9 Legit Ways to Make Money Online Using WordPress In SA

Are you are looking for legitimate ways of making money online that are NOT SCAMS? Today I would like to introduce you to WORDPRESS a free and open-source content management system that powers over 30% of websites found on the internet (That’s HUGE!!). Because WordPress is free and open source software it means anyone can use it to create any type of website. Even Big Businesses and Multinational companies use the WordPress Software for their own projects. In this article I will show you ways of making money online blogging with WordPress.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: A WORD OF WARNING: If you are into get rich quick schemes online, you are definitely in the wrong place here. Don’t be fooled by the pictures of expensive cars, mansions, or working from beach. Every single one of those are scams, and you will waste your time and money paying for those courses.

The methods of making money online using WordPress require that you put hard work and an investment of money and time. As long as you’re willing to put in the effort, you’ll reap the reward. The methods I have chosen will require a monetary investment of between R500 – R2500 and lots of hard work!

Before you can start using any of these methods of making money online using WordPress, you’ll need to first set your free and open source WordPress Software in Your server.  The process is really easy to follow whether you are 20 years or 60 years old. If you need help, our expert team can help you setup your WordPress Software. If you need our assistance you can leave a message on our website or WhatsApp: 0627640225. We prefer you WhatsApp since it a faster mode of communication. (8am-8pm) Once you have setup your WordPress Software in your server, then you are ready to follow this guide.


Starting an online magazine/newspaper today is easier than ever and that is due to open source softwares like WordPress.  Using WordPress you can create an online newspaper like News24  , The Sowetan  Mail & Guardian  etc. Its easy to make money from your online newspaper/magazine.

Google Adsense is an easy way to make money from your online newspaper/magazine. All you need to do is add a script from Google to your website and start displaying ads.

You will get paid for every time a user clicks on the ad. These are called CPC ads.

What is CPC? CPC stands for “cost per click.” By displaying CPC ads with Google Adsense, you receive a set fee every time an ad on your website is clicked by a visitor. The cost per click is set by the advertiser. (This is in contrast to CPM ads, where you’re paid for ad views instead of clicks. CPM means “cost per thousand impressions,” where M is the roman numeral for 1,000.)

Google Adsense is a good way to start earning money online when you are first starting out.

You can also make money through your online newspaper/magazine via sponsorships. A sponsorship works just like it does in sports, TV shows, or other industries. Basically, a company pays you to represent their product, talk about it, and promote it to your readers.

To get started, it’s a good idea to put together a one-page media kit that details your traffic stats, social media following, audience demographics, and any other data that will make your site more appealing to advertisers. Then, you can approach companies to negotiate a sponsorship deal.

There are other ways of making money with your online newspaper/magazine which I will be happy to share with those who will contact us.

COSTS & INVESTMENTS: To start an online newspaper/magazine you will need a monetary investment of about R700/year – R1350/year. If you need Mentorship and Technical Support on running a profitable online newspaper/magazine please do contact us.


I recently told participants of a Digital Marketing Coaching Clinic we were conducting that you can actually set up a website like Gumtree, OLX, Cars.co.za Property24 etc with an initial investment of about R1600/year using the open source WordPress Platform without breaking the bank. You can make money from your classified website in the following ways:

2.1. Google AdSense
Google pays you every time a user clicks on an ad on your website. Gumtree monitizes this way too.

2.2. Display
Display has traditionally been an important revenue source for most digital media, but some classifieds offer display in more creative forms. High traffic volumes and users searching on city and category levels make it possible to sell targeted display on geo and interest

2.3. Listings
There are numerous variants of monetizing listings. You can charge your users listing their classified ads e.g charge for heavy usage i.e. more than 5 ads.

2.4. Selling Data & Trends

You can your classified website data & usage trends to banks, insurance companies, gyms etc. Data is like gold dust in this internet age we are living in. Never under-estimate the power of data and trends. Repeat after me!

I can go on writing about how you can make money with a classified website but time and space do not allow me. If you need more info please do not hesitate to contact us.

COSTS & INVESTMENTS: To start a classified website you will need a monetary investment of about R1600/year – R3500/year. If you need Mentorship and Technical Support on running a profitable online classified websites please do contact us.


If you’re looking for easy ways to make money online, selling services is the fastest way to get started. There’s no up front investment of creating a product or investing in inventory.

3.1. Sell Ebooks 

Ebooks are an obvious choice for creating digital products. They are relatively simple to write and produce. If you’ve been running blog for a long period of time, then you can collect some of your old blog posts and turn them into chapters of a book.

Once your book is written, you can design a cover using a tool like Canva and create a PDF of your ebook.

Selling digital products on WordPress is easy with a plugin called WooCommerce. Woocommerce integrates with all South African Payment Gateways making it easy for you to receive money


3.2 Sell Online Courses

Selling an online course is another great way to make money online.

Courses usually sell for a much higher price point than ebooks. You can charge a premium for your expertise.

You’ll need to create the lessons for your course, plus any supporting materials that you want to include such as downloads, slides, checklists, templates, etc.

You will also need to decide whether you want to offer personalized support for your course. Some sites offer two tiers of each course: a basic version without support, and a premium version with email support.


3.3. Host a Webinar

Webinars are a great way to build your audience, share your experience, and grow your business. But did you know they’re also a smart way to make money online?

Webinars are similar to online courses, but a webinar is live and often includes a question and answer section.

WordPress makes it easy to host a paid webinar. Whether you’re using your site to actually host the webinar, or just to advertise your webinar and register participants, it’s crucial for your webinar success.



3.4. Start Your Own Consulting Business

Consulting is another way to make money online from your blog and share your expertise.

Instead of offering your services, a consultant offers advice and strategy so that their clients can become more effective.

As with freelancing, there is no startup investment. You can start offering consulting services on your existing wordpress website. All you need is to create a page with a form so users can request more information.


There is more you can do with WordPress when it comes to selling services online. If you have ideas you need help in bringing to like contact us so we can assist you.

COSTS & INVESTMENTS: To start selling services online using WordPress you will need a monetary investment of about R700/year – R1350/year. If you need Mentorship and Technical Support on running a profitable online store please do contact us.


While selling digital products or services can be an easy way to start making money online, there’s nothing quite like selling real, physical products. WordPress makes it easy to create a shop or even add a shop to your existing blog using the free WooCommerce plugin. Starting an online store can be a lot of work, since you need to create or buy the products and then ship them out yourself.

But selling physical products can be a rewarding experience, and sometimes a physical product is exactly what your audience wants.

You can start by selling products like T-Shirts & Hoodies with customized branding. Remember Amazon began by selling books only now it is the largest online retailer in the world selling all sorts of products. You will obviously complicate your business model as you grow.

Another interesting product is sell Groceries Online. A company I like doing this very well in America is Instacart it sells groceries from Supermarkets and delivers in less than 2 hours. You can do the same here in South Africa as I have yet to see something like that. Why not go for it? WordPress makes it possible

COSTS & INVESTMENTS: To start selling services online using WordPress you will need a monetary investment of about R700/year – R1350/year. If you need Mentorship and Technical Support on running a profitable online store please do contact us.


With WordPress you can start an online community/network with features like Facebook. Yes you can create almost anything with WordPress. WordPress can be used as an online forum using the lightweight bbPress forum. You can even add social features to a WordPress site with plugins like BuddyPress.


You can create marketplace using WordPress connecting subscribers with local merchants by offering activities, travel, goods and services. Your website visitors will discover and save on 1000s of great deals at nearby restaurants, spas, things to do, shopping, travel and more.

You will earn money through affiliate commissions from thousands of websites offering special discounts on their products and services? Use WordPress to create a coupon site. It allows you to easily add, manage, and expire coupons. Your users can vote and rate coupons, and it all fits right in your WordPress admin area.

COSTS & INVESTMENTS: To start create a Coupon Website using WordPress you will need a monetary investment of about R900/year – R2000/year. If you need Mentorship and Technical Support on running a profitable Coupn Website please do contact us.


WordPress can allow you to own and manage an auction website like eBay. With WordPress, you can create a fully functional auction website. Users can bid online, make payments, and you get to earn by simply providing a platform for your niche industry.

You will make money by taking a percentage from every transaction that occurs through your website.

COSTS & INVESTMENTS: To start create an Auction Website using WordPress you will need a monetary investment of about R1200/year – R2500/year. If you need Mentorship and Technical Support on running a profitable Auction Website please do contact us.


You can create your own version of Yahoo Answers, Stack Exchange, or Quora using WordPress? With WordPress you can easily create a question and answers site. Combine it with other tools, and you can build yourself a thriving online community of your own.

You make money through advertising e.g Google Adsense, Sponsorship, Paid Reviews etc…


You can begin accepting donations in a few different ways. You could add a Paypal donate button or a Stripe donate button or Payfast donate button to your website. Or for a more professional look and advanced features like email marketing integration, you could use WPForms to create a donation form on your WordPress site.

Donations are last on the list because of their limited effectiveness, since you have to rely on the generosity of your readers. It’s usually more lucrative to offer them something in return.

We hope this article helped to give you plenty of ideas on how to make money online using WordPress! With hard work and perseverance, anyone can earn money from their WordPress site. If you need our technical expertise in making your next WordPress project a success please do not hesitate to leave us a message.


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