If you have a product, there is probably a platform through which you can sell it. If you don’t have a product, there are many products that other people have that you can sell for a commission (known as affiliate marketing). Either way, don’t discount your assets as a viable means to make a sale.
2.1 Affiliate Marketing
While the concept of selling a product that is not yours might seem strange at first it is actually quite common. Many companies will allow this because it allows them to reach an audience that they otherwise would not.
It is like hiring a bunch of sales representatives on commission. Here are some affiliate marketing programs that combine lots of different affiliate offers.
In addition, if you have a product or website in mind you can simply search “website affiliate program” and if it has one chances are it will come up.
AdPlosion – Earn revenue by selling leads, clicks and products from their advertisers. Also runs an incentive points program in addition to your commissions.
Affiliate Future – AffiliateFutureare performance-based marketing specialists, providing sales solutions and marketing services to advertisers, publishers and agencies. Pays you for generating leads, sales and clicks.
Amazon Affiliate Program – One of the most popular affiliate networks due to the breadth of products you can market. Pays generally between 4-6%, higher payout for more sales. Best part is you get paid for whatever someone ends up buying after they click on your link, even if it’s not the product that you advertised.
Avangate – Leading cloud commerce provider for online software businesses and cloud companies looking to grow their digital revenues. Sell popular computer software titles.
Clickbank – ClickBank is a privately held online marketplace for digital information products. It aims to serve as a connection between digital content creators and affiliate marketers, who then promote them to consumers. It is extremely popular.
Clickbooth – CPA Affiliate network
ClixGalore – An affiliate marketing network that allows you to easily build and start your own ‘sale – CPA’, ‘lead – CPL’, or ‘click – CPC’ based affiliate program.
Commission Junction – An online advertising and internet marketing company that specializes in affiliate, media and tracking services. There more than 1000 companies available to choose from.
CPA Lead – CPA Affiliate network
CX Digital – CX Digital Media Affiliate Network is the leader in performance based online marketing, featuring CPA advertising (Cost Per Action).
DigiResults – Similar to Clickbank.
DirectLeads – CPA Affiliate network
Epic Direct/Azoogle – Affiliate network
E-Junkie – E-junkie provides shopping cart and buy now buttons to let you sell downloads and tangible goods on your website, eBay, MySpace, Google Base, CraigsList etc.
GetAds – CPA Affiliate network
Google Affiliate Network – Similar to Commission Junction.
IncentAclick – Leader in performance based online marketing, featuring CPA advertising (Cost Per Action).
LeadPile – Affiliate network that allows you to generate and sell trade leads to the highest bidder.
LinkConnector – Affiliate marketing network.
LinkShare – Pays commissions for every product you lead and promote.
Market Leverage – Market Leverage is an internet affiliate marketing network.
MaxBounty -A unique CPA network providing weekly payments, as well as a $1000 performance bonus to new affiliates.
Neverblue.com Specializes in lead generation, client acquisition and mobile advertising, and provides tools like
banner rotators and api to promote products.
Offer Vault – Find affiliate programs, affiliate networks and affiliate marketing resources.
Offerweb – Affiliate network
RocketProfit – Offers custom tools to website owners for affiliate marketing. Pays via check after your commissions reach $25 dollars.
ThinkAction – Affiliate network
2.2 Selling Your Own Products
It should come as no surprise that if you own a product, you can sell it. What might be a surprise is just how many things you can sell.
For example, a few years back my mother started making seaglass jewelry. She started trying to sell her pieces on Ebay and Etsy and was experiencing success.
A few years later and she is consistently making over a grand a month on average. It is definitely possible to transition a hobby into a business, you just have to find the right marketplace.
2.2.1 Large Marketplaces
There are many large marketplaces from which you can sell a wide range of products.
Amazon – Online retailer of books, movies, music and games along with electronics, toys, apparel, sports, tools, groceries and general home and garden items. In addition you can sell back or trade in items you own to Amazon and receive Amazon gift card credit.
Backpage – Free classified ads with photos. Find houses and apts for rent, personals, jobs, cats and dogs for sale. Like Craigslist but smaller.
Craigslist – Craigslist is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.
eBay – Buy and sell electronics, cars, fashion apparel, collectibles, sporting goods, digital cameras, baby items, coupons, and everything else on eBay.
2.2.2 Arts and Crafts
While Etsy takes the cake as the premier marketplace for arts and crafts, there are many other websites that are similar. See below resources for a link to 125 such websites.
Aftcra – a new marketplace where you can buy and sell American handmade goods.
ArtFire – The ArtFire marketplace is home to artisan goods of all kinds. From handmade jewelry and crafts, to vintage clothing and supplies.
Big Cartel – Simple shopping cart for clothing and tee designers, bands, record labels, jewelry makers, crafters, and other artists.
Bonanza – Vibrant collection of fashion, collectibles, decor, and more.
Dawanda – Marketplace for gifts and handmade products. Perfect for unusual gift ideas, unique products and handmade things.
Etsy – Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies.
Folsky – Buy and sell beautiful handmade gifts and crafts supplies.
iCraft – Crafts online and more.
Lilyshop – New online marketplace for handmade creations created by women for women.
Luulla – Luulla is a marketplace to find and sell various creative objects.
Made It Myself – Buy and sell homemade products like crafts, jewelry, quilts, soaps, greeting cards & other handmade stuff online.
Not On The High Street – Hundreds of unique shops.
Silkfair – Simple and affordable online store builder.
Storenavy – Allows you to open your own store for free.
Super Market HQ – A curated marketplace of products, apparel, art, and accessories.
Uncommon Goods – Great for cool and unusual gifts for any occasion.
Yakaboo – Create your own unique store and start selling in a few easy steps.
Zibbet – Buy and sell handmade goods, fine art, vintage items and crafting supplies on Zibbet.
Did you know that you can sell your music? Don’t get too caught up on physical products – you’re working online now and you can sell just about anything of value.
Band Camp – Sell your music! Bandcamp takes a 15% cut of sales made from their website. CD Baby – CD Baby has over 3 million tracks for you to browse, listen, and buy. fetchapp – Sell digital goods such as music, videos, photos, e-books, PDF’s
Indaba Music – Web-based company that provides a music collaboration environment for musicians: “a place to build a profile, promote their tunes and collaborate with other musicians” as well as enter opportunities like remixing and songwriting contests with popular artists.
sellfy – Sell digital downloads – ebooks, music, videos or anything else you create. No setup fees, no storage & bandwidth limits. Sell with PayPal, Stripe & Paymill.
Slice The Pie – Helps undiscovered artists, as well as helping music fans find some great.
The Orchard – technology-platform, which allows you to connect to fans
Tune Core – Sell your own music on iTunes, Spotify, eMusic, AmazonMP3, Google Play etc. Keep all your rights and get 100% of the royalties.
Similarly to music, if you can create great videos you can sell them.
AssociatedContent – Earn money by uploading your videos, text, audio and images to their site.
ClipCanvas – Stock video marketplace offering a searchable collection of HD stock footage in all categories.
Cruxy – Video, music, photo Art portal. Specializes in social video, but serves as a venue to sell your digital media.
iStockphoto – Royalty free stock photos, vector art illustrations, stock footage and audio for print and use on websites and presentations.
MetaCafe – One of the world’s largest video sites, serving the best videos, funniest movies and clips. Upload your videos and earn money based on the number of views you receive.
Minibites – Diverse content from song lyrics and WAV files to personal pages and relationship issues.
Pond5 – Open marketplace for buyers and sellers of royalty-free clips in all categories.
Revostock – Stock video footage, after effects projects, stock music and sound effects.
Shutterstock – Sell photos, vectors, illustrations or videos.
UpBlogger – Social network site that pays you based on the amount of visits you receive to your uploaded content.
Viidya – Viidya is a marketplace for videos. Instead of giving away their videos for free on YouTube, content creators can charge directly for their classes
Vimeo – Community for storing and distributing video content. Includes advanced privacy options, interaction for members with common interests, group projects, and more.
2.2.5 Stock Photography
Like videos and music this is a highly competitive market but if you are skilled there are a number of venues on which you can sell your photography.
123RoyaltyFree – Search and download from millions of HD stock photos, royalty free images, cliparts, vectors and illustrations. You get 50% of each image sold and you also can earn 15% of your referral’s subscription or purchase plus 10% of every image sold by a photographer you refer.
BigStockPhoto – Find millions of quality images, illustrations, vectors and stock photography. Usually $0.30 to $3 for every image of yours sold.
Crestock – Crestock offers high quality royalty-free stock photos, illustrations and vector images at low prices. 20% commission on pictures with prices between $5 to $15. Your commission goes up to 30% after your first 100 sales.
DreamsTime – The largest collection of FREE and commercial stock photos and images anywhere. You can get 50 to 80% from each image sold.
Fotolia – More than 20 million cheap royalty free images, vectors, videos. 50% for each picture downloaded.
iStockPhoto – Royalty free stock photos, vector art illustrations, stock footage and audio for print and use on websites and presentations. You get 20% of the total price for images between $1 to $20, and 40% if you sell your images only on their site.
PhotoStockPlus – Sell photos and keep 85% of the profit.
ShutterPoint – Stock photo site that gives you 85% of the total sale.
ShutterStock – Sell photos, vectors, illustrations or videos. You are paid 25 cents for every image of yours downloaded. Refer other photographers and earn 3 cents per photo sold by them.
StockXpert – Place to buy and sell stock images! You can earn $50 if you offer your image with an extended
license. Otherwise, you earn 50% of each sale.
2.2.6 Fully, Established Websites
If you own a website that is up and running, you can sell it on one of these market places. Really, a website is just like online real estate.
You own a plot of land in the World Wide Web. What you do with it can increase or decrease its asset value.
The more money it makes, the more valuable it is. I have seen websites sell for 6 figures many times. The beautiful part of it is that people generally pay between 10 and 20 times the monthly profit, so if you have a website that is bringing in a bit of cash you can potentially sell it for a pretty penny.
Here are some market places for buying and selling websites.
Buy Sell Website – Search hundreds of websites for sale.Buy or sell websites and domain names.
Deal Site – DealASite.com is free for both buyers and sellers to buy and sell websites.
EmpireFlippers – Empire Flippers has websites for sale, letting you buy websites and offer sites for sale online.
Flippa – Buy & sell websites, domains, and apps. I have personally bought on Flippa over a dozen times and in many cases it has been successful.
2.2.7 Domain Names
Yes, even if you just own a domain name you can sell it. In fact, some domain names have sold for tens of thousands of dollars due to their high demand/relevancy (think like websites.com).
Some people even make a business (albeit it an annoying one) out of “squatting”; buying up domains and trying to sell them later to interested parties. I heard once that someone, anticipating the growth of Starbucks, went and bought up starbucks.com in other countries (i.e starbucks.ru) and probably made a pretty penny doing so.
AfterMarket – Buy domain names, purchase registered domains, list domains for sale in a number of different ways, and sell domains safely and securely. Takes a 10% commission.
Afternic – Afternic is a one-stop site to buy domains, sell domains, and park domains. Takes 10% – 20% commission.
Bido – Domain sales. You will be notified when they respond. If an agreement is reached, you’ll be instructed to make your payment. Bido will assist with the transaction and transfer. Takes an 8% commission.
GoDaddy Premium Listings – Sell your domain name in the Premium Domain Names section of the domain search page. Takes a 30% commission.
Pool.com – Leading provider of premium, dropped and backordered domains. Takes a 10% commission .
Sedo – Buy and sell domains and websites with Sedo.com. Takes a 10% commission.
SnapNames – Buy Domains even if they are already registered or sell domains names. Takes a 20% commission.
In this example we will explore baseball cards but you can replace this with any collectible and there is likely a specialty marketplace for it outside of ebay/craigslist. Remember, anything you own can be an asset if it has value to someone else!
707 Sportscards – One of the largest buyers and sellers of old baseball cards, PSA Graded Cards, and Allstate Display Cases.
Baseball Card Exchange – Baseball Card Exchange.
BaseballCardBuyer.com – Baseball card buyer with 30 years’ experience is now buying vintage (pre-1970) sports cards at top prices.
BaseballInTheAttic.com – Paying top dollar for pre-1975 baseball cards, football cards and sports memorabilia
Kit Young –Buying: All sports, modern and vintage.
Kurtz Kards – Full time baseball card dealer since 1996.
McAvoySportcards – Selling 30,000 vintage baseball cards, basketball cards, food cards and boxing sports cards and memorabilia for collectors and investors.
Portland Sports Card Co. – Buys and sells vintage baseball cards, football cards, basketball cards, hockey cards, sports collectibles, graded sports cards, and more.
Tim’s Baseball Card Shop – Buying and selling baseball cards, basketball cards, football cards, baseball card sets, football card sets, hockey card sets, and baseball cards.
2.2.9 Recycling Old Gadgets
If you have an old iphone, laptop, or any other hardware there are lots of sites where you can sell your old gadgets to. In many cases large retail stores like Best Buy and Sam’s Club have exchange programs.
It’s great exploring these options because you can see how much an asset is worth even if it is used. In this sense you can look at everything you purchase as coming at somewhat of a discount.
For example, if you buy a phone for $100 but are savvy enough to know that you can trade it in for $20 a few years later, it is like getting it for only $80.
ASOS Marketplace – List items from your wardrobe. Takes a 5% commission when items sell.
Best Buy – Well known retailer who also buys second hand.
Buy My Tronics – Sell electronics like used cell phones, iPods, digital cameras and game consoles.
Costo – The online store for the national retailer of brand name products, from computers and clothing to gardening and gourmet food.
Gazelle – Get cash for used cell phones and electronics. Sell your iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, iPad, Apple computers and more. They even pay the shipping cost for you to ship the product to them.
My Bone Yard – Helps people recycle their gadgets
O2 Recycle – Recycle your gadget for cash.
Preloved – Turn clutter into cash by selling on Preloved.
Sams Club – Exceptional wholesale club values on TVs, mattresses, business and office supplies etc.
OK, this is more of a lesson in getting creative. You have to think outside of the box.
What do you have rights to that someone might value enough to pay for? This might be extreme but I think it shows you the limits of just what you can sell online.
Demonical – Sell your soul for $5 or auction it off to the highest bidder.
2.2.11 Your Designs
There are platforms out there that allow you to design a product (think t-shirts, mugs, books, etc) and sell it through their website. This allows you to bypass the upfront cost of having to create and store the product as well as leverage the existing audience the website has.
It is great especially if you want to test an idea and establish whether or not there exists a market.
Cafe Press – Design products like t-shirts, etc. and sell them through the Cafe Press virtual store.
Create Space – CreateSpace provides free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, video downloads and MP3s on-demand on Amazon.com
E-Shirt – Like Cafe Press but cheaper and focuses mostly on t-shirts.
ImageKind – Buy prints, posters canvas and framed wall art from various artists.
LuLu – Provides the tools for you to publish your work for personal use or for sale and distribution to others
PikiStore – Pikistore lets you create your own tshirt store and will print the shirts.
Ponoko – Laser cutting & 3D printing made easy. Buy, sell & create custom products.
PrintFection – Manage the printing and fulfillment of your t-shirts, stickers, and other merchandise using Printfection. Free online store so you can sell products with your design on them.
ShapeWays – 3D printing marketplace and community.
Shirt City – Create a personalized t-shirt online with your custom slogan or design.
Skreend – Print your own custom designed t-shirts with Skreened.
SpoonFlower – Design, print and sell custom fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap & decals on-demand.
Spreadshirt – Create custom t-shirts, personalized shirts and other customized apparel at Spreadshirt. Print your own shirt with custom text, designs or photos. Like E-Shirt but you can also sell other designer’s stuff.
Taste Book – Upload your favorite recipes from 2013 and create a custom cookbook today.
The Game Crafter – The Game Crafter offers game designers an easy-to-use system to make a board game, card game, or custom playing cards. Free templates, instructions, and videos.
Apps are all the rage. If you have any sort of programming ability coding up an app and selling it can be a source of income.
If you don’t have coding experience, it does not mean that you cannot hire a developer and work with him or her to create your app. Apps often sell for very cheap, only a few dollars, but they appeal to a wide audience of millions of smart phone users.
appbackr – App developers around the world use their predictive analytical ranking system to get their appscore.
Higher scoring apps have more opportunities.
appsplit – Appsplit is the Crowdsourcing Platform for Apps. Allows you to raise funds for your apps.
apptopia – Allows you to buy and sell apps.
bluecloudsolutions – USA based internet marketing company specializing in iPhone apps, creative business models, and explosive marketing strategies.
sellmyapp – Sell your iphone apps.
sellmyappz – Sell, Buy & License iOS iPhone 5, iPod, iPad, OS X Mac and Android app source code with full applications, components & games.
sellmyapplication – Marketplace for buying, selling, or licensing source code for mobile apps.
artlondon.com – Buy, sell, or browse contemporary fine art online.
artmajeur.com – Buy and sell art online.
artnet.com – Browse all original artworks for sale by style, medium, price, and era live on artnet Auctions. Use the advanced search options to buy or sell art.
artweb.com – Sell your art online. Allows you to sell your paintings, jewelry, prints and artwork simply cheaply and easily.
arts-mart.com – Sell you art online.
art-exchange.com – Sell your art online.
discoveroriginalart.com – Buy or Sell original art online from Emerging and Established artists.
fineartamerica.com – Sell art online through Fine Art America. Set your own prices and keep 100% of your profits
mybestcanvas.com – MBC is an online art gallery from where you can sell or buy original paintings for sale.
originalartonline.com – Original art online gallery. Buy art, sell art; find original artwork including paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, prints and more
redraggallery.co.uk – Sell your art and paintings online.
saatchiart.com – Sell Art Online.
shopify.com – Shopify makes it easy to start a business and sell paintings online. It takes only minutes to open an online store and start selling art paintings to customers
ugallery.com – Find original paintings and photographs by new and established artists
zatista.com – Online art gallery.
zazzle.com – Sell your art online.