Membership or download
I know of course that this is about Membership Sites, but I have always been told that sometimes you have to think out of the box.
I am a newbie and in no-way a tech-guy. I am developping an online course in How to be happy. It is going to be 10 weeks long.
I wanted to use a membership site, but I also like to keep things simple. I thought of setting up a simple download system for starters with for instance 10 zip-files, and then when I hopefully make some money, I could upgrade to a membership site.
I friend of mine recommends getdpd.com
What do you think?
This is my first real product and I really dont have any experience - and a lot to learn (-:
PS: I know of course that the traffic is increasing on smartphones and tablets, and that is not in favour of downloads (-:
Digital Product Delivery (or DPD) is pretty cool.
In fact, I remember signing up for the free trial a while back and playing around with it.
If you don't have a website, or even if you do have a website but can't be bothered with any kind of tech stuff, then I think DPD is a great solution.
Another one I really like is Gumroad (www.gumroad.com).
It's a little sophisticated but in the interest of keeping it simple it's a good choice.
In my experience, the only way to know if a given platform is a good fit with your business vision and your (and your team's) skillsets is to give it a shot.
Since you'll initially just be selling a simple 10 module course (or something close to that), there's no harm in trying DPD and then switching if it feels like the wrong solution for you.
The good news is that, unlike with a full-fledged membership site, you don't have to worry about getting locked into a single platform and then having a difficult time switching to another platform once you discover all of the shortcomings of the first platform.
So I'd suggest not overthinking this aspect.
It would be best to pick an easy to use platform like DPD or GumRoad, drive traffic to your offer, and see if you have a viable product that people want and are willing to pay for.
Theeeen you can worry about all the technical mumbo jumbo.
Or better yet, hire somebody else to worry about it for you.