Buying websites on FLIPPA ?

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Who has bought websites on flippa that has made them passive income. I see all of these sites for sale that say they earn 500 a month ect, I feel like that would be a great investment.

Is there a catch?
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I bought a web site on flippa and it made me a grand total of zero. Oh yes, no money. Also, it is hard for the person to transfer the web site to your own hosting service. Typically, for that effort they will want some more money. Most web sites for sale on flippa are cookie cutter generic blogs using word press. Buyer beware as we say. Yeah, you need to be very aware.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    You just need to be smart.

    The first website I ever bought cost me $800 and generated $15,000 in income during the following year.

    Look for websites that are on the uptrend and for owners who can provide concrete proof of consistent/increasing revenue and traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author ledoworks
      I have bought and sold websites on Flippa. The problem with most people that buy on Flippa is that they think they can buy a site on Flippa for $50, do nothing, and start collecting thousands of dollars a month. When they see little or no income the first or second month they just totally give up and blame it on the seller.
      There are some great buys on Flippa but again, look at the listing, if the site is new don't expect much unless you are willing to do work to promote it. If they site has been around and claims income, verify it, and make sure they are not giving you stats from another site.
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    • Profile picture of the author chrisbiz4444
      Originally Posted by Mike Hlatky View Post

      You just need to be smart.

      The first website I ever bought cost me $800 and generated $15,000 in income during the following year.

      Look for websites that are on the uptrend and for owners who can provide concrete proof of consistent/increasing revenue and traffic.
      Wow thats awesome, did you have to modify it or do any up-keep?
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      • Profile picture of the author jmb321
        I have sold a website on Flippa but was so frustrated with the experience ( and with online business brokers) even though the result was profitable for my partner and I, that I felt there was a need for an alternate viable, professionally-developed auction marketplace for buyers and sellers of online businesses and websites. I would not blame buyers from being very weary!

        Anybody interested in my rationale, please take a look at this article -
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Stewart
    Originally Posted by chrisbiz4444 View Post

    Who has bought websites on flippa that has made them passive income. I see all of these sites for sale that say they earn 500 a month ect, I feel like that would be a great investment.

    Is there a catch?
    There are basically two types of educated buyers on Flippa. Those that are looking to invest in sites that have established income streams and those that are looking for good quality "starter" websites.

    Let's look at the first type of buyer. This is the person looking for an investment. If you're looking to invest in sites that are already earning money there are a few things you need to find out first before you buy.

    #1. What is the source of income? Is it an affiliate program? If so, are there similar affiliate programs that you could use (that convert) if that affiliate program suddenly went out of business? Always make sure that the site isn't relying exclusively on just one product as the income stream. If it is you could find your income dried up overnight at some point.

    #2. On the other hand, could you potentially create a similar product, replace the existing product and increase your income? If the affiliate program was paying 50% you could potentially double your money if you could create a product with a sales letter that converted at least as well as the original.

    #3. Is the market evergreen (will it be around for years to come) or is the niche a fad that could fade away in a short time? You should always plan for the long term.

    #4. Where is the traffic to the site coming from? If it's only from one source (SEO, PPC, etc) it could prove to be unstable in the future. Google could make a major change to their algo again and you could lose your rankings. If they're using paid traffic an increase in the cost of advertising could potentially dig deep into your profits or dry them up completely.

    The best investment would be for a site that doesn't rely on only one method of monetization and has more than one traffic source. That way all of your "eggs aren't in one basket" either way. Does that make sense?

    The second method is buying "done for you" websites or blogs. The advantage of buying sites like this is that the research will have been done for you already. Having decent content written can be costly as well, especially for premium reviews, so having a basic 10-25 page site already in place can be a real time saver. All you'd need to do is touch it up a bit to make it your own, add your affiliate links an optin form so you can capture prospects as they visit your site, etc and start sending traffic to it.

    These sites should have 100% unique content. You'd want to run the content through the Copyscape.com premium service to make sure that it's 100% unique. Honestly, I'm not certain how to check if graphics are unique or not, but it doesn't really matter. Your best bet would be to buy an image from somewhere like Istockphoto.com and have someone at Fiverr.com make you a new one. That way you won't have to worry about copyright infringement.

    Anyway, I was going to write more but the phone rang and I lost my train of thought. I hope that helps you.

    Good luck!

    Joe
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    • Profile picture of the author AlwaysAwa
      Originally Posted by Joe Stewart View Post

      There are basically two types of educated buyers on Flippa. Those that are looking to invest in sites that have established income streams and those that are looking for good quality "starter" websites.

      Let's look at the first type of buyer. This is the person looking for an investment. If you're looking to invest in sites that are already earning money there are a few things you need to find out first before you buy.

      #1. What is the source of income? Is it an affiliate program? If so, are there similar affiliate programs that you could use (that convert) if that affiliate program suddenly went out of business? Always make sure that the site isn't relying exclusively on just one product as the income stream. If it is you could find your income dried up overnight at some point.

      #2. On the other hand, could you potentially create a similar product, replace the existing product and increase your income? If the affiliate program was paying 50% you could potentially double your money if you could create a product with a sales letter that converted at least as well as the original.

      #3. Is the market evergreen (will it be around for years to come) or is the niche a fad that could fade away in a short time? You should always plan for the long term.

      #4. Where is the traffic to the site coming from? If it's only from one source (SEO, PPC, etc) it could prove to be unstable in the future. Google could make a major change to their algo again and you could lose your rankings. If they're using paid traffic an increase in the cost of advertising could potentially dig deep into your profits or dry them up completely.

      The best investment would be for a site that doesn't rely on only one method of monetization and has more than one traffic source. That way all of your "eggs aren't in one basket" either way. Does that make sense?

      The second method is buying "done for you" websites or blogs. The advantage of buying sites like this is that the research will have been done for you already. Having decent content written can be costly as well, especially for premium reviews, so having a basic 10-25 page site already in place can be a real time saver. All you'd need to do is touch it up a bit to make it your own, add your affiliate links an optin form so you can capture prospects as they visit your site, etc and start sending traffic to it.

      These sites should have 100% unique content. You'd want to run the content through the Copyscape.com premium service to make sure that it's 100% unique. Honestly, I'm not certain how to check if graphics are unique or not, but it doesn't really matter. Your best bet would be to buy an image from somewhere like Istockphoto.com and have someone at Fiverr.com make you a new one. That way you won't have to worry about copyright infringement.

      Anyway, I was going to write more but the phone rang and I lost my train of thought. I hope that helps you.

      Good luck!

      Joe
      Thank Joe for the info, find it worst the time, I too have the same notion buying a site from flippa. But unsure how to do it. Most wso are about selling them.

      Thanks again.
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    • Profile picture of the author ymest
      Originally Posted by Joe Stewart View Post

      There are basically two types of educated buyers on Flippa. Those that are looking to invest in sites that have established income streams and those that are looking for good quality "starter" websites.

      Let's look at the first type of buyer. This is the person looking for an investment. If you're looking to invest in sites that are already earning money there are a few things you need to find out first before you buy.

      #1. What is the source of income? Is it an affiliate program? If so, are there similar affiliate programs that you could use (that convert) if that affiliate program suddenly went out of business? Always make sure that the site isn't relying exclusively on just one product as the income stream. If it is you could find your income dried up overnight at some point.

      #2. On the other hand, could you potentially create a similar product, replace the existing product and increase your income? If the affiliate program was paying 50% you could potentially double your money if you could create a product with a sales letter that converted at least as well as the original.

      #3. Is the market evergreen (will it be around for years to come) or is the niche a fad that could fade away in a short time? You should always plan for the long term.

      #4. Where is the traffic to the site coming from? If it's only from one source (SEO, PPC, etc) it could prove to be unstable in the future. Google could make a major change to their algo again and you could lose your rankings. If they're using paid traffic an increase in the cost of advertising could potentially dig deep into your profits or dry them up completely.

      The best investment would be for a site that doesn't rely on only one method of monetization and has more than one traffic source. That way all of your "eggs aren't in one basket" either way. Does that make sense?

      The second method is buying "done for you" websites or blogs. The advantage of buying sites like this is that the research will have been done for you already. Having decent content written can be costly as well, especially for premium reviews, so having a basic 10-25 page site already in place can be a real time saver. All you'd need to do is touch it up a bit to make it your own, add your affiliate links an optin form so you can capture prospects as they visit your site, etc and start sending traffic to it.

      These sites should have 100% unique content. You'd want to run the content through the Copyscape.com premium service to make sure that it's 100% unique. Honestly, I'm not certain how to check if graphics are unique or not, but it doesn't really matter. Your best bet would be to buy an image from somewhere like Istockphoto.com and have someone at Fiverr.com make you a new one. That way you won't have to worry about copyright infringement.

      Anyway, I was going to write more but the phone rang and I lost my train of thought. I hope that helps you.

      Good luck!

      Joe
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    • Profile picture of the author trafficmasters
      Originally Posted by Joe Stewart View Post


      The best investment would be for a site that doesn't rely on only one method of monetization and has more than one traffic source. That way all of your "eggs aren't in one basket" either way. Does that make sense?

      Joe
      Well said Joe, this is the best advice for anyone looking to purchase a website on Flippa!

      Also always get proof of sales and traffic, Don't be fooled by those "auto pilot/auto income" sites making $xxx per month with no work needed

      If it was auto pilot why would you even sell it?!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Before you buy site on flippa read the rule 101.

    Note, first hand information is necessary in whatever you want to do and achieve on the internet.

    There are lots of ebooks that can help you.

    Some forums have a section for buying and selling of websites, you can learn more from there..
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  • Profile picture of the author mshajid
    what you are talking about? first of all why do you buying a website? for a passive income. all you have to monitor sellers website data how much it generates per month and day to calculate accurate income.
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  • Profile picture of the author twister85
    By watching this thread, I think that people just giveaway their sites at flippa because They do not make nothing with them.

    And the people who buy them are the In the dream That the site would make them more money than they've invested but The result is that they invest more money on the cost to renew the domain and hosting ,nothing more.

    I'am Not saying all the cases are some, but it happens to most of the websites on flippa.

    I still have a question. from where do flippa get so much buyers to waste their money?
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    • Profile picture of the author RonnieJSmith
      Originally Posted by twister85 View Post

      By watching this thread, I think that people just giveaway their sites at flippa because They do not make nothing with them.

      And the people who buy them are the In the dream That the site would make them more money than they've invested but The result is that they invest more money on the cost to renew the domain and hosting ,nothing more.

      I'am Not saying all the cases are some, but it happens to most of the websites on flippa.

      I still have a question. from where do flippa get so much buyers to waste their money?
      Hi, do not forget that some of the websites are genuine and make good profits. The method is good but the people who practice it have completely ruined it. Also i would suggest staying away from those $50 sites. Always look for a concrete evidence of traffic and revenue which can be proved.
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  • Profile picture of the author mlmdiver
    why would i sell my site that always monthly prints money out for me ?
    whats better ? monthly income or a single sale profit on flippa
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    • Profile picture of the author twister85
      Originally Posted by WWW10Kin29DaysCOM View Post

      why would i sell my site that always monthly prints money out for me ?
      whats better ? monthly income or a single sale profit on flippa
      If it monthly prints money for you, Why do you want it sell it?
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      • Profile picture of the author RimaNaj2011
        I'd sold a bunch of sites on Flippa...but I would never buy one.
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  • Profile picture of the author WordpressManiac
    You can find good websites on Flippa which are worth buying. But most of the time they will be overpriced and you pay too much.
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  • Profile picture of the author luckyboi
    Well to be honest i have bought n sold a lots of sites on flippa. Some of the site i bought really made me good money. But to be frank even if u buy a site that has been making money it doesn't mean u just buy n let it be like this. You have to keep working on site n adopt different methods to monetize yr site. Its depend on what site you are actually buying my last buy was a affiliate site selling a thai travel guide as i m myself interested in travelling so i started working on it more and added the lots of new information into the existing one n then i drive targetted traffic using network that suited good for me n i got the results i was expecting.

    There are lots n lots of points u need to consider when u r buying a site when u go to flippa u will see a lot of site claiming to make profit in 4 figures monthly and are being sold in public auction for 3 figures which is no brainer how can someone really sell u a site for 3 figures if the site is already making 4 figures as claimed. There r lots n lots of other points u need to keep in mind.

    But on other part every website u buy is not a gem .
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  • Profile picture of the author Bcable37
    Some people buy sites just for the purpose of backlinking their existing money sites. You can find high PR sites for cheap sometimes. For best results you look for sites that are relevant to your niche. You then add backlinks to your normal site.

    Google likes high PR relevant backlinks. This works really well for ranking on the first page of Google (for sites with low to medium keyword competition).

    The downside is it is easy to fake PR on a site they are selling. All they have to do is have an actual high PR site and setup a redirect from the real high PR site to the one they are selling. The PR transfers to the site they are selling. Once the site is sold they remove the redirect and the high PR gets removed.

    If buying sites for backlinking, it's a good idea to check if there is a redirect involved that is causing the high PR on the site you are interested in. If that is the case,....run!
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  • Profile picture of the author webproishere
    Remember that it is easy to:
    1) Fake Alexa rating
    2) Create tons of shitty backlinks

    You need to be wise when buying a domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author alfa_375
    I bought four websites on flippa and did not make any money from anyone of them. This is since last year. But now I am on other side of the table, just Yesterday sold one with $2 profit... lol
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    • Profile picture of the author TheMGMProject
      I personally believe from experience that building your own sites and then flipping is the way to go

      I've sold loads this way on a regular basis.

      If you are buying a site with a view to selling, you have to do your homework first.
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      • Profile picture of the author chrisbiz4444
        Originally Posted by TheMGMProject View Post

        I personally believe from experience that building your own sites and then flipping is the way to go

        I've sold loads this way on a regular basis.

        If you are buying a site with a view to selling, you have to do your homework first.
        One problem.... I dont know how to build a website
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        • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
          Originally Posted by chrisbiz4444 View Post

          One problem.... I dont know how to build a website
          Have you tried looking here for some sites?
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Coe
    The only way your going to make real money with buying websites is spending big money.

    You half to spend allot up front but later you will make way more.

    Just looks for some established blog/forum. (+2 years) With at least 5,000-10,000 views per month. They are probably making a nice bit of money just with Google ads.

    Or you could take out the middle man, and find sites on your own. You can probably buying for a way lower cost then on flippa.
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  • Profile picture of the author thomasmathew100
    Who wouldn't love to buy websites on FLIPPA, it gives you your website without hassle. But, before deciding in investing your money, you have to make sure of the terms and conditions of the provider. At the same time, you have to work on your own and manage yourself, every business needs hard work and determination and not just money to purchase a website that you expect to earn you money instantly. I suggest you use the power of the internet to search for feedbacks about FLIPPA, there are good but there will always be bad and start from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author franktwin
    Great Thread... Flippa Does have some Good Profitable Sites,
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  • Profile picture of the author TanyaRebrov
    you have to understand that most of the seller who claim certain dollar a month from the website is just bluffing. but there are small part of them who is honest and maybe need some cash to change their web niche, so they actually want to sell they profitable site. so, in case you really want to buy, contact the seller and tell them to give you a report if the sales funnel they are doing right now. what is their traffic source, what is they lead, and what kind of advertisement or affiliates program that they are ongoing at their site.
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    • Profile picture of the author mshajid
      Originally Posted by TanyaRebrov View Post

      you have to understand that most of the seller who claim certain dollar a month from the website is just bluffing. but there are small part of them who is honest and maybe need some cash to change their web niche, so they actually want to sell they profitable site. so, in case you really want to buy, contact the seller and tell them to give you a report if the sales funnel they are doing right now. what is their traffic source, what is they lead, and what kind of advertisement or affiliates program that they are ongoing at their site.
      yes i agreed with your post
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  • Profile picture of the author Jackson Tan
    Joe's guide is awesome! Definitely clear and precise. I should start looking into flipping too.. take it as a form of investing

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by chrisbiz4444 View Post

    Who has bought websites on flippa that has made them passive income. I see all of these sites for sale that say they earn 500 a month ect, I feel like that would be a great investment.

    Is there a catch?
    One catch would be if the traffic and revenue stats are not accurate, as in faked. You have to do due diligence before choosing a site.

    Other factors would be is the income on the decline because of Googles' whims. After every algo change, a lot of websites that were earning and are no longer ranking are listed to try to dump them as quickly as possible.

    Here's a post I did for Flippa on due diligence.

    Guest Post: the Domaining Diva on Due Diligence | Flippa Blog | Buy & Sell Websites
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Stewart
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      One catch would be if the traffic and revenue stats are not accurate, as in faked. You have to do due diligence before choosing a site.

      Other factors would be is the income on the decline because of Googles' whims. After every algo change, a lot of websites that were earning and are no longer ranking are listed to try to dump them as quickly as possible.

      Here's a post I did for Flippa on due diligence.

      Guest Post: the Domaining Diva on Due Diligence | Flippa Blog | Buy & Sell Websites
      Suzanne,

      Well written guest post. Awesome that you got it published by Flippa!

      You touched on a couple things I hadn't thought of. Definitely worth the read for anyone considering buying sites in the future.

      Joe
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  • Profile picture of the author zpoll92
    You should be very careful like ohters said, however you can catch some good offers. If you do it smart you can make some serious cash with Flippa.
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