When PayPal Isn’t the Answer
Searching for an ecommerce payment gateway that isn’t PayPal?
You’re not the only one. There are a good many alternatives, though maybe none as well-known from a consumer standpoint.
When it comes to managing your payments and financials, there are a lot of things to consider, and every case is a little different, so it’s worthwhile to do your research when someone else is counting your pennies.
Let's explore just a few of the options out there.
Formerly known as Google Checkout, this is a great option because customers are already familiar with, and have trust in, Google. Instant credibility for you. Google Wallet offers all the features of Checkout, with an added layer of simplicity and safety. Quick transfers to your bank account are the icing on the cake. Check out more information at Big Commerce.
Specifically designed as a back-end payment gateway, Authorize.Net has been around since 1996 and it’s track record is second-to-none. Generally considered the industry-leading gateway API, it delivers seamless integration with shopping cart software. In addition, Authorize.Net offers extensive reporting options, if that’s high on your list. More info can be found in this Webstix article.
Intuit QuickBooks Payments
If you’re already using QuickBooks, it’s tough to beat the integration with existing accounting software. Delivering all the expected services, Intuit has really developed this platform to work for existing QuickBooks users, and it does that job quite well. If you're using QuickBooks, this one should be on your short list. Take a look at this information from Intuit themselves.
If you’re looking for robust reporting, Click2Sell just might be the answer. Designed as an affiliate network, Click2Sell also delivers merchant services. Offering affiliate tracking, automated sales management, and exceptional reporting, Click2Sell possesses the leading sales tools, allowing easy sales and strategy insights. On top of all that, Click2Sell delivers without the necessity of a merchant account, which can easily streamline the process on your end. More details available here at Blogtrepreneur.
A robust API allows Stripe to integrate seamlessly into a wide range of money-making endeavors. With Stripe, there’s no need for a merchant account or gateway, and funds are transferred to your bank account automatically. With Stripe, all your payment needs are taken care of—including storing cards and dealing with subscriptions—making this a sleeper pick for the up and coming retailer. Read more with this side-by-side comparison to PayPal.
ClickBank bills itself as an easy-to-use, one-stop-shop for the online business. We can’t argue with its interface, delivering an easy set-up that virtually anyone can master. ClickBank not only allows you to build and optimize your site, it also delivers an affiliate network that’s growing. Around since 1998, ClickBank has a solid, trustworthy track record. Explore and learn more at ClickBank.
These are certainly not your only option as there are literally hundred of potential solutions, but it should give you a good idea of what’s out there when you look beyond PayPal.
And even then, PayPal is the big fish for a reason—they just may offer everything you need, and that’s okay, too.
Have a favorite payment gateway or solution we didn’t mention? Tell us about it in the comments.
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