Help with finding old websites (WordPress or not)

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Good evening folks,
I'd like to know if you can devise an automatic or semi-automatic way to search and find old websites. Websites that are not responsive or are outdated or are built with an old version of WordPress.
My intention (obviously!) is to contact those people and offer them a website re-building service.
I'd appreciate your smart ideas.
Thank you
Eleni
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex July
    Hi, Eleni!
    I think, it's a nice idea, but let's think together.
    If the website is outdated and not responsive, chances are, the owner has lost interest, right?
    I have a few outdated websites, and I don't whether they are responsive or not, actually, I don't care about their future.
    But why not to try? If I were you, I would do manual research. You don't need a lot of clients, you need a few clients.
    Just make a list of 20 random websites, and use google mobile-friendly tool to find non responsive ones. After that contact their owners.
    I wanted to help you, did a research, but it seems, there are no automated tools on the Web to find non responsive websites.
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    • Profile picture of the author elenisofikiti
      Hey Alex.
      Thank you for your comment and interest in this.
      What I've done so far, and I want to share this with you, although I cannot go into detail here, is use advanced search in google, and search intext: queries aiming at the version.txt file.
      Sorry, if I'm not explaining this clearly right now, but I'm in a hurry. :-/
      So, that way I find old WP installs.
      The downside to this method is that it won't produce many search results, because most sites use security plugins to hide WP core files.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    I get people spamming me all the time, the same businesses over and over again, telling me they can get more traffic to my sites, give me a better design for my sites, get me ranked on the first page of Google . . . and on and on.

    I didn't ask to be notified, and I didn't want to be notified. This is not the way to make a first contact with your business.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author DABK
      Get those too. Don't like them. Not because I didn't ask to be contacted but because their message doesn't connect, cannot connect.

      And that's with the best of them. They just don't know enough about me to offer me value.

      The worst of them promise me an extra $975 a day in profit or tell me they'll get me backlinks from high PR sites or 300 more visitors a day.

      One of my sites, there aren't 300 searches for my business a week!

      It seems to a lot of people like automation is the way to go, but they don't automate enough. You don't need owners of outdated websites, you need owners of outdated websites who want to do something about those websites and can afford to.

      And, then, you have to have a bit more info, to connect better (you know, male, female, college educated, high-school drop-out, collects expensive pipes, knows when the new Beaujolais is coming out and all the new-Beaujolais-is-here parties, has 1.73 kids, etc.


      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      I get people spamming me all the time, the same businesses over and over again, telling me they can get more traffic to my sites, give me a better design for my sites, get me ranked on the first page of Google . . . and on and on.

      I didn't ask to be notified, and I didn't want to be notified. This is not the way to make a first contact with your business.

      Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author elenisofikiti
    Sure, DABK and Steve.
    But these cases are not my approach.
    Firstly, I'm not going to sell fake SEO services that promise 1st page rankings.
    Secondly, cold emailing is not forbidden by any law and not annoying if it is personalized and provides real value and solutions.
    Actually, I've found a few WordPress clients that way, I'm doing it manually though, and I was looking for a semi-automated way to find leads. The communication will keep on being personalized, and not spammy.
    Thank you for taking time to comment on my thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Enter a bunch of keywords into Scrapebox to get a big list of domains/URLs. To limit the URLs to only Wordpress sites, add a footprint like "Powered by Wordpress".

    Once you're got the list, use the Scrapebox bulk mobile checker addon to see if the sites are "mobile friendly".

    You can then offer "mobile friendly" services either for a fee or as a free "ice breaker" to upsell more expensive services. In your contact be sure to explain how important it is to have a mobile friendly site and that an estimated 65% of Google searches are done by mobile devices.

    Be sure to respect CANSPAM and Do Not Call lists.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Enter a bunch of keywords into Scrapebox to get a big list of domains/URLs. To limit the URLs to only Wordpress sites, add a footprint like "Powered by Wordpress".

      Once you're got the list, use the Scrapebox bulk mobile checker addon to see if the sites are "mobile friendly".

      You can then offer "mobile friendly" services either for a fee or as a free "ice breaker" to upsell more expensive services. In your contact be sure to explain how important it is to have a mobile friendly site and that an estimated 65% of Google searches are done by mobile devices.

      Be sure to respect CANSPAM and Do Not Call lists.
      ^ This ^
      Also, be prepared to support everyone that contacts you. Most of your contacts are usually looking for a real person behind the service that they can contact, so be prepared to let everyone know that you are a real person that stands by your business and stands with your clients. BTW, a "help desk" serves the purpose nicely in my own experience.

      Also, if you are just starting out and you are a one-person business it is important to advise your clients that your time to complete work and their expectations may vary. You do not want to become overwhelmed and cannot deliver in a timely manner. A "terms of service" agreement serves the purpose nicely in my own experience and your clients will appreciate an honest business practice.

      Good luck
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