If you have some old websites laying around, you could flip them to make money. There are actually benefits to flipping an older website as opposed to a brand new one.
Respecting Your Elders
Websites that have been around for a while are usually the most valuable because they tend to have the best traffic and sales numbers. By using an aged website, you can list it as a selling point on the marketplaces where you list it for sale. Some of the benefits of aged websites are:
An aged website normally has a fair amount of traffic associated with it. Of course this is a plus to a potential buyer as they will not have to work as hard to get visitors to the site.
Plus if your site is an affiliate site or sells a product and has been making a regular income, this will be seen as a huge benefit at selling time.
More Trusted by Google
Google tends to value age in a domain, it shows that it’s not a fly-by-night site.
If you list your website to sell on Flippa, you will need to show proof of traffic and income. Hopefully you will have installed some form of tracking on your website to allow you to post your stats. Google Analytics is great for this and many hosting companies use Awstats as well. You simply log into your account and check your traffic stats and numbers and can then post them on your site’s detail page.
Flipping an older website becomes a disadvantage, however, if it doesn’t get any traffic or sales. This could be a domain your registered, but never published online, or a site you set up, but never added content to, and then never bothered to promote. It could also be a site with few articles, or “thin” content, that just never took off with the search engines. While you can still sell it, in this case, lack of traffic can be a downfall.
You do have a couple of options. First spend some time generating traffic to it and attempting to get some affiliate sales. And if your domain name is popular, this could make the site sell at a good asking price easier.
Age as a Selling Point
Many people like to buy aged domains and there are auction sites out there that sell these domains. It is possible to find a good domain name with traffic that will help boost your new website.
If you visit an auction site, you will notice that there is a huge variation in prices, with some domains selling for thousands of dollars. Search by niche or keyword to see if you can find a relevant one for under $10. GoDaddy and some marketplaces shows the age of the domain, so you will know if you are getting an aged domain or not. If not, you can always just start from scratch with a brand new domain name.
Website flipping can be a fun business to be in. As you begin creating sites you are sure to find shortcuts and tips that will help you save time and bring in more money for your business. Treat your business seriously and it will grow.