How to create a Gumroad E-commerce Account and add products to it.


What is Gumroad?

Gumroad is an internet platform that helps you to sell your products to your clients, without the stress, costly fees, and high rates of conversion of a marketplace model. Gumroad gives you the opportunity to share your products all over the internet or on your website, in addition to giving you insights into who your customers are, how they find you, and how to keep them coming back for more. 

In a nutshell:

If you have a digital product; the like of ebook, software, Video or audio products, you have or physical product that you want to sell on your website directly to your customers, or to your following on social media, Gumroad is your home base for:

  • Creating and selling products
  • Interacting with your customers
  • Gaining insight (tracking) into how you are making sales
  • Building a follower base. 
  • Setting up a membership site
  • Integration with your website etc. 

How can I use Gumroad to make money?

Making money as a digital creator on Gumroad is as follows:

  • Create an account and set up your payout information.
  • Create a product and upload all relevant files.
  • Publish your product and share the link with the world via social media, your website, email newsletter, telephone poles, bathroom walls, etc.
  • Your followers/fans/family/friends/enemies go to that link, enter their payment information, and receive their download link.
  • Your account will be verified and your sales then turn on your payouts.
  • Every Friday, you will be paid the net amount of your sales (your sales minus their fee).
  • If you sell physical products, they will process payments on your behalf, but you will be in charge of shipping the products to your customers.

What you can sell?

You can sell anything on Gumroad, in as much as you are giving good value of your product to your customers. The items sold on Gumroad are e-books, films, music, software, and tutorials. You can also sell memberships, pre-orders, and one-time purchase products, both digital and physical.

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Step 1: Sign up for Gumroad

Signing up is free and easy.

Visit and click the Start selling button. Then enter your email address and a password, and click Create account. You can also use Facebook or Twitter to sign up if you prefer:

Signing up for Gumroad
To sign up for Gumroad, just click the green Start selling button and enter your details.

Once you’ve signed up, you’re given the option to upgrade to the $10/month plan with the lower transaction costs (see “Gumroad fees” earlier in this article). For now, click No, thanks. You can always upgrade later at the click of a button:

Gumroad upgrade option
You can, if you like, upgrade to the $10-a-month plan for lower transaction costs.

Next, Gumroad asks you to enter some basic information about yourself and the product you want to sell. Choose your options from the drop-down menus. In the “What are you working on?” section, click Book or Comic. Click the Continue button when you’re done:

'Welcome to Gumroad' page
Enter basic information about yourself. Since you’re selling an eBook, select Book or Comic.

You’ll now see a “Get started” page. Since you’re ready to publish your eBook, click the Add a product button to continue:

Gumroad 'get started' page
On the “Get Started” page, click Add a product to start adding your eBook to Gumroad.

Step 2: Add your product

Gumroad now walks you through the steps for adding your first product. Click the Digital product button, since you’ll be selling an eBook:

Gumroad's 'Add Your First Product' page
On the “Add your first product” page, click the Digital product button.

Now you can choose how you want to sell your eBook by clicking one of three buttons:

  • Product lets you start selling your eBook immediately.
  • Subscription lets you set up recurring payments for your product. This is great if you’re selling access to a membership area, for example.
  • Pre-order lets you start taking orders before your product goes on sale.
Selecting a product type in Gumroad
Gumroad lets you create three kinds of things for sale: products, subscriptions, and pre-orders.

Since you already have an eBook to sell, click the Product button to continue.

Now comes the fun bit: adding your product! Follow these steps:

  1. Enter the product name.
    Enter the title of your product in the Name of product box. This name will appear wherever your product is offered for sale on Gumroad or your own site.
  2. Set the price.
    Enter the price in the box next to the Name of product box. You can enter any price from $0.99 up to $5,000. You can also click the currency symbol to select a different currency.
  3. Upload your PDF.
    Click the Choose your files button, and choose how you’d like to upload your PDF file. For example, to upload your file from your computer, click From computer, then select your file to upload. Wait a few seconds while your file is uploaded.
Uploading a PDF to gumroad
To add your eBook, just enter its name and price. Click Choose your files, then click From computer and choose your eBook PDF file.

You can change the product name, price, and file later if you wish. Watch out, though: Once you’ve set the currency for this product, you can’t change it later!

When you’re done, click the Next: Customize button to continue to the next page.

Step 3: Add a cover image and description

On this page, you get to upload a cover image for your product, as well as enter a description.

Start by clicking the Upload a cover button, then choose a suitable image file on your computer. For an eBook, you’d usually use the same cover image that you put on the first page of your PDF file.

Next, enter a description for your product in the Describe your product… box. This description appears below your product name whenever someone buys your eBook.

Adding a cover image and description for the eBook
Adding a cover image and description for the eBook.

At the bottom of the page, there’s a Stamp PDFs with the buyer’s information checkbox. If you select this option, Gumroad stamps a small message onto the first page of the buyer’s PDF that says “Sold to (buyer’s email address)”. The idea is to discourage piracy. However, if you find the message intrusive and you’d rather just trust people’s honesty, then feel free to leave this option unchecked!

Gumroad stamp example
Gumroad can optionally stamp a small message onto the first page of your PDF to reduce piracy.

When you’re happy with your cover image and description, click the Save changes button to add your product!

Step 4: Preview and publish your product

Your product is saved, but it’s still in draft form. Before you publish it, you can preview it to see how it will look to your buyers.

To do this, just click the Edit/Preview switch at the top of the page to change the switch from Edit mode to Preview mode:

Previewing a product in Gumroad
Flip the Edit/Preview switch at the top of the page to see what your eBook will look like to shoppers.

This shows you how your product appears when someone clicks the “buy” button on your site.

You can even preview the whole payment process from here. Click the I want this! button to reveal the payment form (using a test credit card), then click the Pay button:

Previewing a purchase in Gumroad
To test out the buying process for your eBook, click I want this! and work through the checkout screens.

You’ll then “buy” your eBook (don’t worry, you won’t be charged). A receipt appears, from which you can choose to read the book online, download the book, or open the book in the Gumroad app:

Gumroad receipt
Once you’ve finished “buying” your book, Gumroad shows you a receipt.

Gumroad also sends you a purchase email, so you can see what the emails will look like to your customers:

Gumroad purchase email
Gumroad also sends shoppers an email for their purchase, including a download button.

By the way, if you’d prefer a different look for your purchase page, click the Style link at the top of the Preview page. You can then choose from five different themes to suit your brand:

Choosing a purchase style in Gumroad
You can select from five different styles for your Gumroad purchase page.

Once you’re happy with the way your product looks, click the Edit/Preview switch at the top of the page to change back to Edit mode.

Now it’s time to publish your book! Click the Publish button, and in the “Before you hit Publish” popup that appears, make sure Book or Comic is selected. You can also enter tags to classify your book (such as Business or Productivity). These feed into Gumroad Discover — Gumroad’s recommendation engine — which can then recommend your book to relevant buyers, so it’s well worth doing:

Adding categories and tags to a Gumroad product
Before publishing your eBook, take a moment to give it a category and tags to help make it discoverable on Gumroad.

Once you’ve entered your tags, all you need to do is click the Publish button again to publish your eBook. Your book is now available for purchase. High-fives all around!

Gumroad product published
That glorious moment when your first eBook is published!


Step 5: Add your product to your website

Now that your eBook is published, you’ll probably want to offer it for sale on your own website. As with everything else, Gumroad makes this process easy!

There are three main ways that you can put a Gumroad product up for sale on your site:

  • Linking to the Gumroad product page for your eBook. Gumroad automatically creates a product page on its website where people can buy your eBook. You can simply link to this page from your website.
  • The Overlay widget adds a “Buy Now” button to a page on your site. When a shopper clicks the button, a pop-up overlay appears in your page. This window looks much like the preview you saw in Step 4. It shows your product cover image, the product details, and an “I want this!” button. The shopper clicks the button, enters their card details, and purchases your eBook — all from within the overlay in your page:
Gumroad overlay example
The Overlay widget in action. Pressing the Buy Now button displays an overlay on top of the page, allowing shoppers to buy the product without leaving your site.
  • The Embed widget is similar to Overlay, except that it embeds the contents of the overlay — the cover image, product details, and “I want this!” button — directly in your page:
Gumroad Embed widget example
The Gumroad Embed widget inserts your Gumroad product directly into your webpage.

Which option should you choose?

All three methods have their pros and cons:

  • Linking is the easiest to set up, since it doesn’t involve adding code or plugins to your site. However, it takes the shopper away from your site and onto Gumroad’s site. This can be tricky if you’d like shoppers to take other actions on your site after purchasing, such as signing up for your list. You can minimise this issue by opening the Gumroad page in a new tab (you’ll see how to do this in a moment).
  • The Overlay widget looks nice; it’s just an unobtrusive button in your page. At the time of writing, it’s also the only way to allow shoppers to buy more than one product at once. However, overlays don’t work on mobile phones; if you’re on a phone then the button simply opens your product on the Gumroad site in a new browser tab.
  • The Embed widget is slightly quicker to use than the Overlay widget, because shoppers don’t have to click the first “buy” button to view and buy your product. It also works on mobiles. However it can also be hard to make it blend in nicely with the rest of your page design, and if you have more than one product in your page then all those embeds can start to look rather unwieldy.

Furthermore, if you’re selling products using the Gumroad Overlay or Embed widgets, you really should purchase and install a TLS (also known as SSL) certificate for your site, so that your pages can be accessed using https:// instead of http://. It can be fiddly to set up, but it provides extra protection against hackers and also reassures your customers. The Gumroad site has a good page that explains how to set up a TLS certificate. (If you get stuck, ask your web hosting provider — they’re usually pretty helpful with this sort of thing!)

Linking to your product from your site

For this tutorial, you’ll use the linking method. It’s easy to set up, and you don’t have to worry about getting a TLS certificate on your site.

Follow these steps to link to your Gumroad product page from your site:

  1. Find the URL of your Gumroad product page.
    Click the Products menu option in Gumroad to view your products, then click your product to edit it. Click the Share tab. Your product page’s URL is right at the top:

    Gumroad product page link
    To link to your eBook’s Gumroad product page, first find the URL to link to in the Share tab.
  2. Copy the product page URL.
    Select the URL that you found in Step 1. In most browsers you can do this by triple-clicking the URL (clicking it three times in a row). Now choose Edit > Copy in your browser’s menu to copy the URL to the clipboard.
  3. Insert the link in your webpage.
    Edit your page in WordPress. Type the text or insert the image that you’d like to use for the link, then select it. Click the Insert/edit link button in the editor’s toolbar, then choose Edit > Paste in your browser’s menu to paste the URL into the link box:

    Adding a link to a Gumroad product in WordPress
    To add the link in WordPress, select the text you want to use for the link, then click the Insert/edit link toolbar button and paste in the URL.
  4. Make the link open in a new browser tab (optional).
    As mentioned earlier, one issue with the linking method is that it takes shoppers away from your site and onto Gumroad. You can get round this to some extent by opening the Gumroad page in a new browser tab, which keeps your page open in the original tab. To do this, click the little “gear” icon in the WordPress link box (see the screenshot above) and, in the popup that appears, select the Open link in a new tab checkbox. Click the Update button to close the popup:

    WordPress 'Open link in a new tab' option
    To make your Gumroad product page open in a new browser tab, select the Open link in a new tab checkbox in WordPress.

Now press Return to save your link (if necessary). Save your page and view it in your browser. You should see the Buy Now link in the page; click it to open your product page on Gumroad.

Linking with a button

Often you’ll want to link to your Gumroad product with a Buy Now button instead of a text link. There are several ways to do this, but here are a couple of methods you can use:

  • Add a button class to the link. Many WordPress themes include a button CSS class that styles a link as a button. To use this class, first create a text link as described above. Then click the Text tab in the WordPress editor to switch to the text editor. Find the markup for your link, which will look something like this:
    <a href="">Buy Now</a>

    Now add the text class="button" just after the start of the <a> tag, like this:

    <a class="button" href="">Buy Now</a>

    Then save your page in WordPress and view it in your browser to see the effect. Here’s how this button looks on our site:


  • Add your own CSS to style the link as a button. If adding the button class as shown above doesn’t have any effect then your theme doesn’t include the class. You could add it yourself by creating a child theme and adding a button class to the stylesheet, but if that all sounds a bit scary, here’s a “quick and dirty” solution! Find the markup for your link as described above, and add the text style="padding: 15px; border-radius: 5px; background: #448844; color: #ffffff;" just after the start of the <a> tag, like this:
    <a style="padding: 15px; border-radius: 5px; background: #448844; color: #ffffff;" href="">Buy Now</a>

    Feel free to tweak the background and color values to match your site’s design. Then save your page in WordPress and open it in your browser to see the result. Here’s how this button looks:

    Buy Now

Step 6: Get paid!

Congratulations – your eBook is now for sale on your site. Make sure you tell everyone. 🙂

The final step is to tell Gumroad how to send you your money! Here’s what you need to do:

  1. View the Payout page.
    Click My account in the top-right corner of your Gumroad dashboard. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Settings. When the Settings page appears, click the Payout link near the top of the page:

    Gumroad Payout page
    The Gumroad Payout page is where you enter your payment details.
  2. Choose your account type.
    The Account Type option at the top of the form gives you two options: Individual and Business. If you’re registered as a business, even as a sole trader — for example, you have a US EIN (Employer ID Number) or an Australian ABN (Australian Business Number) — then you should select the Business option. If you’re just selling your eBook as a private individual, select the Individual option.
  3. Fill in your personal info.
    This will vary depending on your country of residence, as well as whether you selected Individual or Business in Step 2. Generally you need to fill in your name, address and date of birth, as well as your business number (if applicable).
  4. Enter your bank account details.
    Finally, enter the details of the bank account where you want Gumroad to send your money. (In some countries you’ll need to use a PayPal account instead of a bank account.)

When you’ve filled in the form, click the Finish button. You’ll receive an email confirming that you added your bank account.

All done! Gumroad pays you every Friday. 

Start making money now!

Selling eBooks can seem scary. Not only do you have to find a way to take payments safely online, but you also have to figure out how to do digital delivery, and potentially deal with VAT issues too!

With Gumroad, though, you don’t have to worry about any of that stuff. Gumroad handles it all for you. You just upload your eBook, set a few options, add the product to your site, and tell Gumroad how to pay you. It couldn’t be simpler.

So what are you waiting for? Start selling your eBook today!





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