How To Get Buyers For My Website Auction?

by youngsiteowner Banned
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Hello Warriors. I am selling my website on Flippa and I am having trouble getting bidders. The site has a lot of potential and even has a Google Page Rank of 3. The auction ends in a day and I really would like it to sell at its starting price of $400. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberAlien
    Has anyone bid on it so far? Normally I see most bids coming in during the last 48 hours.
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    • Profile picture of the author syntheticrhyme
      I think it's usually a better idea to put a $1 starting price and set your reserve. On the first day, people will usually start to place bids. On the following day, accept the bids and it could help you land your auction on the "most active" page. If you land on there, you'll have a better chance at selling for a higher price
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    Your last auction ended at $150 and didn't sell. So you put the starting price of this auction at $400?

    It makes $5 per month and averages about 3 uniques per day. You should be happy with the $150. I would be surprised if anyone bid on your site at all.

    Not everyone cares about PR. You should put the auction at no reserve and start the bidding at $0.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      If I were in your shoes I would let the auction run its course assuming that the site won't sell.

      I would then determine the top five keywords or phrases your site is (a) optimized around, and (b) getting traffic from.

      Then do a Google search for the top 100 sites that show up in the search results for those terms/phrases.

      Then I would contact the owners of those top web sites you have identified and see if they would like to make you an offer for the site.

      Why do this? You're looking for targeted prospects (think Internet marketing) that might have an interest in what you're selling.

      If they don't have an interest, you will have a clue about the value of your site in your niche.

      If there is no interest, either work some more on making the site relevant and building up its value or do as others have said and start a new Flippa auction at the minimum and be glad for whatever you get.

      Good luck,

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    • Profile picture of the author TheCLPro
      Originally Posted by Mike Hlatky View Post

      Your last auction ended at $150 and didn't sell. So you put the starting price of this auction at $400?

      It makes $5 per month and averages about 3 uniques per day. You should be happy with the $150. I would be surprised if anyone bid on your site at all.

      Not everyone cares about PR. You should put the auction at no reserve and start the bidding at $0.
      I agree with this post 100%. Listen to this man.
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      • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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        Originally Posted by TheCLPro View Post

        I agree with this post 100%. Listen to this man.
        I understand this but I was about to get it for $400 and expect a bit more.

        If PR doesn't mean anything to some people, then they should at least care about the quality of the content on the site and that the recent traffic stats show that the website has potential.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    The last auction ended at $150 but was under the reserve. The person who was in the preferential negotiating position negotiated with me and we landed on $400. I told him that I would relist it at $400 with a reserve just above it so that it would be fair if anyone else wanted it (basically so that I could get as much money as I could).

    There are no bids on it now but there are still 16 watchers leftover from the last auction.

    I am not happy with $150 because I have spent a lot of time to get its ranking up. Its Google Page Rank is 3 and people pay a lot for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    You can try advertising it on my mailing list of site buyers. Costs only 5 bucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      You can try advertising it on my mailing list of site buyers. Costs only 5 bucks.
      Yeah but I am not sure it would be very effective. I mean, I want both people that like golf and blogging.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheCLPro
    I can buy a high-PR domain on DigitalPoint for $30-50 all day long. High PR is easy to come by.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daones
    Years ago i sold a PR3 site, it had around 100 uniques a day and i let that go for $500 someone said your site only had a few uniques so that is a big difference.. Maybe next time set the price a bit cheaper by $50 lower each time maybe youll get lucky.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    Yes I understand. I was able to sell a Fiverr clone on Flippa that was getting about 30 visits per day at the time for $1500. But I know that this website has more potential than the fiverr clone.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    A starting bid of $1 - $50 and low or no reserve would have gotten a lot more bids. People on Flippa just don't jump in for $400 right off the bat, especially for a site averaging $5/mnth income. I normally also feature my listings on the last day or two. It gets a lot more views that way.
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    • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      A starting bid of $1 - $50 and low or no reserve would have gotten a lot more bids. People on Flippa just don't jump in for $400 right off the bat, especially for a site averaging $5/mnth income. I normally also feature my listings on the last day or two. It gets a lot more views that way.
      Thanks but I'm not really into spending $50 to feature it.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheCLPro
        Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

        Thanks but I'm not really into spending $50 to feature it.
        Featuring it is where the real exposure is at on Flippa.
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        • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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          Originally Posted by TheCLPro View Post

          Featuring it is where the real exposure is at on Flippa.
          Can you give me an example? Like, how many views or bids you got after featuring one of your listings?

          Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author adwike
    it is hard to get bidders on flippa because there areb a lot of websites on sale try to share your offer on your social media profile
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    • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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      Originally Posted by adwike View Post

      it is hard to get bidders on flippa because there areb a lot of websites on sale try to share your offer on your social media profile
      I have already shared the listing on the website's Facebook page and Twitter account. But it didn't help much because there aren't many followers.
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