14 Plugins to Extend WordPress for Making Money

May 19, 2013 · 38 comments

by Lars


WordPress is by far the most popular platform for blogging and is starting to seriously pick up as a CMS for non-blogging websites. tripwire magazine have covered how WordPress can be used in a series of posts 13 Valuable Non-blogging Plugins for WordPress, 20 Plugins That Extend the Standard WordPress Feature Set, 20+ Awesome Non-Blogging Websites Using WordPress as CMS, 20 Remarkable Examples of Websites Powered by WordPress34 Best WordPress Plugins Giving You An Unfair Advantage that you may want to check out. It is really amazing how flexible and userfriendly WordPress can be on the same time. In this post we explore another area where WordPress is growing in popularity – e-commerce. It may have started because some bloggers realized that making a living from blogging is hard if you just give a way everything. Blogs needs to be turned into businesses to really drive income and for selling products blogs turn out the be excellent sales funnels. Now while we are starting to have really great extensions for WordPress making it easier than ever to set up a simple shop it is not relevant for bloggers only. Anyone trying to sell stuff online need to consider WordPress – unless of cause you’re planning to build a huge webshop with thousands of products. In that case pure play e-commerce suites may be a better choice. Optimize your search engine ranking easily with Traffic Travis and the little known loopehole technique to have more costumers come your way. Let take look at how you can turn WordPress into a shop, auction or membersite.





This shopping cart plugin for wordpress is a modified version of the popular ecommerce solution osCommerce. It allows you to integrate osCommerce with existing wordpress website. The plugin displays latest products, random products, top 10 best sellers and much more directly in your wordpress blog. It also adds a dynamic widget in your blogs sidebar to display the products.


This wordpress plugin gives you the ability to add a PayPal powered store to your wordpress site. You will use your pages or posts to create new products. Some other features include the ability to list multiple products and create an add-to-cart function. Also eShop offers a number of payments options that include- Authorize.net, Paypal, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay and Cash/Cheque. It is compatible with WP Affiliate for affiliates

WP Auctions


WP Auctions is a revolutionary plugin which allows you to host auctions on your blog or website and to sell anything, completely fee free! It uses an attractive AJAX powered popup for optimum user experience and lets you run your very own personal auction site.



EasyDonation allows WordPress users to easily embed a PayPal donation button with one tag.



ArtPal is a free (GPL) WordPress plugin, originally written for Artists, to seemlessly integrate PayPal with their WordPress blogs so that they can sell their work online.

  • Easy PayPal integration – all you need to supply is your PayPal email address!
  • Real-time sales updates – as soon as your item sells, ArtPal will disable it from being sold. You’ll never worry about your item selling twice!
  • Professionally supported – businesses mean business. Digital Sublimity provides commercial support, so you can be rest assured that your critical application will stay up and running when you need it.

Paypal Shortcodes

This plugin allow to insert Paypal buttons in your posts or pages, just using a shortcode. This plugin doesn’t have a management panel at this time, you will need to edit paypal-shortcodes.php and follow the comments.



FatFreeCart Plugin allows you to add “Add to Cart” and “View Cart” buttons on your blog posts so that you can sell your products straight through your blog post. The shopping cart plugin is designed to work within your WordPress post editor. With FatFreeCart you can create your own e-commerce store. FatFreeCart plugin has all the features of FatFreeCart such as easy integration with PayPal and Google Checkout, product variations, Shipping handling, and Sales Tax.

Quick Shop

Quick Shop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed, really. It adds a SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items, not to mention a TinyMCE button to easily allow you to add products to your posts/pages.



This plugin gives you fully-automated selling capability of your digital products. Deliver products without directing buyers to a webpage to download; they’ll receive an encrypted download link in their email. Best of all, it’s integrated with the WordPress Affiliate software.

WP e-Commerce


The WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress is an elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online. WP e-Commerce is a Web 2.0 application designed with usability, aesthetics, and presentation in mind.

YAK for WordPress

YAK is an open source shopping cart plugin for WordPress. It associates products with weblog entries, so the post ID also becomes the product code. It supports both pages and posts as products, handles different types of product through categories, and provides customisable purchase options (cheque or deposit, basic credit card form, basic Google Checkout integration, standard PayPal integration, PayPal Payments Pro, and Authorize.net).

WP Auctions


WP Auctions is a very easy to use plugin for WordPress which enables you to host auctions on your blog for ANYTHING you wish to sell, completely fee free!


Embed your shopping cart into your blog posts and use the plugin to ask for donations to your favorite cause in the process.

Are PayPal


This plugin is used to monetize wordpress blog content using PayPal. It is designed to sell your knowledge. In a similar way the content can be set as hidden for unregistered-unpayed users and visible for registered-paid users. The search engines will only see the visible content. The administrator can grant the users access to content for certain payment.

If you want to make your life a little bit easier and create automated content you should have a look at WP Robot for WordPress.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Software Development August 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Awesome post. Keep Posting. I learn something new from this article.


Sara Jone February 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thanks But is there any plugin show Charts For Currency from yahoo ?

thanks again


Bad Cash December 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Right on topic


go 60 seconds March 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

Easy to make money online.


pulsa elektrik March 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

great info, thanks this is what i’m looking for


TomSCH January 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Nice, but only shopping carts here, I need a showroom. :)


Giuseppe October 17, 2011 at 10:38 am


Excellent I found this article very interesting.

Thank you.


Doggy Training Advice August 15, 2011 at 11:37 pm

thanks for your feedback about the good wordpress plugins for starting a great web site.I have been looking around to make a money making site so all the feedback helps me out alot.I am learning new things everyday.Have a great day.


Jacob July 1, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thanks for such an incredible post… it does get the juices floating for techniques tofound an earnings with WordPress. Currently to get my thinking cap on and carve out my specific niche. Thanks again.


Malinda Merced February 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This post was very nicely written, and it also contains a lot of useful facts. I appreciated your distinguished way of writing the post. You have made it very easy for me to understand.


Lars February 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks Malinda I appreciate your feedback


Sushil January 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

It was really nice! Please include chat option on your website to help suggest live.


Wealth Management November 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

The website articles are great, only dropped in for a quick read and ended up reading a lot more. Thankyou and keep up the great feeds.


Anthony October 27, 2010 at 4:18 am

I have been using an e-commerce WP site with pretty good results. Thanks for the plugin tips!


Lars October 27, 2010 at 7:27 am

Aanthony, thanks for sharing your experinence


120mm fan : October 24, 2010 at 11:04 pm

monetizing stuffs is my trade, i love to monetize websites and other venture investments that i have-~.


Arthritis Remedies  October 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm

monetizing stuffs is the best thing that i do, i love to monetize internet traffic through ppc programs'”`


Slack-T October 12, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the e-commerce plugin tips. I think I can use some of them :)

Keep it up!




varun October 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

Thanks for the info:-)


Etechonline September 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

You have written a very informative post about “14 Plugins to Extend WordPress for Making Money” because earning money is the need of the time in this present nationwide financial crisis especially those who are in the online store business. Among the types of business plugins that you mentioned here, there is no plugin specifically for real estate business sites. Buying and selling house and lots have been active as more homeowners defaulted on their mortgage payments. Nevertheless, some of the plugins might also be applicable.


Yssejd September 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

What if i want registered users to be able to sell products on my website


limo August 3, 2010 at 1:33 am

This is very nice, people should read this. looking firward for the next post.


ianmalone July 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm

this is great info. now I know that wordpress would allow these great plugins.. for users to earn extra money thanks again


Lauren Stewart June 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Monetizing websites, blogs, etc is a good way to earn some passive income.*`,


Guido Tapia June 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Good list, you should check out http://www.picnet.com.au/met/ gives you heat maps, click maps. Great for maximizing add placement, which is an important part of monetizing a site.


inspirationfeed June 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Great article, very informing!


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