HTTPS is now an absolute must for high-risk e-commerce SEO

HTTPS is now an absolute must for high-risk e-commerce SEO There’s some fairly big SEO news just around the corner that should be of concern to all online high-risk merchants: Google’s web browser, Chrome, will mark all non-HTTPS sites as “not secure” as of July 2018. Some of you might wonder why this news is significant. It is correct that Google has been identifying non-HTTPS sites for a while now. However, this new security warning implementation is distinct– visually speaking. Additionally, of the recent developments in Google search, ensuring the safety of sensitive information is right up there with the prioritization of mobile-friendly websites. You can see the visual change… Read More

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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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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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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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QuickBooks Payments & prohibited categories

QuickBooks Payments & prohibited categories We recently helped an online FFL merchant with some basic information on how to accept credit cards through their Wix site, and the topic of QuickBooks processing came up. They were hoping to use QuickBooks to key enter some of their net-30 B2B clients who mail in card numbers on their invoices and do it through Intuit’s standard processing. Luckily, we were able to set them up with an FFL friendly virtual terminal prior to them applying for, and being declined by, QuickBooks Payments.  This topic had come up before, although with a vape site using WooCommerce that also wanted to enter their mail-in wholesale distributor payments directly into QuickBooks. That made us… Read More

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How to sell vape & e-juice using WooCommerce

How to sell vape & e-juice using WooCommerce Are you mostly satisfied with your new WordPress electronic cigarette website, but have questions as to how best implement e-commerce functionality? WooCommerce, and a carefully selected payment gateway may be the answer you are looking for. WooCommerce is an excellent choice for vape sites It can be hard to know which WordPress plugins are reliable, secure, and (most importantly) able to process your vape hardware or e-juice payments. These days especially, there is a lot of change related confusion in what we call the “high-risk” e-commerce market which includes selling vape hardware and e-juice online. Finding an affordable, vape-friendly, WooCommerce payment gateway -merchant… Read More

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