blogpatrol.com

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PR6 BlogPatrol.com w/Dell PowerEdge Server NO RESERVE

At a glance ?

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Site Type
Platform
PHP
Site Age
14 years

Traffic ?

Page Views
201,834
Unique Visits
15,730
No Google Analytics data

Financials ?

Gross Revenue
$533
Net Profit

Financials ?

Monetization Methods

  • This website earns revenue with Advertising Sales. It is recommended to request a video walk through from the seller to verify all revenue claims.

Last 12 Months Claimed Revenue and Profit

Revenue Costs Profit
Apr 10 $576 $576 $0
May 10 $538 $538 $0
Jun 10 $420 $420 $0
Jul 10 $473 $473 $0
Aug 10 $270 $270 $0
Sep 10 $380 $380 $0
Oct 10 $431 $431 $0
Nov 10 $1,007 $1,007 $0
Dec 10 $463 $463 $0
Jan 11 $622 $622 $0
Feb 11 $450 $450 $0
Mar 11 $528 $528 $0

Seller's Notes

Listing At-a-Glance

  • What? BlogPatrol.com is a popular stats counter and directory for bloggers.
  • Since When? Online and established since November 2002.  Purchased BlogPatrol in September 2003.
  • Who Uses It? BlogPatrol has 103K+ total user accounts (34K+ logged in within last 30 days).
  • Who Runs It?  With the help of a part-time system administrator, I've personally managed, customized, and built up BlogPatrol.com on a part-time basis over an eight year period.
  • Why Sell? Due to significant changes in my full-time career and a growing young family, BlogPatrol.com has run on autopilot for over a year.  I'm looking for the right buyer who can take BlogPatrol to the next level.
  • Why Buy? BlogPatrol is an established, popular, and scalable website that generates revenues through passively generated advertising income.

BlogPatrol Highlights on Google and in the Media

  • Current Google PageRank 6 (PR6).  PageRank 7 in 2010.  High of PageRank 8 in 2006.
  • Listed in DMOZ under the Open Directory Category "Computers: Internet: On the Web: Weblogs: Tools: Tracking"
  • Named, along with Google WebMaster Central Blog and Technorati, by ComputerWorld.com as a tool for managing one’s online reputation (Feb. 12, 2008)
  • Selected for an eHow.com article titled How to add a counter to blogger blog
  • Recommended by Blogging Basics 101 as an easy to use counter, along with SiteMeter, StatCounter, LiveBlogStats, and ShinyStat (Oct. 12, 2006)
  • One of “Ten Resources for Power Bloggers” in Blogging for Dummies (2006 edition)
  • Featured in the Project Management Institute's Career Track magazine (September 2006)
  • Blog commented on by Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter) (January 15, 2003)
  • Mentioned by BlogPatrol users on their blogs and in discussion forums

System Architecture (including Unique Customized Features):

  • LAMP system architecture: the site can be set to use a single master database (less performance, but less maintenance), or a multi-master, multi-slave configuration (better performance, but more maintenance).  LAMP is the common acronym for websites that use a Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP architecture.
  • The BlogPatrol architecture supports stability and scalability via archiving of users' stats into manageable data partitions. Data is currently archived back to December 2009.
  • The website interface is user friendly and provides powerful options for customizing user's BlogPatrol counters/widgets. The options include invisible widgets, stealth widgets, and widgets consisting of user-submitted images.

Site Maintenance Requirements:

  • MySQL Database & Server Administration
    • The site uses a MySQL database comprised of 6 tables that need to be monitored and maintained for performance; the site can be set to use a single master database (less performance, but less maintenance), or a multi-master, multi-slave configuration (better performance, but more maintenance).
    • Depending on the web hosting arrangement, the Linux server must be maintained with software updates.
  • Customer Support Emails
    • The website includes a customer support blog that provides the ability to post system/service updates as needed
    • On average, about 5 to 10 email support requests per day, usually for password resets (but a capable programming team could further improve and automate the password reset function)

Listing includes these BlogPatrol Assets:

  • Software, Websites, and Domains --
    • www.BlogPatrol.com website and valuable domain name (registered through November 18, 2020)
    • beta.BlogPatrol.com website for testing and development
    • The Patrol Blog (for user support)
    • BlogPatrol Test Blog (for testing of BlogPatrol counters)
    • Related BlogPatrol domains with .info (9/29/2012), .biz (7/14/2012), .org (10/13/2012), and .co (5/5/2012) extensions registered through 2012
    • Well-developed and effective customer support email templates for easy email support
    • 1-year subscription already paid to WebExOne through June 2012 ($270) for outsourced email/web office services
  • Hardware  -- Dell PowerEdge 2900 Server with multiple SSD drives and mulitple 2-TB storage drives.
  • Training and Support  -- Transfer of site ownership including one month of email and phone support as needed.

Valuation Factors

  • Transaction includes all assets outlined in the above assets listing
  • Current revenues = $577 per month (generated passively by a third-party broker and by direct requests from advertisers)
  • PR6 Domain Name already registered through November of 2020
  • Unique development and customization resulting from 8 years of management and experience:
    • From 2007 through 2011, personally invested over $15K+ of development in website functionality and PHP/MySQL enhancements
    • BlogPatrol is a unique and friendly service for its users, as well as a scalable platform
  • New owner must be able to transfer site to their own server, and/or I can ship my Dell PowerEdge 2900 server to you as well.
  • Negotiable period (e.g., 30 days) of support for technical, business, and administrative transition including training on customer support and site maintenance.

Ideal Buyer Profile:

  • a corporate entity or experienced web entrepreneur
  • possesses or has access to technical capabilities to manage a data-intensive LAMP website that runs a multi-master, multi-slave, multi-gigabyte database .
  • sales and business development experience to leverage and maximize BlogPatrol's international reach, popularity, and position in the evolving environments of blogging and web analytics

Updated Stats/Traffic and Revenue Screen shots:

  • The attachments contain recent information as of the May/June timeframe, but I will post the latest traffic/stats and revenue information as the auction proceeds.

Additional Revenue Details

BlogPatrol Current Monthly Revenue Sources

  • Text Links via Confidential Third-Party Brooker and Direct Sales
  • Hosted Marketing Pages / Sponsored Article Pages
  • Banner Ads via ValueClickMedia and CasaleMedia
  • Text Ads via GoogleAds

Potential Revenue Generating Opportunities

  • Provide Paid (new) vs. Free (current) Versions of BlogPatrol
  • 103K+ users that have not been email marketed as yet, with active accounts logging in regularly as follows:
    • 18,475 accounts (17.92%) logged in within last 24 hours
    • 27,381 accounts (26.55%) logged in within last 7 days
    • 34,016 accounts (32.99%) logged in within last 30 days
  • Expand the functionality of the Top Blogs BlogPatrol directory to generate more page views and links
  • Expand sponsored article pages model (e.g., http://www.blogpatrol.com/bad_credit_loans.html) to include additional pages/articles and generate more revenue
  • Better use of banner ads (e.g., geo-targeting ads, direct advertising deals vs. brokered campaigns)
  • Use of Google AdWords in BlogPatrol widgets

BlogPatrol Annual Revenue History

  • 2006: $32,943
  • 2007: $27,638
  • 2008: $16,896
  • 2009: $9,569
  • 2010: $7,454
  • 2011-to-date (as of 7/31/2011): $3,907

Operational Costs

  • Server hosting fees are the primary operational cost. BlogPatrol is currently hosted on my own machine using a business Internet connection that goes to a residence. Therefore, this cost is a variable that will depend on how the buyer wishes to host the site.
  • The primary domain ( www.BlogPatrol.com) is already registered through November of 2020.
  • Sale includes the Dell PowerEdge 2900 server and hardware (unless the buyer does not want it).

BlogPatrol Revenue Levels

  • The declining revenues and traffic trends reflect the fact that BlogPatrol has been on autopilot for over a year due to changes in my personal schedule/priorities.
  • Further, my own skills and knowledge with online advertising are rather limited, so I was never able to maximize the revenue.  For example, I was not able to geo-target my banner advertising the way I would have liked.

Additional Traffic Details

User growth is 100% organic

  • Current new user signups averages are ~10 per day (last 100 days) and ~475 per month (last 12  months).

Excellent Search Engine Position for Keyword "free blog counter":

Traffic is 100% organic @ ~15K uniques / ~200K pageviews per month:

  • 40% Direct Traffic
  • 44% Referring Sites
  • 16% Search Engines

Traffic Last 12 Months per Google Analytics:

  • 725,715 Visits
  • 2,422,004 Pageviews
  • 3.34 Pages/Visit
  • 31.98% Bounce Rate
  • 00:03:55 Avg. Time on Site
  • 25.18% % New Visits

Traffic by 10 Countries:

  1. United States 42%
  2. United Kingdom 5%
  3. Canada 4%
  4. Singapore 4%
  5. India 4%
  6. Malaysia 3%
  7. Greece 3%
  8. Australia 2%
  9. Portugal 2%
  10. Turkey 2%

Site Info

Site Established ? November 2002
Built With ?
Google Analytics Detected ? Yes
More info: BuiltWith

Domain Info

Domain Registered ? 18 November 2002
Registrar ? ENOM
More info: Wayback Machine and Whois

Site Uniqueness

Content Unique ? Yes
Design Unique ? Yes
More info: Plagspotter and Copyscape

SEO Presence

Pages In Google ? 4,050
MajesticSEO Inbound Links ? 0
SEOmoz mozRank ? 5.73
Alexa Rank ? 102,312
More info: SEOmoz and SEMRush

Comments

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Alliance ( | $716 )
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 06:56:10 AEST

How are the members's email accounts hosted? Have you sent a newsletter to the members?Thanks.

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Tue, 09 Aug 2011 07:14:58 AEST

@Alliance: The member's email accounts are stored in the user table as part of the basic information, which includes: username, email address, blog name, blog URL, etcetera. If you go to the "New User Signup" page at http://www.blogpatrol.com/signup.php , then you'll see all the data fields that are held in the user table.
I have not done any newsletters, although that would be a useful idea/approach. The admin panel that comes as part of www.CounterCode.com's off the shelf software includes a rudimentary "Email All" function. It is rudimentary because (a) it sends text only email messages and (b) it's a "global email all" function that does not differentiate between who gets the message and who does not.
For one-on-one user support requests, users contact me through the web contact form at http://www.blogpatrol.com/contactform.php . I have a set of email templates that I customize in response to the user. This makes it easy for me to respond, while providing the user the specific attention that s/he is looking for. Examples are password reset and frequently asked questions about blogging and using a stats counter, such as what is / why to "ban an IP" address.
My auction listing refers to a "1-year subscription already paid to WebExOne through June 2012 ($270) for outsourced email/web office services" -- this is a reference to my own email accounts as part of the blogpatrol.com domain. Early on, I decided to outsource the email function because I wanted to still be able to contact the users even if my web server went down. Similarly, the customer support blog is hosted by Blogger.com under the domain http://thepatrolblog.blogspot.com/ because I wanted it to be independent of my web server.

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asmeyers ( new )
Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:51:37 AEST

You mention sending the actual server to the winning bidder - I'm curious where your located.
Also, what sort of connection do you have to the server? I used to host a website from my house through a modest DSL line with a static IP and it worked, but it didn't get a ton of traffic. Can you tell me what sort of pipe you have to the server?

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markovitzt ( | $2.46K )
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:39:01 AEST

Hello, i tried to create an account but couldn't, this is the messege i see in the signup page - "The information you have requested is not available at this time". Also all your counters are down...this could really hurt the website reputation. Is it just happening now or this problem has been there for a long time. For example on this blog - http://gripweedsgems.blogspot.com/ - you can see an X where the counter image should be in the right sidebar.

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Sat, 13 Aug 2011 01:03:46 AEST

@asmeyers: The server is located in the Washington DC Metro Area (Northern Virginia). The website is data intensive, but it's only tracking text data regarding the information about the visitors to users' blogs/website. A pipe that handles 5 megabits per second is more than sufficient for the current needs of the site.

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ezytrak1234 ( | $530 )
Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:56:18 AEST

how long has the site been down for , ive tried looking at it for a day now

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Mon, 15 Aug 2011 09:36:21 AEST

@ezytrak1234 and @markovitzt:
The http://www.blogpatrol.com website and database are back online now. You are welcome to take a look at the site, signup for a test account (all accounts are free), and check out the stats/tracking service. Let me know if you have any questions.

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ezytrak1234 ( | $530 )
Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:41:40 AEST

Hi tony ,

how much bandwith are you using per month on the dedicated server

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:24:07 AEST

@ezytrak123:

I'm working on this question for you, and I hope to have info posted within the next couple of days.

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:31:07 AEST

@ezytrak123:

The following hyperlink provides my server's Webalizer stats for the last twelve completed months (from July 2011 going back to August 2010):
http://www.blogpatrol.com/webalizer/index.html
Under the "Monthly Totals" section, you will see the column displaying "KBytes."

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Sat, 20 Aug 2011 11:52:11 AEST

@ezytrak123:

One correction to my previous post: The hyperlink shows simply the last twelve months (from August 2011 going back to September 2010), not the last twelve "completed" months.

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markovitzt ( | $2.46K )
Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:27:53 AEST

You stated that the website gets about 15k visitors a month while you say that there were 18,475 accounts (17.92%) logged in within last 24 hours. How can you explain the discrepancy ?

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jsrampton ( | $293K )
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 07:04:13 AEST

Does the sale of the site include transferring the site 100% (working on my server) by you?

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:45:51 AEST

@markovitzt: I'm having some analysis done in follow-up to your question, and I expect to have an update posted later today.

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 06:29:26 AEST

@jsrampton:
I've received a number of similar questions via private messages indicating that potential buyers are not interested in taking on a used server because (a) it is difficult to know the condition of the hardware and (b) they would have to either migrate the site to a hosted solution or colocate the machine somewhere.
In response to this feedback, I've spent the last week migrating the site from my homegrown server to a hosted solution with a monthly fee of $250 for 4 GB RAM, 160GB Hard Disk, 2,500 GB Bandwidth. The historical user stats/data (older database partitions) will also be made available via Amazon Web Services S3 solution. The new owner will have the option to (a) use those partitions for data mining; (b) making it available to the users; or (c) just getting rid of the data.
NOTE: I've eaten the cost (as I should) on this migration: $250 for getting the hosted solution, plus $700+ already for the site/database migration and configuration/optimization tweaking. (I only mention this because the auction was initially listed as including the server hardware, which, based on feedback received, is not preferred nor feasible. In lieu of the server, I've setup the hosted solution.)
In summary, the auction will not include the used server, but it will include the website/database working correctly on a hosted server that is paid for one month in advance (at least through end of September since the auction closes on 8/31/2011). I will provide 30 days of support (also through the end of September) to help the new owner learn how the site works. The support will be in the form of phone, email, walk-throughs of the site/server/database, and updates to existing documentation.

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AudiS2 ( | $29.2K )
Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:18:29 AEST

http://blogpatrol.com/bpres/
Server is down for maintenance. Please try again later.

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:37:10 AEST

@markovitzt:
The discrepancy has to do with the two numbers referencing different metrics and using different definitions for those metrics. The user metrics are pulled from an internal query of the database based on logins. Google Analytics is entirely separate from that.
In order to give folks a chance to look at the Google Analytics first-hand, I'm providing the following (temporary) public username and password:
URL LOGIN: https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=analytics

USERNAME: [email protected]

PASSWORD: flippa.com
The stats on Google Analycis go back to about June of 2007. Also, you can access Webalizer stats at the following URL as another point of comparison:
http://www.blogpatrol.com/webalizer/index.html
Hope this helps.
Tony

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Tony_Nguyen ( | $5K )
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:56:31 AEST

@AudiS2:

The "http://blogpatrol.com/bpres/" is a section of the site that used to be populated by a third party company that provided feeds of affiliates. A while back, the company stopped providing that service, and (unfortunately) I did not take down that link from the menu.

Tony

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