We will walk you through the process on how to create an item to sell using PayPal.
Step #1 Create a Free PayPal Account
Go to PayPal and click on sign up.
You will then fill out your personal information. This does include your banking information. You include your banking information, because you will be getting payments when you sell your ebooks. You can use the money in your PayPal account or you can transfer it to your regular bank account.
Step #2 Click on Tools in Navigation
Step #3 Click on All Tools in Navigation
Step #4 Click on PayPal Buttons
Scroll down to the box that says PayPal Buttons and click on open.
Step #5 Select Buy Now
Step #6 Fill in Details
Once you get to this page, you will fill out the details.
- Item Name
- Item ID (this is not necessary unless you have several items that you are tracking)
Since this is an ebook sale, you do not have shipping so you can put zero or leave that one blank.
On this same page, you will see a step 2 and 3. On Step 2, I like to make sure I check “Save Button at PayPal”. The rest I usually leave blank for ebooks.
Scroll down to Step 3. On this step, several of the items are already selected. You can leave them or change them. It is up to you. I normally just leave them.
I scroll down to this section that say “Take customers to this URL when they finish checkout”. This is where you add the ebook link.
The ebook link is: http://www.jonesfamilytravels.com/wwohp20208474jdk0304nd0.pdf
You will add this link in that box.
In this spot, once your customer pays for the ebook, they will automatically be directed to the pdf (after purchased).
Step #7 Click on Create Button
Step #8 Share Code
On this page, you will see several options. You can copy the html code and paste it into a blog post or in the side bar of your website. Your customer can click on this link to purchase the ebook.
You can also grab a link to share in your newsletter email.
Start promoting in your newsletter list, blog post, or social marketing.
Step #8 Test It
I always test it, just to make sure everything is working properly. You want to collect sales while you sleep and have it all automatic. Do one test, pay for it, and make sure everything works.
Then you can hop into your PayPal and issue yourself a refund.
Important Accounting Reminder
Just one extra step to remind you. This is additional income. Be sure you include your income you earned for any ebook sales on your taxes. 😀