How to Sell PDF Digital Downloads on a Website


Selling PDF files online can be a profitable business. People sell all sorts of PDF documents, from how-to manuals to fictional stories. There are various ways of setting up a website to sell these files; however, the process can be confusing for novices and the documents can take up storage space. An easy alternative is setting up an account with an online digital download and shopping cart service, which can be found online at an affordable rate.

  • Search for websites that offer digital download and shopping cart services, or visit one of the following websites:, or Explore their features and compare prices before deciding. If you are unsure if this service is right for you, sign up with one of the many service providers that offer free trial versions.

  • Sign up for a PayPal account. Many of the service providers will sent your payments directly to your PayPal account.

  • Sign up for an account with the service provider.

  • Upload your PDF files through your account to your service provider's server.

  • Customize your service. Some of the many features you will be able to customize include the shopping cart and "buy now" buttons, a thank you page and a thank-you email.

  • Find the "generate code" button for your shopping cart and "buy now" buttons. Copy these codes and paste them in the source code of the Web page you would like them to appear.

  • Write a description of your PDF files on the page where your buttons appear. You could also include an excerpt or two from your documents to encourage people to make a purchase.

  • Advertise your products and wait for sales. After a customer has paid for your product, they will either be redirected to a page to download the file or emailed a password to access the location where the file can be downloaded. Both the download page and the password will expire, preventing theft of your documents.

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