The payment page for LaunchTree is hosted on the LaunchTree's own domain. This might not seem like a big deal to many of you but it really is a big deal.
If you want to accept credit-card payments through your own webpages you and your server must be PCI compliant. Not only that but you also need your own merchant account.
Why not just use PayPal or Clickbank? Because your conversions will be crap when you want to do cross-sells, up-sells, down-sells since your clients need to enter their payment info each time. Armed with a merchant account and PCI compliant server you can do one-click-payments and skyrocket your conversions.
From doing a traceroute it seems that their hosting provider is SoftLayer. I contacted SoftLayer and they told me they provide the hardware and security to be PCI compliant, but it will be up to me to get the server PCI complaint.
So does anybody know how they did that? Which merchant provider they use? How much it cost them?