Monday insights from the Gumroad community

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Sep 6th to Sep 10th, 2021

Miguel Cobá did a compilation of amazing tools

To write eBooks, that can export to all the famous formats.

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Looking for the best way to provide free product updates?

Brett Tadlock asked for help and got many examples and ideas! Möbius even shared a template 👀

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Lalit Pandey asked: What's your biggest struggle as a creator?

Share yours and get help!

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Read how Mark Bowley went from zero to 100 with his ebook.

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Looking for a Gumroad Mastermind?

Ramon Williamson is looking for 3 to 5 people to help in public.

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Having issues with the License Keys API?

See how Upgrade got around it.

Aug 31 to Sep 05, 2021

Dipankar Gabriel Subba got 2 Subscribers in 5 Days

By participating in an FB group and helping people with no expectations and when the time came to launch his subscription, he started contacting the people he was communicating with and out of that group, then got 2 subscribers. Join the discussion and share how you got your first ones →

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Need help requesting help on layout & formatting an eBook?

John Bartmann asked, and the community jump in to help!

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Nkqubentsha wrote a note for his future self:

You did it man. You started from zero everything. Zero-knowledge on how to get subscribers, zero subscribers😅, no idea what you want to create just that you love creating and this vacuum in your stomach caused by not knowing how this all ends just the hope it ends well. Fast forward to your day and you DID IT! Congratulations. I'm proud of you.

Join the discussion and share yours →

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Nicholas Lowthorpe had strong presales, then crickets.

Read stories to overcome this.

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Do you need a website in addition to the Gumroad? qiber media asked.

Join the discussion and see recommendations →

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Need to add a bunch of discount coupon codes?

Milton Slonim created a template for you to manage your store from Google Sheets.

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Quotes, Tweets, Blogs, Videos, all that it takes for creators to be inspired, motivated.

A guide by Eduardo Holschneider for founders in their entrepreneurial journey.

Should you make your product downloadable, editable, or no?

Join the discussion by JAY MATTHEWS and see some cases →

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When to use versions? Nor Sanavongsay asked.

Join the discussion and see some cases →

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Need inspiration for your product page?

Check gregdlubacz's outstanding sales page!

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What if someone copy my content? 

Sanskar Tiwari asked. Join the discussion and learn what to do →

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Looking for affiliates?

Do like Kristina Segarra and count on the community!

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Learn with Tasha Cooper

How to find your niche or how to monetize your blog, and much more!

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From 300 to 18,379 LinkedIn followers

Learn how to achieve that in 12 months with Nicholas Lowthorpe.

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Gumroad Sales Tracker

@tnvmadhav did a template using Notion (+ API Integration) to help people track their sales.

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Remote Money Maker asked the community about their side hustles

He’s building a course to help people explore and understand the different type of businesses they can start on the side, without leaving their 9-5, and got tons of interesting ideas.

Aug 16 to 22, 2021

Alifinart commented about launching a product:

The first point drains the most energy, then the second point. 

If we can dig up information from our audience, then we can find the gap between the marketplace and what people needs, then we have got very important information.

As creators, we are required to be able to create products that can be a solution to the pain points that are being faced by people.

If our product is going to be launched, choose the right time to release it on the marketplace. Offer special discounts to our audience before the release date. This will also make people aware of the products we sell.

If we can realize the things above and can manage the time and presentation of our products, then we can create a best seller product.

The most important thing is how we build an audience and know their pain points.

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LASTLIGHTS.NET (Joey J) asked how to encourage customers to rate products

See ideas by Mark Bowley and others.

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Feeling stuck?

Do like Tom Shooter and ask help for the community, he got great insights and tips on what to write.

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Have you considered writing an eBook?

Miguel Cobá just joined the 14-Day Product Challenge and gave nice tips for those who are starting too.

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Eric Altmann sent an idea for affiliates

For every sale they get, they get 1% more, up to a predetermined amount. Would you use it?

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A discussion about customizing the UI

Posted by Arpit D, with insights from Nguyen Gobber and John David Maza.

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See where to make a book cover

Posted by Silerna and with many members suggestions.

Aug 9 to 15, 2021

antimofm shared free weekly webinars series

To teach free weekly webinars to teach Figma and the basics of design.

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Nguyen Gobber shared a tool by Marco Land called Boockup:

This tool lets you create a web based 3D model of your book.

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Jitu Chauhan posted how he achieved 250+ Sale & Continue updates with Geeks UI

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Cris from Pazly is showing that in the Creator Economy we grow together

Aand asked fellow creators help from digital artists who want to make backdrops for this little tool.

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Liam Spence asked for assistance in publishing his ebook

And our stand-up creators jump in to provide outstanding feedback and insights.

Aug 2 to 8, 2021

Rohit Gulam shared a tool to convert EPUB to other formats.

IT&feel CA commented how they're integrating the Gumroad API:

We did the integration in our backend written in PHP with Symfony; really the Gumroad API is very flexible and easy to use. At the time of purchase, we redirect the customer to our page in the activation area, where we ask for their unique app code (Machine ID) that we generated offline and the Gumroad license linking both codes and generating the final license. The API documentation is really good and it was very easy to implement, we would have liked to use the same license code to validate from the same app without using a backend but our app is 100% offline. However with the same process it could be done without problems.

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Marilen Crump is running a a 30-Day Branded Blog Challenge until Saturday, September 5th, 2021.

Facilitating the challenge on Facebook for FREE.

Jun 26 to Aug 1, 2021

Nor Sanavongsay commented his process to write stories:

I write stories the same way I make illustrations. Start with broad strokes and sketches to get a feel for what the story is. Then fill in the small details that help tell the story. Step back a take a look at it. If it's too busy, I've added too much detail and start over. If I'm explaining too much in a story, I'm not understanding it enough to simplify it. I tend to over work my illustrations sometimes too. It's a skill I need to get better at.

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Learning from mistakes with Custom Redirects

And content upload with Tanya Moushi.

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Is it difficult to create content or maintain consistency?

Atul Anand created a great Content Hub to make life easier for Creators.

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Nathan Challen shared his thoughts about if we have a time limit in which we are in flow state, or can it last for hours:

I see flow like riding a wave when surfing 🌊...You get the preparation right. You focus. Exert the effort to get on the wave. You catch it!  it is bliss! 🏄.... you are in the barrel now:

  • Be in the moment.
  • Feel the force greater than you pushing you along.
  • Get distracted and you'll fall.
  • Stay with it and it'll take you all the way to shore.

So the answer is: how big is the wave? How long can you stay with it? keep out inner and outer distractions?

Personally, I aim for 3 to 5hrs of flow daily. Some days I get only one hour (when the conditions are not great). 

Other days I intentionally pull it up at around 5hrs. Why?...  techniques I'll discuss more in my product.

Jun 19 to 25, 2021

Paul Turner commented:

I have a few standard principles for creating groups, some of them are build trust (invest heavily), respect your audience and shorten the time between interest and commitment (give someone a task or role) so they feel a part of what is going on. If you have any more questions, feel free to hit me up.

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Nor Sanavongsay commented tips for choosing a channel:

Post anywhere you feel comfortable posting in. The key is to be authentic. Show your inner voice. Focus on engagement. When you can see what people respond to from the posts you make that also connects with you, post more of that. No need to stress yourself by posting every day. The algorithm isn't your master. Post when you feel like it and what you feel like posting that makes you happy. In return, others will be happy for it.

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Anumitha Apollo asked:

What is the one thing you appreciate about working on your terms?

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We launched a new channel to brighten up your journey 🌟

A new cohort of the 14-Day Product Challenge starts on the 30th!

Jun 12 to 18, 2021

Gabe Johansson posted:

7 Lessons From Selling 77 eBooks and 7 Subscriptions On Gumroad

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Lalit Pandey commented tips to promote a book:

I would suggest you to...

  • start posting snippets of books 
  • share a thread on something important from the book. 
  • engage with data analyst community and provide feedback. 
  • Do a clubhouse and provide value.

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Justin Jackson posted his journey

Since he earned his first dollar on the internet using Gumroad back in 2013!

Jun 5 to 11, 2021

Gabe Johansson posted:

7 Lessons From Selling 77 eBooks and 7 Subscriptions On Gumroad.

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Wilrock - Creator is selling t-shirts, hoodies, and mugs

Created for creators just like you.

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One more Gumroad landing page review!

Jun 28 to Jul 4, 2021

Kambam posted an update for GumStats: 

I have added a feature where you can generate a fancy bio page with social proof and analytics support. You can list your GumRoad products, and include social profile links. The link will include the same Gumroad user name. Here is my own bio link https://gumstats.com/l/kambanthemaker.

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A discussion on how to automate giving away the first two chapters of a book, posted by Neil Cocker:

Check out many ideas in the comments.

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Be inspired by Anumitha Apollo discussion:

Why did you become a creator?

Jun 21 to 27, 2021

Aishwarya Ashok commented: using Linktr.ee for Gumroad products listing

Ideally using LinkTree in this case is a layer of friction only, especially if it's Gumroad apps in display. Maybe I'm guessing it's intentionally done that way because of:

  • Sleek layout [linear and one-by-one, instead of thumbnail display]
  • Avoid showing a price outright [create an unbiased attention hook via LinkTree and upon click directing to Gumroad with price]. I see that Gumroad's profile page shows pricing on display.

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Kyle Prinsloo commented:

I love the quote by Zig Ziglar,

"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."

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Albiona Hoti posted examples of Content Creation and Distribution Processes:

Content Creation Process

  • I prepare five ideas for Instagram on Notion.
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday, I write the content, film the content.
  • I edit them using Canva, Grammarly. I prepare them for publishing on Friday.

Content Distribution Process

  • I schedule all the posts through Twitter scheduler and Instagram.
  • I test scheduling half the content in the morning and a half in the evening.

Jun 14 to 20, 2021

Paolo Trulli commented: How to take advantage of trending hashtags.

  1. Monitor trending hashtags across the various platform and geographical areas
  2. Using a popular niche hashtag can get your post seen by many like-minded people aka #growyouraudiencechallenge   
  3. Be quick in using trending tags to get more exposure for your content and brand
  4. Don't spam the hashtag that may lead to shadow-bans

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Zappy commented: Tips for YouTube channels.

  1. create YT vids over 10mins in length
  2. enable an automated 'subscribe to my YT channel' pop up box

Why?

  1. YT wants to keep the viewer on their platform as long as possible, so they get paid with advert revenue and then split the advert profits with you.  This also explains why the majority of YT vids are waffle for about 2mins+ or so prior to giving the content you came to watch 😬
  2. It's a method of increasing your YT subscribers. If there's an option for viewers to follow you before watching your YT content, most will click the Subscribe link

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Kambam posted: Gumroad social proof tool

GumStats, once installed on your website, which only takes a few minutes, can show social proof notifications. It connects to your Gumroad account using oAuth protocol, and fetches your sales data.

  • Types of notifications
  • Last 7 days sales
  • Last 30 days sales
  • Active users 
  • Active users today

June 7 to 13, 2021

John Bartmann wrote:

In today's world, there's very likely an audience that will eventually support you if you: 

  • take care in delivering your offering instead of aiming to "serve everyone" through mass-production and scale
  • remove your own egoic desires from the offering and make decisions based on what the few early listeners are saying
  • keep showing up and earning trust through doing what you say you will, even when you don't feel like it, nobody's listening and there's no payment

Most creators fall short at one of these. I believe in Prasoon because he is persistent, and it seems that he wants people to experience Yoga Nidra more than he wants a passive income.

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SundayEbook posted: How To Promote Your E-book?

Create a blog post for each chapter on your company's blog. Make an audiobook out of the e-book by recording someone from your team reading it. Organize a webinar featuring the author, highlighted thought leaders, or companies. Make an infographic with the tips, tactics, and quotations from the e-book. Quotes, statistics, or advice from the e-book can be tweeted.

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Chun Hock commented:

3 key lessons to build audience

  • be niche (be yourself)
  • be consistent giving related value, info
  • engagement > followers