Bryan Helmig

Co-founder of Zapier, speaker, musician and builder of things.

Heads up, BitBuffet (the recommended service in this post) is not longer around. However, with a little elbow grease you can use my new startup Zapier to sell files online.

There are quite a few services out there that provide a mechanism for digital downloads, most of them are cart based or even store based (their store on their site). This puts you at the mercy of their approval process and can shut down your income in a flash if they don’t like what your are selling. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just sell some digital file on your site, receive the money directly in your PayPal account and automate the file delivery?

Try if you want to sell digital goods. I promise you’ll be impressed (because I built it myself to be a simple and effective solution for delivering digital files).

I’ve been using to sell my WordPress themes at and haven’t hit any snags at all. I just upload the zip file containing my theme and copy the button code onto my website. I even get email notifications when I receive a sale and nice flash charts showing my past sales (including a massive database for searching past sales).

I can set how long the download links are active and how many times they can download. After the time is up, the link no longer works. I can send freebie to friends and resend lost download links. Each download link is unique and expires according to your settings.

Sell Albums or MP3′s On Your MySpace/Band Website

Since my band Glass Cannon is getting ready to release our debut album, I can also use to host and sell an album. Again, all I’ll need to do is make a zip of the file, upload it to and copy the button to my bands site (or MySpace). All they have to do is click, pay through PayPal and check their email!

Sell Photos From Your Online Portfolio/Flickr

Although I’m not a photographer (I just play one on TV), I can see photographers selling their high resolution files to interested buyers. Since the files are securely hosted, you don’t have to worry about people stealing your work by sharing a download link (each is unique and expires according to your settings).

Sell Any Digital File From Your Site

It doesn’t matter what it is! Software, images, designs, HTML/CSS themes, WordPress Themes, Joomla! Themes, Woopra Themes, MP3′s, Albums, eBooks, vector images… you name it! If it is digital, offers the easiest way to deliver the file with after PayPal payments!

Some of the Features:

  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Sales
  • Keep Your Profits
  • Pay Flat-Fee Month-to-Month or Yearly
  • Payment Directly Into Seller’s Personal PayPal Account

Check out today and let me know in the comments what you think!

Posted February 15, 2010 @ 5:48 pm under Work.