by jkiley
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Would you rather build a website, or would you rather buy? given that you can afford to buy a website which would take you about a year or two to get build and get traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    Having built countless sites, I would rather buy.
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  • Profile picture of the author maaria143
    According to my point of view building your site is the best and beneficial option.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrRSmith
    I'd honestly have to say building your site. You have more control over structure, content, etc. Granted, it may take some time, but it's worth it. There are plenty of programs you can use (free and paid) that you can use: Microsoft Expressions, Wordpress, Dreamweaver, etc. And there are dozens and dozens of how to videos that you can find on you tube to show you how. Just a matter of what you feel compelled to do.

    Good luck either way though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
    Well if the website is an ESTABLISHED website, then definitely buying that would have more advantages compared to building a website.

    You have to invest quite a lot of time and hard work in the initial stage of website growth. So if you are buying an established website then you are not going to put all that kind of effort. If the website is already getting good amount of traffic from search engines, it becomes a goldmine. Furthermore it has good amount of traffic, easier to monetize and you can make use of the existing customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    If you have the money, buying is the best way to go. Then you need only maintain it. Building it yourself (and building up to a certain level of income) is a long hard road.

    Even with newer sites, unless you can build one quickly, it makes sense to buy because then you can focus your efforts on promoting it and getting traffic. I mean why waste weeks building it yourself when you can buy one already made and then spend those weeks getting the traffic so it can start earning money?


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    • Profile picture of the author cameronjzb
      Originally Posted by cashcow View Post

      I mean why waste weeks building it yourself when you can buy one already made and then spend those weeks getting the traffic so it can start earning money?
      Couldn't have said it better myself, if the choice is between building a site vs buying a site that is already a proven earner.

      In terms of paying someone to build a site for you, I would definitely say that one should have knowledge of building sites before 'buying' one - then you know exactly what you'll be paying people to do - but once you've got the money and knowledge, outsourcing those tasks will allow you to exponentially grow your portfolio.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bondtana
      I have been building sites/ doing IM for about 3-4 years now. In total I've made a few thousand dollars. Recently I bought an established ecommerce site and I made over $1000 last week. It was a big investment, but I should be recouped in little over a year. Definitely worth it.

      But I will say this, the experience I gained building my own sites for a couple years is absolutely helping me with my new site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

    Would you rather build a website, or would you rather buy? given that you can afford to buy a website which would take you about a year or two to get build and get traffic.
    How long it will take me to get traffic doesn't depend on whether I build it or buy it: that's a constant factor, either way.

    How long it will take me to build a site is a relevant factor, of course. I have bought some ready-made ones (and the prices always seem terribly low, to me, for what they are), but I prefer to build them, really. I have more control that way, and am less dependent on other people. And if someone else builds the site for me with ready-made content, I'd have to replace most of the content anyway, for SEO reasons.

    (There's also the fact that I don't really use Wordpress sites in my business - and that seems to be a popular way for people to buy readily editable sites).
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  • Profile picture of the author topnotchservices
    Building? Why? Because then you know how and why the site makes money and its potential and limitations. When you buy, it can all go wrong the next day and then you're screwed
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  • Profile picture of the author drumguru69
    I like building it so that I know everything about it.....however... I would rather buy a money making site and build others just for fun!
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  • Profile picture of the author ajona
    Building is definitely worth it in the long road, as previous posters have mentioned you have more control. But it's more than that, it's really all about risk reduction. If you invest $5,000 in purchasing a website which promises to earn $100 a day through adsense you'll be waiting a long time to recoup that investment. And since you never built the website to begin with you don't know the first thing about where it's potential problems may lie.
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  • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
    Building your own site is a process of learning. Don't miss that opportunity. If you know what I mean.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex.R
      Originally Posted by savvybizbuilder View Post

      Building your own site is a process of learning. Don't miss that opportunity. If you know what I mean.
      Yes at least learn how a site is put together, you can always move on from
      there by buying ready made sites if you want to. There is always a trade off between time and money.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
        Building a site can be a good learning experience, and it's the way to go if you are good at it and enjoy doing it.

        But if you're not good at it and hate building sites, then buy one if you can afford it. Or pay someone to build a site for you. There are many warriors who offer this service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Huard
    I have built many sites, but it's less time consuming to buy. If buying, make sure you buy a quality and functional site that you can edit entirely.
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  • Profile picture of the author blillard
    I have done both and like others said it all depends on the site your buying or planning to build. Some sites I built have sold for more than the ones I bought. If your going the turnkey way then sure build it out, but if your going the quick flip way then buy a site that is doing ok but really undervalue. Add some value to the site and list it. Not all site require the same things and some don't requires any attention at all. If you due your due dilligence in the beginning you'll be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doot
    Building is the way to go unless you can look at the website of interest that is already doing good and automatically see several ways to improve it then buy. If the price is right ofcourse
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    • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
      I've done lots of both - building is the best by far as you control the structure of the site which is critical to both SEO and conversion.

      Most other sites are not built with the best, cleanest tools, are not well optimized and often take far longer to get looking like you want them to.

      That said, buying aged domains can certainly be a good strategy - but better if you can build the site yourself.

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  • Profile picture of the author jkiley
    I am surprised that most of the people here prefer building website, instead of buying (even if you could afford).

    In my opinion, maybe after you have built couple of websites yourself, buying established website (with good traffic and revenue) is far better. This is the reason that lot of companies buy other companies (google just bought motorolla for 12+ billion).

    I am developer myself and have built countless websites/softwares. Now that I am older and wiser and don't get that much pleasure in writing code, I think if I can find a good website which can provide me some passive income.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I would rather build a website. I enjoy doing it, and so I can save the cash that would otherwise be wasted. It's not like I don't know how to generate traffic and sales, so essentially buying one would take all the fun out of it for me!
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    You're going to fail. If you're afraid of failure then you do not belong in the Internet Marketing Business. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanHend
    I will buy if the price is right and I am confident I can grow the existing business significantly.
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  • Profile picture of the author warriorjohn1444
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    Originally Posted by jkiley View Post

    Would you rather build a website, or would you rather buy? given that you can afford to buy a website which would take you about a year or two to get build and get traffic.
    Whether i will build a site depends a number of things like, how much such a site cost, how much it will take me to create such a site, the ranking and revenue of the site in question and few others.

    Make your calculation and you will arrive at a decent conclusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ping Geek
    I prefer buying my sites by far ..
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  • Profile picture of the author handy
    Having bought a site, I would have to say be very careful when you are buying and try and independently verify whatever stats the seller provides.
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    • Profile picture of the author jkiley
      Originally Posted by handy View Post

      Having bought a site, I would have to say be very careful when you are buying and try and independently verify whatever stats the seller provides.
      How? what? where?
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  • Profile picture of the author joemayerich
    What sites are good to buy if you are interested in buying one? How about a dating site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathy Curiel
    I outsource my building to my team. But when my team is too busy then I buy them
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  • Profile picture of the author yukiyenster
    If you've got the budget for it, buying is always better... you can never beat an established website with an aged domain + existing rankings + trust + traffic.

    It's easier improve an existing site than to promote a new one from scratch...

    That being said, be cautious when buying established websites, make sure you do your own due diligence beforehand. Check ownership, analytics (if available), page rank validity (if there's any page rank to be claimed), history (www.archive.org/web/web.php).

    Most importantly, always check the seller's claimed sources of traffic. There are many scammers out there who use blackhat tactics to make their sites look more appealing. The last thing you want is to buy a site that claims to make $800 a month from adsense and has a great alexa ranking only to find out that most of the traffic comes from bot clicks and the adsense income was faked...

    As they say, caveat emptor, my friend...
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    If you're not very good at building, I would either hire someone to do it or buy. I build them, but am not at all adverse to buying a profitable website. Saves a lot of time if it's already making money, even if I think it needs a bit of a redesign.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sonny Am
    I think building a site and then improving upon as opposed to just building it from scratch is becoming a more popular option
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  • Profile picture of the author WinXPrize
    Building as always
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  • Profile picture of the author rltenney
    I am a developer, so my answer would be to build rather than buy. However, I have friends who are constantly frustrated when trying to build their sites and I spend hours on the phone or IMing them help instructions. So for them, buying would be their best option if they're serious about wanting a good site. I've build dozens upon dozens of sites and have also sold a few. Not on forums though. Only to brick and mortar companies in my local area. I would figure out what group you fall into. If you know how to build sites, optimize them and then monotize... go for it. If you're a little iffy about that, buying a site that is already set up might be your best option. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tocholke
    I'm torn between build or buy myself. My plan of action is to build at least 1 site myself from the ground up so that I know the whole process. After that I'd probably buy. The reason is; know your strengths...and mine isn't web design. If you ARE good at designing and building websites, go for it. Buying will save you ALOT of time if you have the money to do so.
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