Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to Sell Digital Downloads with Blogger

I know that most bloggers prefer platforms such as Wordpress, but my personal preference is Blogger.  It has an easy-to-use dashboard and HTML that you can customise to your hearts content. I'm going to show you some tips and tricks to enable you to sell downloadable products on your blog.

When it comes to e-commerce there's no shortage of options already out there.  They all have their strengths and weaknesses, but finding the right one that suits your blogs needs can be a little challenging.

When you're choosing a platform to sell your digital files from you need an effective setup and instant delivery.  You also need to consider pricing structure and think about the kind of features that will help you to sell your products, such as coupon codes and offers.

See below some helpful tips to help you decide:

How to Sell Digital Downloads and eBooks online with no budget:

1. Start a free blog using a platform such as blogger, tumblr, or any other free services out there.
2. Choose a topic and start generating content, build your traffic and authority online.
3. Create your own eBook, start giving it away for free.
4. Write more eBooks around your chosen topic and sell them independently through your website using Payhip.

What are the Choices for Payment Integration?

If you want to start selling your own downloads their are various companies you can use to do this:

Payhip - A company I've used in the past that's easy to integrate and who offer coupons and discounts to tempt your readers.  Also Selz and Gumroad both really good services for selling digital downloads.

When you sign up to Payhip you can use the Individual account which offers 5% + merchant fees on every download you sell.  That's a really great deal of your on a shoestring budget.

How to Use Payhip on Your Blogger Blog

You can upload your dowload's directly through Payhips dashboard.  If you're already use to customising your blog you'll have no problem adding your images and downloads on Payhip.

1. Sign up with Payhip
2. In dashboard +Add New Product
3. Upload your PDF document file.
4. Upload your image
5. Then save

You've created your first online store!

Creating a Service and Using Cognito Forms

There are numerous ways to make money blogging, creating your own service is one of them. Whether your a SEO expert, content writer or coach you can create a service to help other bloggers and businesses.

If you're selling a service you can use Cognito forms which integrates Stripe into its form for receiving payment.  I recently discovered Cognito forms, when I was searching for a free platform to create a form for my business.

To receive payments you can use Stripe and integrate it with your payment form.

All of these things can be tailored to your own needs, you need to find out and discover what works for you and your blog. The best way to do this is to try things out, if it doesn't work you can always change things later on.

What tools do you use on your website?  Share in the comments.

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