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flippa websites , to good to be true?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by Gorush, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Gorush

    Gorush Senior Member

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    Hello guys ,

    i noticed that on flippa are some very nice offers (some seem to me scams)
    I wanted to ask your opinions about some sites. is it worth it or just scam?

    this one:

    flippa.com/auctions/104118/File-Hosting-Provider
    flippa.com/auctions/103999/Profitable-File-Hosting-Business
    flippa.com/auctions/103825/First-Rate-Entertainment-Site-Has-Earned-5069-In-Past-6-Months--Improving
    flippa.com/auctions/103764/LolSnaps---Daily-Humor-Site

    thanks : )
     
  2. Gorush

    Gorush Senior Member

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    noone?? :p
     
  3. BlackHatSoda

    BlackHatSoda Junior Member

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    Ok, my opinions on a quick glance:

    Don't pay any attention to Alexa or Compete scores. Compete's traffic stats are always way off and Alexa rank can be gamed quite easily. Yahoo links are also pretty worthless as anyone can submit their site to 10,000 crap directories and get that number up.

    Use something like Open Site Explorer to get a good list of links that are actually worth something. For example, OSE has 132 links for the first file host site you listed which Flippa says has over 10k links from Yahoo. It also only shows back links from 20 different domains.

    Plus, the guy didn't even provide verified Google Analytics stats. There is simply no reason not to throw GA on your site for even a week and post verified stats on Flippa. That looks pretty bad.

    Look at the Alexa graph for the first file hosting site:
    http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/filebling.com#

    See how it's daily reach goes from 0, jumps up to nearly .02 in 2 weeks then declines. That's faked Alexa stats. And let's not even mention that 0 Page Rank sticking out.

    As for the 2nd file hosting site, same as what I just said for the first one.

    Honestly file hosting sites are the new "arcade sites" which at one point were the new "directory sites" which were at one point the new "humor sites". 99% of the time they are crap sites thrown up on an older domain with some cheap, off the shelf script. It takes these guys a day to put the site up, fake the Alexa rank up and even buy some cheap, crap traffic to boost the Google Analytics stats. Add some Photoshopped income screen shots and wait for a sucker with cash to show up.

    And holy crap, just look at that last site, Lolsnaps.com. Look at it's Alexa chart, see that's got a PR 0 and that Open Site Explorer has a whole 9 back links for it and ask yourself if you think that site is getting 2,000,000 uniques a month and earning $18k a month.

    I mean, it's Alexa rank jumped 296000% in 3 months. Yeah, ok. But hey, he's got verified analtyics stats. Lets look at them. Wow, the majority of traffic is coming from FaceBook, here's what the seller has to say about that when questioned:

    Wow, who knew you could take a new site and jump it to 2,000,000 uniques in a month just by adding 5-10 posts a day and adding Face Book "like" buttons on every page. Yeah, that explains it. Oh, wait, it must be the countdown timer.