Selling digital products on the Internet can look like an overwhelming and expensive endeavor. However, with the right tools, knowledge, and experience, it is very feasible to make a remarkably viable online marketplace in a matter of a few clicks of the mouse. Significantly helping to streamline and simplify the process for online marketers while still offering a wealth of features and options is DPD.
Standing for Digital Product Delivery, it is a comprehensive e-commerce utility for people who want to sell digital products on the web.
Sell Digital Downloads at a Flat Price
With some of the other online marketplaces that facilitate the sale of digital products, the sellers are hit with transaction fees, hosting fees, and other charges that can quickly bite into the bottom line. Such is not the case with DPD. Instead, subscribers pay a low monthly fee and are offered unlimited downloads and unlimited transactions. In fact, it is possible to sell digital products through a number of different websites, all through one DPD account.
When you use a standard Google Checkout or PayPal process for selling a digital product, you may be hosting your premium content on a freely available webpage. You may use a generic link that is sent out to all buyers, opening up the possibility of link farming, piracy, and other related issues. DPD is different in the way that it works. Each buyer is provided with a unique, secure download link. This way, it is much more difficult for multiple people to download from the same purchase. In the settings area on the user dashboard, you can also set restrictions in the number of download attempts, as well as a time limit for how long the generated download link remains active.
Multiple Websites, Multiple Profiles, Multiple Products
One of the major features offered by DPD is that it can handle multiple websites and multiple products from a single DPD account and interface. This significantly streamlines the process. Each website can be afforded its own profile, defining such items as the store name, website URL, currency accepted, contact name, default language, payment processor, Google merchant ID, tracking HTML, download limits, and more. Since this e-commerce tool hosts all of your digital products too, you don’t have any worries about bandwidth and minimal concerns over downtime. Most DPD plans have no product file size limit, ensuring that you have enough room for larger content like videos and software packages.
Inspecting the User Dashboard
From this dashboard, you have quick access to your stats and analytics, as well as the ability to edit your websites and products.
Each website and each product is listed separately on your inventory page, including links to the different options and customizations available. Each product is given its own unique product ID, as well as a thumbnail image. Going into each individual product, you can also gain access to pre-designed buttons (including the full HTML code for each) that you can then embed on your websites, forums, and other places on the Internet. There are sets compatible with single-item (instant) checkouts and multiple-item (shopping cart) checkouts. After the buyer completes the purchase process, he or she can be redirected to a return URL that you define. This could be a specialized “thank you” page that you design or it could be back to your main website; it’s up to you.
Integration with WordPress Blogs
WordPress continues to be one of the most popular content management systems on the Internet, not only for blogs, but also for content websites and e-commerce stores. As such, DPD has also been designed to be compatible with the platform. In this way, you can “turn your WordPress blog into a download selling marketplace” with DPD. There is no extra code-edited needed on your part. In fact, you don’t even need to copy-and-paste like how you would with a regular website. Instead, the entire transaction can be facilitated with the WordPress plugin. Simply download and activate the plugin, connecting to your DPD account, and you’ll be ready to sell digital products on your WordPress site in no time. This includes a sidebar checkout widget, customizable buttons, and the ability to add cart buttons to your posts.
Run Your Own Affiliate Programs
Want to enlist the help of affiliates to promote your product? As it turns out, DPD comes with it’s own built-in affiliate system to automatically track affiliate’s commissions and generate payout reports. DPD generates your own affiliate “mini-site” to link from your sales site where your affiliates can log in and view their sales stats, generate links, read vendor news, and more. DPD supports multiple payout levels too, so you can set up “super affiliates” with higher payouts. A unique feature of DPD, vendors can create affiliate buy buttons that allow affiliates to sell your products, right from their website while you retain complete control.
Offering Coupons and Discounts
Allowing you to open a regular e-commerce store is already pretty powerful, especially with multi-website and multi-product support, but DPD goes even further.
It is possible to offer discount codes for each of your digital products. These coupons codes are defined by you and you can define the amount of the discount, either as a flat rate or as a percentage of the purchase price. Want to only offer the coupon to the first X number of buyers? You can do that too. The coupon can also be time-limited, giving you all sorts of opportunities for creative marketing and promotion.
Sell Digital Products with Fixed Costs
A remarkably robust and powerful e-commerce tool, DPD is also very affordable, even for the smallest of online merchants. There are a number of pricing plans available, including a 30-day free trial. All plans include PayPal support, Google Checkout support, an affiliate enabled multi-item checkout cart, ClickBank support, and the ability to give free samples. The smallest plan is just $5 a month and includes up to 10 products with a max product size of 50MB. Even at this price, you are afforded unlimited bandwidth and unlimited transactions. The most popular plan is $10 a month, allowing for up to 20 digital products, unlimited product space, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited transactions. The 30 product, 60 product, and 120 product plans are $16, $22, and $30 per month, respectively. DPD even has larger plans available for volume sellers!