One of the best things you can do as a freelance Web writer is diversify your income streams by creating, and selling, informational products. I would hazard a guess that the most common informational products for freelance writers to be selling would be e-books or reports (you also might sell membership to premium content on a website though).
E-junkie is by far my favorite of those methods from a seller's perspective. Here are some of its benefits:
- E-junkie can be used to sell pretty much any kind of informational product you could imagine.
- You can sell up to 10 different products (you can sell an unlimited number of each) for just $5 per month - other service levels exist if you need to sell more.
- They don't charge transaction fees (Clickbank's biggest problem - they really add up).
- They don't charge a setup fee (Clickbank does).
- You can easily create discount codes for promotions (you can't with Clickbank).
- E-junkie gives you secure delivery built in - for example, you can set a time limit on each download link set, or a maximum number of downloads before a link expires to stop people from passing around a static download link (you can't do this with Clickbank either).
- You can still accept Paypal payments, among other options.
- You can run your own affiliate program there (the only problem is that you deal with the affiliate administration and payments yourself - although they do give you the tools and reports - the affiliate issue is the only area where Clickbank comes out on top).
- It can be used in conjunction with other programs - for example, if you want to have an affiliate program through Clickbank but want E-junkie to secure your downloads and delivery, you can do that (that's what I'm doing now with the first Web Writer's Guide e-book).
- When you make a sale through E-junkie, you get your payment right away (unlike services like Clickbank where they hold the payments and pay you weekly, bi-weekly, etc.).
- You have complete control over your guarantees if you want to offer one (or return policies) - you don't with Clickbank, where you have to abide by their return policies.
E-junkie's a great service. I love it. I went with the E-junkie / Clickbank combo strictly to have Clickbank manage the affiliate program. Honestly, that program hasn't done much for my e-book sales other than cost me more money (I lose nearly $4 of every sale I make myself, which would be unneccessary since I was making those same sales solely through E-junkie without the added cost). Unless that changes quite significantly, I've already decided that the future e-books in my series at Web Writer's Guide will be sold exclusively through E-junkie without the affiliate program.
If you're looking to start selling products of your own, I urge you to give them a look. The interface is pretty intuitive even if you're new to selling informational products, the prices can't be beat, and you retain a lot of freedom that you would lose with other services.
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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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