Some people have the concern that WPBeginner is all about making money and that all we do is trick people into signing up with our service for some malicious reason. In some instances these false claims are understandable because there are too many blogs and sites that are scamming new users and beginners. It is getting harder and harder to distinguish between a genuine site and those that are scams.
Regular readers of WPBeginner will assure you that this site is not all about the money. We offer useful articles that have tips and tricks to help beginners get started with WordPress. We have articles for all different levels of WordPress users including advanced tips all for free which you can find by using our search bar. We have never scammed anyone in the past, and we do not plan to do so in the future. WPBeginner is considered an authority site in the industry, and we value the support and respect the industry has awarded us with.
Having that said, we do get “things” out of this blog (including Money). We want to disclose this to you for two reasons.
- We want to be upfront about it in the hope that it gives you a complete picture regarding our motivations for maintaining WPBeginner.
- We also want to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
What do we get out of WPBeginner?
We believe in transparency of one’s income, so while we will not be sharing any figure value, but we will be disclosing every possible way that we benefit from maintaining WPBeginner.
We have a staff of writers that work at WPBeginner, so we must make money in order to keep going. We make money from the ads (sidebar, header, and in single posts). Aside from that we also make money from affiliate links.
We only promote affiliate programs that we believe will be relevant and useful to WPBeginner readers (we hate crap products). We do not make a note every time we use an affiliate link, but if you see a link that has our domain name with a /refer/ attribute, you should assume that it is an affiliate link, and we are getting the commission.
We offer a Free WordPress Blog Setup service that requires the user to signup with one of our partner WordPress web hosting companies. By signing up with the hosting company through our link, you get our assistance in setting up your WordPress site. To use WordPress, you would have had to pay a hosting company anyways. The hosting company benefits because they have a new customer. To reward us for referring a new customer, they pay us a commission (that’s how affiliate marketing works).
Profile and PR for our Company
This site without a doubt has lifted our reputation in the WordPress (and the wider web) community. We are considered one of the WordPress Go To sites, if you want to get into blogging and use WordPress. This site has been reviewed in Wired Magazine and many other top sites which we have been very grateful for. Through all the publicity from this site we were able to get:
- WordPress Consulting Jobs
- Design Contracts
- Speaking Proposals
- Social Media Lift for our authors
This site has generated us money indirectly as well, and we think it is necessary for you to know this, so you could see why we were able to do that. This site has tons of useful resources for WordPress users of all levels and many others in the community appreciate the work we have done. Nonetheless it is a financial gain and we want to be upfront about it, so we can deny all the false allegations.
WPBeginner staff is a group of WordPress users who want to give back to the community. We know that we would not have been at the place that we are if we did not have help. We want to contribute to the community that has gifted us with so much. WordPress is the best blogging / CMS software and we want the world to know that. There are so many things that you can do with WordPress, but most people don’t know about it. That is why we try to share mini tricks and tutorials to show people the capability of this fascinating script.