Digital Products are the main form of content sharing and consumption online. If you are starting online and would like to know which types of digital products you can create, this article is for you. In it, I am going to talk about the most popular types of digital products that one can create online.
It will interest you to know that all the products that I mention here you can create without having to spend a lot of money. Some of them you are not going to spend even a dime to create and publish.
By far these are the easiest and the most popular formats of digital products to create. You can create your own eBooks from a compilation of the material from your blog, or you can write new material if you like. To create an eBook is fairly easy, you can do that with popular writing software such as Office Word, Pages if you are on a Mac or even Google Docs.
In order to turn your material into an eBook, you have to convert it into PDF format and publish it online. Like I said the easiest way to create your first eBook is by repurposing some of the article from your blog and turn it into an eBook. Once you have it done, you can either make it available for download and collect your reader’s email addresses, or you can even sell it.
#2 Online Courses
The global eLearning market was expected to reach 107 billion Dolars in the year 2015, and the number continues to grow. This attests to the fact that most people prefer to learn online instead of conventional methods of learning.
Online courses have become so popular lately, creating it is something that you should consider it as a way of earning extra income. Or if you like, even building a business online. Most people now have a tendency of turning to the internet to learn new skills, and if you have something to teach, this is a good way of monetizing your skills.
Online courses are also relatively easy to create with WordPress, thanks to plugins such as WP Courseware. You can also use LMS themes such as Eduma and WPLMS. With the array of solutions and tools that work with WordPress, you can create any type of LMS and offer courses online.
As people continue to search for content and learn online, you have a very good opportunity here to monetize your knowledge. With platforms such as Thinkific and Fedora, you do not have any limit to the type of content that you can offer online.
Statistics show that by 2018 video will take up 79% of consumer internet traffic, that is a growth of about 4% from what was forecasted for the year 2017. YouTube alone has over a billion users and over 8 billion videos are watched on Facebook every day.
What these data tell us is that the consumption of video content is increasingly growing, people prefer to consume video material and not just written content.
With these staggering stats, it is clear that people prefer to consume more videos than anything else online. This presents you with a huge opportunity as well, if you can produce video content to your audience they will watch.
To create your own videos is not that difficult as well, you do not need to have fancy equipment to start creating your own videos. With a smartphone camera such as the iPhone, you can start creating your own videos. Once you have a bit of money you can start investing in more expensive equipment.
Once you create your videos you can publish them to YouTube, Vimeo, or even Facebook. It is your turn.
The creation of screencasts is so popular online, through it you can show the screen of your computer and teach people whatever you want. You can do online presentations and even teach how to use a particular software and even teach something that is inside your computer.
To create a screencast is relatively easy with the use of software such as Camtasia and ScreenFlow for Mac. Both software allows you to record your computer screen and share it with your audience. You can do that and publish you screencasts on video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and even share it on your blog.
You can also create screencasts of something that you want to teach online such a digital courses and monetize that information with your audience.
#5 Membership Sites
With a membership site, you can create a digital information platform where people subscribe to have access to the information that you have to share with them. With a membership site, you can either charge monthly or even yearly for people to have access to whatever products or information that you have to share with your audience.
Membership sites are one of the best ways of guaranteeing consistent income to you, because you create the information for your audience as they pay to get access to it on a monthly or annual basis.
There are different types of membership sites that one can create and with plugins such as Paid Memberships Pro and your work becomes relatively easy to create such types of platforms.
You can also create audio material such as audio books or even put interviews on audio for people to listen. For that to happen all you have to do is to convert your audio material into mp3 format. Audio is a type of content that a lot of people like to consume because of the convenience that it gives one.
People listen to audio materials anywhere either with their computers or even with their smartphones. If you teach anything in public or give keynotes, that you can put on audio for anybody to listen. In WordPress, you can publish your audio material for your audience to have access to it directly from your blog.
Podcasts have grown in popularity in the past few years, and similar to audio due to its convenience people tend to listen more to it than anything else. With podcasts, you can share your knowledge with your audience, conduct interviews online and publish in iTunes or SoundCloud.
With the help of plugins such as Seriously Simple Podcast, you can publish your podcasts on your blog.
To create a podcast you do not have to spend a lot of money, all you have to do is to have few pieces of equipment that will enable you to do that. To begin you need a very good microphone such as audio technica , and a software like audacity which is free and works on Windows, Linux, and OS X or even GarageBand only for OS X.
If you are a photographer and to share stories and experiences in visual format, you can do that through photography. Images are on demand online, people are constantly looking for quality photos and images to put in their websites, blog posts, podcasts, courses, and more.
Sharing stories through photography is one of the ways that you can express your passion with the world.
#9 Themes and Plugins
If you are a WordPress developer you can create themes and plugins to the WordPress community. People are always looking for good themes and plugins for their sites and blogs. The WordPress plugin ecosystem has grown a lot over the years and there is so much demand for good and quality products.
If you can offer a solution for a specific problem in the WordPress community through your development skills you can create these types of digital products.
Theme marketplaces such as ThemeForest boast making millions of dollars a year just selling WordPress themes. This goes to show how much people are looking for good themes to use on their WordPress sites.
As you can see there is a number of digital products that you can start creating online and share your knowledge and passion with your audience. Whatever format you choose depends on a lot on factors like what your audience likes and what are your skills, and what you can bring to the table.
With the exception of a few products mentioned here, most of them you can create without the need for any special skills whatsoever.
So go ahead and start creating your own digital products.