NMI and Volution for vape websites

NMI and Volution for vape websites Volusion is a powerful and often less expensive option for e-commerce websites of all industries, but it is especially useful for high-risk sites selling vape, e-juice, cigars, glass pipe sales or supplies like grinders, coils, and batteries. High-risk merchants need the flexibility and high-risk merchant account options of a high-risk payment gateway like NMI. We have already gone over the reasons why Volusion is an excellent platform for high-risk merchants, so in this post, we will be concentrating on how to integrate Volusion with NMI, and some of the special advantages the two can bring your e-commerce store. How to Integrate Volusion with the NMI payment… Read More

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FFL payment gateways for WooCommerce & WordPress

FFL payment gateways for WooCommerce & WordPress Over the years we have helped countless FFL dealers find a stable way to accept credit cards for their WooCommerce WordPress website. Because of the popularity of the Woo/FFL combination, we decided to take a little time to go over some of the benefits of using WooCommerce for your site and how we can assist with a WooCommerce compatible 2A friendly payment gateway and merchant account. Accepting FFL payments on WooCommerce easily There are many obstacles to overcome before most web-stores get an e-commerce shop that mostly runs itself, especially when those shops are labeled as high-risk by payment processors. Fortunately, we specialize… Read More

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SEO news and tips for June 2018

SEO news & tips for high-risk merchants: June 2018 The world of high-risk e-commerce and SEO hasn’t changed, insofar that it’s still in a perpetual cycle of change. Remember when links were excellent, then they were seen as potentially dangerous, and now they are good if you follow the rules? That is dramatically oversimplifying it, but the nuances have been continually changing. The advice around links perfectly exemplifies the “fun” e-commerce merchants have when making SEO decisions. To make it easier for you we decided to gather some of the most recent info pertinent to the world of SEO for high-risk e-commerce. Most of the information is collected from around… Read More

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Shopify and payment gateway emulators

A quick guide to Shopify and payment gateway emulators Since Shopify stopped supporting new Network Merchants Gateway integrations as a drop-down feature, there has been a lot of discussion about gateway emulators, high-risk payments, and Shopify. You can still accept payments for high-risk products on Shopify if you were declined by Shopify Payments, but it needs to be done differently now. The preferred method is a carefully set up an Authorize.Net payment gateway with a high-risk, industry appropriate merchant account on the back end.  Another solution that we did investigate at the request of a website owner was the ability to use a payment gateway emulator. An emulator allows a high-risk website owner… Read More

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Magento and high-risk payment gateways

Magento and high-risk payment gateways Are you a new high-risk Magento merchant whose website sells products like electronic cigarettes, premium cigars, or firearms via a secure background checked FFL to FFL transfer? If so, there are many solid payment gateway and merchant account options available to help you process payments securely. Instead of struggling with credit card processors who will eventually reject you, we can help you set up properly from the get-go with an Authorize.Net, NMI or ePN account, with our expert guidance readily at hand. With high-risk credit card processing applied correctly on the back end, you won’t have to worry about accepting payments on your Magento store.… Read More

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PrestaShop and high-risk payment gateways: a software spotlight

PrestaShop and high-risk payment gateways: a software spotlight PrestaShop has been around for years and is a great choice for startup high-risk e-commerce merchants who need a scalable platform at a minimum cost. We wrote about PrestaShop years ago, but want to update you on some recent changes. When last we mentioned PrestaShop, they had announced a new plugin with NMI, one of our preferred payment gateways for high-risk e-commerce. PrestaShop makes high-risk e-commerce easy As of April 2018, they now have over 53 payment gateway options. In our opinion, the most notable is the addition of Authorize.Net, another of our preferred payment gateways. This and some other features we’ll… Read More

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High-risk payments in 2018

High-risk payments in 2018: confusing, but not impossible If you are like many high-risk merchants, changes in e-commerce and high-risk processing have made the process of making good decisions for your online business more of a challenge lately. These challenges are widespread, but they especially impact website owners selling electronic cigarettes, FFL to FFL sales, cigars, glassware, pipes, or any number of other restricted industries. “High-risk” is a general industry term within the world of credit card processing that basically means your products or services are not supported by all or most major payment gateway and merchant account providers. High-risk merchant accounts for vape, tobacco, and pipes These days the high-risk… Read More

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Canadian high-risk payment gateways for vape, e-juice and glassware

Canadian high-risk payment gateways for vape, e-juice, & glassware We love passing on good news. We are in the business of helping high-risk e-commerce merchants who sell commonly prohibited, yet legal, items like e-juice, vaporizers, pipes, and glassware find stable payment gateway solutions. For years there was one big gap in our ability to recommend payment gateways and the merchant accounts that go with them. That gap? Website owners with Canadian companies who sell products like electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, e-juice, or head-shop type glassware. Before the last month or so our only option was to recommend that Canadian website owners looking to sell high-risk items opened a US company with a US bank account,… Read More

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GoDaddy and high-risk merchants

High-risk e-commerce and GoDaddy Many high-risk merchants – especially startups on a budget, like independently owned e-juice merchants or work from home FFL sites, are attracted to GoDaddy. It has an excellent reputation and is easy to use at a low cost. Making a website from scratch is no easy task, and finding cheap hosting is also getting harder and harder. As a result, GoDaddy can be a great fit, but you will need to know how to set up the payment gateway and back-end credit card processing correctly (don’t worry, we can help). Our experience with GoDaddy We like GoDaddy. We have referred business to them, and have helped… Read More

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Shopify & Bold Commerce: a high-risk software spotlight

Shopify & Bold Commerce: a high-risk software spotlight Shopify is one of the biggest names in e-commerce. We have helped hundreds of Shopify merchants who were turned down by Shopify Payments with high- risk processing and e-commerce solutions over the years. While Shopify is well known, you may not have heard of Bold, a company that builds useful e-commerce plug-ins for Shopify. Many of Bold’s apps can be very helpful to your high-risk e-commerce site. Whether these are a recurring membership program for a cigar or wine of the month club, a seamless upsell for a tactical supply website, or a loyalty program for premium cigar websites looking to accept payments… Read More

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