How to Create an Ecosystem Plugin

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Ecosystem plugins are a big deal. They provide a lot of functionality to subsets of WordPress users, and help streamline and to a certain degree define those spaces. Creating them offers a lot of opportunities in the current market as well.

These aren’t just small plugins to fill small functions however. If you want to create an ecosystem plugin successfully, you need to know what you’re getting into. The article below will offer a framework of the important decisions to make before you start, and the basic areas of focus as the project continues to help you stay on track and create a plugin worthy of the ecosystem title.

This guide is written for individuals and organizations who have decided to build an Ecosystem Plugin. You’ve decided to build an Ecosystem Plugin. Awesome. The timing is great and I’m excited to see what you build. I’ve written this guide to provide you with a framework for you and your team as you plan and execute on the work.

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How to Leverage Sales Funnels to Get More Clients & Close More Sales

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Sales funnels are a useful technique for narrowing down and converting a large number of visitors into loyal customers. There’s different ways to use them, but if done correctly, they can be a major boon to your business.

Below in an interview with Dave Foy, who teaches how to use a sales funnel to sell high-ticket items, and create loyal customers and advocates for your brand in the process. If you want to learn more, check out the podcast or quick write up below.

I know, I know… “Sales funnel” is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. But this episode of the WP Elevation podcast — featuring brilliant teacher Dave Foy — is going to change how you view sales funnels and how you use them in your business. More specifically, you’re going to learn how to use sales funnels to sell high-ticket products and level up your business.

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Supercharge Your Affiliate by Sharing Affiliate Success Stories

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Running an affiliate program is a great way to boost traffic to your site, and sales to your products or services. There’s a lot of ways to get affiliates on board, reward them for there efforts, and keep them trying hard to bring in customers.

But the article below goes over an idea less commonly heard of: sharing affiliate success stories. This can boost morale, incentivise success, and create more of a feeling of community between you and your affiliates. There’s even more reasons to try it out than just these, so be sure to give it a read below.

When it comes to empowering your affiliates, rewards and recognition are hugely important – but sharing affiliate success stories is more than just shining a spotlight on your top performers. Creating a sense of community and belonging gives your affiliates a reason to be fully invested in your program, and seeing others succeed can inspire them to be their best. Not only that; success stories can provide guidance and good examples to follow, as your affiliates work toward improving their affiliate marketing game.

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A Practical Guide on How to Make Money Blogging [Guide]

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Whether you already have a blog with a decent following or are thinking of starting one up, you might be interested to know some ways you you can make money from that blog.

The article below has the answers, talking about how much you can make from blogging and several different ways you can do it. It has a lot of advice to share, as well as several additional links for further reading on each monetization method, so it’s a helpful resource.

In this exclusive guide I’m going to answer your questions on best ways to make money blogging that you can use right away. These methods are based on my 11 years of blogging experience and information that I have gathered attending and speaking at various blogging conferences. I have also shared screenshots of payments of a few income streams to give you a wider perspective.

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How to Turn Negative Customer Feedback into Positive Growth

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Negative feedback is rarely a pleasant thing to receive, particularly if it’s to something you’ve put a lot of work and effort into. But that doesn’t mean it’s always all bad. Negative feedback on your product or your business can help you find ways to improve, and actually further your growth.

That’s not always easy to do however, and that’s what the article below aims to help with. It will help you determine how to evaluate which of your critiques are most worth your time pursuing, and take you through a few different strategies for converting negative feedback into a positive force for your business.

In the age of social media, running a business can put you under the microscope – and while it’s normal to receive negative feedback at one point or another, criticisms of your hard work can feel demoralizing if you don’t know how to harness them for good! So, let’s take a look at some of the best strategies for turning negative feedback into positive results!

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What it’s Like to Create & Submit a Theme to ThemeForest

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After creating a WordPress theme, you need to get it up onto a marketplace to actually sell it. After all the work that’s gone into creating the theme in the first place, this adds a whole new set of work on top of it. It helps to know what you’re in for.

The article below shares the author’s experience with submitting to ThemeForest, a popular WordPress theme marketplace. He talks about the rejections he faced and how he got past them, some of the pros and cons of the platform, and some other places he’s tried selling his themes. It’s good info for getting your theme up and selling, so be sure to check it out.

Building your own Multi-Purpose theme from scratch can be a very tough project to take on. Getting it approved on ThemeForest? That’s a whole other layer of challenges that you’ll need to tackle. In this guest post, I’m going to share my entire experience of submitting a theme to ThemeForest’s marketplace.

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Plugin Developer Stories: Under Construction Page by Ivan Jurisic

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The Under Construction Page plugin is a great example of a plugin that delivers well on its concept, without getting too complicated. If you’re looking to develop plugins or other WordPress content, there can be a lot to learn from people who have done it well already.

Below is an interview with Ivan Jurisic from Web Factory, the developers of Under Construction Page. He talks about how the plugin came about, marketing and monetization choices and why they made them, and more, and closes with a peek at what’s next for the plugin and the company.

If you do a quick search for “under construction” on the WordPress.org directory you’re going to find Web Factory ltd’s insanely popular, and smartly named, Under Construction Page plugin right at the top of the list. Under Construction Page is one of those rare plugins you find that advertises itself as simple and without fuss and then truly delivers on the promise. Once you install the plugin you are presented with a simple to use interface that let’s you built a custom under construction front end for your WordPress site without writing a single line of code.

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How Gamification Can Increase Engagement on Your Membership Site

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One of the most important things for a membership site to do is to keep their members engaged. It’s the best way to keep them around, and keep them active on your site. One method of growing popularity for accomplishing this is called gamification.

The article below with explain how to gamify your membership services, with things like points, leaderboards, achievements and more. The feeling of engagement and accomplishment is highly effective for keeping people interested and sticking around, so it’s an idea worth checking out.

Keeping your members engaging with your site on a regular basis is essential if you want to avoid member churn, build your brand, and maximize your revenue – and one of the best ways to do that is by using gamification! What is gamification? In simple terms, it refers to incorporating game-like elements such as points tracking, leaderboards, rewards, and achievement badges into your business. Since its first appearances in the early 2000s, this trend has exploded, becoming a dominant engagement strategy used by some of the biggest brands around – and it’s particularly useful for memberships.

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The 3 Keys to Selling WordPress Maintenance Packages for Recurring Income

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Maintenance for a WordPress website is important to keep things running smoothly. Not everyone knows how to do this well, which is why it can be lucrative to offer site maintenance packages to your customers. But for this to work they need to understand the value of the services you’re offering.

The article below will show you how to make this clear to them by painting a clear picture of the kinds of problems not having good maintenance can cause, and then showing them how you can prevent those problems for them. It’s an effective technique, so read about it below.

Imagine that you have finished with a WordPress project. As you are handing your new client the keys to the car, you ask if they need one of your WordPress maintenance packages. Look, you had plans to throw a party. The project is done, the final payment is in, and you breathe a sigh of relief, but you hear those dreaded words from your client after asking about maintenance. What do your customers usually say when you ask if they would like to purchase a maintenance plan? Here’s how to close the sale.

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Plugin Developer Stories: WP Coupons & Deals by Imtiaz Rayhan

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There are a wealth of WordPress plugins out on the market, some much more successful than others. If you’re interested in WordPress or plugin development, in can be both interesting and insightful to read the stories of those who have achieved success.

Below is the story of Imtiaz Rayhan and his WP Coupons and Deals plugins. The interview goes over how he got started, some of the challenges he faced, his most successful marketing efforts, and more. It also contains some advice he wishes he knew when he was starting out, so if you’re looking to create a plugin yourself it’s a particularly helpful read.

Imtiaz Rayhan has developed a WordPress plugin focused on improving conversions for website owners involved in affiliate marketing. His plugin, WP Coupons and Deals, is built to make adding affiliate coupons to your site as simple as possible while also helping to improve your conversion rates. Imtiaz talks to us about how he became involved with WordPress, built WP Coupons and Deals and more.

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How to Win Your Niche & Scale Your Business

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If your business or products are focused on a niche, this helps you stand out from the crowd. But it also lowers your pool of potential customers compared to a broader service. To compensate for this, you need to win your niche and become a major part of that space.

The podcast and write up below is with Matt Johnson, a former WordPress developer turned podcaster. He talks about how he got to be an authority in his space, how to move from products to services, as well as some advice for podcasting and the future of that industry. It covers a lot of helpful topics, so be sure to check it out below.

Matt Johnson, of Pursuing Results, is a former WordPress developer who pivoted his business into a podcast production company, and he offers his production services as a full-package, standardised product. He sat down to talk with us about what that means, why it works, how other professionals can implement and scale the product model in their own businesses, and where the future of podcasting is headed.

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How to Make Freelancing a Stable, Long-Term Career

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Freelancing can be a great choice for a lot of people. Between the variety of available fields, the flexibility in your hours and workload, and the ability to work from home, or anywhere else, there’s a lot to love. But freelance does have its difficulties. Namely, stability.

The article below is from an experienced freelancer who shares his advice for turning your freelance work into a stable, long-term career. From billing, to finding clients, to getting work done and more, it covers everything you need to keep your freelance business running smoothly.

You’ve probably read a lot about freelancing: Feast and famine. Where to find clients. How much to charge. These topics are fundamental, but it seems like most freelancers burn out before they get over these hurdles. Can freelancing be a stable, long-term career?

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The Ultimate Guide to Setting Up an Affiliate Program in a Weekend [Guide]

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Running an affiliate program is a great way to help boost the traffic to your website and sell more products or services. There’s a lot to it, but with the right approach you can get your program up and running in no time.

The article below will take you through how to get started, keep everything organized, and run the proper marketing and incentives you need to start getting affiliates on board in no time.

Already have your affiliate program planned and ready to go? Launching it isn’t as difficult as it might seem – and you can do it quickly if you make the right moves! In this post we take a look at some of the best ways to get some affiliate action happening fast, so you can start bringing in the money!

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How to Put Together a Content Strategy for a Membership Site [Guide]

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One of the most important keys to running a successful membership site is to keep your members engaged. There are several ways to draw in new members, but keeping engagement high is the best way to make sure you don’t lose them.

The article below will go over how to put together a content strategy to help you do this. It explains how to understand what your members need from your site, and how best to provide it in several different content formats.

Keeping your members engaged and coming back to your site is essential if you want to avoid member churn and nurture the long-lasting relationships that sustain a thriving membership business. Member engagement is the goal, but what drives it? It’s not just about creating interesting and useful content, it’s about helping your members get from A to B – giving them the real-world results they need to improve their lives or achieve their goals.

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Plugin Developer Stories: Gravity PDF by Jake Jackson [Interview]

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Gravity PDF is a popular plugin developed by Blue Liquid Designs to create PDFs from form submissions. The plugin has been highly successful, so they’re sure to have some good tips to share.

Below is an interview with the lead developer. He goes over how they got started, how they went about monetizing their project, marketing tips, and much more. If you want some secrets from a top-level plugin developer, or a peak into the future of Blue Liquid Designs, be sure to give it a read.

Jake Jackson, from Blue Liquid Designs, answered my questions about how Gravity PDF was conceived, the struggles with writing code to format and build PDFs, their revenue generating template system and how he markets the plugin to such a wide potential customer base.

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How to Leverage Influencers in Your Affiliate Marketing Efforts [Guide]

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Success with affiliate marketing relies on finding influential affiliates to promote your brand. Traditionally, affiliate marketing focuses on finding unique creatives and offering large incentives to keep them focused on promoting your brand. A More modern approach however focuses on finding influencers, authorities in their fields, to promote your products.

Is newer better? In this case, not necessarily. But it doesn’t have to be an either-or. The article below with show you how to combine this methods to create a unique, powerful affiliate marketing plan that’s sure to bring in customers in droves.

Something old, something new; when it comes to affiliate marketing, how do you stay up-to-date while honoring the “tried and true”? In this article we illuminate some opportunities for maximizing your affiliate program’s success, and how to use the best of both worlds to get big results!

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How to Manage Projects More Efficiently with Asana [Video Guide]

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Organization can play a huge role in making a project go more smoothly. There’s several different ways you can go about improving your organization, but a management app can be a great solution.

One such app is Asana. The video and article below will take you through some of the problems and app like this can solve, and how to use it to boost the organization, coordination, and overall productivity of you and your team.

One of my favourite tools for business is Asana. Recently, I talked about how I use it to manage client lists more effectively by creating templates for them. Now, I’m going to let you know how I use project management templates in Asana to work more efficiently and consistently from project to project. In this tutorial, we explain how to use project management templates in Asana to work more efficiently and consistently.

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How to Make Money Online with Video Marketing [Guide]

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Marketing is an important tool for growing a business of any kind. Marketing has many forms, some more suited to certain people and certain kinds of businesses than others.

The podcast and article below talks about video marketing with a focus on Youtube, and how to use it to promote your business and increase your revenue. It’s a platform with an insane number of views, so with the right approach it can prove a serious boon to your business.

Making an income online is like building a relationship, and like any relationship it takes time to earn trust. One of the ways to do that is through video marketing, which is why I have Sean Cannell on the show with me today—video marketing is his superpower! He’s earned notoriety through a couple of channels on YouTube like Video Influencers and Think Media. Today we’re talking about how you can use YouTube to grow your brand and influence online and how to successfully monetize your channel (apart from plain old AdSense).

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27 Ways to Start an Online Business with WordPress to Make Money [List]

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Everyone wants to make money, and WordPress is a good way to do it. If you’re interested in starting your own WordPress business, you have a lot of ways to go about it.

Below is a list of 27 ideas for an effective business with good room for profits and growth. There’s a lot of options covering a wide range of interests and skills, so there’s something here for just about everyone.

Are you looking for online business ideas to make extra income on the side? The internet offers a lot of opportunities to start a business or find fulfilling careers. In this article, we will show some of the proven and easy to start online business ideas that actually make money.

Key Takeaways

This article shares some practical online business ideas to earn more money:

  • Blogs are one of the best ways to start a business online.
  • Another way to make money online is be is with job/task websites.
  • Food blogs are a lucrative blogging specific niche (and fun!).
  • Another easy-to-start business idea is to make an online marketplace website for buyers and sellers to connect.

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How to Make a Killer Sales Page for Your WordPress Website Maintenance Business [Guide]

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Website maintenance is a valuable service for your clients, and a good way to build up some recurring revenue for your business. A good plan is helpful for both of you, but that doesn’t always mean it’s effortless to get clients on board.

The article below will show you how to make a great sales page for your website maintenance services, explaining what problems you solve, the exact features you offer, and clear pricing for the service. A better sales page means more sales, so it’s a definite boost to your business.

Offering website maintenance in your web business is the best way to establish recurring revenue, provide quality support for your clients, and build relationships so you stay in business for years to come. Featuring a website maintenance sales page on your website is the best way to begin this conversation with clients, and having a strong sales page is a key ingredient in that equation.

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How to Start a WordPress Freelance Business [Guide]

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The freedom offered by freelancer work is hard to beat. The potential for growth and overall success is also rather high, so it makes sense that it’s such an increasingly popular career choice. However, it isn’t always easy, especially in the early stages.

The article below will offer plenty of advice for helping you get started, and how to get by in the early stages when you don’t have a lot of work lined up yet. Getting this phase right is crucial for growing your business into success, so be sure to give it a read.

Working freelance is great. No boss breathing down your neck and telling you what to do. The freedom to set your  own working hours and work from wherever you want. And the opportunity to make a great living doing what you love and what you’re best at. But it does come with its downsides. The main one, especially in the early days, is financial. Your income isn’t guaranteed, you don’t have a regular pay check, and you have to cover your business expenses.

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4 Proven Ways to Grow a Blog to 2,000,000 Readers [List]

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Blogging can be a big business. There’s different ways you can pull in money from them, but most of them require a solid reader base. If more visitors means both more reach for your work and more money, the next question is how to grow that reader count.

That’s the question the article below aims to solve. Written by the owner of a blog with over two million annual readers, it will take you through four of the best ways to bring attention to your content and help drive that reader count to new heights.

Over the past four years, I’ve grown my blog to more than 2 million yearly readers, over 52,000 email subscribers, and a podcast with nearly 20,000 monthly downloads. Consistently driving traffic is something I’ve perfected, and it’s lead me to signing consulting deals helping some of the world’s top startups like LinkedIn, Zendesk, CreativeLive, and Adobe to launch successful growth campaigns as well.

Pulling from my own experience growing multiple blogs into the millions of readers, here are the most effective strategies I’ve used to get in front of new readers (and keep them coming back for more).

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How to Grow a WordPress Plugin Business as a Solo Founder [Guide]

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Running a business can be a difficult task, particularly as it starts to grow. It can often be helpful to hire employees, but this doesn’t always fit your person goals and work style. Sometimes you might want to stay just you and your project.

Does this mean you can’t grow? Certainly not. The article and interview below will talk about how to keep your business growing while staying solo. It goes over some of the biggest challenges of this kind of solo work, and then offers helpful solutions to help your own solo business stay afloat and growing.

My name is Milan, and I am the owner of Dev4Press, a company dedicated to WordPress and bbPress plugins development. Dev4Press was created in 2009 as a side project, and a lot has changed since then, except for one thing: it is still a team of one. In this guest post, I want to share my challenges and methods for growing a WordPress plugin.

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How to Setup a WordPress Blog to Start Making Money with WordPress [Guide]

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Blogging can be a great thing for anyone to pick up. But just because it can be simple, doesn’t mean there isn’t any technique to it, particularly if you’re looking to make money from your blog.

The article below is part of a series on making money from your blog. This one focuses on the website itself, and getting all the design, tools, and performance set up and running. While content is the core part of any blog, it’s important not to overlook these details as well, so be sure to check it out.

In the first post in this series about blogging with WordPress (and making money from it!), I looked at how you can find a niche for your blog if you want to make money from it. In this second part, I’ll walk you through the process of getting your blog ready to go. You may think this is a simple case of installing WordPress, getting yourself a suitable theme, and starting to write. But if you’re going to be successful, you need to spend some time preparing your blog.

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How to Get Your Freelance Business Out of a Rut [Guide]

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Even for a successful freelance business, it’s unlikely that you’ll be running at 100% all the time. You’re always going to have the occasional down-period where work is low. The key is knowing what to do with it, and how to get yourself out of it before it becomes a problem.

That’s exactly what the article below aims to help you do. From reevaluating your business to finding new ways to draw in clients, it’s full of helpful information to help pull you out of your ruts and get you back up to full capacity again in no time.

Some of the greatest sports stars in history — from Willie Mays to Mickey Mantle — have experienced slumps. And even great actors like Harrison Ford have had to take some side jobs when roles were scarce. No doubt, slumps are scary, especially for independent consulting business owners, but they don’t have to be permanent. With the right moves and a little luck, you can be hitting homers again in no time. Here are a few ideas and actions to consider.

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How to Onboard New Members into Your Membership Site [Guide]

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If you run a membership site, it’s essential that you provide solid benefits to your members, and make their experience enjoyable enough that they stick around. However, it’s just as important, if not moreso, that you get them to sign up in the first place.

The article below is all about member onboarding: how to get potential customers to sign up by making the process clear and easy, obtaining testimonials from existing members, and more. It covers emails to send your new members as well, so there’s a lot of useful information to help your membership site succeed.

One of the most important parts of setting up your membership site is creating an effective onboarding process for new members. It sets the tone for your business and shows new members how much you value them. Lucky for you, for the most part setting up a good onboarding process is a one-time project that pays off with every new member who signs up. Here’s how.

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How to Make Money With Your Blog by Attracting & Engaging Your Audience [Guide]

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While there are a handful of basic methods when it comes to monetizing your blog, there’s a bit more nuance to being truly successful at it.

The article below talks about audience engagement, a key factor in getting visitors to click on ads, affiliate links, or sign up to your memberships. It provides several tips for better understanding your audience, and using that understanding to build increased loyalty and engagement with you and your content.

Your blog can’t be successful without an audience. Simply writing content and expecting people to stumble upon it isn’t enough if you want to grow your audience. We’ll also look at some successful blogs and identify the tools they use to grow their audience, including SEO, converting visitors to followers, and using social media to build engagement.

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3 Keys to Succeeding as a WordPress Entrepreneur [List]

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WordPress is flexible system that you can use as a platform for all kinds of businesses. All you need is a good idea and the right approach to turning that idea into a reality.

The article below talks about WordPress entrepreneurship, and three keys to being a successful one. From choosing your work carefully to finding and capitalizing on opportunities in the space, it’s packed full of advice to help your business venture prosper.

Close your eyes and imagine what sort of WordPress business you’d like to build. Do you want a business that brings in regular work and pays the bills? Or do you want a business that has the potential to scale and grow, so that you can increase your income while decreasing your hours? Both of these are possible in the WordPress economy. It all depends on what sort of business owner you decide to be.

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How to Make Your Blog a 5-Figure Business [Guide]

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Blogs are a popular start-up for a wide variety of people, from hobbyists to people looking for a side income. But if handled correctly, you can grow your blog into more than just a small side-hustle.

The article below is written by a blog owner and entrepreneur, and will show you how to get started, promote yourself, and ultimately start bringing in money. If you’re serious about blogging and want to take it to the next level, be sure to give it a read.

Most people view design and entrepreneurship as separate skillsets… But doesn’t it make sense to combine them? I decided that it did, so I started Despreneur, a magazine for design entrepreneurs.

Over the next 3 years, I grew it into a multi-author platform where people could learn about tech, design, and business, and then, in 2016, once I felt that it was time for me to move on, I sold it for a considerable (to me, at least) amount of money. Here’s what I learned.

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Grow Your Membership Business By Communicating Benefits [Guide]

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Running a membership-based website is a good way to bring in money, and one of the most straightforward monetization forms a website can have. But your members have to be properly compensated for their money if you want them to stick around long.

The article below compares benefits and rewards, showing you how to increase your value perception by making it clear what you offer, and presenting some of the things members value most out of their memberships.

Marketing wisdom tells us that communicating the features of your products is not enough; you must emphasize the benefits your customers will experience. In this post, we discuss some key differences between marketing benefits vs. features, and how this relates to what your members really want.

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How to Make a Career in WordPress Development as a Remote Freelancer [Guide]

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Remote work can be rather appealing, with extra flexibility and the ability to work from your home. It can certainly be a viable and successful career as well, as you need is the right approach.

The article below will show you how you can get started and succeed as a remote freelance WordPress developer in today’s market, going through important points like the state of the market, finding good work, and streamlining your process. All together, the advice presented below will help you get started off on the right foot.

Did you know that a client looking for a custom WordPress site usually pays between $3,000 and $15,000 dollars to a remote freelancer? In this post, I’ll show you the stats that point to an abundance of remote freelance work in the WordPress market and where to find a good client for your next project.

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How to Create a Winning Purchase Process for Digital Products [Guide]

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Digital goods in an ever growing market, and there’s a lot of money to be made there. Of course, one major key is to have a good product to sell, but if you want to really maximize sales, you need to ensure the purchase process itself isn’t a headache.

The article below goes through several aspects of the digital purchasing process, and offers advice on how to get each one of them right. From porper cart management to clear taxes and more, it’ll help you ensure that you don’t lose any would-be customers to a messy purchase experience.

One of the main benefits of selling digital products is the entirely digital process; a streamlined experience from the checkout straight through to the delivery of your products. With so many tools and resources available, selling digital goods has never been easier – but in order to be successful, it’s crucial to get the process and the experience right!

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The 15 Best Ways to Make Money Online with WordPress [List]

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WordPress is so popular for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest is its sheer versatility. And through this versatility comes a wealth of options when it comes to making money on the platform.

The article below goes in-depth into 15 of these options, going over key details like time investment and how to get your foot in the door. There’s a lot of info to unpack, but if you really want to find the best WordPress business to suit your skills and goals, it’s well worth the read.

When it comes to making money with WordPress, I’ve tried everything. Website design, SEO consulting, speed optimization, freelancing, Google AdSense. I made OK money with these, but it wasn’t until I started blogging full-time (and doing affiliate marketing) that I began making sustainable, passive income that was more than I had dreamed. Here’s how.

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How to Find Your First Clients as a New WordPress Freelancer [Guide]

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Freelancing is a great business for a number of reasons, from flexible hours to growth potential. It can be a bit tricky to get started however, particularly finding that all-important first client.

That’s where the article below aims to help. From finding the kind of clients you want to pursue, to using social media to your advantage and more, there’s plenty here to help make finding that first client and getting your ball rolling a bit easier.

Freelancing is a cool job to have for many reasons. However, until you have a paying client on the books, you can only guess how viable it’ll be. Once you have one client, the ball will begin rolling and before you know it, you’re ducking under a door to escape the huge boulder coming your way. Though, we can’t guarantee that our advice on finding your first client also works when looking for the Ark of the Covenant. Here’s how to find your very first client.

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The 35 Best WordPress Affiliate Marketing Programs (That Actually Work!) [List]

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If you’re looking to diversify your income sources, or particularly bring in some passive income to help stabilize your finances, WordPress affiliate marketing is an excellent choice.

The article below goes in-depth on several different kinds of affiliate marketing available to you, and how to make each of them work for you. The author has a very successful business built entirely around affiliate marketing, so the advice is sure to be of aid in starting up your own.

If you’re in the WordPress industry and want to make money through affiliate marketing, I have the perfect list for you. I rely on these WordPress affiliate programs to make a living and make $10,000/month endorsing hosts, themes, WordPress developers on freelancer.com, and even SEO services. So instead of managing tons of client projects (like I used to), I’ve basically found an affiliate program for everything and just make commissions. I have a LOT more free time and my affiliate income is honestly more consistent than any income I was making through consulting.

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Pros & Cons of Creating Ebooks for Your Clients [List]

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If you’re running a maintenance service, finding new things you can offer your clients is a good way to set yourself apart from the competition. While perhaps not the most obvious additional service, creating ebooks for your clients to use for promotion can be very effective.

The article below will explain how to make this method work, and pros and cons to consider before you get started. It also gives a quick list of steps involved in creating ebooks, so this quick read offers plenty to help you decide if this extra service is right for you.

If you’re looking for new ways to connect with your clients, creating ebooks might be just the thing. Here, we help you weigh the pros and cons and give you a rundown of how to get started with ebook creation as a promotional tool.

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How WordPress Pros Can Make $150,000 a Year with Affiliate Marketing [List]

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WordPress offers a very large number of ways to make money with a wide variety of abilities and skill-levels. Among these, one with particularly notable potential is affiliate marketing.

The article here was written by a very successful business owner who made the switch to affiliate marketing a few years back. In the very in-depth guide below, he goes through all the details of starting up, SEO, important mistakes to avoid and much, much more. Give if it a read if you’ve got the time, and find out if this business path could be right for you.

I never thought this would happen to me, ever. In 2 years I went from making $20k to $80k, then $150k in 2018 (see my income reports). I did this by dropping all my SEO clients and tried making money with affiliate marketing (I write tutorials on SEO and website speed). 90% of my affiliate income comes from referring people to SiteGround. Here’s a no-BS tutorial on affiliate marketing, including screenshots of my income reports.

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How to Embed GitHub Contributions Chart/Calendar

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Embed GitHub Contributions Chart Calendar

Wouldn’t it be great to embed your GitHub contribution chart/calendar into any web page?

Well you can, and it’s very easy!

How to embed GitHub contributions on a website

First you need a web page where you can embed HTML. If you need help with setting up a website, we’ve provide more complete instructions here.

If you already have a web page ready, then embed your contributions chart by using the below HTML image code, just replace username with your GitHub username (e.g. from https://github.com/username) .

<img src="http://ghchart.rshah.org/username" alt="Name Your GitHub chart">

Here’s an example of what it’ll look like:

If you want to use a custom color for the chart use the below code with your HEX color.

<img src="http://ghchart.rshah.org/HEXCOLORCODE/username" alt="Name Your GitHub chart" />

Here’s an example of what it’ll look like:

That’s it, you’re done! Here’s a look at example charts using the code:


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How to Launch an Extension in the WooCommerce Marketplace [Guide]

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WooCommerce is a widely used, very powerful tool for creating online marketplaces, and the wealth of extensions available only make it that much better.

Creating such extensions can be a viable business, and the article below has plenty of advice to help you get started. From the initial idea to pricing the final product and everything in between, it will help you get everything right and get your extension selling in no time.

I launched an extension in the WooCommerce Marketplace! It’s been three years since I came up with the initial idea and it’s exciting to see it being sold on WooCommerce.com. For anyone interested in selling WooCommerce products, I wanted to share some thoughts on the process.

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5 Email Scripts to Get Unresponsive Client to Respond [Templates]

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Clients are one of the most important parts of many different kinds of work. Managing them all can take up a decent bit of time, but if you have good clients, it often isn’t too much hassle. Sometimes, however, you’re waiting on them for something, and they aren’t responding.

While it’s important to understand your clients have lives, you still need them to respond to you. The article below will go through five carefully worded email scripts for different situations to help remind your clients you’re waiting for a follow-up and tell them exactly what it is you’re waiting to hear. The right email can speed up the whole process, so it’s worth the time to check out.

If you’re a freelancer, contractor, or small business owner, working with clients can be one of the most challenging parts of your job. This is especially true when those clients become mysteriously unresponsive. When this happens, you’ll need to be vigilant in sending a follow up email. And this is where some handy email scripts come into play. When written with a little thought and foresight, the right follow up email can produce quick results.

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5 Ways to Reengage Dormant Affiliates [List]

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Part of the charm of affiliate programs is that when run well, they help everyone involved. You get an increase in traffic and sales, and they get a commision on their work. However, over time, your affiliates might sometimes run out of steam, allowing the benefits for both of you to dwindle.

Sometimes you might have to search for new affiliates, but that isn’t always your only option. The article below offers five steps you can take to help re-engage your affiliates by providing increased incentives, tools, and more to drive them to increased success for the both of you.

Running an affiliate program can be challenging, especially when you’ve invested a lot into recruiting, onboarding, and empowering quality affiliates. Sometimes, even with the best preparation, tools, and resources, affiliates can get distracted, disinterested, or lose steam, causing noticeable lulls in your program’s performance – or at the very least, missed opportunities for growth and success. Here’s how to fix it.

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How to Create a Progress Tracker with WordPress & GitHub (for FREE) [Guide]

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WordPress Progress Tracker

Learn how to use WordPress and GitHub to create a public (or private) progress tracker like the ones below. Creating (or updating) posts on your WordPress site will automatically create commits on the associated GitHub tracker color-coded based on how many commits (updates) were made that day.

WordPress Progress Tracker

What Can You Do With It?

You can track anything with this, but it works best for things that are already in WordPress. For example, if you want to write on your blog or add content to your site every day, you can easily track your progress. Another great example is if you want to journal every day. This works well even if the site is private (not publicly viewable).

This also works to track project progress. For example, if you want to write an update every day on what you accomplished for your side project.


Difficulty / Setup Time

If you’re familiar with WordPress and GitHub you can finish in 30 minutes. It’s even faster if you already have a website. If you’re unfamiliar with WordPress or GitHub this could take a bit longer, but don’t worry–I’ll walk you through it step-by-step.


How to Do It

1. Setup Your WordPress Website

You need to host your WordPress website somewhere. Any hosting will do–even a cheap one. If you already have a blog, journal or other site that you want to use then you can just use that one and skip this step.

If you need a host, we offer some of the cheapest hosting you’ll find. Why? Because we don’t sell products to make money. Instead we sell them exclusively to ProfitPress members at the lowest prices our partners allow us to sell at. We’ve partnered with the largest host and domain registrar in the world to offer these products at rock bottom prices. See our discounted products here.

Once you have Hosting you can setup your WordPress website. Some hosts have WordPress setup wizards (like our $5.99/mo Managed WordPress product), which make setting up WordPress much easier.

2. Setup Your WordPress Theme

Next, you need a WordPress theme for your site. If this is a journal, blog or something else that’ll be shared publicly, then pick a nice theme you’re happy with (any theme will do). We recommend using a free theme to start off. Once WordPress is setup you can find free themes in the dashboard under Appearance > Themes then click the “Add New” button.

If don’t care about the appearance of your site, then feel free to use the default WordPress theme or the free Primer theme.

3. Connect Your Site to GitHub

The next step is to connect your site to GitHub so new posts and updates can create commits, which show up as blocks on the chart. You can do this with a free plugin called WordPress GitHub Sync. Just install it and follow the instructions to connect it to your WordPress site.

If you don’t already have a GitHub profile or want to use a separate account for your tracker, you can create a free GitHub profile here.

4. Show Off Your Commits

If you want to keep your progress tracker private you can. But if you want to publicly show your progress you can do it in two primary ways. Just remember that if your contributions are private you’ll have to update your contribution settings (above your contributions calendar) so they are visible.

  1. Profile: Share a link directly to your GitHub Profile.
  2. Embed: Directly embed your contributions chart by using the below HTML image code, just replace username with your GitHub username (e.g. from https://github.com/username)
<img src="http://ghchart.rshah.org/username" alt="Name Your GitHub chart" />

If you want to use a custom color, you can include your hex code in the URL.

<img src="http://ghchart.rshah.org/HEXCOLORCODE/username" alt="Name Your GitHub chart" />

That’s it! Now you have a free progress tracker built with WordPress and Github.

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9 Ways to Get More WordPress Clients [List]

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Marketing is a crucial part of any business. The amount of focus you out on it might vary, but people have to know you exist before they can give you any business. But marketing can also take a lot of your time.

To ensure that it’s time well-spent, the article below will present nine methods for enhancing your marketing, helping you attract the best clients for your business. efficient marketing can be a big time saver in the long run, so be sure to check it out.

I’m willing to bet you already use a number of marketing techniques to drive leads and clients to your WordPress business. But are you using the right strategies and platforms in order to get the most out of your marketing efforts? And, by “get the most out of”, what I mean to say is: Are you attracting the best clients with your inbound and outbound marketing techniques?

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The Ultimate Guide to Tracking & Measuring a WordPress Affiliate Program [Guide]

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Affiliate marketing is an effective way to boost traffic and sales to your products. It’s also a helpful way for your affiliates to boost their own sales and brand, so if everything is going right, it’s a win-win.

But how can you tell if it’s going right? The article below will go through the metrics, and other key considerations, and help you put them all together to determine the overall success of your affiliate program, as well as some tips to give it a boost.

You’ve already got your affiliate program up and running, with quality affiliates promoting your products on your behalf – now, how do you know if it’s a success? In this post we’ve distilled some tried and true standards as well as some savvy tricks to help you optimize your affiliate program and reach new heights!

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14 Mistakes that Freelancers Make on Projects & How to Address Them [List]

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Freelancing is a flexible, exciting business. Particularly if you enjoy your work, you may be eager to jump in and start working whenever a new project comes along. But you need to make sure your price estimates are thought-out, and understood by both parties or you could run into trouble.

Below is a list of 14 of the most common project estimate mistakes freelancers often make. It runs through each one individually, explaining why it’s a problem and offering advice to avoid them and keep your freelance business running and smoothly as possible.

Here are 14 mistakes freelancers make when creating a project estimate and how to fix them or avoid them all together:

– Not speaking to the client first.
Not knowing your minimum hourly rate.
Not accounting for profit.
Not accounting for additional expenses.
Not scoping projects correctly.
Not providing package options.
Not including terms and conditions.
Not sticking to your guns.
Not making the proposal a marketing piece.
Not making the prospect a priority.
Not making it easy to get started.
Not making it easy to pay.
Not catching typos and errors.
Not following up.

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How to Sell Your Subscription Services with WordPress [Guide]

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Subscriptions are one of the most sustainable ways of selling your digital goods, as it keeps a steady stream of income rolling in. But if not handled properly, there are several problems that can arise.

The article below goes through several tips to solve problems before they happen, making your subscription based service run as smoothly as possible for you and your customers both.

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.

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How to Start a Blog with WordPress [Guide]

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Blogging is a very popular activity. There’s near-limitless things you can do with it, from sharing personal projects to making serious money. But whatever your goals, you need to know how to start.

Below is a detailed, several-chapter guide on how to start your blog, create content, monetize your work, and more. The whole thing isn’t a quick read, but the time and effort it can save you in the long run makes it a worthy investment.

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.

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7 Things to Understand Before Helping a Client Develop Their Brand [List]

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The discovery phase of a project is crucial. Every client is going to be slightly different, and so is their ideal branding. To this end, it’s important that you understand your client as well as possible before you get started.

The article below will take you through seven questions to find answers to in your discovery phases to ensure that your clients get the best work you can provide, and branding that truly suits them and their business.

When we bring on a new client, we go through a pretty extensive discovery process. We’re of the belief that the most valuable branding work is authentic to that individual client. So we want to get to know them as well as we can before we try to represent them with visual design. Before you start developing a brand for a client, here are the things you need to understand about that client.

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The Fastest Way to Onboard New Clients with WordPress [Video Guide]

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Drawing in new potential clients and getting them on board can be one of the more difficult parts of keeping a freelance business running. Clients are the lifeblood of your business however, so it isn’t a part that can be skipped.

Fortunately, it can be made easier. The article and video guide below will take you through some ways to use tools, plugins, and the right overall approach to speed the process and save yourself a lot of work. Keeping every aspect of your business running smoothly is a major key to growth, so be sure to check it out.

When you onboard new clients, is it fair to say that collecting pertinent information at this stage is one of the greatest pain points in your process? It doesn’t have to be that way, though, if you can power your WordPress site to do it for you. In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to systemise the client onboarding and information intake process with contact forms and pages.

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How to Start a Membership Site with WordPress [Guide]

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Membership sites are one of the many popular kinds of WordPress websites. One of the biggest draws is the clear monetization method, but that isn’t the only thing they can offer your overall brand.

They aren’t without their challenges, however. The article below will aid you in tackling these challenges, from general structure to ensuring good value for your customers, and much more. If you’re considering starting up your own membership site, be sure to check it out.

Membership sites have become increasingly popular as a model for generating revenue and building a community around your online business. And if you’ve got the content, the products, and the drive, you can create your own membership site that will amplify your brand in all kinds of ways. Here’s a general guide to help you figure it all out, and take your vision from a dream to reality.

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