This is by no means an exhaustive list, however below are some resources we believe nobody new to website flipping should ever live without (in addition to our own app of course, Flipfilter!)
The list has been compiled from our own experience and bookmarks. The industry is still relatively new and we may have missed some important info so please give us some feedback if you feel there is any tool that MUST be on this list.
You’ll frequently hear us singing the praises and virtues of WordPress like it was the second coming, but it really is invaluable.
WordPress began life as a blogging tool and has since evolved into the most reliable and powerful way to create compliant, optimised websites that anybody can update. As with any new tool, the learning curve can be somewhat steep if you decide to get into customisation, however in comparison to learning a new programming language it is fairly intuitive.
In addition to keeping all your content organised and simple, there’s a plug-in to do almost everything from SEO to Sitemaps to Analytics and new technologies (anyone for pubsubhubbub?) are integrated and installed directly to your site simply by applying an automatic update.
A WordPress engine, combined with a premium theme (we use Theme Forest) will give you a good looking professional site in little time. What’s more, you’re likely to be indexed in Google in a matter of days simply by submitting your WordPress Site map to Google Webmaster Tools. If you flip sites from a redesign angle, then putting a dated html site onto WordPress, will also make it more appealing for buyers, especially less experienced ones.
We’ve got a lot of app envy for Market Samurai. This all singing and all dancing SEM research tool, performs a myriad of functions that wouldn’t be difficult to do yourself, but would certainly take a lot of time.
We’ve used MS for everything from researching new niches through to checking the ranking of our pages for certain terms. It takes data from Google’s keyword tool, Yahoo Site Explorer and a few other web services to give you everything real time, allowing you to filter your data and export to csv.
There’s a paid version ($97) and a free version, however we’d recommend the free version first to get a feel for the software. Once you buy a new site, MS can help you get a head start on where to make simple and quick improvements, by suggesting long tail keywords to target as part of your SEO efforts.
You may have heard about WSOs in reference to offers made on the Warrior Forum, possibly the most active forum in internet marketing. You can find everything here from new affiliate products through to joint ventures.
The amount of information can be overwhelming, but if you choose to participate the community is quite friendly and willing to help newbies. They also have a section that lists websites for sale, but in honesty it’s pretty limited.
This website leads me to a question (and possibly another post in itself) but this is possibly the only place for established site flippers to get up to date information on the marketplace.
The site is run by Travis Van Slooten, who seems to be one of the few people genuinely contributing new and valuable content to the industry, providing what seems to be the only on topic blog specific to Website Flipping, containing breakdowns of market snapshots, activity on auction sites and interviews with key players.
Without a doubt, Elance has to be my personal must have for any new project.
Whilst we’re all capable multi-taskers, trying to do everything yourself is counter intuitive in an industry where the focus should be on speed and finding new deals. Our strategy – do the critical things ourselves and outsource everything else, from link building to cleaning up our (messy) code for the apps that we create.
Elance will allow you to find someone to perform almost any task you require, and usually at less cost than you would imagine. There are some pointers we’ve picked up along the way.
1) For projects involving copy writing, choose providers where the language of your copy is also their first language, although they’ll work out slightly more expensive especially in the US and UK.
2) Be specific in your job posts. Ask them to provide at least three relevant samples of previous work on the message board when they submit their bid. This also allows you to weed out providers with ‘comprehension issues’ who struggle to follow the simple instructions in your post – imagine the problems you’ll have further down the line!
3) Providers will often bid based on the average of the bids you have so far. If you decide to play strategically you can reject the highest two bids immediately, forcing your average down and increasing the likelihood that future providers will bid at or below this average.
Guide Prices for common jobs on Elance
- Install and customise a WordPress Site – $200 – $450 USD
- Write a 500 word article or blog post (US or UK providers) – $9 – $12 USD
- Submit to 100 Follow Directories and Blogs, Create and submit three articles, create 30 Social Bookmarks and create two Squidoo lenses – $250 – $350 USD
- Research new dropshippers for a category of products who can deliver to Australia – $75 – $100 USD
If you think I’ve left out anything vital, please let me know!