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What is your go-to Pass/Fail metric when buying a site?

Discussion in 'Site Flipping' started by bionic, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. bionic

    bionic Registered Member

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    I've been lurking on Flippa ever since I found out about it. The majority of sites I come across have very similar trends: 4 to 6 months of revenue with a decrease in the last month. (Usually half of the advertised monthly revenue).

    What is your go-to "sniff test" when looking for a new site to flip?
     
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    jamesjk1 Senior Member

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    Personally, I would be very careful when looking to buy from Flippa. As always, do your due diligence but also realise that the place is littered with IM-savvy people looking to pawn their site and make a quick buck by inflating metrics, using (then removing) backlinks, not being fully transparent about their domain and using other under-handed tactics. I would say 90% of the domains fall into this category. They're also easy to spot. Always ask yourself, why is this guy/girl selling their domain (especially if they report good returns). Remember, if a deal seems to good to be true, it usually is.

    Be smart, don't get burned.
     
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  3. bionic

    bionic Registered Member

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    Thanks, I appreciate your insight on this.
     
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    Sadly, I've seen way too much blatant fraud on Flippa, and nobody seems to care. About a year ago they were selling a site that advertised "web building services" and the bids were about $8,000.

    The site was a low-end Wordpress site with only about 5 pages. Nothing special at all, ZERO examples of work, ZERO testimonials, ZERO clue about the background of the person doing the work. NO pricing on the site.

    But here was the smoking gun: Some of the links, including the target of the CONTACT form, were broken links -- because their still pointed to LOCALHOST! It is not possible that anyone could have contacted the site owner, let alone have 15 people hire him for work as they claimed. It was totally obvious and absolute fraud... and yet they had several bidders (hopefully shills -- unless that many at Flippa were stupid).
     
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  5. bionic

    bionic Registered Member

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    That's incredible to me. What are your thoughts on Empire Flippers. I was thinking of going through them once I have enough capital.
     
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    PickleYeast Registered Member

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    I'm not familiar with Empire, I'll have to check them out.
     
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    redarrow Elite Member

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    Grate post , fantastic warnings and brilliantly explained thank you all.

    Just to pick the brain ,if not flippa where would you go to flip your own websites

    I love learning , and really enjoyed this read thank you poster.
     
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    Flippa is shit. Check out empire flippers. You could however build a much more powerful site on your own with the kind of budget it will take to buy one that is worthwhile.
     
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    From personel experience, Flippa can suck a big SEO star, and shove it in their keywords.
     
  10. Predation

    Predation Newbie

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    I would be careful with flippa. One dude was trying to sell me his website for 10G with falsified earnings reports. Be careful if you go that route.
     
  11. faithjhung

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    I'd go for Empireflippers. I've sold my site there and they did a very thorough profile check on me and the website. Asked me about where the links were from, how they were acquired, and why I'm selling it when it's making money (this question was a hard one. A simple sentence wasn't enough). If I'll be buying websites, I'll go to empire flippers or FEinternational.

    Stay away from flippa.