Over the last few months I’ve been working on FlipFilter V2 which builds on the idea of FlipFilter, but implements some pretty useful features to provide more of an overall experience in building an online portfolio. The biggest part of this is the Aged Domains module, which I’ll briefly talk about in a short while, but here’s a rundown of what to expect when it’s launched in January 2011.
Revamped Search and Filter interface
The old ‘filters’ form has been replaced a new search query based, tabbed search interface to make the process easier to understand (search or filter or both) and all the filters easy to find.
Brokered Sites for Sale
The marketplaces and forums we index in the websites for sale section are great for low – mid value sites, but they tend to have less high value web businesses for sale.
Brokered Sites for Sale works in a similar fashion to websites for sale, but exclusively focuses on high value brokered listings from various brokers and classifieds in the US, UK and Australia. Quickly find, sort and filter by a variety of criteria including Annual Revenue, Profit Margin and Return on Investment.
Whilst this will be included in V2, the aged domains module is going to see continuous improvement over the next few months as we add further sources of aged domains. At present, we have over 2,000 aged domains extracted and cleaned from sources such as Digital Point, Flippa and Godaddy.
As with any purchase, you should always do your own due diligence (for example, a computer could never detect if the seller in a forum actually owns the domain), but to make the filtering easier, we run over 20 checks that include
- Has the domain been dropped
- How many previous registrars
- Has the Pagerank been faked
- Is it listed in DMOZ
- Number of Links in Google, Yahoo
Here’s a 1 minute YouTube video showing the Aged Domain finder in action
Advanced Keyword Search
For every site and domain indexed we do several things:
- Check the site’s homepage for relevant keywords and store what we think are relevant
- Check Alexa and / or the WaybackWhen archive to see what keywords have been historically associated with the site (useful for domains that may not have a landing page)
- Check SEM Rush to find out if the site / domain ranks in Google’s top 20 for any keywords and also retrieve information such as Adwords spend, total traffic from search and traffic value for sites where this information is available.
This means when you search for a site related to ‘Football’ for example, not only will you get sites or domains with Football in the url or listing, but you will also get matches relating to the relevant keywords – for example, you might get www.soccer.com, www.superbowl.com and www.manchesterunited.co.uk all included in your results.
This helps when looking for sites or domains to build a brand on, rather than just rank for a keyword in the url, which is slowly becoming less favourable with the major engines.
New Sites since last login feature
If you’re as obsessive as I am when looking for a new project, you may login several times a day to see what’s new, but occassionally end up trawling through things you’ve already seen to get to the new results.
New Sites since last login can be found in the ‘presets’ section of the Search & Filter Interface and remove any sites that were already shown when you last logged in.
Current Search as RSS
This feature has been present for some time, but I have to confess – I simply forgot to roll it out!
You can now save your current search and filters as an RSS feed via a custom URL, to get instant updates (remember to sort by ‘date added’ for this to work) when a new site matching your criteria is found.
Even better, add the feed to your Iphone, Ipad or Android device to stay up to date whilst on the move without having to login.
Enhanced Site Details for certain sites
We’ve integrated additional data for certain sites to give you many of the things you need to know in one place.
Website Archive to show previous sale Data for URL
See previous transactions for any url across any marketplace since March 2010.
Bugs Fixed … too many to list
Flipfilter Beta was …well….a Beta and did have some bugs. Most if not all of these have been ironed out in V2 (including a full rewrite of Email Alerts)
FlipFilter V2 will be launched in the next couple weeks, early January 2011. Unfortunately, the app will no longer free in order to use all the features, but we’ll still maintain a limited free plan and convert all existing memberships onto this package (although all members signed up before 5th January 2011, will be offered a year’s subscription at a massively discounted price).
Stay peeled to the blog for more updates, and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.