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Make money blogging with five WordPress plugins

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With over fifty-eight million blogs, WordPress is the single most widespread blogging platform in the world. What most people don't realize is that WordPress can be used for much more than just blogging. Many small businesses have taken advantage of the open source platform to make it a means to sell both product and services. Though that might seem like a challenge, it's not. With the right plugins, you can extend WordPress in such a way as to transform this blogging platform into a selling platform.

How? Let's take a look at five plugins to help you monetize WordPress.

Five Apps

1. WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart allows you to add "Add to cart" buttons to any product, post, or page. This plugin integrates with the NexGen Photo Gallery plugin (easily sell digital photographs from your site) as well as the PayPal Sandbox plugin (for testing purposes). Options available include: Price and shipping options; dynamic "add to cart" button; lightweight; multi-currency support; and more.

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