Types of Digital Products You Can Start Creating
Are you stoked yet? Great! Now let’s stop flapping our gums and look at what digital products are actually out there for you to create and sell. This is the first decision you’ll make and it’s going to have a big impact on how your business runs moving forward.
A digital product is of course anything you can sell that has no ‘physical’ element. Each option has its own strengths and weaknesses and will be more or less suited to particular types of people. Here are each of the main categories and their pros and cons…
When you say ‘digital product’, ebooks are the first thing that will come to mind for many people. This is the prototypical digital product and it has many advantages over other options. For starters, ebooks are particularly easy to make. All this really is a Word document that’s converted to a PDF with some images and fancy formatting. If you can write or you can afford to hire a writer, you can create an ebook.
What’s more, because ebooks usually contain actionable information and advice, they are actually very easy to sell. Ebooks promise to make our lives better by helping us to get richer, smarter or fitter, or by teaching specific skills. This gives them a very clear ‘value proposition’ and a great emotional hook – a fitness ebook is easy to sell as long as you focus on the fact that it’s going to make your readers succeed with the opposite sex, feel confident and energetic and look amazing. Who wouldn’t want that for $30?
On the downside, there are a lot of ebooks out there which means you’ll be going up against tough competition in a saturated marketplace. Unfortunately, the quality of ebooks can vary greatly which means some buyers aren’t all that trusting of them.
Finally, to be successful an ebook really needs to offer something genuinely useful and new. If you have a skill, then selling an ebook is great. If you have some unique experience, then again ebooks are easy. If you lack those things though, then you might struggle to fill all those pages.
Software lies at the other end of the spectrum compared with ebooks. Unlike ebooks, software is not ‘easy’ to create and will generally require at least a fair amount of technical knowledge. There are ‘app building’ programs out there but none of them will give you the control you need to build something really unique, powerful and functional.
On the other hand though, creating software means fulfilling a specific function that people will be looking for. And if you come up with something new and fulfill a need/niche in the market, you can potentially be the first to market with something new and thus have no competition. You’ll also find it’s easier to generate buzz and media coverage for software versus yet another ebook.
The drawback with software is that it tends to involve a bit more work on your part. Other than the initial challenge of coming up with an idea and actually creating the code, you’ll then have to provide ongoing support for those with technical issues as well as creating regular updates to keep up with the competition.
Software can broadly be split into lots of categories – from desktop software, to apps, to computer games. Again, each of them has specific advantages and disadvantages.
Courses and Video Tutorials
In between software and ebooks are courses and video tutorials. These basically fulfill the same function as ebooks but in a slightly different way.
Selling a course can mean lots of different things. It will often mean an email sequence that teaches lessons to the recipients on a regular basis. Alternatively though it could be a series of videos that can be downloaded or it can be a large package containing lots of types of media. Some courses include videos, documents, ebooks, graphics, software and more which all combine to provide a multimedia experience.
These sorts of courses take longer to create but provide more value, meaning that you can sell them for more. That higher price tag will be a little off-putting for some people though, so you’ll need to have established some authority already in your niche and you’ll need a high quality website that is capable of really selling you as a consummate professional.
Of course there are many more different types of product out there to create and sell, but these three categories will cover the majority of options that beginners would be interested in. This is a great place to start and especially for your first product.
Just in case though, here are a few other examples of digital products:
- Graphics, website templates and pictures
- Private memberships
- WordPress plugins Artwork