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The benifits of selling your website on Flippa vs. eBay.

Recently – Selling websites on the web has become very problematic. “Just-how-much” is a website worth these days? I personally build websites and then turn-around and sell them to people that want to be in business on the web. This is a very tricky market, to sell your website you need to reach real buyers. I have sold websites on eBay, but I have only listed websites for sale on Flippa, never actually sold any. I will share my experience and what I think are the pros-and-cons of selling websites on eBay versus Flippa and give you some valuable tips for saving money and getting even more money for your website!

I was reading is article I found – I think it was the USA Today, it said any website or domain name in 5 years could be worth 500x times what it’s worth right now.

The number one problem you face when looking to get a good price for your website, is the mound of horse-shit scam websites that promise large returns for no investment. This is what buyers that are looking to buy websites have to wade though when looking to buy. Stupid and ridiculous domains priced for 1 million, affiliate websites scams, all kind of scams.

The other problem – It is difficult to sell a website to just anyone, most people are a little intimated or simply have no idea what they are even looking at. I don’t think either eBay or Flippa really offer the “optimal selling experience” for selling websites. Ideally  you want to list your website where you will attract the most potential buyers. Buyer beware!

Flippa – They boast making something like 10 million in sales, to be honest I found this very hard to believe. I didn’t feel like that many of the listings on Flippa ended in a actual sale of the website. All I seen was a bunch of junk websites and maybe 2-10 real offerings. The websites I listed on Flippa, I feel really didn’t attract much attention. …and it was over priced, but again when I listed my sites for sale it was about 12 months ago. 😉 Last I heard it was even higher now, with some “success fee” bullshit. read more about dat chit

eBay – has the traffic and the following, brought you lots and lots of potential buyers, also you can list the website for sale in the niche category you are looking to target. Example: Remote Control Cars. I think eBay brings a stronger buyer base to the table than Flippa does, and at a reasonable cost.

*** SCOTTY – FUN FACT***: You can also buy traffic for your listing, or what you could do instead – Make a single sales page with blogger, or even a page on the website that your selling, then set up AdWords account and bid on keywords against Flippa, targeting keywords like; buy websites, website investments, website business, web business. This will allow you to go-directly to the horses mouth for real website buyers not just a bunch of lookie-losers.

*This is also a good way of selling your website, with less chance of your site being copied by a fake-buyer.

I had my best results selling website – When I self-marketed the website, I was WAYYYY more effective. Or you can look at it this way… The few hundred bucks that you would pay for the “success fee” for selling your website on Flippa, can be used to get more targeted clicks from AdWords, and you might even save a few bucks!

RECOMMEND: Craigslist, AdWords.

*This is how I selling my websites now: http://scottrasher.com/domains-for-sale/

These days I really don’t spend time selling websites, I spend more of my time blogging about stupid shit like this. But I found posting websites for sale on blogs or free classifieds like Craigslist and self marketing, was by-far the best way to sell your websites.

Selling websites FAQ:

Most people buying website don’t have any idea what they are buying.

What you need to guard against is being robed for your intellectual property.

You are not covered under Paypal terms in a transactions a tangible product in not present. Example: files, websites, domains

Fun Facts:

I have sold about 50 websites on eBay and about 100 total.

Other places you can sell your website:

COMING SOON

How to Make Money Selling eBooks Ethically

The Old School Get Rich Quick Scheme…

The other day, I posted an article about the old scam I called Mail Box Money.  To re-cap, Mail Box Money is an old marketing trick that’s still used today – just in a different form.  The way it worked was, through compelling ad copy – read, tugging your psychological head strings – the desire to be rich, have a mansion, a Ferrari,  have women (or men) begging for your attention, or just not to have to work any more – you would send your ten bucks to the rich guy and he would send you the “blueprint for success,” the how to do what I did manual.  He would go to his mailbox, laugh at the envelopes and mail off the pamphlet describing how to pull off the mail box money scam.  It’s just slightly more ethical than the Ponzi scheme pulled off famously by Bernie Madoff.  Today the mail box money is email box money and here’s how it’s done.

Ever wanted to do your own get rich quick scheme?  Follow along…

The electronic version is accomplished by writing an ebook.  This is pretty simple to do really.  Any word processor and a catchy title – “Affiliate Marketing Mastery” – “Google Ad Destroyer” – “Arm Chair Millions,”  whatever.  With your 50 page ebook containing all the “secrets” of how to make money you then set about making a website that’s called a pitch page.  It’s just a scrolling css page with fake screen shots of hot cars, mansions, fake checks, testimonials, and the familiar pitch – if you’re not making money like I am, you NEED my ebook.  The page has to have the latest technology like pop-up windows that ask do you really want to throw away your life working a boring job – click here to return – video of rich internet marketers and whatever the latest gizmo is.  A good web designer with some tricks in the bag can pull this off for you, no problem.  Better yet, cut him in on the action and he might do it for free.  Then you post your new pitch to the multitude of Affiliate Marketing sites as a publisher.  Let’s say you want to charge $100 for your awesome e-book.  You offer affiliates $75 for every copy they sell.  That sounds high but with a price point like that you’ll have a hundred thousand minions putting up websites, spamming their email networks, clamoring to get traffic to your pitch page, which if good, should convert at least 25% of the leads.   That’s it in a nutshell – an electronic version of the mail box money, get rich quick idea that’s been around as long as there have been people wanting to get rich quick.

It doesn’t have to be a scam…

People will buy quality ebooks to learn how to do anything.  Your ebook doesn’t have to be about the internet or getting rich quick.    It can be about how to build your own greenhouse, how to start a window tinting business, anything really.  Affiliate Marketing sites promote ebooks about any subject if there are people willing to buy them, and there are – it’s just getting an affiliate to promote an ebook is a factor of percentage of conversion and commission paid so be generous, have a great pitch site and voila – an independent sales force selling your idea.  Here are a couple examples of legitimate ebooks and pitch pages for your review:  Dog Training and DIY Solar Power.

Want passive and residual income?

Selling an idea has and will continue to be the single most profitable thing that can be sold.  An idea, after all, is free.  They’re just thoughts floating around, available to anyone who might happen to think it.  But, an idea that is not expressed is still nothing.  Something must be done with an idea for it to be sold.  An ebook is an expression of an idea that can be sold.  Once it’s completed, it can be sold over and over again, creating passive and residual income.

Express your idea…

If you have a great idea – one in which you think people all over the world would like to know – but for whatever reason are having trouble expressing it, all is not lost.  Contact Jeff today about his ghost writing service.  If the idea is good enough, he will professionally complete your ebook  using Adobe InDesign CS3, with your name as the author, create the pitch site and place the ebook on the Affiliate Market for a percentage of the sales.  There’s no reason not to realize your dream of a passive and residual income from your idea.  Pitch the idea now:

Sign the confidentiality agreement to bid on this listing at Flippa

I was recently was looking at a websites at Flippa, and I was prompted to “sign the confidentiality agreement to bid on this listing” before I could even view the website for sale. What a fucking joke this is! Nothing like this would ever hold up in court, it is so silly. People have  fake usernames, something like this would be so difficult to enforce, it just wouldn’t be worth the time or the money.

How to Automate Your Online Job Search

With 16 million jobless in the United States, many are turning to internet sites for job searching. This article will describe how to minimize the amount of time spent on internet job sites. Automated online job searching is easy with the right tools.

1 There are many internet sites where employers post job openings online. Find the sites that you will be searching daily. For this article, I’ll be demonstrating how to automate searching for a job on craigslist.org. Open your browser and go to craigslist for the city you are searching for work. Click the arrow under the search bar and select “jobs”. Type the job you’re looking for. In this case I typed, “Human Resource Director.” Click the arrow next to the search to enter and you’re taken to all of the jobs with your search terms.

2 Open a new browser tab and enter Google Reader in the address bar. Click on the official site of Google Reader. If you don’t have a Google account, create one and download the Google Reader. Among other things, Google Reader allows you to easily add subscriptions to RSS feeds. Leave the tab open, you’re going back to craigslist.

3 Click on your browser’s craigslist tab and go all the way to the bottom to the orange RSS icon. Put your cursor over it and right click, select “copy link address” and enter. You have just copied the RSS feed url for your craigslist search.

Things you’ll need:

  • A computer with broadband connection
  • An RSS feed reader

Tips & Warnings:

  • You can automate anything you search manually for by adding the RSS feed url of the page into an RSS feed reader.

Resources:

What is RSS and How to Use It

Scott R. Asher shares how to become an Idea person

At one time or another, you’ve probably met an “idea person.” Ideas flow freely to them. This article will tell you how to become an idea person.

1 To become an idea person you will need to clear some time from your schedule to contemplate. Find yourself a quiet space that is comfortable. Turn off your phone and ensure that you will not be interrupted. Tell yourself that you would like to experience ideas and that you are an idea person.

2 Ideas come from a place of mental relaxation. You cannot fully experience the power of ideas if you are thinking about any problems that you may have. A good way to begin relaxing is to concentrate your attention on feelings within your body. Imagine yourself in a bath of warm liquid and it flows over you, covering you in warmth and relaxation. Give it a color and feel it going from the tips of your toes to the top of your head.

3 When you are physically and emotionally relaxed, you can start to pay attention to thoughts streaming into your consciousness. At this point you can start to play with thoughts. Don’t try to direct them, but allow them to come and go without any attachment to the particular thoughts. If something comes to you that you like or feel strong about, focus your attention on that thought but let it turn, twist or whatever it wants to do. You’re not trying to control your thoughts, you’re basically treating your mind as a receiver for thoughts that are just floating around in the universe. Have fun with them and don’t take it too seriously.

4 After some play time with your thoughts, you can start creating the direction of thoughts into an idea. Ideas are basically a series of coherent thoughts about a particular subject. It might be how to make something better, how to advertise a product, how to make a product or whatever. It might pop into your head all at once or you might come to it after several different thoughts. The important thing to do is to pay attention to your thoughts and you will get ideas.

5 Ideas by themselves are practically worthless. If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say about a successful idea, “I had that idea first,” I’d be a rich guy. Wait, I am a rich guy. If you do nothing with ideas, nothing happens so I recommend you take a note pad or computer into your work space to write your ideas down.

6 Learning to relax and play with thoughts is like exercising – you will get better with practice. If you really want to become an idea person, practice creating Instructions

Things you’ll need:

  • A quiet, comfortable work space and relaxation.
  • ideas every day and they will flow to you like a gushing fire hose.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add relaxation and stress relief to your life and ideas will come.
  • Don’t panic if they don’t come right away. Panic, anxiety, worry and stress are idea killers.

Scott shares his Shark Tank presentation.

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After recently catching an episode of the TV show The Shark Tank. I thought it would be fun to give my Shark Tank Presentation to get investors for my idea! Why not right? I have no idea if my business venture is any good, but like the others coming on the show to pitch their business idea to the investors, I thought why not pitch mine?? I have been working hard and have been very passionate in pursuing my idea for about 18 months, and have had some impressive results. I am not a dotcom millionaire, at least not yet! But it beats flipping burgers.

What is even more interesting about my business idea versus anyone else’s. I believe my idea to be so good and easily accessible, that no matter what your budget is, you can take my idea and earn money on your own.

My name is Scott R. Asher, I am an entrepreneur. I had started this blog to share my twisted and silly ideas with anyone willing to read. I have been unable to return to regular employment after being laid off from my job about three years ago. Making this website and taking part-time freelance positions from anyone willing to pay, is basically what I have been doing to pay my bills for the last 3 years.

  • My Domain cost $10.00 year
  • My hosting cost $60.00 a year
  • My WordPress CMS is is 100% free.

SO THAT BEING SAID! If you just-so-happen to have $70.00 laying around, and are looking for ways to make money, this might interest you.

Scott R Asher – Shark Tank Presentation

The Million Dollar Idea

Marketing-SEO tips for car dealers.

Car Dealers, are you looking to bring more customers to your front door?

With the average of cars on the road being ten years old or older, dealers might want to quit wasting your marketing budget posting ads on Craigslist and think about a flank attack on the searching public.

People looking to save money on car repair are looking to Google for help with their automotive problems. People are talking about their car’s shakes and shimmy in user forums everywhere! Are you looking to make more money? With fully monetized help pages and reviews. It can bring in the foot traffic, but they never have to wipe their feet.

Looking to take your business or dealership to another level? I am available for SEO consulting and web development projects. This one was free, the next one is going to cost ya. ;p Contact me now

Why doesn’t my website/blog make any money?

There are three main reasons a site is not making money. In this article I will show novice bloggers how to get started with simple to follow steps for getting more traffic to your blog or website effectively.

Traffic – Many website owners don’t have a full understanding of statistics and how this relates to conversion to sales. With only a few hundred hits to your site – this is going to only trigger the minimal response. With a conversion rate of 2.5% it would be correct to make a sale, two maybe three times in a month, if your lucky.

How do you fix this?

  • Increase the layer of content on your site, filling information gaps, adding details about your products and maybe adding terms and conditions, or privacy policy pages to bring creditability to your site. Two or three lines of content is not going to cut it. The more the Google bot can see the better chance of you being seen in the search engine.

Targeting and Monetizing – Many site owners will just add any-old thing on there site and think its going to make money, not true.

How do you fix this?

  • This is most important! If you are going to have ads on your site, keep them as targeted as possible.
  • Add Pay Per Click Ads on your site.
  • Monetize with your own products or services.

Little “do it yourself” SEO – It is going to take a little more than a website to be seen on the web, these days. That is why you need to start by doing some small things to help your site be viewed on the web. There are many free things you can-do to get started!

How do you fix this?

  • Outline three keywords for your site and use them on your site.
  • Social bookmark pages on your site for quick indexing of your website.
  • Get free link-backs to your site with comment posting, link-swaps, directory listings.
  • Write articles about your site or about your site niche and post them around the web.

Sound simple? It is, but this is really the point, anyone can kickstart the traffic on their blog quickly by just doing a little work. These  are the same steps I used to turn my blog into a massive traffic machine! *see my results here >>>http://successfromscratch.scottrasher.com/

FUN FACT: Any changes you make on your website or blog will take 1-3 months to really payoff.

Scott designs teardrop banners!

Scott designs some teardrop banners in illustrator for a Denver area Golf Company .

*To see full size image click on the thumbnail image.

Marketing ideas for – restaurants, bakeries, delis

Restaurants, bakeries, delis are feeling these tough economic times. If you’re in the business and feeling it, check out the marketing idea I have that will save you.

Have you noticed? People are starting to eat-out more, and signs of a good value are all around us. Eating out is cheap and getting cheaper. For one, Dominos Pizza has come out with the tremendous value of a $5.99 two topping pizza. That value is practically unmatched in the industry, and not to mention their SUPERB quality. They have started pushing much of their advertising towards social media. They catch you when you’re on Facebook, when you’ve got on your profile that pizza is one of your interests. You’re chatting with your friends and that Dominos ad shows up and you think, man that’s a good deal. You get your friends to meet you at Dominos. Social media advertising works.

Another chain has a sweet deal too. Chili’s came up with their 2 for $20.00 menu. You get plenty of good-quality food for two. You would be hard-pressed walking out the door for any less these days. I drove past just the other day and the parking lot was packed! Looks like it’s working.

So how can price mavens be beat? You know when the New Year rolls around, it means everyone has a waist-line on full alert! Now’s the perfect time to implement my marketing idea. Offer portion-controlled meals for families of 3, 4 or 5 for a set price. And you’ve got to use social media to get the message across. A parent can order for the whole family, knowing they will get the balanced meal with the right portions and all for a reasonable price. You can even see a hint of this in Dominos Pizza’s marketing campaign that pushes families sharing meals made from all-natural ingredients. Weight loss is hot. And family portioned meals are even hotter.

If you think that’s already been done and you want to try something brand-new, how about partnering with a local gym. Everyone who eats at your restaurant gets a voucher to try out the gym, or discounts on a year-pass. Combine this gym voucher with a calorie-count menu, and you would absolutely grab the attention of those people who have little time but a bit more income to burn.

Now how do Dominos and Chili’s get people in the restaurants for a meal? Easy. When the type of food they serve is in the interests section of someone on Facebook, or when someone searches for food on google, an ad for their restaurant pops up with a deal that can’t be beat. CEOs of restaurants like these have taken interest in social media and online advertisements to get people interested and hungry. They market their deals and healthy ingredients through groupon and other online advertisements. Once one person comes in to their restaurant and sees what a good deal they’re getting, they’re going to tell their friends, or bring their friends next time they come in. This is the most successful method of advertising of our time. Create an online presence and the people will come. Word of your great restaurant will spread from person to person until it’s reached viral status.

By helping customers fight against their growing waist lines, you could improve your own bottom line in 2011. You know, many companies are getting more profit with less product. Coca-Cola and other soft drink companies have been resizing bottles and pulling off the seemingly impossible: giving the consumer less and getting them to pay more for it! You’ve seen the drinks section in gas stations where the smaller bottles cost only 10 cents less than the big bottles. When it comes to meals, smaller portions usually mean fewer calories. For you smaller portions, pre-portioned family meals, healthy ingredients, and the incentive to exercise will leave you with bigger profit, and a healthy bottom line.

Scott shares – How to succeed on the internet with your web project

I have a theory that the internet is like a field of onions. Each individual website is a many-layered onion, buried within the field. A website gets created on the internet, but no one knows about it. It’s buried in the field. Once that onion gets pulled out of the field, the outermost layer is when the creator tells Person A to check out the website. One layer down. When that Person A takes a look and thinks, “man, that’s cool,” they go tell their friend, Person B, to check it out. That’s the second layer of the onion. See, a website only grows as people tell others to check it out. So the first layer of the website-onion represents when the website creator tells someone to go look at their website, and the second layer represents when that first someone liked what they saw in your website and told someone else to see it for himself. So now you have two people exploring the website. When both Person A and Person B go tell Person C and Person D to go to the website, that’s the third and fourth onion layers. The layers are endless. As word keeps spreading, the layers keep peeling back and the website gets more and more exposed. After enough layers are exposed, The website has reached viral status and has become the next big internet buzz.

You’ve all heard of Huffington Post and Craigslist, right? Well, how did you hear about them? From a friend. Someone told you mid-conversation, “oh, hey, I saw this on this website the other day…” And when you get back to your computer, you’re going to see what they were talking about. With the internet, everyone wants to know what’s the newest and best website up there. Everyone wants to be the one to inform someone else of a cool website first. When they’re talking about a website, more people start visiting it and the number of hits on the website escalate beyond reason.

So really, all you have to do to have a successful website in the onion-field of the internet is to talk about your website. Spread the word. If it’s a good one, it will catch on as people tell their friends, co-workers, anyone else. Once you get enough people talking about your website, you’ll be successful.

And I know this from experience. Before I even got my website all up and ready to go, I was telling people about it. They were all interested and spread the word. Now it’s up with the new layout and new additions on a regular basis, and my numbers just keep on rising.

Products to promote in your niche market

Once we have determined what desperate markets we are going to focus on, verified the market size, the third and final step in choosing our niche market is in identifying the number of products (as well as the types of products and services) available for that niche.

We are going to incorporate a series of affiliate campaigns and promotions within both our article content, external marketing campaigns as well as our actual blog’s layout. This means that you want to choose a market that offers an extensive number of high quality products that are likely to convert. When it comes to choosing products, there’s no specific formula or surefire strategy to consistently choosing winners, however there are a few things worth considering with every product or service you evaluate:

1: Quality of the Product

2: Saturation | Distribution of the Product

3: Commissions offered for selling the product

While it should be obvious, you always want to focus on promoting only top quality products. After all, you are attaching your name, reputation and overall brand to every campaign you create, and if you direct your visitors and subscribers to a product that is of poor quality, chances are they are not going to trust your future recommendations.

ClickBank is organized by main categories as well as sub categories that will help you chisel down into a niche to pull out potential affiliate products to promote. Just spend some time creating a swipe file of potential products that you can inject into your website, and create your affiliate links so that you can refer to them once we begin monetizing your blog. You will notice that with Clickbank, each product listing features specific information regarding its current stats.

This is what they mean:

$/sale: The amount of money you earn for every sale.

Future $: Average rebill revenue.

Total $/sale: Average total $ per sale, including all the rebills.

%/sale: The percentage of the product sale price that the sale represents.

%/refd: Fraction of publisher’s total sales that are referred by affiliates.

grav: The measure of how many affiliates are promoting the product.

For each affiliate paid in the last 8 weeks Clickbank adds an amount between 0.1 and 1.0 to the total. The more recent the last referral, the higher the value added.

The Gravity indicator will tell you how well a product is selling. So a gravity score of 100 means a product is potentially selling better than one with a gravity score of 20.

When it comes to choosing affiliate products to promote on my blog, I always stick with payouts ranging from $20 or higher per sale. It’s also wise to focus on combining single-sale products with a handful of recurring products, where you will be able to build up a monthly portfolio of recurring payments from membership and continuity websites.

You can use ClickBank’s built in search functionality to weed through existing subscription based products and service plans to identify the different options available to you based on your chosen niche. If you are interested in further evaluating specific products found within the Clickbank marketplace, I recommend visiting http://www.CBEngine.com or http://www.CBTrends.com where you can use their collection of information and data to properly assess a products potential.

For every niche market that you are going to promote, you will need to follow a simple process including:

1. Register domain names that represent each niche market and incorporate relevant keywords into both the domain and your blog’s title and article content.

2. Set up a new blog for every niche market you are planning on targeting and incorporate an autoresponder into your blog using www.CodeBanter.com (free plugin) so that you can begin building a targeted list of subscribers (for follow up campaigns and promotions).

3. Focus on building a list of targeted prospects via your RSS feed for EACH niche market that you are promoting.

4. Fill each blog with relevant content that incorporates your primary keyword phrases (within the content itself as well as each posts title)

5. Promote the website using free traffic generation strategies including social marketing sites, article marketing, blog-related communities and through search engine optimization.

6. Consistently monetize your blog with alternative promotions, including Adsense, CPA offers, paid sponsors and advertisers as well as through your affiliate based promotions and broadcasts to your newsletter/subscriber base.

7. Rinse and repeat the process.

Why is everyone talking about Mesothelioma?

I hate bandwagons and have gotten really tired of the lawyers ads on tv for mesothelioma and frankly all the stupid websites out there jumping on this bandwagon.  So I decided to finally figure out just what the hell mesothelioma is and why everyone is going on and on about it.

So it turns out, Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer and has been linked causally to exposure to asbestos.  I guess this explains why the lawyers ads seem to target construction workers and others who could have been exposed to asbestos.

What the hell is asbestos?  I mean, yeah, it’s like some kind of building material that was used as insulation but what’s so bad about it.  At one time in the United States, if you were building something, it was the number one product for fire retardant and insulation so it would be in walls, ceilings, around pipes, etc.  It hasn’t been used in a new building since around the time that doctors put together that kids that ate lead paint off the wall could become retarded.  So yeah, we get that it’s bad stuff – basically the scientists have worked out that inhaling asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, a lung disease like severe pneumonia or mesothelioma, malignant lung cancer.

But the point of this article is why everyone is jumping on the mesothelioma bandwagon and I think it’s primarily because of one thing — class action lawsuits.  See, the class action lawsuit has changed the consumer landscape.  There’s so much money out there for the lawyers to grab – think one third of a billion dollars that they will pay every media outlet available to get the 1 in a million shot of someone who can actually link their lung cancer to asbestos.  And of course, with lawyers willing to pay big bucks for a lottery ticket, step in Google Adsense.  I read somewhere that lawyers are paying upwards of $10-$15 per click on mesothelioma ads.  Holy shit batman!!  So this explains why every dick and harry has made some stupid mesothelioma landing page–just hoping that someone will come along and make a click to a lawyer’s ad.  God, don’t you just love this country!