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The Story Behind Pricell.com | From Bottom To Top!

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  1. oskedi01

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    Hello BHW!

    This thread contains a short story about Pricell.com which i posted on our blog a moment ago. Most of you might already know what Pricell.com is, if you don?t know already, it?s a platform for selling - buying web domains, simple websites to fully established websites . We are already competing in the top with Flippa.com and our growth chart seems to be going all the way up.

    Well, let me begin with myself. My name is Oskar, I am from Sweden and I?ve been developing and designing websites for a couple of years now. I started developing websites when I noticed the huge market for it. For the past two and half years, I have almost created over 350 websites, all from turnkey websites, online stores to high paid niche websites. I used to sell them on Flippa and I was even a high rated seller there. However, when Flippa increased their prices in early 2012 as well as a lot of other changes I halted to use them and got to thought to develop Pricell.com and begin my own marketplace. I started the developing on March 1st 2012. It?s now about a year ago, just as I?m writing this and I really never thought it would have gone this far already.

    Already on the last day of the March, 2012, I had a simple working and very basic auction website with lots of bugs which thereafter took me 8 additional months to make it more flawless and less buggy as well as adding new features and function, to what it was seen on November 1st 2012, the day I released it to world as well as making the promotion page at http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...profit-low-commission-active-marketplace.html
    As you can see in the thread, there was a lot of positive feedback and all the way good talking. Just the day after I had a total over 60 emails / PMs with suggestions and ideas for Pricell. People offered free on Page SEO reports as well as lots of other stuffs. That?s what I call a generous and helpful community. At this time, i had a partner named ?Peter?. He never really did anything on the website, he took care of stuffs like getting the support section and some other small stuffs together and then abandoned me, which was the whole idea. At this moment Ben joined me to take care of live chat services as well as answering ticket support request and finding new places to advertise and market the website.

    Let me go back a bit to middle of June 2012. At this moment I had 3 dedicated coders working for me daily and I spent a lot of time and money into the website for the coming 2 months. I hired one dedicated coder from expertsfromindia.com which I just looked up on Google and they were actually really awesome and the coder did what he was supposed to, for enhancing PHP and making it more and more bug free and add new features.

    In the end of June 2012 we started our search mission for SEO to start pushing Pricell up to the level of the big boys, we made a thread here http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...on-services-buy-here-bhw-2k-budget-month.html and after getting recommendations for the "therankingguys", I went along with them and started the SEO procedures along with them on August 2nd 2012. I have been working with them since then and I?m combining them with some other services offered at BHW.

    In the middle of August 2012, I broke the budget for Pricell.com and I already understood I had to put up more money than I expected earlier and I started to work as a freelancer on Freelancer.com for about 4 weeks. Meanwhile, I had other people working on the website creating additional features and tweaks, also hired some great services from freelancer. I took the money I was able to gather there and spent about most of it on my new coder as well as ordering articles and other stuff for SEO. After this I was back on track to lead pricell.com to great success, had a budget to run the website, a firm belief to reach my ultimate goal and started performing a lot of designing and putting pieces of the website together as the time passed.

    From October 1st To October 25th I spent all my days even nights, every weekend to develop Pricell. I?m glad I had a understanding girl! :rolleyes: I had my goal already from back in June that the website must be completed before the end of October and on October 25th it was fully working. Sure, a bug here and there but that?s the way it should be and as the time passed I made it more flawless and bug less and with every day passing, more advanced and stable tweaks were being added to the site . It was just a fine beginning to something really great.

    In middle of November 2012 we had a little over a 100 members and this was just in duration of about 15 days. Me and Ben who was still with me at this moment, started to market the website. We did a lot of Google adwords marketing as well as facebook marketing. We ordered a couple of ads from BuySellAds.com and did some other marketing and some other stuff just to promote the site.

    We integrated Payza and Skrill in beginning of December to support more people and countries. We added new functions, remade the featured upgrade to include bigger and better images and more information on the front page. We also improved the administration area of Pricell to offer better and faster support. My biggest goal with Pricell is to make it user friendly, fair priced and to offer a high class support where you don?t have to wait hours for a reply. I?m sure if you contact our support you got your reply within 2 hours. Our average response time in Zendesk is 1 hour and 15 mins which I think is fairly great.
    Well, it?s not much more to say about 2012, Pricell.com was born and we grew from a small web auction site to a global marketplace.

    In 2013, we added much new features and services. We added an easier way to check for websites, you can just scroll and the page automatically continues which is very comfortable. You can hover any screenshot in the listing to get a bigger sized, more detailed screenshot. We added more stats and removed unnecessary stats. We did hide the stats from the listing pages so they are much cleaner and you only have to make 1 click to see what you want. We changed the listing process so that Buy It Now, Revenue and traffic details are no longer needed. A new section was added named ?Support? where you can select if you include support, what kind and for how long. You can sort domains by extension / TLDs. The biggest change in 2013 was the design. It?s not 100% completed yet but it?s on its way.


    What about today? What are we currently doing?

    Right now, we focus on our affiliate system which just got released. You can find our affiliate program at http://pricell.com/affiliate/ . We integrated idevaffiliate with Pricell and offer affiliates 50% commission, unlike Flippa it will be recurring, for all payments that seller makes as long as the cookie is alive. We also offer a $5 Bonus just for signing up!

    What are your thoughs about Pricell? Is there anything we can improve or change? Our ears are open and our brains are working so just tell us and we might just make it happen!

    Thank you BHW!
     

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    i have question how much it takes learning script languages to start creating decent Webs
     
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    lol don't you know this already as you create lots of websites? :confused::rolleyes:
     
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    lol you are innocent I'm selling wordpress platform sites like most of other sellers here , I'm asking about sites created
    from scratch , Web development .
     
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    Ah lol :) Well, this took 9 months to create, then another 4 months to get it to what it is today. I had the knowledge of coding from scratch already before i started this and i hired a lot of coders for harder tasks and to hurry up the process. I'm sure you can do the same stuffs in a short time but then you need to be really good on what you are doing or have a lot of people working on it at once. :) I learned PHP a year after i learned html and css and took me maybe 2-3 months to understand the logic in php. :)
     
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    As far as i've checked, your pricell website is built on flippa clone script from and Indian company named Agriya: Script name is Flipit , all i see that has been done from your end is that you hired those freelancers you talked about to add some features and you've paid for the design work and promotion.

    So basicaly if we sum this up, can anyone make exactly the same site for around 2-3k usd since agriya's flipit script costs 750usd and if you give around 2k in the modifications and the design.
     
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    There's almost no code left of that script so no, it's not built on that script. It's very outdated and doesn't support anything so don't expect much from it.

    2-3k? You didn't count in the SEO, Marketing, TIME etc. I can also tell you that there is much more than what you counted up and the money spent on this project is far more than your guess.

    I know you only created a new account to make Pricell look bad and I know who you are so I don't really mind.

    We are constantly updating Pricell with new features and i'm sure, one day you will use it for your business too. :) It's free to use btw..

     
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    Hi Oskar,

    congratulation on your success!

    Well done on executing - where others would have just dreamed.


    Are you still paying $2k a month on SEO? What have you gotten out of the SEO ? Are you ranking for anything major .....?
     
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    Hi,

    Thank you!

    I think you misunderstood my last post, read the post above that one and i'm sure you will understand. :)

    Right now we spend about $400 / month on SEO. This money is spent on for example TheRankingGuys here at BHW, Press releases and some other stuffs. We then spend an additional much bigger amount on advertising but this is different each month. Mostly using Adwords and Bing for search network ads to focus on getting people who actually are searching for a website or to sell one. We have bunch of ads over at buysellads as well and some private forum sections etc. :) We are in the top 3 for most keywords like "buy websites" "sell websites" "buy and sell websites" and similar keywords though still depends a bit on where you live. Focusing on getting top 2 for most mayor keywords at the end of 2013 - early 2014.

    Feel free to ask anything else. :)


     
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