Any Advice to Help with Selling a website would be appreciated

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Have a site (female related) that a person here on WF built for me almost a year ago. It is one of those stubborn ones that was not moving up in the serps. Forgot about it till I got a email from godaddy that the domain was about to expire.

Did a Google search to see if it had started ranking to find it on page 2. Used
"G" keyword tool to see the search term has a high competition, global monthly search of 33,100 and a local monthly search of 18,100

This is a one page website with a CB product. Not a whole lot of content. Has keyword in the domain name. Do not have analytics so I really dont know what kind of traffic it has.

Would this site be better to add adsense and start pumping some content in to it or put it up for sale? If I was to put it up for sale would flippa be a good place or? I know a person that actually sold a site there that had No Traffic and No Earnings for $12,000

I have another project that I need to be focusing my efforts to for the long term so I really dont have any time to spend on the site so I am leaning towards selling it but dont know if it would be a good one to sell.

Looking for advice.

Thanks in advance!
Deckman

Update : I finally got the stats from CPanel.

Month, Unique visitors, Pages, Hits, bandwidth

Jan 2011- 0, 0, 0, 0, 0
Feb 2011- 12, 24, 29, 29, 70.77 KB
Mar 2011- 39, 123, 322, 859, 8.46 MB
Apr 2011- 70, 182, 216, 727, 7.84 MB
May 2011- 56, 173, 190, 420, 4.32 MB
Jun 2011- 50, 160, 186, 367, 3.22 MB
Jul 2011- 81, 217, 379, 740, 5.69 MB
Aug 2011- 48, 193, 208, 455, 4.22 MB
Sep 2011- 95 246 269 439 4.10 MB
Oct 2011- 85 220 241 584 5.69 MB
Nov 2011- 77 185 199 584 6.29 MB
Dec 2011- 83 202 337 1,168 10.81 MB
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Totals- 696- 1,925- 2,576- 6,372- 60.71 MB
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  • Profile picture of the author fizal619
    the person that did that sale for $12k must've found some really rich, really clueless clientelle. 0.o
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    • Profile picture of the author deckman
      Originally Posted by fizal619 View Post

      the person that did that sale for $12k must've found some really rich, really clueless clientelle. 0.o
      If you havent looked around on Flippa.com I would suggest that you do so. Just look at the sites that are selling. While a site that has traffic stats and provide financials tend to sell well you will also see that sites that have no financials or traffic proof also sell. Depending on the niche they can also sell very well and for what I think is a very high price.

      Have you ever had a decent website designer quote you on building a site and then price getting some decent content written for the site? I have and although you can get this done on the cheap usually you will get what you pay for.

      So with that being said why would you think that the person "must've found some really rich, really clueless clientelle"? Some "Rich people" are rich because they seize and opportunity that a person like you and I may not see as an opportunity or even if we did we may not be able to afford it when we see it.
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  • Profile picture of the author CoolCaesar
    You could try selling it on flippa .. but these kind of sites mostly sell if you can provide hard proof of their profitability
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  • Profile picture of the author Maraun
    I suggest you install statcounter on the site if you want to know how much traffic you get without analytics.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Without knowing more about your site and more about the site that sold for $12,000, there's no way to tell you about either of them.

    The one that sold for $12,000 could have had a lot of other assets, such as high priced programming, incredible design, a lot of traffic, a big list, etc.

    You will make a lot more money if you monetize the site before listing it and get some revenue coming in.
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    • Profile picture of the author deckman
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Without knowing more about your site and more about the site that sold for $12,000, there's no way to tell you about either of them.

      The one that sold for $12,000 could have had a lot of other assets, such as high priced programming, incredible design, a lot of traffic, a big list, etc.

      You will make a lot more money if you monetize the site before listing it and get some revenue coming in.
      Suzanne,

      I appreciate you taking the time to post to my thread and you have got me thinking. I just went looking for PLR packs on the subject and found several packs. Is it a wise idea to use PLR's? Would it be a good idea to drip feed these, install adsense, add 1-2 more CB products and go ahead and install my analytics code.

      Let this sucker start enjoying a little adsense cash and maybe some sales off CB products while it moves on up to page 1 then put it on Flippa?

      I just clicked on your autopost WP ad and I see that this could also be a good product for this site as one of the PLR packs has 121 articles.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    That's not a bad plan except that the site will be far more valuable with unique content, so I would get that PLR rewritten first.
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    • Profile picture of the author deckman
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      That's not a bad plan except that the site will be far more valuable with unique content, so I would get that PLR rewritten first.
      Damn good point! Rewritten as in spun or have a actual person do it? Having 121 articles rewritten by a real person could get expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Are you making any money from this website? I think you could immediately boost it's profitability with lots of content. Adding adsense to it is a good idea... make money even from those who dont buy the CB product.

    And writing the 121 articles is an easy gig. Just write 10 articles per day, and in 12 days you'll meet that goal. Don't do spun content, and hiring someone to do it for you is not necessary. I think you can do it all by yourself. Shoot for at least 400 word articles.
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    • Profile picture of the author deckman
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Are you making any money from this website? I think you could immediately boost it's profitability with lots of content. Adding adsense to it is a good idea... make money even from those who dont buy the CB product.

      And writing the 121 articles is an easy gig. Just write 10 articles per day, and in 12 days you'll meet that goal. Don't do spun content, and hiring someone to do it for you is not necessary. I think you can do it all by yourself. Shoot for at least 400 word articles.
      Randall,

      I appreciate that and all but I am at a stage in my life when I want to make it less work so I would prefer to outsource the writing. Since I will already have the articles I wont have to come up with titles or will the re writer have to do as much research.
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      • Profile picture of the author shqipo
        Although you don't have G analytics installed, most hosts nowadays offer a statistics tool. Log into your control panel and see those stats. If I were to buy a site on flippa, I'd like to see some proof of traffic first.
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        • Profile picture of the author deckman
          Originally Posted by shqipo View Post

          Although you don't have G analytics installed, most hosts nowadays offer a statistics tool. Log into your control panel and see those stats. If I were to buy a site on flippa, I'd like to see some proof of traffic first.
          shqipo, I really appreciate that as it was a good tip that I needed to know.

          Thanks! Merry Christmas!
          Deckman
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  • Profile picture of the author Bettersignupnow
    As you hosted on Godaddy, you have built in analytics. There is a possibility your builder turned it on in your admin panel. Its worth a look.

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    Actually its host gator and I dont have the correct log in but have submitted a ticket to the builder of the site to get the log in so I can see if he by chance turned it on.

    Thanks!
    Merry Christmas!
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrisonJ
    Do a search for keywords related to your niche, and contact the owners of the sites ranking in the top 5 to see if they would want to buy your site to expand their business.
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    • Profile picture of the author deckman
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      Originally Posted by HarrisonJ View Post

      Do a search for keywords related to your niche, and contact the owners of the sites ranking in the top 5 to see if they would want to buy your site to expand their business.
      Excellent idea! I'll add that to my tool box.

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chetr
    Hey Decman: Lots of excellent advice above--especially about getting stats, proof, adsense, and more content. I don't have personal experience with selling sites, but a good friend of mine sold one for a bit, then went crazy and did another and sold that one for 4k!

    He told me about it, and so I had a look. Poorly written content, and "sales" copy on the flippa sales page. I told him, next time you do this involve me from the start and I can "upsize" anything you guys make. Didn't take me up on it. Sad.

    HOWEVER: as a professional copywriter, I suspect that I can tweak both your content and your flippa page right now. AT NO COST! And if you're going to wait, at least the home page and flippa page, also at no cost.

    And if you want to know the fastest way to get seo content up, I'll show you how and help you out as much as I can, depending on the site.

    NO COST, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. TOTALLY FREE--because it's Christmas, and because I'm maybe nice?

    JUST PM me.

    Anyway, hope this helps.

    Holiday greetings, and all the best with your project, whatever route you take.

    Chetr
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    • Profile picture of the author deckman
      Originally Posted by Chetr View Post

      Hey Decman: Lots of excellent advice above--especially about getting stats, proof, adsense, and more content. I don't have personal experience with selling sites, but a good friend of mine sold one for a bit, then went crazy and did another and sold that one for 4k!

      He told me about it, and so I had a look. Poorly written content, and "sales" copy on the flippa sales page. I told him, next time you do this involve me from the start and I can "upsize" anything you guys make. Didn't take me up on it. Sad.

      HOWEVER: as a professional copywriter, I suspect that I can tweak both your content and your flippa page right now. AT NO COST! And if you're going to wait, at least the home page and flippa page, also at no cost.

      And if you want to know the fastest way to get seo content up, I'll show you how and help you out as much as I can, depending on the site.

      NO COST, NO STRINGS ATTACHED. TOTALLY FREE--because it's Christmas, and because I'm maybe nice?

      JUST PM me.

      Anyway, hope this helps.

      Holiday greetings, and all the best with your project, whatever route you take.

      Chetr
      Very generous offer there. I am sending you a PM to see what you have got here.

      Thanks and Happy Holidays to you also.
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  • Profile picture of the author steve72b
    .com bubble is over at domain buying level, unless you can provide proven track of profit record it might be hard to sell. Good luck

    steve
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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    Once I get this site to generating a little income what are the options to flippa as well as the plus and minuses using other auction sites?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nexstair
    Flippa is a good source of selling website.

    Originally Posted by deckman View Post

    Have a site (female related) that a person here on WF built for me almost a year ago. It is one of those stubborn ones that was not moving up in the serps. Forgot about it till I got a email from godaddy that the domain was about to expire.

    Did a Google search to see if it had started ranking to find it on page 2. Used
    "G" keyword tool to see the search term has a high competition, global monthly search of 33,100 and a local monthly search of 18,100

    This is a one page website with a CB product. Not a whole lot of content. Has keyword in the domain name. Do not have analytics so I really dont know what kind of traffic it has.

    Would this site be better to add adsense and start pumping some content in to it or put it up for sale? If I was to put it up for sale would flippa be a good place or? I know a person that actually sold a site there that had No Traffic and No Earnings for $12,000

    I have another project that I need to be focusing my efforts to for the long term so I really dont have any time to spend on the site so I am leaning towards selling it but dont know if it would be a good one to sell.

    Looking for advice.

    Thanks in advance!
    Deckman
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  • Profile picture of the author deckman
    Finally got in to my cpanel and got some stats (these are unique visits)and for
    Jan 2011 0
    Febuary " 12
    March " 39
    April " 70
    May " 56
    June " 50
    July " 81
    August " 48
    Sept " 95
    Oct " 85
    Nov " 77
    Dec " 83
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  • Profile picture of the author bluetechseo
    Just would like to point out that why dont you find a professional site flippa, one with a good rep on the site and can do things like press releases, sort out content, and web design. Then you give them a slice of the pie, this has worked for many guys I know as it saves them outlaying time and money.

    I think a simple JV post in this forum would work if you havent already sold the site, the new year is a great time to sell as loads of people who want to make 2012 their year to make it big.
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