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Buying a website off flippa (trustworthy?)

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by TheRallymethod, Dec 15, 2013.

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  1. TheRallymethod

    TheRallymethod Junior Member

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    I am looking for ways to bring in a steady income... Therefore, I was thinking about buying an established website on Flippa... that at least brings in $300 a month. I see many websites that I am interested in on flippa... but how can I trust that the seller is telling the truth about the revenue? I am the type of person that take chances and try not to overthink things... but due to the scammers now days you have to be iffy.


    Also:

    If a website has unique visitors and established revenue... will I still have to work hard to maintain it? or what?

    Don't chew me out if the question sounds dumb or naïve... I just want to get some opinions from a reliable source.
     
  2. Numbuh362

    Numbuh362 Elite Member

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    You can share screens on skype and have them show you the analytics and adsense account/affiliate account. Also if there is low competition you wont really have to work hard to maintain it, maybe buy a few seo services every now and then.
     
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  3. SEO1337

    SEO1337 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I recommend only buying from those who have verified AdSense earnings, that way you know it's legit.
     
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    If you're going to invest $5k+ into a website purchase (about the going price for real websites that bank $300-$500 a month) I'd advise you to hire Bryanon's Centuria (sp) service to perform the due diligence research. I think he has a service that starts at $100 but will catch 95% of the scammers out there. If you're going to invest even more then I'd recommend you purchase one of his higher services.

    Scammers on Flippa are mostly very good at their trade; verified Adsense and Analytics are easily fooled. Don't believe Flippa's hype that these verified numbers mean "true" numbers. Within a month after Flippa introduced those features the scammers learned how to defeat them. You need someone that understand site statistics and analytic data. Someone that has a ton of experience at reading reports and easily spots something that isn't "normal". Bryanon and Meathead's crews are experts at this sort of thing.

    HTH
     
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    Also make sure the earnings extend over a certain period of time. I've seen a website advertised with $10000 earnings last month, but its price was $5000....that should raise flags. Turns out the 10k were legit, but the site was banned....
     
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    And check where the traffic is coming from. Some sites have 1000$ adsense earning but they pay 1000$ for advertising - so they flip a site that actually doesn't make money for 10x adsense earnings
     
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    whynotmakeit Power Member

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    This! Buyer beware. Don't expect any help from flippa. They clip the ticket on every scammer's sale.... Very easy to fake everything.
     
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    I was fooled once in Flippa, never again. Just be really careful and try to get as much information as possible.
    To answer your question about maintaining revenue and traffic, of course you are going to have to work to maintain that.

    Things are always changing, you will have to provide those unique visitors with content to keep bringing them back and new ones. By doing this you will also maintain revenue and gain. Nothing easy in life bro, if everything was easy, we would all be millionaires. :D
     
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    It's incredible the reputation flippa has created for themselves....if they provided due guarantees and security they'd be selling 10x as much. Every single thread there's someone who's been hit at flippa and still they do nothing....
     
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    I'll second the recommendation for using the vetting company to help with due diligence.

    In addition:

    1. If it's too good to be true, it is.

    2. No seller in their right mind would sell a site for a 7x or lower net monthly profit. If you see a site around the price and there's No Reserve, expect the price to go up considerably.

    3. See if the seller has listed similar sites on Flippa or other places. There's a deal where they'll sell something like an SEO services company. They have like 10 sites and all of the products on each site are the same price. You'll look at their Paypal account and think it's all coming from that one site, but it's not true.

    Hope that helps...
     
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    Another option is to just buy ready made sites that have no earnings or traffic record, thus nothing to verify. If you don't have time yourself to research a good keyword and buy a EMD .com for it, but someone else did and put up a decent WP blog with start up unique content already on it, that's worth something. Or if the start up is a service or membership site with clients already using it (e.g., web hosting), you can buy it and then monetize/build traffic as you wish.
     
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    how many sites out of 100 are scams on Flippa ?
     
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    reallly ?? so where one can study sites that already make money and proven business models online ? :/
     
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    You have to search very deeply and find inconsistencies but you can't never be sure, all can be faked
     
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    You also have to wonder why someone would sell a residual income website. There is usually a good chance the income will start dropping / they did black hat / they fake something / etc.
     
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