How to both share AND monetize your files? Study of existing solutions

Nowadays there are countless ways to share files between smartphones and laptops: cloud apps, direct transfer, or messaging apps are some of them. However, if you want to monetize your files and earn money when people download them, the options are reduced.

The most popular solutions to share or monetize your files

Google Drive

Let’s start with cloud storage, which has the advantage that you can upload the file and share it later with several people with a link, without the need for the transfer to happen in a coordinated or simultaneous way.

File size will hardly be a problem, as the maximum for Google Drive is 5 TB. Google’s storage space is 15 GB for free accounts, and it’s shared with all services.

Google allows you to share files of any type by email or shared link. The program offers several options, such as Read-only (if you don’t want anyone to edit your files), Editor, and Commenter (the possibility to add comments without modifying the initial content).

Google Drive offers some control over your content, the platform is secure, and it has the advantage of being widely used. However, it lacks monetization features.

Dropbox

Dropbox works on exactly the same premise as Google Drive: you upload files from any supported platform – including iPhone and Android devices – and then you can share it with anyone with a link.

On Dropbox, the maximum file size is 50 GB, but you are again limited by your account’s maximum space. Free Dropbox accounts have 2 GB storage; so technically, without paying, that would be the maximum size you could upload and share.

Dropbox does not offer monetization features either. For companies, there is Dropbox Business, which allows you to manage and pay the accounts of all your collaborators on the same invoice. But that’s where it ends. As an individual, you can’t effectively sell your files within Dropbox.

Telegram

Sometimes the best app to do something is the one you always have with you, like Telegram. If you already use this app for chatting, you can also use it for many other things, including sharing files.

Telegram is cloud-based. But, unlike the previously mentioned services, there is currently no space limit. The only thing that limits you when sharing files with Telegram is the maximum file size, which is 2 GB.

The app is secure and widely used by Internet users. Telegram has the advantage of supporting bots that are sort of plugins that add features to the app, such as payment. For example, Tap2Pay has a bot that allows you to pay via Telegram. All the customer has to do is enter “Tap2Pay” in the search bar and respond to the command prompt with the word “Hello,” then an “invoice” will appear in the dialog box. After a successful payment, the card details will be linked to the Telegram profile, and it will be possible to make further payments without entering the card details.

Effective Solutions for Selling Files Online

The app we have seen so far are effective for file sharing. But they lack native features to monetize intellectual properties. We will see some alternatives adapted to online sales.

Gumroad

This is probably the most popular file-selling app. Its strength is its simplicity. It is easy-to-use and only charges commissions after sale. Gumroad was created in 2011 and describes itself as a super simple e-commerce platform for creators.

This tool allows you to build your own website or landing pages and then sell your products. Gumroad has the particularity to be a marketplace. You can sell your digital products to new customers.

Gumroad’s interface is clean and converts very well. The app does not offer A/B testing, but promises a high conversion rate thanks to its payment system. The customer simply needs to enter their email address (which they will then use to log into their member area), their credit card number or PayPal account, and click “Pay.” It’s that simple.

In addition to allowing you to sell digital products online, Gumroad also offers email management tools to capture emails and thus build an audience. You will be able to customize the capture form, display it on your store, and even integrate it on your existing website.

No Native File Sharing Option!

Gumroad does not have file-sharing functionalities. But there are some tricks to create free products thanks to its Pay-what-you-want option and the possibility to set the minimum amount to 0. While purchasing, when a customer puts 0 and validates, he will be able to download your files for free.

The other method is to create a 100% discount code and share it with your customers.

This, however, this is not a clean way to share files. Let’s now discover an app that allows both file sharing and file monetization.

PayPerSafe – All-In-One Solution

PayPerSafe is for individuals and professionals who want to store their data online and eventually share it. It can be videos, PDFs, photos, or special file extension. PayPerSafe is an intuitive and easy-to-use app. It is a secure solution for long-term storage.

But it has a special feature: the app has native features for online payment. So, you can decide at any time to sell files directly from the app. The payment methods offered are various: credit cards and PayPal.

In terms of security, PayPerSafe is one of the most secure apps thanks to four authentication methods. You can create links to securely share items from your wallet and the content is protected against unauthorized screenshots and downloads.

Through your dashboard, the app also provides a detailed report of your shared link activity (opens, clicks, downloads, payments, emails, etc.), which can be used to track file-request activities.

Of all the solutions we explored, PayPerSafe is the most suitable for both sharing your files for free or monetizing them when necessary.