How to build and sell a new website in flippa and make money?

You should be very much familiar with selling your web designing and development services through different kinds of platforms and market places available over the internet. So whats the deal with a whole website ?I was checking through the website businesses happening in flippa these days. Lots of good websites are being sold in flippa. Some good deal of real businesses are happening. It is very common that a webmaster builds a website to sell it later.

The best example is of Tung Tran from Cloud living , who made $12000 profit in just 6 months with a new website.

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He did set up bestadjustabledumbbells– a dumbbell review website started in March 2013.

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He worked on it very professionally, provided quality contents and built good links. The website got small amount of traffic and it improved, eventually in just 6 months the site was able to generate a revenue of $3000 in total (or an average of $500 per month). Have a look at his own article about how he earned this 12000$ in 6 months.
After this quick initial success, Tung decided to sell his website in flippa and he sold it for 10000$ . Discarding his expenses to the websites, he made $12000 profit in just 6 months. Pretty interesting huh?

The income source

Most of the income came from amazon affiliates. People who are interested in dumbbells would also be interested in other fitness products also, leading  to additional sales.

Check his income report in these 6  months. You can see the stable increase in the revenue graph in these six months.

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Apart from this affiliate revenue, it is very much possible to get some good revenue through google adsense also.

So how does this website selling business work?

Ready to make some money by selling websites through flippa?  For that you need to know ,

What all factors builds potential for your website to be sold in Flippa.

  1. Quality– Create a high quality website. Don’t underestimate the bidders, they are intelligent and will check through every roots your website has been through. Buyers would check whether your website is indexed  properly in google, whether involved in any black hat seo techniques so and so.  Develop good content and maintain the quality of website.
  2. Traffic – Build traffic to your website , write genuine and high quality content to get some traffic from Google. Promote your website through social medias and other possible mediums to generate traffic. Your website will be evaluated mainly on the monthly traffic and the revenue it is making.  You would need to share the google analytics report as well as the alexa traffic rank details. So it is super important to build the traffic.
  3. Page rank– I’ve seen many websites sold in flippa which doesn’t have much traffic or revenue but a good page rank (say 4,5) etc.  Page rank is always an asset. You can also advertise in your website by selling links if it does have a good PR (which will be considered as another  revenue source).
  4. Revenue– This is the most important factor, no one would buy a website for 10000$ if it is making (or has the potential of making) $50 per month. Most of the websites are sold at a price considering how much  it would make in the upcoming  1-2 years(with respect to the current revenue status). The logic is simple, you can’t monetize a charity website right?  Try to find a niche were you can implement lots of ways for monetizing like  product selling, affiliates,adsense etc.  Tung Tran selected  the fitness niche in which there are lots of scopes for affiliates and product selling. Also fitness is a niche with good click rate in google ads which also made the website’s revenue potential high.

If you are seriously thinking of  developing a website and selling in Flippa, you need to think in detailed about these question tips .

  • What all revenue sources can you use for your website? 
  • What is the scope of your website niche , does it have a good amount of buyers in flippa?
  • How much traffic can you build in a specific time period?
  • How much hard is it for you to build links in the niche(guest blog etc)?
  • Does your niche have good scopes in future (so that you can point that out to the buyer)?

Answer these questions and you will get a clear cut idea of what to do. Good luck! make some bucks selling some good websites!

How to Start a Real Estate/Property Listing Website within 100 Dollars

We all know “Real Estate and Property” are a lucrative business with lots of possibilities. All over the world there is need for property and land for various purposes. In big cities, people demand housing in the form of villas,flats and apartments. They seek properties either for rent or for buying it as an investment. Businesses usually seek properties for their office needs, building work places or as warehouses for their stock keeping requirements. In most cases they seek buildings suitable to open physical stores in cities. In villages, large plots or lands are usually traded for large scale agriculture purpose, business purpose and similar ventures.

In the olden days selling, buying or renting of a property/land happened through real estate brokers and agents. To facilitate large and big deals there were agencies with professional agents who specialized in property business. But with the advent of Internet, the scenario has changed. Now a major share of property and real estate transactions takes place through websites that specialise in property listing. There are many big players in property listing business like HomeFinder , Zillow and Realtor. Most of these websites target a specific country or a set of cities. Properties can be listed in these websites by property owner himself or agents can list a set of properties they promote.

Why a Real Estate Agent or an Agency should start their own website ?

A real estate agency or agent sells his properties by marketing them to prospects. A website with properties listed is a great marketing tool. Yuval Degani & Avi Ron of DreamTown Realty knew this perfectly. They have setup a feature rich website, where all their properties are listed for sale & rent. They have a custom search engine which helps their clients to filter properties based on their choice. The team behind DreamTown goes extra mile by offering their clients services like neighborhood finder – a Google map based application in their website which lists nearby cafeterias, schools, grocery stores and other essentials. Michael Gordon & Thaddeus Wong of AtProperties are another two smart guys in real estate business who markets their properties brilliantly through their website. A property listing website is one of the best marketing investment for people in real estate business.

How to start your Property Listings Website in less than 100 US Dollars ?

You might be thinking that it will cost you thousands of dollars to build a pretty looking and feature rich website, which facilitates you with listing properties very easily. Actually you can launch a fully functional, feature rich and good looking website within 100 US Dollars and you can do all this yourself without any professional help. Lets see how to start your own real estate listing website in just 5 steps.

STEP 1) You need a good domain name like HomeFinder , Realtor or Zillow. You can register this domain name through a domain name registrar company like GoDaddy or NameCheap. If you are looking for a .COM domain name extension, you can get one for 10 USD or even less.

To help you more with finding a good domain name  & registering it, I have written two detailed articles. Please read them carefully to get this job done perfectly.

1. How to find a really good domain name for your website – In this article I have explained the different ways to come up with a catchy domain name for your business. Finding a good domain name like Zillow or Amazon is an art. A good domain name can help you in building your brand value. I have explained 6+ different ways to come up with a good & catchy domain name.

2. How to Register a domain name for your website – This article is to help you with registering a domain name. I have written this article for those who are not very familiar with internet & domain names. In this article, I have explained the step by step procedures involved in registering a domain name. To make the learning easier, I have added screenshots of GoDaddy as well.

STEP 2) You need to host your websites files and data with a web hosting provider. You can buy a good hosting account from Hostgator , Dreamhost or Godaddy. You can buy a basic hosting plan for less than 5 USD per month.

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STEP 3) You need to setup your website’s files using an open source platform like WordPress. WordPress is an open source content management system that helps you to build your website within no time and free of cost! That’s it and you are done!

STEP 4) Choose and Buy a Premium Real Estate Theme for WordPress – Once you have finished step 1,2 & 3, you got the basic setup ready. In step 1, you registered a domain name and in step 2, you have purchased & setup a web hosting account. In step 3, you installed WordPress content management system into your web hosting account. Now in step 4 & 5, we are going to setup a brand new real estate website using the WordPress installed in your hosting account. WordPress is a flexible, easy to use content management system. We can modify wordpress into any type of web application based on our requirements. In our case, we need to transform WordPress into a real estate website – which can be used to list properties, classify them as rent or buy, list photographs of properties, list videos, list google maps location of property, list agents for property etc.

There are two ways to get this done. One option is to hire a wordpress development agency to build a custom real estate website solution using wordpress. If you go by this route, you can build the website completely on your imagination. But this option will cost you thousands of dollars. A good development agency will charge more than three thousand US dollars to implement a feature rich, real estate listing solution using WordPress. Since our aim is to launch a property listing website within 100 US Dollars, there is a better second option. You can always setup a fully functional, feature rich real estate website using premium wordpress themes. A premium wordpress theme is a prefabricated template, usually developed by an experienced wordpress solutions providing company. A premium theme transforms wordpress into a desired application of any kind. We can build many different types of website applications using wordpress & premium themes; say a job board, a real estate website, an auto listing website, an e-commerce website, a tour package website, business directory, coupon management application or any such website applications. The good news is that you can buy a high quality, feature rich wordpress premium theme for a price tag between 40 US Dollars & 100 US Dollars

Demonstration of Real Estate Website using WordPress

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Let’s first see a demonstration of real estate website created using WordPress. “Graha” – is a feature rich, Google maps based real estate wordpress template created by Layero.com. You can see a full demo of Graha here. You can purchase Graha for just 49 US Dollars and the company behind the theme offers excellent customer support as well. Now lets dig deep into Graha and its features.

Highlighted Features of Graha

1. List Unlimited Properties – You can list any number of properties through the wordpress admin area. Graha has a clean user interface, which makes its easier to list any number of properties and its associated data. Each property listing can be created with its own set of images,photographs,floor plans,videos and other essential data. You can  add a detailed description of the property along with its amenities. You may see the demo of property details page to understand what all different types of data you can add in your website. Two other important features of Graha are its integrated neighborhood map & 360 degree panorama images. The neighborhood map lists all popular cafeterias, schools, churches, bars, pubs, restaurants etc near the property. A 360 degree panorama feature can be used to display the cylindrical 360 degree projection of rooms & interiors.

2. Functional Search Engine & Filter – Have a look at the sidebar of Graha to see the search filter. You can see a demonstration of search results page to understand how search results look. You can filter the search according to rent/buy, number of bedrooms, type of property and many other criteria. The search results page outputs the result in Google maps & in the classic boxed layout.

3. Responsive Layouts – All pages of Graha real estate wordpress theme are responsive. This means, the real estate website setup using Graha can adjust itself to fit into the screen of different devices; say smart phones, tablets, notebooks & personal computers. Your real estate website will look perfect in Ipad, Iphone, Samsung Galaxy S4,S3 and other series, Google Nexus tablets and other similar mobile devices.

Other important features of Graha are its front end submission – where a user can submit details of property for listing, theme customization panel – where website admin can change colors,fonts,logos and make many essential changes in the website without any technical knowledge, multiple agent listing – where a single property can be attached to more than one agent, profile for agents – where all properties listed by an agent grouped into a single profile page, integrated blog – where admin & agents can publish articles,

In addition to Graha, there are a handful of  other real estate wordpress themes. I have written a detailed review of the best premium real estate wordpress themes available in the market. This review will help you to differentiate between many themes and choose the right one.

We have covered a lot in step 4. Now all you need to do is choose the right premium theme for your real estate website. Once you choose the right one, buy the theme and download it.

STEP 5) Install & Setup the Premium Theme – we have reached the final step. What remains is setting up the new premium wordpress theme. I have written a detailed guide on How to Install & Setup a new theme in WordPress to help you with installation. Once you install the theme, read through documentation to set it up perfectly. Each premium theme comes with its own documentation and administration panel. If you experience any difficulty in setting up the website using a premium theme, you can always bank on the customer support offered by the theme maker (from where you purchased, be it Layero.com or Themeforest.net).

I hope my article was of help to you in creating a real estate/property listing website within just 100 US Dollars. It just takes 5 steps to create a website on your own without any professional help. The good thing is that, you can customize a premium theme using professional services at much lesser cost. If it costs around 3000 US Dollars to create a real estate listing website from scratch using a professional web development agency, it would cost only around 1000 US Dollars to create a customized real estate website based on a premium theme. A premium theme incorporates much of the needed features into its code base and a professional agency requires much lesser time to do the project than creating everything from scratch.

If you have any doubts, let me know in comments. I am happy to help.

Why is it important to reply to your blog comments ? 6-Reasons

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One of the biggest mistakes committed by a blogger would be not replying to his comments. Why is it really important?

1. Replying to comments is the best way to get returning visitors.

We can categorize the visitors of a blog into two.

a. Who do have Relation with your blog

b. Who doesn’t have a relation with your blog

By relation what I meant is like something,

Once a user posted a comment inside the blog, the blog has got something from the visitor or in short the visitor has contributed to the blog.

The second type only act as visitor to the blog and doesn’t contribute anything to the blog. Consider a scenario were a visitor of the second type asks you something as a comment and you didn’t reply to it. The visitor will get a negative feeling about your blog. Even though not same, it is somewhat similar to not replying to facebook chats. You will be definitely embarrassed if some one doesn’t reply to you in facebook chats, right? Consider the converse, you make an impression before the visitor and he will return back to the website. Replying to users comments gives the user a feeling that he do have some respect/role in the blog which forces him to come back.

Have a look at this post of Neil Patel from Quicksprout where he asked his visitors to ask any question to him regarding the e-business . He is almost reaching 1000 comments for a 200 word post. He really builds a relation with the visitor, you can find that he’ve valued each and every commentators(And for sure, these visitors will be very much pleased and they will read his other articles too) .

2. Better ranking in Google.

For sure, Google monitors the comments happening to a blog post. What should Google think if a post doesn’t have a single comment irrespective of good amount of visitors? Visitors didn’t find the post that much special , right? While back to back comments indicate that your post is very pleasing and visitors thinks it is special. Replying to a comment makes your comments section very much active and strong. Will any one bother to ask a question if no one replies? Administrator of a website is like a leader and everyone would be asking questions to admin. And your single reply can in turn bring many new comments(as a part of the conversation).

3. More content which gives you additional rankings for new keywords.

Google or any search engine tracks the comments for the post too. For instance assume that you wrote a post about fruits and some one replied to the post containing information about vegetables. The very same post can now bring traffic for “vegetable” related keywords.

I’ll explain this scenario with the same post from quicksprout which I mentioned before. Neil asked his visitors to post some questions, and now the visitors asked lots of questions touching different sections in  the e-business .

  • Blogging
  • Internet Jobs
  • E-Commerce
  • SEO
  • His experiences
  • Saas
  • Internet/Digital marketing
  • Niche Websites
  • Finance
  • Affiliates
  • Making Money Online

Well, Neil replied to them very convincingly. All these are genuine contents and what Neil will be gaining is additional traffic. You can also see that he have linked almost all of his main posts in different comments, all those posts (old and new) are getting real boost through this method.

4. Comment count is a status symbol for a post.

Facebook like count is now a big criteria to determine the value of a brand. Similarly, the comment count is also very significant for a blog post. Personally when I find a blog post from Google, I just drag down to check how much comments did the post receive(especially if it is some kind of tutorial). And if I see lots of comments especially thanks giving or “Great Tips ” I get more convinced with the post and starts reading it.  Almost all post from QuickSprout do have more than 170 comments.

5. More comments means, more networking and more personal data

Personal data is really important in the internet business. Usually through wordpress comments, you can get the email of the commentator. You can promote your business through these emails collected. Collaborating the 1st point which I mentioned here (about building a relation with the visitor) and this point where you collect the data , the email promotions should work well. The commentator does already have a trust in you and he cannot easily turn down your email.

6. Building your brand

Just assume that you are walking through a street and stopped in the middle seeing a crowd. You sees a person explaining different kind of things all around the world to the crowd. People are asking him different questions and he do have brilliant explanations to their queries. What all thoughts will pop into your mind?

  1. Who is this guy? Where is he from ?  Let me ask some one about him, his knowledge is superficial!
  2. The crowd is really big that he should be a popular(special) person.
  3. What if I ask a question to him? 

The commenting section of your blog can be considered as a replica of the above scenario. Like, you came to see some ones post via Google, and you did see a strong comment section. Lets check the replicas of the above mentioned points(in the real world scenario).

  1. You just went through his comments and found that his knowledge is extra ordinary. Checking the about page and reading his bio.
  2. You found tons of comments so that you will come into an assumption that the blogger is a popular person.
  3. Yes, you do have that question for him . You can post it as a comment.

For sure, commenting is one of the best way in building your brand (personal or even for a product). Back to back comments and   doubt resolutions builds your trust in front of the readers .  And as everyone know, once a brand is built ,it is very easy to setup a business. If you have brand name in the blogosphere, it is very easy to get new and returning visitors. You need not  do any SEO or other marketing strategies as  you’ve already got a brand.

Hope you enjoyed this article about comments in a blog . What is your approach to comments? Do you promote comments in your blog? Are you interested in commenting in other blogs?

How to Hide Contents & Folders Inside a Parent or Root Web Directory

In some cases, you will be required to hide folders and contents inside a root/parent web directory in order to prevent others from accessing your confidential directories and the files inside them. If you are little confused with the scenario, let me explain.

Consider a case in which your website has a sub domain and several sub directories inside that sub domain. In a real life scenario, assume that you run an online gadgets store and you run it on a sub domain store.example.com. Now assume that you have a dedicated web app for each brand and you run them as sub directories. So you run apple brands under the URI store.example.com/apple and in similar ways a samsung store under store.example.com/samsung. In such a case, you will have many directories coming under the root sub domain store.example.com

A screenshot of such a case is shown below. 

How to Hide Contents & Folders in a Root Web Directory

What are the vulnerabilities of not hiding folders & files ?

The risks are plenty. A root directory always contains many important files like the configuration file of your web app software. If some one access this configuration file, he will get details of your database username & password. You can imagine the consequences. To avoid such exploits, we always advice you to hide the contents inside a root directory (whether its of the home domain or a sub domain).

Solutions

There are more than one solutions to fix this vulnerability. The easy and most popular one is to hide folders & files by uploading an empty index.html file inside the root directory.

Solution #1 – Add an empty Index.html file in the root directory

This is a simple and easy solution which can fix the problem. All you need to do is create an empty file and name it index.html. Now upload this file to root directory via FTP. In this way you can hide all folders & files inside a root directory from external access.

You can create an HTML file within your web FTP client as well. I have added 2 screenshots which will give you an overall idea of creating an index.html file from your web FTP client.

STEP 1:- Create  a new file by clicking “New File”

STEP 2:- Name the file with extension as “index.html”

STEP 3:- Hit the button “Create New File”

That’s it and you are done!

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The outcome of above steps will be a new 0 KB index.html file residing in your root directory. A screenshot of the same is given below.

Hiding Folders & Files inside Root Web Directory

Now you are done! You have successfully hidden those folders & files inside your root directory from the external world. You can test the same by loading your URI store.example.com in any browser.

I will be updating this article with other possible solutions soon. Keep tuned.