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Spreadtheworld

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Xavier Coiffard

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You can create value with a super lean stack, and Nocode at all!

Starter Stack
60
hours to build

How to launch a digital info product using no-code tools

What is it:

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Maker Insight:

You can create value with a super lean stack, and Nocode at all!

What did I learn:

1. How to handle sending access to the Airtable base through Gumroad? How do you permit anyone to get access to your Airtable base and keep it secure if you are selling it as a proudct?

UPDATE: Try these tools to create a better experience and more secure way to share your Airtable base. Instead of selling through Gumroad which really is not designed to handle selling information through Airtable bases, Use @pico app to gate the content in a membership-style website. You can build it in Carrd so it is super simple and fast to put together. Secondly there is a new service called https://paytable.io/ that you can use to secure your Airtable base, that prevents folks from sharing the link from the ""expanded"" view of Airtable. Use this dead simple tutorial on how to set up a membership site with @pico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvVIREGUyUs

There are a couple of options that you can do that are more manual that I would not recommend but are free options compared to using Paytable.io:

If you are selling through Gumroad:
1. In the email to the user for the digital product when they purchase through Gumroad you can simply insert a link to the Airtable base so they can view it.

But you might not be comfortable with the security of that because they could just share the link.
2. If they have a custom email domain you can give access to only people with those email domains. For example: @sideprojectstack.com is my email domain. My full email is michael@sideprojectstack.com. this doesn't work if someone is using their gmail.

3. Finally you can give them a password for access to the Airtable base. This only works so far as someone sharing it.

The way I would think of an Airtable base is like a book. Anyone can share a book anyone can send an ebook to a friend.

But there is a new way that I am very excited about that is going to be even easier and more secure: Inserting your Airtable base inside of a web app. For example you will be able to do that easily with Pory.io and Softr.io soon where those apps do all the heavy lifting and handle user log in based on their payment. Then within the app, you can insert your Airtable base.

This should be available in January/February 2021.

Currently you can do this with Bubble, Webflow, Bildr etc but those platforms require a lot more work and effort. Having an easier solution to handle user log in will make it so much easier to launch and have a more secure database or content around what you produce. Ultimately it wont prevent anyone from stealing but it will be more secure than before and it will be extremely easy to setup.

2. Stacks don't need to be complex to work
This is one of the simplest and most recommended stacks to use when selling an info product or a directory list like Spread the World.

It is a great very low investment way to make money on the internet and get started with your entrepreneurial efforts. Starting small in your tech stack has many benefits. More than just a low learning curve, I strongly encourage it because it's constraints do several things to help you as a Maker:
1. Constraints means be creative
2. Focus on the core value prop of your product
3. Start by shipping one small thing

Cost matters and no-code tools can eat you up month after month. This stack probably cost less than $5 per month to create. Carrd might have cost a annual or monthly fee, then all the rest offer free tiers that don't cost you anything. Perfect to get started by learning from what offer you have and what people are willing to pay for. This type of experience is invaluable in building from there.

3. Gumroad product feature - When selling with Gumroad you can add a Gumroad check out button and embed onto your page. The styling isn't yours but if you prefer a really smooth check out UX this feature is it. It works like this: when a users checks out to purchase your product that they stay on the page and not open a new browser then this option allows you to do that. With Xavier's product you can demo it. I really like this feature because instead of taking a user to a bloated sell page within a new tab, a small pop-up window appeared on the page asking just for the credit card. Perfect to reduce friction during checkout.

What's more, is say the user backs out of the checkout, then a small shopping cart icon appears on the page showing a red dot to indicate that the user still has an item there waiting to be purchased. Great feature!

If you close the tab and return to the page, the cookies did not store from your previous page interaction and the shopping cart disappears.

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