Learn to create a profitable digital product from home
If you’re a blogger, it may be your plan to eventually make and sell digital products to increase your blogging income. But it’s common to have no idea where to start. Let’s look at some of the first steps and tools needed to make and sell your first digital product.
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What digital product should you make?
Obviously, the first step is a great idea! This is often the trickiest part.
If you’ve already got a blog, you likely already have a niche or a target audience.
Start with what your audience’s pain points are. What do you have or know that can help them? From there you can create a product based on offering them a solution to their problem.
This could take shape in the form of an eBook, a printable, a template, or something else.
Got your idea? Great! Next step, create it!
P.S. Creating courses is another great option if you have something valuable to teach your audience. Check out How to Create an Online Course here.
Canva to design your digital product
How do I build and sell digital products?
Canva is a great tool to help you make your first digital product.
You don’t need to be a graphic designer to bring your idea to life. I’ve used good old Canva to create all of my digital products and promotional graphics to help sell them.
While it certainly helps if you have some design experience or a creative side, Canva makes it easy if you don’t.
There are pre-designed templates for eBooks and other printables at your disposal, even with the free version of Canva.
There are of course more advanced templates available for purchase through bloggers and online marketers. You can always start with the free Canva templates and go from there.
Sendowl to sell your digital product
Once your product and landing page are created, you’ll need an online shop to sell it from.
Sendowl is a really affordable tool to sell your products on your blog or website. I really can’t say enough great things about using it for this purpose.
Sendowl allows you to upload your products, create custom checkouts, and even host your own affiliate program.
You set up your Sendowl store, link it to your landing page, blog posts, etc. and they handle the payment and deliver the product for you.
They even offer a 30 day free trial, so it’s risk free.
Sign up for your Sendowl account HERE!
And if you get stuck on anything while setting up your Sendowl store from scratch, I have a handy step by step guide that will help.
Check out Start Selling With Sendowl when you’re ready to sell! Currently 50% off for Black Friday week using code BF50.
Pages to make your digital product legal
As with most things blogging related, you need to make sure you cover yourself legally.
This needs to be considered when you both make and sell your first digital product.
For example, if you’re creating an eBook, you’ll need a copyright notice within, as well as a disclosure area, especially if you’re planning on including any affiliate links within it.
My favourite place to get legal templates for my site is Blogging For New Bloggers. And they just happen to have a Terms & Conditions Template specifically for people who sell printables.
I also highly recommend their Legal Bundle Value Pack if you need additional legal pages.
It provides you with all the needed information and legal templates to get your product (and your blog/website) 100% legal.
And it’s usually the best bang for your buck if you need more than one template.
You can check out the whole bundle HERE.
Elementor to create landing pages
Elementor is one of my favorite tools for creating a professional looking landing page for my products.
You can sell your digital products directly from a blog post about it if you want. But it’s best to have a dedicated landing page.
If you’re confident in your skills, you can design a new page on your blog from scratch. Or you can use the free Elementor plugin to make it a little easier.
Elementor offers great drag and drop page-building abilities to take the guesswork out of creating the eye-catching elements you are envisioning.
Obviously, the Pro option offers more capabilities. But the free version of the plugin is often enough to create a beautiful page.
A great landing page will address your audience’s pain points, and introduce your product. Next highlight how your product will solve their problem.
Offer a little info about yourself to build trust. Include testimonials if possible to provide proof it’s helped others, pricing, and how/where to buy it.
Where to promote your digital product
So you’ve designed your product and created your online shop. Next, it’s time to start promoting! A few ways to do this are:
– Implement great SEO on your sales page and blog posts
– Promote it to your mailing list
– Use Pinterest Marketing
– Promote it in Facebook groups
– Share in Instagram posts and reels
– Create a YouTube video
– Start an affiliate program (can be done through your Sendowl store account)
– Submit your product to bundles
If you need additional help in the above areas, a few resources I recommend:
Easy On Page SEO
The Email Marketing Template Pack
Pinteresting Strategies 2.0
Helpful Facebook Groups for Blog Growth
Building Your Affiliate Program
After promoting your new product another great way to get the word out about it, and possibly gain new affiliates, is to reach out to other bloggers.
Start with the ones you have built a relationship with and feel comfortable inviting.
Next, I like to search Pinterest for pins related to my product. Read the posts attached to those pins and see if mentioning your product could be a good fit and helpful addition to the post.
If so, you can reach out to the author to see if they’d be willing to update it with a mention of your product. Add in an invitation to join your affiliate program so there’s some incentive for them to do this.
It’s highly unlikely you’ll hear back from everyone you reach out to. But you may gain some new affiliates and get your product mentioned in a post relevant to it.
Need help creating & launching your product?
Dying to get started but feeling completely overwhelmed?
I’ve got the perfect solution. And I know it’s the perfect solution because it’s the actual thing I used when creating and launching my first digital product.
I had my product ready to go but was struggling to create my sales page and was nervous I wasn’t setting up my online store correctly.
I purchased a bundle that came with Monica Froese’s Digital Product Launchpad Course.
And it was a game-changer for me.
If you are the type of person who needs things laid out step by step, with helpful tools along the way, this is the key to your digital product dreams.
So basically, everything you need to launch with the exception of actually coming up with the product idea for you!
The price is crazy considering this will provide you with the tools and knowledge to start a lucrative digital product business with the potential to earn full time income.
Currently, it’s reduced from $97 to $27!
For me, the Elementor Sales Page Template was worth that price alone. Check out all the details HERE.
Create a digital product from blog posts
Seriously. Don’t overthink it. You can actually make a brand new, sellable digital product from content you’ve already created.
Lots of bloggers turn blog posts into simple, affordable ebooks. And you can do the same!
This method is actually a great way to get your feet wet in the world of digital product creation. You won’t need to invest a ton of time into the writing side of things.
If this sounds like an amazing option, you’ll love Debbie Gartner’s 1 Hour eBooks Guide. Like all of Debbie’s eBooks, this one will walk you through the process in a really easy-to-follow way that will allow you to implement her strategy without confusion.
Learn to create an eBook from content you already have, in an hour!
Check it out HERE.
No Time to Create Your Digital Product?
You’re not alone. Some people are anxious to add digital products to their income stream but can’t find time to actually create them.
If this sounds like you, you may want to consider using PLR products.
PLR stands for Private Label Rights, which allows you to purchase existing content, or other digital goods, customize them, and market them as your own.
Think of this solution as a way to hit fast forward on your digital product income!
These products can be purchased at an affordable rate and save you from having to create your own product from scratch.
Your one-time purchase can bring you some serious profit.
Some of my favourite sources for affordable PRL products are:
You’ll find everything from planner pages, habit trackers, calendars, journal pages, and more.
PLR products are a great solution if you want a quick and easy digital product without having to put in the design time.
Learn WAY more about using/selling PLR products here:
How to Make Extra Money With PLR Products
Now Get Selling That Profitable Digital Product!
I hope you enjoyed this step by step guide to creating a digital product. These suggestions should give you the necessary steps needed to get focused to make and sell your first digital product.
Affiliate marketing for other people’s products is great. But adding your own eBooks, printables, etc. to your blog can make a huge difference to your passive blogging income.
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24 thoughts on “How to Make and Sell Your First Digital Product”
This is so useful to me! Saved it to come back to it in the future.
I’m so glad to hear that, Julia! Good luck creating your own digital products in the future.
It can be so empowering to step out of our comfort zone and create something the world needs, put it out there, and sell it! Great post!
There really is nothing better than creating and selling your own digital products! You do the work once, and it can pay you passively forever. What a beautiful thing 🙂
This is very neatly laid out and is something anyone can do to start generating income.
Love this! I’ve never heard of Sendowl but I will check it out thanks!
It’s fabulous. Sendowl is free to join as an affiliate and about $15 a month to have them host your online store.
How would you place your product onto your page?
Sendowl helps you create both buttons and links that take buyers to your product checkout. So you can put an image on your page, a button, or simply text and then link it to your checkout provided by Sendowl.
Creating a product sounded so complex and out of reach until I read this post, thanks so much for sharing I really appreciate.
You’re welcome! So glad it seems a little more attainable now 🙂
I saved your informative post to return when I finish my book as I am looking to sell and publish it. Also, selling digital products sounds enticing; I am still mulling on what would be appropriate for my blog!
I hope you find it handy when the time comes. Thanks for commenting!
You share some really great tips! I’m looking forward to implementing them as I create my first digital product!
Best of luck on your first product 🙂
I tried with Etsy photography and it’s a difficult job.
Thanks for the tips..
You’re welcome. I’ve heard Etsy can be difficult as there’s so much competition.
This is such a helpful post! I love how simple and easy you laid out the instructions.
So glad you found it helpful!
I love your templates. I started to use them with some personal modifications. Thanks!
That’s so great to hear! I’m happy you love them 🙂
So many great tips! I’ve been struggling with digital products so this really helps! 🙂
Awesome! I love hearing that. Happy to help.