Sunday, April 23, 2017

Places To Host Your Sales Page For Free


Another week has passed and today I would like to share with you 3 places that I have experimented to host my product sales page for free without any ads. They are as below which I hope you will find useful.

1. Blogger



The service is provided by Google primarily as a platform for blogging. However, with it's reach features of being able to host images, templates and text, it is a great Content Management System platform.

Click Here for a sample page hosted by Blogger. This sales page is used with a blogger theme/template to give it a shopping cart feel.

An alternative option will be to use Wordpress.com which is the next competing blogging platform. For simple sites, Google's equivalent free hosting is Google Sites but does not allow you to upload your own html files.

2. JustPaste.it



This page gained popularity unfortunately due to it being used by terror groups and is an equivalent of an upgraded version of pastebin (an online notepad)

The advance features allows you to copy and paste sales pages on to the site which is a big appeal and makes it quite quick to setup sales pages. The only downside is that you will get the JustPaste.it header on your pages. That is the only form of advertising you will see in exchange to use the free service. You may also chose to upgrade your account for $5/year which will unlock extra features such as a larger quota for hosting your images.

Click here for a sample sales page hosted on JustPaste.it. The downside is that you get a page with JustPaste.it header/branding at the top but was quite simple to set up.

3. NeoCities



This brings back the days before blogging and beyond any content management systems. NeoCities were set up to replicate the glory days of GeoCities when everyone would register to get a webpage on the internet and are able to showcase their basic sites coded in purely HTML with GIFs. This were the equivalent to the modern day social media accounts and blogs.

Well, after signing up, there is a suggestion for some donation which gives you a premium service but utilizing the free account (1GB of space) was sufficient for my review.

There is a build in folder management system which you can use to upload your html and image files. It was a fairly quick and simple process. The inbuilt HTML editor will also allow to edit files in a fly.

Click here for a sample sales page that is hosted on neocities.

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I hope you would have found this post useful and can use it as additional resources for your online ventures.

Disclaimer: Do note that the quality of the location you host will impact the ranking of your pages. So, use the above method wisely and on a need basis. Lastly, do proceed with risk as you are using a free service provider which could disappear without notice.

Friday, April 21, 2017

How To Use WarriorPlus

Warrior Forum is a well known forum for internet marketers and also has a spin off marketplace like service for members to list and sell their digital products. The below tutorials is a quick overview on how you can start to use the services to market your digital products.

How To Launch A Product On WarriorPlus


How To Create Your WarriorPlus Buy Button Code


How To Set Up A Sales Funnel On WarriorPlus


Enjoy!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Free High Quality Stock Videos



Why pay when you can get them for Free? Below are the list of sites that I have procured content from:



Pexels - Pexels don't only provide free stock images, it has a growing database of videos. All videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license which means you can basically do as you pleased with the videos.



Pond5 - Pond5 released a huge catalogue of Public Domain Videos. Browse through hours and hours of content that you could remix into your new digital product.



Coverr - 7 New videos are published every Monday. You can subscribe to get an alert whenever new videos are published. The videos are also copyright free from this site.

Use the videos from the above mentioned sites above in your projects, websites or digital products without having to pay a bomb.

Hope you have found this post useful and that it added some sites in your repertoire. Have fun and enjoy what is left of your weekend!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Managing a Mailing List with MailChimp Tutorials

MailChimp is an e-mail marketing company that provides customers the ability to manage mailing lists of its customers and stay in touch with them. It operates on a freemium model and allows you to scale up as needed with extra benefits and features. Below are some tutorials which you will find helpful after registering for a MailChimp account.

Using Automation Rules in MailChimp


How to Create a MailChimp Broadcast


How to Create Lists in MailChimp


How to Create a MailChimp Sign up Form


How to Remove Unresponsive Leads in MailChimp


How to Schedule follow up Emails in MailChimp


Mailing lists are a good idea to generate repeat sales from your existing customer base of paying customers. No doubt, there are other ways to stay in touch with your customers (Facebook Feeds, Twitter) but since MailChimp have a free package, why not give it a go!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Avoid Bank Fees when Transferring Money Back to Malaysia from United Kingdom



Being a Malaysian living abroad, there are times when I need to transfer some money back home. I have previously been using HSBC to transfer money between countries but later discover TransferWise and can't believe the improved rates and reduces fees to be paid. It was a no brainer.



How To Get Started?

All you have to do to enjoy the rates is to register for an account, pay the sum that you want to transfer either through your debit card (fastest option), online bank transfer or credit card (attracts an additional fee). Make sure you have the bank account number and swift code of the destination account you would like the money to arrive to in local currency. In this case, it will be your Malaysian bank account. You will get e-mail notifications once your transfer have been processed.

Speed of Transfer

The fastest transfer I have experienced was 2 days to USA and 4 days to Malaysia. This will be dependent whether you initiate the transfer and the number of working days.

The Fees?

You will know upfront the fees and there are no additional cost to be paid by the receiving end. This is deducted from the total amount you wish to transfer. You get a discount in the form of reduced fees on your first transfer.

I am interested to hear about your experience or if there are any other competing service out there.

Have fun and let us rise against hefty bank fees!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

A Quick Overview of Sellfy



I thought I would cover today's post with a quick review of Sellfy which I have been using for a while and the options you have of displaying your products with their tools.

I am reviewing basic options that will come with your free accounts which allows you to host up to 5 products with up to the size of 2GB each. So, let us start to take a look on how your products and store will look like once you have uploaded your product.

Your Storefront/Profile Page



Click here to view how your profile page/store will look like. You can customize it with some text, logo and links to your social media pages/profile. You may also embed your product page on an existing website and it will look like below:

Embedding Your Products On An Existing Page
There is also an option to embed your stores and products on a facebook page.

Your Dedicated Product Page

Click here to view a sample of a sales page for your product. You have the option of adding images and links to sales video from youtube or vimeo to promote your product.

Similar to the above option of embedding your whole store on an existing site, you will also have the option to embed a single product which will look like below:

Embedding Your Product Page



Embedding Sales Button

Alternatively, you may also embed just the buy button on your own site and it will look like below:

Buy now

Instant Payment

Once you make a successful sale, the customer will pay you directly and the sellfy will deduct a percentage of the amount and any fees as a separate payment coming out of Paypal. You will receive the standard paypal notification for those two transactions.

Analytics

One of the plus side of Sellfy is the reporting tool and graphs that comes with it. Below is a sample of how it looks like. As you can see, it shows you the total amount of hits/views on your products and the individual traffic sources. This allows you to have powerful insights.





What I have shared is only the tip of the iceberg on how powerful Sellfy is. There are other features like e-mail marketing, social media discounts and pay what you want feature. I am sure the team will also be building on and releasing new features. If you are from Sellfy and is reading this blogpost, please do give a shoutout!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Wordpress Tutorials For Selling Digital Goods

Wordpress is probably one of the best free Content Management System and a lot of online marketers use it to sell and deliver their digital products. Here are some quick tutorials on how you can make the most out of Wordpress and secure your site.

How To Disable Wordpress Autosave


How To Protect Your Download Pages in Wordpress


How To Secure Your Wordpress Site


There are countless more possibilities and options to customise your Wordpress installation. I will share more video tutorials in the near future. Enjoy the upcoming weekend!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Registering a Malaysian Child Born in the United Kingdom



Congratulations on your newborn. Now the fun begins. Are you aware that you have 12 months from your newborn's birth to get them registered at the Embassy. I am sharing the below based on an application for a child with two Malaysian parents. I am not sure what the variations will be if one of the parents are not Malaysian but hope you will find the below useful based on my recent application for my newborn.

Malaysian Birth Certificate (Borang W) & Passport

Passport Size Pictures (35mm wide and 50mm in length)

- 2 x Passport Size Photographs with Blue Background for Birth Certificate
- 2 x Passport Size Photographs with White Background for Passport

Documents Needed (Original & 3 Copies)

- You will need the full UK Birth Certificate
- Both Parents IC
- Both Parents Current Passport
- Both UK Parents Biometric Resident Permit
- Parents Marriage Certificate

You will need 2 copies for the Birth Certificate Application and 1 copy for the passport application. For documents like your Identity Card and Biometric Resident Permit, you will need to photocopy the front and the back of the card.

Forms

There are no forms that you can obtained online and will have to fill two copies at the embassy. You will not need to fill in a separate form for their passport.


Payment

No card payment facilities are available, so it is best you bring exact change.
Borang W: £10.00.
Passport Application: £21.00

Same Day Collection

One of the thing that deserves praise is the same day collection of the documents. The newborn does not need to be there for the collection of the forms and passport. Make sure you hand in your collection slip over the counter when the embassy re-opens between 1500 - 1600 for collection.

Other Things To Worry About

If you are planning to travel home to Malaysia, do note that you might have issues returning with your child if he or she has not been issue with a dependent visa. So, I would highly recommend that you start any dependent visa application and obtaining it first before heading back.

Disclaimer

Lastly, I don't work for the embassy and this is not an official site. For any up to date information, always contact the Malaysian embassy in London directly. You can visit their official website for their contact details.

Hope you found this useful. Lastly, make sure you check my tip on getting free life insurance cover that will benefit your child.

Monday, April 03, 2017

2017 TopCashBack Easter Giveaway Answers

TopCashBack is a cashback website and it is giving away £10,000 in total prizes till 18/04/2017. All you have to do to is to start solving their daily clues and start collecting easter eggs. Certain multiples of the same easter eggs will unlock some of cash prizes in various denominations up to £100 and there is a mega prize draw for £1000.

To make it simpler for you, below are the answers by dates.

03/04/2017 - Groupon
04/04/2017 - EE Broadband
05/04/2017 - Fidelity Stocks & Shares ISA Cashback
06/04/2017 - La Redoute
07/04/2017 - Plusnet Broadband
08/04/2017 - Marks & Spencer
09/04/2017 - Not On The High Street
10/04/2017 - Expedia
11/04/2017 - BT Broadband
12/04/2017 - Very
13/04/2017 - PlusNet Mobile
14/04/2017 - Hive
15/04/2017 - AO.com
16/04/2017 - Now TV
17/04/2017 - Hotels.com

Good luck!

If you are not yet a member, please do sign up and start earning cashback on your purchases from your favourite online stores including eBay & Groupon. Thanks in advance if you signed up through my link!

Enjoy and good luck!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Favourite Sites For Free Stock Images



Maintaining my mindset of frugality, I try to source everything I use for free. Here are my favourite sites for free stock photos. All the sites below claim to provide pictures with CC0 License.



Pexels - A searchable directory of images free for both personal and commercial use. Most of the images I use to complement my posts are from this page. The search tool here is powerful and I am often not disappointed by the selection



Pixabay - A similar searchable directory of images free for both personal and commercial use.



StockSnap - A growing repository of high resolution pictures with hundreds added weekly. This is perfect for wallpapers.

Use the images from the sites above in your projects, websites or digital products without having to pay a bomb.

Hope you have found this post useful and that it added some sites in your repertoire. Have fun and enjoy what is left of your weekend!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Using Free Online Storage To Host Your Digital Files

Most of online sellers would agree that the cost of storage of your digital files would probably be one of the highest and some hosting companies place restriction on the sites from hosting too many files. Don't worry, with my principle of being frugal, there are countless of free or cheap online cloud storage companies that you can use to host your files. Here are some of my favourite ones and tutorials on how to use them.

Dropbox - Click here to sign up for free account


Amazon S3 - First year free


Mediafire - Free account serve ads and might not be as professional for your customers


There are hundreds more company that I did not have a chance to mention in this post but feel free to do your research. One word of caution is that with many companies offering a freemium model, it is best to stick with the ones that have been around the block for a little bit longer.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free Life Insurance for a Year



I digress a bit from my usual posts. Just had a one month old baby and thought this is worth sharing. Although the payout is not huge for some, it seems like a good cover for free if you are a resident in the UK. All it takes is a couple of minutes of registering online (no credit card needed, so you don't have to worry about automatic renewal) with the provider and you get a free one year cover for £15,000. Each parent can register for up to 8 child if they meet the age criteria.

So, if you have one child and both parents register with a provider, you will get £30,000 cover and if you have two child, your joint cover can increase to £60,000.

Sainsbury's

This covers the parent for £15,000. You will need to be a parent above 18 years old and your child have not reached their 5th Birthday. This is underwritten by Legal & General and you can apply with them directly.

Post Office

This covers the parent for £15,000. This is only available to children below 4 years old. The insurance is underwritten by he Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited and I can't find a link to directly register with them.

Aviva

This covers the parent for £15,000. Similar to Legal & General, this is only available to children below 4 years old.

After completing your registration, you will usually get an e-mail confirmation and letter sent to your home with the details. Make sure your loved ones are made well aware.

Hope you found this post useful and until next time. See ya!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Profiting from Videos

Another week has gone and I hope you are all experimenting on profiting from your content. This week I would like to cover places where you can upload your videos and profit from them. You may sell your videos traditionally as a pay per view or capitalise on video sharing platforms to a revenue ad share with you. This is where you get paid a portion of the commission from the ads displayed on your videos.



Youtube
This site needs no introduction and it is by far the largest video sharing site available. You will need to get approval first before you are able to monetize your videos and you will need a google adsense account to get paid. Once you have some videos available on youtube, you can apply to link the accounts together so you can start profiting from your videos.

Dailymotion
DailyMotion is a good alternative to Youtube and have a separate payment platform from Google's adsense. Here you can profit from ads displayed on your videos or requiring customers to pay to view your video. Click here to start monetizing your videos.

Vimeo
Vimeo is a paid option with a monthly subscription to sell your videos worldwide. I do recommend that you register for the free account to familiarise yourself first or you can always opt for the free 30 days trial before making up your mind.

Remember that the above are video streaming platforms for you to sell your video content. Don't forget that you can zip up your video files to sell on the other platforms I have posted about in my previous posts or create a physical equivalent of it to sell on Amazon. Let me know how you get on!

Enjoy the rest of week and don't stop experimenting.

Let me know how you get on!

Enjoy the rest of week and don't stop experimenting.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Canva - Free Online Image Editor Tutorial

One of the best free online image editing tool that I have found and use is Canva. Use it to create banners to promote your products or websites. Here are some quick tutorials to help you get started! Enjoy!

Creating Your Canva Account



How To Use Canva



How To Save Images From Canva



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Reselling Public Domain Comic Books

I touched on selling public domain materials in one of my older posts and also shared generic sources for public domain materials where you can get such contents.



Today, I would like show an example of an specific niche you can focus on which are comic books. There are millions of comic books from the golden age that are now in the public domain and you can get your slice of the multi million dollar comic book industry.

But where can I find those comic books? Well, thanks to the internet and the collective efforts of many, here are my top sites for sourcing public domain comics for resale.

Comic Book +
Digital Comic Museum
Fury Comics

If comic books are not your thing, you can use the artwork from the materials to add into products you are developing too.

As usual, it goes without saying that you will need to research copyright and public domain laws in each country that you intend to sell your products to.

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Selling Your Digital Products on Amazon



Venturing for new marketplaces to sell your products is always a good idea. I tend to try out a lot of platforms and stick with the ones that works. I also tend to use the term set and forget where sometimes sales are generated from marketplaces or stores that I have forgotten about.

One of my more recent ventures is to see the possibilities of selling digital products on Amazon and here are the list of options I have discovered.

1. Sell your product as a DVD using Kunaki to manufacture on demand. Click here for a sample product sold using this model.

2. Publish them as books or ebooks using Kindle Digital Publishing

3. Create videos and get paid when the content are streamed.

4. Sell your merchandise (T-shirt designs & etc). This is currently by invitation only.

I encourage you to try out new things and you never know what you might discover next!

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Free vs Paid Web Hosting for Your Website

Another week has passed and I would like to share my views of free vs paid web hosting for your website. I have tried to remove associated risks that are present in both free and paid hosting models.

FREE Hosting...

It is nearly a no brainer, the price says it all. As most providers offer a freemium model, pay to upgrade your account, you can use this to trial their hosting. Besides that, you can always test other things such as their control panel (eg. cPanel) and server versions.

It is also reasonably a risk free option if you want to test out a new product and see how it fares out without any upfont costs.

However, there is a true cost of free. In my online adventures, I have gained a lot from free hosting providers in learning coding, server versions and web development but have also grown to be extra cautious. I have seen countless of providers that could not sustain their offering as they were not able to generate enough revenue to cover the on going running costs. Sites with free hosting providers usually don't rank highly as they will be sharing similar IP addresses with multiple sites on the same free hosting providers.

PAID Hosting...

If budget is not an issue, there are extremes of paid hosting you can grab. It starts from a shared hosting account (multiple accounts on one server) to a dedicated server of your own or get the benefit of the cloud such as Amazon S3.

I would always advocating using paid hosting for you business site and make sure you select a reputable provider. This will allow you as a customer to

Paid hosting also offers more options to customize your settings and are often more generous in their allocation of bandwidth or diskspace. This means less likely of a customer unable to reach your website due to the additional resources. It is also more straight forward to hold a provider accountable for a disrupted service as a paying customer. I have both been successful and unsuccessful in claiming service credits from hosting providers that failed to meet their SLA. You can sign up to free monitoring tools that track your website availability.

Do note that paying for hosting does necessarily guarantee you a good service or provide you the vest value for money. Do shop around and if you are already with an existing hosting company, don't worry about switching to cut back on costs. Taking an opportunity to plug one of my sites, if you are considering paid hosting, do try the site Hostonfire.com that have been running since 2003.

In summary, this is a 20 minute brain dump. I would suggest you perform a hybrid by using both providers for different purposes! As frugality is something I always preached. You can used a paid service for your primary site and a free hosting or provider for the purpose of your development. This will reduce any harm that can be done to your live website in the midst of developing a new one.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and till next week!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Public Domain Sources

As promised in my last post, here are top 3 of my favourite locations on the web for public domain materials:

1) Internet Archive

The front page states that the Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. This is the site I usually start all my research with but do be mindful that not everything on the internet archive is in the public domain. This is clearly stated in the licensing information of each material you browse through.

2) Project Gutenberg

There is a wealth of eBooks here as the site's mission is "To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". The last count was over 50,000 of them. The materials are digitized and proof read by volunteers, so a donation is recommended although not mandatory.

3) WikiMedia Commons

The site states that the page is a collection of 37,281,473 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. I usually source graphic images from this site to be added to an ebook or project that I am working on.

The above are only a snippet of the wealth of online resources available that shares public domain materials. There are many others which I will share in due course.

Lastly, do make sure you do your research before releasing or remixing the above mentioned material to sell on as your own. This is due to the reason that copyright laws differ from one country to another. Most of the sites above are based on the common law in the US.

Have fun and do share the products you have created and if there are any other sources that can help others in creating their own product using public domain materials.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Selling Public Domain Products

Once in a while you might lack experience or don't know where to start with creating your first digital product. One of the simplest form is to sell public domain products.

So what is this "public domain" you are talking about?

In my own words, public domain refers to copyright free or a state of being owned by the public. This means that you are not restricted legally (no royalties or permission required) to do as you wish with works that fall within the public domain. Examples may include, publications, written books and even movies.

Can you really make money selling public domain products?

Well, Walt Disney did with their blockbuster fairy tales like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs & Cinderella to name a few.

What is the catch then?

Do be warned that copyright laws do differ in various countries and do make sure you do your research or contact an expert. It is also common for folks to just resell a public domain product as it is. I would highly recommending customizing it before reselling it on to make it unique.

Stay tuned next week where I share my favourite locations online to source public domain products that you can start selling in a wink of an eye.

Speak in a week's time!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Automation is Key

Automating your sales and the whole journey of customers being able to purchase your product to the delivery is the key to a hands free online business. There are several tools that could help support this journey. I have highlighted in the pass several cost effective sites to help you with that.

But where do I start?

The most basic is the payment processing where you are able to take payment from customers and sending them their digital product once a successful payment has been made. This transaction can be fully automated with most payment providers like paypal where you provide a link to your file to be displayed after the payment is taken. Once you make your first initial setup, it will continue on generating you income on successful sales without the need for you lifting a finger.

I have set up multiple sales pages and products for sale but am not getting any traffic?

Constant flow of high quality traffic to your site is key. There are multiple sources of paid traffic that you can attempt to tap into or simply rely on free sources to promote your sales page. The old term of build and they will come is no longer valid as there are literally billions of existing sites and millions mushrooming everyday. So, the space is super competitive and will only get increasingly so.

Remember to continue experimenting as there is no one size fit all solution. If you can automate the sales and delivery of your products with a constant flow of visitors that you can convert them into successful sales, you are on your journey to success.

Till next week, enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Free Domain Names for your Website



When starting out, I decided to get everything for free to cut costs. Before I share the sites that offer free domain names, please note of the below: The Cons

1. A word of caution/warning, such providers can disappear without a trace overnight. This happened to the provider .co.cc.

2. Such domains do not rank highly on search engines due to the likeliness of abuse.

3. The provider may remove your domain without any explanation.

All of the above will hurt your business if you have spent years on building and growing your online presence. With the above out of the way, here are some of my favourites which you may find useful:

1. .tk
2. .ml
3. .ga
4. .cf
5. .gq
6. .biz.ht
7. .biz.nf
8. .co.nf
9. .co.vu
10. .cu.cc

If you can afford it, I do highly recommend you register for a domain name for your online business and you can try out my web hosting site.

Till next time, take care!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Places To Sell Your Digital Products

I have been maintaining a list of locations where digital products can be sold. I have featured some of them in the past and thought it might be useful. Do however be mindful that the internet is a fast pace environment and some services featured in the list below might no longer be valid. Also, don't try to upload all your products in all those stores. Experiment on a handful first and focus on the platform that works best for you. The list of sites and pages are in no particular order.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Turning Digital Products into Physical Ones

Looking into branching out and making a different variety of your product? Here are a few sites that can help you to do so through manufacturing on demand which means you can avoid any inventory costs. So, it is another risk free option other than spending time initially to configure the products to be available through those sites.

Kunaki.com

I have been personally using the company for years to convert digital products into DVDs or CDs. My experience have been very good so far and the features and functionality of the site have grown. They also provide complimentary UPC for your product which allows you to list the product on Amazon.

Lulu.com

You can turn your product to physical books.

Cafepress.com

Sell your prints on T-Shirts, Mugs and a whole load of merchandise.

Till next week, happy experimenting.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What Types of Digital Products Can I Sell?

Are you one of those who would like to start selling digital products online but am not too sure on where to start? Hope this post can get your brain juices flowing.

1) eBooks & PDF Files

- If you are a gifted writer, start by self publishing a book to be sold online. Otherwise, do explore the world of public domain and repackage the product to sell.

2) Templates

- This could be business related such as legal contracts/powerpoint presentation templates or Sewing Paterns if you are a designer or Web Templates.

3) Photos or Videos

- Why not sell your holiday shots or videos for extra cash? There is a market for freelance photographers to sells their hard work to be as stock videos or photos.

4) Tutorials

- You must be an expert in certain topic and why not start sharing your skills by recording a video tutorial. You can sell them as courses and also establish yourself as an expert in the topic. With the boom in MOOCs, people are more tuned into on demand online learning.

5) Audio Files

- This can be a perfect option to expand your existing product into such as an Audio Book. Other examples includes recorded speeches, poetry recitals and if you are into producing, your own music loops.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. My only advise is to start with one type of product first as some variations or formats sell better than the others.

Have fun and do share the types of products you have created or if there are any other suggestions of digital products that can be sold!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Why Sell Digital Products?

Here are the instant thoughts that came into my head on the advantages of selling digital products.

1. Low Barriers of Entry

Almost anyone with a computer and access to the internet is able to start a business. This translates to it being low risk as you have low upfront investment costs and are able to scale it up fairly quickly. Being on the internet also means that you can reach out to a flood of global customers. A no brainer really.

2. Evergreen & Never Run Out Of Stock!

You are not dealing with perishable goods, so once you created a product, you can easily reproduce it to sell to literally unlimited amount of customers. 3. Low Inventory Costs

It is almost in fact dwarfed in comparison to what you will pay to have a warehouse and all the associated logistic costs such as moving the stock and handling returns. Usually your costs will be the commission or fee you pay to your payment processor or marketplace used.

4. Harness The Power Of Automation

The extra beauty is also the ability to automate the delivery once a purchase have been made and instant delivery which the customer craves for. This will literally make you earn while you sleep!

5. You Have Greater Control

You are able to experiment with pricing, decide on the way to market it rather than relying on distributors or third parties. In comparison to brick and mortar stores, you will have to have layers and layers of agreements and possibly provide credit.

Well, that's a quick brain dump from my end this week! Till next week, happy experimenting online.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Top 3 Free or Low Cost Marketplaces To Sell Digital Goods For Starters

Happy New Year! Here is a quick post of my top 3 automated places to sell digital goods such as PDFs, images, stock images, templates or anything that can be digitally sent.

The sites I have listed below are basic sites that I have had generated successful sales during my trial with nearly zero marketing from my end and leveraging on their existing customer base and traffic. Hence, they are brilliant for anyone attempting to give it a go or trying to make a first sale online. The services originally do not charge an upfront fee but takes a fee or commission once a successful sale is made. This is still the case for the first in my list whereby one charges a minimal $0.95 activation fee with the last one charging a monthly subscription.

1. JVZoo.com (Free)

I stumbled upon this service looking for a free Clickbank alternative and was impressed by the rich feature of the solution. This integrates with PayPal very well if you use it as your main payment processor and have a host of affiliates that can help promote your product better.



However, this site does not provide you with a hosted sales page. This is not the end of the world as there are many places such as blogs or free web hosts that you can use to host your sales page.

2. Tradebit.com ($0.95 Activation Fee)

I would describe this platform as the ebay of digital goods and the site that I have been messing about with the longest. It has changed throughout the years and integrates with paypal very well. There is an upfront one off $0.95 activation fee when signing up and this only applies for each account you create. You can host up to 10GB worth of digital products or integrate it with your own hosting.



Unfortunately, the interface looks dated and most importantly your share of a successful sale are not paid to you instantly and roughly takes two to three weeks. As they hold the payment, they do issue refunds at their discretion.

3. Sellfy.com (Free Trial or $15/month)

I was fortunate to sign up for a legacy free plan which they no longer offer but they do have a free trial at the moment.



This service integrates very swiftly with all your social media sites like twitter or facebook. It also has a very cool reporting feature on views on your product using a world map.

The downside is that the site does not have a bulk upload or bulk update feature yet but I am hopeful.

Hope the above provides a few additional options to kick start selling digital products online.

I am constantly testing out different marketplace and will link then to this post moving forward.

I look forward to hearing from your experiences on the above platform and do let me know how you get on and if you are a similar service provider, I am more than happy to review your service if you provide me with a complimentary account. Thanks!

Till next time, cheers!