Nowadays, everyone can become a creator. Technology has simplified the creative process, and pretty much anyone can now sell creative products like photography, music, videos, ebooks, and even artwork, online.
But while online marketplaces will guarantee you a lot of visibility, there’s still a lot you have to give up in return, as some marketplaces take a significant cut on your sales, and you’re not in control of the look and branding of the site. At times, you don’t even have control over the pricing of your products!
This is where online sales services come into play. They connect you and your customers directly, and at the same time handle the sales and digital distribution, cutting out the hassle and letting you focus solely on the products. With these kind of services, you’re in complete control of your products’ pricing, as well as the branding on the site, not to mention the fact that these services won’t take a 70% cut of your sales. Here are 10 such services that you may just want to take a closer look at.
This is one of the few online services for selling digital content like ebooks, music, and design work that accept credit card payments directly, with low fees. Apart from the low fees, it features MailChimp integration, mobile readiness, in-depth analytics and insights, as well as the ability to embed a whpg button directly into your website. It also has an unlimited file storage capacity and bandwidth. No monthly fee; with 2.9% + $0.45 commission per sale.
The Digital Goods Store is a comprehensive solution if you’re looking to sell digital content such as music, movies, ebooks, and themes. It offers both PDF stamping and download protection to protect you from piracy. Additionally, it supports landing pages and integrates with e-mail marketing services like MailChimp and GetResponse. $39.99 per month for pro account; 5% commission per sale for free account.
FetchApp started off as a Shopify app, so it offers easy integration with Shopify, which comes in handy if you also have a Shopify account and wish to link the two. It also has an API if you want to integrate it with your existing website. This online service’s plans have no limit on the number of ebooks, music, files, videos, and digital artworks that you can upload. It also has unlimited bandwidth. Free – $500 per month; no commission.
Sellfy claims to provide the simplest way to sell your ebooks, photos, music, themes, and other digital downloads. One of the most interesting features is that you can offer discounts to customers who share your products via Facebook and Twitter. You can track the effectiveness of these discounts and see what effect discount offers will have on your sales. Sellfy provides unlimited storage and bandwidth for digital artworks, ebooks, programs, and digital content. No monthly fee; 5% commission per sale.
This online service is ideal for those looking to sell digital content, although it has a couple of features that will make it particularly appealing to those who want to sell ebooks, software, and PDF files. For one, it has a PDF protection feature that will stamp each PDF download with the customer’s name and e-mail. The user can also inform customers of product updates and let them download the update for free. $9 per month – $39 per month; no commission.
Gumroad is one of the newest services that’s designed to help you sell digital downloads of your ebooks, videos, photographs, and software. One of the most interesting things about this service is that it deals with credit card companies directly, bypassing PayPal’s 2.9% surcharge. One more benefit is that sales on Gumroad will work in countries that are not supported by PayPal. It also lets you sell physical products. No monthly fee; 5% + $0.25 commission per sale.
DPD offers an easy-to-customize service for selling your digital art, ebooks, movies, music, and more. It lets you customize your cart, whpg, delivery pages, and e-mails by using a simple WYSIWYG editor. It also supports selling keycodes, subscriptions, and even physical products. It has unlimited bandwidth and sales for all subscription plans. No commission; $10 per month – $130 per month.
Pulley offers a simple shopping cart for selling your ebooks, videos, music, fonts, and other digital products. You can embed Buy Now buttons into any website, and you can even track your sales with Pulley’s statistics view. It operates on a monthly subscription model, but offers a free 14-day trial so you can see whether the service is right for your ebooks, fonts, and digital products. No commission; $6 per month – $49 per month.
Intubus is one of the best crowd-centric solutions for selling digital products like ebooks, movies, photos, music, and digital art. It lets you create shopping widgets to sell your products that can be embedded on any site you choose. The great thing about these widgets is that they also feature content from other Intubus users so your products won’t just appear in your widget, but also on other users’ widgets all across the Internet. No monthly fee; 5% commission per sale.
This feature-rich online service is ideal for anyone looking to sell digital art, ebooks, music, software, and other digital content. It’s appealing to moviemakers, since it supports files of up to 4GB in size. It has a WordPress plugin, and each account comes with a free Facebook store account. Each store also has a built-in direct messaging feature. It also provides audio and video previews, PDF stamping, and the ability to set “pay what you want” pricing. Selz has unlimited storage and bandwidth. No monthly fee; 5% + $0.25 commission per sale.