Bad time to sell on Flippa?

by jr1228
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Is this a bad time to sell on Flippa with all of the algo changes lately? Are buyers more hesitant to purchase a site that relies on Google search?
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Well, I certainly would be very cautious about buying any site that relied on Google traffic. Not only is it uncertain that they will keep rank, but I was just thinking about this today ... I'll bet you a lot of people are going to try to dump their penalized sites that took a big dive in the serps and lost their traffic and income.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcode
    I personally wouldn't buy a site that heavily relies on Google. The recent changes in Googles algorithm have not been good to me. If you plan on selling a site now you should make it clear in your listing that your site doesn't rely heavily on Google traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    I'm currently selling websites on flippa, but not very many of them get their traffic from Google
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  • I am holding off buying sites right now with all the google issues its to hard to tell if most there traffic is coming from google and if things will come back fast enough or at all
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I would not buy a site that got traffic from Google right now on Flippa.
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      • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
        Originally Posted by cashp0wer View Post

        I would not buy a site that got traffic from Google right now on Flippa.
        Thanks for the simple reply. I needed to know the answer in a nut shell. And your reply has done the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author jr1228
    Thanks for the answers! Much appreciated. Luckily the sites I have considered selling have been hanging on. Hopefully they will continue to do so until after things settle down.
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    • Profile picture of the author VHSEOMike
      Product related sites should sell well but its better to wait a few weeks since there is too much of buyer caution at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author JBanis
    I think if you can point out that traffic is coming from multiple sources, such as social sites AND Google And...whatever...you're better off.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samrath Gupta
    If your site heavily relies on Google Traffic then people will might hesitate to purchase it because google continually is updating its Algo,etc.. And no one wants to get stuck!

    Better change your traffic source and probably it will sell for golds

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    ~Sam~
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    • Profile picture of the author Artwm
      Originally Posted by Samrath Gupta View Post

      If your site heavily relies on Google Traffic then people will might hesitate to purchase it because google continually is updating its Algo,etc.. And no one wants to get stuck!

      Better change your traffic source and probably it will sell for golds

      Regards
      ~Sam~
      Then buyers would be hesitant all the time since G changes their algos all the time. I think people still buy websites on flippa regardless of what Google's doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author NBaller
    I'd stay away from selling sites that rely on adsense at this moment (especially if your sites recently got hit) if you have what you consider to be a solid website. With the new Penguin update, there are a lot of nervous buyers and I've noticed a drop in selling prices across the board. I'd wait until things settle for a bit before selling these types of sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author CBusiness
    great post . Just gave me some new selling strategies for my Flippa!
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  • Profile picture of the author MaryPabelate
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    Flippa is for both sites and domain names, you can't sell and buy domain names as well! There are lots of serious domain name marketers doing their business on Flippa and Sedo!

    However, the changes in Google algorithm is society friendly and it would last longer as there were lots of spammers in past, those who are providing quality and meaningful content, services are still doing their business with full suing.

    But we should learn from this change and we shouldn't rely only on one source of traffic, we should also consider Yahoo, Bing they were father of Google!
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexGill
    YES!
    Although saying that Google can change their algorithms at any time so you could say whenever you sell you this could happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author florhome
    Hey sovereignn,

    What is the average price for a website that you sell ?
    How many visitors they have / month?

    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author gbglass
    I think if you have a high quality website that's a couple of years old and shows it's unaffected by Panda/Penguin updates now is as good a time as any to sell on flippa.
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  • Profile picture of the author carrot
    Flippa as a seller is still going strong, though if you do sell something that tanks it can be a pain to deal with.
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  • Profile picture of the author AnmolJ
    I Think Many People Would Not Buy Sites From Flippa !
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Smale
    Still plenty of buyers out there assuming the site you are selling was unaffected by the updates.

    Is making a few more people cautious so you'd probably expect a lower multiple than before.

    Sites that don't get a lot of organic traffic are the winners right now... more and more buyers are realising these are often less risky.
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  • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
    While some of the buyers are likely aware of the changes going on with Google and their updates, my guess is the vast majority of buyers on Flippa either don't know or don't particularly care.

    Now...as a repeat seller or broker...I'd say it's time to be careful selling on Flippa! We've held off on site sales in May to assess the changes and let things settle in.

    Those who sell regularly on Flippa rely pretty heavily on trust, their brand, etc. It wouldn't be good if (for example) Thomas from Flipping Enterprises got duped by a bunch of sellers and burned his buyer list.
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    • Profile picture of the author Green Moon
      Originally Posted by TryBPO View Post

      While some of the buyers are likely aware of the changes going on with Google and their updates, my guess is the vast majority of buyers on Flippa either don't know or don't particularly care.
      Obviously there is a big differen.ce between those who don't know and those that don't particularly care. If a site relies largely on organic traffic from search engines, almost any buyer should care because a significant drop in traffic will generally mean a significant reduction in the value of the site
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      • Profile picture of the author TryBPO
        Originally Posted by Green Moon View Post

        Obviously there is a big differen.ce between those who don't know and those that don't particularly care. If a site relies largely on organic traffic from search engines, almost any buyer should care because a significant drop in traffic will generally mean a significant reduction in the value of the site
        Hey Green Moon,

        Sorry...I didn't mean to say that buyers SHOULDN'T care. It is and should be important to a buyer, of course. I was trying to say that they either don't know about it at all or don't understand how it will affect them. (and therefore don't care)
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