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.

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