A "Top Ten" type article site built in Wordpress that has been online since January 2011. Contains over 1300 articles custom written especially for the site. Also includes 13 other Wordpress sites.
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I paid $100,000 for TipTopTens.com in May 2012, see https://flippa.com/2740562-blog-with-over-90-organic-traffic-for-sale-over-5000-monthly-profit and it even won the 2012 Flippa award for Best Blog sale: http://flippa.com/blog/announcing-the-winners-of-our-first-annual-flippie-awards/ (they called it a "blog" because it uses Wordpress, but it is really just a regular entertainment website).
The site comes with the following social media accounts:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TipTopTens - 11,315 likes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiptoptens - 9604 followers
Google+: https://plus.google.com/109092515541862168428/posts - 67 followers
When I first bought TipTopTens.com, I ran Adsense on it, which made around $2500/month, plus another $500/month from other ad sources. I then switched to Swaave Network (now called Pubpoolr.com), which showed mostly Adsense but also rotated some other ads, in the hopes that would increase the income. It went fine for a while, but after a year or so their ads on TipTopTens.com stopped working due to a technical problem, so I switched to Ezoic.com which mainly uses Adsense, but also optimizes the ad placement and presentation on the site, especially when it comes to mobile viewing.
I do no advertising or promotion for the site, and I do not pay for any links. Due to Google changes over the past 2 years, traffic has gone down, and the site only has around $300/month in revenue (all from ezoic.com).
I have never tried selling sponsored posts, but that could be a good source of revenue for the new owner.
It also used to make around $100/month from nrelate.com ads, but that income is now almost zero. I am not sure why, but the new owner could fix this.
I pay $250/month for a writer to post all the articles. I do not do anything myself to run the site, it is all automated. I pay the writer around $25 per article, but many similar top10 type sites pay their writers as little as $5 for these type of articles, so the new owner could easily bring this costs down to $50-$75/month.
Other than posting the new articles to Facebook and Twitter (this is done automatically via a plugin), I do no promotion at all for the sites, so the new owner could increase traffic significantly by doing SEO work and additional social media promotion.
The screenshot of the ezoic.com ad stats I posted shows no traffic/income for March/April/May of this year because during that time I was switching hosting companies, and the site worked fine, but it was easier not to use ezoic.com during the move because they cache the pages and need to know the source IP of the original server, and I thought I might need to try a few different hosts so it was easier just for me to use Casalemedia.com ads during that time. Those ads made $50-$75/month, but were not optimized at all.
I have it hosted at Godaddy.com Wordpress Managed Hosting ( http://www.godaddy.com/hosting/wordpress-hosting.aspx ) which costs $19.95 for up to 5 sites. This is not standard hosting, it is managed hosting, which means they handle Wordpress upgrades, security, and they do automatic backups for you. I have been on it for 4 months and have had no problems at all.
If the site loads slow for you, that is because I am using ezoic.com. They cache it and server it from their servers, replacing my ads with their ads and also reformatting the site. Since they cache it, I am not sure why it loads so slow, but that could be fixed. All it would take to for me to switch it back to the original version would be for me to switch the DNS for the domain to point to my Godaddy server instead. I am not under contract with ezoic.com, I can switch at any time.
I am selling TipTopTens.com because I run over 300 other sites (see the list at http://www.impulsecorp.com/websites ) and I have no luck at all with advertising/promoting any of them. They all just get natural traffic from the search engines. But, a site like TipTopTens, with over 1300 unique articles, could get so much more traffic if it was in the hands of somebody who could promote it well. When it was making $2500/month for me, doing nothing worked fine, but now that it barely makes a profit, more work on it is needed.
Also, because I run a big company and am in the USA, I run the risk of lawsuits with any site I own. Recently, I have had some problems with these article type sites (I own several of them), although not specifically with tiptoptens.com. When I bought these sites, they all had articles where the images were copied from other sites. A year ago I changed all the new articles to instead load the image remotely, but more importantly have a text link back to the original source site of the photo to give them photo credit. The problem though is that I can't do this for the old articles, because I don't know where the images came from.
In the past few months I have had several threats of lawsuits over the use of images of like these. One case I settled for $175 and the other for $1800. I have no knowledge of any specific images on TipTopTens.com that are copyrighted, but it is a risk. There are 3 possible solutions to this problem:
1.Keep all the old articles, but delete all the images in them. That should not have too much effect on traffic, since the article urls and text content would not change.
2. Delete all the old articles.
3. If you live outside of the USA, you probably don't have to worry as much about copyright lawsuits, so you could settle any for a lot less money.
I also have 13 other Wordpress sites I would include along with the sale of TipTopTens.com, because they all pretty much the same problem, which is that I do nothing at all to promote them
PopTens.com (300 visitors a day, $25/month income - I paid $5000 for it in 2012. I bought it from the same person who sold me TipTopTens.com. It has 314 unique top 10 type articles.
TopTensThings.com (150 visitors a day, $25/month income) - I paid $10,000 for it in 2012. It has 329 unique top 10 type articles.
WeirdlyOdd.com (500 visitors a day, $25/month income) - I paid $3510 for it in 2012, see https://flippa.com/2731965-popular-blog-pr3-seo-optimized-all-social-profiles-included . It has 301 unique list type articles.
Getitcut.com (makes around $100/month from Adsense) - I paid $1000 for it in 2012. It has 177 unique postings. I paid $1000 in a deal I made after the auction closed at https://flippa.com/2738546-profitable-home-design-blog-pr1-seo-optimized-easy-earn-up-to-290-m
The following sites don't have much traffic or income, but they are all sites that have lots of content and have been online for 1-4 years:
NothingExpensive.com - 76 unique postings
FilmsIndex.com - 156 unique postings.
ListCrunch.com - 40 unique postings
Designgrenade.com - Around 40 unique postings
|Site Established ?||January 2011|
|Built With ?||WordPress|
|Google Analytics Detected ?||Yes|
|Domain Registered ?||29 December 2010|
|Registrar ?||MONIKER ONLINE SERVICES LLC|
|Content Unique ?||Yes|
|Design Unique ?||No|
|Pages In Google ?||9,140|
|MajesticSEO Inbound Links ?||256,847|
|SEOmoz mozRank ?||5.6|
|Alexa Rank ?||201,196|