5 Plugins to Sell Things on Your WordPress Site

One of the best ways to make money with a WordPress blog is to start selling things. Whether that’s actual products, e-books or services, there are many WordPress plugins that will help you monetize your blog. You don’t need to rely on just advertising to monetize your blog.

Here’s our roundup of the best e-commerce plugins for WordPress. Some can turn your blog into a full fledged content managed store or allow you to easily sell Amazon.com products on your site.

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WordPress e-Commerce

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This plugin is a powerful, full fledged plugin that will turn a WordPress site into a complete storefront. It features everything you need to take payments, create a cart system, list products and integrate with popular social networking websites. It supports many cool features such as templating, coupon codes and much more. The basic version is completely free while there are affordable add-ons that increase functionality. You can create a paid membership website easily with this WordPress module in addition to be able to sell anything.

Download WordPress e-Commerce here

eShop

eShop is another full featured plugin that will turn a WordPress site into a store. It has many awesome features, such as:

  • Utilizes WordPress pages, or posts, to create products
  • Various methods available for listing products
  • Products can have multiple options
  • Upload downloadable products
  • Basic Statistics
  • Download sales data
  • Various shipping options
  • Admin has access to an Order handling section
  • Automatic emails on successful purchase
  • User configurable email templates.
  • Configurable Out of Stock message.
  • Basic Stock Control
  • Google Base Data creation
  • Various discount options
  • Several payment options

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Download WordPress eShop here

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WP Easy PayPal Payment Accept

If you just wanted to sell something simple like an e-book, there’s no need to develop a full fledged store to sell it. The quickest and easiest way is to accept PayPal as payment and integrate a simple Paypal Cart system. This great plugin will help you do just that. It’s pretty easy to use and accepts PayPal payments for a service, product or donations in multiple currencies. It can be used in the sidebar, posts and pages.

Download WP Easy PayPal Payment Accept here

WordPress PayPal Donation Plugin

If you don’t want to sell anything or charge your readers for access to your content, then you can ask for donations. This plugin makes it really simple to integrate the PayPal donation system into your blog. It will create a page that you can use to encourage donations to your blog. It also includes a nifty graph bar that can track how much you’ve earned towards a goal. It supports multiple currencies so you can accept donations from all over the world.

Download WordPress PayPal Donation Plugin here

Amazon Showcase WordPress Plugin

This plugin provides a quick and easy way to introduce your Amazon.com Associates affiliate account into your blog. Amazon’s program is a great program to join. It’s free to join and you’ll earn commissions for every purchase made by someone who comes through your website. This is a pretty awesome plugin that will allow you control all aspects of products being displayed on your site.

Download the Amazon Showcase Plugin here

We highly recommend trying these plugins out if you are trying to monetize your blog or website. What’s your favorite plugin to sell things on WordPress?Dark Reprieve ipod

Five Great Site Auto-Optimization Plugins for WordPress

robot butlerYou’ve got to love those new-fangled robot butlers; they rarely complain, they always look sharp and ready, and they make sure to pick up all those little pieces you may overlook while you are busy writing the next great blog.  Here are five great plugins whose nearly automatic site optimization processes are invaluable finds for running a smooth, fast-loading and professional WordPress site.

Cache Images

This click-and go plugin goes through your posts and gives you the option to cache all hotlinked images from a domain to your site’s local upload folder.  The benefits of serving all images on your site from your site’s cache are twofold:

i) you can rest assured that any embedded images will actually display in the event that the original img source file you may have been referencing remotely is no longer available or at its original location.

ii) you will increase exponentially the speed at which your site displays its content.


Broken Link Checker

For the similar reasons to the Cache Images plugin, Broken Link Checker is an indespensible tool for preventing getting egg on your face when the traffic starts to move in your direction like an fast food drive-thru at rush hour.

Broken Link Checker will look for any links oon your site that may lead to a dreaded “404 Page Not Found” message.  After a quick scan it will report any such instances and offer to unlink or discard the link.  Easy yet powerful.

Enforce www. Preference

This little hack works like a silent operator behind the scenes to maintain the highest level of compatibility and visibility for your site by helping to preserve your permalinks by enforcing your no-www or yes-www preference (http://example.com/ vs. http://www.example.com/) and stripping off index.php from the ends of URLs.  Set it and forget it.

Widget Cache

Like the little brother to the essential WP Super Cache plugin, WP Widget Cache can cache the output of your blog widgets. Usually it will significantly reduce the SQL queries to your database and speed up your site.  It will not interfere with dynamically updated widgets and will speed up your site.  Another set-it-and-forget-it plugin.

Robots Meta

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The Robots Meta plugin discretely affords the WordPress user the power tro do something otherwise very difficult to accomplish – to add meta robots tags to your WP blog.

Its wonders don’t stop there;  it also prevents indexing of the subpages to your homepage, by adding a noindex,follow message, allows you to edit your robots.txt and .htaccess from within your WordPress, enforces a trailing slash on archive and tag pages and much more.

The value of such esoteric sounding effects may be outside the scope of your SEO knowledge, but they are important effects nonetheless.  Fortunately this plugin requires very little work on the part of the WP user, and we love it for that very reason.

What optimization plugins are you using on your site that we failed to include on this list?

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