Do you want to make money off of your website or blog? There are many ways you can monetize your website such as selling items on your website, advertising, signing up for advertisement link service such as Google ad-sense, or being an affiliate. Whichever way you decide to monetize your website you may need to sign up for a merchant account such as PayPal or some other type of payment gateway site that accepts payments on your behalf.
There are different types websites you could create in order to make money but you should still take advantage of merchant account services where you could easily receive the money you earn from your website.
If you are going to sell retail on your website then you will need a merchant account especially if you want to accept credit card payments. PayPal or Google Checkout are two of many merchant account services very good for this purpose especially if you are a new merchant. Even if your website is a charitable website you will still need a merchant account service in order to accept credit card payments. Keep in mind that merchant accounts services may charge a minute fee on the purchase or service when accepting a credit card payment.
If you have a content based website and you want to make money off of it, you would still need to create a merchant account. You are still selling a product which is the content on your website. By initiating a merchant account through a website such as PayPal for instance, you could easily receive payment from advertisers who advertise on your website. If you are running a content niche website such as a Suite101.com or Hubpages.com where you offer writers a share of the advertisement revenue in exchange for money you may need to create an account with a merchant account service such as PayPal so that you could easily and efficiently pay the writers.
If you create a website to raise money for a cause whether personal or not, the easiest way to receive money online is through credit card payments. Many people shy away from making donations due to the inconvenience of having to buy a postage stamp, write a check or money order, and/or the worry of whether or not the money is going to arrive safely to the individual or organization. Therefore, you will need to create a merchant account through a website such as PayPal or even Google checkout in order to conveniently receive donations.
Josh is a credit card processing expert who blogs for MerchantAccountReviews.biz, a website where business owners can review merchant account services. During his time off, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his family.