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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The FDA: a renewed focus on vaping?

The FDA’s renewed focus on vaping: There have been some new developments in the high-risk e-commerce world that are worth paying close attention to if you are in the e-liquid/vape industry. The FDA seems to be renewing its focus on the electronic cigarettes in general and the e-liquid industry specifically. Because we have helped hundreds of e-liquid and vape merchants with credit card processing and payment gateways over the years we keep our ear to the ground for recent developments that are relevant to our clients. This week it has been reported that the FDA is again concerned about vaping, looking especially at research on vaping and High School students. According to… Read More

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Authorize.Net allowing gun sales online?

The answer is yes, Authorize.Net allows FFLs – if set up correctly Over the last few years, there has been a lot of back and forth as to whether or not Authorize.Net allows legal, FFL to FFL, firearms sales and if so, what particular method or set of steps an online gun dealer must follow. The dust has now long settled and we find that the answer is a clear yes. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you are selling guns or ammunition using Authorize.Net, you must pair the AuthNet payment gateway with an FFL friendly merchant account as well. If you are new to the business… Read More

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How to sell high-risk products with Wix & Authorize.Net

How to sell high-risk products with Wix & Authorize.Net Website owners in the e-juice, premium cigar, FFL, or other high-risk industries, often spend more time than other merchant types selecting a platform when building their e-commerce store. This is usually due to the credit card processing limitations of many online, hosted site builders. In the last year we have had a number of happy folks mention they are using Wix site builders to promote and design their sites, so we decided to pass on some info that could help a high-risk merchant thinking of choosing Wix. Why are high-risk merchants choosing Wix? Wix is an increasingly popular website platform that’s… Read More

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Get started as an online FFL: accept payments and more

Interested in becoming a web-based FFL dealer? Due to complexities beyond their control, many firearms website owners cannot easily figure out, among other things, basic items like where to get started when trying to find a payment gateway and credit card processing system that works with their industry and shopping cart. If that sounds like you, this article can help. Online FFL e-commerce is considered a prohibited category by many software companies, payment gateways, and merchant account providers due to the higher degree of perceived risk or regulatory hassle entailed. The “out of the box” payment processing used on most website builders is designed for standard e-commerce and does not… Read More

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Payments & pipes: An industry spotlight

Accepting payments for pipes & glassware: It’s getting better The trend lately for the Glassware and pipe industry, at least in terms of their ability to accept credit cards online, appears to be trending positive. Pipe, grinder, and glassware websites can now be set up with solid, high-risk friendly payment gateways that are connected to reliable US-based merchant accounts. We have solutions for pipe and glassware e-commerce websites that easily integrate with Shopify, WooCommerce, and nearly ALL high-risk friendly carts. This is because we are able to set you up with either Authorize.Net or NMI, depending on what is best for you, and can recommend a solid, affordable merchant account processor… Read More

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Bookafy and high-risk payments: A software spotlight

Stay organized, grow your business, and get paid Bookafy is a powerful app that connects your calendars, syncs employee and client schedules with your calendars, and better yet, allows for the easy integration of a high-risk payment gateway. Small business life is fast, and it’s easy to miss tasks and appointments if you do not take steps to remain organized. Why not make life more comfortable by using software that not only helps you stay organized but also helps you run your business?  You can have clients schedule their services or appointments directly, which is particularly useful for “on the go” sales appointments and services. Bookafy is capable of charging for… Read More

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Big data and ecommerce in 2018

How important is Big Data for small business? There are many strategies to attract new customers effectively, and managing data is one of them. Everyone is talking about “big data” these days, and big data can be important to e-commerce. Important as it may be, it’s certainly no substitute for an efficient and organized site that brings in its own traffic, analyzes its own “small data” points, and funnels business to well written and optimized sale pages. “Big Data” is an incredible tool and it has rapidly changed the e-commerce world in the past few years. Alternatively, there is such a thing as too much and/or inadequate data as this… Read More

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SSL matters for SEO

HTTPS on every page – especially for vape, cigar, and FFL sites Selling electronic cigarettes online? You need to implement https (or “SSL”) on every page. Does your website sell cigars, alcohol or firearms and depend on organic search traffic to get customers? Well then yep, you need your site to show https on EVERY page too. You need an SSL on EVERY page because Google already puts a grey warning next to your URL in Chrome without one, and soon, VERY soon, it will become a red warning “!” – telling not only your potential clients that your site is not safe – but equally importantly – telling Google… Read More

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GMP Certificates, supplement companies, and processing

Why do supplement manufacturers sometimes need a GMP certificate? The term has been popping up more and more, so we wanted to take a little time to talk about it. When we help a supplement company with a payment gateway, we do one of two things. Either we provide a gateway only account, which means the merchant already has a merchant account and they just need a payment gateway, or we provide a merchant account recommendation as well and then work to seamlessly connect the merchant account with the client’s payment gateway and shopping cart. Lately, when assisting online merchants who sell nutritional supplements with credit card processing recommendations, we are finding… Read More

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