Top 10 Places to Sell Your Websites Online

 

After putting hours of research and effort into your website, you may find that you want to cash in on your prized asset. There are many places on the internet in which you can put your website up for sale. Below is a selection:

1. Flippa Currently the largest and most popular website marketplace, Flippa has come a long way since moving from its original roots in Sitepoint. It is the highest trafficked marketplace for websites and your website has the highest chance of finding a buyer if put up for sale here. It has a listing fee of $29 and a successful sale fee of 5%.

2.  Warrior ForumThe Warrior Forum is the highest traffic internet marketing forum and definitely can give your listing many pairs of eyes. The crowd is savvy but the chances of finding a buyer is definitely good.

3. DigitalPoint ForumThe Digital Point Forum is one of the most active internet marketing community on the web. It also has a section dedicated to the purchase and sale of websites and has systems in place for the confirmation of various statistics as well.

4. WebsiteBroker – This is a website marketplace that allows the listing of websites for sale. It seems to be very active and looks to be the closest alternative to Flippa and offers a one-time listing fee of $9.95 for 90 days.

5. EBay – Ebay is a very well-known auction site. It also has a category dedicated to “Internet Businesses and Websites”. It is a good alternative to list your site.

6. BuySellWebsite – BuySellWebsite is an established marketplace (since 2002) and has quite an active pool of buyers and sellers. They have listing and appraisal services as well.

7. Flipping Enterprises – Flipping Enterprises is a website brokerage where they try to find a buyer for your site. They have a pool of ready and regular buyers.

8.  WeSellYourSite This is a website marketplace cum website brokerage and seems to cater to the high-end if your sites are worth in the 5-figures, this is definitely a place you want to go to list your site.

9. DealASite.comA totally free site that allows both buyers and seller to list their sites. Also good for listing domain names.

10. WebMasters MarketPlace – This a fantastic looking marketplace for websites and is completely free to list. There are options for a featured homepage listing with a small price. The price is in credits and each credit equals US$1. Definitely worth a look for webmasters.

11. Experienced-People.net – This is forum that has a free marketplace for buying and selling websites. It is relatively new and has 3 dedicated sub-sections for the listing of sites. The sections seem to be less than 2 months old (at the time of this posting) and relatively new. Since it has very low to no fees, it is worth at least try.

 

Other Sites You May Want to Consider

There are many other sites that you want to consider. For forums, those in the Webmaster, Internet Marketing and Domain Name niches are all great places where you can sell your sites. Most of them do have sub-forums that allow the listing of sites for sale.

Classified ads sites such as Craigslist, Gumtree, Locanto etc. are good places to list your sites as well. Another option is sites that specialize in having businesses for sale. These sites normally allow the listing of websites as internet businesses and may get you a couple of potential buyers.

Other options include domain name sites. Some of these, such as SEDO and Afternic, provide a good alternative as well even though they specialize more in the buying and selling of domain names.

Top Canadian Golf Forums and Sites

Sometimes we build niche sites targeted towards a specific small niche, geographic region or both. Forums are a great place to interact and find more information. They can also be places where we can build a reputation by posting regularly. Backlinks that we get from these forums are great for SEO purposes as well as for a source of regular traffic. The following sites are targeted towards the Canadian golf niche:

Forums

Toronto Golf Nuts

ScoreGolf

Manitoba Golf Forum

Ottawa Golf Forum

Sites

Canadian Golfer

GolfCanada.ca

Ottawa Golf Blog

GolfNewsNow.ca

GolfDigestCanada.ca

GolfCanada.com

 

How to Make Money Online Without Financial Investment

 

For many of you who are just starting your online business journey, one very important consideration must be how much money is needed to get started? Well, there are actually quite a number of ways to do so with zero financial investment. But the less money used means more work and effort is needed. Let’s take a look at some of the best methods below.

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 properties are a fantastic way to get started as they require no initial start-up money on your part. All you have to do is register and start creating content. If you are able to get users to visit your content, the revenue earned from advertising will be split between you and the site or in some cases, all of the revenue will be deposited into your account.

Squidoo – This site is a great way to start your online journey as the only thing you need to do is register with them. All of the revenue earned on the site are earned through Squidoo itself and the revenue will be sent you by Squidoo. This means there is no requirement to register with the different advertising platforms such as Amazon, Google Adsense, Kontera etc. Just sign-up with Squidoo and you can begin earning income. Revenue is split 50-50 between you and Squidoo.

Hubpages – Hubpages is similar to Squidoo except you must register with the individual advertising platforms. They have various options such as EBay, Amazon, Google Adsense and Kontera. Revenue is split between you (60%) and Hubpages (40%).

Blogger – Blogger is owned by Google itself and is a free blogging platform. It is not much different from the two above, but you get to earn 100% of the profits from your site. It is a good option to learn about blogging and making money at the same time.

Article Marketing

Article marketing is another free method to earn money online. Any user can write an article and submit it to some of the free article directories. Some of these directories allow the use of affiliate links either in the content or in the author resource box. When readers click on the affiliate links and buy something, the owner of the article earns a commission.

It used to be an excellent one whereby users were able to write and rank the articles quickly and also make a good income as well. However, due to recent changes in Google, some of the most popular article directories no longer hold as much ranking power and thus have become less profitable.

Some of the popular article directories include EzineArticles, ArticlesBase, GoArticles and EzineMark.

Online Videos

There are many video sites nowadays as it gets easier to produce video content. Anybody with a webcam, camera phone or digital camera can produce videos at whim. Many video sites allow original video content creators to share revenue earned on their sites. These include YouTube, Flixya, Break, TubeMogul, BlipTV and more.

Getting a Freelance Online Job

oDesk,

Online Gigs

Fiverr

Taking Surveys

Paid-to-Click (PTC)

 

 

Choosing the Best Platform for Your Website's CMS

With the advancement of technology, there are countless platforms in which you can build your website with. These platforms are known as Content Management Systems (CMS) and they make the management of your website much easier.

WordPress

Joomla

Drupal

Top 20 Sites to Outsource Your Work or to Hire People

There are many reasons why you would want to hire workers for your online business or outsource some of the work. Sometimes, we do not possess the skills to get a job done, such as programming and other technical skills. At other times, some other people can simply do a better job then we can. Hiring other people to do a job can also free up our time to focus on other more important jobs. These are some of the best sites for outsourcing your work or for hiring.

oDesk

Fiverr

Elance

Guru

Freelancer

FreelanceSwitch

GetACoder

iFreelance

WriteJobs

FreelanceJobs

WritingBids

PeoplePerHour

TaskArmy

TaskRabbit

MicroWorkers

ScriptLance

Getting Webhosting for Your Site

 

Finding a good webhosting company is essential for your online business as it will greatly determine your websites’ uptime, site speed and other factors related to user experience. There are plenty of options to choose from on the internet.

Shared Hosting

Shared webhosting is when the cost of hosting is shared among many websites. For the webhosting company, a server is split into sections and each section is owned by different customers. This reduces the cost of the server and results in very affordable hosting for your websites.

It is the best option for most webmasters who are starting out and the server maintenance and requirements arekadequate for normal sized websites as well. The monthly cost of shared hosting is normally priced at $4 to$12 for an individual customer to host multiple sites.

Reseller Hosting

Reseller webhosting is for customers who want to easily set-up their own webhosting busi.ess. The Reseller Hosting company has servers that are leased out to customers with a customized platform that allows the customer to further divide the server into sections (normally with the use of a  easy user interface) and further lease out the space. Thus, the customer can easily run a small webhosting business that caters to other business owners or webmasters. The monthly cost of Reseller hosting is normally between $20 to $80.

Webhosting Companies

There are a couple of webhosting companies available such as Hostgator, Bluehost and HostMonster.

What to Look Out for in Buying a Domain Name

 

 

Buying a domain name is not difficult but it does require some thought and Paypal account.

What Domain Name to Buy?

If you are planning on setting up small niche websites, then keyword based domains will help in the SEO aspects of the site. It is better to have most if not all the keywords of your targeted niche in the domain name. Exact match domains are domain names that are the exact keyword phrase of the niche. For example, if you are targeting the keyword phrase “best search engine”, then bestsearchengine.com is a very desirable domain name to have. This is because Google gives more emphasis when ranking a site in their search engine results page (SERPs) when the $omain name matches exactly the keyword searched by users.

For brandable domain names, they can be somewhat related to your niche or not related at all. When the domain name gives an indication of what the site’s content is about, it makes it easier and faster to brand the site. An example would be TechCrunch.com, whose domain name indicates that it is about the technology niche. For names that are completely unrelated, such as Google.com for example, it is much harder to brand the site when it is in the initial stages of its existence. However, once the site is established in the niche, it can be a very powerful and profitable brand that stands out from its peers.

Another kind of domain name to take note are the shonote are the shorter names such as TMZ.com or POF.com. They are mostly acronyms of the brand name or could represent the name itself. These names are very easy to remember and easy to type into the web browser’s address bar. This means that the branding and advertising campaigns are made easier but they do come at a high price. As a rule of thumb, the shorter the domain name, the more expensive they are as they are mostly taken. However, if price is no obstacle to you or you happen to chance upon one that is available, it is a good option to consider.

Which Domain Name Extension?

For niche sites, the most effective domain names are purported to be .com, .net and .org. Even though Google has categorically stated that the domain name extension has no bearing on how well a site ranks in its SERPs, most SEO practitioners agree that these top three extensions seem to perform the best in the Google search engine.

For most purposes, domain names with the .com extension are considered much more valuable. This is because most people have become accustomed to brand names with the .com extension and they normally assume that a brand name is associated with the .com domain or vice versa.

Which Domain Name Registrar?

There are countless domain name registrars out there but I would consider Godaddy, NameCheap and Netfirms to be the top dogs in the industry. I have used all three of them and can recommend them as being trustworthy and reliable registrars thus far that I have been using them. Occasionally, you will find coupon codes related to specific domain names from these registrars and you can save a bit of money off them. Some other registrars include Name.com, Enom, NetworkSolutions, TuCows, Register and Moniker.

Steps to Building a Website

 

 

Creating a website is not an enormous task and can in fact be rather easy. Depending on what kind of site you are looking for, there are various platforms that you can use to quickly build a site.

Buy A Domain Name

There are countless domain names that you can choose from. Some are more keyword-oriented whereas others are more brandable. You will have to choose one for your website based on your preference, needs and whether it is available.

The domain name extension comes in the form of .com, .net, .org etc. These 3 are the most popular ones but there are others as well. Some others use country extensions such as .us for sites related to the United States.

Next is to choose the domain name registrar that you want to host the name on. The popular and reliable ones include Godaddy, Netfirms and Namecheap.

Get WebHosting

After choosing a domain, the next step is to get webhosting. This is where the files and folders of your website will be hosted on. Choosing a good webhost is essential as it will determine your site’s uptime and speed.

It is also paramount for  you to choose a webhost that is different from your domain name registrar, even though most registrars provide webhosting services. This is to prevent them from holding your site to ransom should you decide to transfer your domain name to a different registrar for whatever reason. Some of the popular webhosts include Hostgator and BlueHost.

Install WordPress

There are many website platforms out there. The most popular one currently is WordPress. It is the most widely used website Content Management System (CMS) in the world. It is free to use, has countless free templates available for download on the internet and thousands of plugins. You can also easily install it in the CPanel of your webhost.

The Various Types of Online Business

 

There are many different ways to create online businesses on the internet. Some are easier than others and they have different levels of potential.

Content Sites

Content sites are mainly websites with articles on a topic or subject. Most of the time, they are created in the form of a blog, where articles are posted at regular intervals. They can be based on a smaller niche or a broader topic. These can be personal sites as well.

Some of these sites are known as affiliate sites as they main,y cater to articles based on products or services. The sites make money by having affiliate links, much like advertisements, that pays the owner of the site when a reader clicks through the link and purchases a product. Some of these sites are made in the form of review sites where they give reviews of products and services.

Another model of content site is the article directory. Article directories allow users to post their articles on the site for free as an advertising medium.

Membership Sites

One good business model is a paid membership site. These sites are based on acquiring members who pay mostly on a monthly basis for access to premium content in the form of articles, videos, audio interviews, specialized software and expert support. Some of the content can be added on a monthly basis and this makes the maintenance of the site less of a hassle.

Selling Physical Items

This is a straight forward business model and places the site as a shopfront on the internet. Physical goods are sold on the website and orders are taken. Once payment is made, either through credit card or an online payment processor, the product is physically shipped to the buyer.

Forums

Community sites are mostly based around a topic, geographic location or both. A community is then built around it. It is a good business model as most of the content is user-generated. The site is then monetized by having advertisements or charging for the sale goods on its sub-forums.

Digital Products

As the internet is getting bigger every year, more and more digital products are bought and sold. In fact, digital books have exceeded the sale of physical books for the first time this year. There are sites based around these digital products, such as software, ebooks, articles and more.

Conclusion

There are many kinds of online businesses in existence and they can be limited only by your imagination and creativity. The above business models represent the most common and most attainable ones for most us. In reality, most of the websites on the internet are not based on a single model but are a combination of the models. It is the integration of these models that maximize the potential of websites.

Why Should You Make Money on the Internet?

make money online, make money on the internet, laptop income, work at homeThis is indeed a very good question. Why should you even try to make money on the internet? In making a case for earning an income online, you should know that the world population is about 7 billion and the internet usage rate is almost 3.5 billion. This represents a humongous slice of the population to tap into. Also, the percentage of internet users who shop online is over 80 percent, which is a phenomenal figure. With these figures in mind, let’s take a look at various other factors.

Part-Time or Full-Time

There are many ways of making money online. You can do this part-time after work or during the weekends. It is also possible to do it during lunch breaks or in the mornings before going to work. This can be used to supplement your income. On the other hand, it is possible to turn the online business into a full-fledged one and do it on a full-time basis. This gives tremendous flexibility as you can decide to start on your entrepreneurial adventure even while holding a job and only go full-time when you are earning your online income at the desired level.

High Upside

For most people holding a full-time job, the salary is normally within ranges of $2k to $10k on average. The median US employee earns roughly $3k per month. However, online businesses can give very high earnings to normal folks like you and me. Some are known to be earning 5 tok6 figures per month on a regular basis. This is partly because online businesses are fully scalable. If one website can earn $1k per month for example, then 10 such websites can earn %2t10k per month. The costs of starting a website are low enough that it makes diversification and expansion very plausible.

Financial Freedom with Passive Income

If anybody is able to earn a regular full-time income, it gives financial stability to the person. This is because the online business can be done at any time and can be used in conjunction with a regular 9 to 5 job. Also , there are some ways and some sites that are practically hands-off once they are set-up properly and succes3fully run. This gives a strong measure of passive income as well.

Doable Anywhere in the World

Another one of the positive factors is the ability to do it anywhere in the wor,d. For mothers and stay-at-home moms, they can run the online business straight from their homes. It is also practically doable in any country, state or city, as long as there is a computer and an internet connection. This means that the successful entrepreneur can travel and earn a great income at the same time.