This post is written specifically for freelance writers and people making their living by selling their services online, and it’s something I’ve been meaning for publish for several years now. It includes my observations and recommendations on how to advance in the field.
Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not a freelancer and have never been one. But I’ve spent more than a decade on the other side, hiring hundreds, if not thousands, of freelancers over the years. Often I encountered very smart and intelligent people who were selling themselves short, and I mean really short! With a little work to upgrade their skills, and by better marketing their services they could be earning 5-10 times more for the same amount of work, enjoying their work more, and working with more professional and respectful clients who value the quality of work, reliability, and professionalism above all.
How can you become successful as a freelancer and make a good living, despite the hundreds of thousands of people willing to do the same jobs for far less? Read on to get my personal advice, this is based on my own experience, as well as the experience of many friends, colleagues, and partners dealing with the same issues and noticing the same pitfalls freelancers fall into. This mostly applies to freelance writers, or whose looking to build a career or at least substantial supplemental income from it. But the same principles also apply to web designers, programmers, consulting specialists and any other freelance specialists.
One of the projects I’ve been working on for past few months is vi.sualize.us – an old photography and pictures sharing community website. The website used to be quite popular back in 2010-2012, but due to near criminal neglect, lack of updates, and the emergence and meteoric growth of Pinterest, it has seen a consistent drop; from over a million daily pageviews to just about 20K pageviews per day now.
I did quite a bit of research over the past days to register some quality 5 Letter domains, LLLLL.com, below are some results. First of all this is geared towards western, English speaking world, and potential end users, and it’s mostly unrelated to the recent surge in Chinese domains. Most of the below analysis is based on letter frequencies in the English language and also the letter frequencies presented in high value sales of LLLLL.com domains.
What makes these domains interesting? They arepronounceable, easy to remember and make good brands. And brands is what end users want, and the main reason for high value domain sales. Here are some easily recognizable global brands that use 5 letter domains: Shell, Intel, Chase, Cisco, Honda, Pepsi, Total, FedEx, Baidu, Tesco, Bosch, Gucci, Canon, Delta, Rolex, Nivea, Claro, TELUS, Bayer, Prada, Mobil, Geico, Tyson, Lexus, Adobe, Yahoo, Volvo, Kraft, Exxon and many more!
I’m currently looking to buy a bunch of 4 letter domains LLLL.com, in types and shapes. Bulk deals are welcome.
So feel free to contact me and send your lists if you’re selling. Use this form, or facebook, or contact via forums, my handle is DomainMagnate everywhere.
After the success of an evil Glitter site auction, another novelty website sale caught my attention on flippa today . PotatoParcel.com is a website that allows you to send a message to friends or foes via a .. potato for $9.99. The site received a lot of media attention and was featured in many news outlets which spurred its fast growth. It also had over $40K in sales. The flippa auction is ending in a couple days and currently sits at $18k.
If you’re an active website buyer you can sign up for my monthly newsletter, it features various websites for sale with prices ranging from only about $1K to over $100K. Most websites are usually content based, search traffic websites. Some are fairly new, while others have years of stable stats. Price typically vary based on website content, history, sources of traffic and revenue, and market trends and values.
Please do not join the list only to check out the sites available for sale. This is a very short list and I regularly review it and remove inactive buyers. This newsletter is only for serious buyers who are able to complete deals quickly and professionally.
Each newsletter volume usually has one or two special deals that get sold very quickly. All sales are handled in partnership with escrow.com. There is usually only 1 email per month, sometimes two, or none. Signup here
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,”
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?
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:
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?