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Buying and selling websites

Information about buying and selling websites

     
4:24 pm on Jul 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone know of reference sites that inform about buying and selling websites, or does anyone have any experience in this area that theyd care to share?

I particullarly would like to find out about valuing a website (based on page rank / visits / profitability??) and tax considerations about selling a personal site (obviously country specific).

Any help wold be much appreciated!

4:29 pm on July 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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You can start here with Lisa's excellent Domain Name Appraisal [webmasterworld.com] information. You couldn't find a better way to start.
5:22 pm on July 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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earlier thread:
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>experience

I purchased one site for $5k a few years ago. The site didn't generate any revenue, but had a single-word .com domain, excellent listings in yahoo, and traffic centered around its forums. Since I planned to jettison the forums, I felt the only asset value was in the domain name itself and future traffic. Even at 5cents/click, it turns out it was a good buy.

9:25 am on July 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the input!

Ive got a regional directory site that i was thinking of selling (ive got a few other ideas that i just dont have the time or capital to implement), but from the various calculations,etc it doesnt look worth my while.

My main problem is that I set the site up, but I dont have the facility or time to update and maintain it as I would like (I had plan to write articles, etc for the site). Also the site doesnt generate any revenue, as i intended it as a not-for-profit site, so its not a very attractive prospect for a potential buyer!

I think ill just do my best to keep the site up to date and try to generate some revenue from it!

Does anyone know if affiliate programmes are a worthwhile activity for generating income (im fairly new to the web business world but I assume that APīs are really only of use if they are related to your market)? I have very few graphics on my site as it is, and im hesitant to add banner adds, etc (i really detest 99% of the ads out there - what can i say - i from a marketing background!).

Im off to scour other threads for some info, but thanks again for your speedy responses!

1:27 pm on July 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>are affiliate programs worthwhile

They sure can be, if you find a program that compliments your site. You do not necessairily need banners either. Some programs offer text links, and some let you integrate forms, etc... onto your site.

4:43 pm on July 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks again for the info!

one more question, as I set the site up on my spare time and havent generated income from it, i havent registered it as a business and therefore tax, etc.

I had a look at a couple of affiliate programme sites and they require tax information.

Will i need to register my site as a buiness in order to subscribe to these programmes? I registered my details with a site that acted as a third party bewteen publishers and advertisers and they sent me a tax form to fill in!

Basically i want to know what the score is with generating income from your website, while in full time employment?

Cheers

4:46 pm on July 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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You can register using your personal tax information (SSN in the US).
4:49 pm on July 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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i want to know what the score is with generating income from your website, while in full time employment?

Check out the Advertising Sales and Affiliate Programs section of WebmasterWorld:
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