Have you ever bought a site on flippa ?

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Hey,

Have you ever bought a site on flippa ?

What was your experiance ?

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  • Profile picture of the author Ayush Sharma
    I have thought a million times to buy..but it never seemed practical.. or in other words any that was genuine.. lot of scammers on flippa.. and u come to know by there description..
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  • Profile picture of the author PhiladelphiaSeo
    I have bought and sold on Flippa. Most sites to help grow my blog network. I have had good experience. Just be sure to do your due diligence like anything else in life.
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    • Profile picture of the author EricBaglio
      My first experience on Flippa was buying a blog for $250 that was promised to make $20-$30 a month using adsense. It had screen shots and everything.

      Within 1 month, it made $60 without me changing a thing and then consistently between $60-$90 each month after that. I thought Flippa was incredible. I eventually flipped it for $1200.

      Due diligence is key though. Another site I paid $2000 with promises of $200 and the adwords campaign included. It was a rip off. I put the campaign in effect day 1 and I was negative $60 the first month. After tweaking and putting what I know into effect, I got the site up to $250-$300 so it worked out. If I didn't know what I was doing, the site would have been worth $0.

      It really just depends. Make sure they have proof of traffic, proof of revenue, and proof of ownership. After that think to yourself, does it make sense that it's making what they're claiming. (For ex. If they say it makes $1000 from Adsense but traffic shows 300 unique visits, something's wrong).

      There are a lot of honest auctions and most I'd say are legit. Just keep your eyes open for the ones that aren't and you'll be fine.
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      • Profile picture of the author golf69
        I bought a site on flippa claiming to pay me at least $200 a month in adsense...It was a complete scam. Only bright side is that I got a pretty decent domain out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeplin169
    You need to really dig into some research if your going to buy from flippa, there are some sneaky bast*"ds on there
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    I have never bought a site on Flippa. I buy expiring domains from GoDaddy though, which have a min. of PR2 and then use those for backlinking purposes.

    I did SELL a site on Flippa, it was one of my first blogs I created and sold it for $500. That was when my fiancee started taking my "playing online" more seriously, since she knew it only cost $10 or less to register a domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaggyjay
    EricBaglio makes a good point: Due diligence is key. You need to obtain evidence that you are going to get what is promised. You can start this off by getting on the phone with the seller and asking relevant questions; getting permission to view their Analytics; getting 3rd-party verification, etc.

    Also, drafting a solid sales and delivery contract is priceless.

    The first site I ever purchased on there was actually "Pre" Flippa -- before Sitepoint's Marketplace became known as Flippa.

    After it became obvious that there were no real buyers for the site, I convinced the seller to move to escrow and even offered to pick up the fees.

    In the end, everything went great as it was a nearly $10K deal for the seller. Of course, I had a solid sales contract in place to ensure I got everything that was promised.

    Since then, the site has made, and continues to make nearly 3 times what I paid for it - per year.

    So, again... and not meaning to "beat a dead horse"... due diligence is key.
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  • Profile picture of the author robp12
    I'm currently selling a site on Flippa and it's definitely an interesting site. I've had a few bids on my auction, which is closing in the next couple of days, so I suppose we'll see where it goes.

    The worst thing about selling on Flippa is that the only time your auctions really get any views are when you first list it and when it's about to close. Unless of course, you pay $40 for the site to be "featured", which only lasts about a day as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author jirolupat
    i bought on flippa cheap one ,i interest them and concept,
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I've have bought plenty of sites on Flippa. You just have to be careful and exercise due diligence. I bought a site that had a lot of traffic. Didn't ask to see referring urls. It was paid for junk traffic. I had to contact the seller and demand that she stop the campaigns so I could see what kind of traffic I really had and work from there.

    There are honest sellers and extremely unscrupulous sellers. It's hard to tell the difference between the two until the after the sale is over. Beware of fake screenshots, fake traffic and even those who get the money and then disappear without transferring the site.

    Beware of Potential Income claims. Either it's making money or it's not. Ask a lot of questions and get access to either Google analytics or Statcounter so you can see where the traffic is coming from.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I've have bought plenty of sites on Flippa. You just have to be careful and exercise due diligence. I bought a site that had a lot of traffic. Didn't ask to see referring urls. It was paid for junk traffic. I had to contact the seller and demand that she stop the campaigns so I could see what kind of traffic I really had and work from there.

    There are honest sellers and extremely unscrupulous sellers. It's hard to tell the difference between the two until the after the sale is over. Beware of fake screenshots, fake traffic and even those who get the money and then disappear without transferring the site.

    Beware of Potential Income claims. Either it's making money or it's not. Ask a lot of questions and get access to either Google analytics or Statcounter so you can see where the traffic is coming from.
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  • Profile picture of the author lkpub
    I've never bought any sites on Flippa altho every now and then I do browse what's available... Personally, I would rather develop my own sites and/or build on sites I have bought from trusted Warriors, and I even have bought a couple on eBay... price was so cheap I couldn't resist... domain names alone are sometimes all I want... I always tweak and change the sites after purchasing so it aligns with my marketing methods and criteria... and I always have them on my own servers... but that's just me...

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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    I have bid on several websites, and I have some domains I want to sell there but it seems like after I put the work into developing them, they end up more valuable than what I might sell them for on Flippa, so I keep them. I agree there are some real borderline websites for sale, some with copyright infringing domain names, some that promise you they make X amount of dollars, but when you look closely at them you see they could not be making the kind of money they claim.

    One thing I always do is to have a look at how many backlinks that website gets, if they claim they are indexed in certain search engines, but I cannot discover any backlinks in the traditional market, then I know right away the value of that website may not be as high as the owner thinks it is.

    Another issue I have run into is that there are a lot of "under Educated Buyers there"

    They will bid on a website not knowing the facts, not knowing that perhaps after buying that domain name you might get a cease and desist letter making that 250 dollar domain worthless.

    So, the best advice I have is to set a price you are willing to pay and walk away if it goes beyond the price you setup.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrJohns
    I have bid on a couple. My budget was $100 at the time, and the sites I would usually bid on would go for more than what my budget allowed. So I just made a site myself. I do plan to buy from flippa in the future though. You just have to watch for scams.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Chicas
    I'll fess up to everyone and say that when I was a newbie I bough a site on Flippa for $1,000. The punk kid selling the site had doctored up how much money the site was making a month and when I took over it didn't make anything. Flippa wasn't able to get my money back and neither was paypal.

    Also just because a site is ranking high on Alexa doesn't mean S**t.

    Anyways I learned my lesson. I take some of the blame but I also think that Flippa should be more proactive when these scam artists that are selling fake sites sell one after the other without raising any red flags. Flippa gets a huge cut of each sell and the money they rake in is what matters to them most.

    If you're gonna scam people you'll soon learn that Karma is a bitch.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrJohns
      Originally Posted by Christiani View Post

      I'll fess up to everyone and say that when I was a newbie I bough a site on Flippa for $1,000. The punk kid selling the site had doctored up how much money the site was making a month and when I took over it didn't make anything. Flippa wasn't able to get my money back and neither was paypal.

      Also just because a site is ranking high on Alexa doesn't mean S**t.

      Anyways I learned my lesson. I take some of the blame but I also think that Flippa should be more proactive when these scam artists that are selling fake sites sell one after the other without raising any red flags. Flippa gets a huge cut of each sell and the money they rake in is what matters to them most.

      If you're gonna scam people you'll soon learn that Karma is a bitch.
      That really sucks man. It makes all the difference in the world to research a bit (no offense or anything) and ask questions to people who have been successful buying on flippa. Hopefully they will do something about the scammers in the future. But I think you're right. Flippa does not take too much pride in quality and satisfaction in their customers. But there are other ways to help avoid scams.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I have to say I have bought 1 website on flippa, which we still make money on....and we have sold 1 website on flippa that made very good money.

    I have heard some horror stories on there, and you have to be careful I must say.
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