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Make Money Online Making WordPress Themes

On WordPress.com, that is. Matt Mullenweg on Automattic recently announced a WP Theme Marketplace on WordPress.com. Now you can sell premium themes on millions of bloggers running on WordPress.com.

WP Theme MarketplaceThe announcement has attracted both praises and criticisms. The main contention is that theme pricing is very subjective depending on the designer. David over at Blog Herald adds that this move smacks of hypocrisy from Matt considering that the latter has been on a crusade against theme designers making a living off of sponsored themes. Tony thinks that the 50% commission by Automattic is a bit too steep and I totally agree. The 50% split for just hosting and marketing the premium themes on WordPress.com does seem unfair especially for existing WP theme designers charge thousands of dollars for their custom designs.

On the other hand, the arrangement stipulates that the themes should open under GPL and be free to everybody hosting their own WordPress blogs. Now, that should actually make it even more convincing for bloggers to move out of WordPress.com and run their own hosted blog.

In any case, this new development opens the door to theme designers who wanted to make a name for themselves and be exposed to millions of WordPress.com bloggers. That should be a bigger bonus on top of the profit sharing scheme with Automattic.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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4 Responses

  1. 50% — that’s too big. Better sell the themes on your own site! ;D

  2. Connie says:

    David Peralty of Blog Herald clearly does not understand the sponsored themes issue. It was never about the right of designers to earn money off their themes. But then again, that’s Blog Herald where another writer called the sponsored themes gimmick, with all the spammy links, a great business model (barf, barf).

  3. BrianB says:

    It’s all about money. Where is the passion?

  4. Pete says:

    Thanks for all the great information. I really like the theme of your blog job well done.

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