CREATING DIGITAL DOWNLOADS ON ETSY: HOW TO STORE YOUR DIGITAL FILES SAFELY!
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So in today’s Facebook video I wanted to share how I **save** and **store** my **digital products** as much as possible.
I know that so many of you are creating awesome digital products and a number of you have asked me what **steps I take** to store and protect my digital files from being lost, deleted or damaged.
So in this video, I’m going to be talking you through what tools and resources I use to try and safely save my products both when they’re in the **PROCESS** of being created and once they’re done!
I hope you find this video useful guys.
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you have not experienced panic when it comes to your business like you have when you've spent so long doing a product and then it goes missing or if something breaks or you can't find it you can't restore it or something like that I am had that a couple of times and it makes you extra cautious hi guys so in this video I really want to talk to you about a question that I get you know on and off really in both the Facebook group but also on different places like YouTube and on my blog and things like that and that comes especially to the fact that obviously a lot of the products that I create are digital products so there isn't a physical thing that I'm actually selling or a physical thing that I've created that I can stall you know in a warehouse or in my kitchen cupboard there's nothing really for me to store and so one of the awesome things about that is it's a digital product I don't have to have additional space and I don't have to ship anything out when someone buys the majority of my product but the con of that is then obviously then my products are vulnerable to issues when it comes to the Internet my computer the graphic software that I'm using and anything and all of the above really so in this video I really want to talk to you about how I store and how I protect the digital products that I create so that includes art principles digital downloads horses that I've created graphics and social media posts I've created ebook stories I am created pretty much anything that I have created that is a digital product and I have learned quite a few lessons about being overly protective of the digital products I've created because I have lost a few in my time I will never forget the day that I lost an entire about 150 pages of a book that I had wrote myself and yeah I lost it and I never got it back and I always remember the title of that book I always remember exactly what it was about but I just don't have the strength to rewrite 150 pages of a book that I already wrote once so the first thing that I always do when it comes to creating digital products and trying to protect those digital products from being lost or destroyed on the internet or online on whatever program that I'm using is I always try and make sure that I'm using a reputable design program or graphic design software or something especially those ones that have like a built in save system to them especially if I've done a lot of work to create something and then I forget to save it I used to use a program quite a while ago whereby if I clicked a button in the corner that was basically like a delete button that it would just remove the whole piece of work I done so even if I spent 3 hours it wouldn't even ask me are you sure you want to delete this or anything that was a couple of years ago but I made lots of products on there and then lost them all and it definitely taught me a lesson about using programs that I trust and that I feel really comfortable with their same systems and structures so for me personally I really love to use canva because canva is a graphic design software it's not too difficult at all so I began with canva and I've never really felt the need to move away from canva with pretty much all of the products that I create bar a few that need their own special platform but yeah I like Humber because I can literally once I've done with creating something it automatically saves it for me quite often and regularly so even if I do make the mistake of just clicking up or something happens with my computer and it just shuts down automatically there's usually a saved version of that already on there and it's usually pretty close to the one that I've created moments before and also because I like the fact that I basically on conveyor have all of the design work that I've ever created automatically on my account each size it's different design the elements so when I turn camera off and I go downstairs I knowing that camber has got my back and it's got you know a copy of what I've got saved so that is the first thing that I like I also like to use for example I'll create my courses my free and my paid versions on a place called teachable and they have a similar structure they save all of it for you so it's really great because there's so much content in a course and you know you've got video you've got audio you've got written content everything above so to forget even once to save that or not put that if I was using some of the software would be a nightmare so I love the fact that we're teachable it's all there it's all saved and I have that with the majority of the software and the programs that I use I really like ones that are really good at keeping copies for you and saving copies of your work for you but I will say that I don't just rely on my graphic design program or whatever program that I'm using to keep all my copies for me I do like to also back up whatever I've created and that's just because obviously no program in the entire universe is 100% got no chance of ever failing or having an issue or losing anything or anything like that and you know as much as I want to believe that every reputable graphic design software has no chance I just don't want to take that chance so for me I also like to take finished products for example if I'm creating some art printables then I'll take a copy of those completely finished products once they're done and I will save them to a cloud system and for me I like Google Drive probably the most and then I also use Dropbox as well and I have an occasion use like some different ones and things I'm sure I'll link some down below if you are link everything down below if there's anything so you can just go down there and if there's anything that you think actually I want to use them as well then you can I really like to use a cloud service to also store a copy some of my digital products or as much of my digital products as I can especially things like videos and audios and images and if I'm in an evil or something like that I like to just save it onto someone like that it's also really good because it means if I'm moving between my laptop and my desktop computer or another computer then I can just hop on there and just grab the graphics or you know the e-book or whatever it is that I have I can just grab it straight off that cloud system so I do also really like to use a cloud service and I really like it because it's just so easy but nowadays you can usually have like little icon at the top that you use just the same stuff or you can literally have that with Dropbox units you just have a Dropbox on your desktop and you can just put stuff in there so it's really really a good way especially if you're rubbish at remembering to save things and move things and stuff like that and then finally I also like to use a hard drive as well so I like to use a hard drive mostly you can just back up whatever I have so I usually have a hard drive just plugged into my Mac computer and I have I can't remember the name the quick time machine or something like that where it's just constantly backing up and saving what's happening on your computer so that I have had this on occasion whereby I've deleted something I didn't mean to delete or you know done something stupid I didn't mean to do and I can actually go back and recover those things and so that's a really really been a really helpful one for me on a couple of occasions but I also like to use hard drives as well to basically store specific things so I have a hard drive that I store I have a couple of budget that I store video content on and I'll just label it with video content so I know that all my video content is on there as well as usually on the cloud service as well or I'll usually have one that's for e-books or one that's for graphics or just different things just because for me I like to be able to just grab it and go back that's gonna be video footage from 2008 or that's going to be the ebooks for such-and-such collection and things like that so yeah I really like to just have that structure and have different hard drives for different things so that is basically how I structure myself when it comes to protecting my digital products as much as possible I try and use reputable and as fret as safe friendly programs as I possibly can to create my products I like to upload as much as I can on to cloud services which is just easy and easier to remember and then I also like to you know use a hard drive especially for really big files that just take ages to move over onto a cloud system and so it's easy just to put them in a hard drive because I know that to be honest and this might be like over the top like Apocalypse Now kind of thing but I know that in any of those situations something could fail my hard drive could break my cloud service could not work or you know my computer or the graphic design software that I use might not work and so for me just having a couple of different options works best and makes me feel comfortable and if that's too much for you and actually you prefer to just it's just that in a cloud service or you prefer just to rely on a graphic design software program or if you prefer to just hard drives and not capping or if you have an entirely different way that you like to save and structure things that is absolutely great I love if you would share some of your ideas below the video absolutely love that but yeah it's just those and the ways that I like to save my work and I know that we've had a couple of questions about that and I also know that's a really important element because you have non experience panic when it comes to your business like you have when you've spent so long doing a product or creating a product and then it goes missing or if something breaks or you can't find it you can't restore it or something like that I have had that a couple of times and it makes you extra cautious so I hope that this video helps it just clarifies what I do in terms of storing and just kind of keeping my digital products as safe as possible and from not being able to get them when I need them and I wish you so much luck with your own product creations whatever you're up to whatever you're trying to create whether it's art printables or planners or ecards or whatever it is that you are trying to create or if you're moving into dropshipping which is a whole different thing as well so I will see you in the next video when I'm sure we'll be talking about something else to do with building our online business so I'll see you guys