Has anyone BOUGHT from flippa?

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I have a few thousand dollars to invest and was thinking to buy a website from Flippa.

I see some sites are listed as already pulling in $1k per month in adsense and are on sale for $5-6k which is fair enough.

but how can I guarantee these sites are actually taking in this amount per month? It sounds to me like you can get easily scammed?

Anyone have any experience or advice for a newbie like me?
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  • Profile picture of the author rhinocl
    Two pieces of advice. 1-Save most of your money until you know more.
    (Investment*knowledge*effort*luck=profits)
    2-You might do better advertising for JV partners on this site-look for some oe with an idea and expertise and also don't invest everything
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  • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
    Originally Posted by Rambo007 View Post

    I have a few thousand dollars to invest and was thinking to buy a website from Flippa.

    I see some sites are listed as already pulling in $1k per month in adsense and are on sale for $5-6k which is fair enough.

    but how can I guarantee these sites are actually taking in this amount per month? It sounds to me like you can get easily scammed?

    Anyone have any experience or advice for a newbie like me?
    Do they have attached financials? If you are interesting in something, these sellers should ALREADY be attaching Paypal logs/etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    Haven't bought a site myself, but make sure they have attached traffic and earnings screenshots if you do buy. If they are reputable and have those screenshots (and do your own due diligence obviously) then you should be fine.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rambo007
      Originally Posted by John Williamson View Post

      Haven't bought a site myself, but make sure they have attached traffic and earnings screenshots if you do buy. If they are reputable and have those screenshots (and do your own due diligence obviously) then you should be fine.
      The only worry is that its very easy to fake screenshots these days.

      It would be great to hear if anyone has actually bought anything from there before?
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      • Profile picture of the author steview
        Hi,

        I bought Beauty For Worth (not the most beautiful site on the planet :-) )on flippa end of january for $50 . (see the listing here : https://flippa.com/auctions/120573/7...erve-FAST-SALE)
        They pushed the domain to my godaddy account and was able to upload all the files the seller gave me to my own hosting account . I only changed the affiliatelinks/adsensecode to mine .
        For a month everything went fine . The site received 200 visitors a day (6000 uniques/month ), according to their stats they had 7800 in december .
        I made somewhere between $0,50 to $2 a day trough adsense .(I think not bad for a site that cost me $50).
        Last week around 24 february i checked my stats and i mentioned i had almost zero traffic received that day. And the days after that also , zero traffic.
        Before yesterday (1 march) i found out, with the help from some warriors here, that my site has been deindexed from google ! So meaning disappeared from the google search results . So meaning no traffic and no $ .
        Like I said i just put my affiliate links in it, i did nothing else, so i don't know why google banned me.
        Luckily the site has cost me only $50 .
        I'm not telling the previous owner has something to do with it, it's just my first experience after i bought from flippa. Hope it helps
        Steven
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Originally Posted by Rambo007 View Post

    I have a few thousand dollars to invest and was thinking to buy a website from Flippa.

    I see some sites are listed as already pulling in $1k per month in adsense and are on sale for $5-6k which is fair enough.

    but how can I guarantee these sites are actually taking in this amount per month? It sounds to me like you can get easily scammed?

    Anyone have any experience or advice for a newbie like me?
    I sold dozens of established sites since 2005 at sitepoint marketplace (now flippa) and this is my advise to you.

    1. Buy only sites that are more than a year old having no decline on traffic and from old members. When I say old members, those members who registered 2008 and earlier. Check also their profile at sitepoint.com forums.

    2. Do not buy "potential, guaranteed $xxx per month or money back guarantee". This is the worst of all.

    3. Do not buy autoblogs.....

    4. Most of all, invest time in learning rather than money on something.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
    Originally Posted by Rambo007 View Post

    I have a few thousand dollars to invest and was thinking to buy a website from Flippa.

    I see some sites are listed as already pulling in $1k per month in adsense and are on sale for $5-6k which is fair enough.

    but how can I guarantee these sites are actually taking in this amount per month? It sounds to me like you can get easily scammed?

    Anyone have any experience or advice for a newbie like me?
    I've never bought any site from flippa but I've sold 3 last year for about $2000.

    My only advice is that, don't buy a website thinking it will bring you money without doing any work. If the site was profiting 100% on auto pilot, odds are, the owner wouldn't be selling it. So, invest some of your money to educate yourself in effective advertising strategies like SEO, Article marketing etc... first. Then, you can consider buying an establish website if you don't want to start from scratch.

    Out of the three sites I sold, 2 of the buyers came back a few months later saying traffic and earning have gone down from when the site changed ownership. When I ask them what type of advertising they did, they answered "none." See my point?
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    • Profile picture of the author x3xsolxdierx3x
      It would be nice if more sellers really took the time to cover as much about their site as possible. I don't care if the Flippa listing has to be 10,000 words....cover everything possible and include detailed attachments. If YOU were the buyer, what would you like to see?

      That's how I approach Flippa as a seller.

      Originally Posted by Dash Evra View Post

      I've never bought any site from flippa but I've sold 3 last year for about $2000.

      My only advice is that, don't buy a website thinking it will bring you money without doing any work. If the site was profiting 100% on auto pilot, odds are, the owner wouldn't be selling it. So, invest some of your money to educate yourself in effective advertising strategies like SEO, Article marketing etc... first. Then, you can consider buying an establish website if you don't want to start from scratch.

      Out of the three sites I sold, 2 of the buyers came back a few months later saying traffic and earning have gone down from when the site changed ownership. When I ask them what type of advertising they did, they answered "none." See my point?
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      • Profile picture of the author Dash Evra
        Originally Posted by x3xsolxdierx3x View Post

        It would be nice if more sellers really took the time to cover as much about their site as possible. I don't care if the Flippa listing has to be 10,000 words....cover everything possible and include detailed attachments. If YOU were the buyer, what would you like to see?

        That's how I approach Flippa as a seller.
        I don't know about other sellers, but I always cover everything that's needed and important. I do include in my descriptions that I practice free advertising methods to get visitors. I do put up all attachments regarding earnings and traffic. Also, they all have the option to ask me any questions before making a decision and I always answer them truthfully. Given all that, it's not my fault if they still believe the site will continue to profit simply by adding their adsense codes and affiliate links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sunrays
    I bought a website at flippa and was really happy with the way they handled the sale. Every seller there has their own reputation so I would advise you to look into that before buying a site. Make sure you study the due diligence section and also check out the history of the site. There are lots of articles on the subject of buying a website at flippa so if you have questions just keep asking and keep reading - the answers will probably be out there someplace!
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  • The best advice I can give you is learn some more before you buy a site. Invest in a good membership club.
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    • Profile picture of the author Backlinksboy
      I have not used flippa but there are very good offers out there. Get all site information like earnings, site statistics etc before buying.
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  • Profile picture of the author Luke McCormack
    I have sold but not bought sites at flippa. As stated above deal with experienced sellers and those that have had earnings and traffic verified.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I have bought from Flippa and you can get scammed on Flippa, like anywhere else. Check the buyer's feedback on previous transactions. Make sure there are profit screenshots, communicate with the seller. If anything at all seems amiss, don't buy. You should also have a website sale contract. Not that that will do any good if you get scammed by someone in another country.

    The sellers who have older accounts and feedback should be safer to do business with than new accounts with no feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
    I'd be skeptical about a site earning $1k monthly with Adsense and only being sold for $5-6k. I know the seller might have their reasons, but Adsense sites generally are worth alot more. Be very careful buying just on the basis of screenshots as these are SO easily faked.

    I've never bought a site worth that much on Flippa, but I've sold quite a few sites worth $5k+ and the buyers will generally ask for contracts, and an inspection period when using Escrow. That gives the buyer a chance to check the stats properly and see if the site is really getting the traffic & earnings that the seller claims.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeroosa
    I bought a site on Flippa last October for about $350, and I have been able to turn it into a real winner and I'm making between $50 and $100 each month from it. The seller had made $30 from it over 3 months. I screwed up because I thought it was $30 a month. It's all worked out though.

    I think you need to look at a site, analyze the traffic and current income. Look at the site and see what you are going to do to make it better and drive more traffic. You have to have a plan going in.
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  • Profile picture of the author simonpieman
    There is the model of buying a site which is 'ready made' and ready to roll but has not really had much promotion done to it yet. Hence site is $200 or so rather than thousands. If you don't like content creation but don't mind doing some site promotion then this could be a good way to start learning.

    And safer also: You only really need to check that the site has some decent content, is not in a crazy competition niche and verify that keyword groups it targets are actually getting the search volume the seller claims.

    The rest is then up to you to spend time promoting: which in this case might involve first learning something about site promotion and then getting on with it. Or outsourcing it once you have a good understanding of what's needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author internetpros
    I would advise against using flippa. no one makes any money unless you have a website worth at least 10K because flippa is so greedy. Even if you opt for the buyer to pay the flippa fee they still stick you with an additional fee as well but don't tell you that upfront. Plus if your site doesn't sell they will charge you again to take down your site otherwise it will remain there forever with all your stats for everyone to view on first page of Google. They do this as a ploy to get you to pay. They are BIG scam artists. Here is an article on them with an alternative to flippa - flippa alternatives | eFlipp: Buy and Sell Websites If this like doesn't show just message me and I'll send it to you.
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    • Profile picture of the author substance
      Originally Posted by internetpros View Post

      I would advise against using flippa. no one makes any money unless you have a website worth at least 10K because flippa is so greedy. Even if you opt for the buyer to pay the flippa fee they still stick you with an additional fee as well but don't tell you that upfront. Plus if your site doesn't sell they will charge you again to take down your site otherwise it will remain there forever with all your stats for everyone to view on first page of Google. They do this as a ploy to get you to pay. They are BIG scam artists. Here is an article on them with an alternative to flippa - flippa alternatives | eFlipp: Buy and Sell Websites If this like doesn't show just message me and I'll send it to you.
      I thought the websites sellers are making a killing. After reading the facts, Obviously not. It is only profitable for those selling in terms of k's but to pay 5% of the sale is ridiculous.

      I bought a $100 website on flippa few months back which looks nice but quite new and sells services.

      My first experience was fine but I think lots of websites are sold more what they are worth 90% of the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Street Jammer
    I have seen some adsense sites making $500 - $700 from 800 uniques per month , and they dont have long history , like they were less than 2 months old . which is odd.

    Dont buy new adsense sites less than 3 months old , ask them to show atleast 6 month revenue proof /
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  • Profile picture of the author thedark
    After I spent 2 hours every day for about 3 months to analyze domains on flippa, I can tell you that 95% of them are not worth even the 10$ you would pay for the domain. ( Because most domain names are keyword1-keyword2-keyword3.info , or keyword1-randomchars.com ).

    Most common flags:

    They claim few thousand of dollars earning per month while the website is less than 3 months old.
    They claim few thousand of dollars earnings per month while they only made a sale ( They will tell you this: this site made 100$ in 2 days, it has the potential to generate 1500$ a month at least ).
    They don't provide enough traffic details. Most of the buyers brought redirected traffic to their website ( that you can buy with 1$ per 1000 visitors ) to improve the stats.


    More, go to the profile of people who sold at least 10 domains. Read the feedback they received. Despite at least 95% of feedbacks will be positive, among them you will also find positive comments with the following patters: "the domain was great but it dropped because I was not invested enough time" ( this while the seller claims 100% automated ), or "the traffic dropped after purchase but he told me that I have to continue to do marketing" ( then, why would you buy a site with good stats, while you know that those stats will drop unless you invest more ). The sellers are using redirected or other source of cheap traffic, or they point a lot of links from their networks to a domain so the stats look good. After the sale, the traffic and links will point to another domain they sale.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheMGMProject
      Speaking from personal experience, I have used flippa regularly for the last 3 years and recently published my first book on the subject.

      I would like to offer you the following advice~

      If you are buying a site there are 2 types:
      • Sites already earning
      • Sites being sold with potential
      If the site claims regular earnings then the buyer must provide proof in the form of screenshots and preferably Google analytics to prove traffic source. A handy tip is to ask the seller for screenshot of his claimed earnings for an irregular date range, he should be able to provide this pretty quickly whereas if his reports are fake then this will take quite a while longer and he probably wont want to cooperate.

      I would always advise that just like ebay, you check out the buyers rating and feedback, don't buy from someone with negatives or lost disputes against their profile.

      If the site is earning then expect to typically pay 10 or 12 times monthly earnings.

      Regardless of what type of sites you buy, if you just sit on the site then it will probably die. You must be prepared to put in the time and effort to make the site work. You reap what you sow as they say.

      I hope this helps, I love buying and selling websites on Flippa but don't let your heart rule your head!

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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    Never have bought from Flippa and I never would.

    A few years ago I would go there and look at the listings. If I saw something I liked, I'd clone the 'business model' with my own version

    At some point, very few interesting websites even showed up there. Hardly any worth 'stealing' the ideas from - and certainly not too many worth buying.
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    • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
      Originally Posted by PerformanceMan View Post

      Never have bought from Flippa and I never would.

      A few years ago I would go there and look at the listings. If I saw something I liked, I'd clone the 'business model' with my own version

      At some point, very few interesting websites even showed up there. Hardly any worth 'stealing' the ideas from - and certainly not too many worth buying.
      Geez - I wonder why sellers stopped listing their good sites on Flippa? What ever could the reason be, do you think? :-)

      I'm kidding of course - There are plenty of good sites available.

      Check out FlipFilter's A-list monthly email...he digs through the sales each month and points out the gems. If you're into buying/selling sites it's definitely worth a look.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyber Star
    People get scammed everyday on flippa, I suggest you to keep watching for a suspicious new seller with no feedback. You have another options to buy website, for example in WF thread: WEB FOR SALE, the risk is less than buying on flippa. If you just want a blog, I suggest you to try tumblr rather than buying a new site.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I have sold sites on flippa from $xxx all the way to $xxx,xxx

    but I have bought one site for $13,000 and made about 5k profit. I should flip that site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Lim
    Is this an old thread?
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    • Profile picture of the author TheMGMProject
      No it's alive and kicking

      I know for a fact that there are some top internet marketers that frequent Flippa looking for bargains that can be bought for peanuts and then flipped for a tidy profit, trust me i know from personal experience

      I would be treally interested to know what the top things are that people would like to know about Flippa or buying/selling websites in general
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