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10 Best Alternatives To PayPal For Online Payment That Will Make Your Life Easier

10 Best Alternatives To PayPal For Online Payment That Will Make Your Life Easier

PayPal has become somewhat of a standard when it comes to online payments and is very widespread. It’s not that it is the cheapest or even the best online payment option out there, it’s that people have gotten used to it and aren’t really aware of the alternatives. You might be wondering why you shouldn’t just stick with what you know and go for PayPal, after all it’s what nearly everyone uses. The main reasons for looking at alternatives would be competitive pricing and ease of use, although numerous reports have also been made against PayPal’s questionable business practices.

Another point against it is that not everyone from around the world can use it, which cuts you off from several different markets, but some of the other payment systems share this problem, although they run a much tighter ship. Running a successful eCommerce website with plenty of traffic will require a good amount of resources and hard work, so you want to make sure that the customer satisfaction is high and that all transactions go as smoothly as possible. At the same time, you may need an effective way to send and receive money internationally. To accomplish these things, you may want to check these alternative of online payment methods that have proven to be consistent with the quality of their service.

1. Skrill

Skrill

    Formerly known as Moneybookers, Skrill provides you with an online account that is fairly quick to set up and easy to use. You can send money to other users and receive payments, buy items online and they send you a prepaid debit card which you can use for payments stores or ATM withdrawals.

    The good

    • It’s fast and easy to set up an account
    • You can use it anywhere in the world
    • Works with a number of major currencies
    • Has a reasonable flat fee for transfers (1% and limited to 10 euros max)
    • It’s fairly secure

    The bad

    • Stringent fraud prevention policies can cause problems like freezing accounts
    • Poor customer service which makes it difficult to resolve problems quickly

    As long as you aren’t one of the few unlucky people who experience a problem and have to deal with their lacklustre customer service, Skrill is a great online and offline payment method.

    2. Payoneer

    Payoneer

      Much like Skrill, Payoneer provides you with an online account and a PrepaidMaster card with a fixed activation fee. You can load money onto your account, receive and send payments as well as shop online and in any store that accepts major credit cards and withdraw cash form ATM’s.

      The good

      • Quick and easy account set up
      • Seamless and straightforward transactions
      • Can be used around the globe
      • Is supported by major freelance platforms like oDesk

      The bad

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      • High fixed account maintenance and ATM withdrawal rates
      • Fees involved in bank account transfers unlike similar services where this is free
      • Hit and miss customer service

      Overall it is a fairly reliable payment system that can be used in any country in the world, but you will need to come to terms with relatively steep rates when compared with similar options.

      3. Dwolla

      Dwolla

        Dwolla is a very secure, quick and cheap way to make or receive payments online directly through your checking account. With free transactions bellow $10 and only 25 cents for any amount above it is definitely one of the most cost-effective platforms, although it does require both parties to have a Dwolla account.

        The good

        • Very low transaction fee of $0.25
        • Allows sender to assume transaction fee
        • Easy to use
        • Instant cash transfer

        The bad

        • Both parties need to have a Dwolla account to make payments
        • The service is only available in the US

        If you live in the US this is definitely one of the cheapest and fastest ways to send money, as long as you can convince others to sign up for an account.

        4. Google Wallet

        Google Wallet

          As far as storing all your debit and credit cards for quick and easy use goes, Google Wallet has proven to be a great option for many people. It is essentially an online wallet that contains your different cards, and it also has a card that you can use for in-store purchases.

          The good

          • Very safe and secure
          • Make payments from your smartphone
          • Easy to receive and send money

          The bad

          • Only available in the US
          • Sending money and topping off your balance from your credit card carries a 2.9% fee

          It is a very good payment solution, but it is limited to the US market.

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          5. Amazon Payments

          Amazon Payments

            With a good amount of functionality and a very simple checkout process, Amazon Payments is high up there as far as online payment solutions go. You don’t have to worry about fees up to a certain point and the transactions are fairly quick.

            The good

            • Send and receive up to $1000 monthly without any fees
            • Very reasonable transaction fees 2.9% +$0.30
            • Decent security and protection

            The bad

            • You need a US social security number to use the service

            Amazon Payments is a good and user-friendly service, but unfortunately limited to US users.

            6. Braintree

            Braintree

              Primarily geared towards online store owners and merchants, Braintree is a merchant account provider with a flat transaction fee and some useful options for improved customer satisfaction, e.g. multiple languages. You can integrate it into your website with a bit of programming skill and gain access to a fast and effective checkout option. It was purchased by PayPall and is available in most countries around the globe, supporting a great number of currencies.

              The good

              • Straightforward and reasonable pricing
              • Good customer support
              • A big list of useful features

              The bad

              • Requires merchant account
              • It takes some programming skill to implement

              Braintree is a very good choice for eCommerce websites if you are willing to put in a little work.

              7. Clickbank

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              Clickbank

                Clickbank allows an easy setup and fast transactions when it comes to selling digital content online. You get a good marketing platform with access to affiliates, so you can sell your digital content with ease.

                The good

                • Great for artists with talent, but no real online business skills
                • Reasonable flat start-up fee and 7% fee on all your sales
                • They take care of everything for you, allowing you to focus on your work

                The bad

                • It’s only really good for people looking to sell digital content online

                This is a good deal if you’re looking to sell digital content without too much hassle, but not a very versatile service otherwise.

                8. Selz

                Selz store

                  This is another quick and easy way of selling products online, especially for blogs and websites that don’t need to sell all that many items. Selz can be installed in a matter of minutes and is incredibly user friendly, allowing Visa and Master Card payments.

                  The good

                  • Users don’t leave the products page when buying
                  • Fast automated digital content delivery
                  • Easy to install “buy now” button
                  • Decent flat transaction fees of 5% +$0.25
                  • Users can sell from blog or social media pages

                  The bad

                  • Not really suited for a robust eCommerce website
                  • Limited payment options
                  • Limited shipping options for non-digital content

                  It is very simple and quick, but it is only really suitable for fairly small businesses, bloggers and artists looking for an easy solution to sell their work from their website or social media platform.

                  9. Stripe

                  Stripe

                    With Stripe you can accept payments from customers through use of a buy button that allows the transaction to happen on the same page, much like with Selz. There is a flat transaction rate of 2.9% + 30 cents and it is integrated with the most popular shopping cart options.

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                    The good

                    • Automatically deposits to an outside bank
                    • Accept payments from all over the world
                    • Mobile payments

                    The bad

                    • Will have to wait for a week after a transaction to collect your funds
                    • Requires some programming skills
                    • Only available for merchants in US, Canada, UK, Australia and Ireland

                    This is a good choice and well-priced option for those based in a few selected countries, with a bit of programing skills or a WordPress website where available plugins make integration a bit easier.

                    10. Payza

                    Payza

                      Online purchases, sending and receiving cash and sending out invoices are a breeze with Payza, formerly known as AlertPay. The service is geared towards both private users and companies, and has shopping carts and buy buttons that can be integrated with a website.

                      The good

                      • Receive money from around the world in a variety of currencies
                      • Offers shopping cart integration
                      • Good security
                      • Reasonable fees that wary from country to country
                      • Online and offline purchases with prepaid credit card

                      The bad

                      • A lot of people experience processing and verification issues
                      • Not the best customer support service

                      Payza is a decent option overall, with some good functionality, but there are still some problems here and there, and their support isn’t all that great.

                      All in all, there are quite a few good online payment options that give PayPal a run for its money. Whether you are a freelancer looking to receive payments, a blogger looking to monetize their blog or an online store owner who want to give visitors a good PayPal alternative, you will find these to be some great options.

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                      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                      25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                      25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                      Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

                      Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

                      1. Coursera

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                        Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

                        Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

                        Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

                        2. Khan Academy

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                          Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                          Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                          3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                            If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                            Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                            4. Udemy 

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                              Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                              Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                              5. Academic Earth

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                                Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                                Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                                6. edX

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                                  Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                                  7. Alison

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                                    Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                                    It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                                    8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                                      A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                                      Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                                      Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                                      ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                                      9. Stanford Online

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                                        Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                                        Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                                        10. Harvard Extension

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                                          Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                          Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                          11. Open Yale Courses

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                                            Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                            12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                              Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                              13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                                Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                                14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                                  Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                                  15. Codecademy

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                                                    Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                                    The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                                    16. Code

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                                                      Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                                      In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                                      Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                                      17. University of London Podcasts

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                                                        The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                                        18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                          Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                          The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                          19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                            For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                            Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                            20. TED-Ed

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                                                              Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                              Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                              21. LessonPaths

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                                                                LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                                22. Memrise

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                                                                  Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                                  Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                                  23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                                    The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                                    National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                                    24. Fun Brain

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                                                                      Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                                      Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                                      25. Whyville

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                                                                        Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                                        Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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