Are you looking for a way to bring even more attention to your website auction on Flippa? Your regular visitors are the perfect buyers, because they already love your site. Now you can let them know your site is for sale by adding Flippa’s new promotion banner to your website.
The banner itself is easy to install, not intrusive, mobile friendly, and sits neatly at the top of the page. Ready to try it out? Just navigate to your listing page and you should see a number of options for promotion. Click on “Add a promotion banner.”
From here you will see that we’ve created a unique code snippet just for your site. All you need to do is copy this code and add it to the bottom of your website before the closing body tag.
If done properly you should now see the “For Sale” notice at the top of your page, just like the example below.
Have questions about installing the promotion banner? Contact our support team for assistance.
Earlier this year we announced two big changes for selling on Flippa!
We want to give you the best chance of selling on Flippa. Now, when an established website or domain auction isn’t successful you can re-list with a standard auction for FREE.
We recommend reviewing your auctions reserve, starting price and promotions when re-listing.
Note: effective November 2015, Flippa Websites still continues indefinite free relisting, while Flippa Domains has set a limit of one free relist per domain auction. The cost thereafter is $5 per relist.
Flippa Escrow is a recent addition to the Flippa Marketplace, improving transaction experiences by providing a safe, reliable and cost-effective escrow service.
Save $$ – We know how critical safety is when transacting online – which is why we made Flippa Escrow free for everyone. Unlike other escrow services you pay no escrow fees to use the service (some transaction fees may still apply).
Safety – To ensure a service that is safe Flippa Escrow uses advanced fraud protection, military grade security and is fully licensed, compliant and covered. This means you can transact on Flippa with peace of mind.
It’s one of the most requested features in Flippa’s history: a service to collect, hold and release funds after the sale is agreed, well now it’s here!
We’re excited to announce the official launch of Flippa Escrow.
You can now make and receive payments safely and securely via Flippa Escrow, and best of all, it’s FREE.
Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard and wire transfer, and payouts can be to your nominated bank or PayPal account (small transactional fees still apply). Plus, you don’t need to leave the Flippa site to transact.
How does it work?
Sellers can select Flippa Escrow as a payment method for their sale. Making payment via Flippa Escrow follows these three simple steps:
- Buyer makes payment
The buyer securely transfers the agreed amount to the escrow vault via credit card or wire, where it is locked away for safekeeping.
- Seller delivers assets to buyer
As per the agreed terms between the buyer and seller, the seller delivers the digital asset/s to the buyer.
- Seller is paid
The buyer is satisfied and releases the agreed amount from escrow, which is transferred to the seller’s nominated bank or PayPal account.
Flippa Escrow has been quietly available for the last few months and for those of you who have already used it, we hope you liked it! We’ve made some changes based on your feedback:
- Reduction in transfer time, so your transaction completes sooner.
- Sellers can now receive funds to their PayPal account.
- An improved user interface, so you know exactly where you’re at in the transaction process.
- The ability to select (or deselect) Flippa Escrow as a payment method when listing an auction.
We’ll be further improving Flippa Escrow over time, so if you’ve got some feedback, or if you have any questions, contact our Customer Success Team at [email protected]
Great design and functionality go hand in hand. Flippa’s redesigned your experience, making it easier to discover, watch and bid on your next opportunity. We are proud to announce version 2 of Flippa for iPhone and hope you enjoy it.
Download now via the App Store to access improvements like:
Discover listings using improved sort and filtering
Add to your Watchlist with one tap
Join the conversation with an improved listing view
We have more exciting changes coming so stay tuned and keep an eye on our product changes.
So what do you think? What do you want to see included in our next update ? Leave a comment with questions or feedback!
Flippa 101 is a series of articles on how to get the most out of Flippa. Check out the previous article on pre-sale preparation.
Conducting an auction properly gives you the opportunity to improve the final auction price and set up a smooth transition of the business to the buyer.
Buyers are more likely to bid and bid higher if they trust the seller.
- Be honest and transparent. Provide clear, factual answers to questions.
- Monitor messages and comments closely so that you can answer as quickly as possible. If you provide fast responses during the auction buyers will trust you to be timely and helpful after the auction.
- Be completely professional. Always respond graciously even when questions are repeated, uninformed or rude.
- Responding to private messages is an opportunity to build relationship with potential buyers. This personal messaging can increase a buyer’s desire to do business with you.
- Keep all communication on Flippa. While users may ask to talk on email or services like Skype, this means Flippa’s support team won’t be able to monitor communication or check back if something happens during the auction or the transfer of ownership.
The first time a person makes a bid, you will have an opportunity to approve the bidder. It is a good idea to look at the profile of each bidder before you accept or reject them. Their profile reveals their history on Flippa.
Note, you will not be able to see the amount of a new bidder’s bid until you’ve accepted them. After you accept them, they can make future bids on the auction without any action on your part.
You may send a private message to anyone who has bid on your auction. It is good practice to send an initial message thanking them for the bid and offering to answer any specific questions they may have.
Keeping Buyers Engaged
Sellers that stay active during the auction attract more bidders and come away with a higher price.
Tips for engaging in the auction:
- Add attachments showing updated sales and traffic information.
- Comment on the auction providing additional information or clarification.
- Via private message, ask the more serious buyers what they are concerned about and what they like about the website you are selling. Respond to their concerns and address the potential objections in public comments if appropriate.
- Purchase a promotion like a homepage listing or twitter blast to attract more bidders.
- Contact bidders who have not been actively communicating.
You or the buyer may want to use a sales contract to make sure all of the conditions of the transaction are clearly communicated and enforceable. Flippa provides a sample contract of sale or you may use your own. If you use Flippa’s document, make sure and read it first, and add any specific items that are included in your website. This may be inventory, post-sale assistance, documentation, or anything else you have agreed to provide to the buyer or the buyer has agreed to provide to you.
Content supplied by Jeff Hunt.
When a buyer makes an acquisition on Flippa, they are making an investment towards their own financial freedom – that’s why we go the extra mile to ensure you’re safe and secure when doing so.
Here are the top 5 ways we’re protecting you when you transact on Flippa:
1. Experienced and dedicated marketplace security team
To make Flippa the safest place to buy and sell valuable digital properties, we have hand-selected a team of experienced marketplace security experts to protect Flippa’s users and provide fast support to those who need it. They work around the clock to actively monitor Flippa and ensure it is a safe environment to do business.
We have over 5 years experience maintaining marketplace integrity and continually improving our security systems, listening to our users and rapidly responding to new situations. All of this allows Flippa to remain the safest online marketplace for buying and selling web businesses, domains and mobile apps.
2. Super Sellers & Super Buyers
We award our very best users with ‘Super Seller’ and ‘Super Buyer’ status.
To be a Super Seller or Super Buyer, a user needs a near perfect feedback rating, have proven to be a great buyer or seller over a large number of transactions, and consistently abide by Flippa’s Site Rules.
Super Sellers have a solid history of selling great sites, domains or apps that buyers are happy with and go the extra mile to provide exceptional service to their buyers. They provide fantastic buyer support through the transaction and transfer process, as well as post-sale.
You can be confident that you’ll have a great experience doing business with our Super Sellers and Super Buyers.
3. Identity verification features
Flippa users have the chance to show more about themselves and build trust with other users through Flippa’s Identity Manager panel. Through the Identity Manager, users can verify their phone number and credit card to engage in auctions – all this information is kept private of course.
Users can also let others find out more about them by connecting their social media accounts to their profiles. Users who link their Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter accounts to their profile and who are open about their identity build trust within the Flippa community.
The Identity Manager: Build trust with others by verifying your identity.
4. Safe payments
Flippa offers a number of ways for you to make or accept payments such as through PayPal, wire transfer, or an escrow service.
Using an escrow service is the best way to complete a transaction safely and securely. The escrow provider acts as a trusted third party who will secure the funds until the website assets are successfully transferred to the buyer.
Flippa recommends Escrow.com as a reliable online escrow service to shield buyers and sellers and ensure a smooth transaction process. All Flippa users enjoy a discount for Escrow.com fees – just click the “Start Escrow” button to get paid with escrow.
5. User feedback keeps everyone honest
All Flippa users get to provide feedback on buyers and sellers they have done business with. A feedback score is prominently displayed on buyers’ and sellers’ profiles, as well as all of sellers’ listing pages.
Sellers who have achieved a high positive feedback score over a number of transactions have demonstrated their ability to consistently deliver a high quality product and delight buyers with extraordinary customer support. A buyer’s high positive feedback score indicates that the buyer is a pleasure to do business with, and is a great sign for sellers.
If a user feels that someone is violating Flippa’s rules, he or she can easily report a listing and reach out to Flippa’s support team. This helps the Flippa community remain honest, trustworthy, and enjoyable for everyone.
More to come!
Its not over yet! We have have some awesome new features on the way to make your experience on Flippa even safer and smoother. Stay tuned!
Photo Credit: Yuri.