Archive for July, 2009

2Checkout Review

2Checkout Review

I have been using 2Checkout.com for over three years now on a small website that sells car alarms. This was one of my first online business I started up years ago. After awhile I wanted to offer my visitors something else besides Paypal. After hours of research I decided to go with 2Checkout because it was the only company that didn’t have monthly fees and only charged a one time setup fee of $50. Even though the transaction price of 5.5% + $.25 was higher than other companies, I didn’t have to pay a high monthly fee of $20 or so. This was perfect for me because I didn’t have a high sales volume and was beginning to move away from the company and branch on to advertising.

There are a lot of great things about 2Checkout.com. It is very easy to use and setup and doesn’t require a lot of knowledge of web programming. It has a lot of built in features that will help you make your checkout process easier. One of my favorite things about 2Checkout is that almost all ecommerce software supports 2Checkout.com.

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Godaddy Promo Code - New 2009 Coupons for US and UK

Save $10 at GoDaddy.com

GoDaddy promo code is different in the US and UK, for example $3.20 OFF a .com is FED3 in the US and BRIL3 at the GoDaddy UK site.

It is interesting how the codes work, you have to keep track of which ones are active, I will update here as I buy domains constantly and web hosting for clients all the time. Not only are the UK and US codes different, but there is also a difference in the codes used for hosting, or at least the deal is slightly different. But I think the promo codes may work both in the US and UK, regardless, not sure.

US Domain Codes

FED3 - $3.20 off every .COM (domain will cost just $7.49)

FED1 - 10% off any order (if ordering alot and different domain extensions)

FED2 - $5 off any order $30 or more (good if the domains are not .com’s)

HITCH2 - $5 off $30 or more

CHN3 - $7.49 for a .COM promo code

CHN1 - 10% off anything and everything, the entire order and hosting too

HITCH3 - $7.49 for a .COM

HITCH1 - 10% off

PETS3 - $7.49 .COM domains, as many as you have in your cart

PETS2 - $5 off $30

PETS1 - 10% off

UK Domain Codes

BRIL3 - 30% OFF / $3.20 off a .com

BRIL1 - 10% OFF any order (if ordering alot and different domain extensions)

These are codes that will work at the GoDaddy.co.uk registration site.

Hosting Codes

SPN1 - 10% off 12 months of website hosting, only $51.19 for an entire year

SPN2 - $5 off an order of $30 or more when 12 months of hosting

PETS1 - 10% off 12 months of website hosting

PETS2 - $5 off an order of $30 or more when 12 months of hosting

How to Use The Coupons

The coupon code is used toward the end of the checkout process, but before you have paid. Here are the steps:

  1. Go through the checkout process, but before you pay stop at the Shopping Cart step 1 where you see your items listed
  2. Below the items in your shopping cart is coupon box that says “enter your promo or source code“. So enter the code from above and then click the orange button that says “apply code

That’s it, and if for some reason a code does not work, try another from above and hit apply again until you receive the best discount for your order.

Hot Domain Extension

I see the .mx is available for pre-registration. Once the .mx domains become available please message me with any coupon codes you have for the .mx so I can add them here. Thanks !

Add more coupons to this post for everyone please. Just leave them in the comments and I will add them to the list.

GoDaddy Bulk Registration

Sell with Escrow.com Domain Service

Escrow.com: Buy or Sell Online Without the Fear of Fraud

If you are new to selling websites online, I recommend a third party service such as Escrow.com to handle payment. Escrow.com and its operating subsidiaries provide online escrow services that facilitate and accelerate e-commerce by assuring secure settlement.

They have a service for buying and selling domains online. Domain Name Escrow Service protects your money and your domain.

Since the Buyer pays Escrow.com and not the Seller, Escrow.com can withhold payment until it’s satisfied the domain name has been transferred by the Seller. One of the ways Escrow.com does this is by checking the WHOIS database of the appropriate Registrar* to make certain it properly reflects the new Buyer’s name as the domain name Registrant. Once this has been verified, Escrow.com releases payment to the Seller.

Benefits for Buyers

  • Peace of mind, Security, and Convenience
  • Assured Domain name transfer prior to paying Seller
  • Ability to confirm domain ownership directly with the registrar before the seller is paid.
  • Ability to pay by wire transfer and in some cases PayPal, check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) Restrictions apply
  • Ability to send credit card information to a financial institution, not a stranger
  • Easy access to live customer support by phone or email

Benefits for Sellers

  • Peace of mind, Security, and Convenience
  • Payment verification prior to Domain name transfer
  • Guaranteed payment once transfer specifications are met
  • Protection against credit card fraud, insufficient funds or credit card chargebacks
  • Ability to accept credit cards and PayPal if otherwise not able to. Restrictions apply
  • Escrow fees that may be lower than merchant credit card processing fees
  • Easy access to live customer support by phone or email

You however have to be careful. There is always risk in selling your website online and getting paid for it. You can always opt for Paypal. This is a great alternative but just watch the fees. If you sell your site for a lot of money, the Paypal fees will really eat up your profit.

A 5 year old’s first job…

This is a little off topic, but I got an email today and I wanted to pass along this story. It made me laugh a lot.

Here’s a truly heartwarming story about the bond formed between a little 5-year-old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we all can make a difference when we give a child the gift of our time.

A young family moved into a house, next to a vacant lot. One day, a construction crew began to build a house on the empty lot. The family’s 5-year-old daughter naturally took an interest in the goings-on and spent much of each day observing the workers.

Eventually the construction crew, all of them ‘gems-in-the-rough,’ more or less, adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her during coffee and lunch breaks and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important. At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars. The little girl took this home to her mother who suggested that she take her ten dollars ‘pay’ she’d received to the bank the next day to start a savings account.

When the girl and her mom got to the bank, the teller was equally impressed and asked the little girl how she had come by her very own pay check at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked last week with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us.”

“Oh my goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?”

The little girl replied, “I will, if those assholes at Home Depot ever delivers the fuckin’ sheet rock.”

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