Thursday, January 6, 2011

* D4L Premium Services Offers A New Way To Subscribe

I appreciate all the feedback I have received on the D4L Premium Services. I have been able to implement many of the great ideas that were presented by subscribers. One request that I have received over and over again has been to offer an alternative way to pay.

Most people don't mind, and even like, PayPal, but a few others have had a bad experience with the company. Often this is hard (or impossible) to overcome. With that in mind, I spent a significant amount of time looking for an alternate company to process and collect payments. The company needed to be recognizable, have a good reputation and a large user base. Given that, Google Checkout was the logical choice.

In December, I began experimenting with Google Checkout and got comfortable enough to add it as an alternative way to subscribe. So what's the difference between the two? As noted in the D4L-FAQ, "The PayPal option provides the most flexibility. With it you can subscribe monthly or annually. Since it is a subscription, the PayPal price you pay will not increase as long as the subscription is active. Google Checkout only offers a 12 month subscription that must be manually renewed each year at the current price – which means you could end up with a price increase from your previous subscription." Google Checkout is working on a automatic renewing subscription, but I am not comfortable with implementing something that is labeled as 'experimental'.

The D4L Premium Services are designed for the serious dividend investor. If you have not yet subscribed, please see the Overview and Subscribe page for more information on the benefits of these services, sample reports, pricing and subscription information. The premium section can always be accessed via the Premium menu option on the top-left of the menu bar above.