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2 Of My Sites Are Sold Successfully

I managed to sell 2 of my niche sites last week. It’s a first time for me in selling websites. Well, I am not a professional site flipper – a person who creates and sell websites for profits. It’s just that a few of my websites are just sitting idle and I don’t have the interest to touch on them anymore.

So last week, I listed one of my wedding niche’s site at Flippa.com. It’s the eBay for selling websites. The minimum starting bid I was willing to accept was USD147 and the BIN (buy it now) price was USD297. The auction lasted for 14 days. It was only during the last few days that bids were coming in. There were 2 bids initially before the 3rd bidder pop-up and bought my site at the BIN price.

Within a few days after selling my site, the seller realized that I have another niche wedding site. So he asked me whether I wanted to sell that site to him as well. Of course I accepted his proposal, because that’s the next site I want to sell in mind after the first deal was done!

The 2nd site was sold at a higher price at USD340, because the site was earning more money than the first site. So right now, you may ask me: “Why do you want to sell the site if it’s making money for you?” Well, the income earned from these 2 sites are minimum and I feel that it’s not worth my time to continue building them. So, I rather sell it –  let the new owner takes over and bring the sites to a higher level, which I feel I could not do it.

Actually, I was asking for $397. The buyer negotiated for $340. I accepted the deal because I was dealing with him directly this time round. That’s because getting your site listed on Flippa costs USD$19. If the site is successfully sold, you have to pay again a 5%  success fee based on the amount you sold it. I don’t have to pay all these “admin” fees, so I agreed to it. Just a side note: If nobody buys your site after the listing period, your $19 is gone. It’s non-refundable. 🙂

Initially I was a little worried about selling websites because I don’t really know the process of transferring websites. You know, you have to back up the SQL database and the wp files and export them to the new domain etc. But heck it, I just give it a try and during the listing period, I read up some guides on transferring sites. So theoretically, I know how to do it. LOL.

Luckily the buyer was quite experienced. I just had to zip up all the necessary files and send it to him as he can do it himself. All I need to do is to push my domain to his account and that’s it!

So the 2 websites were sold for USD$637 last week and I am happy about it.

Venturing into a New Niche Using Squidoo

I have ventured into a new niche. I won’t reveal the exact niche and all I can say is that it’s under the “Home and Family” category. So far, made a sale from it and it pays pretty well at USD$50 per sale. I didn’t take the conventional route of starting my own website (my own domain) and market it. I am trying new things and using Squidoo to kick-start it.

So, what exactly is Squidoo? Simply said, it’s a publishing platform where you can create a page based on a topic. They call the page “lenses” because it’s focused on a certain topic. For example, if your topic is on apples, the page should all be talking about apples ONLY. You don’t talk about bananas or other fruits. If you want to talk about bananas, by right you should create another “lens” and talk all about bananas.

So why choose Squidoo? First of all, it’s free, just like blogger.com. Secondly, which is critical,  it gets a lot of love from Google. This means that a Squidoo page tends to rank pretty well in the search engine. Of course there are techniques and strategies to rank even better. One of the methods I use is to create several lens and inter-linked them with each other. These provides good backlinks for each lens. In fact, Squidoo has been around for quite some time and I knew about it all these while. It’s only when I read more about it from PotPieGirl, that I began to create Squidoo pages.

Yes, you got it. My first sales came from one of my Squidoo page. This visitor searched for this particular keyword, found my page, browse it, clicked on my affiliate links, visit the merchant site and bought the product/service. By the way, this time round I am promoting a physical product/service. This is something new to me as well. All these while, I am selling digital products.

Of course, I have since bought my own domain and create my OWN website and promote this new niche product. New site needs time to rank well in search engine. I have ordered some articles. Once it’s done, it’s time to whack it and make it an authority site again.

So, if you are a beginner and you don’t wish to spend money buying your own domain or web host, try Squidoo. It’s the fastest way for you to see some initial results.