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Has anyone successfully invested in a Flippa asset?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by bumont, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. bumont

    bumont Registered Member

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    Does anyone have experience or a personal case study of purchasing an asset on Flippa and maintaining the revenue/building it further.

    It seems the information provided is far too easily manipulated in so many potential ways; Fake traffic, non disclosure of the true amount spend on advertising and so on.
     
  2. chase326

    chase326 Newbie

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    I have. I purchased a blog on Flippa in 2014, and it’s still one of my main sites. I’ve tripled the traffic and it’s a very high earning site today. I’ve put a ton of work and investment into it.

    Most of Flippa is garbage, but there are still real blogs that go up for sale there. You just have to find them! Always require Google Analytics access up front. Then the easiest way to weed out scammers is to get on the phone and talk to them. Use an escrow service, and require an inspection period where the site earns out at a certain rate.
     
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  3. Makk of All Trades

    Makk of All Trades Junior Member

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    Flippa is just shit now. Lot of scammy sellers. If you don't know what you're doing, you'll likely end up getting scammed.
     
  4. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    SEOMadHatter Power Member

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    A while back I was chatting to someone who was building a reverse sales funnel to buy sites.

    With whatever criteria (backlinks or ranking for example) their client was outreaching to sites and this funnel was trying to convert them - by getting them to sell their site.

    Interesting idea.
     
  7. chase326

    chase326 Newbie

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    Agree with this. Empire Flippers is a much safer marketplace. I’ve been disappointed with what they have available lately though.
     
  8. Badboy Enterprise

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    Yes and i regret every penny
     
  9. bumont

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    In almost all cases with the listing I've seen on there, my general view is that for a 1/4 or less of the cost you could build an identical site, find a supplier, fill it with great optimised content, PBN/Guest post links and spend the rest on ads.

    I find it amazing how some sellers can list Aliexpress dropshipping sites clearing infringing on copyright for 5 figures, good way to buy yourself a lawsuit.
     
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    twinturbo90 Registered Member

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    How has the quality changed recently?
    Do you think it’s just what the market has or something EF is doing?
     
  11. chase326

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    I used to be able to find more blog/content sites there. But now it seems to lean really heavily towards Amazon affiliate sites and FBA businesses. Many of them were obviously made with the purpose of flipping them.

    I don’t think it’s anything they’ve done. But I do think more bloggers are becoming aware of what their sites are worth and holding on to them. I also have seen a lot more direct sales happening from one blogger to another, rather than through a broker. The market is just evolving.
     
  12. HootSEO

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    After getting a litigation lawyer, digital forensics, & a private investigator. I was offered a refund for a site I purchased on Flippa. It was a very twisted situation. Just don't always deal with just anybody. Be sure you can at least voice chat with the seller before you send what you self describe as quite a bit of money but this was due to me taking a quick poor diligence purchasing approach. There are honest people out there but be 100% sure you know what exactly you're about to buy.
     
  13. underachieved

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    Take a look at this "Case"

    Recently a member here was scammed by an IM Blogger, (Could be a member here for all we know)
    https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/help-flippa-buyer-ask-for-refund-after-48hours.1131667/


    And here is the actual post from the blogger.
    https://khalidfarhan.com/i-bought-a...=a0220466a0d7f998a3109fca09860524#comment-401

    Just a good recent example of the true corruption and fraud that goes on in the Flippa industry.

    Stay away, or use ESCROW.

    So many things can go wrong for BOTH parties. That's just insane
     
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  14. whynotmakeit

    whynotmakeit Power Member

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    Be very careful. Flippa will not protect you, they are just interested in taking and keeping their cut of every sale they can. Rampant scams there with fake traffic, fake sales etc. I even had one who paid for a few sales from the site just after the sale to make it look legit (of course built into the sales price already and insignificant to the profit he made already) and get thru the escrow period.

    My advice, don't use flippa at all unless you are really prepared to spend your time and do full due dilligence...and then be prepared to write off that time and walk away....and if you do go ahead do not expect any help from flippa or anyone else
     
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    I have bought a few websites over there, but not because of the "earnings" as they all are bull****...
    I bought them only because of the content published :D It was cheaper to buy the website than buying content and then creating a website :D
     
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  16. smacker

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    I’ve sold a couple of sites on flippa - not for huge money but mid 4 figures. I honestly think I was the only legit person selling stuff on there when I had listings up haha .. one buyer got a bargain on one I sold, it’s still up today as the exact same site with same traffic levels, so he must have had payback 4 or 5 times over. Odd thing is he’s never tried to improve or change it.
     
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  17. Nightly

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    I've sold a few successful blogs/sites there that have continued to be successful for years. Just have to do your research.

    One of the sites I sold left my statcounter code on the site, so I check In every now and then. Very targeted site with amazing SEO that still gets the same traffic 2 years after selling :p

    So he's been making around $600 a month 2 years after the sale without having to do a thing.
     
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    Interesting technique... are you just buying based on traffic and rankings?
     
  19. Sallybon

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    Yes i successful that
     
  20. Fdiana

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    no because i have some trouble