Do you buy websites? Or is it better from scratch?

by Jason Zalesky 9 replies
I am curious from those of you that are more dugg into the IM arena if you buy that many sites online? I have been working the Ebay affiliate arena for the past several months and have done ok with it. I am looking to expand my internet marketing buisness and was curious if yall buy sites or just have them made? I hear or read about how people have networks of hundreds of sites for adsense etc. I was wondering are these people buying these sites off ebay the same templates you see over and over again?

I guess my question is if you were starting off what would you focus on? Would you buy directories or autoupdating web blogs? Or is all of this a waste? I know that making you own product is the best thing but I am not ready for that and I want to get my feet wet so any advice would be great! Thanks in advance!

Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
    No one buys anything?
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    • Profile picture of the author adamv
      I don't have the deep pockets that some IMers have (yet) so I build my sites myself. Some are static html sites and some are WordPress blogs.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashcow
        Sure, lots of people buy websites (I know 'cause I sell them!). I don't think it's a waste - if you don't have the skills to make your own then it makes sense. That way you can focus on the promotion instead of getting bogged down in learning how to make a website.

        Just do your due diligence if you are going to buy one - you don't have to buy the same templates that everyone else has there are plenty of unique sites out there for sale at reasonable prices.

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        • Profile picture of the author fm1234
          I buy and build. You might find some of the commentary in this thread useful, since it covers several established buyers' (including my own) approaches to picking out sites to pick up:

          http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...e-website.html

          The whole "autoupdating blogs" and directories and that kind of thing are generally crap to be avoided. It takes skill to run a profitable directory, and the majority*** of auto-anything sites will proudce either nothing, or garbage.


          Frank

          ***Note that I said "majority" not "all" ... no need for the seven guys on earth with profitable autoblogs to get their boxers bunched.
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          • Profile picture of the author Jason Zalesky
            Ok my question is if you were me and new to the internet marketing other than some ebay affiliates sites. Where would you start or what would you buy. I do not have any skills when it comes into creation of a site so I am looking to buy.

            Is there any good courses on buying and selling also? I just trying to get my feet wet and want to grow my inventory and want to have something that would be good to start with and learn from.

            Thanks,
            Jason
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          • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
            I'd say, if you have the money to buy sites... go for it and start making money with them. I sell Ebay affiliate sites on Ebay so I know that there are lots of people who buy them. On the other hand... some people just like to do things the hard way and create sites themselves as well as promote them. I would do one or the other and put all my energy into it.
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  • Well, I never purchased a whole site. No reason behind it: except that I prefer to build my sites myself. I do outsource the designing of my site's templates, graphics, etc. to my graphics designers.

    If you are a total newbie then purchasing whole sites may be the best option. Of course, you gotta have deep pockets.

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    • Profile picture of the author drr
      IMO, there's no one size fits all - if you're a techie-phobe then building a site can be a nightmare, even with the cool tools available to us today. If you really can't be bothered with that stuff, go ahead and buy a site that's right for you.

      Personally, I would recommend everyone takes some time to learn how to develop their own sites, it's a valuable skill to have.

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      • Profile picture of the author fm1234
        posted by Jason Zalesky:
        Ok my question is if you were me and new to the internet marketing other than some ebay affiliates sites. Where would you start or what would you buy. I do not have any skills when it comes into creation of a site so I am looking to buy.

        Is there any good courses on buying and selling also? I just trying to get my feet wet and want to grow my inventory and want to have something that would be good to start with and learn from.
        I would say that Sitepoint is about the best place for picking up working sites with cash flow relatively cheap. However, you need to focus on learning how to create your own as well -- the good news is, learning by expanding on existing sites is one of the most practical ways to do so.

        If I may offer a bit of advice about SP itself, it's this: focus. The sites in the "Established" category tend to cost a bit more than the ones in the "Turnkey" category; however, they usually already have traffic and/or revenue, and getting a couple of semi-related sites that are already rolling is a better idea for a newbie than getting a dozen that are fresh off of the shelf. Once you get your legs under you you'd be suprised how quickly you can roll out something of your own, or tweak something you picked up from someone else.


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