Finding the right platform to sell your digital products like an e-book, spreadsheet or any other kind of digital product is a difficult task.
As a start-up entrepreneur or the blogger, you look for a free platform, avoiding any initial cost.
I designed the solar feasibility spreadsheet and wanted to sell to the international clients but all the platform I searched were asking the initial fee to use their platform.
Somehow, I ended up finding a very good platform which is GUMROAD.
It offers its users to upload and sell the digital products free of cost.
Although, it charges its fee when you made a sale and I think it is fine and acceptable for most of us and we don’t mind sharing a minute percentage of profit with GUMROAD.
What is GUMROAD?
Gumroad is an online platform to sell your digital and physical goods to your audience. Gumroad charges its fees from the sale and in return deliver the digital files to the customers.
Gumroad is a place to:
How does it work?
What can you sell?
You can sell anything on Gumroad like e-book, spreadsheet, tutorials, videos and like. You can sell a one-time product, subscriptions, pre-orders.
However, before launching and uploading any product on Gumroad, I recommend you to go through their terms and services and prohibited item.
How to setup your account?
Before getting started with Gumroad, you need to create your account with it by going to its login screen or I'm inviting you to join Gumroad
You will receive the confirmation e-mail from Gumroad about creating your account.
Remember to confirm the account by clicking on the link sent. If you don’t see in your inbox then check your spam box.
After confirming your account is ready and now you can start uploading your products.
Free and paid services
You have a choice either to select the free account or go for the premium account.
I will explain the difference between the two:
How to make your profile page?
You can easily make your profile page. Just check out my profile page, here is the link https://gumroad.com/yashkumar
Once you have signup, your account in activated. Now, under settings tab you can provide information which is important for start selling your digital product.
Under the settings menu, you have the options like:
Creating your first digital product
Now, you are ready to upload your first digital product and start selling to the internal audience.
Step 1: click on Add a product
Step 2: Click on Digital product
Step 3: Click on Product
Step 4: Naming the product
Step 5: Uploading and describing the product
The largest file one can upload is 16 GB and there is no limit on the number of files uploaded by you.
You can also upload a video of the product to attract your audience.
Write the price of the product and describe it's features in your words so that your audience come yo know about this product.
Pay what you want pricing
You can even set the minimum price by typing ‘+’ after the price of the product.
For example, $9.99+ means that the customer has to pay a minimum of $9.99 to buy this product.
You can also suggest the right price of the product if the customer feels the price is low.
Subscriptions and memberships
With subscriptions and memberships, you can provide regular updates of your product and can charge after regular interval of time say after every six months or after every year.
You can also run subscriptions of fixed durations which ends after a fixed interval of time say after every 1 year.
The user has to renew the subscriptions if s/he wants to continue the services.
You will see two options namely Subscriptions and memberships
You can set the name of the subscriptions and the memberships and charge according to your own frequency like monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually.
This feature is very unique in Gumroad, enabling you to start selling your masterpiece which is about to complete, I mean some finishing touch is pending in the product.
You can launch your product through pre-order. All you need to do is simply put the completion date and the time of your product; not to worry you can change it at any point of time before the date.
Whatever files you have with you, just upload them and let your audience have a look at your work. Gumroad will automatically charge the amount from those who have entered the payment information and will deliver the final files at the date which you will mention in your pre-order.
You can even offer discounts on the products to your audience and offering a discount is a very good marketing strategy to bring and attract new customers.
You can do it in Gumroad through the following process:
Test your product
You can test and check the purchase flow, like how your product will be delivered to your customer.
You will see the same process which customer will experience when he is buying your product and entering the payment information.
When you click on the Pay button after entering your e-mail , the copy of the digital product is sent to your mailbox and you also get the receipt of the product.
You will not be charged for this as this a test pay
The receipt will be generated and is mailed to your e-mail address.
Updates and Workflows
Let’s say that you have designed like a software, spreadsheet, or a video something for your customers, which needs a regular update.
You can inform them about this update through the Updates tab, click on create a new update, the new window will open where you can design the new update and can send to your audience.
You have options to send it to your customers, which you can view in the customers tab, followers or everyone in the list.
You can create a workflow for your new customers like you can send a customize mail and can automate it to send later after a customer purchases your product.
You can write a thanksgiving message to them, so that they feel the personalized effect.
Sharing your work
You can share your product to your audience and followers through different social mediums like Facebook and Twitter.
Overlay and embed
With an overlay, you can bring the Gumroad checkout page directly on your website by simply pasting the small HTML code and with Embed you can put the product directly on the website.
Data and reporting
You can see the analytics of your product in the dashboard like sales, the geography of the sales
Geography of sales
Sellers and Affiliates
If you too want to sell your product to the international audience through gumroad then I invite you to signup with gumroad and upload the product and start selling it in no time.
However, if you don’t have any product right now or is in the process then still you can start selling through gumroad by becoming the affiliate.
For example, I am selling some product and people are liking my product and want to recommend and sell it to their friends and other people in their circle.
They can do it and earn income by becoming my affiliates. If you like to earn a 50% of the price by referring my spreadsheet then again the process is same you need to first signup with gumroad.
After doing this, I will send you the affiliate link and the opportunity to earn 50% commission.
You have the option to refund the amount.
Gumroad pays to its sellers very Friday by direct deposit into the bank account (the USA, Canada, the U.K. and Australia) or through paypal provided you have $ 10 USD as a balance in your Gumroad account.
It generally takes 1-5 days to get the money in your bank account.
You can set the pay-out in the settings tab.
What are you waiting for?
Get selling and show your presence to the world.