VGFaq.com

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$10,000 USD

Ended 149 days ago
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PR4 Site with 180K+ Uniques/mo Making $1000+/mo, Adsense, YouTube Channel

Gaming content website with huge potential and strong presence on Google. The website would be a good investment for larger gaming networks looking to grow.

At a glance ?

Touch a value for a description

Site Type
Content
Platform
Word​​Press
Site Age
6 years
Net Profit
$918 p/mo

Traffic ?

Page Views
245,049
Unique Visits
143,417

Financials ?

Gross Revenue
$950
Net Profit
$918
AdSense Revenue
$139

Traffic ?

Uniques Page Views
Mar 17 128,683 229,823
Feb 17 113,519 196,728
Jan 17 188,050 308,598
Dec 16 237,631 386,188
Nov 16 111,142 187,487
Oct 16 117,466 187,388
Sep 16 102,464 161,040
Aug 16 95,931 146,795
Jul 16 118,584 179,396
Jun 16 123,498 184,801
May 16 144,196 210,825
Apr 16 143,612 212,657

Traffic Health ?

Pages / Session
1.29
Avg. Session Duration
00:01:25
Bounce Rate
74.84%

Top Channels ?

Page Views % of Total
Organic Search 193,594 84%
Direct 29,844 13%
Referral 5,363 2.3%
Social 1,022 0.44%

Top Countries ?

Page Views
United States 106,944
United Kingdom 30,756
Canada 11,463
Australia 9,331
Germany 5,312

Financials ?

Monetization Methods

  • This website earns revenue with Google AdSense
  • This website also earns revenue with Affiliate Income and 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 16 $917 $32 $885
May 16 $941 $32 $909
Jun 16 $941 $32 $909
Jul 16 $795 $32 $763
Aug 16 $656 $32 $624
Sep 16 $757 $32 $725
Oct 16 $860 $32 $828
Nov 16 $998 $32 $966
Dec 16 $1,908 $32 $1,876
Jan 17 $992 $32 $960
Feb 17 $875 $32 $843
Mar 17 $984 $32 $952

Seller's Notes

Name: Vlad

Location: Romania (EU)

Site Background:

VGFAQ.com (Video Games Frequently Ask Questions) started as a project of a former Mahalo content writer. The domain was purchased on March 10, 2011 and the website went live in April 2011.  Starting 2013, another content writer joined the team and as of today there are two persons working on it.

The website is focused on providing guides and complete walkthroughs for the latest video games. It is a niche website with large potential.

Since all our guides, hence our content, is 100% unique, we managed to acquire backlinks naturally from top websites in our industry.

Starting September 2016, the website was re-designed and we added the news sections.

Business Model:

The website earns revenue through AdSense advertising since day 1. We also charge for sponsored articles, depending on what it’s advertised. 

We charge $150/article/year or $300/link/year.

In October 2016 we started a new collaboration with OKO, which handles and optimizes all our ads. Additionally they implemented an AdX banner in the footer. In exchange OKO charges 10% of all revenue. Please note that we are not under contract with them and the collaboration can end anytime.

When the new layout went live, we started working with Amazon, which works quite great so far. 

What’s included in the sale?

VPS, domain, all content, all social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest), our logo, our YouTube Channel, and our store on redbubble.com.

Currently we have 5806 articles on our website.

YouTube Channel

Our YouTube Channel is included in the sale and it is the main source of income at this point.

Currently the channel includes 7,108 videos (yeah, that much!), it has 50,414 subscribers and 28,972,754 views. We are partnered with Curse but we are not under contract with them. 

Additional info can be offered to serious bidders only, but no access to the dashboard.

Reason for selling

Currently I am focusing on two new projects.

Costs:

To maintain the website you only need to pay $32/month, which is the cost of our VPS.  

IMPORTANT:

- We have lowered the reserve price drastically since our last listing!

- Serious buyers ONLY

- Because there are multiple assets included in this sale, I would prefer handling all details face to face, but ONLY after the deal is closed and payment made through flippa. 

- We reserve the right to cancel buyers with negative feedback.

- On request I can send you all external HDDs on which we have backed up our YouTube videos.

-Be advised that this is not a listing for opportunists.

-Buyer pays all flippa fees.

Site Info

Site Established ? March 2011
Built With ? WordPress
Google Analytics Detected ? Yes
More info: BuiltWith

Domain Info

Domain Registered ? 10 March 2011
Registrar ? TUCOWS DOMAINS INC.
More info: Wayback Machine and Whois

Site Uniqueness

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

SEO Presence

Pages In Google ? 17,100
MajesticSEO Inbound Links ?
SEOmoz mozRank ?
Alexa Rank ? 200,933
More info: SEOmoz and SEMRush

Comments

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kanjam24 ( | $30K )
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:20:49 AEST

A number of Google search rankings have disappeared in Ahrefs database for this domain since Jan 1st 2017. Strangely SEMRush shows the opposite - a sharp increase in estimated traffic in that timeframe. Can you please share organic traffic as reported by Google Analytics, specifically during Jan 2016 to present?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 05:42:20 AEST

@kanjam24 please check the attached PDF

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Sat, 08 Apr 2017 06:22:45 AEST

give me ga and webmaster access at [email protected]

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Sat, 08 Apr 2017 23:58:29 AEST

Hello guys and thank you for your interest in this listing. Since I re-listed the website, I have received a large number of questions, so I will answer some of them here, since I can’t edit the whole description. Hopefully, they will help you and me save some time in the future. In no particular order, here is what most of you asked me.

Am I interested in closing the auction sooner than 30 days? Am I willing to negotiate the price?

Yes, and yes. I am willing to consider all pertinent offers from serious buyers; however, I am not willing to spend time on answering offers that are below the current bid. These come from opportunists. Which brings us to the next question.

Am I willing to set up a Skype meeting?

Sure, it will be my pleasure; but, I am not willing to discuss about this auction over my personal Facebook account, nor to accept new friend requests. This happened in the last 24 hours quite a lot. I consider my Facebook account a personal space, so please respect it.

What happened to the previous listings?

The first time I listed the website, the reserve wasn’t met. The second time, I received a private offer that didn’t work since the person who wanted to buy it wasn’t aware what he was buying. Again, please ask all questions before bidding, and when you do, make sure you can cover the price and you know what you are going to buy.

What is the reserve price?

Flippa has a request button in the upper right corner of the listing. Feel free to use it, as it is way faster than writing a message. If, by any chance you did not receive it, it’s because I am not interested in closing the business with you. As I said in the listing, I reserve the right to reject users with negative feedback or those who are looking for a quick deal.

Can you have access to google analytics?

Sure! Send me a PM with your email and you will have access for 24 hours. Again, If I don’t reply it means that I do not wish to share this info with you. The reason for doing this, is quite simple. Some people started to send me various offers using Facebook, personal email, etc…Not only those offers were below the current price, but those “buyers” started to use strong words, simply because I refused to sell it to them. This is not going to happen again.

How many hours per day does the website take?

This is one of the most unusual questions I receive, yet it makes sense in one way or another. As in all businesses the amount of time you invest is reflected in your revenue. Before asking this question, please ask yourself why are you interested in buying this website and what is your plan.

Do you want to hire writers? – Than you will work around 4 hours/week just to send them the topics and check their posts. If you want to…

Do you want to write the articles yourself? – You will spend more time, obviously. The amount of time depends on how good you are at writing and what are you writing about.

Do you want to create videos? – Again, it depends on how would you like to create them and what you want to show.

Right now, for example, we have a deal with a reputable marketplace which is willing to pay us around $25 for the articles they provide. Yes, we receive unique content and get paid just to publish it. Which takes around 5 minutes.

How do you find writers?

You don’t have to find them, as they will find you. As described I wasn’t interested in working with someone else, except my friend; that’s why I rejected all offers. I have no idea how much a writer costs these days.

The future owner, on the other hand, is free to use another strategy.
Even my partner might be interested in working with the new owner, and I would be more than happy to put you in contact with him.

Will you offer support after the sale?

Yes. I will help you all the way. Not for one month, three or 12. But for as long as you need. I’m doing this because I can’t stress enough on how important VGFaq is to me. It is not something I have bought and now I’m trying to sell. It is something that I created from the ground up. Even the V on our logo has a meaning to me.

That’s why, I am willing to offer you all the support you need. Because I want to see the website going up not down, and I want it to be in good hands.

How long will the transfer take?

The transfer can take up to one week, because there are multiple changes that must be made. Starting with the Facebook admins and ending with our YouTube account. Since we will be in permanent contact, I suggest the buyer to set-up a Skype account.
The company that takes care of our website will also be ready to help you along the way.

Closing notes

Please be advised that between May 4 and May 8 I will travel to Amsterdam, and might not be available all the time to answer further inquiries. If you are in Amsterdam, on the other hand, we can meet up.

Last, but not least, remember that I am not willing to answer questions outside Flippa.

I really hope these answers will help you decide in the upcoming month. Thanks, and happy bidding!

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KaseyM ( | $15K )
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 02:35:17 AEST

What's your relationship with OKO? Is it a contract signed or work on a month by month basis?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:07:46 AEST

@KaseyM Good question! No, we don't have a signed contract with them. In fact, we don't have a signed contract with anyone. The future owner can step away from OKO or Curse (YouTube) whenever he wishes.

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:21:32 AEST

Hello guys!

Just wanted to let you know that I've updated the P&L doc. After spending quite some time, I managed to pull out all the income and expenses for the last 4 years. The numbers you see on the P&L can be tracked and verified on request by serious bidders. Make sure you take a look and if you have questions, feel free to PM me.

Have a lovely week and happy bidding!

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mynotion ( | $55 )
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:56:53 AEST

Hi Vladis, I am interested in your site, however I need to find out about how can continue to build the similar content ? Any ideas of the continuously development?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:14:25 AEST

@mynotion As I said I believe that my friend will be thrilled to work with the future owner. He would be my first choice if I was the buyer, since he knows how to produce both video and text content, he is a professional gamer and he already knows all the insights.

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kiraftw ( new )
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:37:26 AEST

Can you please pm me the reserve price ? thanks

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:45:04 AEST

@kiraftw Not at this point.

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TheKhadok ( new )
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:00:44 AEST

may I know your reserve price?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:33:02 AEST

@TheKhadok The reserve price will be revealed only to bidders and only later this month.

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Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:54:38 AEST

buyer pays all flippa fees? That includes the 12% success fee? That would be an extra $678 on top of the $5650? Is that what you mean?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:19:19 AEST

@areyouwithgyoppa Hi Paul! Actually that was a mistake on my end, because according to Flippa's staff, I will have to deal with all fees, since I will be using Flippa escrow to close the deal. Unfortunately I can't edit the description, but rest assured that I will cover the fees.

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:53:43 AEST

Hi Vladis. When you wrote meet face to face to take care of details after your sale, were you serious? You live in Romania? Everyone here bidding probably lives in another country.

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:01:45 AEST

@areyouwithgyoppa Actually there are at least two persons here who are from Romania. Also, as I said I am willing to travel to see all details handed to the new owner, once the payment is made. Obviously it depends on the buyer's location as I am not excited to travel to China for example, this time of year. Or Afghanistan.

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:09:38 AEST

Ah. Ok. Sounds good.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:06:44 AEST

Hi Vladis,

I think this deserves to be mentioned on a public comment. I don't know about the rest of the bidders, but if I am spending above $1,000 for an online digital property I like to verify, check, and investigate the property.

I checked your site vgfaq.com and noticed something that is very alarming. I saw GAMBLING resource advertising links on your site. This was very alarming. Your site is video game niche and now there are two competing niches, video game and gambling on your site.

This will hurt vgfaq.com site. I don't know if you knew about this since you said you dont take care of the technical part of the site. So this leaves me with a couple of reasons:
1. You willingly allowed your tech guys or whoever to place it
2. Someone that has access to the site placed it to make a quick buck while this auction is in place.
3. Someone that has access to the site wants to deliberately and knowingly hurt the site.

The person that buys the site will have to deal with the fallout on the site due to this. I am beginning to wonder if there are other stuff on the site that I might not know about, like maybe malware or virus installed on the site.

This is your site, and you can do whatever you wish because you still own it. But if its for auction, can you explain why there are gambling related outbound links on vgfaq.com? Its like having a porn related outbound links on a site that is wedding related niche.

Thank you Vladis for your time
Waiting for your response,
Paul

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:25:59 AEST

@areyouwithgyoppa Hi Paul, Although I have answered those questions in my last private message, I'll leave this here for everyone. None of the reasons you mentioned above are close, since those were placed by me. Second, not even once this website was hurt by those links nor it received a single warning from anyone. Not even once. Finally, some of them are removed/replaced quite often as I already told you. Some links you see there have almost a year now, yet I don't exactly see the downfall. I will remove them myself if you like.

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Jav ( | $765 )
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:46:05 AEST

@Vladis its very hard to step away from any partner on youtube. They dont release your accounts . Do you have any esurance of walking away ?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:30:46 AEST

@Jav Good question. Actually I know exactly how hard it is since I was partnered with TGN and BBTV in the past. But, I was under contract with them for 2 years. When my channel joined Curse we specified that will be no contract between us and we are free to leave whenever we want. If you go to unionforgamers.com you can see that one of their benefits is that they don't have a lock-in contract. On the other hand, if you sign a contract you won't be able to step away. It's not the case here.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:36:01 AEST

Hi. Do you have a screenshot that verifies that you are not under contract with curse network? A form, something on their account login page that you can access for your account with them, anything like that?

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:50:33 AEST

@areyouwithgyoppa This is a strange request, you have to admit that. You are basically asking for a paper that doesn't exist. Clearly you can see on their website that there is no lock-in contract, and if you don't believe that, you have to check with them. I mean...c'mooon.... Curse has over 10.000 members and it's an A+ network. Do you think they would lie on their website?

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:58:55 AEST

Hi Vladis. Thanks for that reply. There were some people that needed to hear that. Anyway, I am assuming you are an affiliate with curse and not in managed status?

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jjjrmy ( | $839 )
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:38:36 AEST

when will you release the reserve?

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:53:43 AEST

at the end... of the auction... so you should start bidding

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Vladis ( | $10K )
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:21:04 AEST

@areyouwithgyoppa We are partnered with them, yes. Not managed.

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