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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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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Payment gateways, high-risk processing, and Brilliant Directories.

Brilliant Directories makes a mark with merchants Brilliant Directories is a SaaS platform with extensive tools and functions to help both low-risk and certain high-risk e-commerce merchants build custom directories and websites while managing recurring billing and subscriptions. Because our clientele markets products commonly considered “prohibited” by many software companies, our question was, “are there also additional benefits for high-risk merchants wondering if they could utilize Brilliant Directories?” Well, the answer, for certain high-risk industries, appears to be yes. Fortunately, Brilliant Directories is a great choice for many high-risk businesses, though, certain regulated and restricted products may not be compatible (more on that below.) Authorize.Net compatibility You may or may not… Read More

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Sitebuilder Spotlight: Duda Mobile

Duda Mobile allows payment options for vape, cigar, and FFL websites Is it time to upgrade your high-risk e-commerce website? Is your e-juice, premium cigar, or FFL website in need of a facelift or style update? If so, it might also need some serious attention on the back end. If your site building platform or template is out of date hopefully it is at least mobile-friendly. Often, making small tweaks to an outdated website platform isn’t going to help your customer experience as much as converting to a better website building platform would. Doing everything you can to convey security and competence is important, especially if you are selling in a high-risk category. As… Read More

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Maximize with Shopgate: A high-risk software spotlight

Make customer retention easier, even if you are high-risk Just because your website markets a “quote-unquote” high-risk product like electronic cigarettes, cigars, or FFL to FFL sales, it does not mean that acquiring new customers isn’t only half the revenue battle – just like it is for your low-risk e-commerce counterparts. For most e-commerce businesses, regardless of the industry, the other half is making sure your customers buy from you again and again. “Keeping them coming back” is also called customer retention, recurring revenue, or customer “stickiness”, and if you sell a consumable like e-liquids, premium cigars, or ammunition, you know how vital repeat business is. Our clients are talking… Read More

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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 plugins that expand its capabilities. And one… Read More

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Signifyd and fraud protection for high-risk merchants

For today’s high-risk e-commerce merchants, fraud is more of a threat than ever. Whether it be the vape site owner who fell victim to a scammer using their site to test stolen cards, the premium cigar merchant who lost thousands on an online order that they themselves thought “might be too good to be true, or the FFL dealer who had malicious firearms orders placed on their website and then charged back, we have heard it all. Recently we received some very positive feedback from clients on an online fraud system called Sygnifyd, so we wanted to pass on some of what we have learned. You can also visit their site… Read More

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Software spotlight: High-risk e-commerce & Avactis

Is your site a commonly prohibited merchant type? Consider Avactis If you are in a high-risk category like online vape sales, premium cigars, wine of the month, or FFL e-commerce and you are looking to get started – or get serious with your e-commerce site then you may want to look at Avactis. Avactis is an e-commerce platform with all the major bells and whistles and it’s available for free – although there are premium extensions and other helpful additions you can purchase for a reasonable price. Avactis comes mobile ready and is easily optimized for search engines. It has additional options such as social media channels and customizable pricing rules… Read More

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