Gumroad: Get Paid For Anything You Make, Even Daily Paul Blog Posts!Submitted by RobHino on Thu, 01/31/2013 - 14:05
Anyone that follows my posts knows that I love business opportunities, and one of my goals to promote liberty is to help other aspiring, libertarian entrepreneurs start businesses which will one day allow them to quit their day jobs and hopefully have more time and money to promote our ideas more effectively...an idea former Goldwater speech writer Karl Hess termed an Industrial Incubator which I've written about before.
Today my friend on FB posted this link, which is quite amusing BTW, but what really peaked my curiosity after chuckling at the actual graphic content, was the little icon on the top right that says, "$0+".
So I clicked on it, and down popped this slick payment module! It was exactly what I've been dreaming up in my head as a way to get paid for content I create...like blog posts, pictures, web scripts, PDFs, YouTube videos, MP3s, T-shirts, or whatever.
Here's a promo video on Gumroad:
I've been using WePay, which I've found to be quite easy as well, and I'm completely satisfied, but Gumroad opens up further options, like the ability to get paid for any type of file I can make...even Photoshop or InDesign or custom memes or just about anything...even my Revolution Car Badges.
I started doing a little more research on Gumroad's services, and I found some great articles and reviews:
Gumroad takes 5% + 25¢ of each transaction. For example: If you sell a digital video for $10, the fee is $0.75 and $9.25 is deposited into your account.
There are no setup fees, monthly fees, bandwidth fees, or withdrawal fees.
One way how I envision this system being implemented on a news site like the Daily Paul, is like this:
It's a new way to monetize web content rather than though traditional advertisement.
It's also a way to turn the entire news industry on its head. Just think, who gets the majority of revenue created through news stories...the content creators and journalists or the content hosts like CNN, FOX or NBC?
A system like this could allow the people creating the content to collect a bulk of the money while the host sites could still get a cut for providing the platform and traffic.
Irregardless if Gumroad's platform could be modified to allow established blogs and user generated content websites like the DP to monetize content, its service still seems to be something anyone interested in selling stuff online can benefit from.
UPDATE: Here's a similar service I just found too!
It looks just as promising!
Has anyone tried one of these sites yet?! I'd be curious to know your opinions.