Welcome back, Empire Builders! If you’ve seen almost any of my videos or other blog posts, then you know that I think selling digital products is one of the best ways to make money online. A question I get a lot is how to find digital products to sell. So, today we’ll be going over where to get inspiration to discover hundreds of digital product ideas almost instantly. Let’s jump right in.
If you want a real-time, step-by-step demo, then you can watch over my shoulder as I find products, react, and come up with ideas in this video.
The Benefit of Digital Products
The reason selling digital information products online is such a great way to make money is that after the first sale, it’s 100% profit. Then you can sell it hundreds or thousands of times without having to invest time or money in each copy. I always tell my clients that the best way to build a successful business is to have multiple revenue streams. Selling digital products is one of the fastest, easiest, and most profitable ways to make money online.
Where to Do Digital Product Research
Etsy is a great place to get endless ideas for the best digital products. There are hundreds upon hundreds of people selling digital products on Etsy right now and making a killing! So there’s no reason you can’t do the same.
How to Use Etsy for Digital Product Research
Go to Etsy and find your niche in their category list. Most niches fall into a subset of one of these categories. However, if you can’t find one that quite fits your niche, just type “digital + [your niche]” into the search bar. If you sell to a particular audience, like moms, you can also search for things like “digital mom gifts” or “digital gifts for mom,” or even “digital gifts for her.”
Many people see the results and think, “Who would buy that?” While it may not make sense to you, look at the number of sales listed. The first product I found for “digital mom gifts” is a customizable and printable drawing of a mom and a dog sitting on a dock. All you can see is their backs and the water, yet it has sold over 27,000 copies at almost $16 each.
Remember: that’s pure profit. If something like this has so many sales, think of how well a product tailored to your niche can do. Imagine if you make it easy for customers to add to their order at checkout and it complements what they’re already buying, like creating an eBook on how to use a product and making that your order bump. It can be wildly successful. It’s incredibly easy to make money online today.
Many people working full-time see this and understandably think that, while passive income would be great, they don’t have the time to make custom prints or deal with emails. However, you don’t have to. You can hire a virtual assistant to do all that or sell one standard product instead of custom and automate the emails. Anyone can make it work.
Tailor Custom Digital Products to Your Niche
Selling custom art on Etsy is much easier than most people think. I always hear, “I’m not an artist. I don’t know anything about graphic design or high-end editing software. How could I sell custom digital art?” The truth is you really don’t have to be. Custom digital art can be completely formulaic. Sites like Canva let you edit photos, easily add graphics, and create templates or use one of theirs.
Let’s say you sell physical products in the golf niche. Offer a commemorative photo for people who got a hole-in-one. They’ll send their picture, and then you can just add something simple like the date and the words “Hole-in-One.”
If you know people who love to fish, then you know they all have a story of when they caught a fish “this big!” and they all have a photo. Customize their photos with the date they caught it, the weight, measurements, and maybe even a quote if they want. It’s that simple.
Other Examples for Digital Product Ideas
Get in your customers’ heads. Imagine their goals and what they care about. Maybe they’d like a poem about their hobby. You can commission one from a writer on Fiverr. Then add some relevant graphics like golf balls, fish, or yarn, whatever makes sense in your niche, and sell it as printable wall art.
Mining for Inspiration
I have a very simple but effective trick for finding blog topics that works for this, too. Typing the word “digital: into the Etsy search bar brings up tons of suggestions like digital downloads and digital prints. Use this auto-suggest function to your advantage — type in “Digital A” then “Digital B,” and so on. You can find dozens of digital product ideas per letter.
For example, “Digital C” gets you digital coloring books. This is perfect for anyone in the arts and crafts or kids’ niche. “Digital D” brings up digital daily planners. You could create your own, get a template and add graphics, hire someone to make it, or just buy a premade PLR. We have plenty of step-by-step content explaining how to find PLRs and then make great digital products.
Think Outside the Box for More Digital Product Ideas
I’m not going to tell you to follow the exact steps I used to build my business. I don’t tell you what niche to pick or what to sell. Yes, you can have us build a business for you to get you started. But eventually, you’ll be the one running that business. That’s why I teach this way.
I designed Ecommerce Business Builders around teaching you the skills you need to have a successful business because once it’s up and running, you’ll have to make decisions and come up with ideas. So, we give you the tools to do that. It’s like the old saying goes, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.”
For example, to make a product like digital planners work for the fishing niche, look at the concept of planners through the lens of fishing. Fishing enthusiasts might want to keep a log of their fishing trips. So you can provide space for things like:
- Date and time
- The weather
- Bait and lure used
- How well they worked
- Number of fish caught
You could even sell a fishing calendar with relevant dates like the beginning and end of fishing season instead of holidays. Alternatively, have a tips section listing the best time of year, locations, bait, and conditions to catch specific kinds of fish. The possibilities for digital product ideas are endless.
Build Your Empire
Ready to build your empire and make a full-time income online? Then watch my free webinar to learn exactly how I built 6- and 7-figure businesses without ever even touching a product! Plus, because I value your time, I’ll give you my $100k funnel template completely free just for showing up. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel for even more digital product ideas. Remember, your empire starts now!