin developers are leaving on the table with their so-called, “lifetime license”.
Why the WordPress Plugin Industry is Worth Over $1 Billion
I participated in the Prestige Conference in Las Vegas. It was a very memorable experience because I got to meet with businesses thought leaders in the WordPress ecosystem. One of the main panels that I was in, focused on the addressable market of WordPress. Questions like, “How big of an opportunity is WordPress?”, and “How much money can be made from the ecosystem?” were discussed in great length.
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 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 Get More Clients with Email Marketing [Guide]
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.
Interview with WP Migrate DB Pro Founder Brad Touesnard [Interview]
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 WordPress Freelancers Can Build Recurring Revenue
One of the most common questions we hear is “How do I generate recurring revenue for my WordPress website business?” Being a freelancer is difficult because you have no consistency in how much you’ll make each month. Unfortunately, there is still no magic cure-all for the elusive ‘passive income’, but with these tips you can build recurring revenue for stability and long-term success.
Growing a Plugin or Theme Business in the Saturated WordPress Market
Learn how Elementor grew their business within a saturated plugin marketplace and discuss what helped their product succeed – from to creating a fun company culture to nurturing their community.
The #1 Way to Add Recurring Revenue to a WordPress Freelance or Agency Business
Running a WordPress business is a challenging endeavor. With millions of freelancers and WordPress developers out there, competition worldwide is getting more aggressive, and the race to the bottom is never-ending. Here’s how to boost revenue with recurring income.
How to Start a WordPress Web Development Business [Interview]
WordPress Architect Mario Peshev shares his wisdom on starting a web development business. We cover everything from advice for those who want to start a web development company, to the tools, education, and experience needed to become a developer.
20 Ways to Find More WordPress Clients [List]
I think we can all agree that one of the most stressful things about having your own business is bringing in new clients. Have you ever wondered how others are doing it and seem to be doing so well at it? We did too! So, we took a poll within our WP Elevation Facebook community to find out how our members are bringing in new business.
6 Services to Add to a WordPress Maintenance Business to Boost Recurring Revenue [List]
So, you have your WordPress site care business launched and you are growing confident each day with your process. You have several clients who are helping you generate a nice recurring revenue. Now, you are wondering how you can add more value to your clients and add more income to your revenue.
How to Productize a Freelance Business
Today we have a return appearance from an amazing past guest—Brian Casel. I’ve had a lot of people asking me to bring him back to talk about how to take your service-based business and turn that business into a product, or into something that can be scaled and automated.
7 Questions to Answer Before Launching a WordPress Maintenance Business [List]
Every business is hard. My friends who run the coffee shop work long hours, but they love their job. My office building neighbor runs a lawn care service, and he works hard as well. What is satisfying is the reward you get for building a business. A WordPress site care business is the same. So, if you think you want to start a site care business, ask your self these seven questions.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Monetizing a Blog with Affiliate Marketing [Guide]
With so many blog monetization methods to choose from it can be overwhelming to get started. After all, you want to choose the method that will offer the greatest potential return with the least amount of risk. Enter affiliate marketing – a low-risk, high-reward option that’s popular among bloggers and social media influencers. By using affiliate marketing on your blog, you can transform your website into a profitable endeavor.
How to Sell Marketing as a Product [Interview]
Marketing is a tough sell especially when some businesses don’t understand how important it actually is. So what happens when you sell marketing as a product?
How to Build a Successful WordPress Consulting Business
Being a WordPress consultant can be very rewarding and have some major benefits. But there are a few traps you can easily fall into when you first start out. Here are some of the lessons I learned in the first 8 years of my WordPress business.
Lead Generation for Small Businesses (the Right Way!)
Small businesses often struggle to find new people who are interested in their product or service. Other than paying to be seen by potential clients, such as with pay-per-click ads, how else can a small business compete? That’s exactly where organic lead generation comes into play.
WordPress Pros vs. Website Builders: The Role of WordPress Professionals
There was a recent article by Smashing Magazine that detailed how web agencies like mine need to step it up and offer more value than just building a website. It’s a misnomer that many of us find difficult to penetrate. The idea that our livelihood is going away because of websites like Squarespace, Weebly, WordPress.com or Wix, is not accurate.
3 Ways to Monetize an Established WordPress Blog [List]
In this article we’ll give you a few ideas on how you can monetize your WordPress blog. The fact is, if you write great content and get a lot of love from your audience, your blog may be able to do more for you than you think.
The Ultimate Guide to Bookkeeping for Freelancers [Guide]
If you’ve been in the game for a while, feel free to skip to the second post when it becomes available. No matter what stage your business is in, improved financial record-keeping and great habits can save you time and stress while opening the door for growth.
How to Use Email Marketing Automation to Grow Conversion Rates for WordPress Products
In this post I share the email marketing automation technique we’ve come up with, using tools that are available for everyone. I’ll provide an inside look into our thought process of why we did it, how to set it up from A to Z, as well as try to answer the question – how has it been working for us?
The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Successful WordPress Plugin Business [Guide]
Your plugin’s sales aren’t going to just skyrocket on their own, so as a company that’s focused on helping WordPress product developers explode their sales – we decided it was time to publish an action-oriented business book that focuses on the business and entrepreneurial side of developing and selling WordPress plugins.
How to Get More Clients [Guide]
As you grow in your career as a software developer, a natural next step is to jump into independent consulting. You have greater control of your time, can make more money , and have the freedom to pick and choose the projects that you work on.