Our inaugural weekly Flippa Domains newsletter hit inboxes last Thursday and our free-listing promotion was a roaring-success! In case you missed it, be sure to subscribe for subsequent deliveries — besides a general rundown of what domains are Trending and Ending on Flippa, there will be a new listing- or upgrade-promotion every week.
After a bit of a slow-down towards the end of February, the beginning of this month is showing strong sales with a diverse assortment of extensions changing-hands. Our Top 5 from the past week are all over $1,500 (Txt.io weighing-in at $1,499, that is), and I’ve included five smaller sales to emphasize a couple of continuing trends.
First, the gTLDs — this past week had a new domain extension cracking the Top 10, with FantasyFootball.tips closing at $500. The second trend, and something I will be writing more about in the near future, is the emergence of strong Brandable domains on Flippa — iTruly.com ($510) and WeFixWebsites.com ($300) were among the best-sellers.
Keeping on our theme of raising the awareness of your auction, here’s a must-read post by Sid. Got a strategy to get your Flippa auction out there? Let us know in the comments! – Tim
Selling a website is like selling anything else really. You need to market it to attract attention, and then you need to convert those eyeballs into buyers. Yes, there is work involved! Just when you thought you could dust your hands off your website and live off the sale money on a beach in Bali, you find that there’s more work for you to do.
Just because you’re listing your site on Flippa doesn’t mean everyone who visits Flippa will see it. You can’t just set up an auction and sit back waiting for the bids to roll in. You need to actively market it and attract attention to it. If your website is good, people will bid on it, but you first need to show them that you have a site up for sale.
The more views you get, the more bids you’ll get. The conversion rate of views to bids depends on your sales skills, but the volume of views depends on your marketing skills. Here are some strategies you can use to really show off your auction.
As mentioned last week, keep an eye for the new weekly Flippa Domains newsletter dropping into your inbox this Thursday! For the inaugural addition, we’ll be launching a limited-time promotion ~ To find out about it a couple of days early, simply bounce an email to email@example.com.
A bit quieter of a week, in terms of four-figure sales, but with one loudly noticeable trend: new gTLD sales. This past week saw a handful of new extensions change hands, including a few not printed below. By my count, I have seen .GURU, .VENTURES, .HOLDINGS, .CLOTHING, .TECHNOLOGY and .LAND appear within the past few weeks. As the schedule of newly-released extensions continues, more will pop-up throughout the marketplace — and it will be interesting to see how that impacts top-level extension sales.
Selling an App is still a new business, after all it was only last year that Apple let developers sell apps. Today, the App marketplace is growing each day and we wanted to give you an explainer of things to think about when selling your app. – TC
You can get lost in the iTunes App Store. You could literally spend hours, browsing through different apps, looking for the coolest new game to play or a slick productivity tool that you hope will help you be more productive (while you continue to waste time on the App Store).
How does an app developer survive in this environment? How does one compete when there have been over one and a half million apps approved by the US App Store? It seems like a do or die situation. You either make a hit like Flappy Bird, or you vanish into eternal app store oblivion. Out of the 1.5 million apps that have been approved till date, only 1.1 million are still active.
Well, it turns out you don’t need to let it get that far. Instead of just letting your app die after all the hard work you put in, you can sell it. Maybe you’re a developer and you know nothing about marketing apps, or maybe you just lost interest in your app. Whatever your reasons are, you might as well get something out of the app instead of letting it die.
Do you list a lot of domains on Flippa? Or would you like to start selling more in the future? Stay tuned for a new weekly Flippa Domains newsletter — each installment will have tips, trends and exclusive offers to help you list and sell more domains across the marketplace.
This past week pointed to an interesting sign of things to come (Flappy Bird revival, anyone?), as well as another strong .INFO sale, plus one keyword-rich .US showing. What really strikes me, however, is the growing number of premium listings ending within the next week or two (for both Most Active and Ending Soon, I had to include a few more picks than my usual five!)
We’ve been talking about building the awareness of your Flippa auction recently. Staying on this theme, I want to highlight a great little feature we rolled out not too long ago. Say hello to the Auction Parking Page!
How do you stand out from the crowd on Flippa? Thanks to Sam for the photo of the Doha skyline.
That buzz you feel when you confirm your listing to Flippa is the knowing that all your hard work paid off. The site is listed, you’re ready to make the deal, you’re anxious to see the results, and you’re prepared to respond to comments.
… but where are the bids?
Selling a website on Flippa is about as easy as it comes which is why it’s become the largest marketplace. The brand is strong and attracts buyers hungry for website investments but there are also obligations on your end you must uphold if you plan to succeed with your Flippa listing.
You should realistically place as much effort into building awareness of your listing as you did with the creation of the website. This may sound like a lot of work but it’ll ultimately pay off since you gain a greater amount of interest (and bids) on your listing.
The following are some of the essential tactics you should use for building awareness – including one guaranteed to generate buzz and cause a rush on bidding clicks.
Think for a moment about the various websites that you visit throughout the day. Now think think about why you visit them.
Is it because you love the gaudy baubles and sleek sidebars? Or do you visit your favorite sites because of what they offer in terms of content? Do you visit sites because of what they have to show or because of what they have to say?
So you have a brilliant idea for a company. As fast as inspiration may have struck, you’re likely just as quickly deflated by the laundry list of to-do’s to get your baby launched. But what if launching a startup didn’t have to be so labor intensive? What if you could if you could literally go from conception to live in a month, a week, or even 20 lightning fast minutes? The key here is to reconstruct your idea of what it takes to get a business off the ground. Sure, you can raise funds, hire a team, code your vision from scratch, and do things the old-fashioned way. Or you can take a queue from some very innovative folks and utilize existing technologies to bring your vision to the world.
Need a little inspiration? Keep reading. In the time it takes you to finish this article, your next startup could be live.