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4 Awesome Plugins To Help You Effectively Earn More From Your WordPress Blog

Earning from your blogMaking money online is a white hot topic online nowadays and will be for a long time to come, since everybody wants to make money from their blog. Whether its a personal journal type blog or full scale rockstar blogging; a little extra bucks won’t hurt.

The process of building a blog and growing it to the point of profitability isn’t always an easy task. Attracting valuable advertisers, selling the right affiliate products aren’t always straight forward and simple and can be extremely time consuming. So here are a few plugins that will make the workload a little lighter for you so that you can focus more on building the foundation of your blog, which is, awesome content.

1. The Ad Squares Widget

This free plugin when installed allows you to place neat 125px x 125px advertisements on your blog without the hassle of diving into too much code to customize and design the ad spaces yourself. This is extremely useful since not many WordPress themes do have functional and easily customized ad areas and not all of us are web developers.

The plugin features include:

  • Supports up to 8 125px x 125px ads per widget area
  • Customizable ad sizes and position
  • Supports all types of ad code

Download the Ad Squares Widget here.

2. OIO Publisher

The OIO Publisher plugin is a cool ad management tool that will help you to have complete control of your advertising and automates many of those time consuming administrative tasks. This plugin takes the hassle out of ad creation, setup and the payment process and automates many functions that you would need to do yourself thus savings you lots of time.

The awesome features include:

  • Geo-tagging ads – Which allows you to display specific ads for visitors from different countries and territories
  • Built in affiliate program – Allows people to earn commissions for selling advertising space for you.
  • Sells and manages banner, text and review ads
  • Generates and automatically e-mails reports to advertisers
  • Integrates with Paypal and other payment gateways to receive payments for ads

Definitely a must buy for the serious blogger and takes earning from your blog to a new level of professionalism. Purchase your copy of OIO Publisher and see the full list of features here.

3. WP E-Commerce

This free plugin allows you to fully integrate e-commerce capabilities into your WordPress blog without the huge hassle of coding while sparing you the massive expense. So if you’re thinking of selling a wide variety of items through your blog then WP E-commerce will be your trusted companion.

Features include:

  • Easy integration with major payment gateways
  • Designed with SEO in mind to ensure that your products are found through search engines
  • Tons of customizable themes
  • Automatically e-mails newsletters to customers

Download a copy of WP E-Commerce here.

4. Magic Members

If you have some killer content and you would like to reserve it for paying members, then Magic Members is the plugin to get you started in creating premium members only areas on your blog. This brilliant plugin comes with a host of capabilities to help you manage your blog like a pro.

Some of the features include:

  • Integrated payment options for your members to sign up
  • Multiple membership levels which allows you to control access to different areas of your site
  • Various subscription and billing options

We previously wrote a very in-depth review of the Magic Members plugin which will give you further insight into what we think about it. So take a look here: Magic Members

Purchase your copy of Magic Members and see the full list of features here.


The plugins above will definitely help you to be more efficient when developing your blog further for earning and even making a living from your blog. The main keys are to: automate as many tasks as possible, save time, save energy and focus on developing content for your blog that will make your readers stay for the long-term and spend some cash.

Are there any other plugins you know about that makes earning through our blogs easier? Please let us know by leaving a comment below, we would love to hear your ideas.

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  1. Sean Supplee ) says: 6/29/2010

    Magic member sounds like an awesome plugin for wordpress and a quick way to generate some income for your reserved posts. Thanks for the suggestion


    • Robyn from Sam's Web Guide ) says: 6/29/2010

      Thanks for reading Sean.

      Membership is definitely a great way to make blogs more dynamic and build solid communities of readers. Its just very important that the services and content being offered is worth the membership price.


  2. Yasmine ) says: 6/29/2010

    Hi Robyn,

    Related to your post, I wanted to let you know about our affiliate marketing plugin called 123LinkIt – As you mention in your post, this plugin also automates as many tasks as possible (specifically affiliate marketing tasks) and saves bloggers time managing their affiliate programs.

    We just launched it and are building features based on user feedback. The plugin is free to use and we only take a cut if we help bloggers make money. Feel free to check it out and let us know what you think!




  3. Shiva | Web Magazine ) says: 6/29/2010

    I have heard a lot about Magic Members Plugin, It seems a good plugin to offer members exclusive benefits. by the way maybe you could Also add Ninja Affiliate to the list. It is also quite a good plugin which changes keywords to affiliate links


    • Robyn from Sam's Web Guide ) says: 7/4/2010

      Oh yes, I was actually reading a review on it a few weeks ago. It seems to be a cool plugin for automating affiliate links.

      Thanks for sharing Shiva :)


  4. Faye ) says: 6/29/2010

    A great list you have started here! There are so many WordPress plugins sometimes its hard to determine what are the best ones and which ones will benefit your site the most.

    If you would like to compare another WordPress membership plugin, check out WishList Member ( Another easy to use, yet very powerful solution to create a membership site that fits your needs.

    Also, WishList Products recently did a webinar about Plugins that Rock! Check out the replay –


  5. Faye ) says: 6/29/2010

    Opps – Here’s the link to the Plugins The Rock Webinar replay –


  6. Adriana says: 2/25/2012

    thanks for share!