If you’re considering making money from your website, you might think that advertisements are the only way to do it. But what if there was another way you could monetize your page content?
We’re here to tell you there is! Using WordPress and MemberPress, you can create a website that helps you earn money without having to hassle with ads or sacrifice valuable space for them.
In this post, we’ll show you how to make money on your website without ads. So let’s dive in!
The Tools You’ll Need
Fortunately, you don’t need to flood your visitors with intrusive ads to make a profit. If you have the right tools, you can monetize your site in other ways.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- WordPress: a free Content Management System (CMS) that can help you build any type of website.
- MemberPress: a monetization and membership plugin that enables you to make money with your WordPress website.
How to Monetize a WordPress Site Without Ads (In 5 Steps)
Now that you know the tools you need for your revenue-generating website, it’s time to take a look at how to create one.
Step 1: Get WordPress and Install MemberPress
Many web hosts offer one-click WordPress installs and a free domain name with their plans. Bluehost is our favorite around here.
Once you’ve set up WordPress, you can install the MemberPress plugin:
Using MemberPress, you can monetize your site with memberships and subscriptions.
For example, you could create paywalled content like videos, articles, and online courses, and restrict access to members only. This way, you’ll be able to make an income without using a single popup ad!
Step 2: Add Your Paid Content
Next, you can start adding content to your site. This can be anything from podcasts and video tutorials to online courses and photography, like Christina Jones Photography:
You can organize paid content with tags and categories. This way, it will be easier to control access.
To get started, open a new page or post in WordPress. Then, you can write your content or upload files like images and videos:
When you’re ready, navigate to the Post tab in the editor box. Here, you can assign categories and tags to your posts:
Additionally, you can use MemberPress to create and sell online courses. Our video will show you how to build a curriculum on your WordPress site:
With MemberPress, you can even create quizzes and award your students with certificates. This way, you can make your content more interactive and secure more memberships.
Step 3: Create a Membership
Next, you’ll need to create your membership. That way, users who want to access your content will be required to pay a recurring fee.
This can help you generate a steady stream of income without using a single advertisement on your site.
In your WordPress dashboard, click on MemberPress > Memberships > Add New. This will take you to a page where you can create a new membership:
Start by adding a title and description. Then, you can set a price, billing type, and access standards.
Our tutorial will give you a more detailed walkthrough on how to set up memberships on your website:
With MemberPress, you can create as than one membership for your site. This means you can offer users several options and charge different fees for each option.
Step 4: Set Up Rules to Control Access
Our plugin lets you control access to your content so that only paying members can view it. In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to MemberPress > Rules > Add New:
This will take you to a page where you can create new rules for your content. Under the Content & Access section, you can choose which posts to protect.
For example, you can select Posts Categorized and enter the name of the category:
Under Access Conditions, you can select the membership that will grant access to this protected content:
When you’re done, click on Save Rule. If you want more information on how to control access to paywalled content, this video will walk you through the entire process:
Once you create these rules, only paying members will have access to your content. Users who want to view your articles, download your photos, or take your online course will need to purchase a membership.
Step 5: Configure Your Login and Registration Pages
Finally, you’ll need to configure your login and registration pages so that users can sign up and access your content.
In your WordPress dashboard, go to MemberPress > Settings > Pages. Then, locate the MemberPress Login Page field and select Edit:
You might want to check out our video to learn more about customizing the MemberPress login page:
You’ll also want to configure the registration page. To do so, go to MemberPress > Settings > Fields.
Under Custom User Information Fields, you can create new fields for your registration form:
You can watch our video for more information on how to customize your registration page:
That’s it – now users can easily sign up for your membership and gain access to your content!
Examples of Websites That Use MemberPress for Monetization
Christina Jones Photography, mentioned above, is one example of a site using MemberPress for monetization.
Let’s check out a couple more!
Booooooom is a membership site for artists, photographers, and illustrators. When you become a member, you can submit your work to be considered for features on the site. You’ll also get 20% off all items in the online shop.
The site offers two types of subscriptions: monthly and yearly.
My Mindful Movement is a yoga website that offers online classes. As a member, you’ll get access to fitness videos, live sessions, and a community group.
Users can pay a monthly or annual fee, or purchase a subscription for six months. These options appeal to users with different budgets and needs.
For even more inspiration, click below!
Ads are usually the go-to method when it comes to monetizing a website. However, you don’t have to bombard your site visitors with annoying ads to make a profit.
With WordPress and MemberPress, you can earn an income while providing valuable content.
To recap, here’s how to monetize your site without advertisements:
- Set up a WordPress site with a reliable host (like Bluehost) and install MemberPress.
- Add your paywalled content.
- Create a membership.
- Set up rules to determine who can access your material.
- Configure your login and registration pages.
Do you have any insights about monetizing a website without ads? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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