10+ WordPress Businesses Actively Publishing Income and Transparency Reports

Wondering how well your favorite WordPress business is doing? I think we’re all a little voyeuristic when it comes to behind-the-scenes information and revenue data.

But most of the time, we don’t get to satisfy that itch because all those juicy details are private.

Some companies, though, have opted for the alternate route – transparency.

Such companies publish stats on their revenue, order numbers, and lots more. And if you’re running a WordPress business, or just interested in the WordPress economy, these posts are a goldmine.

To help you find those companies, we’ve put together this list of 10+ WordPress companies that publish transparency/income reports. At least at the time of writing this post, all of these companies are still actively publishing transparency reports (though some only do so sporadically).

Let’s jump right in…

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Handpicked Holiday Gift ideas for Designers in 2017

It’s coming up to a busy time of year for gift buying so I thought I’d get in early and roundup some great gift ideas for designers. It’s a time when you can finally kick back, fill a glass or two with holiday cheer and pour over some titles, brimming with inspiration.

If you know anyone of a creative mind-set or wish you had some design chops yourself, there will still be some great choices below. We’ve included gifts for book lovers, gifts for him, gifts for her, and perfect Christmas gifts. Let’s get started, shall we?

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How to Run Google Analytics Content Experiments on WordPress

Do you know if your website is doing as well as it should be? Do you know if you chose the best text for your CTA button? Or if your headline isn’t performing as well as possible?

Unless you’re regularly testing different versions of your site – the simple truth is that you can’t know because you don’t have the data to know. To get that data – or at least to come closer to the right answer – you can run A/B tests to compare different versions of your site and see which performs better.

Many WordPress users can’t figure out how to run A/B tests on WordPress, though. Or, they can’t afford the premium tools that make A/B tests easy.

To help solve the problem, I’m going to show you how to run Google Analytics Content Experiments on WordPress for an easy, and free, way to split test your WordPress site.
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How to Automatically Share Content on Social Media The Right Way

If you’re publishing new content on the regular, I’m betting you want people to actually see it, right?

Ok, that’s a silly question. Unless you’re a unicorn – you probably created a website because you wanted to get it in front of the world’s collective eyeballs.

Well, in addition to a bunch of other methods, sharing your content on social media is one of the best ways to do just that.

But here’s the rub:

Most people are so busy actually creating content, that the last thing they want to do is spend even more time sharing that content on social media.

So, to help you out, I’m going to dedicate this post to showing you how to automatically share content on social media. Then, to stop you from becoming the social media equivalent of a robot, I’ll share some tips to automate without annoying your followers.

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15 Examples of Highly Successful WordPress Businesses

Do you hear those rumblings? That’s the sound of the slow shifting of the WordPress economy…

In the past few months, Automattic has made forays into areas they’ve traditionally left to others with the addition of themes in Jetpack and third-party plugins for WordPress.com Business plans. In both cases, those changes caused consternation among existing WordPress businesses worried about Automattic’s encroachment into niches previously left untapped.

Tack on debate over how the new Gutenberg Editor will handle existing plugin and theme functionality and there’s no doubt that there are tectonic shifts going on underneath the WordPress economy.

But while that may be the case, there are still plenty of healthy, vibrant businesses that are built on WordPress. And in this post, we want to share some of our favorites to remind everyone that you can still build a successful business in WordPress.

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