Monetize Your Site | WordPress.com Support (2024)

Turn your website into a source of income to make money online. This page lists the many ways you can monetize your WordPress.com website.

In this guide

  1. Create an Online Store
  2. Collect Payments
    1. Payment Buttons
    2. Paid Newsletters
    3. Donations and Tips
    4. Paid Content
  3. Pay with PayPal
  4. Advertise via WordPress.com
  5. Advertise via Other Providers
  6. Affiliate Linking
  7. Sponsored Posts

Create an Online Store

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You can set up an online shop to sell anything directly through your website using WooCommerce, the most-trusted ecommerce platform. Install the free WooCommerce plugin to sell products, handle shipping, collect taxes, and everything else you need to sell online. You can find more information on the WooCommerce website.

Collect Payments

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Our Payments features let you collect revenue from your site visitors for anything, including products, services, memberships, subscriptions, and donations supporting your website. You can accept one-time payments or set up recurring payments — either monthly or yearly — to create a predictable revenue stream for your blog or website.

Each Payments variation is explained below.

Video Transcript

Looking to make money with your website? With WordPress.com’s payment features, you can easily accept credit and debit card payments from your visitors for just about anything. Digital or physical goods and services, memberships and subscriptions, donations, paid newsletters, and premium content are all examples of things you can collect payments for. Start making money in a matter of minutes when you add one of our payment features to your site today.

WordPress.com has easy-to-use blocks to support your payment needs. Blocks are the individual components you can use to add content to any post or page on your website. This video will give you an overview of the three primary blocks you can add to earn money with your website, the Payments Block, Premium Content Block, and Donations Block.

The Payments Block allows you to take payments from memberships and subscriptions, digital and physical goods, and more. For example, if you want to create a monthly membership to sell fitness workouts or cooking recipes, you can make it happen with the Payments Block.

The Premium Content Block will let you share specific content exclusively with paying subscribers. For example, if you have a video file, post, or audio file that you want to share only with people who are paying for it, you can do so with the Premium Content Block.

The Donations Block can be used to take payments to support your creative or professional pursuits. your musician, writer, or creator who is simply asking for people to support you so you can continue your passion.

All of these blocks give you the option to collect one-time payments, recurring monthly or yearly payments, or a variable pay what you want option if you want your visitors to pay whatever they would be willing to pay.

To help your visitors and customers make purchases or donations on your website quickly and securely, we’ve partnered with Stripe, a popular, secure, and reliable payment processor that allows you to collect money from people all over the world. Let us handle the processing so you can focus on your passion and make money doing so.

On the WordPress.com Earn tab, you can see your earnings, view future recurring payments, and view all of your paying followers, and edit the features and prices of your products and subscriptions.

If you’re looking to set up an ecommerce store and have inventory to sell, be sure to check out the WordPress.com store function, powered by WooCommerce.

And once you have something published, don’t forget to tell the world about it. You can email your friends, family, customers, or followers. Or you might post updates on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. Telling people about your content, products, and services is a great and necessary step to making money with your website.

We’re making it easier than ever to start accepting payments on your website. Head over to your WordPress.com account and add one of these payment blocks today.

To learn more about the payments, premium content, and donations blocks, or about ecommerce store functionality, go to WordPress.com/support and search for any of those things to get step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and other helpful information to get you up and running. Happy earning!

Payment Buttons

Use the Payments block to add simple payment buttons to get paid for products and services.

Payment buttons are a great option to accept payments if you are not ready to add full e-commerce functionality (like a shopping cart, checkout, tax, shipping, and other features of an online store.)

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Paid Newsletters

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Publish blog posts for paying subscribers only. Your paying subscribers will receive your posts via email. Non-paying subscribers will be encouraged to pay to access the content. See Create a PaidNewsletter for more, or take our free course, Newsletters 101.

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Donations and Tips

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You can ask your visitors for donations, tips, or to “buy me a coffee” using the Donations block.

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Paid Content

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With the Paid Content block, create monthly or yearly subscription options to share select content with those who pay for it – text, images, videos, or any other type of content. Only members paying a monthly or yearly fee can see the content. Offer different membership levels and customize the paid content available at each level (learn how in Membership Sites 101).

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Pay with PayPal

Plans: Explorer, Creator, Entrepreneur

Use Pay with PayPal to accept credit and debit card payments via PayPal. Whether you’re selling a physical or digital item, collecting payment for a service, or asking visitors to show their appreciation financially, you can add a Pay with PayPal button to your site in a few clicks.

Advertise via WordPress.com

Plans: Explorer, Creator, Entrepreneur

If you’d like to make money on your WordPress.com site, you can place advertisem*nts with WordAds, the official WordPress.com advertising program.Our program features ads from external ad networks such as Google, Facebook, AOL, and more. Learn more about how it works.

Advertise via Other Providers

Plans: Creator, Entrepreneur

Advertise through third-party ad networks like Google AdSense or by selling advertising space on your site. When you sign up for other services, they will typically provide you with a piece of code to add to your site so that ads can be displayed. You can do this by following the steps here.

Affiliate Linking

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You can add affiliate links to your website’s content. When blogging about books you’re reading, the music you love, clothes that strike your fancy, gadgets you’re drooling over, or whatever interests you and your readers, feel free to post relevant affiliate links using either text or images.

There are a few restrictions on what affiliate programs are allowed. We do not allow affiliate links for gambling, get-rich-quick schemes, multi-level marketing programs, disreputable merchants, sexually explicit material, malware, or phishing-type scams. We also do not allow sites that exist primarily to drive traffic to affiliate links. As long as the primary purpose of your blog is to create original content and as long as the code for the ad is supported, feel free to use affiliate marketing.

An easy and popular way to get started with affiliate links is Amazon. Read our guide on adding Amazon affiliate links to your content.

Sponsored Posts

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You can publish sponsored posts on WordPress.com. We define a sponsored post as any content that promotes a specific product or service which you were encouraged to post by the company or individual who makes/sells/provides it. Including this type of content on your site typically results in some kind of compensation for you in the form of payment, freebies, etc.

We do not allow sites where the vast majority of content is sponsored. Sponsored posts also may not include any content that violates our Terms of Service.

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