USCGQ is a educational study platform for students focusing on passing examinations for their maritime licenses.
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This site has been a work in progress for years. It was started back in 2007 when I was in college and couldn't find a cheap resource to study for my license exams. Out of frustration, USCGQ was developed and has since helped thousands of mariners alike help pass their exams.
How is your business monetized?
Please describe your business model
USCGQ is a study resource for people looking to obtain a maritime license. On our site we offer a bank of over 22,000 questions that are no longer made available to the public. This makes our site invaluable to mariners who are looking to study for their exam.
We offer non-recurring subscriptions for $14.99 for one month and $39.99 for three months. The reason behind this is because users only use the site to study for an examination. Once they’re finished taking the exam they no longer need the site until they are ready to upgrade their license again. Typically a mariner or recreational boater will upgrade their license 2-4 times.
Are you the original owner of the business?
Which platform does the website use?
Custom built platform developed for this site.
Where is the site hosted and will this need to change after purchase?
The site is hosted on a VPS with HostGator.com; They monthly cost is $50.
Why are you selling the business?
The reason I'm selling this site is quite simple. I've developed this site for years and being a merchant mariner myself, I used my own site to obtain the final license in my career; Oceans Unlimited ton Masters license. I can no longer move up in this industry as far as licensing goes and have generally lost interest because of that. I would like to use this sale for other business ventures.
Is the website’s revenue kept separate from other business and personal accounts?
Yes, however you will have to setup your own PayPal account after the transfer.
If necessary, do you have tax returns available to support your revenue claims?
Yes, this proof can be provided to serious buyers and/or Flippa Marketplace Integrity.
Are you willing to provide live revenue verification?
Yes, upon request from serious buyers and/or Flippa marketplace integrity.
What are the main expenses of the business?
$50 VPS hosting per month
Once per year, domain name renewal
I also pay for Sucuri once per year, but that is a multi-site plan and I'm assuming any serious buyer would probably have their own account/plan already or something comparable.
Please list all domain names you are including in the sale
Are you including any social media accounts in the sale?
Are there any email lists included in the sale?
Yes a list of over 15,800 subscribers.
Is there any intellectual property included in the sale or anything buyers should know about the site infrastructure?
All questions and images were taken from the USCG.MIL website when they were released under the public domain. They are no longer listed.
What are the primary traffic sources of the site?
About 50% Organic 50% Referral
Do you use, or have you experimented with, social media marketing?
No, I have not.
Have you done any Search Engine Optimization?
Minor SEO with google.
Has the site ever received any search engine penalties (manual or algorithmic)?
No, to my knowledge my site has never received any search engine penalties.
Do you use, or have you experimented with direct / display advertising?
No, I have not.
Do you have employees or contracts with freelancers?
How is the content of your website produced? Provide a step-by-step breakdown
The questions and images were legally obtained under public domain which were released by the USCG’s government website.
Task 1 - Site Admin
Description – Answer support emails, mostly users having trouble logging in/subscribing.
Who - Owner
Hours per week - 2
How may people perform this task? - 1
Does the owner need specific skillsets in order to successfully operate the site?
Basic knowledge of FTP and MySQL will be helpful
Do you and/or any employees or freelancers provide customer support?
Please identify and briefly describe your main competitors (1-3 is fine)
Other sites similar are Seasources, Lapware and Capt Joes. They are about 90% more expensive and offer less features than USCGQ.
What makes your website better than its competition?
Price, features, and platform. Our price is the cheapest you can find which allows us to capture clients from the entire spectrum. Our clients range from military, to recreational and professional mariners. The features we offer are also unique, in that no other service offers users an easy way to review, save, and sort their questions like USCGQ. The platform was developed by myself to help me pass my exams. I’ve developed the pages and structure of the site to benefit the user in a way that makes the site easy to browse and study.
Which ad networks does the website utilize?
Are all ad networks transferable to the new owner?
Does your website utilize direct advertising?
Are you willing to sign a 3-year non-compete contract in the industry that the website operates in?
Will you provide 1-3 months of post-sale support & training, in order to ensure that the buyer is able to fully take over the business and its operations?
What are the primary growth opportunities for the business going forward?
For the most part, this site has only captured the audience in the United States. The agreed international language in the Maritime industry is English. I think if the next owner tapped into other countries (where the competitors are not) you would be able to increase sales substantially.
The community also really wants an offline app. A lot of users study and work where internet is either non-existent or very limited in service.
Are there any geographical limitations to the potential buyer of the business?
Plan for handing the site over can be fairly easy. The domain can be handed over through Godaddy and the website transfer can be done through cPanel (if you have it). I will gladly help get the site going on your own server and help you through any hiccups along the way.
|Site Established ?||July 2007|
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|Domain Registered ?||15 July 2008|
|Content Unique ?||Yes|
|Design Unique ?||Yes|
|Pages In Google ?||7,010|
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|Alexa Rank ?||1,932,755|