Convert your WordPress.com blog to something you can actually make money from

The WordPress.com free blogging platform is a great tool for people wanting to start a personal blog, but for someone serious about making money online  the WordPress.com offering isn’t going to work.

The developers of WordPress  made a decision (and a good decision it was) that people running WordPress.com blogs would not be able to advertise on their sites, add pay-per-post content or do anything else that could monetize the blog in any way.

Kind of restrictive isn’t it? But here’s the thing. WordPress.org, the self-hosted WordPress platform that most professional bloggers, and a growing number of companies, use to run their websites lets you do anything you want, and I mean anything.

How your own WordPress site benefits you

The immediate benefits of having your own self-hosted WordPress website are:

  • You control your account. Nobody can pull the plug on you.
  • Your content is yours forever. While it’s highly unlikely WordPress.com disappears in a puff of smoke, if it did, your blog’s content would go with it.
  • You can advertise whatever you want.
  • You don’t have to operate as a subdomain of WordPress. Simply register your own domain. It takes a few minutes and costs next to nothing.
  • You can make changes to your blog’s structure if you’re feeling adventurous, or hire a coder to make changes for you.
  • Fully hosted WordPress sites can be made more search engine friendly than their WordPress.com counterparts.

Setting up WordPress is not expensive

The crazy thing about the self-hosted WordPress package that I never understand is that it’s so cheap to setup and host. For example, I charge a measly £50 (about $85 depending on the exchange rate) to:

  1. Register a .com or .co.uk domain (for 2 years)
  2. Host your WordPress site for 12-months (including email and all the other technical stuff you need) on US or UK servers.
  3. Import your WordPress.com content to the new site
  4. Set up WordPress with the plugins/widgets you need and any one of the hundreds of free WordPress themes available
  5. Set up a Google Analytics account on your blog to allow you to track visitors
  6. Upgrade to the latest stable version of WordPress when releases become available
  7. Provide technical support when you need it

Considering the freedom (and professionalism) this provides, even the smallest of microbusinesses could afford this.

EDIT: This service is now a bit more refined, hence a little bit more expensive. Please visit the GrowPress page and read about it.

So if you’re on WordPress.com and you’d like to change to something a lot more flexible, please get in touch. I’d love to help you out.

  • http://www.stayfreshup.com/blog/2008/10/30/getting-website-maintenance-done-with-a-plan/ Tertius

    Good deal. This really takes away the barriers of entry very quickly.

    Having your own .com to blog with isn’t all that hard. A lot of people are scared because of a lack of knowledge.

  • http://www.affiliatecrunch.com Wayne

    Awesome post, your idea is very well intended for serious bloggers. Keep it up :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/independentprofitcenter Steve

    You Have A Great Blog Keep Up The Good Work ..Cheers :)

  • http://www.hdchristopher.com/review/cb/ HD Christopher

    I agree setting up wordpress is quite easy. The hardest, for me anyway, is continually adding quality content to them. I am lazy by nature :)

  • Brooke

    I am brand new to blogging and just signed onto WordPress.com today. I wanted to start blogging so I could still be a stay at home mom and work (but not be on someone elses schedule, even if I continue to work virtually as I do now). Of course, the intent is to make money. I signed up without fully understanding the difference b/t WordPress.com & WordPress.org, and their difference in advertising. It’s hard at the moment to decide where to start, with actually blogging or to set up the site with ads, but I think I’m leaning towards actually blogging first. If I am still writing in a few months and enjoying it, then I will make the switch. Thanks for letting me know that I could switch!

  • http://www.velvetblues.com Shirley

    Yes, I am always telling clients to move to a self-hosted blog because of the freedom and flexibility.

    And in the wake of companies such as Uber.com going down, there is a REAL reason that you don’t want to rely on a company to host your blog… (Of course, WordPress.com, Typepad, and Blogger probably aren’t going down anytime soon…)

    Yet, I still find those outliers, those super popular professional bloggers who still rely on hosted solutions and haven’t migrated to their own domains.

  • http://articlehouse.net Cindy Logan

    I found your site and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good articles. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  • http://waystoearn.info Marketing

    That is the only thing about wordpress.com that I hate, otherwise it is a hell of a lot better than blogspot and the like.

  • RaiulBaztepo

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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    I really very liked this post. Can I copy it to my blog? Thank you in advance. Sincerely