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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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

Get started as an online FFL: accept payments and more 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. Interested in becoming a web-based FFL dealer? 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… Read More

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Payments & pipes: an industry spotlight

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… Read More

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How to sell vape products online without a $500 fee

How to sell vape products online without a $500 fee “What? $500 upfront just to accept credit cards?” That is something that e-juice and electronic cigarette merchants have been upset about since the requirement, by one credit card brand, that merchants who sell electronic cigarettes or e-juice online register as a tobacco merchant, began almost a year ago today.  Since late 2016, early 2017, electronic cigarette merchants looking to sell online had 2 choices: Use an out of the box solution and hope the processor does not catch you and shut you off. Or Pay $500 annually to register as tobacco online retailer, even if you do not sell any tobacco. There… Read More

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SSL matters for SEO

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… Read More

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The Shopify WordPress plugin and high-risk merchants

The Shopify WordPress plugin and high-risk merchants A powerful e-commerce combo Did you know, one of the most streamlined, feature rich, high-risk compatible, and most popular shopping cart / hosting solutions can now be integrated with one of the most popular website platforms in the world? That’s correct, Shopify and WordPress work together using Shopify’s plugin for WordPress. Customize and shine with WordPress WordPress is enjoyed by millions of website owners for the ease of use it affords to even most novice webmaster. Its simplicity, however, does not bring the high-risk e-commerce restrictions often associated with other user-friendly platforms. On the contrary, it’s applications are virtually limitless through the addition of… Read More

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GMP Certificates, supplement companies, and processing

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… Read More

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Shopping cart spotlight: Agora Cart

Shopping cart spotlight: Agora Cart – affordable and high-risk friendly A shopping cart with the ability to accept high-risk payments in mind When it comes to shopping carts for hard to place merchants like FFL dealers, glassware & pipe merchants, or vape websites, there are a million programs out there, but not all of them hold the merchant’s interests at heart. Agora Cart is an open source cart program for your high-risk e-commerce website that has always focused on – and will always focus on – the end user (you).  With reasonable one-time payments for lifetime usage and multiple options for building your web-store, Agora Cart is a powerful asset… Read More

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Online gateways & merchant accounts for firearms

Online gateways & merchant accounts for firearms Lately, our FFL contacts have been upset and frustrated by what they feel has been a lot of misinformation out there in terms of how online firearms sales work, and how they handle background checks. We have also been receiving calls from online firearms dealers who have been shut down by their credit card processors, they feel, unfairly. Luckily we have tons of industry knowledge and a vast array of contacts, therefore, we are able to recommend merchant account solutions and FFL friendly payment gateways that can help reputable, honest FFL’s (who ship to other FFL’s that perform all required background checks), get up and running right away. Why… Read More

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