I really need your advice... I have discovered a 'fan' website that I wish to purchase. This website is 4 years+ old and hasn't been updated since Q1 2003. Details of website:
Domain Registered: Sept 2000 Domain Expires: Sept 2005 Last Updated: Q1 2003 Amount of backlinks: 265 Amount of Google Indexed webpages: 450 Google Search Results: Listed at top - Number One for its Keyword Amount of keyword searches: 4000 per month on Overture alone Google PR Value Rank: 4
The problem is I don't know if its for sale. The website hasn't been updated in 18 months and has no advertisement or revenue sources (which I plan to introduce if I can buy it). The problem is I've emailed the 'whois' owner and also the webmaster 2 weeks ago but so far not had a reply.
In my email I told him I would be prepared to pay a fee although I didn't say how much. How much should I offer this guy?
If anyone has any experience (good or bad) of either buying a website or alternatively, anyone who knows of ways I can convince him to sell up I would be grateful for your input.
Maybe the owner doesn't check the email associated with that site any more? He may be unavoidably detained elsewhere, perhaps in prison, hospital, or the army. The fact that it hasn't been updated in a while suggests that he's busy elsewhere. Or he has simply lost interest and forgotten about it.
Msg#: 8232 posted 11:51 pm on Mar 26, 2005 (gmt 0)
Try giving him a phone call instead?
mention that you are a fan and the site hasn't been updated in 2 years, say that you're bored and you've got some free time on your hands, you'd like to take over all the hassle and responsibility of updating the site, that you're interested in the subject and it's your hobby.
Msg#: 8232 posted 12:59 am on Mar 27, 2005 (gmt 0)
If he is available or interested..
A fellow I know with a niche site is asking a grand for his site. For a reference point, the site is #1 for its keyword. It has a history on the web, and was once an active forum site.
Lack of maintenance of general screw-ups have reduced the site to about 3 pages with no real content, and the forum users got tired of losing their threads so they migrated elsewhere. The forum is dead right now. All that for a grand.
I wouldn't buy it, however. It's just as easy and less expensive to set up my own community site.