15 Options for Selling Digital Products on Your Website
There is no shortage of options for managing an e-commerce website. There are all kinds of shopping carts and e-commerce content management systems that have a wide variety of strengths and weaknesses. Finding the right option for selling digital downloads, however, can prove to be a challenge. Fortunately, there are a lot of new options available, you just need to find the right one for you.
There are a lot of factors to consider when selling digital files. You’ll need an effective setup for instant delivery. There are choices to be made between a flat pricing structure or per transaction fees. You can either host the files on your own or go with a provider that will host the files for you. You’ll also have to decide what features are important to you, such as being able to offer coupon codes and managing an affiliate program. If you’re selling a large number of products and/or large files it will only make your decision process more complicated and pricey.
In our shop we use E-Junkie. We decided on E-Junkie for a few reasons:
- It allows us to host our own files on Amazon S3, which reduces the cost of storing the large files of our products.
- Lots of features.
- Ease of use. Adding products and inserting buttons into your site is very simple and quick.
- Reputation and dependability.
It’s likely that your situation is much different from ours, so here we will present 15 different options for selling and delivering digital files, along with a brief description of each.
E-Junkie can be used to sell digital products or tangible goods, but it provides a wide variety of features that make it very popular for selling digital products. E-Junkie will host your digital files (or you can host them yourself) and they’ll provide secure downloads for your customers while protecting your products. E-Junkie includes affiliate management, discount codes, autoresponders and more. Pricing is a flat monthly fee (no fees per transaction) based on the number of products you are selling and the amount of disk space needed, unless you are hosting the files yourself. Place “buy now” or “add to cart” buttons anywhere on your site to start selling with E-Junkie.
Clickbank is a very popular solution for selling e-books and other digital products. Part of their success is based on the huge number of affiliates that they have to promote the products of others who are selling through Clickbank. With Clickbank you can accept credit cards with no merchant account required.
Fetch is not a shopping cart solution, but rather it is a digital delivery application that integrates with popular systems like Shopify to deliver your products. Fetch will host your products and provide secure download links to your customers. If you are selling large digital files you may find that options are limited and very pricey for storing your files to sell and for bandwidth to deliver the files. Fetch helps out by offering lower cost storage and delivery.
DPD (Digital Product Delivery) is similar to E-Junkie in that it allows you to create buttons to sell your products and integrate with other systems like PayPal. DPD also offers an affiliate program, discount codes, and more. Pricing is a flat monthly fee based on the number of products and disk space needed to store those products.
SendOwl is pretty similar to DPD and E-Junkie. In addition to selling digital downloads you can also sell tangible goods and subscriptions. SendOwl has a user-friendly interface and a lot of features like product bundles, mailing list integration, and more. Pricing is based on the number of products and the amount of disk space needed.
Gumroad has quickly become a popular option for selling digital products, in part because of ease of use. With Gumroad you can accept Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, Discover, Diner’s Club, and JCB. Your balance will be deposited to your bank or PayPal account every 2 weeks. With Gumroad there are no monthly fees. They charge 5% + $0.25 per transaction.
Sellfy is another simple option for selling digital products. Sellfy integrates with PayPal, Stripe, and Paymill to accept payments for your products. There are no monthly fees with Sellfy, just a fee of 5% per transaction.
Selz offers and easy well to sell your products, even if you don’t have a website. You can create a free store and product pages. If you have a WordPress website you can use their plugin to sell products from your site. There are tons of other features like mailing list integration, Google Analytics integration, multi product options, stock management, and more. Your balance will be paid to your bank or PayPal account. Selz charges no monthly fee. The cost is 5% + $0.25 per transaction.
With Chec you can paste product links anywhere, or embed their checkout into your site. They accept all major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal. Credit cards can be processed for a fee of 3.5%, and PayPal for 2%.
With Space Box you can sell digital products as well as subscriptions. It’s a simple solution with the necessary features like digital delivery. Pricing for selling digital products starts at $12 per month plus 1% per transaction.
Easy Digital Downloads is a popular WordPress plugin that was created specifically for selling digital products. The plugin is free and there are a number of optional add-ons that can be purchased to add certain functionality. The plugin integrates with PayPal, or you can purchase add-ons to integrate with other payment gateways.
Pulley also offers a solution for storing and delivering your digital files. Place “buy now” buttons anywhere to sell your products and Pulley will deliver them securely to your customers. Pricing for Pulley is also based on the number of products being sold and the amount of disk space needed.
PayLoadz integrates with PayPal, Google Checkout, 2Checkout and others to allow you to sell your digital products anywhere. PayLoadz also allows you to create an affiliate program for your products. PayLoadz’s Premium account costs $14.95 per month plus 4.9% and $0.49 per transaction (or $0.05 per transaction for transactions less than $2).
Pixycart includes some unique features like the ability to bundle your products with other sellers, the option to increase your price as sales are made (to increase urgency), and more. Monthly prices are based on the amount of disk space that you need for your products with no per transaction fees.
Content Shelf integrates with PayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout, and more. You can sell any type of file, plus subscriptions. There are a number of other features like coupon codes and promos, product bundling, multiple pricing options, and much more. A limited free plan is available, and paid plans are priced based on the amount of diskspace and bandwidth that you use.
For more ecommerce-related content please see:
- WordPress Ecommerce: 30+ Resources
- 9 Characteristics of Well-Designed Ecommerce Websites
- Site Search Trends for Ecommerce Websites
- 50 Inspirational Ecommerce Website Designs
- 35 Excellent Ecommerce User-Interface Designs
Published December 8th, 2010 by Steven Snell