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Flipping Autoblogging Website?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Myxer, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Myxer

    Myxer Newbie

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    I was learning about website flipping today and started to check out websites such as "flippa. c0m" and i found out that many autobloging websites are selling for good price. For example flippa. com/auctions/84159/site was sold for 97$. Seems like good profit, especially for autoblogging site. Does anyone here tried this method? - Buy domain, hosting, setting up autoblog on hot movie and then sell. All it would cost is ~10-15$.
     
  2. Alex Brooks

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    I've been thinking about trying something similar, there was a method shared on here about selling clickbank landing pages on flippa and making a load of cash / per hour, but yeah I'm sure it does work, but you just need to know how to create decent blogs, there is a lot more to site flipping then most people think.
     
  3. Myxer

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    Yes, i will try my luck in this sector definitely. Sites like I mentioned can be built in matter of hours. So nice profit for this person :) i hope i will be able to do something similar.

    A ye, btw, if i would use a brand name in my domain. Can i get in trouble for that? For example myipod. com(not my site, just came up with that). Can they get me with some copyright stuff?

    What if its something like Eclipse(next twilight movie). Since Eclipse is something more than just a movie name, i think this can be used without problem 100%. Im just not sure about brand products, so if if someone can give me a advice on it...
     
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  4. swjedinight

    swjedinight Regular Member

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    You need to show that its profitable or that it can be profitable. if you low ball your site, it shows you dont have confidence in it. a bit of seo, really you could just run the thing through link referral and be done with it. some people are willing to pay 100+ dollars for a site that they dont have to put the legwork into and just tune them to make money from.
     
  5. paytonlowe

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    YEs, ipod is trademarked. I bought adidiaspants.com and found out the hard way...
     
  6. Myxer

    Myxer Newbie

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    lol @ one guy in eb4y selling ipad related domain for £1,600,000.00 :D
     
  7. jrlar

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    IMO selling on flippa is wasting money for an autoblogging site flip. I've been flipping for the last 4 months on DP and here's a quick breakdown of how I've been doing...

    Capital Invested
    Domain - $0.97-$1.07 per (.info)
    Hosting - $9.95 per month

    Average Sale
    $52 per sale minus paypal fees
    I sell around 2 per day up to 10 or so per week = $500+ per week

    Now if u use flippa you have to pay their fees unless you make buyer pay all or portion. On DP its free to list and no additional fees so while I could probably sell on flippa the fees alone would potentially keep me possibly breaking even.
     
  8. famtaro

    famtaro Registered Member

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    wow
    thats great
    buy i think at DP there are many seller
    or competitor .
    CMIIW

    can u tell me more how you can build and sell very fast ?
    thx
     
  9. jrlar

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    i use free theme's making minor changes to fit niche the autoblog for. I build the traffic organically and virally which lands me up to 500-700 visitors within a few days and I maintain it for a 2 to 3 weeks then list it on DP under a 24 hour auction with NO BIN's or Reserves. I start auction at $0 with $5 increments and within minutes I usually get 1-2 BIN offers but depending on the offers I get and the flow of bids I generally let auction go full term where in some cases I get bids up to $75.

    Also I recently found out I have somewhat of a cult following on my DP auctions so I get custom autoblog install and setup offers ranging from $40-$100 per autoblog which adds another source of income unexpectedly. A lot of the time its noobs who thinks I custom created these blogs and magically generated traffic out the sky when I just simply used themes and wp plugins available to everyone and of course I use wp robot I get free on bhw lol.

    As far as competition IMHO I don't think there are any for me because the autoblogs that I have seen listed on DP are from lazy a$# people who simply setup the autoblog and have no traffic or any generated income whereas mine have tons of traffic and in some cases revenue history even if its from a week of income generated. So when noobs look at my auctions they automatically get excited and go bid crazy because they are getting a blog that literally requires little to no real work other than approving blog comments, updating wp and plugins occassionally, adding keywords to wp robot and whatever else they want to do to the site. So to them they're looking at 10-20 minutes per day worth of work and make an easy $10-$50 per month from amazon and/or ebay which makes them happy. Furthermore, I give great customer service as I answer any questions they have regardless how stupid it is lol and give them insight on how blogs run, how I do what I do...pretty much whatever they want to know. So they feel they are getting more than just an autoblog in a lot of cases.
     
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  10. Myxer

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    if you dont mind me asking. What methods do you use to promote your autoblogs? and approximately how long does it take for you to set them up.

    Thanks
     
  11. jrlar

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    i use viral/social marketing and it takes 5-10 minutes to setup
     
  12. Myxer

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    wow, amazing :) i wish that in near future i will be able to do it as fast hehe
     
  13. moronic_kaos

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    I was about to try doing the same thing, but I was wondering how exactly people handle the domain and hosting transfer.

    You're absolutely right about the fact that most of the sites are garbage. Not only on DP, but on Flippa too. The weird part is that a lot of them sell.

    The trick (and it's quite refreshing for the moral) that seems to let people beat out their competition is the quality of the design, content placement, ad placement, and if it is already indexed and gets traffic among other things. There is a very definite pattern if you compare which blogs sold and which didn't in Flippa. The interesting part is that the age of the site has very little to do with whether it sold or not.

    Edit: Another thing that seems to help out the sellers is having a website with links for support, sites up for sale, and other such links. Makes the seller look a little more like a dedicated person rather than someone just trying to make a quick buck (even though that's what we're all trying to do).
     
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  14. regcleaner

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    great advice from moronic,
    try to do that on my list
     
  15. mgs

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    Yep I second that, quality of the design and content is a big factor, at least you will end up with some reasonable offers without traffic or earning.. .
     
  16. bryanon

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    You're quite correct that decent-looking turnkey autoblogs without traffic or revenue tend to sell for around $100 on Flippa but ..do you actually consider $97 per site a good profit? You must be extremely desperate if you do..

    Let's break it down a bit, shall we?

    Costs:
    * Domain name: $9
    * Flippa listing fee: $19 (without any upgrades, meaning that you can't expect all of your listings to sell)
    * Flippa success fee: $2.5 (assuming that you split the success fee between yourself and the buyer)
    * PayPal fee: $2.5
    * Hosting: $2 (assuming that you pay $10 a month and share it between 5 sites)

    Total costs: $9+$19+$2.5+$2.5+$2 = $35
    Average gross revenue: $100x0.75 = $75 (considering that 1 out of every 4 sites you list won't sell)

    Total profit: $75-$30 = $40 per site

    Now let's analyse how much time you will spend on each site:

    * Initial Maintenance (registering the domain, setting up the hosting etc.): 30 minutes (IF you don't have to do any research i.e. you have a list of domains, themes etc. ready)
    * Building the site (installing WordPress, configuring the theme/plugins, creating Adsense units): 1 hour (IF you have everything pre-prepared)
    * Preparing the listing and answering PMs / questions posted in comments: 30 minutes
    * Finalizing the sale (transferring the domain name, the files, the databases and answering any questions the buyer has): 1 hour and 30 minutes

    Total time spent on the listing: 30+60+30+90 = 3 hours and 30 minutes

    Total hourly rate: $40 / 3.5 = $11.42

    Seriously, even the clerks at Tesco earn more than that!!! Not even talking about people who have all the information shared here on BHW at their disposal.

    By the way, some things that I didn't take into account in the above calculations are possible chargebacks (paypal disputes), listings that are won by scammers and never paid up (yeah, Flippa lets you relist for free but it comes with an added bonus of a banner saying "This site has been listed before", driving away a WHOLE LOT of bidders - trust me, I've experienced this many times), etc. etc. making your effective hourly rate even a lot less than the one I've suggested above.

    All of this said, it's very possible to make decent money on Flippa, I know many who do (including myself), but you have to think further from merely creating turnkey autoblogs and flipping them. All I can say without charging you $$$ an hour for consultation is that you need to create VALUE if you want to score $xxxx site sales.

    Good luck!
     
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    That's how wise men think. However selling on DP can save money spent on flippas fees. Flippa is good for larger websites which doesn't fit in DP.
     
  18. PiranahX

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    Wow, I love the way you broke this down! Really puts it into perspective. Thanks.