Do people still buy ready made websites?

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Hi, fellow Warriors!

We all know people love buying "instant solutions" ("just add water" kinda thing).

Back in the day, some vendors here were offering ready made niche websites. For example, "weight loss website", "dog training website", etc. They would create one such website once (content included) - and then sell it in template form to hundreds of customers.

This would appear to be an affordable instant solution with "mass appeal": Niche already chosen. Content already written. Theme already configured. Plugins already chosen and integrated.

Those types of offers were pretty popular.

I understand the "best" way for someone to build a niche website is to have 100% unique content of their own. Duplicate content means these websites probably couldn't get much Google traffic as they are.

But what about people who don't have the time, energy or skills to create content, choose plugins, customize a theme, etc?

In that case, buying a turnkey website would give someone a head start and a basis to work from. They could then maybe rewrite the content, build backlinks, promote on Facebook, etc.

My question is:

How come I don't see these type of offers around today?

Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author King Manu
    I think there are 2 important reasons for not seeing those things anymore.

    1. People don't like them. People that shop online have already a high sensor to something that is copied or something that is too salesly. If they didn't convert well, which is what I believe, they dropped in popularity. And since no one wanted ready-to-launch websites anymore, folks stopped offering them.

    2. Google doesn't like them either. Investing in something that will need constant paid traffic doesn't sound like a business model. People prefer to buy custom-made landing pages from world-class copywriters that will make sure to produce something worth your investment. No writer worth their salt considers text templates something good, and the same goes for buyers and Google. Even having the same template can be a cause for deranking in Google.

    I know the potential to get something like this sounds cheaper than having to build something original, but there is a reason it is cheaper. It's worthless, and I personally haven't seen one template like this that was looking good or sounded good.

    You can write your own 200 words article and be more successful than with one of these things.

    Maybe it was something it worked in 2003, but not anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author pixeldreamer
      Originally Posted by King Manu View Post

      I think there are 2 important reasons for not seeing those things anymore.

      1. People don't like them. People that shop online have already a high sensor to something that is copied or something that is too salesly. If they didn't convert well, which is what I believe, they dropped in popularity. And since no one wanted ready-to-launch websites anymore, folks stopped offering them.

      2. Google doesn't like them either. Investing in something that will need constant paid traffic doesn't sound like a business model. People prefer to buy custom-made landing pages from world-class copywriters that will make sure to produce something worth your investment. No writer worth their salt considers text templates something good, and the same goes for buyers and Google. Even having the same template can be a cause for deranking in Google.

      I know the potential to get something like this sounds cheaper than having to build something original, but there is a reason it is cheaper. It's worthless, and I personally haven't seen one template like this that was looking good or sounded good.

      You can write your own 200 words article and be more successful than with one of these things.

      Maybe it was something it worked in 2003, but not anymore.
      I agree King Manu - I used to sell starter sites on Flippa 10 years ago to great success - partly because I created unique looking sites with unique content and offered value to my customers. Some of those sites are still active today - and I'm sure their owners are still making some cash out of them.

      I stopped this line of business and moved to custom site design and development and have not looked back since then.

      With so many constant changes to Google's ranking algorithms I think marketers just starting out find it very hard to rank new sites bombing them with links, etc... Google is too smart nowadays and reward (quite rightly I might add) sites that add real value to this ever changing landscape.

      That is where my focus lies these days - adding value and creating quality content so I can sell my services and stand out from the competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrieB
    Yes I have bought starter sites from Flippa for as low as $97- $157 and have made money from them. People buy them all the time from Flippa and other marketplaces.
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    • Profile picture of the author sangamkr
      I want to explore the sites Flippa. This is an in interesting reply.
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  • Profile picture of the author zlnbrg
    Yep, people still buy it. But things have changed a bit. For example, now it's huge hype around Shopify & dropshipping, so a lot of people just make Shopify stores and sell them, despite it's not too difficult to make it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hw Infotech
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  • Profile picture of the author ra42
    i have..its pretty common
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  • Profile picture of the author jmosticc22
    If you go on the exchange on shopify there are hundreds on starter stores for sale.
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  • These type of offers are less because they still need to be modified and maintenance in order to get decent flow of organic traffic nowadays. Those existing websites or stores with domain that already have traffic and sales are more popular today. Other than that, people are also buying ready-made sales page or sales funnel that need no maintenance.
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  • Profile picture of the author jackharry
    Mostly, we can get ready-made websites for every critical situation nowadays. search Engine optimization like Google helps us in every filed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monika6489
    yes multiple number of people buy websites
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  • Profile picture of the author oppyeaunome
    People still buy ready-made anything. We as humans rather not deal with the work or just don't have the time to put together a website. For this reason, we rather just buy them and start from there.

    Always remember anything that makes it easier will sell. The problem is most people want a website but don't know how to set up one or lack the time. You build it and sell it.
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  • Profile picture of the author White Pearl
    Its still there but you can see in molded form in WF. for example some one already have templates but he will offer you in $120 per site where he add 5 unique articles in that template. Rest is same.
    Also you can find these templates easily on flippa. They are still selling. Now you know why?
    because there are still sources where you can get traffic on them .
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  • I still see people buying them. As long as there is a new beginner to the complex subject of marketing a website on the internet... people will always be drawn to the idea of have all the hard work "done-for-you", and will happily accept any templates that shorten their website development and learning curve.
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  • Profile picture of the author ejiro
    Buying of ready made website will always be there. As off the shelf option
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    Those who are looking for short cut to internet riches and are quick to run after shining products will think they are no more there.

    Ready made website have there purposes, so it depends on your niche and what you aim at achieving online.

    Again there are different method of getting traffic to your site, one is providing 100% unique content Google free traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author livingcrypto
    People still buy them. Those who know the business till buy them
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  • Profile picture of the author sgalla414
    You can find ready made websites ALL OVER. I've seen them on regular commercial business sales sites. I'm not sure they are as popular as they might have been in the past. Especially since its too easy for the average person to make a website on wordpress or squarespace. But as someone else mentioned above I think what has been gaining the most popularity is shopify and dropshipping websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    yes they do unless there is already some traffic, nobody will buy a website which has no traffic because its so easy to build it but very hard to get actuall traffic
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    • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
      Originally Posted by luciesmazanska View Post

      yes they do unless there is already some traffic, nobody will buy a website which has no traffic because its so easy to build it but very hard to get actuall traffic
      Truer words never spoken.
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  • Profile picture of the author lastreporter
    Beginner Websites or ready-made Websites once upon a time could be sold.

    But not today. My recent experience - I am a writer and Word Press site developer -- proved this to me.

    I recently bought, what I thought were, some really good older domains to develop and sell as beginner sites. I was just 10 years too late.

    I wrote 20, original articles for the first site and even got it approved for ads, only to discover that no one is buying such sites, unless you want to sell them at a lost.

    You can check out one of the sites I created and tried to sell: it is: http://1clickmortgage.com

    I could not get a bite.


    No interest on the selling sites. I didn't bother developing the other 3 domains I purchased. In fact, I found I couldn't even unload them at the price I paid for them. Although, they are "appraised" much higher than what I paid. Don't believe the domain name appraisals.

    That's because, today, people only want to buy sites that are generating income. Plain and simple. The day when you can write 20 articles and have Google send you free traffic are long gone.

    My advice is be smarter than I was, carefully check out the marketplace before you spend any money.
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    • Profile picture of the author LindyUK
      Originally Posted by lastreporter View Post

      Beginner Websites or ready-made Websites once upon a time could be sold.

      But not today. My recent experience - I am a writer and Word Press site developer -- proved this to me.

      I recently bought, what I thought were, some really good older domains to develop and sell as beginner sites. I was just 10 years too late.

      I wrote 20, original articles for the first site and even got it approved for ads, only to discover that no one is buying such sites, unless you want to sell them at a lost.

      You can check out one of the sites I created and tried to sell: it is: 1 Click Mortgage - Find Lowest Mortgage and Refinance Rates

      I could not get a bite.


      No interest on the selling sites. I didn't bother developing the other 3 domains I purchased. In fact, I found I couldn't even unload them at the price I paid for them. Although, they are "appraised" much higher than what I paid. Don't believe the domain name appraisals.

      That's because, today, people only want to buy sites that are generating income. Plain and simple. The day when you can write 20 articles and have Google send you free traffic are long gone.

      My advice is be smarter than I was, carefully check out the marketplace before you spend any money.

      Hello lastreporter

      The reason you wouldn't sell this "1clickmortgage" site is it looks rubbish, it isn't well designed. It is what I call a plain Word Pressy site - or in other words for many Word Press sites - Plain Aweful.

      All you have here is a series of blog posts on a plain and aweful looking Home Page. Your articles may be fine (ones I read were reasonably good) but your website has to attract immediate attention and interest. You have 3 seconds to do this, to convince me to stay on your website, but I likely would have left somewhere in the first second.

      No one can read much content in 3 seconds so your Header has to be the attraction point. Yours looks old and plain, so I would assume the rest of your site is equally awful. It would be just bye bye from me.

      Cheers
      Lindy
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  • Profile picture of the author mudassarali143
    Hi, I have bought few news sites from flippa for like quite cheap, and started working a year back, I can say in todays date, it was a good decision, it does work!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gulisano
    Yes, people still buy ready made websites. I believe those types of offers are around today. I hope this resolves your issue. Welcome to Warrior Forum!
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Yes, people still but ready-made sites, provided that it's cheap and has traffic already. Look into Flippa, you'll see them being posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Keira M
    Hey,
    Selling already made websites (starter stores) has and probably always will be a great tool in the eCommerce world.

    They are definitely still a thing. You can find already made websites on sites such as:

    1. Exchangemarketplace.com
    2. Flippa.com
    3. Facebook marketplace
    4. Craigslist

    Hope this helped you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    They are still available but since Google has been penalizing such websites, they are no longer viable. A good website must be built from scratch. If somebody else is developing it for you, they must consider your input. They must listen to you since you know what you want and the route you want to follow.
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    • Profile picture of the author sgalla414
      Originally Posted by Medon View Post

      They are still available but since Google has been penalizing such websites, they are no longer viable. A good website must be built from scratch. If somebody else is developing it for you, they must consider your input. They must listen to you since you know what you want and the route you want to follow.
      How is Google penalizing these websites? ranking them lower?
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Many have moved on to Flippa

    Also, the action has moved on to sites that actually generate traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author WF- Mark
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    Yes they do. Especially people who do not have much time and resources to create one themselves. They would mostly go for its existing content and ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author dougp
    They do, there's marketplaces like sedo or afternic in which you can buy domains and websites. A lot of the ground work is laid out for you, and you have a clear vision and a marketing plan you can monetize off the hard work already done for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelQuinn
    Absolutely. There are plenty of turn key businesses available for purchase. Check out brokers like empire flippers, FE international, etc. Flippa sells sites too but they're not vetted as heavily.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaxFeerden
    I do not buy ready-made sites. I know people who are engaged in the purchase of sites and promotion. It brings quite a good profit. Sometimes it is even prepared for sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author JUnderwood
    There are many ready-made sites that are in excellent condition. Sites are created turnkey and they are very high quality. It is better to buy a turnkey website than a template.
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