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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High-risk Authorize.Net for Vtiger

High-risk friendly CRM on-demand  Is your high-risk business missing a crucial piece to help it rise to the next level? Have you really been putting a full effort into customer data management? These days any business that isn’t online is in some sense losing money. From the biz-op entrepreneur to the nutritional supplement marketer, everyone can benefit from one of the digital solutions available these days. Vtiger hopes to be an essential CRM tool for modern e-commerce marketers.   Digital Marketing simplified and powerful Vtiger has just about every digital marketing tool you would think to need. From email marketing automation to social media plugins, your business can get its message out… Read More

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High-risk spotlight: iVenue Webmaster tools

iVenue, webmaster, and payment friendly If you are getting started in the e-commerce marketing side of creating web design, SEO, or hosting services you may be surprised when it comes time to find a reliable way to accept payments. If that sounds like you, and due to your clientele (adult oriented), your billing plan (free offer, billed after 30 days etc) or your product (SEO, recurring billing), your site has been categorized as “prohibited” by a payment system or deemed to be in a high-risk category, iVenue may be a tool for you, as long as you have the right payment system in place. Built for those who want to be their own… Read More

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Software spotlight: Wild Apricot

This week we bring you another excellent software service that can improve your SaaS or e-commerce business. Wild Apricot is an all-in-one platform, which brings your subscription or association based service up to speed with modern ease of use and high-end functionality. It makes the need for multiple service providers obsolete, providing you with accounting, marketing, email, payment processing, and event scheduling right in one easy to use business website. Powerful processing There are so many different types of high-risk and low-risk businesses that can utilize Wild Apricot as a system from which all their credit card and data processing and management is done. From the golf club to the alumni… Read More

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What is transaction laundering?

This week we found an interesting article detailing a method of fraud that many merchants may not even know is fraud! Transaction laundering is when a merchant processes payments on behalf of another business through a legitimate, but different merchant account. The issue is whether or not those payments were for illegal services, as often the products are legal just difficult to find processing for. The article focuses on transaction laundering via mobile sites, but it can be done just as easily on desktop sites as well. Here is the complete article. An example of transaction laundering a legal product. You may have an online merchant account for your dietary supplement business that has been… Read More

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Selling Vape Products In 2017

Some helpful links, and information on the new vape rules. New from CSP Daily News If you haven’t noticed all the changes in the e-cig and vaping industry, you need to catch up. Back in August of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its new regulations on the industry. This article from CSP Daily News does a great job of giving some insights on what’s happening, what’s to come, and what you, as an online retailer, should do about it. One important change is the compliance process for manufacturing legally will be more costly beginning in August of 2018. This means that there will be significantly fewer suppliers of… Read More

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Site builder spotlight: Yola

Yola: Taking Business Online From time to time we like to highlight a SaaS program or site builder that is compatible with popular payment gateways like Authorize.Net and NMI and allows for high-risk processing integration for merchants that are commonly considered a prohibited category by many merchant account providers. Below we will go over some features and benefits of Yola because if you are looking for a fast, free, and simple website builder for your business, Yola might be the right fit. With powerful tools, flexibility, and no third party ads, you can set up your business website without looking like a puppet for advertisers, which helps your potential customers know you’re… Read More

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Online Firearms Sales 101

Despite public perception, internet sales of firearms are very regulated. If you’re a first-time FFL merchant, you’ll need to obtain legal counsel from an attorney familiar with the purchase and shipping laws and regulations both at a federal level and for every state or territory to which you ship, particularly the Gun Control Act of 1968, which effectively prohibits the shipment of firearms across state lines to anyone except a licensed FFL dealer who can then complete the transaction. What this means in practice is that you cannot sell and ship directly to consumers, but rather that you must complete the sale by shipping the gun to a licensed firearms… Read More

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The Holiday e-commerce season is coming

If you are in e-commerce, the time to prepare for the holidays is now. Recently it dawned on me that the holiday season is right around the corner (at least in the e-commerce marketing world). I thought because there is so much going on this season, that it would be best to remind our readers to get a head start on planning while everyone is still wrapping up their back to school shopping. Email marketing: This Practical Ecommerce article has some sound advice on how to get your email marketing going for a successful shopping season. Ideas like putting together your strategy and artwork now, so you can execute outreach when… Read More

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E-commerce customer acquisition tips

Beyond the basics: Trying to reach the next level of customer acquisition for your online business but nothing seems to be working? After reading this great article from Kissmetrics, we gathered there are a lot of people out there who could use some of their advice. They go into depth on three key tactics that may be leading you astray. -Flat Design, which in small doses can be useful, but can easily be overdone. -Having IA (Information Architecture) that drives people away before they get a chance to spend money. -Carousels – Hint, by the numbers, they do more harm than good. So what are some good ways of attracting… Read More

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