A couple of weeks ago I decided to sell one of my “orphan” Blogs on Flippa.
Was a Blog I started a few years ago that I quickly got too busy to update.
It was a highly targeted niche site that I built prior to my realization that it is generally better to start one large Blog, than a whole bunch of targeted small ones that you run out of content ideas for after a few weeks.
Posting it For Sale
For a while now I have thought about selling some of my Blog sites that I have, but I always had this belief that nobody would be interested in buying a dead Blog so I never bothered listing any of my sites up.
I figured it was better to first “resurrect” them, build them up a bit and then post them for sale.
However, that never seems to happen for any of my sites.
If I have a site that I’m passionate about, then I’ll create content for it easily.
If I am no longer passionate about it, it’s so hard to create any content or to try to “resurrect” it even for just a few months to try to sell it for a higher price.
So basically what ends up happening is I’ll have all these sites that aren’t doing too much except sitting there and costing me domain fees each year.
I know each of them has some good potential *IF* I had time to work on them, but I never do, so finally a few weeks ago I decided to try selling my first site on Flippa.
I figured that even if I make $50 from it, I’d be happy.
I didn’t really put in that much effort into the site, and it wasn’t earning me any income.
However, it was a domain that’s a couple years old and it was getting a few thousand visitors a month from free SEO traffic, so I figured it could be worth something to someone else.
Watching the Bids Come In
The site ended up selling for $110, and I have to admit that watching the bids come in was really exciting.
As I said, I would have been OK getting $50 for the site, and was hoping for $100, so $110 put a smile on my face.
Now I know $110 is not a lot of money, but really my only monetary cost on the site was about $20 for the domain fees for a couple of years.
Hosting on the domain didn’t cost me anything since I share the hosting with this site and all my others.
Also, I didn’t really put any real effort into sprucing up the listing at all.
I was totally honest with everything, and I didn’t try to make the site sound any better than it was.
The site did previously make about $3-$5/month in AdSense earnings, but in the last few months it was making $0/m because I wasn’t devoting any time or energy towards it.
If I wanted to sell it for more I could have put some effort into it and got my AdSense earnings back up first.
But for me this was more just an experiment more than anything.
I wanted to see how much I could sell a site like that for.
Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised to see it sell for $110.
I can actually see selling sites of Flippa as a legitimate business opportunity if you know how to build Blogs.
Do you have any “dead” sites just lying around doing nothing?