Selling Software Online
Below find links to various resources that I accumulated in the process of starting a web-site to sell some software -- Software Mosaic. At present the only product is a simple and easy-to-use to-do list manager called Listy that allows tagging of to-do items for powerful categorization and display filtering.
Standout articles from various sites or blogs regarding the business of selling software mostly focused on shareware or micro ISV software sales.
Blogs and Forums
Check out these sites for interesting articles on the business of selling software or for discussions or to post questions.
This section has links to sites providing services or software related to product activation, generating license or registration keys.
PAD File Generation
Beta Software Announcement
This section has links to sites or services that allow you to post information about your software in it's beta stages either for testing or to get some pre-publicity.
For stock and custom icons, check out these sites
Accepting Credit Cards
You could go the whole hog and get an expensive merchant account with the bank of your choice, and integrate accepting a credit-card with some expsensive shopping cart software.
Or you could use a payment processor. Payment processors resell the software on your behalf taking care of accepting credit-cards and dealing with taxes and then give you the money made less some commission. They provide shopping cart services that you can integrate with your web-site. They also have software catalog stores where they sell your software. Some of them have setup fees. Some also provide additional services like international sales, dealing with PO's, accepting credit-cards over the phone and fax, etc. regsw.com has a comparison of various services.
If you still want to accept credit-cards directly, you could use:
To avoid having to do the programming to accept the credit-cards themselves via Paypal or Google Checkout, you could use integration services from:
For a price, you can open stores at the sites of these online marketplaces. Fast way to get a product out to market without having to setup your e-commerce own web-site.
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