Posted in Google, SEO on January 23rd, 2015 by Michael – Be the first to comment
As many domainers have noticed in the past few days the old google keywords tool is gone for good and instead there is only the new one. This is actually bad news for most domain sellers as the old tool used to show much higher search counts “allowing” them to show higher counts and ask for a higher price for their domains. Google’s explanation for this was that the old tool included data from Google partners compared to only data from Google in the new tool. This is however hard to believe, for many keywords values were considerably higher on the old tool, frequently even 3-10 times more searches – an unlikely possibility since Google controls round 70% of the search market.
I mostly used the new keyword tool so this is not a big problem for me, however it was nice having the option to double check and compare values. Another option for that I use now is gTrends from WordTracker – the daily traffic estimates can hardly be taken seriously, but the data is good for comparisons on search volume between different keywords. Another good keyword tool allowing for an additional separate point of view on the keywords popularity is Keyword Discovery – they have a free account option with limited number of searches allowed.
An important issue to consider with the Google keywords tool, that apparently many domainers aren’t aware of is the “Match Type” option. There are 3 options: Broad, [Exact] and “Phrase”. The first one broad is the default and shows the highest search counts. However it’s deceiving since it pretty much sums up the whole niche and shows an estimate of many searches are performed with the current keyword being part of the search query. The “phrase” option shows results where the phrase appears as it is and the [exact] match option is the actual and relevant option which shows the searches for this exact keyword.
[exact] is what should be used when evaluating exact match domains to get a better idea of how much traffic top ranking can bring for that keyword. Exact is what I always use when buying domains for development. While the phrase and broad options can be good for category defining domains to get an idea on the market and search volumes for the niche.
Posted in Flippa on January 17th, 2015 by Michael – 4 Comments
A recent auction on flippa broke all records, with 330 bids in just half a day! It’s a neat new site with a unique service – it sends glitter to the people you hate (or like?) the most. In an avalanche of viral effects and incredible publicity the site had over 2.5 million visitors and $20k AUD in sales in just 4 days. The profit is 60-80% of this, according to the owner.
However it will likely require some outsourcing to ship this amount of orders, and the costs might increase. So it’s not surprising ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com is not taking any more orders currently due to inability to fulfill them: “Please stop buying this horrible glitter product — I’m sick of dealing with it. Sincerely, Mat,”, his other quotes included: “I apparently have too much free time on my hands because now my plans for the next few weeks consist of sending stupid fucking glitter to terrible people,” read more »
Posted in Buying Sites, Flippa on December 17th, 2014 by Michael – 3 Comments
Almost exactly 13 months ago I bought ApexWebGaming.com through this flippa auction, for $2999.
- How do you think it went?
- Was it a good purchase?
- Would you have bought it yourself from that auction?
- Why did I buy it and how did I do my due diligence on it?
- What did I do after buying?
- What are my plans for it next?
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Posted in Funny, Legal on September 26th, 2014 by Michael – 4 Comments
The owner of SlutsofInstagram.com got a cease and decist letter from Instagram, the most successful iphone app ever, with 30 million users. At first it all seems to be quite clear and Instagram would have a fairly strong case there:
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Posted in Hosting on September 23rd, 2014 by Michael – 1 Comment
Probably the most frustrating part of this business that every webmaster faces. Most of my sites are down currently, as my hosting company IceBlueHost is having some issues with their datacenter. They’ve been down for about half a day now and there is not much I can really do, except wait..
We are sorry to report that currently all servers in Germany are unreachable.
We are doing our utmost to resolve this issue as soon as possible.
Hopefully this gets resolved soon. This is especially awkward since I just started two auctions on flippa for small revenue sites and had to explain the potential buyers why the sites are down.. Luckily, at least this blog is hosted on a different server.
How frequently do you face similar hosting problems?
Posted in Flippa, Selling Sites on September 1st, 2014 by Michael – 3 Comments
Some of my readers and subscribers saw my earlier flippa sale for steamprofile.com and asked about it. Where did I get that site? how did it sell so high with such low revenues? What did I initially pay for it? Read on to find the answers!
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Posted in Flippa on August 24th, 2014 by Michael – 1 Comment
A new segment was launched on Flippa recently – Starter Sites. Following the popularity of newly created websites on their marketplace Flippa decided to better capitalize on it, by creating a whole new area for them.
In my opinion it’s a good way for new site investors to get their feet wet and enter “the game” with minimal costs.. but also minimal gains, as 99% of those sites are never going to make any revenue or pay for themselves. However the buyers could get the required experience and get a feel for how it works, so they can move on to bigger and better purchases next. And, who knows, some of these sites might even make a few bucks on adsense, over the years. read more »
Posted in Buying Sites, How to Sell on August 21st, 2014 by Michael – Be the first to comment
I get asked this question a lot, as everyone wants to know where to pick up the best deals.
Most of my best acquisitions actually came from contacts in the industry. Webmasters who had quality websites and wanted to sell them knew that I as buying websites and turned to me for a quick hustle free transaction. I get a good deal and they get to bypass the exhilarating, and rather frustrating process of selling a website.
The next best place for me was through webmaster forums, like DigitalPoint and dozens of others. As there are many buyers and sellers on those forums it’s frequently the easiest way to sell or buy a website, especially for smaller websites.
And, finally, flippa. As it’s a fairly big marketplace I frequently find good deals and quality websites to buy there. Sometimes you have to sort through the rubble to find the real gems.
Posted in Adsense, Flippa, For sale on August 17th, 2014 by Michael – 3 Comments
I’m selling this “newbie friendly” site on flippa currently.
DailyFreeware.net is a well established 8 year old blog about.. read more »
Posted in Adsense, Buying Sites, Flippa, Selling Sites on August 1st, 2014 by Michael – 4 Comments
I receive many questions about this every week, and many people want to learn how to flip websites for profit. While most of my deals are private, and I don’t post details publicly to protect the buyers and sellers I deal with, in this posts I’ll share all the info about one site that I bought and sold on flippa recently.
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