Making Money with WordPress (Without Working at Automattic)

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Sunday 13th March, 2011

9:30am to 10:30am (CST)

WordPress is free! It does astounding things out of the box. But it doesn't do everything. Therein lies the opportunity. Tons of people are making serious money with WordPress, why aren't you? In this session, each panelist will cover a core business opportunity with WordPress: Customization Services, Design Products & Premium Themes, Premium Plugins, Hosting Services and Content Properties. I'll share how Peter & I grossed close to a million in revenue last year from WordPress related design and development services with the help of a small team of talented freelancers. We'll explore the approach that Brandon, the #1 premium theme seller in North America, used to gross $250k in the last year (not bad for one dude). There are no shortages of opportunity. Get insight into how you can be successful from someone in each of these categories who is killing it and making real money (without working for Automattic).

1. How do I make my WordPress theme or plugin product stand out in an app marketplace?
2. How do I land 100k+ WordPress design + development projects?
3. How do I make money from WordPress support without hating everyone I talk to?
4. Where does the real revenue in blogs actually come from?
5. What makes someone pay for something thats free?

About the speakers

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Alex King

Web developer and founder of @crowdfavorite. bio from Twitter

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Brandon Jones

I'm Brandon! Web design speaker, author, & former editor for WPtuts+ and Webdesigntuts+. Check out my premium WordPress themes at http://ow.ly/aKwxQ bio from Twitter

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Shane Pearlman

Lead indie teams in UX/UI, web, mobile & product design. Freelance evangelist. Gov 2.0 advocate. WordPress contributor. Surfer. Traveler. Dad. bio from Twitter

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Sonia Simone

writer; marketer; kettlebell junkie; cmo & co-founder of copyblogger media; parent; meditator; confused and fragile human being bio from Twitter

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Time 9:30am10:30am CST

Date Sun 13th March 2011


Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

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