Just sold my site on Flippa, actually works

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Well just thought I mention I sold my first site on Flippa for over 10k. It really works, just be honest and upfront and buyers will trust you. Skype helps too!
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisjenva
    Congrats, nice job. I haven't sold any sites myself on Flippa, but use to on Ebay. A friend of mine had to do a couple reposts on a site he was selling on Flippa due to non payment. That was awhile back ago, but everything eventually went well and he got what he wanted.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

    ...just be honest and upfront and buyers will trust you.
    ^^^ This!

    Ive sold a few on there now. All genuine sales. It makes it so much easier when youre honest and upfront with potential buyers. Even when you tell them about how things arent working or need attention.

    Nice work dude
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      ^^^ This!

      Ive sold a few on there now. All genuine sales. It makes it so much easier when youre honest and upfront with potential buyers. Even when you tell them about how things arent working or need attention.

      Nice work dude
      Thanks! The only downside is I took a BIN and others I had talked to directly were upset because they were willing to pay more. Oh well, I didnt want greed to cloud my judgement.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

        Thanks! The only downside is I took a BIN and others I had talked to directly were upset because they were willing to pay more. Oh well, I didnt want greed to cloud my judgement.
        Ive had that too. Infact, I had a few people emailing me directly after the sale had finalised trying to persuade me into more money.

        You made the right decision. Its refreshing to see a positive post about flippa on here for a change
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        • Profile picture of the author Trent Brownrigg
          Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

          Infact, I had a few people emailing me directly after the sale had finalised trying to persuade me into more money.
          I had that happen once too. I sold a site for $48,000 on Flippa and the next day I had a very well-known internet marketer beg, plead, and try to bribe me into selling it to him instead.

          He ended up offering me $60,000 for it. But I had already started the original transaction and my reputation is important to me, so I sold it to the original buyer. I lost out on $12,000 but I felt it was the right thing to do.
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          • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
            Originally Posted by Trent Brownrigg View Post

            I had that happen once too. I sold a site for $48,000 on Flippa and the next day I had a very well-known internet marketer beg, plead, and try to bribe me into selling it to him instead.

            He ended up offering me $60,000 for it. But I had already started the original transaction and my reputation is important to me, so I sold it to the original buyer. I lost out on $12,000 but I felt it was the right thing to do.
            Same boat right now, people are messaging me offering me more money. But like you said, rep is important to me.
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          • Profile picture of the author cashtree
            Originally Posted by Trent Brownrigg View Post

            I had that happen once too. I sold a site for $48,000 on Flippa and the next day I had a very well-known internet marketer beg, plead, and try to bribe me into selling it to him instead.

            He ended up offering me $60,000 for it. But I had already started the original transaction and my reputation is important to me, so I sold it to the original buyer. I lost out on $12,000 but I felt it was the right thing to do.
            what kind of site was it, that's a lot of money.
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            • Profile picture of the author RimaNaj2011
              I just sold my first sites a few weeks ago. A little over $4000. As a seller it can get you nervous, but I think it's best to use escrow. I never had escrow setup with the sites I sold but when I used Paypal, I would only accept bids from users who have had a history on the site before and had had transactions for at least a few thousand dollars.
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Yep, I know a couple people who like to make wordpress sites decided to create and flip sites on Flippa.com as their primary source of income.

    The routinely get anywhere from $200 - $500 for sites with no traffic and are totally brand new.

    They sell 2 - 3 of them a week. Of course, they find this easy because they are good at doing it.

    So I knew it "worked". Glad it worked for you.

    Congratulations!
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    • Profile picture of the author eniggma
      Originally Posted by TopKat22 View Post

      Yep, I know a couple people who like to make wordpress sites decided to create and flip sites on Flippa.com as their primary source of income.

      The routinely get anywhere from $200 - $500 for sites with no traffic and are totally brand new.

      They sell 2 - 3 of them a week. Of course, they find this easy because they are good at doing it.

      So I knew it "worked". Glad it worked for you.

      Congratulations!
      How many posts do they start the site with?
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    • Profile picture of the author specialized
      Originally Posted by TopKat22 View Post

      Yep, I know a couple people who like to make wordpress sites decided to create and flip sites on Flippa.com as their primary source of income.

      The routinely get anywhere from $200 - $500 for sites with no traffic and are totally brand new.

      They sell 2 - 3 of them a week. Of course, they find this easy because they are good at doing it.
      Can you tell/are you willing to tell HOW they do this - as in what qualities or attributes these sites have to be able to sell with no history for $200+?

      I've thrown money away on two website-flipping WSOs so far trying to ascertain the answer to this question. Why do some no-history/no-revenue sites languish unsold (or sell for a paltry $80) and some, as you claim, sell immediately for $200-500?

      I would make this my main occupation and work at it for 12 hours a day six days a week if someone would just explain or reveal to me what the secret is to selling such newborn sites successfully (and consistently, as you claim your friends are doing). Like many other people, I would gladly PAY for this information, but so far, in two attempts to pay for that information via WSOs, I have paid money but that information was either withheld, or the WSO launchers didn't know it themselves or were BS'ing about what is possible.

      PLEASE, someone clue me in (a PM would be fine)!! If someone would, with the REAL information, I'd cut them in on profit-sharing, make them a partner, or whatever deal would be appropriate, just so that I don't waste time and effort.

      Before I could put all my time and energy into site-flipping, I would have to know that I will be one of those $200-$300 sellers and not one of the fail-to-sell or $80 sellers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Blakers
        This is a really good question as I see this too. Anyone with experience who can comment on this?

        Originally Posted by specialized View Post

        Can you tell/are you willing to tell HOW they do this - as in what qualities or attributes these sites have to be able to sell with no history for $200+?

        I've thrown money away on two website-flipping WSOs so far trying to ascertain the answer to this question. Why do some no-history/no-revenue sites languish unsold (or sell for a paltry $80) and some, as you claim, sell immediately for $200-500?

        I would make this my main occupation and work at it for 12 hours a day six days a week if someone would just explain or reveal to me what the secret is to selling such newborn sites successfully (and consistently, as you claim your friends are doing). Like many other people, I would gladly PAY for this information, but so far, in two attempts to pay for that information via WSOs, I have paid money but that information was either withheld, or the WSO launchers didn't know it themselves or were BS'ing about what is possible.

        PLEASE, someone clue me in (a PM would be fine)!! If someone would, with the REAL information, I'd cut them in on profit-sharing, make them a partner, or whatever deal would be appropriate, just so that I don't waste time and effort.

        Before I could put all my time and energy into site-flipping, I would have to know that I will be one of those $200-$300 sellers and not one of the fail-to-sell or $80 sellers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Originally Posted by Michael Milken View Post

    Was this a site you owned for some time and was profitable or a quick flip?
    I had the site for 2 years and was profitable. 100% adsense revenue, in 2011 I made a little over 6k. The cool part is I hardly did any work on it, it gained traffic naturally and all I did was took 2 days to build it then set it and forget it. The only financial obligations was the $15 a month hosting fees.

    But this is what I want to do now, buy domains, make money via adsense and sell it on flippa. Im hooked!
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    • Profile picture of the author valmillercorl
      Well, then you'll have to build an info. product on how you do it and sell it here. I would love to learn how to do this.

      Congrats to you!

      Val
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    • Profile picture of the author paul_1
      Wow! Indeed, Flippa is a good place to sell websites....
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      • Profile picture of the author MsMoneyspider
        Great to hear of your success
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    • Profile picture of the author maz1207
      Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

      I had the site for 2 years and was profitable. 100% adsense revenue, in 2011 I made a little over 6k. The cool part is I hardly did any work on it, it gained traffic naturally and all I did was took 2 days to build it then set it and forget it. The only financial obligations was the $15 a month hosting fees.

      But this is what I want to do now, buy domains, make money via adsense and sell it on flippa. Im hooked!
      Hi, Congratulations! Wow, what did you use to attract all the traffic naturally? SEO? I am trying to sell my domain name but maybe i should consider selling my website on Flippa too. Please give some tips.
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    • Profile picture of the author phil5509
      Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

      I had the site for 2 years and was profitable. 100% adsense revenue, in 2011 I made a little over 6k. The cool part is I hardly did any work on it, it gained traffic naturally and all I did was took 2 days to build it then set it and forget it. The only financial obligations was the $15 a month hosting fees.

      But this is what I want to do now, buy domains, make money via adsense and sell it on flippa. Im hooked!
      That's a pretty good return from Adsense on a site that you did little work for, and the sale price on Flippa also sounds good. Well done! Flippa isn't for the fainthearted - either as a seller or potential buyer - but the first sale should give you confidence to do more - go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashishthakkar
    Congrats.

    Did you use escrow or went thru the process without using it ?


    Regards,
    Ashish Thakkar
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by ashishthakkar View Post

      Congrats.

      Did you use escrow or went thru the process without using it ?


      Regards,
      Ashish Thakkar
      Something this high I used escrow.
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  • Profile picture of the author ldiaz117
    Send me the website url, I would like to take a look at it
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by ldiaz117 View Post

      Send me the website url, I would like to take a look at it
      I will not be giving out the url, unless the new owner gives me permission. If this person does I will re-post later today with the url.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom189
    Nice man, I'm abit wary of selling sites on Flippa, especially as the majority of my money making sites are very niche specific. Too many people would reverse - engineer the sites imo.
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    • Profile picture of the author retsek
      Originally Posted by Tom189 View Post

      Nice man, I'm abit wary of selling sites on Flippa, especially as the majority of my money making sites are very niche specific. Too many people would reverse - engineer the sites imo.
      This is a very valid concern.

      I'm on Flippa alot and I see it happening all the time. A good example I've observed is a health site sold for $10,000 months ago. It was #1 for all its keywords. It's now #12, behind 6 - 8 copycat sites that sprung up during the time of the auction.
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      • Originally Posted by retsek View Post

        This is a very valid concern.

        I'm on Flippa alot and I see it happening all the time. A good example I've observed is a health site sold for $10,000 months ago. It was #1 for all its keywords. It's now #12, behind 6 - 8 copycat sites that sprung up during the time of the auction.
        Apparently it's a widespread practice and not just on Flippa.

        Our friends at AdSenseFlippers.com offer their sites for sale right there but you have to put down a deposit before you can see the site and niche. It doesn't seem to have stopped them from selling every site they've offered. (Wish I'd bought some while they were still available...)

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        • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
          Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

          Apparently it's a widespread practice and not just on Flippa.

          Our friends at AdSenseFlippers.com offer their sites for sale right there but you have to put down a deposit before you can see the site and niche. It doesn't seem to have stopped them from selling every site they've offered. (Wish I'd bought some while they were still available...)

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          Thanks for the mention, Fluffy!

          We still offer auctions from time to time on Flippa. In the past, we'd offered some of our BEST earners up for sale on Flippa and released all relevant statistics around the sites. Within a few months there was a TON of competition around the same keywords. That's probably because there are 250,530,502 info products about how to "reverse-engineer" sites for sale on Flippa and make money with them, heh.

          One of the reasons we started adding sites for sale privately was because we had a few requests for it. We do offer a 20% non-refundable deposit but, honestly, only two or three people have taken us up on that...the rest just pay site-unseen which is pretty cool. I don't think many would do that in every situation, but we have a pretty strong reputation that helps, I think...

          Someone mentioned that the average Flippa auction for AdSense sites gets around 10x. That's generally true (I read an interesting case study recently that put the average at like 9.7x when looking at a ton of auctions) but you'll find that's a bit misleading as well. It seems there are 2 camps of sellers of AdSense sites on Flippa...those that are a bit sketchy and less reputable and those that are not. The less reputable sellers will regularly get 3-6X and base their "monthly income" on an extrapolated 5 or 6 days of earnings, heh. Those who do it regularly and with regular sites get 15-25x on a regular basis...there are just a TON of the former and less of the latter.
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          • Profile picture of the author Batou
            Congrats on the sale. Has anyone sold an undeveloped, domain name only?
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      • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
        Originally Posted by retsek View Post

        This is a very valid concern.

        I'm on Flippa alot and I see it happening all the time. A good example I've observed is a health site sold for $10,000 months ago. It was #1 for all its keywords. It's now #12, behind 6 - 8 copycat sites that sprung up during the time of the auction.
        Flippa offers private auctions as well as required nda's. Of course it cost more.
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        • Profile picture of the author retsek
          Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

          Flippa offers private auctions as well as required nda's. Of course it cost more.
          yes but you loose alot of exposure. less bids = less money you'll get for your site.

          I'm actually about to list a site. Yearly revenue is $20,000. The only reason I'm listing it public is because I'm certain that copy cats won't be able to compete since it's firmly established.

          Fingers and toes crossed for at least 40k
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          • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
            Originally Posted by retsek View Post

            yes but you loose alot of exposure. less bids = less money you'll get for your site.

            I'm actually about to list a site. Yearly revenue is $20,000. The only reason I'm listing it public is because I'm certain that copy cats won't be able to compete since it's firmly established.

            Fingers and toes crossed for at least 40k
            If it means anything I paid for mine to be private.
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
        Originally Posted by retsek View Post

        This is a very valid concern.

        I'm on Flippa alot and I see it happening all the time. A good example I've observed is a health site sold for $10,000 months ago. It was #1 for all its keywords. It's now #12, behind 6 - 8 copycat sites that sprung up during the time of the auction.
        Most likely, once it was bought the link building stopped and they lost their rank. Had they kept link building they would probably still be #1.
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    • Profile picture of the author mrjosco
      Originally Posted by Tom189 View Post

      Nice man, I'm abit wary of selling sites on Flippa, especially as the majority of my money making sites are very niche specific. Too many people would reverse - engineer the sites imo.
      This is true. I think it is a valid concern ( and a valid strategy!). It happens in real life too. If a business model is making money it invites competitors. The difference is that brick and mortar businesses don't just splash their stats for all the world to see. Only serious buyers who have signed a disclosure form get access to the details.

      I have used flippa as a way to test an idea. If I had a keyword I would search it on flippa and see what sites had sold, what their analytic information could give me as to where traffic came from, what their revenue sources were, etc. If they had a ton of non sold or low price sites in that niche with no money I would re-evaluate.

      I will be honest, one of my top earning websites was a spin off of a flippa auction I didn't win.

      But, just because I think reverse engineering is a good strategy doesn't mean I don't want to protect my assets. I would consider a private sell for any website making a decent income - but I don't know how that would impact bids/results.
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    • Profile picture of the author jideofor
      Originally Posted by Tom189 View Post

      Nice man, I'm abit wary of selling sites on Flippa, especially as the majority of my money making sites are very niche specific. Too many people would reverse - engineer the sites imo.
      Hey, you shouldn't worry about that. You can always use the confidential listing.
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  • Profile picture of the author smplylvn
    Congrats! Good job on a making some nice bucks for your site!
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingChad
    I have definitely been wanting to take the Flippa "dive" but haven't explored it too much as of yet. I have a few sites that I don't do much with anymore that I want to see about turning a decent profit.

    My question is how did you settle on an asking price?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by MarketingChad View Post

      I have definitely been wanting to take the Flippa "dive" but haven't explored it too much as of yet. I have a few sites that I don't do much with anymore that I want to see about turning a decent profit.

      My question is how did you settle on an asking price?
      Well I took my annual earnings and multiplied it by 2 and by 3. That was my range. From there it was a personal decision if the asking price was where I felt comfortable at.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Draper
    Congrats on you sale. I had my site for sale on the old sitepoint before it moved to new flippa. No one bid my site that was listed at $18,000 reserve. All buyers waited til auction ended and then contacted me to buy after auction. I wonder if this practice still works on flippa.
    I want to sell a few more sites, but I don't want to deal with the annoying, redundant questions. I say annoying because all anwers were already in the listing. I'd rather sell my sites through a broker.
    anyways, I'm glad you made it through the questions and got your sale.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by Jake Draper View Post

      Congrats on you sale. I had my site for sale on the old sitepoint before it moved to new flippa. No one bid my site that was listed at $18,000 reserve. All buyers waited til auction ended and then contacted me to buy after auction. I wonder if this practice still works on flippa.
      I want to sell a few more sites, but I don't want to deal with the annoying, redundant questions. I say annoying because all anwers were already in the listing. I'd rather sell my sites through a broker.
      anyways, I'm glad you made it through the questions and got your sale.
      Yes, A LOT of question were asked. Also a few skype meetings, but my thoughts were the buyers are just as worried as being scammed as the seller. I felt if the buyer was willing to ask all these questions and go through these skype meetings, then they are serious and the site will go into good hands.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucas92
    I would recommend flippa to everyone, its brilliant for selling any Whole websites or eve just domain names. I have sold a number of website on there with no problem at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author mgreener
    Very nice job! You should set a goal to build several of these sites and get them profitable before selling.
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    • Profile picture of the author Witty
      There's always gonna be some bad people on every trading site, whether it's Flippa or eBay, but for the most part, Flippa is a decent place to sell your site(s).
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by mgreener View Post

      Very nice job! You should set a goal to build several of these sites and get them profitable before selling.
      Yes that is my goal now, try to duplicate the success with traffic and adsense revenue. Though I been thinking of expanding my knowledge and learn how to build a email list and use different revenue opportunities such as clickbank.
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    congrats bro.... very very nice to hear that you sold your site in flippa moreover by making few k for that sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelly Macwood
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    I have tried to sell my music blog Music Hut but it hadn't sold.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave147
    Well done and a nice price!
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  • Profile picture of the author SumikoW
    Congrates! What did you have to show the buyer? Revenue, how did you document it and what was the niche if I may ask?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by SumikoW View Post

      Congrates! What did you have to show the buyer? Revenue, how did you document it and what was the niche if I may ask?
      Had to show proof of traffic, revenue and some keywords. Also some buyers asked that I sign a NDA, some ask for help moving the site over to their host and some ask for adsense revenue from a couple of years ago to compare to now. All were screen shots, except the stats. Flippa allows you to email google analytics exported stats to them which they marked as verified attachment to your listing. Also on skype they wanted to see proof I didnt doctor the screen shots.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony
    Congrats mate! Honesty is always the best. I sells sites regularly too. Nice easy income...
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    • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
      Congrats on your first sale - I made my first sale last week - an Ecommerce store I built but had no sales history $275. I actually have another Ecommerce site on auction right now

      It can get quite addictive

      Someone recommended brokers - any suggestions for good brokers?
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Congratulations on your sale! Flippa can be a great place to do business provided you aren't looking to scam people out of their money. Honesty definitely pays off, and this is proof of it. Great job!
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  • Profile picture of the author Manuelcrc
    Nice work! I should look in this direction seriously...Congrats
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by Manuelcrc View Post

      Nice work! I should look in this direction seriously...Congrats
      Good luck with it, only advice I can give you is it takes time. This site I held on for 2 years. That really isnt the definition of "flipping" a site. But I sold it for a decent amount because:

      a) The site has been around for 2 years, so it has some history
      b) It has traffic
      c) It makes money

      If you can prove a-c with ease then your site will sell.
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      • Profile picture of the author WilliamBlah
        Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

        a) The site has been around for 2 years, so it has some history
        b) It has traffic
        c) It makes money

        If you can prove a-c with ease then your site will sell.
        My question is that if you can prove a-c, then why would you sell a site that would earn $60k over the next ten years (assuming it continues its earnings) for $10k?
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        • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
          Originally Posted by WilliamBlah View Post

          My question is that if you can prove a-c, then why would you sell a site that would earn $60k over the next ten years (assuming it continues its earnings) for $10k?
          I said over 10k. I wont give exact amount, but well over 10k. Because anything and everything could change in 10 years. There is no guarantee it will continue to earn the same or more over the next 5 year let alone 10 years. Adsense bans, google updates, competitors etc can affect this. As the saying goes, know when to hold'em and when to fold em. Plus I just funded my other projects that could make me even more money.
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          • Profile picture of the author Blakers
            This is very true. There is no guarantee and I think this was the smart thing to do. I'm hoping to get involved in flipping more often as well. People love some easy Adsense.

            Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

            I said over 10k. I wont give exact amount, but well over 10k. Because anything and everything could change in 10 years. There is no guarantee it will continue to earn the same or more over the next 5 year let alone 10 years. Adsense bans, google updates, competitors etc can affect this. As the saying goes, know when to hold'em and when to fold em. Plus I just funded my other projects that could make me even more money.
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            • Profile picture of the author keymosec
              Nice work! I should look in this direction seriously...Congrats
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              • Profile picture of the author george911
                cograts on selling your domain at flippa. I am wondering if .in tld have any value? we are right now looking at auction on flippa but bin is very high for .in we thought, but has our keyword and is in our exact category.
                anyone here know about buying .in domains? also how does 'google' treat .in ? thanx

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      Nice one.

      Been banned from adwords as the previous owner didn t pay google...

      Working to get more and more traffic ...
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  • Profile picture of the author AppsFromHome
    I've heard mixed things about Flippa and people having issues here and there....but no matter what people will always argue over the value of a site.

    In any case, congrats on your sale...thats a nice flip!
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      This is a refreshing tale. Good job!
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    Congrat's bro Good job... Flippa is a good place and also it is main source of income for some people here they are banking well....
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by Mountainw View Post

      Wow, good job. what is the PR of the site?
      The google page rank? 1
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    Congratulations on the nice sale. You obviously had a nice site to sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author ActA
    good job selling.. I actually know a few brokers to work with, if any of you want to buy/sell on flippa
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      Originally Posted by ActA View Post

      good job selling.. I actually know a few brokers to work with, if any of you want to buy/sell on flippa
      Hi

      Would you mind PMing and telling me the brokers you know. If you can send a link to their sites, that'd be great! I have a few sites I'm interested in selling. Some are climbing quite well in the rankings and I may wait a month or two to let the income build. I'd like to go ahead and keep their names on file, though.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. My goal was just to let everyone know just keep working at it and good things will come and that you can make money online. I don't have a lot of IM knowledge, but reading these forums has really helped me refocus my efforts and with the money made from my site I feel confident moving forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tenzho
    Congrats, I really really are jealous right now. I have a question.

    I wanted to sell my site because of my foolishness for buying that domain. That site haven't earn me anything with only 6 subscriber and a few blog post.
    Flippa has a listing fee of $19, I just want to sell that domain+website to get my investment back for $30.

    Do you think it anyone would buy? I just don't want to throw another $19 into the drain.

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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by Tenzho View Post

      Congrats, I really really are jealous right now. I have a question.

      I wanted to sell my site because of my foolishness for buying that domain. That site haven't earn me anything with only 6 subscriber and a few blog post.
      Flippa has a listing fee of $19, I just want to sell that domain+website to get my investment back for $30.

      Do you think it anyone would buy? I just don't want to throw another $19 into the drain.

      Tenzho
      Well my goal was not to make people jealous or brag about this. Again just showing that sticking with it can pay off.

      Anyway, with regards to selling your site, unless its a premium domain I would concentrate on building out the site to get traffic and if possible, revenue. Otherwise from what I saw its hard to sell a site on flippa that isnt a premium domain and doesnt have a lot of traffic. Or if you do sell it dont expect a high return if any. I understand what you mean about spending the 19 bucks to post a site that may or may not sell.
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        Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

        Well my goal was not to make people jealous or brag about this. Again just showing that sticking with it can pay off.

        Anyway, with regards to selling your site, unless its a premium domain I would concentrate on building out the site to get traffic and if possible, revenue. Otherwise from what I saw its hard to sell a site on flippa that isnt a premium domain and doesnt have a lot of traffic. Or if you do sell it dont expect a high return if any. I understand what you mean about spending the 19 bucks to post a site that may or may not sell.
        What is a premium domain? is make-money-marketing.com a premium domain?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I used to sell sites all the time on Flippa. Yes, it does work quite well.
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    yes i was looking at that too
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Nice work Sillysoft, bet there had to be just a "twinge"of regret parting with a site earning some steady cash?

    Two questions if you don't mind...

    1. How many months of consistent ~10K income was there? Was this 3-6 months or only in the last month?

    2. What were your primary traffic sources - you say you just created the site and left it...didn't you outsource linking or any content generation? In my experience, sites don't just gain in the SERP's by sitting there?

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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by jbsmith View Post

      Nice work Sillysoft, bet there had to be just a "twinge"of regret parting with a site earning some steady cash?

      Two questions if you don't mind...

      1. How many months of consistent ~10K income was there? Was this 3-6 months or only in the last month?

      2. What were your primary traffic sources - you say you just created the site and left it...didn't you outsource linking or any content generation? In my experience, sites don't just gain in the SERP's by sitting there?

      Jeff
      1. I didnt make 10k per month, I sold the site for over 10k
      2. All organic traffic, I just let it sit and everything else was done on its own. I didn't outsource anything, it was an informational site that I guess a lot of people were looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin357
    It's good to hear some good news about Flippa.

    I know a lot of people do very well on there selling sites all the time with zero revenue with template based sites. The sites that generate income are the ones that generate more interest with verified analytics and income. I have bought a few sites on there and grew them over time and now they do very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrclean78
    I've generally found that people will pay 10x whatever the sites monthly income is on flippa.

    Ohhh, and they LOVE adsense sites. These sell like hotcakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roan
    wow well done. A nice price too!
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    Great to hear your success! Well done! :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Very cool.. congrats!!

    I've sold many websites on Flippa now.. Some for nearly $200k, so I will second your comment about it "actually working!"
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    Congratz dude ! Hope I get there some day
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  • Profile picture of the author zoomsixx
    I recently sold a PR5 domain on Flippa for 20k. I was going for 15k. It was a really good domain I had been hanging onto for a while. Shame to see it go but 20k is nice.
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  • Profile picture of the author barath13
    I was planning to sell on flippa for long time had bad luck on my sales....hopefully this time it should work anyways kudos for your job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Farouseh
    Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

    Well just thought I mention I sold my first site on Flippa for over 10k. It really works, just be honest and upfront and buyers will trust you. Skype helps too!
    Congratulations. But how did the site get its ranking in the SERPs without any effort, no backlinking, no fresh content.

    No effort at all and it was earning you $500 a month!

    Can you share your experience?
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  • Profile picture of the author mattyprimmer
    I have a site up for sale over there right now that has averaged $548/month profit for years. The problem I have is that my listings get traffic day 1, 2, and then the final days. I used to use the sitepoint marketplace to sell sites if I wanted to unload and had a lot more success over there for some reason.

    Did you use any of the upgrades to promote your listing?
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  • Profile picture of the author ishuvonet
    Congrats on your sale.I wish I also have some good ranked sites to be listed on Flippa.
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    Hey! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Hello, sorry I haven't been responding. I finished moving the site to the new owner and just got my payment via escrow yesterday. I really recommend escrow for higher amounts of money, works really well and very easy, it just cost extra to use it. But noway I trust this money in a PayPal account.

    Anyway a lot of you have asked how the site has done so well without little work. To be honest I don't know, all I know is it was a long tail domain and when I looked at Google keyword tool not only did it have 1500 visits a month with low competition, it had over 200 alternate search terms that was with low competition. So I had the base domain name with the keyword in it then sub pages that matched the other alternate keyword terms. I cannot give out the URL, the new site owner requested not to, but I can say it deals with the holiday niche and there wasn't a lot of competition for these keywords out there, maybe 2 other established sites.

    I will say that it wasn't an overnight success, I didn't make my first $100 via adsense until after the 6th month. All I did was make sure I had a webmaster account and created a script that would auto generate the sitemap xml feeds and auto submit it to Google, Yahoo and Bing. I also submitted them to the low end search engines out there initially and then I created a twitter account and would post on there from time to time with links back to the main site. I would also add a link here and there via Digg. Another thing I did was adding a social bookmarking script such as addthis to the pages and that seemed to work. One page alone was linked on Twitter over 60 times.

    I had the domain for a little over 2 years and it just naturally grew on its own. Almost 100% was organic traffic from search engines, the rest were from direct access and referrals, which there wasn't a lot of referrals. I did, recently, started going out and finding latest news articles related to this niche and post a comment with a link back to the site which I noticed helped out. I remember one article I added the link and within 2 days I received 45 visits from that link.

    Other than adding new content once every couple of months all I did was pay for hosting each month, which was under 20 bucks a month. It ran on its own, that's how I like it. A site I can set it and forget it and just do minor maintenance and earn money via adsense. I just registered another domain in the welfare category 2 weeks ago and already I'm averaging over 40 unique visitors a day with one day I reached 100 unique visitors. Adsense wise only made 15 bucks in the 2 weeks, but if I continue to wait for a year I'm hoping it will be another site like the one I just sold. Hmm maybe I should create an ebook with the steps I took with my site and sell it heh?
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    Congrats on your sale. some persons really make a good living on there. hope the good news continue for you online.

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  • Profile picture of the author mvirtual
    Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

    Well just thought I mention I sold my first site on Flippa for over 10k. It really works, just be honest and upfront and buyers will trust you. Skype helps too!

    Congratulation! Of course it works. Quality sites with some revenue will always sell on flippa.

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  • Profile picture of the author HarrieB
    Hey good to hear that. Just be honest with them and tell them how can you help them more. give them free support and more methods of monetizing!!

    It really works!!
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  • Congratulations on your sale thats fantastic!
    I totally agree be honest and provide enough evidence and support and its very easy to sell on Flippa.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ti
    I might be willing to try Flippa out for a site of mine, but the price tag would be mid 6 figures. Does Flippa handle transactions of that size, or is it mostly small websites?
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  • Profile picture of the author frankl
    I've had a few success on flippa, and now I'm only building sites for sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Sounds good.

    Just remember, it's a bit of a buyer's market. There are more people trying to make money selling sites on Flippa than people trying to buy sites on Flippa, so do your due diligence to make every aspect of both the site and the auction a huge sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Garish Wasil
    I am also trying my hands on flippa now. Just listed my first website on Flippa, Hope it will sell for a good amount.

    And Congratz for getting your site sell
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  • Profile picture of the author Discreetmarketer
    nice to hear mate, good job ! Flippa's good for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Parry
    That's a good sum of a money for a website! Congrats on the good job! Please do list out some suggestions that can help those who aspire to flip sites at Flippa.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Just wanted to give another update, so about a month ago as I mentioned I registered another domain in a different niche. I applied the knowledge I learned from the first site to my current new site and so far so good. This is the first full month using adsense on this site and already I hit $100 for the month and for the past week averaging almost 600 unique visitors a day now.

    Today alone I made almost 40 bucks on adsense, not what you consider a lot, but I think pretty good for less than a month old site with all free organic traffic. Plus my first site it took 6 months before I got my first google check. I really enjoy the passive income route, though I been told I could make more money with email list/selling products using something like Amazon or Click Bank.
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  • Profile picture of the author makemoneywizz
    sweet man, awesome sale! what was the domain name, and how much work did you put into the site?


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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by makemoneywizz View Post

      sweet man, awesome sale! what was the domain name, and how much work did you put into the site?


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      I cant give out the domain name, as the new site owner asked me not to. However I didnt put a lot of work into. At the time didnt know what I was doing, just let it sit there and do whatever. Then several months ago decided I wanted to try and increase my earnings from the site so read up on adsense and read up more on SEO on and off site and it just took off. Really helped me learn a lot and now onto my second site and it appears its going to be a good success as well, knock on wood of course!
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  • Profile picture of the author GISA
    Congratulations,

    It good to see some rewards when you work. I am sure that if you sell your site for that amount it was a good site with some solid income. 6K whit adsense is not bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author sajjadidr
    Wow, selling your website for $10 is just amazing.
    I am sure you must have good selling techniques or plain honesty which impressed your buyer.
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    Congratulations.
    I recently learned to build site and unsure which kind of sites will sell in Flippa can you help me out!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adriian
    What was the name of the website you sold?
    What kind of website was it?
    Oh, and congrats on the sale.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    Awesome job, the question now, is after escrow, how do you report that in taxes?

    I`m not worried about selling a website, but just after you file a business entity. Just worried about taxes, like send $2k in a quarterly payment? or one lump sum.
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      Originally Posted by James B View Post

      Awesome job, the question now, is after escrow, how do you report that in taxes?

      I`m not worried about selling a website, but just after you file a business entity. Just worried about taxes, like send $2k in a quarterly payment? or one lump sum.
      I just report it as extra income when taxes are due next year. Basically treat it as a 1099.
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  • Hi Sillysoft, that's great to get 10K for the first sale on Flippa.
    It was a golden website for sure to sell for that amount!

    That's great someone feel the real value of Flippa platform, because it's one of the easiest and cool methods to make money.

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    How much did you get? I tried to sell mine but was put off by their $19 listing fees.
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  • Profile picture of the author marc7
    Congrads Sillysoft!

    Do you see yourself producing a ebook or case study of how you sold your site for over 10k?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
      Originally Posted by marc7 View Post

      Congrads Sillysoft!

      Do you see yourself producing a ebook or case study of how you sold your site for over 10k?
      Actually, don't know. I can tell you I didn't do anything spectacular, just took time, some luck and patience. As I mentioned in my latest update I took my knowledge that I learned from the site I just sold and applied it to my new site and so far I'm over $100 this month in adsense earnings. Again not big numbers, but my first site took 6 months before I made my first $100.

      I'm actually very new to IM, but I feel I have a leg up because I have been doing development/programming for over 10 years now. But only working for companies, I decided to stop making them all this money and try to make my own money. The site I recently sold was my very first on the side project that I did by myself.

      The funny part is these 2 sites I did I wrote zero articles, no blogs or fresh content. I just saw a big need for information and provided it.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreganomics
    I've put my first online business up for sale on flippa as well...waiting waiting waiting just hoping it can sell for some good money.

    https://flippa.com/2703226-premium-m...ning-potential

    if anybody could leave feedback, postive or negative, I would much appreciate it. Much love everybody!


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  • Profile picture of the author seococonuts
    I've toyed with the idea of flipping a few sites.
    I have one at the moment that is ranking quite well and may want to see what I can get for it soon.
    Flipping sites is not my game so does anyone have advice on the best way for me to approach this?

    This was actually one of my Seo tester sites which only recently Ive decided to revamp and monetize...any ideas on how I can place a real value on this site?

    Not trying to hijack the thread BTW but it seemed like a sensible place to ask. Thanks in advance
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  • Profile picture of the author mike-seo
    I would like to start selling on Flippa, but always I am having the same questions:
    What my sites should do ?
    What kind of traffic everyone expect ?
    How should I evaluate my site?

    and so on ... and never took action, not because I don't want, I am just not feeling comfortable selling sites on Flippa.

    I kindly ask for help, someone to guide me what I need to do , where to look for ideas ... anyway how to sell a site on Flippa .

    I'm sure, here between warriors are lots of experts / let's call good Flipp-ers willing to help me.
    If you require money for the mini-course also let me know with your price.

    Thanks in advance !
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  • Profile picture of the author SaveSaveSave
    I have a couple of sites to sell on Flippa, might wait to make a bit more money on them first so I can brag about earnings in the listing!
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    Very good my friend best of all ENJOY!
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