What's the Deal with Flipping Sites?

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I have heard about this... but it kind of seems like a scam to me... and that the only person who would make money would be the person selling the "HOW TO FLIP WEBSITES" books.'

What is your opinion on this?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan O'Neil
    Lol.

    Yep, flipping websites is a scam.

    So is buying houses and selling them for profit.

    And don't you even dare to think about opening up a used car lot that buys cars cheap and sells them for a profit!
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    • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
      Originally Posted by Bryan O'Neil View Post

      Lol.

      Yep, flipping websites is a scam.

      So is buying houses and selling them for profit.

      And don't you even dare to think about opening up a used car lot that buys cars cheap and sells them for a profit!
      LOL . I needed the laugh, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan O'Neil
    Originally Posted by shanedavind View Post

    In the last 12 months, I flipped 7 sites for a total of just over $90,000.

    Maybe I should go make some real money and sell a $17 ebook on the topic instead.
    Nah, the real money is in a huge twitter list (*hint* op sig *hint*)
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Yea,

    There is money to be made selling eBooks on the subject.

    Also I've made what I consider decent money flipping low cost sites and domain names.

    I've never made $90,000 though.

    I'm just curious, what part of it seems like a scam to you?

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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    I have heard about this... but it kind of seems like a scam to me...
    Precisely what seems like a scam about it?

    A person has something.

    Another person wants it.

    They agree on a price and exchange.

    Where's the scam?
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  • Profile picture of the author jideofor
    I disagree with the statement that flipping website is a scam. What would you gain if you keep a site that you can no longer take care of? I mean , this is one of the reasons people sell their website.

    Another reason is to help people research profitable niches and then flip the site.

    If you say website flipping is a scam what about people who sell worthless ebooks with fake earning history on their sales page just because information marketing is quick way to make money.

    To me, information marketing is not selling what you know , but selling your experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bellusccio89
    It's simple
    you create a website that can bring in say 200$/month
    you then go on and sell it at a reasonable price which usually is around a year salary (2400$)
    You then are left with no site maintenance but just the profits you would of got if each month was constant

    if you think of it, it's nowhere near scam territory and actually pretty cool if you do it well and are good at it
    something i'm actually thinking of right about now lol
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  • Profile picture of the author 04real
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    I have heard about this... but it kind of seems like a scam to me... and that the only person who would make money would be the person selling the "HOW TO FLIP WEBSITES" books.'

    What is your opinion on this?

    Money can be made in lots of different ways. Flipping web sites, writing ebooks and selling them, and scamming (unfortunately) are just three ways of doing it. Hopefully we don't ever get scammed (or don't scam others, hah...).

    But there's no scam about buying a web site, doing something to improve it, and flipping it for more money. You've added value to it hence you deserve to sell it to someone willing to pay more for it. And if someone wants to write an ebook to share their flipping experience, then so be it.

    The scam is when someone "pretends" to flip web sites, "pretends" to make a lot of money from it and "pretends" to know all about the flipping business and then create an ebook to sell to others. If that's what you're referring to, then yes, that most absolutely is a scam.


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  • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
    Ive built a pretty good sized company flipping websites, we did 174K the first quarter this year, $240K the second quarter and just sold two Site Franchises today for a total of $50K I can tell you for sure that its not a scam and have the tax returns to prove it lol. We have 14 Employees and just launched a major social media website that is very unique.
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    • Profile picture of the author BrandonIM
      Originally Posted by thomarv29 View Post

      Ive built a pretty good sized company flipping websites, we did 174K the first quarter this year, $240K the second quarter and just sold two Site Franchises today for a total of $50K I can tell you for sure that its not a scam and have the tax returns to prove it lol. We have 14 Employees and just launched a major social media website that is very unique.
      I'm in Florida also and I know in this business you can always use another trainee/gopher/slave. Any information you'd care to divulge would be appreciated. Alternatively I can work for it...at a reasonable rate of course.
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      • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
        Originally Posted by BrandonIM View Post

        I'm in Florida also and I know in this business you can always use another trainee/gopher/slave. Any information you'd care to divulge would be appreciated. Alternatively I can work for it...at a reasonable rate of course.
        Hey Brandon,
        We have four brokers who work for us that sell our sites on BizQuest and BizBuySell, Here are a few tips to making more cash from your sales.
        1.) We offer all our clients the ability to use our Marketing and SEO services for a share of the revenue each month from sales. The initial sale price of our sites start at $25K and go up to $80K Depending on the site. Getting this bigger price point is usually dependent on us providing support after the initial sale.
        2.) Develop innovative websites and sell Franchises to Investors. i.e we just launched a social media concept and have sold 7 State Affiliate Territories to investors for $20K to $60K each. We arent giving up any equity in the site, we are simply selling rights to 20% of the ad and membership revenue generated in that state.
        3.) Provide Proof of concept before trying to sell a website, do some work and get traffic to show conversion rates, then present a scaleable model that show them what different levels of investments would yeild in return. This makes it easier to combat the fact that your site doesn't have much revenue history.
        Hope these tips helped. Ill ad more later when im not so tired. Thanks
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        • Profile picture of the author BrandonIM
          Thanks for the tips...It looks like you've come up with some very interesting ways of doing business. I especially like that you keep control while generating immediate cash - bootstrapping at its finest!

          BrandonIM
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          • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
            Brandon... Glad i could help, if you ever get up to Jax look me up.. CoMergent Acquisition Group, were up by the airport, where in Florida are you?
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            • Profile picture of the author frankwyatt77777
              I think I am going to write a ebook. Hmm. What should I call it. Learn how i made $18,000 overnight. Then market the book and say you can do the same. Wonder if it would sell. I think all the money I have wasted on books.
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            • Profile picture of the author BrandonIM
              thomarv29,

              I'm down in Orlando, not too far away. It's actually good to hear that people are starting successful businesses so close to home for some reason... You must have one heck of a sales team to sell profit without equity. Personally I'd prefer a percentage of profit to equity, though. Then I own receivables without liability, especially with the social networking thing. But perhaps I'm missing something.

              How does your team sell? Are they cold calling leads?
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              • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
                Hey Brandon,
                I think if the offer is good enough and you have a good sales team you will be able to sell the franchise concept... escpecially if you can prove the concept out. Our Brokers get their leads from BizQuest and BizBuySell. We list our offers on their and get fairly good traffic and quite a few sales. Its worth the money you pay for the listings. We used to get a ton of traffic from our listings but i think the economy is hitting smaller investors pretty hard. We also develop concepts and get investors to fund the ideas which probably accounts for 50% of our sales. It also helps to have some solid history of success associated with your company. We took footballfanatics from 6M to 128M in two years and built sports.yahoo.com for Yahoo. We have a pretty good name in the SEO and Marketing industry so i know that helps us sell our "Concept Only" sites to investors. We also sit on the BOD for some private equity groups which puts us in front of alot of investors. Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author keadams26
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    I have heard about this... but it kind of seems like a scam to me... and that the only person who would make money would be the person selling the "HOW TO FLIP WEBSITES" books.'

    What is your opinion on this?
    Yeah, and weed is a dangerous drug too, right?

    Look, you have to look at the big picture. Some people want to purchase "ready made websites" and not worry about the hassles that comes with developing them (in other words, they lack either the creative thinking ability or technical know-how to do it themselves) so they simply pay someone else for their site. What's wrong with that?
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  • Profile picture of the author good2go4
    I don't see there is any difference between flipping websites and selling anything else online. There will always be some people (not on this forum though, thank goodness) who will try to get more for a site than it might be worth; but I have lost track of the ebooks I have bought in good faith only to find they are worthless - I don't see any difference. It would be interesting though for the OP to give a few specifics because maybe there is some part of website flipping the rest of us haven't considered (perhaps, lol)?
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandonIM
    Thanks :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
    No problem, good luck with everything
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Flipping websites most certainly isn't a scam, I've sold loads of them. BUT of course you should be wary of any website flipping guides that suggest it doesn't take work. A lot of sellers on Flippa seem to think they can list junk and get hundreds for it - just like anything else, it doesn't work that way.

    But flipping in itself is no less legitimate than any other business model.
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  • Profile picture of the author thomarv29
    The thing you need to remember when flipping websites is that if your not offering something of value then you will not make a lot of money and you will ruin your reputation. We have to be very carfull that our clients are satisfied so that we can use them as a reference in the future. We have developed a lot of marketing software specifically as a value add and offer our marketing services to our clients as a way to help them keep their CPA as low as possible. Its going above and beyond just selling somebody a website and letting them go it alone. Alot of investors dont have a lot of experience in running a website because if they did they probably wouldent be buying one from you. Offering marketing services after the sale is not only a great way to increase your chances of selling the site but can make you more money in the form of profit sharing after the sale... keep riding the gravy train as long as you can! This is all assuming you can actually perform and drive traffic and sales however.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    I have heard about this... but it kind of seems like a scam to me... and that the only person who would make money would be the person selling the "HOW TO FLIP WEBSITES" books.'

    What is your opinion on this?

    You can't be serious. I make my living flipping websites. I don't make a significant living selling ebooks.
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    • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I don't make a significant living selling ebooks.
      And, to be clear, Suzanne sold the single most-recommended book on site flipping in this forum. So if she didn't make a significant living selling that, but by flipping sites...
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  • Profile picture of the author veylo
    Originally Posted by GoogleWarrior View Post

    I have heard about this... but it kind of seems like a scam to me... and that the only person who would make money would be the person selling the "HOW TO FLIP WEBSITES" books.'

    What is your opinion on this?
    Completely wrong, our WHOLE business is building profitable websites and then selling them on after x amount of month's revenue.

    Our turnover last year by doing this alone, was over the £1 mill mark, that is the amount just by the actual sales not the sites revenue's, so flipping ebook is a scam aint it?


    Why many struggle at flipping sites? they sell on places like flippa, warriorforum etc...

    We have ourselves a list of 250,000 interested website purchasers/businesses, our money is made via our list rather then on auction sites.

    By selling an ebook on flipping they'd probably make $5k or so. Nothing compared to a $13,000 flip on a 3 month old site, scale that up? then the big money hit's home.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoogleWarrior
    How would I learn the proper way of learning how to FLIP A SITE THEN? What are some good websites with this knowledge?
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  • Profile picture of the author macchiavelli
    Hahahahaha.

    The sarcasm in this thread is hilarious.
    Anyway, site flipping has proven to be very profitable to me.

    I sold sites in niches that were so profitable, I got triple my yearly revenue as selling price.

    I once sold a site with NO income for $1900...it was a simple sales letter style website complete with product and clickbank account.

    I was 17 when I did that.

    After that I was hooked.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    your statement makes absolutely no sense at all... all you have to do to see proof of this is go to http://www.flippa.com click on just sold auctions and browse through the listings...

    By just doing it now I seen a website that sold for $18,000 just today. a $7,200 dollar sale multiple $1,000 dollar deals, too many 100-200 just sold auctions to count.

    see for your self Websites Just Sold on Flippa | Recent Completed Website Sales
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    How would I learn the proper way of learning how to FLIP A SITE THEN? What are some good websites with this knowledge?
    You can learn from one of the experts:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ey-2010-a.html
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