The other day I found an easy way to sell my ebooks directly on my free wordpress blog, and other self-publishing authors can easily sell their ebooks or books following the steps outlined on the article link at end of this post.
The catch. There’s always a catch.
Buying something on the net always requires an SSL connection, the HTPPS// you see in all secure URL’s. An SSL certificate costs money. Even Godaddy charges $75/year for an SSL certificate.
Gumroad requires an SSL connection, the old HTTPS you see on all secure sites. Yup. You have to pay to play. Or do you?
ME? I’m frugal. I don’t want to have to buy an SSL certificate.
I use a free SSL conversion method in my FireFox browser to ALWAYS have an SSL connection on ALMOST ANY site. Chrome users also have the ability, but not IE browsers. Chrome is very popular on many desktops, mobile phones and devices, and FireFox is my preferred browser for safe and secure Internet surfing.
The free SSL extension is called HTTPS Everywhere, and is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site. The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by using a clever technology to rewrite requests to these sites to HTTPS.
WordPress free blogs, like this one you are visiting, don’t have HTTPS and you can’t add HTTPS directly to your free wordpress blog. Some other free blogs or web site services may have the same problem.
Having HTTPS Everywhere as an add-on in your Chrome or FireFox browser not only makes your Internet surfing much safer and secure but allows you to sell your ebooks on sites which don’t have HTTPS or won’t allow you to add HTTPS directly on your site.
I created a
Spanish Word Search Puzzles in PDF and uploaded it to the Dashboard on Gumroad. Clicking on the link above, if you have added HTTPS Everywhere to your FireFox or Chrome browser so you are viewing this page safely and securely in HTTPS, takes you to that page where you may purchase the PDF containing 50 full-page puzzles for 99 cents. Simple, eh. Yes, HTTPS Everywhere doesn’t work with Internet Explorer, but that is a piece of crap anyway and no one should be using it to surf the Internet. Get FireFox, it’s much faster and safer.
The reason I chose PDF is Gumroad personalizes each PDF a reader purchases, so the file is stamped with the name of purchaser on the front page of the PDF.
Besides selling your ebooks/books using Gumroads system, you can pre-order.
With the new feature, instead of uploading a file, creators just enter a release date. Fans can use their credit cards to purchase the product, then when the date comes, all those pre-order cards are charged, the content is delivered to the customers, and the listing is turned into a regular Gumroad product listing. Creators can send messages to people who placed orders before the release date, just as they can afterwards.
Create your pre-order, use twitter and facebook to announce it, and do the same on your blog or web site. Seems pretty darn simple to me.
There is no minimum price threshold that I’m aware of, plus they allow pay-what-you-want pricing.
Refunds are handled on your Gumroad Dashboard, and one gumroad user wrote on his blog there are no fees for refunds. You can also offer works as ‘All sales final. No refunds’.
Sales tax may not be applicable where you live in, so check your local laws and tax laws for your country.
The cost for this service? 5% of list price and $0.25.
If you sold a $3.99 ebook on Amazon you’d earn a maximum of $2.79
The same $3.99 ebook using Gumroad earns you $3.55.
To read how and what I did to be able to sell my ebooks on the free wordpress blog and learn more about Gumroad, and to see how to sell your books or ebooks on your own blog/website whether or not it’s wordpress, click this link to the Smashwords Forum article
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