If you're just looking to sell a single digital product, an ebook or some audios or some downloadable videos, some piece of downloadable content, a lot of the time you have to use PayPal. If you don't want to use PayPal, you have to go out and you have to apply for a merchant account. And then on top of the merchant account, you need a shopping cart, that's just so you can accept credit card.
The default solution has always been PayPal and even someone like myself, I have more than my fair share of problems with PayPal. Over the course of my relationship with them, they've made a ton of money off of my back, and I'm still treated like a second-class citizen. So if you have problems with them or if you find you're looking for an alternative, I have something that's really cool. You may have heard about it already. But if not, I want to quickly show you it. It's a great Paypal alternative if you;re looking for one.
I've set up a quick sample so you can kind of see how it works. It's a great solution if you want to accept a credit card without having to use PayPal and without having to get a merchant account or shopping cart. This is going to solve all of that and it's free. Let's take a quick look at that now.
First of all, before I show you the actual service, this is the sample page I'm using it on. This is just an introductory product that I sell which is '6 Copywriting Reports' that the person can get for $7. It's kind of like a low take it entry level product. You can see down at the bottom here when you click the 'Buy' button, this pop-up window comes up with the $7 and there's a little description about the report and image, all of this. It's not the page. If you're familiar at all with buying stuff online, you'd know that normally when you hit that purchase button, you're taken to a shopping cart or if you're using PayPal, you're taken directly to the PayPal checkout. That didn't happen in this case.
This pop-up window happens, you hit 'I want this' and you simply, the person enters their email address, their credit card information, and they pay. Then after they pay, this window refreshes and there's a link to their download along with their receipt details and all that information. The important thing is that it was a credit card transaction, not a PayPal transaction. You can completely eliminate PayPal from this.
I didn't use a merchant account for this and I did not have a shopping cart. This is all a free service. Well it's not free, they charge a percentage like PayPal; but it's not PayPal. It's a million times easier to use and it's being made to actually support the merchants instead of exploit the merchants, which is what I feel PayPal does a lot of the time.
Enough talk about this and enough description. This service is called, if you haven't looked up here already, it's called Gumroad. You can go to Gumroad.com, it's completely free to register. There's no registration or membership fee or any garbage like that. It's completely free to log or sign up.
I've already got an account that I set up to show you. We'll just go into my account here and the product that's set up is just a product that I just setup, this one right here that we were just looking at, right here. If we go in and we look at it, you can see it gives you a place to enter an image and it's all really simple. You literally just, on the edit you click, it has a place to upload your image, you write a description.
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