Buying sites that are making money already.

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Hi all. I was just wondering about the issue of buying sites that are already stated to be making money.
We see sites all the time advertised for sale already making monthly income. But my question is how do you actually know that this is the case.

What Are you looking for in sites that you buy and how do you check the income that is stated in the ads. Would love to hear from Warriors that have some experience in buying already established sites.

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Just find a good reputation website seller to erase your doubt. He know his stuff and will explain to you clearly.
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  • Profile picture of the author darrenmonroe
    I felt compelled to respond to another Darren because all Darrens are brilliant but maybe I am biased LOL

    Now regarding your question there is no real way to tell.
    Because almost anything can be doctored but one of the ways you can leverage this no matter what site you buy is to focus on either a personal interest vs just going at the money that way building up your site wont take long because you will know the details of a quality site.

    Also have a GOOD outsourcing team in place to help beef it up incase the numbers the seller team promoted turned out to be er ah well.... "less than expected"

    Darren to Darren focus on that sir
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    • Profile picture of the author darren13
      Right i hope im able to do this. Here's a website that's for sale on flippa. This is not my site and i don't know anything about it or the owner. But its claiming to make $201 per week, Its a PR2 and its starting at $25 bid.

      If you where going to buy this site what are you looking for here as you cant confirm that its making £201 per week.

      I hope i have'nt broke site rules here. Im just trying to give an example of what im asking. By right if i bought this site for $100 then i should double my money in 1 month. How is this right. What im i missing here,
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      • Profile picture of the author darren13
        Sorry forgot to add the link......

        https://flippa.com/2805761-201-week-...now-no-reserve
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        • Profile picture of the author Monetex Marketing
          Originally Posted by darren13 View Post


          This listing seems fishy to me.

          Autoblogs are dead so the traffic can’t be from SEO. These sites could theoretically generate the claimed profit before the Google’s Panda update, but not anymore.
          LEARNING-DISABILITIES.INFO sales might be faked.
          The only thing I see in this listing, that might be worth at least something, are the domain names.

          If you are considering on making a bet on a listing, I highly recommend contacting the seller beforehand, and ask him if he could upload a Verified Google Analytics PDF or show some live proof.
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          • Profile picture of the author darren13
            Thanks for the reply. I have no interest in bidding for this site. I am actually thinking the same as you. But how do you 100% know that the incomes are true even if they are verified. You see this all the time on website sales sites. Id love to know how these earnings can be checked.
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            • Profile picture of the author Big Money
              I will tell you straight up, that 80-90% or maybe even more of the sites that you see that people claim are profitable are scams in one way or the other. You can find legitimate sites, but finding them is the problem. Another thing is a lot of the time even if the profits are legit the seller is getting out while the getting is good. I scroll through Flippa sites and I can spot the scams left and right. I've personally sold over 100 sites on Flippa and from that I've had several repeat customers that have come to me after they purchased sites from other sellers so that I could help them set the site up and the sites never ened up making the money claimed. I had one guy that bought a site from me for $2,300. About a week later he contacts me after he bought a site from someone else for $65,000. The auction had tons of bids, but the site ended up being a complete scam, last I heard he said he was going to hire a private investigator and try and get his money back. I don't know what ever happened with it. The person that sold him the site was actually a warrior that I used to see running wsos frequently. In fact that's another thing I see frequently is people starting a WSO , making a good amount of money from it for a month or two, then when the sells drop they go and sell the site on Flippa claiming that it was making $8,000 a month and it might have been as a WSO, but once the buyer gets the site it isn't going to be making a small fraction of that. I see that fairly often and other variations of it. I can scroll through fiverr and point out how each seller is scamming or being extremely misleading. Flippa is great and definitely the number one site for flipping sites, but there is a bunch of bs on there and anywhere else you would buy sites. If I could believe all the claims on those auctions I would be buying sites left and right. In fact that would be my entire business model - buy profitable sites and maintain them, I would be a millionaire pretty quick using that model.
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            • Profile picture of the author Monetex Marketing
              Originally Posted by darren13 View Post

              Thanks for the reply. I have no interest in bidding for this site. I am actually thinking the same as you. But how do you 100% know that the incomes are true even if they are verified. You see this all the time on website sales sites. Id love to know how these earnings can be checked.
              If the seller has uploaded an unedited Google Analytics PDF (downloaded straight from their Analytics account), then Flippa shows this attachment as a "Verified Google Analytics PDF". This at least shows, that the traffic coming to the website is legit and thus the potential AdSense revenue can be counted out. Another good way to weed out scammers, is to ask for live proof of stats on Skype. Most of the scammers back out or make excuses, when live proofs are mentioned. Live proof is also not 100% secure because almost everything can be faked or edited.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetex Marketing
    If I was looking to buy a website with revenue, I'd go for AdSense sites, or some active forum, if I had a bigger budget. If you are using Flippa to buy, then AdSense revenues are almost impossible to fake (make sure the uploaded proofs are Verified).
    Make sure to stay far away from sites selling Twitter followers, YouTube views etc. services. Most of the sellers are faking their revenue and traffic, so you can never be too sure, if what you're getting is legit or fake. So stay safe and look from who are you buying the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author wordpressmania
    It is just a matter of money, when you spend more money you get a good site that will be making money for you
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  • Profile picture of the author darren13
    Thanks Big Money. I have been looking though flippa and other sites for about 8 months wondering why people are selling sites that are making $200-$1000 per month and selling them for $2000-$3000. Doesn't make sense at all. But they keep getting the bids. Even when i look at the sites on other areas (And im an amateur on the WF) i just cant see the How or Why. I just thought i was going mad to be honest.
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    • Profile picture of the author Monetex Marketing
      Originally Posted by darren13 View Post

      Thanks Big Money. I have been looking though flippa and other sites for about 8 months wondering why people are selling sites that are making $200-$1000 per month and selling them for $2000-$3000. Doesn't make sense at all. But they keep getting the bids. Even when i look at the sites on other areas (And im an amateur on the WF) i just cant see the How or Why. I just thought i was going mad to be honest.
      Normal price point for the site is about 9-12 month revenue. If it is lower that that, then these sites might have questionable history or they are scams.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Grace
    Typically when you sell a site or a business for that matter, you want to charge at least 11X the monthly revenue. So it a big red flag to me if you see a site that is selling for one or two times it's stated income.
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    • Profile picture of the author darren13
      Yes that makes total sense. 10 to 12 months earnings up front. But even if you where to pay that much up front how do you know its legit.

      BTW i have never bought a site off flippa or anywhere else. I have some sites making $30-$50 per week. But i wouldn't sell them for $1200.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Faber
    That site has an ALexa ranking of over 17 million. That means it is getting virtually no traffic, if I use some of my niche sites and their Alexa rankings as a comparison.

    I am not out and out saying that they are not making that kind of revenue, but 2 things pop out.

    1) $800 monthly revenue is quite a bit for a site with almost no traffic
    2) It is also strange anyone would sell it for virtusally nothing. If it sounds too good to be true.........
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