After three months, we’re finally coming out of beta.
Firstly a huge thanks to everyone that signed up to test the application out. Some people went above and beyond what I would ever expect of someone and gave feedback screencasts worthy of a Grammy!
Here are a few of the changes and updates (you can access the app from the banner at the top of any blog page):
The New Home Page
We’ve designed the new home page to give users access to all the modules from one place, and to give new users a quick summary of what we’re about.
Beginners Guides and Tutorials
We’ve discovered that users of the app have a varying amount of experience, and not everyone has the same level of knowledge. We’ve developed a series of illustrated guides and tutorials to help complete beginners get to grips with the basics of trading websites and internet marketing. In the next few weeks, we’ll cover everything from creating a WordPress Installation through to initiating and completing an Escrow Transaction.
Find out what type of websites are selling, how much for and by who with Statistics
Our original idea for the project was to have instant statistics on a variety of topics and this module is by far the coolest part of the app yet.
Find data on anything from sellers to listing durations and get fact based data to support your daily decisions. We’ve also started indexing unsold sites, and sites that required a login to view, so this data (e.g. sale clearance rates by category, seller etc) will also be available in the next four weeks.
Receive daily updates of undervalued sites with Mail Alerts
Whilst some marketplaces such as Flippa offer mail alerts, other forum based marketplaces such as Digital Point do not, yet some of the greatest bargains are often found on the forums.
We’ve created a html mail alert that will send you an update daily with any new sites that have been added that match your specified criteria. This can also be useful for finding sites in Flippa by criteria not available with their search; for example you can set an alert for all new sites with a buy it now price of less than 6 x monthly revenue.
Updated Filtering System
Our previous filter ran using cookies, and although it was great for users that had not logged in, it was clumsy and problematic. Our new filter runs entirely via Ajax and saves your search to automatically reload on any machine you log into.
We’ve got an incredible amount of articles due to run on our blog including new interviews, reviews, news and statistical market roundups. If you’ve not yet subscribed to the blog, be sure to do so here by RSS or here by Email as you wont want to miss some of the articles we’ve got lined up, including a few guest posts by some well respected figures in the community.
Minor Fixes and Updates
Any bug fixes and minor updates will be moved to their own section shortly. Please help us make the software better for everyone, by reporting any glitches, however minor through the feedback form.
What we’re working on next
The market changes at an alarming rate so the app will continue to expand in features and modules. Over the next few months we’ll build, test and launch
Due Diligence. A wikipedia of site trading, designed to pool all of our data for a specific site (listing data, search data, seller history and current activity in other marketplaces) and manage the buying process, to highlight the questions you need to ask before making a purchase.
Better site classification. At present, our categorisation isn’t great as we can only classify sites where strong evidence exists to enable the app to make a decision. This leaves approx 55% of sites uncategorised. By using semantic search, we aim to increase this to 75% over the next few months.
Performance Analysis. Using a combination of Google Adwords data, the amount of revenue a site currently earns per unique visitor and an analysis of a site’s main keywords, we’ll be able to recommend sites that have the potential to make additional revenue easily through running an adword campaign. The following example explains the process in more detail
What would you like to see
Most of the new features we’re implementing are based on conversations with people using the software.
If there’s something you would like to see, however far out or however simple it may be, please let me know.