Today, completely by accident, I stumbled upon a little secret that will give you a 40% discount on your Flippa listing fee. It’s not a coupon code, it’s a special discount they offer to certain website sellers. Keep reading to find out how you can enjoy $17 listing fees instead of the usual $29. Continue reading “Flippa.com’s Secret 40% Discount “Coupon Code””
So, you’re ready to build a website or perhaps you already have a site and are considering a domain name change. It’s pretty likely all the best names in your market have already been taken. Don’t worry, there’s still hope for you to find a quality domain name that’s still available. Simply follow the steps below to find a great domain name for your next website flip. Continue reading “How to Find a Good Domain Name”
One of the keys to getting the highest price for a website when it comes time to sell is to find the right buyer. Once you’ve identified the right kind of buyer for your website, you can either contact them directly or go directly to the places your buyers typically shop for websites. Those are the places where it’s best to sell a website. This article and corresponding infographic aims to identify the options you have to sell your website and which might be the best fit for your particular case. Continue reading “Where to Sell a Website”
Are you considering selling your website and would like to know how to value the site? Perhaps someone has approached you and offered to buy your site. Maybe the idea of cashing out on your website for a lump sum appeals to you. Whatever your motivation is for selling, you need to know what price tag to put on it. That’s what this post is all about.
8 Things That Add Value to a Website
The first step to understanding how to value your site is to put yourself in the shoes of your potential buyer. Why are they interested in your site to begin with? More than likely it’s for one or more of the following reasons: Continue reading “How to Value a Website”
Year end is a great time for making sure all your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed when it comes to your website business. The list below outlines 5 important tasks that will help keep your website and your website business on track next year.
1. Change the Copyright Year on Your Site’s Footer
When I see a copyright date on a website that says something like “Copyright 2003. All Rights Reserved”, two thoughts go through my mind. Continue reading “5 Essential Year End Tasks for Your Website”
The last few weeks have been a little hectic for me. I’ve been enjoying a little time with my newborn son Ryder and had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the family. For those of you who were waiting for an update on my new son, here it is. Ryder was born 11.11.11 at 7:59 a.m. He was a healthy 7 lbs 13 oz and measured in at 19.25 inches. Luckily he seems to be a mellow baby. I’m told this is often the case with your second child.
One thing I thought I should share with the website flipping community is that I purchased a domain for my son which is ryderyates.com. My business partner David has done the same thing for his kids. It will be exciting to see what he becomes in his professional life and I have a feeling he’ll be happy I had the foresight to protect his personal brand in case he ever needs it. By the time he’s ready to use it, the domain will already be 18 years old. Continue reading “Website Flipping Market Snapshot Week Ending 12/8/2011”
Thanks to the merger with Bing/Microsoft, Yahoo! officially closes the doors on its Site Explorer tool. A message on their site says:
With the completion of algorithmic transition to Bing, Yahoo! Search has merged Site Explorer into Bing Webmaster Tools. Webmasters should now be using the Bing Webmaster Tools to ensure that their websites continue to get high quality organic search traffic from Bing and Yahoo!. Continue reading “Yahoo! Site Explorer Is Dead – Here’s a List of Alternatives”
Unfortunately I won’t be doing our usual website flipping update this week. Why, you ask? Well, tomorrow is 11/11/11 and my wife Melissa and I will be bringing a new life into this world. That’s right, my son will be born tomorrow!
I need to put all my focus in preparing for the big day so I’m skipping this week’s site flipping market update. I hope you don’t mind. I’ll be back next week (probably half-asleep from late nights with the new baby) with an update on the baby and on the buying and selling website market.
If you’d like to wish us luck or have any advice on the transition from 1 to 2 kids in a family, please comment below.
Flippa Trends in October 2011
It wasn’t a bad month for Flippa. They facilitated over $3,000,000 of website buying and selling on their marketplace. Sales prices averaged approximately 7 times monthly income for sites selling in October.
Interesting fact: In October, two sites with over 100 backlinks in Google and no revenue sold at $405 and $750. It will be interesting to see if Flippa’s new backlink search feature will affect prices for these types of sites.
Scitechdaily.com – A Quick Site Flip Goldmine We Missed in October
The site sold for $34,000 and had no monetization. Let’s assume you were to increase the revenue per unique visit to a meager $0.10. That would put your monthly income at $5284.20/month. You could likely get that by adding some relevant advertising to the site starting a few days after you took the site over. Give it a few months at $5,000/month average net profit and you could likely flip the site for $60,000. This would give you a $41,000 profit on the site in 3 months. You have to love the power of the quick flip of undervalued sites!
Site Flipping Market Headlines for October 2011
- Upgrade Adjustments on Flippa
Flippa is ratcheting up their prices again with featured listing pricing going up to $50 per feature and the success fee cap being raised from $500 to $2,000.
- Sell My Website A Step by Step Guide
Excellent article on how and where to go to sell your website including tips on how to prepare and places to go to sell a site.
- Find Websites with Backlinks and Verified Analytics
We previously wrote our own software to pull from Flippa’s API to allow us to have this feature available to us. We’re looking forward to more search functionality in the future. Kudos to Flippa for adding these features.
- Buying Your First Site? What NOT to buy at Flippa
This forum post provides tips on what to avoid if you’re considering buying a site for the first time.
- How to transfer stats?
Every wondered how to transfer a Google Analytics account to a new owner? The answer is here.
- Flipping Websites in 3 Easy to Remember Steps
This article is a nice overview of the overall strategy for one method of flipping sites.
- Top things to look for when buying a site for a future resale?
I love lists. Here’s a list of things to look for when your goal is to buy a site to sell in the future.
Did you notice any trends or have any successes or failures? Let me know by commenting below.
This week we added some additional analysis to the weekly snapshot. Enjoy!
This week 664 websites sold for a combined $1,074,606 making this a seven figure week for Flippa. The highest priced website sold for $110,000 with a majority of sites selling in the $150 range. 21 sites sold in excess of $10,000. Several of the sites selling in the $10,000+ range can be considered internet marketing related (SEO, Make Money Online, Web Design, etc.)
FlipWebsites.com Reader’s Sites for Sale
The sites below are sites submitted on our sell your website page that we didn’t buy ourselves.
What is the average monthly unique visitors?: 200
What is the average monthly profit?: $20.00
How many months has the site been profitable?: 15
How many hours per week do you spend maintaining the site?: 1
How is the site Monetized?: Advertising (CPM, CPC)
What are the primary sources of traffic?: Organic Search
How Much Would You Like to Sell For?: $75.00
Additional Comments: (I removed the adsense code for now) This site is ranked page one #1 on Google for main keyword.
What is the average monthly unique visitors?: 3598
What is the average monthly profit?: $4333
How many months has the site been profitable?: 24
How many hours per week do you spend maintaining the site?: 5
How is the site Monetized?: Selling a Product
What are the primary sources of traffic?: Organic Search, Email Marketing, Referring Sites
How Much Would You Like to Sell For?: $55,500
Additional Comments: The site is deep rooted in best practice organic Google placement on many keyterms. Proper SEO practices have been administered from day 1. Site traffic spikes dramatically in Q4 and most of the sales occur in Q4. I also have another domain name for sale that will make a nice package which is www.collegiatebuzz.com, a premium domain name as part of the package.
What is the average monthly unique visitors?: 238 in 18 days
What is the average monthly profit?: $0
How many months has the site been profitable?: 0
How many hours per week do you spend maintaining the site?: 5
How is the site Monetized?: Advertising (CPM, CPC), Affiliate (CPA), Selling a Product, Selling a Service
What are the primary sources of traffic?: Organic Search, Referring Sites
How Much Would You Like to Sell For?: $150
Additional Comments: I am in need of funds and want to sell this site. The site is new but has received 238 visitors in just 18 days with not much promotion.
Most Active Seller
Seller: Sun Shine
Total Revenue: $4,928
Sites Sold: 18
Avg. Sales Price: $274
Notes: This seller primarily uses a “template” style format where he or she sells aged blogs with only 7 days of revenue and calculates the monthy revenue from the 7 days.
High Activity & High Avg. Sales Price Seller
Total Revenue: $3,806
Sites Sold: 7
Avg. Sales Price: $544
Notes: This seller sells brand new “turnkey” membership style websites with no traffic or revenue.
Notable Website Sales
Notes: This site was profiting about $1000/month by placing advertising on mobile sites generated with their system. The site ended sold with only one bidder. With a claimed 1.3 million unique visits per month, this was likely a good deal for the right kind of buyer.
Notes: This site was essentially a business-in-a-box by providing an outsourced social bookmarking service. The seller used a $1 no-reserve strategy, bonuses, and created curiosity by not revealing several “secrets” such as their traffic sources or outsourced provider’s name.
These are the sites that we were close to bidding on or buying but didn’t. At the time of posting this, they were still actively for sale.