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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).

Now I've tried a few different services or methods of selling informational products, including manual delivery with Paypal payment buttons, E-junkie for payments and secure delivery, and Clickbank.

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 runs numerous websites & blogs including All Freelance Writing, NakedPR.com, and BizAmmo.com.

Jenn has 18 years experience writing for others, around 13 years experience in blogging, and over 10 years experience in indie e-book publishing. She is also an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.

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