Payhip is one of the best platforms for selling physical and digital products, including eBooks, software, online courses, and even coaching. In this tutorial, we will go through the basic steps for successfully hosting and selling your eBooks on Payhip.
If you’re learning about Payhip for the first time here in 2023, just to let you know, I already provided an in-depth review of Payhip that you might want to check out here. That review has been fully updated for 2023, 2024, and onwards.
What is Payhip and why do I recommend it
Payhip is one of the most cost-effective online e-commerce outlets you can use right now to promote and sell any digital product.
At the time of updating this tutorial, Payhip is used by over 130,000 creators all over the world. I have been using Payhip myself since around 2016 and have sold over 130 eBooks so far.
So why do I recommend using Payhip?
Affordability and ease of use.
Before we dive into the tutorial of hosting and selling your eBooks on Payhip, let’s look at just how cost-effective Payhip is –
The basic plan is completely free to use. So no monthly fees to hold you down. That said, you do get charged a 5% selling fee. There is also the PayPal or Stripe transaction fee on top of this.
Let me give you an example of how this works –
If you sell your eBook priced at $15.00, then 5% ($0.75) will be the Payhip transaction fee.
Then you have PayPal’s 5.4% transaction fee or Stripe’s 2.9% transaction fee (at the time of writing this post, as fee rates do change, so do check the vendor’s latest rates).
Based on the maths above, if the buyer uses PayPal to purchase your eBook, you would profit $13.48 estimate, after the fees.
But wait, surely the free plan is limited to just a few features?
Even on the free plan, you get access to all of the pro features of Payhip. These aren’t reserved for the higher plans. Plus, you can host unlimited products and earn unlimited revenue.
So, if you haven’t yet signed up for Payhip, click this link to get started.
My experience with using Payhip
As I mentioned earlier, I have been using Payhip since around 2016, and during that time I’ve hosted only a few eBooks. One of which I’ve had some decent success with happens to be my Ultimate Pro Blog Planner.
So to keep it short and sweet, I have nothing but positive words to say about Payhip. Over the years I’ve built a good relationship with my customers who have purchased my eBooks through the platform, all thanks to Payhip. The company is run by an enthusiastic and passionate team and I hope they will continue to grow and prosper in the years to come.
Again, if you haven’t signed up for a free account with Payhip, you can do so here.
Ease of use
The second reason why I recommend Payhip is very simple to use. There’s nothing overly complicated regarding their platform and the features. Sure, some might say it’s limited, but the UI is easy to use, and creating a landing to promote your eBook is quick and easy.
As I mentioned, you can read my full review of Payhip here.
How to get started with Payhip
OK, let’s start with getting set up.
I assume you have a free Payhip account, if not, then get one here. The process is simple. Enter your name and best email address and hit Create Account. It’s that simple.
Next, you can enter your business or author name. If you have a website, you should enter the website name. When you’re done, click Continue. See the image below.
Don’t forget to write a little something about yourself as the eBook or product author. Don’t just leave it blank.
Next, you need to come up with a unique username for your store. Again, this can be your name, your blog’s name, or your company name. When you are finished, click on Get Started Selling >
OK, that’s it! You’re done setting up your account and store. Take a look around the dashboard and get familiar with all of the options, store essentials, and features.
Setup your checkout
Before you can begin adding your first eBook to sell, you’ll need to set up your checkout. From the dashboard, simply click on the ‘Setup Checkout’ option tab. A pop-up will appear to confirm you want to set this up now. You can do it later, but I recommend doing it right away.
Next, under the ‘payment details’ tab, link your PayPal account. If you have one, connect your Stripe account too.
The steps for completing checkout are easier if you already have a PayPay or Stripe account. If you do not, you’ll have to do a little more work.
Before you hit save, don’t forget to add a bank statement description. This is for anyone who pays for your eBook by credit or debit card, they can reference it with your store.
They will be able to recognize it on their bank statement as the eBook they purchased from you. Something like your product or store name should do it.
Add Your First eBook
OK, so once you’re all set, you can head back to the dashboard. From there, click on the tab that says Add your first product. A pop-up will appear to confirm this.
Now you can choose which kind of product you want to start selling, digital or physical products. Since we’re setting up to sell an eBook, you can just select the Add Digital Product option.
The next screen you will see is the product creation page. Here you can upload your eBook in PDF format, add a title, set your price, including cover artwork, and add a description of your eBook, that’s very important.
Once you’re done adding all of the essential information about your eBook, simply click on Add Product to complete it.
Marketing And Selling Your eBook
OK, so that was the easy part. You should now have a nice landing page hosted on Payhip for your eBook. The next step is getting people to your landing page. That’s the hard part, but you’re in good hands because there is a ton of content online to help you promote your eBook.
According to OnRec, eBooks are one of the most marketable digital products on the internet. They are easily accessible and consumed on a variety of digital devices.– OnRec
They are indeed easy-to-consume materials. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve taken a digital book with me to read on my smartphone. Especially on long trips, I tend to have one or two real books and a dozen or so eBooks.
OK, so how do you market your eBook and begin making money from it?
Well, I guess that’s what’s on everybody’s minds.
As I said, there are plenty of resources online to help you promote your eBook. To get you started, here’s a quick list of tips for you.
- Create a personal landing page – Create a dedicated landing page on your WordPress website and create a CTA button for your eBook on Payhip. You could use something like Bricks Builder or Elementor to design the page. Check out mine here.
- Link to your eBook from social media – Add your Payhip eBook link to all your social media profiles.
- Link from your email – Add a short line of text and a link to your eBook in your email signature.
- Create a vlog – Video marketing can be very powerful. Create a short video on your smartphone talking about your eBook, why you created it, who it’s for, etc. Then post it everywhere from TikTok to Instagram to YouTube!
Recommend posts –
Payhip is not the only platform you can use to sell your eBooks, there are a few others you can try as well, and the more places your eBooks are, the better chance you have at generating more sales and increasing your profits. Check out the posts below –
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OK, so that’s it from me. Again, if you haven’t checked out this platform and would like to sign up for a free account, head over to Payhip to get started! Enjoy.