Actu-Medias.com

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Google News Content Site Making $3k/month Passively

Covering media news with 100% passive income, easy to maintain

At a glance ?

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Site Type
Content
Platform
Wordpress 4.7
Site Age
1 year

Traffic ?

Page Views
23,339
Unique Visits
15,248

Financials ?

Gross Revenue
$1,827
Net Profit
$1,782
AdSense Revenue
$1,691

Traffic ?

Uniques Page Views
May 17 20,596 37,552
Apr 17 14,880 18,011
Mar 17 10,268 14,455
Feb 17 11,931 18,956
Jan 17 46,724 63,235
Dec 16 103,328 161,019
Nov 16 164,645 235,871
Oct 16 162,363 211,057
Sep 16 139,433 178,106
Aug 16 91,247 115,597
Jul 16 99,122 146,112
Jun 16 285,973 393,385

Traffic Health ?

Pages / Session
1.42
Avg. Session Duration
00:00:17
Bounce Rate
77.81%

Top Channels ?

Page Views % of Total
Organic Search 36,290 97%
Direct 851 2.3%
Referral 405 1.1%
Social 6 0.016%

Top Countries ?

Page Views
United States 23,431
France 6,290
(not set) 2,640
Canada 738
Belgium 573

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 16 $0 $0 $0
Jul 16 $0 $0 $0
Aug 16 $0 $0 $0
Sep 16 $0 $0 $0
Oct 16 $0 $0 $0
Nov 16 $0 $0 $0
Dec 16 $0 $0 $0
Jan 17 $52 $0 $52
Feb 17 $77 $0 $77
Mar 17 $142 $0 $142
Apr 17 $2,105 $45 $2,060
May 17 $3,235 $90 $3,145

Seller's Notes

All information provided here is accurate and 100% verifiable upon request.

Take a moment to review my 4-year Flippa profile, over $60k in transactions and 100% positive feedback.

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Seller Questionnaire

How is your business monetized?

Adsense and direct banner ad sales via AdClerks.com

Are you the original owner of the business?

No

When did you buy the business, and how has it changed since you took over?

I took over in January 2017.

I updated the WordPress theme and updated the front-end with a new logo.

I also optimized AdSense and hired and trained a more cost-efficient French journalist in April (hence the spike in revenue).

Which platform does the website use?

Wordpress.

Where is the site hosted and will this need to change after purchase?

LiquidWed, this could stay.

Why are you selling the business?

I recently got married and now working full-time at a new startup, so I don't have enough time to commit to running and growing Actu-Medias.com as I originally planned.

Hopefully, someone with experience in Wordpress or who's looking for a low maintenance passive income site could continue where I left off.

Can the website’s revenue be accurately tracked back to the website?

Yes, revenue can be accurately tracked back to the business.

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? 

Hosting and writing fees.

Please list all domain names you are including in the sale

  • Actu-Medias.com

Are you including any social media accounts in the sale?

I never got time to create any, this was on my to-do list.

What are the primary traffic sources of the site?

Organic from Google News.

Have you done any Search Engine Optimization?

No, I have never done any SEO.

Has the site ever received any search engine penalties (manual or algorithmic)?

No, the site has never received any search engine penalties.

Do you have employees or contracts with freelancers?

Yes, just one French writer who charges $3 per 300-word article (happy to work with new owner).

How is the content of your website produced? 

The French writer sources his own his material and posts 1 x 300-word article daily.

Does the owner need specific skill sets in order to successfully operate the site?

None but a little experience in Wordpress would be beneficial.

What makes your website better than its competition?

It caters specifically to the young French demographic interested in media and entertainment news. We do this by providing daily media news written in French through our partnership with Google News.

Which ad networks does the website utilize?

Adsense and AdClerks.com - check out our listing where we sell banner space direct to advertisers.

Are all ad networks transferable to the new owner?

Yes

Are you willing to sign a 3-year non-compete contract?

Yes

Will you provide 1-3 months of post-sale support & training?

Yes, happy to provide 3 months full support and training if required.

What are the primary growth opportunities for the business going forward?

  • More frequently posted content (currently posting 1 post a day).
  • Sign up for social media channels to share content online.
  • Post articles in English to reach a larger English speaking demographic (not just French readers).
  • Adsense optimization and more ad networks like content.ad or Media.net
  • Carry out some SEO and build backlinks to get more organic traffic.

Are there any geographical limitations to the potential buyer of the business?

No, there are no geographic limitations.

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Key Facts

  • Google News Partner
  • 1 Year Old Website
  • Making Over $3,000/mo Passively

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Backlink Portfolio

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Actu-Medias.com SEO

  • MoZ Domain Authority: 13
  • Majestic SEO Citation Flow: 29
  • SEMRush Backlinks: 477

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Actu-Medias is a Google News approved partner providing readers across the globe with the latest news in media and entertainment.

We currently publish news in French and have over 1,300 published articles.

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3 Month Revenue Breakdown

May 2017: $3,235

  • Adsense: $3200 - total earnings for www and non-www version
  • AdClerks: $35

April 2017: $2,105

  • Adsense: $2070 - total earnings for www and non-www version
  • AdClerks: $35

March 2017: $142

  • Adsense: $22 - ads were only on footer before for March and earlier.
  • AdClerks: $70
  • Sponsored Post: $50

TOTAL 3 MONTH GROSS REVENUE: $5,482 USD

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Expense Breakdown:

Expenses are minimal, here’s a breakdown:

  • Writer: $3 per 300-word article
  • Hosting: $0 forever (hosted on my VPS, will transfer for free)

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Potential

If the new owner wishes to invest more time into the business, there are plenty of opportunities to generate additional growth. I’d be more than happy to sit down and discuss these and other ideas in greater detail upon the closing of the sale.

My original idea was to grow the brand into a powerful media outlet covering controversial mainstream news in entertainment and media such as je suis charlie and French media politics.

How to increase short-term revenue and growth:

  • Adsense - Add more content on the site and experiment with better placements or better AdSense units such as Matched Content. I've added a header 729x90 ad unit behind an AdClerks tag. AdClerks overrides Adsense whenever an ad sale is made on the AdClerks marketplace.
  • AdClerks - Offer more ad sizes which can sit in front of the newly created AdSense units, 300x250 ad sizes are the most popular which we don't offer as of yet.
  • Create social media accounts and auto-share all new posts on the social media accounts with hashtags to reach new readers.

How to increase long-term revenue and growth:

  • Post articles in English or install a language plugin on the Wordpress blog to enable English reading users to read the content - I have a writer who can write in English if the new owner is interested.
  • If this proved popular, my next step would be to open up submissions to the general public via a contact form to allow on the go journalism for all users.
  • Partner with larger media and news outlets in exchange for a revenue share.

Hopefully, the new owner can see areas for growth and take Actu-Medias.com to where it should be.

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What the buyer will get

  • Actu-Medias.com
  • Domain, website and all content
  • Free migration and transfer
  • 100% rights to the brand name and template
  • 30-day support and help
  • Google analytics data
  • Google webmasters data

Site Info

Site Established ? March 2016
Built With ? WordPress
Google Analytics Detected ? Yes
More info: BuiltWith

Domain Info

Domain Registered ? 28 September 2015
Registrar ? TLD REGISTRAR SOLUTIONS LTD
More info: Wayback Machine and Whois

Site Uniqueness

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

SEO Presence

Pages In Google ? 1,340
MajesticSEO Inbound Links ?
SEOmoz mozRank ?
Alexa Rank ? 1,310,085
More info: SEOmoz and SEMRush

Comments

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mandril666 ( new )
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 07:40:39 AEST

Hello, interesting. I was very intersted to buy it when it was previsouly listed here last year

However I do have a few questions.

1) How do you explain the traffic decrease over the last year ?
2) I see that most of the traffic is coming from USA. Only a quart of it comes from france. Any explaination ?
3) About the adsense revenues. How do you manage to make +3000$ with 30.000 page views in may ? Its more than 100$ rpm It sounds amazing, almost unbelievable.

Thank you

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E100 ( | $64.2K )
Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:41:56 AEST

Hi there,

Thanks for your interest, I'll answer your questions below:

1) I'm not entirely sure to be honest as I took over in January 2017 when traffic was already falling.
I did nothing with it for 2 months and only started working on it in April by optimizing adsense and hiring a french journalist writer. I still feel the adsense could be better optimized and more content could be posted.

2) One of the things I did differently when I took over was to post more western content covering mainstream media and entertainment to reach French speaking users in other countries such as North America. One thing I've been wanting to do is start posting articles in English to reach even more readers.

3) The traffic in analytics is slightly higher than the traffic shown here. In May 2017 the site did 40k page views which gave us a RPM of $75, however we had a good CPC for that month and a few posts that performed well in terms of views.

If you have any more questions let me know or feel free to PM me.

Thanks,
James

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oksytarr ( suspended )
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:09:06 AEST

i am interested to buy if your earning is real .

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f86 ( new )
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:07:32 AEST

Hi,

Can you please comment on the ad revenue surge from March to April ?

Thanks

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E100 ( | $64.2K )
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:09:23 AEST

@oksytarr

Hi there, yes earnings are real as adsense is verified by Flippa.

@f86

Hi there, adsense was only on the footer for March and earlier and I also optimized AdSense and hired and trained a more cost-efficient French journalist in April (hence the spike in revenue).

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If you have any more questions let me know or feel free to PM me.

Thanks,
James

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paritymedia ( | $44K )
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:02:57 AEST

You are having 8 AdSense banner ads. That's a direct violation of AdSense policies. I wouldn't be surprise if the site gets banned for violation!

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E100 ( | $64.2K )
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:02:49 AEST

@paritymedia

Where does it say anywhere that having 8 Adsense units is a direct violation of Adsense policies?

Last year Google changed their AdSense policy allowing publishers to use as many units as they like.

Generally speaking, they relaxed their policies. If you’ve ever used AdX, you’d know that one of the selling points for its use tends to be about how you can place more than 3 ad units on a page — well, now you can do it with AdSense as well.

If you have any more questions let me know or feel free to PM me.

Thanks,
James

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zorank ( | $3K )
Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:40:23 AEST

What plugin do you use in sidebar for featuring combination of onsite story links and Google AdSense ads, which look like story links?

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Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:57:49 AEST

@zorank

Hi Zorank,

Thanks for reaching out.

This is not a plugin, this is a Google Adsense matched content unit.

It's been set up and optimized in such a way to mix the content of Google ads with our own articles.

I added this in April and it's helped bring up the revenue to what it was doing before when I first took over this year in January.

If you have any more questions let me know or feel free to PM me.

Thanks,
James

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goodend ( new )
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:28:37 AEST

Hi there, I suppose that you get most of the traffic from the organic listings in Google. My question is how did you become Google News partner. Thanks!

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:37:21 AEST

@goodend

Hi there,

Once a website meets Google's strict News guidelines they may apply for inclusion in News.

The guidelines cover both technical requirements and content requirements as mentioned here:

https://support.google.com/news/publisher/answer/40787

Being approved literally means that. We are approved and indexed in Google News and our articles show up in their results.

The site has been setup to meet the technical requirements and my writer havhase been well trained to follow the guidelines.

We've also been in Google News for over 2 years now despite 4 strict updates to their News algorithm (google news fred).

There are also no manual actions or penalties.

If you have any more questions let me know or feel free to PM me.

Thanks,
James

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Tresnov ( new )
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:36:50 AEST

Do you have to know the French language well to be able to oversee the quality assurance of the website content? Thank you.

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E100 ( | $64.2K )
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:15:17 AEST

@Tresnov

Hi there,

That's a good question, luckily the French journalist writer I've hired speaks both English and French so I communicate with him on Skype chat in English (mainly about when to send payment) and he sources his own content and writes and posts directly on the site via WordPress in French.

So there is no issue regarding quality assurance of the content.

If you have any more questions let me know or feel free to PM me.

Thanks,
James

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