Blogging is still very popular online, and no matter what you use your own blogging skills for, there are plenty of other people out there who are either starting up their own or wanting to revamp the one they have. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms there is, but for those people who want to personalize or monetize their blog by using the WordPress platform with their own domain name and hosting, they will be looking for a blog theme that is more in keeping with their topic of choice.
And that’s where you can start making some money. If you look up custom WordPress themes on the internet you will find several sites run by people who design themes and make a nice chunk of change from them too.
There are two ways you can profit from this, but both of them really need your own website set up and running to do it properly. The easiest way to get started is by offering a range of designs and styles that will appeal to different bloggers and charging a flat fee to everyone who wants to download and use it. Later on when you become more confident of your design skills you can offer to create custom designs – one offs – to people who require them for a higher fee.
So how do you design these themes in the first place?
Well it helps to have an eye for design, certainly – not to mention a familiarity with WordPress yourself. Knowledge of CSS and HTML will also help. If you have a WordPress blog then you are likely to be more familiar with how it all works, and that’s the best place to start. The WordPress site has plenty of information on how to build custom themes and there are also plenty of people online who have posted step by step tutorials covering all the design aspects you will need to know.
That’s all very well but how do you know which types of designs will sell? This is where some nifty research will set you apart from your competition and get you selling more themes in no time. Make sure you test each theme before you offer it for sale, to make sure that there are no bugs or errors in it.
By using keyword tools you will be able to find areas of interest that are likely to bring lots of positive results when you slant a WordPress theme or two towards them. Bear in mind the keywords themselves here too, since they will help you to pull in traffic once you are up and running.
It’s worth building at least eight or ten custom themes before you launch your site, and you should make sure they are slanted towards some diverse topics. As you add more and more themes you will bring in more traffic thanks to your keyworded descriptions of the themes themselves.
What about pricing? Many custom themes sell for around $30 to $40. Many sellers don’t advertize their rates for a one off theme, but if you are sneaky and request a quote from a few you can get an idea of a ballpark figure to charge.
The great thing about standard custom themes is that they can be paid for online and set up to be delivered automatically, so it truly is a business that can be run on autopilot if you desire. All of which leaves you a lot more time to keep designing new themes for sale.
Make sure you do some more basic wordpress themes as well, which you can always offer at a lower price. While custom themes angled towards a certain niche market will sell well, some people will want something a little less targeted.
Before you disappear to start doing your research online, leave us a comment in the box below. After that, it might just be time to see how good your design skills are.
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We can make money online by becoming a webhost reseller.Web hosting is something we all need if we want to get our own website or blog online, but have you ever thought about selling web hosting to someone else?
The chances are that you haven’t ever considered it because you didn’t even know it was a possibility, but in actual fact it’s one of the easiest ways to make money as a significant monthly income that keeps on coming. After all, once people have their own web hosting they are unlikely to go elsewhere.
So if you know how to provide a good service at a good price, you could soon be racking up the customers – and the cash – every month. So how on earth do you become a web host reseller anyway? And what exactly does it involve?
In simple terms, it is an easy way to get involved with selling web space without the hassle of having to have your own servers installed. What happens is that you buy web space from an established web host and then sell it in smaller portions to your customers.
You won’t necessarily be able to make the profits that the actual web hosts make, but having said that you won’t have the overheads they do so it’s a good deal if you are looking to set up an online business and where the services or goods you provide are virtual and you don’t need any storage space to benefit from them! The web hosts also have thousands of customers, whereas you might start with just a few and build up. Once you know you enjoy it however – the sky is the limit.
So where do you start?
The first step is to hop online and search for web hosts that offer reseller hosting. You can easily find these on any major search engine once you type in that term. It’s worth spending a while comparing prices and services since you will need a fair amount of web space to be able to divide it up among your forthcoming clients.
There are two main things you need to be sure of before you sign up to any particular plan. Firstly make sure you can upgrade it at any point if you need to. This may well be necessary if you find you can get enough customers to use up all the space your original plan offers. Secondly you should also ensure the company you go with offers all the help and support you need, especially if your knowledge of web hosting is limited. You’ll learn a lot as you go along but a basic knowledge at the very least is necessary to start with.
Once you have decided what service you want to use, you’ll need to create a website to attract the attention of potential customers. You should clearly display the benefits and pricing for your hosting packages and it can be a good idea to provide some useful articles as well on all aspects of web hosting. Not only will these be helpful to potential customers (and probably help to win more clients as well) they will also help to get your website ranked more highly in the search engines, as they will naturally contain all the keywords that a person looking for web hosting will type into a search engine to find your kind of service.
Do your research to find out what prices to charge for your services. It depends on what you are offering in each package and the kind of people you want to attract; you could set up different packages to appeal to individuals, small businesses and blog owners, for example.
While it might seem as if there is a lot to learn you’ll soon get the hang of it, as you’re basically just repackaging and reselling what your web host provider is giving to you. Once you’re all set up and ready to go, all you need to think about is getting more traffic.
Sounds appealing? Before you go and do some more research and think about what to call your brand new online business, why don’t you leave us a comment in the box below? Then you can go and join the many others who are making a monthly income from this idea!