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November 7th, 2009

Even though we are our own webmaster marketplace, I don’t mind sharing my view on the best places to sell your website. To make things easier I’m going to put it in an numerical ordered list:

  1. Flippa – This is by far the best webmaster marketplace to list your website for sale.  It may cost $19 do put your website up for sale, but it’s well worth it.  You’ll get the most money for your website here without a doubt.  All the features you ever asked for is on the marketplace.  Feedback system, watch option, stats, private messaging etc.  It’s the most active webmaster marketplace to date.
  2. Digital Point Forums – Even though this is a webmaster forum, Digital Point actually has their own marketplace section.  Since Digital Point is the largest webmaster forum to date you’ll have a great opportunity to get a lot of offers.  The offers won’t be as high as Flippa though.  I think a lot of webmasters that are on Digital Point are trying to get a deal, so they want the lowest price possible.
  3. Website for Sale – Well even though we are new, I like to think highly of us.  What’s great about our site is we don’t charge anything to sell your website here.  With our new Flippa button you can actually drive traffic to your Flippa auction.  Our navigation is easy and you’re allowed to post templates and scripts for sale also.  You’re limited at other webaster marketplaces.
  4. Website Broker – The site is number one for the keywords “website for sale” under the Google search engine, but when I listed my site under a category it didn’t get much traffic and I never got any offers.  I think the only way you can succeed in selling your site on this marketplace is listing it under premiere.  The site does get a lot of traffic though, so it’s still in my top five.
  5. Deal a Site – This one is rather new to me.  I don’t know much about it, but I have to say the marketplace looks pretty active, which is very important.  Also on the plus side it has easy navigation and allows you to leave feedback on members.  Another cool feature is the vote system, you’re able to vote for a site which can push more traffic to your site.  It’s kind of weird though, if you want to get a site for cheap why would you want to publicize it more.  More traffic means a higher bid, just a thought.  This would be number four for me, but I never listed a site on here so it stays at number five.

There are many others, but I have to say these are the best places to list a site for sale.  If you want, you can list your best five in the comments section.  Thank you for viewing and good luck on selling your websites!

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November 7th, 2009

My main man Oscar the Grouch is on Google today. Or should I say my main muppet! So far I think Google has covered Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch. Who’s next in line? Take a guess… I’m thinking The Swedish Chef, he was my favorite!

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November 7th, 2009

I think Flippa needs to implement more categories on their website marketplace, websites are just getting buried after a few days. I’ve been saying this for awhile on the Sitepoint Forums. No one knows who’s running Flippa, I still think it’s some of the Sitepoint Team. It would be great if we knew because we could all get a petition going or something. They do have a contact form, but I think it would be best if we all came together and said something. Every time I list a site it loses traffic within a day. It’s the main reason why I put the Flippa Auction button on our site, to send more traffic to your Flippa Auction. It really might be working out to their benefit though, I bet a lot of webmasters are paying the extra $30 to list as a featured auction. As more traffic is going to their site, the Flippa admins need to do something! Eventually the websites will be scrolling.

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November 7th, 2009

I came across this site the other day, Open Source CMS. It’s basically a cool website where you can test all the best open source Content Management Systems. They have demos of both the frontend and backend of each CMS. I’ve actually been looking for a site like this for a long time. Chances are you probably heard of this website, it’s funny I just came across it now.

They even have categories for forums, blogs and ecommerce scripts. I’m a bit surprised on how many open source CMS scripts are available, sure are a lot more than I thought. So if you can’t decide on what free script to use, check out the site, it will definitely ease your decision making!

November 7th, 2009

Before you go and start blogging, I would like to emphasize on picking the right niche. A lot of webmasters are always in a hurry and just want to start blogging about anything. They think they are going to start making money right away. What they fail to realize is they’ll shortly run out of ideas what to write about. Content is one of the most important elements in creating a successful website. It pertains to all websites, whether you have a store, forum, CMS, or regular html website. Content is king! Why do you think flash has failed? Well it’s primarily due to the search engines not being able to read the content. That may change in the future, but currently search engines cannot read flash.

So what’s the right niche to pick? Well it solely depends on you, what are you interested in? Do you have any hobbies? sports? or special craftsmanship? Be honest with you, you could even make a blog about job. You’ll have day to day experiences and will never run out of things to write about, write about how much you hate your job(lol)! It’s truthfully better to pick a niche you know a whole lot about, then something you are entirely new to. You already need to make time for link building and SEO, so the last thing you want to be doing pick something you know nothing about.

When you finally got your niche picked out, make sure you pick the Wordpress script for your blog, you’ll love it!

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November 7th, 2009

A lot of webmasters will tell you to never exchange links, I’m not one of those webmasters. I think it’s a great way to drive traffic to your site and get indexed in the search engines. Problems come in when you do too many link exchanges or you get backlinks from crummy websites.

Lets talk about getting backlinks from crummy websites for a second. First off, you never want to exchange links with off-topic sites. Always exchange links with websites that are related to your niche. What I really want to touch on though is other Webmasters trying to trick you. Don’t ever exchange links with a website that only has a few articles, has a bunch of links on it, and looks like a spammy site. This is just an old webmaster trick, while they’ll give you a backlink on their spammy site, they’ll make you link to one of their high quality sites. A lot of this goes on in Webmaster forums such as Digital Point, V7N, and Sitepoint. This is an evil method and I despise a lot of webmasters for doing this. It’s not a black hat method, but it’s almost just as bad.

I always do frontpage or sitewide link exchanges. If a webmaster tries and gives you a subpage backlink, don’t even bother. See when a link is on a frontpage, you can get a lot of traffic by just people clicking on the link. It doesn’t give you much page rank anymore, but overall it will send traffic to your site and help search engines recognize you for indexing, especially if you have a new website.

Also watch out for nofollow links. It doesn’t happen much, but some webmasters will give you a backlink on their site that is nofollow. A good way to detect this is use an add-on from Firefox called SearchStatus. When you enable it, go to the bottom right corner and hit the right button on your mouse once. Small box will pop up, pick highlight nofollow links. Now all the nofollow links on any website page will show up as a pink box. Or you can just highlight the link text and check out the source code. You can do that with your right button on your mouse again.

I hope all these key points help you out. Some of it maybe common sense I know, but if you’re new to the webmaster game, this can be very precious information!

November 6th, 2009

After reading a few complaints on the Sitepoint forums on how Flippa left out template and script categories on their new site, I thought it would be a great idea to add these categories to Websites for Sale. This will help bring more traffic to the site overall. So if you have a bunch of templates or a few scripts you would like to sell, go ahead and post them, it’s totally free of charge!

The categories are still actually on the old Sitepoint Marketplace, but since Sitepoint spun off Flippa, there’s a lot of less traffic on the Sitepoint Marketplace. Practically leaving it dead, people are not commenting on ads or buying products on there anymore. It’s kind of sad site to see, because the Sitempoint Marketplace was awesome!

November 6th, 2009

So I noticed Drupal 6.14 is out. Guess what, I still haven’t tried this CMS yet. I’ve been meaning to, but I’m so busy with Wordpress and Joomla, I haven’t had time to yet. There sure are a lot of good things said about the CMS, just check out some of the webmaster forums, nothing but positive reviews. I just wonder if there are a lot of mods for this CMS, I couldn’t even find a section on Drupal’s homepage. I’m sure there are, but is it a large database like Joomla? I highly doubt it.

I notice a lot of people knock Joomla because it’s resource hog. But I have to say with all its plugins, there’s are lot of ways you can make money off of Joomla. I’m not going to get off topic here though, back to Drupal.

I was checking out Drupal’s feature section, I have to say I’m very impressed. It’s great to see the capability of producing static urls for SEO. Modules is a plus, this allows you to input Google Adsense anywhere on your site. I also checked out some of the free and commercial templates, they sure do look sharp. Not as flashy as Joomla, but just as good as Wordpress. Be honest with you I see a lot of similarity between Wordpress and Joomla. I just think Drupal would probably be better for community buidling. Why you might ask? Because Drupal’s login/register format is totally front end, Wordpress makes users login/register in the back end.

Over the next few days I’m going to have to make some time for Drupal, looks like I could make a very effective website with this CMS.

November 6th, 2009

computer-webmasterSo what do you guys and gals think, is the overall webmaster population increasing? I think it is! After the word getting out in newspapers, TV, and magazines that you can rake in a considerable amount of money, people will definitely try anything to make an extra buck. Especially in these hard times during this economical crisis. I just don’t think people stay in the hobby very long, they lose confidence and patience. What new webmasters don’t understand is you need a lot of extra time to become a successful webmaster. I know some of these money making schemes say you can make $5000 a month just by working one hour a day on a website. It’s total bull, don’t fall for their schemes.

To sum it up, yes I do believe the webmaster population is increasing. But it may be at a slow rate because of the large fall out rate.

What do you think?

November 6th, 2009

Watching the news this morning, I just heard why the Muppets have been appearing on Google search engine. Sesame Street has just turned 40 years old, this means it’s actually old as the internet. This should be actually said the other way around, because I thought Sesame Street would be older. Very interesting huh?

  • Internet birthday: September 2, 1969.
  • Sesame Street birthday: Nov. 10, 1969.

Sesame Street is a Scorpio, while the Internet is a Virgo like me.  My birthday is on September 4th.

November 6th, 2009

I’m a little late, the Internet’s birthday was actually on September 2, 1969. This is the date where a group of computer scientists passed data from one computer to another. I’m getting this information from Boing Boing, so don’t flame me if I’m wrong. Boing Boing stated that a lot of people believe that the birthday of the Internet was on the 29th of October, wrong! This is pretty valuable information for me, because not to long ago I was wondering how old the internet was.

I just wish I was smart enough back when I was in high school to purchase a few domains. It’s really not a matter of being smart, just self aware. Plus my best friend Jason said that domains weren’t cheap, he stated I wouldn’t been able to afford them. I didn’t have a full time job back then so he’s basically right.

I wonder about the webmasters who made millions off domains when the internet first started to bloom. Do they still have the money stored up in their bank accounts or did they spend it all? I’m sure some webmasters made more investments. Be honest with you I would of been excited if I made $1k off of a domain. Nowadays companies just use lawyers now to take a domain away from you. It’s sad to hear, but it’s true.

But, what we all are wondering about is what does the future of the internet hold for us. I just read a post on forum that said the internet will run out of domains in two years. It’s sounds like bull, but I don’t know the statistics. If domains are getting bought up that frequently, it sure signifies the value of domains may go up. I’m skeptic though, I went back to look for the post on V7n.com but couldn’t find it. It might be on another webmaster forum, I’m on so many forums nowadays it’s hard to keep track. I guess all we can do is hope for the best!

November 6th, 2009

I saw an interesting blog post by marketing site about this topic. Basically they said no one wants to read articles on your website. This is kind of leaning towards Ecommerce or Affiliate stores. They’re just interested in whether or not you have a viable solution to their problem. The marketing site just states people are too busy with their day to day lives. I think that is so true, but to a point. This doesn’t mean stop writing articles, God knows that content is one of the most important elements in SEO. This kind of signifies you should get right down to the point with the product you are selling. Don’t write a long story on why to buy a products. Just use keywords, easy navigation, maybe some reviews and a simple reason why someone should by your product. Do not complicate things! This is my take on the topic, for more information you can check out the official post here. I hope this gives you ideas next time your create a website!

November 6th, 2009

Looks like Google plans on doing all the muppets from Sesame Street, I just noticed they threw up Bert and Ernie. Everyone liked these guys, they were so funny on Sesame Street. I remember my Dad and Mom actually watching them with me when I was a little kid.

So I wonder what Bert and Ernie are doing for jobs these days, maybe they’re Webmasters like us.
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November 6th, 2009

I don’t know if you webmasters have ever heard of the Datafeedr plugin before. If you’re not familiar with it you can check it out here. It’s basically a plugin that allows you to easily make an affiliate store with wordpress. It does all the hard work for you, takes all the data feeds from affiliates and plugs them into one cool plugin. On top of that they allow you to have your own search box on your store, so when someone searches your store, they search across a ton of affiliate stores when searching for one product. Datafeedr also uses mod rewrite to make all your urls masked and search engine optimized. So no one steals your commissions or makes Google think you’re an affiliate site. The customizations are truly endless with all the Wordpress themplates out there, it’s just the price that is an abomination.

Here’s the rundown

  • 1-Site Plan – $27/month – Create one affiliate store with unlimited product updates.
  • 5-Site Plan – $47/month – Create up to five affiliate stores with unlimited product updates.
  • 10-Site Plan – $67/month – Create up to ten affiliate stores with unlimited product updates.
  • Unlimited Site Plan – $97/month – Create as many affiliate stores as you want with unlimited product updates.

Is it just more or are those prices astronomically high.  For the first site plan you can actually buy a VPS for that, I can’t see paying that much.  Especially in these hard economic times and with a ton of other affiliate stores out there.  I guess the only way to find out is try it out.  The best thing to do would probably get your wordpress site established, do about a 100 unique articles, then join a plan.  But it overall takes time to make a very established affiliate store, it may take up to six months to a year to start earning some good money.

I can see them charging $27 for unlimited amount of sites, but for one site, that’s way too much.

If anyone has tried this commercial plugin out, please leave some reviews on the comments section!

November 6th, 2009

I sure know I’m not, I think in my prime I was making $2k a month. That’s not bad when you are working a full time job and running a bunch of websites. That’s nothing compared to what Shoe Money and John Chow is making though. Maybe if I concentrated on one specific site, but to be honest with you, I live by the modo “never put all your eggs in one basket.”

After reading some articles on John Chow’s site, he actually states that he knows a webmaster that is making $100,000 a day off of affiliate advertising. This lucky Webmaster’s name is Aymen, because he doesn’t want anymore information released on him, his last name is unknown. It is truly remarkable that you can make that much money being a webmaster. It gives you hope and encouragement.

The question remains, who’s the most successful webmaster? Fact is we will probably never know… In better words coming from Bill Murray’s mouth, “THAT’S THE FACT JACK!”

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November 6th, 2009

Since Google introduced the nofollow attribute back in 2005, I think it definitely has complicated things for all of us Webmasters. It almost seems like this could cut out the average Webmaster entrepreneur. It’s going to be 2010 shorty and everything seems ok for me and many other Webmasters, but I have to say it is definitely harder to acquire backlinks.

Google doesn’t want us buying links, but if you think about it, that’s exactly what some of the big gun websites have done. They hired seo companies to do their dirty work, I guarantee they didn’t do it themselves. Hell, they wouldn’t no where to start.

Matt Cutts and Jason Shellen had the write intention to cut back on indexing spam sites with the nofollow attribute. I just don’t think it was the right thing to do. I’m sure there are other ways to prevent spam indexing.

November 6th, 2009

I have to say the customer service over at Micro Center is exceptionally good. Six years ago I purchased a PowerSpec from them and was very pleased with their customer service. Just the other day I purchased a Dell computer from them and I have to say things haven’t changed. Their employees are very nice and the most important thing, they are very knowledgeable about computers and electronics. I hate going to store and talking to salesmen that know nothing about the product they are selling. I used to go to Circuit City because they were local and I was overall pretty satisfied with their service. Circuity City is gone now, but to be honest with you, they didn’t compare in customer service or product selection. I have to say Micro Center is overall number one, if you’re looking to buy a Computer from a store, go with them. They also have a three year warranty program in case something goes wrong with your computer. Two thumbs up for Micro Center!
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November 5th, 2009

This isn’t webmaster or computer related, but I thought it was so neat I knew I had to post it on my blog. Remember playing Space Invaders on Atari? You know how we always thought they were grotesque Aliens. Well they actually aren’t, they are men just like you and us flying spaceships. Actually this is just a goofy T-shirt you can buy off of Threadless.com, it’s definitely a cool shirt to wear to a bear pong party or webmaster conference.

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November 5th, 2009

This is the most impressive thing I have seen in a long time. Believe it or not this Mavizen motorcycle has a built-in web server, wifi, and Linux onboard. The motorcycle is all electric and capable of going 130mph, eat your hear out Evel Knievel! This is just so awesome!!! So if you’re a webmaster that travels a lot, this might be the perfect motorcycle for you. The downside is there will only be 50 bikes made and there will be an asking of $41,300. But hey, if you have the money, jump on this amazing deal. You’ll surely have the most unique bike on the road.

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November 5th, 2009

With the latest version of Wordpress I noticed that All in One SEO may soon be outdated. No longer do you have to worry about rearranging your titles with All in One SEO, Wordpress 2.8.5 does it for you. The only feature that is left is meta description, once the creators at Wordpress get that down you will no longer need the plugin. I’m surprised they still haven’t implemented meta in Wordpress yet.

November 5th, 2009

joomsef-componentIf you need to boost your search engine ranking on your Joomla site, a good SEO component like ARTIO JoomSEF is a great idea. JoomSEF will turn all your urls into static urls, they will no longer look dynamic. Static urls will have keywords in them, perfect all search engines to snatch up your urls. For more insight on what dynamic and static urls look like, check out down below.

  • Dynamic URL – http://www.somesites.com/thread.php?threadid=12345&sort=date
  • Static URL – http://www.somesites.com/the-challenges-of-dynamic-urls.html

November 5th, 2009

The other day I came across an awesome movie component for Joomla. It’s a very effective component if you’re into movies. It organizes all of your movie titles, has custom fields for all types of movie data, comments section for your users, ajax rating system, and sef support for search engine optimization. Another unique feature is the Amazon shopping cart box, so you can actually earn commission off every movie article. If you don’t have a template picked out for your joomla site, you can use the template JOOMItaly provides you from purchasing the component. You can check out the template down below, this is a great opportunity for any webmaster! For more information check out JOOMItaly.

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November 5th, 2009

I truly have to say that the creators of Joomla have conceived a masterpiece. With all the neat little features and templates this CMS has, I have to rank it number one. Yeah it tends to use a lot of resources, but I think it’s well worth using.

The main reason why I like it so much is how you can make your Joomla website so unique. Other scripts such as Wordpress and Drupal aren’t as unique, you can usually tell if your website is using Wordpress or Drupal. Not Joomla, just check out some of these template clubs and you’ll be amazed: Gavick Pro, Template Plazza, and Shape 5.

I suggest picking up a custom template from one of these clubs then backing it up with a SEO plugin such as Artio JoomSEF. You’ll then have a website with a lot of potential.

November 5th, 2009

So who else is excited about the new version of Vbulletin. It truly is exciting because this is the first time Vbulletin is implementing a CMS in their forum software. No longer do we have to find a bridge to link Joomla or Wordpress to Vbulletin. All the articles you make in the frontpage will allow your users to comment on them, that’s cool as hell. And their usernames will link right back to their Vbulletin profile. I think this will be a ground breaking experience for forum users and webmasters across the web. Plus I hear that all the urls are going to be static now, static means the urls will have keywords. Great for SEO, the search engines will eat this write up and bring more traffic to your site. The only downfall of Vbulletin is the price, a new license will cost you $235. That’s definitely not cheap, but I think it’s well worth it if you’re looking to build a community.

For a small preview I posted a picture of what the frontpage CMS will look like. Pretty cool huh?

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November 5th, 2009

I have to say that the moderators are definitely going overboard with their banning. They should take into account how long you’ve been with them and your iTrader reviews. I got banned for making a few duplicate threads. Basically just posting a website for sale in their marketplace three times, but in a week spread. They sent me infractions for all three times, they could of just sent me one infraction and warned me. They will also look at your other posts once you’ve been recognized, so this means you could get a ton of infractions all at once. Is this right? No, anyone can see it’s wrong! But if they want to run a forum like that, they may get a bad rep and webmasters may switch over to other forums eventually. I’m not the only one unhappy with their moderating, check out these blog posts: link1, link2, and link3. There are many more if you look them up on Google, but you get the point. Maybe the moderators over on Digital Point Forums will get the point also. The moderators truly define the old saying “power corrupts.”

November 5th, 2009

WebsiteBroker is a well designed webmaster marketplace, but I have to say it’s not worth the $15 charge. I posted a quality website for sale about 70 days ago and I only got about 170 views. I didn’t get one offer, private message or an email. It seems my site got buried amongst the other websites for sale. Making it a premiere site may drive more traffic to my ad, but I really don’t think it’s worth the extra charge at $30.

I checked out some other the other sites up there and they seem to be really overpriced, just about every single one of them actually. It’s not the webmasters fault for this, but he should make a guideline for users posting websites for sale. I think these big prices can deter away people who are looking to buy websites.

Overall I don’t think WebsiteBroker is worth listing your site up there for sale. As of now there’s nothing better than Flippa!

November 5th, 2009

So things have really changed over on ShoeMoney’s website. It looks pretty sharp, I noticed he now has a marketplace section where you can list anything for sale. He charges $25 for each listing, but I have to say it’s well worth it. Everyone knows that he gets a boat load of traffic to his site. I don’t even recognize the site as a Wordpress blog, it sure has one sweet looking theme.

November 5th, 2009

I was just checking out this video over on ShoeMoney’s website. He talks about all the bullshitters out there at industry events. They hawk all this fake information that it’s easy to make money online. They want your money, that is all! So don’t buy into all the crap these companies throw at you.

November 5th, 2009

I’ve been webmastering for about 5 years now, spending a few years in all the wrong places such as forums and community building. What I’ve realized is it takes too much time to build a thriving community, it looks real appealing and all, but too many people get sucked in. Just about all the niches have been covered nowadays. That’s why you might want to stick to having a blog or a CMS site such as Joomla promoting products on Clickbank. It takes 1/8 of the work it would take to get a forum going. A few posts, some backlinks, and a little seo and you’re good to go. Take my word for it, community building is dead, affiliate promoting is alive! Clickbank is the best money making resource for us webmasters. Others to check out are Amazon and Ebay.

November 5th, 2009

I was reading through a webmasters blog the other day and stumbled upon a post on about a free money making course. So I said “what the hell,” it’s free why not check it out. So followed the link to Steve Pierce’s money making course called The Clone Cash System. I have to say it’s very detailed and has some important information for a novice webmaster. He leads you in the right places and shows you how to get started, but that’s about it. You’re not going to make a ton of money of his scheme. But it’s free and I give credit to Steve Pierce for making the videos. If you’re a new webmaster I’d head over to the site and check out the videos right away! The Clone Cash System