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Best Selling Types of Websites on Flippa

cookie cutter sites
Two types of websites that seem to always have a lot of bids and activity are Adsense sites and autoblogs. I can understand the popularity of Adsense sites but not autoblogs, other than people generally being lazy and not wanting to bother to add unique content to their blogs. Personally, I look for unique content when thinking about buying a blog from somewhere else. That’s a minimum requirement for me.

In addition to having no unique content, autoblogs can come with some built in problems. They are obviously scraping other people’s articles and possibly other people’s copyrighted photos, so the potential for a lawsuit or at least a cease and desist are high.

Then there’s the Google Panda thing … Autoblogs aren’t high on Google’s list of what it considers to be relevant and many are getting deindexed from Google or are disappearing so far down in the serps that they might as well be deindexed. All in all, if you’re browsing Flippa for sites to buy, I’d avoid autoblogs.

Beware the Cookie Cutter Business in a Box Sites

There’s also a very disturbing trend of cookie cutter sites (business in a box) being sold with a lot of success. The listings are all hype and have dubious income claims, especially since they are all start-ups. The income claims are in the copy since Flippa doesn’t even allow income claims on start-ups. These sellers sell the same cookie cutter sites over and over again … only difference is the domain name. Just copy the site to a new domain and they’ve got another listing. These low quality cookie cutter sites range from autoblog selling businesses to traffic selling businesses to social media selling businesses (buy Facebook likes and Twitter followers, etc.). People, there are a lot of these sites listed on Flippa. Please do some due diligence before spending your hard-earned money.

These types of sites often appeal to newbies who have little experience in buying websites or even in operating an online business. They think it’s going to be instant cash as soon as they buy it. Most are sadly disappointed to say the least, when they discover they’ve forked out a bunch of cash for a site that is not making an income as was claimed. Making money online simply isn’t as easy as all that. Spend $1,200 for a site without doing any work yourself and sit back and watch the Paypal receipts pour in.

Be certain to do due diligence when thinking about buying Adsense sites already making a passive income on Flippa or anywhere. They are hot sellers. Browsing the Just Sold section on Flippa, there’s listings like this, $630 per Month Adsense, High CTR, 2 yr. Old, PR2, Grants & Scholarships Niche, that just sold for over $9K. Listing looks good and has plenty of Adsense screenshots for income proof and Google Analytics.

So some research before investing in an Adsense site and make sure that the sites primary keywords are actually high paying keywords for Adsense. There are many Adsense keywords that are very low paying, making only a few cents per click. Also be certain that if the site advertises a certain placement in the Google serps, that you actually do a search for those keywords and the site does show up in that spot in the serps.

For more information on how to do due diligence, see my guest post on Flippa.

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Creating a Dynamite Sales Page for Your Website Listing

buy sell websitesIt takes a lot of hard work to get your website to the point where it is profitable and has a lot of traffic. You might want to cash in on all that time and money you’ve spent, but you want to get the most out of your investment. Before you list, make sure you do any housecleaning that needs to be done. Any broken links or glitches that you’ve been putting off… now is the time to fix those. Make sure you do all the SEO and everything is in good shape.

The Auction Listing

Why can some sellers get big money for their sites and some get barely noticed at all? It’s important that you create a site that offers value, but it’s not always the quality of the website to blame. Your listing headline and copy can make the difference between getting the price you want for your site or having it sink into Flippa oblivion.

With too many listings, the biggest mistake I see, other than a boring headline is not enough information about the website. Potential buyers want data. They want to know everything about the website and they want screenshots to prove it. They also want access to Google Analytics.

When writing up your listing, include everything including traffic, revenue, costs to maintain the site, outsourcing costs if any, how much content it has and whether or not it is unique content, whether or not it has a list, the number of back links, social media accounts, special programming or design, etc. Don’t leave anything out. Highlight the most important information in the headline. Grab their attention with revenue or high traffic figures if you have it, PageRank, etc.

You want to build trust with potential buyers and providing accurate data on your website will help to do that. Make sure that you break down all of your revenue streams by the source of the revenue and the revenue history. Go back as far as you can. The longer the site has been earning, the more you will get for your site.

Promote Your Auction

If you have a blog or website that is related, mention your auction. Some of your readers may be interested in the auction. Same with a list. Put your auction in your signature file if it’s allowed on forums that you participate in. I do this on the Warrior Forum. You can also get additional exposure with the Featured listing on Flippa. I don’t recommend doing this until the last couple of days of the auction, since most people hold off on bidding until then. You will get a lot more views doing this. If you have a Twitter account, tweet about your auction or mention it on your Facebook or Google Plus page. If the site you’re selling gets good traffic, put the link on that site too to let your visitors know the site is for sale.

You’ll get a lot more attention by getting your auction on the “Most Active” page on Flippa. You can do this by accepting all the very low bids. The more bids you get, the higher up on the Most Active site you’ll be.

Pay attention to your auction while it is listed. Answer any questions potential buyers might have and don’t take a lot of time doing it. An interested buyer may lose interest if his questions go unanswered for too long. Give accurate, detailed answers. Don’t be evasive. Good communication with potential buyers will help to build trust and help you get the most for your website.

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Flippa Scams

InvestBeacon banned

I recently wrote about a Flippa seller, InvestBeacon, here. This guy, whose first real name is Antoniya, and profile on Flippa is InvestBeacon, creates nothing (except Flippa listings) with sites he rips off from other people. He buys sites for $17 that have NO RESELL RIGHTS (personal rights only) and after he has acquired 25-40 of these, he creates Flippa listings to sell them in bulk.

Not only does InvestBeacon sell sites he has no right to sell, he sells the same sites over and over and over again. In his listings, he claims that each listing is an EXCLUSIVE network of blogs. Of course, nothing is further from the truth. Not only do they belong to someone else to sell and have been sold legitimately on the Warrior Forum, but he sells the same ones continuously.

In this post, I point to one such auction but he listed another auction here. I reported this auction to Flippa and they suspended this seller. I was relieved that InvestBeacon was not going to get away with selling other people’s blogs one more time. SuiteJ and Mark (new owner of Niche Blogging Treasure) also contacted Flippa regarding this auction.

After being suspended, I get this pitiful email from InvestBeacon:

from [Offline] InvestBeacon investbeacon@gmail.com

to Suzanne Bucciarelli

date Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 3:09 AM

subject I’m really sorry for selling your websites

mailed-by gmail.com

signed-by gmail.com


I would like to declare that I will not be selling any of your websites at http://nichebloggingtreasure.com/ or SuiteJ’s blogs ever again on flipppa or any other website. I deeply repent for even trying to sell these sites at the first place. I can only ask you to put this behind us and try to forgive me. I’m only left with the following – good luck with your future work and you won’t be hearing from me about any of this again, I promise.



Sounds like this scammer is turning over a new leaf, right? Don’t believe it for a minute. 1/2 hour later, I get another email from him, saying that now that he is a reformed scammer, would I put in a good word to Flippa so he can get his account back. Needless to say, I did not put in that word for him. I have been dealing with this Flippa scammer for a long time.

The truly shocking thing is … that soon afterwards, Flippa UNSUSPENDED him and allowed his auction here to continue and complete successfully, even though the two owners of those sites reported it and so did I.

But wait … it gets even better. While he was suspended, it appears (to me and a lot of other people, at least ((but not to Flippa))), that he created another account under the name of finestcreativity, this time selling Verena’s blogs from the Warrior Forum. These blogs are also created and sold by Verena with personal rights only. There were two brand new, active listings selling blogs he had no right to sell.

So I sat up until 1am and drafted up a DMCA notice to send to Verena and instructions for her on how to send it to Flippa:






Subject: Notice of Copyright Infringement

The Flippa seller known as InvestBeacon and finestcreativity are selling blogs from me that he purchased from me with no resale rights. The blogs available on The Warrior Forum sold under my name, Verena come with personal rights only. InvestBeacon was suspended for this before, but it is apparent that he has been reinstated and has resumed selling blogs that he has no rights to sell. In addition, he now has the second account to sell stolen blogs from, as InvestBeacon and finestcreativity are one and the same person.

The copyrighted works at issue are from listing for finestcreativity:



ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/335795-only-25-gorgeous-learn-guitar-niche-blog-comes-e-book-sales-page-ready.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://guitarcoaches.net/

ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/396034-only-25-gorgeous-day-trading-niche-blog-another-premium-blog-package-verena.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://tradingmanual.org/

ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/352660-only-25-gorgeous-hybrid-car-niche-blog-another-premium-blog-package-verena.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://drivinghybrids.org/

ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/357634-only-25-gorgeous-bodybuilding-niche-blog-another-premium-blog-package-verena.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://bodycourse.net/

ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/352927-only-25-gorgeous-cruise-vacation-niche-blog-another-premium-blog-package-verena.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://specialcruises.net/

ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/351650-only-25-gorgeous-satellite-tv-niche-blog-another-premium-blog-package-verena.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://satellitereport.org/

ORIGINAL COPYRIGHTED BLOG: http://www.warriorforum.com/complete-web-sites-sale/349619-only-25-gorgeous-solar-energy-niche-blog-another-premium-blog-package-verena.html

ON FLIPPA LISTING: http://solarenergyreports.net/

You can reach me at (YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS) for further information or clarification. My phone number is phone number here and my mailing address is address here.

The email address of the website owner, who has reprinted our content illegally, is their email address is investbeacon@gmail.com.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.




Got a message from Verena that she did indeed send it, but by then, finestcreativity had been suspended. See a pattern here? How long before finestcreativity is magically UNSUSPENDED and allowed to continue defrauding customers on Flippa once again?

I got an email from Flippa stating that they could find no fraudulent link between InvestBeacon and finestcreativity.


Let’s see. Both from Bulgaria with verified Bulgarian telephone numbers. Both with identical titles in their listings. Take a look at the images below. In the first one, you can see he tried to hide his identity by claiming that he is from the US. But his mobile phone is from Bulgaria and you can’t hide that. The second are the listings. Identical, aren’t they?

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Do these listings look identical to you or not. They sure look like the same person created them to me.


The sad truth is that a lot of scammers sell on Flippa and it is a minefield to try to buy a site from Flippa without getting ripped off. Take for example the rash of “Traffic” selling websites. There are sellers that sell the same traffic selling and other websites over and over again. For a real eye opener, check the same Flippa Leaderboard for all duplicate sites being sold on Flippa. A few of those are actually different sites … just listed with the same titles like the first listing there, but many are just clone websites being sold over and over again.

Buy from Flippa with extreme caution. Use Google to Google the title of listings and the Flippa Leaderboard to check for duplicates also. Of course, duplicates are not the only Flippa scams going. There are plenty of sites with fake income screenshots and sites that buy fake traffic to inflate their traffic numbers (I got one of those gems awhile back). It requires some real due diligence to buy from Flippa without getting ripped off.

UPDATE: The seller InvestBeacon had a lot of communication with Flippa and promised never to sell sites that he did not have the right to sell any longer. But this long time Bulgarian scammer couldn’t and had no intentions of keeping that promise. He opened a new account, FinestBusiness, and listed another person’s blogs from the Warrior Forum that had personal rights only. Someone pointed me to the auction, and I located the original source of the blogs and reported the auction. I had proof that this account was also InvestBeacon. In addition to InvestBeacon account, this scammer Antoniya, whose real name is actually Ivan Kolev, has operated under all of these previously banned Flippa accounts that I know about:

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Flippa Scammer InvestBeacon

Some of you know that I created and owned NicheBloggingTreasure.com. I sold the site to a very nice guy named Mark. He has sole ownership and is the only person who has the rights to sell NicheBloggingTreasure.com blogs.

Well, there’s this Flippa Seller, InvestBeacon (Flippa profile here: https://flippa.com/users/427164) that is re-selling sites he purchased from NicheBloggingTreasure.com and some from SuiteJ, all purchased with private rights only … NOT RESELL RIGHTS.

Not only is he reselling blogs that he has no right to resell, he is calling them EXCLUSIVE in his listings. Of course, there’s NOTHING exclusive since he is reselling them over and over and over again on Flippa and on Ebay.

The new owner of NicheBloggingTreasure.com, SuiteJ, and myself have reported this auction and it is still running, with some poor sucker who will inevitably win the auction of stolen blogs. Below is the email I sent to Flippa.

InvestBeacon is his profile on Flippa, Ebay and the Warrior Forum
investbeacon@gmail.com is his email in Paypal
From Bulgaria

From: Username: sbucciarel
Reported Auction: http://flippa.com/auctions/2629073

Customer’s message follows:
I am very surprised this auction is still running and you have not banned this scammer. He is reselling blogs that he purchased with NO RESELL RIGHTS from Mark Alves of Niche Blogging Treasure and from Suite J. Not only is he a thief, but he is claiming in his sales copy “A Network Of 40 EXCLUSIVE AUTOBLOGS”. There is nothing EXCLUSIVE about blogs that he stole from someone else and is reselling over and over and over again on Flippa. Look at his profile and see the EXCLUSIVE blogs he resells over and over.

The poor buyers who end up shelling out dough to this scammer run the risk of getting their sites taken down with DMCAs.

I am the former owner of Niche Blogging Treasure and I sold the exclusive rights to the blogs that he is reselling to Mark Alves. Only he has the rights to resell them.

Specifically, the sites that he is reselling on this auction that he has no resell rights to are below and they can all be seen on NicheBloggingTreasure.com with NO RESELL RIGHTS specifically stated:






























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