Sell Digital Products Online

Digital products can be an excellent way to capitalize on your passions while making money. You create a product one time and sell the same copy until the content is no longer relevant. There are various platforms to choose from, and finding one that’s suitable is key.  Many offer free trials so you can test out each platform before making your commitment.

Some of the sites mentioned are not one size fits all, so think about your startup goals, as well as future plans, so you can avoid additional subscriptions and the onboarding time for learning another platform.

Another consideration is what may be prohibited on a platform.  For example, some private label rights products, even if they have commercial rights, cannot be sold on some platforms.  This may be specifically written into their terms.

Etsy

Etsy provides users with a platform where they can sell handmade and craft products. Sellers can upload product images, descriptions, and prices before posting their listings to Etsy’s marketplace for sale. Customers can then search the catalog to locate their items of interest. The intuitive interface allows customers to locate items easily while offering numerous tools and resources for newcomers.

The site progressed from selling physical goods only, to allowing an assortment of digital products to be listed on the platform.  You can find all types of planners, journals, templates and trackers. If you have a legitimate digital download, you will be able to sell it on the platform.

Etsy fees can be somewhat daunting, but it’s possible to lower costs by following some straightforward strategies. First, ensure your product descriptions are thorough and accurate.  Next, consider adding tags so buyers can easily locate your listings.  Tags will play an integral part in how well your listings perform in search results.

Be sure to remove slow moving listings to reduce renewal listing fees.  Furthermore, be mindful of the transaction fee deducted from each sale total on the website, for every sale you complete. This fee consists of 6.5% transaction rate plus 3% (plus 25 cents) for payment processing fees.  The listing fee is 20 cents. You must factor in all fees as you go about setting your selling price.  There is 15% fee if your item is sold outside the platform using Etsy’s offsite advertising efforts.

Etsy shoppers want to share their shopping experience, so they often leave reviews. Reviews can help promote and build trust between sellers and customers.  Conduct yourself in a manner that encourages positive reviews.

Gumroad

Gumroad is a well-known ecommerce platform designed for artists and creators who sell digital products and services, providing an easy way of accepting payments via credit cards.  Furthermore, you can add download links or file drops for your products, which may be ideal for beginners without a website or other online infrastructure.

Gumroad provides an alternative to storefronts like Shopify that require months-long setup processes; instead it enables you to launch and market your store almost instantly. Just remember that to see success using Gumroad, you must still build an audience and market your products or services effectively.

The website includes tools to keep followers and customers up-to-date, such as an audience dashboard and customer record system that lets you export reports. Furthermore, Discover helps potential customers locate your product. Unfortunately, however, cryptocurrency support or using alternative payment processors aren’t supported here.

Gumroad provides an effective platform for creating product pages and accepting payments, but does not provide advanced analytics or A/B testing services or enable sellers to sell services such as graphic design or SEO services.

Gumroad charges a flat 10% fee per sale.  There are no monthly store fees or listing fees.  This fee structure does not include processor fees, which vary if using Paypal or credit card.

Sellfy

Sellfy is an efficient online store builder that allows you to quickly set up and begin selling digital products within minutes. It features an intuitive user experience and can be set up and utilized quickly. However, the fee structure is tied to your gross sales, which is not common with these platforms.

Sellfy provides a vast array of customizable templates that you can tailor to fit the brand and business. Its responsive design guarantees customers will experience a smooth checkout experience on both desktop and mobile devices. Furthermore, multiple languages and currencies support allow you to reach a wider audience and there is even an option that allows pre-ordering for products that may not yet be in stock; creating buzz and sales in advance!

Sellfy offers various payment options, such as Stripe and PayPal, with an easy product management system for adding and deleting products. Their simple ecommerce tools include Buy Now buttons that allow your products to be sold anywhere online; embed them directly on websites and blogs as needed.   Furthermore, the platform includes native print-on-demand functionality so you can sell merchandise without incurring shipping or inventory costs.

Sellfy offers a 14-day free trial to test out what it has to offer before committing to a subscription plan.  You pay a monthly store fee, as low as $19 per month.  All pricing plans have a cap on annual sales, and for the first tier it is $10,000. You will need to subscribe to the next higher tier if you exceed your current tier during the year.

BigCommerce

BigCommerce is an open SaaS eCommerce platform that enables users to build and host front-end, shopper-focused store experiences, while at the same time managing back-end store management functions. Furthermore, BigCommerce features various extensions and integrations that further customize and extend its platform – ideal for businesses who require scalable solutions with an emphasis on creating unique shopping experiences across sales channels.

BigCommerce was designed to accommodate high volumes of transactions without compromising performance, eliminating transaction fees while offering an array of interesting features designed to help businesses expand. Furthermore, its email marketing tools outshone those found elsewhere.  This platform is not suited to the home based business owner on a limited budget.

BigCommerce provides a free 15-day trial period. However, you must remember to cancel it two workdays before its conclusion or you will be charged even if you decide not to continue using the platform. In addition, BigCommerce charges a monthly subscription fee but upgrades to BigCommerce Plus offer more meaningful tools for turning analytic insights into increased revenue.  They do not offer any pricing on the site, you must request a demo.

SendOwl

The primary function of Sendowl is to allow someone to sell on a variety of platforms, not necessarily on the site itself, unlike Etsy with its searchable home page.

SendOwl includes tools for order management and customer database tracking as well as individual tax rules and fraud filters to protect digital product sales, creating individual tax rules or adding fraud filters can reduce consumer frustration while increasing revenues. SendOwl is an all-in-one digital marketplace designed to help you sell products, services and courses online. Its features include an intuitive checkout experience with customizable payment buttons and mobile-friendly storefront. 

The platform features numerous tools that make sharing digital products on social media and email simple and efficient, including downloading directly to an email account.  This helps avoid download issues and enhance customer satisfaction. Plus, its comprehensive digital sales and delivery platform is tailored to optimize shopping cart experiences and increase conversion rates.

The starter plan allows a generous 3 month trial, then just $9 per month.  You will also pay a 5% per order fee (with a 50 cent minimum).

DPD

DPD (getdpd.com) is an all-in-one shopping cart and digital fulfillment service designed to sell download products such as ebooks, software, music, videos, themes and graphics. Creators can easily track sales and view customer information using this platform while users can use DPD’s features to tailor their storefront as well as set coupons or discounts for customers.

DPD stands out from other download cart solutions by not charging transaction or storefront fees; all product payments go directly into vendor payment processor accounts without taking a cut in commission from product sales.  The first tier is $10 per month, which will allow you 1GB of storage and the ability to list up to 20 products.

DPD allows its users to create as many compatible stores as desired without incurring storage space and slot limitations for each. This enables a single person to easily create separate stores for every website or market they sell their products while keeping all product settings and customizations centralized in a single interface.

DPD bundles enable you to assemble multiple products at an attractive discounted price and sell them as instant checkout download products without going through cart checkout.  This is  an effective way of driving mailing list signups and giving away promotional content. All DPD bundles include one free product to drive signups; instant checkout download sales allow them to go straight through to checkout.

Payloadz

Payloadz is an e-micropayment system designed to facilitate digital product sales such as software, ebooks, music downloads and movies. Merchants can integrate it with their back-end systems for seamless file delivery to customers while saving both time and money by eliminating credit card verification, an integral way of protecting against fraudulent purchases.

Payloadz makes starting up quick and simple, offering both a free trial version for testing purposes as well as paid subscription plans with modest transaction fees (plus Paypal’s standard fees).  The no cost plan has a massive 30% transaction fee and a $100 monthly transaction limit.  The pro plan is $29 per month.  Fees on this plan are 2.9% plus 29 cents per transaction.

There are no restrictions on the amount of products you can sell, hundreds or thousands if you wish.  The platform even allows you to send free products, product samples, or previews.

Shopify

Last, but certainly not least, Shopify is an ideal platform for online retailers due to its broad reach and comprehensive set of tools, designed to make running a store easier. The platform also offers themes, templates and apps for customizing websites; mobile-friendly design makes making purchases from phones easier; payment methods available including debit and credit cards are just some additional perks of this platform.

Shopify offers a generous 3 month trial for just a dollar.  The lowest priced tier is $39 per month.  The credit card fees for online transactions on this tier are 2.9% plus 30 cents.  Rates are slightly lower for in person transactions.  The fine print will reveal an additional fee after $100,000 in gross sales within 1 year.

After creating an account, start adding digital products – make sure their titles and descriptions include keywords while remaining clear, concise, and captivating; upload high-quality images of digital items so as to draw customers in!

From your Shopify dashboard “Products” page, it is simple to add digital files to your products. Select or create one as usual, and uncheck “This is a physical product” under ‘Shipping.” This will notify Shopify that this item is actually digital file rather than physical product. Alternatively, third-party apps available through the App Store could enable customers to download these products after buying.

Multi-Vendor Marketplace for Shopify provides a flexible yet simple way to add digital and regular products onto a multivendor marketplace. You can have an unlimited number of sellers with their own storefronts & products, display downloadable links on customer order pages so digital products don’t take up space in your server, automate delivery of download links while leaving all physical products fulfilled manually by you, and many other useful features!

The platform also enables you to customize product pages and categories for digital products, making it easier for customers to find what they’re searching for, which increases conversion rates and customer satisfaction. Your storefront can be tailored to reflect your brand by adding visual elements such as banner ads. This will set you apart from competitors while increasing sales of digital products. 

Furthermore, this platform supports multiple currencies and languages allowing for maximum flexibility when running an ecommerce business. Import and export digital products quickly and conveniently on this platform, saving time. You can also access detailed analytics about your customer base for informed decisions on how best to market your business. 

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