Flippa Seller Showcase – Happiest Camper Blog

Flippa Seller Showcase – Happiest Camper Blog

Happiest Camper is a blog about creating the happiest life in any space. It currently receives 66,978 page views and 46,204 unique visits per month and generates considerable revenue through Mediavine and Amazon Affiliates. Content includes tutorials and step-by-step instructions on furniture makeovers, renovating an RV and other projects — from sewing and gardening to raising animals. The business is currently for sale on Flippa and we interviewed the owner in the video below. 

We currently have 92 articles on the site. A seller could easily continue to add to these and create more evergreen content. 

Watch the full interview below and click here to see the business listing on Flippa. 

Flippa Seller Showcase – Established Sports Publication

Flippa Seller Showcase – Established Sports Publication

This week we caught up with Derek Hanson, the owner of an 11-year-old sports publication that is currently for sale on Flippa

 

How does this sports publication make money? What are the current revenue streams?

Our primary income stream is from advertisements.  We monetize our traffic using traditional display advertising and also do a large amount of direct selling of native advertisements and sponsored posts.  In addition, we also earn affiliate income from various online sports streaming partners.

 

How did this business which is over 10 years old come about?

The business grew out of my personal blog.  I found success with the design and marketing of my blog and decided to offer my services to other sports bloggers.  This “network” of sites that I managed eventually grew into something quite substantial. Today, these sites are all grouped together under thesportsdaily.com, which has become a legitimate sports media outlet with major partners such as USA Today.

 

Due to our strong collection of organic backlinks and authority in the sports space, the articles that we produce rank well in search engines and bring in a substantial amount of new visitors.  Our ad buyers find us organically as well and we get between 20-25 new inbound inquiries daily from advertisers looking to purchase space on our site.

What marketing channels are most profitable for the business?

We do not actively market the site or pay for traffic.  Our belief is that quality content will draw an audience and we focus on putting together the best publication that we can each day.  We’ve seen our audience numbers go 4x in the past year without a marketing budget, so our commitment to our content has paid off.  

 

How does the business acquire new customers/readers?

Due to our strong collection of organic backlinks and authority in the sports space, the articles that we produce rank well in search engines and bring in a substantial amount of new visitors.  Our ad buyers find us organically as well and we get between 20-25 new inbound inquiries daily from advertisers looking to purchase space on our site.

 

How big is your current team? How many people does it take to run this online publication?

The site is primarily a two-man operation.  I handle the business aspects of the site, while our editor-in-chief oversees the content.  We have a staff of around 80 freelancers who also produce content for us and are paid on a revenue share basis.

 

What opportunities are there for a prospective buyer?

This is a proven business that has been consistently profitable for over a decade.  The site runs lean with minimal overhead. We have built up a tremendous amount of search authority.  Our ability to rank well goes beyond simply driving traffic and could be a strong foundation for large affiliate sales.  We have only begun to scratch the surface of affiliate sales this past year and we have seen big returns with minimal efforts. What’s the reason for selling the business? I am reaching a point in my personal life where I would like more time to spend with family and pursue other hobbies.   The site does not take a large time commitment to manage, but I have a very busy day job that I am committed to. While the site is a very nice revenue generator and secondary income, I can’t buy myself more time and would be willing to step away from the site for the right buyer and situation.

 

You can view this business listing here. 

Flippa Seller Showcase – SU Hotels for couples

Flippa Seller Showcase – SU Hotels for couples

Traditionally, it has always been difficult for unmarried couples to book hotels in India owing to cultural and religious reasons. Stay Uncle, a leading hotel booking in India provides hotel stays for unmarried couples and those within the LGBTQ community. The 4-year-old business has been a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. Through thought-provoking marketing, Stay Uncle has worked to break down prejudices and discrimination that the community often face. The business is currently for sale on Flippa and we interviewed the owner Blaze in the video below. 

We are operating in about 45 cities at the moment in India. These ‘cities’ are large metropolitan areas and Stay Uncle is not available in any smaller towns across India. This in itself presents a huge opportunity for a prospective buyer.

Watch the full interview below and click here to see the business listing on Flippa. 

Translate.com sold on Flippa for $853,000

Translate.com sold on Flippa for $853,000

Translate.com is a translating website with almost 2m visitors per month. The business sold last November on Flippa with a winning bid of $853,000. The auction, which had no reserve created a lot of interest and attention in the buying community.  

We caught up with the buyer Volodymyr to discuss the purchase. In the interview below, he talks about how long he was looking for an online business before purchasing the site, his immediate plans and why Flippa is his preferred platform.

 

Interview with the buyer – Volodymyr Nesterenko

Were you looking for a website with this type of organic traffic for long before you bought this site on Flippa?

No, we were not looking specifically for translation traffic, we were just watching what was for sale. We started doing that about 2 years ago and normally we pay more attention to career and education (SaaS) and pet care goods (Amazon Affiliate model). Previously we had a couple of good deals there. There were also sporadic opportunities in the ESL (English as a Second Language) space too, but no deals, so when Oleksii spotted Translate.com, we decided it was a good place to start.

 

What made you choose to buy Translate.com? Where you aware of the site before it became available for sale?

We hadn’t heard of Translate.com before, but we were ready to buy something in the ESL space. The domain name is absolutely epic, but we’d have never done it if it was only about the domain. The previous owners did a good job, there was a real product with a well automated workflow under the hood. On top of this, tens of thousands of freelance translators from all around the world.

 

What were your immediate plans when you first bought this site? Have you executed these?

The immediate plan was to transfer everything smoothly and not to break anything. For example, we had to take over two mobile applications and numerous integrations, such as an integration with Zendesk which enables our B2B clients to translate support tickets. Translate.com carries out human translation in a really frictionless way and we didn’t want clients to feel any pain because of the ownership change. After the transfer, we audited the programming code, did some critical fixes. We are now renovating the site and apps and also working on a strategy for this line of our business. Realistically, we can increase revenues 10x in 2-3 years.  

 

How did you find your experience with Flippa?

The listing was hot (more than 170 bids) and the overall deal wasn’t easy but everything worked well. We spotted the sale on Flippa, which tells for itself, and we appreciated a simple process too. Listing page, chat with a seller, the auction, escrow service – everything was great and we didn’t need anything on top. Maybe some extra help with the asset purchase agreement, but that’s it. We are watching many platforms where people buy and sell business and Flippa is definitely one of the few on the top of our list

 

Start-up hustle a fairytale: ‘build it from scratch’ not only success story

Start-up hustle a fairytale: ‘build it from scratch’ not only success story

Don’t start a business, buy one. Co Founder of Flippa @Mark Harbottle says ‘Buy your way to growth’. ‘Why aren’t more founders considering acquiring an existing business with traction — not only as a growth strategy but as a go-to-market strategy for their start-up? Why not acquire a business with existing products, customers and cash flow — something they can leverage as a foundation to grow their empire?’


 

According to the Small Business Association (SMB), 30 per cent of businesses fail in the first two years and 50 per cent within five years. US census data suggests only 9 per cent of small businesses, where the owners run them full-time, have more than $1 million in sales annually. So if you manage to “hustle” your way through the first few years of your start-up, chances are your business won’t grow beyond $1m in revenue.

Of course, it’s not all doom and gloom. There are many great founders capable of producing amazing products. Some early-stage start-ups solve real problems and have a huge market opportunity, but the majority struggle to find sustainable distribution channels and consistent growth.

 

This was originally published in The Australian, click here to continue reading.

Broker Interview – Domain Magnate

Broker Interview – Domain Magnate

This week we caught up with Michael Bereslavsky, the founder of Domain Magnate a broker partner of Flippa. Michael has used Flippa for several years and has had 49 transactions on platform totaling $446k.  In the video interview below, Michael talks about his experiences on Flippa, his advice to buyers and sellers and a run through of three businesses he currently has listed for sale on Flippa. See the full interview below and a summary of Michaels advice. 

 

Advice for buyers

Don’t look at buying a website as a passive investment, but as a business. As such any business has risks, it needs a strategy, procedures, clients, employees/contractors, management and growth. Viewing it this way will help you get a clear picture of the main components of a deal: risks and how to assess and mitigate them; short and long term growth opportunities; trends and numbers.

 

Advice for sellers

Be more upfront about your numbers and risks, and what it really takes to manage the business, and provide good after sale support. Focusing on the long term perspective, and really helping your buyers, rather than simply trying to get the deal closed quick every time, will help you get repeat buyers, good deals, and even higher prices.

The three businesses in order as mentioned:

Business 1: TopTool Advisor $16,500

Business 2: Advertising business $64,500

Business 3: SaaS business $75,000

To find about more about how Domain Magante can help with your business sale, you can submit your site to see if it qualifies for direct acquisition. Domain Magnate is always looking for content businesses and likes to close deals quickly and professionally, and can often give you an offer and start a deal within days.

Alternatively, If you have a question on a specific listing you can reach out via Flippa.