Recently I put my new e-book Intelligent Productivity For Freelance Writers: Manage Your Time, Make More Money, and Get More Enjoyment From Life for sale using the E-junkie shopping cart.
(Note: Intelligent Productivity For Freelance Writers is currently off the market. I’m revamping it into a time management course that will be available soon.)
In this post I describe my experience with e-junkie and other shopping carts. Please note that I am not an expert at this. I’m just a reasonably intelligent guy trying to figure out what the best option is and then making that option work.
What Is E-junkie?
E-junkie is a shopping cart service with a stunningly horrid name. A name so bad that I refrained from using the service for a long time.
Junkie: heroin addict?
Junkie: crap you don’t want?
Clickbank is E-Junkie’s Main Competitor
I initially put my first information product, Writing College Textbook Supplements, for sale on Clickbank, the largest of the digital product shopping carts, after initially deciding not to use e-junkie in large part because I hated the name.
There are many things that bothered me about Clickbank. I admit I have only limited experience with the company, and that some people think Clickbank is great.
I did not like this about Clickbank:
- Being associated with some of the sleazy products for sale there (although there are some reputable products).
- Had one customer who e-mailed and said that, after visiting Clickbank’s site, she would not deal with Clickbank under any circumstances. This is a highly educated woman who is computer savvy, has a website, and publishes books.
- Great difficulty in finding affiliate links for my product.
- Couldn’t find my product on Clickbank at all, even when I typed in the exact title. It kept giving me the best selling products, not mine.
- Need to pay $50 for a new account each time you want a new product to have its own page.
They did pay on time (after an initial waiting period), and some websites did link to my sales page with their affiliate id’s. However, no affiliate sales, which is not surprising because WCTS targets a small niche.
I eventually put Writing College Textbook Supplements for sale with Paypal. I’m still doing this, and I’m happy with Paypal, but I might soon switch WCTS to e-junkie so other freelance writers can sell it as affiliates.
Why I Chose E-Junkie to Sell My E-Book
For Intelligent Productivity For Freelance Writers I definitely need a shopping cart that can handle affiliates.
I also want a shopping cart that already has a lot of affiliates associated with it, and the kind of affiliates that might be interested in my information products. E-junkie is used by many information marketers I respect, folks that are not uber-hype Internet marketers that push-push-push with a long and loud sales page.
My Experience with E-Junkie So Far
Opening the account was a cinch. I opted for the $18 per month plan that lets me sell up to 60 products, with 500 mb on their server, and allows me to download from my own websites. I figured I could grow with that, and would also have the room for selling audio products with their large file sizes.
I was approved immediately. (As opposed to Clickbank, which takes a day or more to view your site and approve you, and may ask for changes.)
I uploaded the e-book and audiobook with no significant problems, and all sales transactions have gone smoothly.
So far, so good!
What is your opinion of E-junkie, Clickbank, Paypal, and the other methods for selling downloadable information products? Do you prefer one over the other? Why?