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Quixly: Easily Sell Your Digital Downloads

PayPal is great, but if you want to sell digital goods, you need a system in place to deliver your products. Quixly works with PayPal and Google Checkout to securely deliver digital files to paying customers.

Anything digital — photos, movies, software, music, PDFs, Microsoft Office templates, honestly anything — can be sold with Quixly. Once you upload your files to the service, Quixly generates a product URL. Paste it on your site or social media profile as the Buy Now button. When users visit the link, they are redirected to either PayPal or Google Checkout to pay. Following their transaction, Quixly sends the users emails with unique download URLs. You get paid, and users get their downloads, instantly.

There’s tracking, too. Daily reports break out earnings by product, if desired.

Unlike ClickBank, Quixly doesn’t charge you a fee to get started. Plus, their generous free plan rivals competitors’ by giving a true “try before you buy” experience.

TinyLetter: Write and Recruit a Following

We all subscribe to email newsletters, but TinyLetter makes is easy for us to create our own and gather a following.

When you visit the site, you’re instantly given the option to pick a username and then decide whether you want people to subscribe for free or for a cost per month. Then, drive people to your custom tinyletter page, which is nothing more than a single field to submit an email address. That’s it.

Newsletters have been used for the purpose of broadcasting a message since email was invented. I think the verdict is still out on whether paid email subscriptions will reach critical mass. At the moment, they exist, but they are severely limited based on low demand. Even popular management consulting firms that have charged for email subscriptions for years, like McKinsey & Company, are lifting the paywall.

Paid content or not, TinyLetter is the perfect solution for people looking to put together a list of subscribers. Their front page includes an alphabetical directory for everyone who has ever registered.

Mini Sprout has always focused on providing young startups with the tools to grow their customer base. Services like TinyLetter are sure to be a part of anyone’s marketing plan.

TapZilla: Paid iPhone Apps For Free

It seems like there is a world of difference between convincing a person to download a free iPhone app and convincing a user to pay for an iPhone app. TapZilla, which gives away paid iPhone apps for free, may have finally cracked the code.

Sometimes, when developers want their apps to hit the tipping point for success, they just need to get their apps into enough hands for word to spread. TapZilla recruits an audience of eager iPhone users and actually gives away redemption codes for app downloads. A user clicks the “Get App Now” button on the website, visits the App Store on iTunes to buy the app, and then enters the code within the app to be reimbursed for the amount (either by PayPal or an iTunes gift card). For most downloads, it doesn’t cost users any money. If anything, developers are taking a hit, since they will be reimbursing users with their revenue plus the revenue Apple automatically collects.

TapZilla’s website is set up like Woot, with a “Today’s Deal” on the main page for people to explore. As of writing, the site has already pushed a little more than 12,000 app downloads, which means some developers somewhere have been writing a lot of checks.

We’re interested to see the results of this website. Are developers seeing an ROI from TapZilla? At this point, however, we can say that users are seeing a strong benefit from the service, and it’s hard to argue with that.

Cargoh: Curated Design Marketplace

Cargoh is an online marketplace for designers, artists and photographers. All potential sellers complete an application, which is individually reviewed for acceptance on the website. Through this process, Cargoh is able to offer a unique destination for finding great products from promising artists.

Just by taking a stroll through the marketplace, you can tell Cargoh carefully curated a strong collection of products. Cargoh is still a young website, so sellers are helping drive the site’s direction. Selecting new sellers individually allows them to offer a wide range of products, but it also serves as quality control. Their listings are inspired and lack the kitsch some of us may expect from similar communities.

Cargoh does not charge their sellers listing fees, unlike pay-to-list websites such as eBay or Etsy. Instead, they retain a small percentage of each receipt to cover costs. That’s it; no other fees are involved. Their business model may change in the future, but at this point they only see dollars come in when one of their sellers completes a sale.

The company’s blog regularly boasts just a few of the new additions. If it’s an indication of the calibre of products, we’d say Cargoh succeeded in creating an strong destination.

Scout Books: Custom Pocket Notebooks

Pocket notebooks are the perfect travel companions. Think of them as field notes guides for anyone. And their cover designs are just retro enough to be cool.

Scout Books lets anyone design their own pocket notebook. Download their Adobe Illustrator or Acrobat page templates and size your work to fit. The template also includes Scout Books’ color inks and additional formatting instructions. The inside pages can be blank, lined, grid or—brace yourselves—a custom design. All products are printed on 100% Recycled Papers. Pricing for prints is tiered in groupings. Depending on the quantity ordered, the cost per book can range from a little less than $5 to under a buck. Free shipping in the U.S. too.

It’s pretty surprising to see what customers have been able to accomplish on the book covers. Scout Books also post some of their own designs available for purchase. Browsing their site catalogue may just be tempting enough for you to purchase one of their existing designs. But take their examples as inspiration and show us what you can create.

Wazala: Engaging, Concise Online Stores

We all want speed and quality at a low rate. Wazala proves you can build a great looking online store at low price very quickly.

Using Wazala, anyone can turn their website or blog into an e-commerce site. Step through the simple setup to add your products, upload product shots and specify payment details. Then, just grab the snippet of code and paste it on your website. Wazala adds a tab to the top of your site. When clicked, a brochure-worthy gallery springs open, allowing visitors to swipe between products and categories. Users are never taken away from your site. And even though the online store lives in a smaller window, it is easy to navigate or dismiss when finished. Visitors checkout within the store and pay by either PayPal or Google Checkout.

The online stores are powered by javascript and JSON, which means they will work on any computer or mobile device. No need to worry about plugin incompatibilities or mobile makers ignoring Flash. Your store will just work.

For as simple and affordable (there’s also a robust plan offered at no charge) as Wazala is, it’s surprising to see so many features. Dashboards with full statistics and support for 15 languages are included in the free plan. Stepping up to a very inexpensive paid plan unlocks features like product categories, inventory management, and even coupon code options. Even the highest tier level, offering digital downloads, customer email mailings and soon-to-be affiliate program management cost less than a dollar a day.