Buying established web sites?

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jm0963
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22 Jun 07 09:05:13 pm
I saw on Ebay, of all places, ads to buy established websites with dropshipping and digital support. You pay $9.99 a month for the subscription and reep the profits.

Have any of you started your business this way or is this another Chinese trap? :wink:

I would value any and all opinions and experiences with this.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

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jimmy_huber
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23 Jun 07 04:40:49 am
Its doubtfull they are established as is large volume of buying customers. You will need to establish your own advertising and traffic


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bellach123
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4 Jul 07 11:33:25 am
I started one of these business' in May. You pay the monthly fee and get 24/7 email support if needed. However, I will say that there are a few extra hidden costs involved that you are not made aware of at the start. Since I started my business I have only had three sales. You decide the profits and keep 100% of any profit made. It is hard to get business as you have to do all of your advertising. But I am hoping that it will be worth it in the long run.

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6 Jul 07 07:03:22 pm
Hi. Ebay and the web are full of these types of the sites. Basically the people who sell the sites make money in several different ways:

1: from the subscription fees.
2: from the products that are drop shipped from the site.
3: additional hosting fees and upgrade costs.

These sites can be made to produce profit, but you have to drive traffic to your site to do this.

Also you must keep in mind since these are rather generic sites, that the seller is probably selling dozens, if not hundreds of the same site. This means that the market is going to be flooded with not only the same type site, but with the same products being offered..It's kinda like driving down the road looking for gas stations; there's one on every corner, all selling gas, and the prices are all the same. So which one do you stop at?

Getting traffic to the site, and advertising the site will most often be more expensive than the amount of profit that the site can produce.

The biggest problem with these types of sites it that they are just sitting out there on the web, with no way for anyone to find them. Unless you have the ability to add content to your site, (that is, pages on your site where you can enter some keywords into some sort of text or descriptive context) then the search engine spyders will have no way of locating indexing and ranking your site. Basically, think of it this way: Most stores and shopping malls are located on major streets, and in large groups, with lots of advertisement signs posted along the way, to guide you to all of the stores. Yours is sitting alone in the middle of a vast Forrest.

When you type into search an item that you are searching for in a search engine, such as lets say; google, it sends out what is called spyders.
They search the web for this keyword. For instants,

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hc-promarket
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6 Jul 07 08:29:12 pm
Wow! Great & extensive info there, gulfy13. Thank you..

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jm0963
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8 Jul 07 02:25:16 pm
Awesome. Thanks Gulfy. I was actually just on vacation and a local newspaper ran an article onhow local e-commerce businesses usually fail and the number one reason was thier web presence was miniscule...great advice!!

Jason

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dropshipwholesalers
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8 Jul 07 08:53:18 pm
I would stay away from ebay in buying websites and buy them from forum type sites instead where others can make comments on the sites.

Some good ones are either digitpoint.com or sitepoint.com

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jm0963
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10 Jul 07 01:43:17 pm
why is that dropship??

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dropshipwholesalers
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10 Jul 07 07:40:43 pm
Well ebay is flooded with turnkey sites that are NOT established so it's really hard to weed through the good ones. Most all on sitepoint or digitalpoint are established and sellers are more reputable.

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jm0963
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11 Jul 07 05:33:06 pm
nice. thanks.

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