Selling Digital Goods Online: E-Commerce Services Compared | Smashing Magazine

There’s a realization that every freelance designer must go through at some point: client work isn’t enough to ensure your long-term financial security. What if you get sick? What if you can’t find clients? What if you want to take a vacation?

One possible answer to this problem is earning passive income — i.e. selling products or services instead of selling your own time. A common way to do this is to sell digital goods such as eBooks, PSD templates, WordPress themes, icons, and so on. But how exactly should you sell them?

Although there are lots of marketplaces for selling digital goods, they often take a big cut of the profits. What’s more, they don’t let you customize the sales page, or let you use your own brand. This is where digital goods services come in. These services only take care of the payment, file storage, and download, and let you do the rest. This means you can easily sell your products from your own website, or through social networks.


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There’s a realization that every freelance designer must go through at some point: client work isn’t enough to ensure your long-term financial security. What if you get sick? What if you can’t find clients? What if you want to take a vacation?

One possible answer to this problem is earning passive income — i.e. selling products or services instead of selling your own time. A common way to do this is to sell digital goods such as eBooks, PSD templates, WordPress themes, icons, and so on. But how exactly should you sell them?

Although there are lots of marketplaces for selling digital goods, they often take a big cut of the profits. What’s more, they don’t let you customize the sales page, or let you use your own brand. This is where digital goods services come in. These services only take care of the payment, file storage, and download, and let you do the rest. This means you can easily sell your products from your own website, or through social networks.

I recently wrote an eBook about UI design and needed to find a way to sell it, so I compared five such services: Quixly, FetchApp, Pulley, E-junkie, and Gumroad. I’ll tell you which one I picked at the end… but in the meantime, here are the results of my research.

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Ten Digital Trends Set to Go Mass-Market In 2012

As a global digital agency, one of our top priorities is keeping our collective finger on the pulse of consumer appetites and behavior in digital media. Below, our take on the top 10 digital trends for 2012 that will go mass.

1. Your inner circle
We seek to mirror our social personals in the digital world. But so far, digital has forced us to bring together not only our social selves, but also our professional and familial ones, and present a single persona to everyone we keep in contact with online. The average Facebook user has 130 friends, from BFFs to new acquaintances. Thanks to new filters on social networks, we can at last separate more easily and filter the people we know and decide with each post we share what portion of our friends will access it. Look for greater sophistication in filtering techniques on social networks over the next 12 months.
Examples: Google circles, Facebook Groups, Twitter Lists

2. Personalized news
We currently create more information in a year than we ever have historically. Understandably, overwhelmed by the plethora of information online, people need ways to navigate relevant information and choose what to read. Already, RSS feeds and social networks facilitate the process through integration with news sites that allow users to generate passive status updates by posting content to the wall. Now, applications that sort content based on digital friendship are emerging. The result: social reading is the new standard in online content consumption.
Examples: Percolate, News.me, Counterparties, Flipboard, Zite


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As a global digital agency, one of our top priorities is keeping our collective finger on the pulse of consumer appetites and behavior in digital media. Below, our take on the top 10 digital trends for 2012 that will go mass.

1. Your inner circle
We seek to mirror our social personals in the digital world. But so far, digital has forced us to bring together not only our social selves, but also our professional and familial ones, and present a single persona to everyone we keep in contact with online. The average Facebook user has 130 friends, from BFFs to new acquaintances. Thanks to new filters on social networks, we can at last separate more easily and filter the people we know and decide with each post we share what portion of our friends will access it. Look for greater sophistication in filtering techniques on social networks over the next 12 months.
Examples: Google circles, Facebook Groups, Twitter Lists

2. Personalized news
We currently create more information in a year than we ever have historically. Understandably, overwhelmed by the plethora of information online, people need ways to navigate relevant information and choose what to read. Already, RSS feeds and social networks facilitate the process through integration with news sites that allow users to generate passive status updates by posting content to the wall. Now, applications that sort content based on digital friendship are emerging. The result: social reading is the new standard in online content consumption.
Examples: Percolate, News.me, Counterparties, Flipboard, Zite

3. Rent, don’t own
Today we can get more entertainment for less. The average Netflix user spends over 11 hours per month watching movies. Digital has changed our sense of ownership and the behavior of renting is extending into categories beyond media and car rental where we realize that our use for certain products is limited and therefore do not warrant a purchase – think of infant clothes or art for home or office interiors.
Examples: Plumgear.com, Artsicle.com

4. Seamless transactions
We’re always demanding that our processes become more efficient, quicker and safer, especially when it comes to our bank account. We now carry at least one screen with us at all times. Forty percent of US consumers own a Smartphone, which has becomes so much more than a phone. Transactions are quickly becoming fully integrated with our screens in multiple ways, from paying with our phones to executing financial transactions. Expect to see additional shifts in how we conduct our banking and financial matters.
Examples: Bitcoins, Google Wallet, Monitise, Square Card, Facebook Credits

5. Home, body, web
Technology is fast reaching a tipping point where it is both sufficiently small and affordable (well,…almost) to allow us to monitor our bodies and adapt to our environment automatically. In San Francisco, over 1700 members of “Quantified Self,” a MeetUp group focused on personal measurement – whether through geotracking, life-logging or personal DNA sequencing. Our interest in leading healthier lifestyles, and automating the process through technology and sharing our results and experience, is increasing dramatically. NikePlus was only the beginning.
Examples: Nest.com, Jawbone Up Leer más “Ten Digital Trends Set to Go Mass-Market In 2012”

Implementing Ecommerce: What You Need To Know

Shopping online has evolved greatly over the past 10 years. Think back to the early to mid 90’s and many people were still too scared to make the leap to online shopping – mostly due to security issues. Now millions of people shop online every day, buying anything from a book to a car. It seems if you need it, you can find it online.

Implementing Ecommerce: What You Need To Know

As a web designer it is a great idea to know the ins and outs of ecommerce and how to set up a great site that is easy to navigate and easy to make a purchase. From shopping cart options, to the best navigational set up, it takes a lot to build these types of sites.


Shopping online has evolved greatly over the past 10 years. Think back to the early to mid 90’s and many people were still too scared to make the leap to online shopping – mostly due to security issues. Now millions of people shop online every day, buying anything from a book to a car. It seems if you need it, you can find it online.

Implementing Ecommerce: What You Need To Know

As a web designer it is a great idea to know the ins and outs of ecommerce and how to set up a great site that is easy to navigate and easy to make a purchase. From shopping cart options, to the best navigational set up, it takes a lot to build these types of sites. Leer más “Implementing Ecommerce: What You Need To Know”