We’re trying something new this week on the Flippa blog: bringing you a collection of interesting links on buying and selling websites from around the web.
At Google’s mercy
First up: an interesting discussion of Google’s ever-changing ranking algorithm, including the recent “Over-SEO” penalty, and how Google’s thousands of patents can help predict them, over on SEO by the Sea.
Users of popular backlink-building service BuildMyRank woke up to a nasty surprise on March 19th. Not only did the service shut down, but, according to an announcement on the site’s blog, “the overwhelming majority of [their] network had been de-indexed (by Google)”. As pointed out by the Pay Per Click Marketing Blog, events like this are one good reason to never accept payment for links on your site.
The future of domaining?
Over on Nam.es, a domainer tells the sad tale of his first foray in buying and selling domains, and wonders if the industry’s days are counted. There’s some interesting back-and-forth in the comments, including the claim that domaining’s glory days ended in 1999. Our suggestion: consider looking at buying and selling websites instead of only domains!
Keeping your sites safe
It’s not always obvious when a website gets hacked: as Morgan Linton describes on his blog, hackers sometimes hijack sites for their own benefit, without making it obvious to the uncritical eye.
What do you really buy when you buy a site?
Tales from the Zynga buy-out of Draw Something’s producer OMGPOP: some purchases are more about buying an audience than buying an app.
Not a fan
Seen any other interesting links on buying and selling websites this week? Have something to say about what you’ve just read? Post it in the comments!