This is a quick and easy system where you can sell ebooks, plans, videos and other downloads, as well as rent and sell access to streaming video. The system has many great features, and was created to be easily understood and set up.
The first step is to set up your account as a seller/affiliate account. Learn how in this thread. It's quick and painless.
Once that is set up, you can proceed to setting up your first thread in the digital market. We call these 'premium threads'.
What is a premium thread:
This is new feature built into JForum (the software Permies runs on) that works as a replacement/alternative to other selling platforms, such as Scubbly, where Paul used to sell his stuff. Since they have closed their virtual doors, he decided to create this system for selling his stuff, and the stuff of any of our other Permies members. In a nutshell, you can create a thread in a way that some chosen parts of it would be visible only to people who purchase full access to that thread. Those chosen parts will be hidden from the people who haven't paid for access, and they would only see a black and periwinkle box with payment options to buy/rent full access to that thread.
How to create a premium thread:
It's simple. This is the process for setting up a thread with a video that you want to sell access to.
Create a new thread as you'd normally do. Type in the subject and type your post content as normal. Make sure the subject line contains a descriptive title. It could also include the type of product you offer - ebook download, streaming video, etc. - so people know what they're going to get before they open the thread.
Write up a description of the product you are selling.
In your post content, decide which part should be visible only to people with full access, and wrap that part in between [premium][/premium] tags. In other words, anything you put in between [premium][/premium] tags will be visible only to those who have paid for full access to that thread. In contrast, anything you put outside the [premium][/premium] tags, will be visible to everyone!
Possible-use case: you want to embed a youtube video that should only be visible to people who have paid for the access. On the same post, you want to add a brief introduction above that video, which should be visible to everyone, that would entice people to buy access to watch that video. Your post content would look something like this:
Configure pricing. Click the "Paid Content" tab at the bottom, and check the "This thread can have paid-only content" checkbox.
Doing this will make more options visible. Check the boxes that you want to apply to the thread. If you select a rent option for a video, don't forget to set how many days it will be available for viewing. This is also the place to set your affiliate fee. This is the fee others can earn if they have a link to your product on their own website or blog. (See below to learn where to get the affiliate link.)
"Buy with Paypal, price $" - This is the price in USD people have to pay with Paypal to get forever access to all the premium content in this thread.
"Buy with pie, number of slices" - People with pie can handover this amount of pie slices to get forever access to all the premium content in this thread.
"Rent with Paypal, price $" - This is the price in USD people have to pay with Paypal to get one month access to all the premium content in this thread.
"Rent with pie, number of slices" - People with pie can handover this amount of pie slices to get one month access to all the premium content in this thread.
Pie Pie is something that Permies users can earn (or purchase) to be used for other things on the site. This is just an option, and you are not obliged to use it as a payment option. More about Pie will be added soon.
If you are creating the thread for someone else's product, there is a box to click for that, too: "This thread is created on behalf of another user". When you check that box, you can then add in their seller code so that the payments go to them instead of you. Learn how to get a seller code at the bottom of this thread..
When you have your content written, your video link placed between the [premium][/premium] tags, and all of your payment options selected, click the Submit button and you are done!
What it will look like:
After you create your premium thread with video, this is how it will look to people visiting the thread, before they pay:
Note: because you are the creator, there will be a link at the bottom of the black area which would let you see your own content. Click that link, and the black area will be replaced with the actual content - emulating how it would be visible for someone has paid for the full access.
At this point, there are three kinds of people who can see the actual content: you - the creator of the thread; people who have paid to get full access to your thread; and super stewards.
Attachments such as e-books, podcasts, plans, etc. that people can pay to download:
If you want to attach a file and make sure that only people who have paid are able to download that file, you can do so. Basically, if the post contains the [premium][/premium] tags ANYWHERE in the text, ALL the files attached to that post will be downloadable only for people who have paid for access.
So, if we just attach a file to the above post in our example, since that post has premium tags already in the post, only people with full access to the thread will be able to download that attachment.
Here's something tricky: What if you don't have anything like a video or any other 'secret' text to wrap between the premium tags, but just an attachment that needs to be available only to people who paid for the access? Just insert an empty [premium][/premium] tag anywhere to the post, attach your product (ebook, pdf, video, etc.), and you're done!
It really is a little bit like magic. If you have any questions, please post them below and we'll do our best to lead you through the process if you're having troubles.
Once the thread is set up, if you scroll down to below the post, you will see the affiliate link. If people want to help sell your product, and earn a little bit of money for it, this is the link they will use.
Tips for creating good premium threads
• Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation will make your thread look more professional.
• Using the tools at the top of the content window to bold text, increase size of headings, or making them colored, can make the thread more interesting.
• Including images, or video trailers or teasers, can be very effective. Ensure that your images are sharp and attractive.
• If you are selling access to a video on Youtube, remember to set the video to private on Youtube, so it can only be seen by people who have paid for the access link.
• If you are selling a download, you can enclose a message between the tags. Maybe a Thank you message, or any information you feel they need.
Images must be 700px wide or less, and 72 dpi. Please name your images before uploading, using all lower case text and using dashes between each word (NOT underscores).
We're keen on getting more folks to add their products to the digital market! If you have a video, ebook, or super plans for building something, please feel free to post your wares in the digital market. We only ask that the products you post in the market are legal, good quality, and pertain to pertain to permaculture, homesteading, or other interests here on Permies.
If you have questions, ask them here and I'll help you through the process.
Here is an image that can be used on Facebook to promote the digital market. If you want to promote a particular product, use the affiliate link from that product in the post, a bit of a description, along with this image, and you've just created an affiliate link. It's also a great way to help promote the digital market, and help spread the word about Permies and permaculture.
To use the image, first click on it so it opens in a new window. Then right click on the image to download.
I noticed I can sell physical goods through this system.
I like the idea of accepting PIE for goods. People can buy PIE as well as earn it by posting awesome content on permies. Is it possible to accept PIE for physical goods? The option seems to be shaded out.
On etsy, that percentage is 3.5%, not counting what paypall takes, and not counting the $0.20 listing fee for each and item listed (which you have to pay again and again everytime someone buys something. If no one buys anything, you have to pay 20 cents again in 4 months just to keep it listed.)
Well, hot-diggity-dog, permies sounds a lot more affordable to sell on!