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Alternative payment methods

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday March 11, 2007 )

Do you often have customers contacting you who don’t have credit cards or Paypal wanting to make a purchase from your online business? (more…)

Nigerian company fighting fraud

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday March 9, 2007 )

It’s not often I write anything positive about Nigeria, especially when it comes to ecommerce; so I’m very pleased to introduce a new service operating from Nigeria that’s been launched to help merchants around the world do business safely in that country. (more…)

Skype hits prime time

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday March 8, 2007 )

Skype Prime, announced yesterday, is a new feature that allows consultants to charge clients for Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls; either by the minute or per call. (more…)

Payment processing for newbies

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday February 25, 2007 )

One of the ecommerce related questions I’m most commonly asked by people new to online business is regarding merchant accounts and payment gateways; particularly for small business owners in Australia. It can certainly be a minefield for people with many traps for the unwary and I can certainly understand the confusion (more…)

Google Checkout vs. PayPal

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday February 12, 2007 )

According to a recent survey; Google Checkout market penetration has reached 6% of online shoppers vs. PayPal’s 42%; but with all due respect to PayPal, CheckOut has only been in operation for a year. (more…)

Internet fraud statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday February 11, 2007 )

The FTC has released a rather massive set of statistics relating to fraud in their report; Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Data January – December 2006. The section regarding Internet related fraud shows some marked increases compared to 2005. (more…)

MySpace ecommerce soon?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday February 8, 2007 )

MySpace users might get a chance to experience the thrill of ecommerce very soon via the social network. MySpace ecommerce features could also be a boon for small business owners who have a MySpace profile. (more…)

More tagging content more often

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday February 2, 2007 )

Internet users are becoming increasingly comfortable with the concept of “tagging” online content – whether it’s content they’ve created or published, or content they’ve found elsewhere.

According to a recent survey of over 2,300 adult Internet users, 28% of the respondents were not only familiar with the term, but had tagged content themselves. (more…)

Big business = big mistakes

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday January 30, 2007 )

Every made a mistake in your online business that still sends shivers down your spine when you recall it? Perhaps it was an email you wrote in the heat of the moment that backfired, or a typo in your site copy that was an expletive? Perhaps lost all your business records through a hardware failure?

You’re certainly not alone; we all make these screw ups and there’s some snafus we make that even after a decade still aren’t funny to look back on. Here’s what you need to make yourself feel a little better. (more…)

Loner entrepreneurs

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday January 23, 2007 )

Were you somewhat of loner as a child, but became an online business entrepreneur? You’re in very good company. (more…)