articlesbase.com

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$80,000 USD

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10y old network of sites, 0.5m uniques p/m, 1m registered users, 2m+ articles

Articlesbase is a network of 5 content sites (en, pt, es, he, ru), all is user generated content , 100 new users per day, 500 articles per day

At a glance ?

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Site Type
Content
Platform
PHP
Site Age
11 years

Traffic ?

Page Views
636,723
Unique Visits
231,508

Financials ?

Gross Revenue
$2,467
Net Profit
$2,092
AdSense Revenue
$1,303

Traffic ?

Uniques Page Views
May 16 207,015 600,190
Apr 16 232,799 627,846
Mar 16 254,710 682,134
Feb 16 269,507 689,782
Jan 16 314,058 737,357
Dec 15 316,023 730,209
Nov 15 400,629 795,107
Oct 15 388,868 807,887
Sep 15 304,632 717,217
Aug 15 385,911 806,045
Jul 15 411,266 862,955
Jun 15 412,250 883,551

Traffic Health ?

Pages / Session
1.87
Avg. Session Duration
00:14:04
Bounce Rate
22.11%

Top Channels ?

Page Views % of Total
Direct 272,751 45%
Organic Search 193,687 32%
Referral 98,082 16%
Social 35,017 5.8%
(Other) 405 0.068%

Top Countries ?

Page Views
India 275,032
United States 132,732
United Kingdom 21,986
Canada 11,094
Germany 10,171

Financials ?

Monetization Methods

  • This website earns revenue with Google AdSense
  • This website also 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
Jun 15 $4,867 $375 $4,492
Jul 15 $5,392 $1,522 $3,870
Aug 15 $5,595 $745 $4,850
Sep 15 $4,472 $375 $4,097
Oct 15 $5,220 $408 $4,812
Nov 15 $3,535 $375 $3,160
Dec 15 $3,224 $375 $2,849
Jan 16 $3,001 $375 $2,626
Feb 16 $3,223 $375 $2,848
Mar 16 $2,839 $375 $2,464
Apr 16 $2,340 $375 $1,965
May 16 $2,224 $375 $1,849

Seller's Notes

Opportunity 

This site is a huge opportunity for this willing to invest the time and energy, we haven't done any work on the site in many many months.

The email list is untapped as we are not experts in this. The large amount of users and Tier1 countries is a great revenue option for those willing to work to increase and test monteization methods. 

Tons of new content and users come in every month and a good option is to consider opening a premium payment plan for users.

Brief history of the site

ArticlesBase, established in 2005, is an article syndication website that allows authors to publish articles free of charge and share knowledge with potential customers. The article database is organised into an article directory that covers a wide variety of subjects, allowing the site to provide readers with content, and providing publishers and site owners with free content for their websites, newsletters, or ezines.

Over the past several years, ArticlesBase has rolled out international versions of the site for Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, and Hebrew readers.

Business Model

ArticlesBase is free to content providers (authors) and users/consumers (readers and publishers).

All content on the site is user-generated, we don't pay for content.

We mainly monitize with Adsense and in addition Revcontent, Infolinks and Komoona for banner ads.

Technology used

Our site is custom made PHP with MySQL as backend and uses the CodeIgniter framework. Site has a frontend site and an extensive backadmin system to manage the content.

Includes

Sale includes 5 main sites+domains, several facebook pages and twitter accounts. We will transfer the servers as is (just CC change), includes full site and code.

Your plan for transaction and handover

We can offer support during transfer and also help in learning the code overview via Skype.

Reason for selling

After 10 years we have moved on and the site has been in "auto-pilot" mode for some time and we would like to start clean on something else.

Site Info

Site Established ? September 2005
Built With ?
Google Analytics Detected ? Yes
More info: BuiltWith

Domain Info

Domain Registered ? 1 September 2005
Registrar ? GODADDY.COM
More info: Wayback Machine and Whois

Site Uniqueness

Content Unique ? No
Design Unique ? Yes
More info: Plagspotter and Copyscape

SEO Presence

Pages In Google ? 594,000
MajesticSEO Inbound Links ?
SEOmoz mozRank ? 5.32
Alexa Rank ? 11,989
More info: SEOmoz and SEMRush

Comments

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imranrashid ( | $33K )
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:39:52 AEST

Can you tell why the revenue has gone down drastically recently? In other words, what you were doing a year ago that you are not doing now? As I see it, the site should be on autopilot anyway.

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simong ( | $80K )
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:55:44 AEST

@imranrashid due to the drop in traffic the revenues also declined.

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imranrashid ( | $33K )
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:58:20 AEST

Yes, that should have been my question in fact. Why has the traffic dropped so much because it's all user generated content. So even if you are not dedicating time to it, the site should run on autopilot pretty much. In other words, what would need to be done to reach the previous traffic levels?

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oziman ( | $29.1K )
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:17:49 AEST

memories, memories. this site has been panda'd like no tomorrow, similar to ezinearticles, correct?

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td.here ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:04:19 AEST

has the site been penalized YES or NO

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simong ( | $80K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:28:57 AEST

@oziman yes that is correct

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simong ( | $80K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:29:45 AEST

@td.here site has been effected by the panda algorithm yes - site however is not blacklisted or anything like that.

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simong ( | $80K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:31:34 AEST

@imranrashid we think the best approach would to build out new sites for each category (could be wordpress based), then when content is submitted to Articlesbase (which still gets hundreds of new articles per day) you would push them out not publish on the site.

Simliar to how demand media worked in the past

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mikekhristo ( | $5.44K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:37:31 AEST

Can you pease add me to GA

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bkgroup ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 05:01:43 AEST

Pm me reserve price

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blucats ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:31:15 AEST

the site is built with ??? pm me with reserve price plrsdr

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cgkcgk31 ( | $1.5K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:32:14 AEST

Please pm me your reserve and bin..am very interested. Even if panda got the site it means nothing.

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tubig55 ( | $1.64K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:48:28 AEST

Pm reserve please

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richpaul7 ( | $3.5K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:51:44 AEST

Hi, can you PM me the reserve price?

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td.here ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:52:01 AEST

How does this site make money if its all free to publish, what make it money

Thanks

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amitsharma888 ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:15:47 AEST

I can buy it now pm me with reserve

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kjhb ( | $9.14K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:24:18 AEST

Please PM me the reserve price. Thank you.

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JasonNast ( | $37K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:38:20 AEST

Looking for reserve as well. Can you PM?

Not worried about Panda'd loss. Interested in what the future can be

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paareader ( | $36 )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:39:36 AEST

What is the reserve price?

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kringo ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:40:11 AEST

pm me the reserve, thx

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samified ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:58:09 AEST

Pm the reserve, please! Thank you.

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oxenjo30 ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:35:18 AEST

pls pm me reserved.

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Latifa87 ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:41:23 AEST

pls pm me the reserve

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td.here ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:49:56 AEST

How does this site make money if its all free to publish, what make it money

Thanks

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KajambaB ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:11:47 AEST

please pm your reserve

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mridul4c ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:14:19 AEST

please pm the reserve

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ks1966 ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:06:17 AEST

Direct traffic from were? How do you advertise the website?

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simong ( | $80K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:07:41 AEST

@ks1966 Direct traffic is mostly the authors coming in to publish articles. We do not advertise the site

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ks1966 ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:40:18 AEST

reserve price please. thanks

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Matthieu ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:34:57 AEST

You justify the drop mainly by Panda while it was launched in 2011. Does it mean for the content is considered as low quality for Google ? How do you explain the past 9 months rapid drop ? When will it stop ? At this rate you reach 0 traffic in 6 months time.

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simong ( | $80K )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:47:20 AEST

@Matthieu its not going to get to 0 as most of the traffic is not google today, but we would suggest to push out the fresh daily incoming content to new sites - thats where the growth is.

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thabble ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:25:16 AEST

Why is so much traffic coming from India?

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thabble ( new )
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:25:31 AEST

Can you please PM reserve. Thank you.

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Nargis.ali ( | $195 )
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 03:46:29 AEST

Please PM me the reserve price.

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dsmethie ( | $1.32K )
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:05:24 AEST

I understand that profit is based on ad revenue, so profit should have a direct correlation with number of impressions.

From June 2015 through May 2016, impressions decreased by 32.1%. However, profit during this same time frame decreased by 58.8%.

Why is there such a huge discrepancy? Why is profit decreasing at such a faster rate than traffic?

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thiruns ( | $5.11K )
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:34:54 AEST

Can you please PM the reserve and BIN? Thanks

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td.here ( new )
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:26:39 AEST

How does this site make money if its all free to publish, what make it money

Thanks

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simong ( | $80K )
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:30:39 AEST

@td.here money is made from advertising.

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simong ( | $80K )
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:31:29 AEST

@dsmethie its not 1:1 its a site with long tail traffic, so its possible more "expensive" traffic was lost.

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dsmethie ( | $1.32K )
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 04:07:33 AEST

@simong Thanks for your response. I used this site back in the day in conjunction with ezinearticles and got some pretty good results for myself and clients. I miss the good 'ole days of SEO :-)

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davidwmoore ( new )
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:04:59 AEST

PM me the reserve and BIN price please

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eplganesh ( suspended )
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:44:21 AEST

I am interested to buy this site. I just need video proof of revenue generated from this site. If the profit is true I can definitely buy higher then what others are bidding. Please send the details.

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simong ( | $80K )
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:30:03 AEST

@eplganesh we will try arrange something, but in the meantime all the info has been verified and you have screenshots attached.

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eplganesh ( suspended )
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:19:57 AEST

Thanks Simong for your prompt response.

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kjhb ( | $9.14K )
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:31:50 AEST

What are cost? You are paying $ 300 to 400 per month, for what?

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simong ( | $80K )
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:39:07 AEST

@kjhb Hosting, CDN & Email sending

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voteandearn ( | $16.9K )
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:52:05 AEST

Great site used to post 100's of articles on it. Good luck with the sale.

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simong ( | $80K )
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:23:56 AEST

@voteandearn thanks :)

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getrealmarketing ( | $70 )
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:46:55 AEST

How many people are on the email list? Also, PM me the reserve price! Thanks!

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ProAuctions ( | $2.03K )
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:28:42 AEST

Can you PM me the reserve .and how much time you daily spent on site to manage ?

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kringo ( new )
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:26:01 AEST

I didn't receive any PM for the reserve price and I'm not sure anybody have received the reserve price from the seller. Looks to me he just don't want to give the reserve price as well as drive more attention to this listing. Not cool!

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iyke20024 ( | $8.49K )
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:30:08 AEST

Most seo guys knows this site for getting link then.

Your content are not unique.. thats why.. how much content is unque.. do you know..

Also are all outgoing link nofollow

Would like to know

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simong ( | $80K )
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:35:28 AEST

@iyke20024 correct not all the content is unique, but incoming content is check for its uniqueness using an external service (but its a optional and not priced in the costs currently). Links are indeed nofollow.

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Vianc ( | $125 )
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:12:52 AEST

Are you guys using adsense or adX?

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simong ( | $80K )
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:02:26 AEST

@Vianc Adsense

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mjzivko ( | $356 )
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 05:58:00 AEST

PM BIN please

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barc90 ( | $1.19K )
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:24:24 AEST

Hello
You moderate articles before submit?

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SolutionsVia.com ( banned )
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:05:41 AEST

Please PM me the reserve price. Thanks!

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Raghav_tayal ( | $601 )
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:00:22 AEST

Please PM the reserve price

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thabble ( new )
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:06:53 AEST

again, why is india so high in traffic?

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simong ( | $80K )
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 00:18:59 AEST

@thabble alot of the writers come from there

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trentcontrol ( | $455 )
Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:10:26 AEST

The traffic appears to be going down with time. Any reason?

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richpaul7 ( | $3.5K )
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 02:52:32 AEST

Probably because the articles are not unique to the site. Search engines don't like this. I dont know if the people who submitted the articles here copied them from other sites, or those other siyes copied them from here. Either way, its an issue, especially with Google

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simong ( | $80K )
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:44:02 AEST

@trentcontrol please read the previous comments.

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frankmedia ( | $5.31K )
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:07:48 AEST

Can you pm reserve price please?

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biggdesign ( | $1.08K )
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 09:23:22 AEST

i'm just watching this auction and wanna say your site helped many in building their businesses. back in the day :)
you may delete this comment if you want.

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socialious ( | $42.8K ) Premium seller
Sat, 09 Jul 2016 22:46:10 AEST

Agreed with @biggdesign, Helped me build up my websites many years ago. For whoever is buying this, I would suggest deleting like 80% of the articles and redirecting the traffic to its relevant top level category. This may save its SEO rankings, anything that hasn't received traffic for last 12 months probably just needs to die and any duplicate needs to get removed.

Good luck with your sale, and hope the new guy can fix it as there is some value here, but will take massive work to fix.

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dextrous ( | $25K )
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:05:33 AEST

How many registered users?

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simong ( | $80K )
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:34:07 AEST

@dextrous over 1 million activated accounts

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Blob ( | $2.1K )
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:51:27 AEST

Can you PM the reserve price?
What is the price for the optional uniqueness checker?
Do you review all articles before publishing? How much time is required for doing this every day?

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simong ( | $80K )
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:00:39 AEST

@Blob sent pm

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dextrous ( | $25K )
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:05:39 AEST

Same questions as bob

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doggod ( | $3.1K )
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:15:27 AEST

I would also be interested in the answers to blobs questions. Please PM as well.

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Danny11542 ( new )
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 01:30:36 AEST

@Simong Can you Please pm me reserve / BIN Price i have funds available to buy this site also i would like a Skype call to discuss few things before i can put my bid in Thanks

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Sellerdefaultavatar simong Simon Gelfand
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