Creating & Selling Products Online
Creating and selling your own products or services is the most obvious way to make money with your website. This might sound complicated but it really doesn't have to be: we make it easy for you to sell your products online. I'll take you through what you can sell and how to set it up on your blog.
How do I sell products using my website?
This simple way: great for one or two virtual products, like ebooks
The easiest way is to add a sales or products page with a description of the product or service. Then include a simple PayPal buy-now button where visitors can pay and download your book. If you have a Paypal account you can create a buy now button quickly and easily and simply paste the code it gives you into the WordPress editor for that specific page.
Depending on how you want to set it up you can have the file available for immediate download, or you can email them the guide or service later.
The better way: when you have more than a couple products, use WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a full-scale eCommerce shopping cart. Below you'll find some tutorials on how to install WooCommerce and create products. Most are general getting started guides; we've labelled the ones for specific purpose / use-case as [Specific].
- How to Install WooCommerce
- How to create products
- Configuring PayPal or Stripe (to accept credit cards)
- Configuring Shipping (for physical products)
- How to effectively manage customer orders
- [Specific] How to sell access to videos with WooCommerce
- [Specific] How to sell products using affiliate links
With any luck your theme will support WooCommerce by default. Due to WooCommerce's popularity, theme support is quite likely! That said, the ability to customize the appearance of your product pages and checkout is usually quite limited still. If you'd like to customize any of your eCommerce experience, please don't hesitate to ask us! We can often provide free resources to help you, or worst case provide a quote to help you make the changes you require happen.
Now that you've got your website online and set up to make you money, take a read over our comprehensive marketing strategy guide to learn how to build an audience and increase traffic.