If you want to make money online, you will be happy to know that there are a number of ways to do that. Some of the most popular methods of monetization are Ad Sales, Affiliate programs, Sponsored Reviews, and Adsense. While all these are easy to set up and doesn’t require any extra effort, selling your own products has benefits that you simply cannot get from any other source.
Still not believe me, check out some of the income reports & case studies below:
- Pinch of Yum: Lindsay and Bjork, the duo behind the popular recipe blog Pinch of Yum, are making around $3000 to 4000 each month from their own products.
- WP Rocket: Launched around two years ago, and already making $35,000 per month. Not bad.
- Leaving Work Behind: Tom Ewer, the founder of Leaving Work Behind is consistently making $3000-4000 from his info products mainly from Paid to Blog Jobs and Paid to Blog.
- Theme-Fusion: Premium WordPress shop, created by Luke Beck and Muhammad Haris, has made around $3 millions in just two years with a single theme – Avada.
But creating your own product is not an easy job, you will have to do a lot of technical work, setting up eCommerce functionality, collecting user info, and more. Luckily, for WordPress users, there are number of useful affiliate plugins and third party hosted solutions available in the market.
Today, I am going to share some of the useful plugins and services that you can use to sell digital goods on your website. I will also be sharing a list of top places that can help you sell more online.
Solutions for Selling Digital Goods
Easy Digital Downloads
As the name implies, Easy Digital Downloads is super easy to use and takes less than 5 minutes to setup. The plugin will automatically set up a shopping cart for your website. By default, you can accept paypal and manual payments, but it’s easy to enable other payment gateways such as Strip, Bitcoin, and Google Checkout.
There are tons of free and premium add-ons available to boost the functionality of the EDD plugin.
Easy Digital Downloads is my personal favorite, if I ever launch a digital product this is the plugin I will be using. The main reason is that the team behind it is extremely helpful and very involved in the WordPress community. You will see them releasing new plugins (both free and premium), from time to time — the most recent one is AffiliateWP.
WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin created by WooThemes. It is one of the most popular and complete solutions for starting your own eCommerce site. There are enormous amount of information, tutorials, and videos available on the web to help you get started with WooCommerce.
It has everything that you will need to create your own eCommerce site including multi download support, affiliate program, ratings, social buttons, calculator, tight security (audited by Sucuri), Intricate tax & Shipping options, and much more.
Apart from the great features, they also have a huge collection of free and premium themes for WooCommerce.
Selz: Selling digital Downloads
Selz is a web based solution for selling digital goods and services, and it takes less than 15 minutes to configure the plugin. If you don’t like using the plugin on your site, you can also create your online store on Selz.
With Selz, you can easily handle the complex functions such as credit card payment collection, product display, multi currency, social statistics, build email list, and much more. I tried it last year, and really liked their easy to use platform.
Sendowl: Selling Digital Goods
Sendowl is another great solution for selling digital goods by giving you a hosted solution, so you can put more efforts towards improving your product and providing quality support. The platform is perfect for selling digital goods, but you can also sell physical goods.
They are also responsible for keeping all the sensitive information like address, account info, and credit card number. Your only job is to create the product, upload it, and set a price. And Sendowl will take care of everything else.
Once you have done, it will give you the code for buy now button, that you can copy/paste on your website.
Note: If you plan to use it for selling physical goods, don’t use Sendowl. The platform is strictly designed for selling digital products and doesn’t have many features for physical products.
GetDPD: Selling Downloadable Content
GetDPD is one of the oldest hosted solution for selling downloadable content. It is an easy to use platform for selling digital goods such as ebooks, PDF files, or anything else that doesn’t involve a physical address. In nutshell, it is an all-in-one shopping cart for selling downloadable products.
With digital product delivery (DPD), you can easily sell goods directly from your website. All you have to do is to create a fantastic product, upload it, and add the button code created by DPD to your website.
Top Places to help you sell more online
Now if you have don’t have a big following, then it is better to utilize other sites to sell your goods. Marketplaces such as ClickBank, Envato Studio, and CreativeMarket can easily get you 100+ sales in a month or two.
E-Junkie is one of the most popular digital selling solutions for bloggers and marketers. It provides a number of great features, which makes it a number one choice for selling digital goods.
Some of the features include affiliate management, discount codes, file hosting, autoresponder services, and much more.
ClickBank is quite popular in the internet marketing and weight loss industry. But they do have a huge portfolio of products from different industries. The main reason why ClickBank is on this list is because of the huge number of affiliates they have to promote products.
They charge a flat one time activation fee of $49.95.
Creative Market caught my eye when they first got featured on WordPress.org’s homepage, because of their 100% GPL license on all WordPress themes. Since then they have grown into becoming one of the most popular theme shops for all kind of web design related stuff. You can sell themes, templates, graphics, icons, photos, fonts, banners, plugins, or anything remotely related to graphic design.
The Creative Marketplace is little different compared to Mojo & Envato marketplaces, as it gives you more power by allowing authors to set their own prices, no exclusivity lock-in, and 70% commission.
It is easier to get your products approved on Mojo-Marketplace, as they have don’t have stringent quality guidelines like ThemeForest (& other Envato marketplaces). Although, Mojo-Markeptlace is known for WordPress related products, but you are allowed to sell custom designs and templates for other platforms, as well.
What this means for you as an author?
As an author you can earn straight 50% commission on your products (even if you’re selling as a non-exclusive author). This means, you can also sell your product on other places including Envato, ClickBank, and even on your own website), and you will still be earning a static 50% commission. And as Mojo is well connected with so many hosting companies, it gives you an opportunity to get your product in front of new audience.
Envato Market Place
Evanto is another great marketplace for selling custom templates and themes for different content management platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Muse, and Ghost. The marketplace is not limited to templates; you can also sell whole lot of other things including PSD, graphics, videos, music players, and web design services. Check out the:
On a side note, if you decide to sell goods on ThemeForest or any other Envato marketplace, you won’t be able to sell the same goods on your blog. And if you do, you will only receive 36% commission from the sale. You can check out all the nitty-gritty here.
Udemy: learn real world skills online
Udemy has become quite popular in last few years, mainly due its approach towards premium content, and partly due to huge audience it has (currently it has over 5 million students). You can use it sell any type of course or tutorial series. It also allow authors to giveaway the course for free.
The platform has an in-depth course on almost every topic, so to make it to the homepage, you will have to provide really useful content. If you need any help on how to get started or just need some inspiration, then check out this epic piece on how 10 instructors earned $1.6 million on Udemy in 12 months.
These platforms and plugins can help you save a lot of time, time that would be better spent on things like producing quality content, providing support, and promoting it. Some of the platforms I have mentioned are still new, so give them a try to see how your product performs. Also when selling digital products on marketplaces like Envato and Mojo, make sure to read their guidelines about non exclusivity, this will enable you to sell the same product on other places including your own website.
If you have any questions or think I did not included a fantastic solution / platform, please drop me a line in the comments below.