Is there a plugin for WordPress that plays MP3s? I really wanted to open this post with Earth Wind and Fire – “After the Love Has Gone”, but I guess I’ll have to settle for my crappy photoshop metaphor.
This post was inspired by the amount of passion stirred up in the comments of a recent post on Flippin Awesome (Is Flippa Losing It). For anyone that hasn’t yet been over to the blog, I’d highly recommend it; the site is run by Amy and Ian, two honest, hardworking and all round wholesome people who earn their living from Flipping Websites. They recently discovered what many had been (un)fortunate enough to experience, in that the honeymoon period at Flippa is well and truly over.
The days of selling sites with no traffic or revenue for upwards of $200 are gone and just like the bottom falling out of the property market, the first in are often the first to suffer.
The purpose of this post isn’t a “how to” or even a “what to do next”, but I’m surprised by the reactions and attitudes of those involved. This discussion isn’t unique; on forums, message boards and countless other blogs people have realised a change has happened but merely bringing up the subject is often met with scorn rather than support.
Many of the “I told you it would happen” clan are experienced, long term internet marketers who in fairness, never jumped on the bandwagon and do speak the truth in what they say. However, they seem to have forgotten that in order to be a success, they would have at some point, exploited a niche opportunity themselves.
People came to Flippa in search of a way to get into Internet Marketing without the technical hard work, and chose to buy a starter site as they saw it as a way of achieving this. The people creating and selling these sites were simply satisfying a niche demand. I doubt they would be under fire if they had sold a crappy $60 eBook on curing back pain in dogs, DIY teeth whitening or making money from guinea pig farming so why should selling starter sites attract so much criticism?
This is an industry where almost 1/3 of the revenue generated is generated from within the community (e.g. people learning how to get rich, so they can teach others to do it themselves); surely knowing that’s how we all began, is it really right to condemn the newcomers who simply recognised a demand and chose to fill it?