At Alpha Investors we love to show what’s possible when you build sites from scratch with our live case study series.
And now we have the Flipping Websites Content Site Challenge which kicked off 1st August 2019 and runs for 12 months.
The rules for the Challenge are:
- You have a max $10k budget to invest into the asset (can reinvest cashflow as you go, too)
- This is a content site challenge – monetization is affiliate/ads/digital products (and not ecommerce/saas, services/local lead generation ) to keep it simple.
- Winner is the site which has brought in the highest average last 6 months (L6M) total revenue. This takes away most seasonal variation and would result in the winner being the one with the highest asset price to sell.
The micro acquisitions strategy
This is the approach of a number of top website flippers, such as Adam Smith from the Facebook Group who says:
I’ve been buying, improving and flipping websites since the beginning of 2018, so not a terribly long time compared to some people.
However, in that time I’ve managed to cross the 6 figure mark and currently own a portfolio of 7 sites at various stages in the growth strategy.
My strategy revolves around content, and lots of it! Having systemised the process of finding low competition keywords that have buying intent, I intend to continue building out my current portfolio while also raising a seed fund to expand the business.
But a number of people are also choosing to build on a brand new domain and invest all the budget into content/links then.
You can of course put as much effort yourself into writing content and getting links, the budget is for paying external suppliers.
Every month we will be tracking the total number of articles published since start, the total number of sessions received in the month and total earnings for the month along with what was spent.
Month 1 update – August 2019
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|Real name or nickname||Aged or new domain||Total # of articles published||Total # of sessions in August||Revenue to date||Budget used to date||Notes|
|Khalid Farhan||New brandable domain||0 so far. Just designed it. Things have been crazy busy||0||$0||Around $100|
|Charles T||Aged domain||Zero content for the time being as just purchased it and content strategy plan is in the progress||0||$0||$840 for the domain name|
|Steve Brown||Aged domain||The site has 9 reviews and a blog post on it||1,484 organic search visitors||$58.21||Just under $2K spent so far||I’m using WordPress, and monetizing mainly with Amazon so far|
|Don Mak||New domain||It has 12 posts at the end of August||0||$0||Around $280||Next month will be about building a social footprint and doubling the content|
|Cobus van Vuuren||I bought a Premium Custom Niche Site from a provider a while back that I have done nothing with yet||9 posts 4 pages||39 sessions||$0||$973.50|
|Dianne Giambusso||New domain||4 posts||62 organic search sessions||$0.01||0|
|Steve Lauman||I used an existing site I’ve owned since 2012||10 published posts||125 sessions||$0||$98||Spent approx 60 hours on the site so far|
|Angelo Sorbello||5 posts||0||$0.8||$360||Built a link from a guest post|
|Hektor Ehring Jeppesen||Aged domain||0||50 sessions||$0||$2,120|
|Matt Tullett||Existing site bought for $750 but have done nothing with it||0||1,686 page views||$0||$1,149||I spent $399 on 10k words of content which I am currently editing (not live)|
|Richard Patey||Existing site||30 new, 50 existing||298||$0||$3,400||I canonicalled 15 existing pages of content I personally wrote and added 7 pages acquired|
|Yury Byalik||Premium/aged domain name||$0||$1,000 – $500 for domain, $500 invested into links||i’m moving the current site to a new domain and i’ll be replacing this one with a new site I’m working (strictly affiliate based). Will have a better update for next month.|