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$19,500 USD

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Epub.us - Site with 38,651 uniques/mo making $1,630/mo ($23,000/year) by Adsense

Epub.us is a online shop (redirects to Amazon) and a large library filled with free ebooks. Visitors can download ebooks with expired copyright only

At a glance ?

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Site Type
Wordpress 4.8
Site Age
2 years

Traffic ?

Page Views
Unique Visits

Financials ?

Gross Revenue
Net Profit
AdSense Revenue

Traffic ?

Uniques Page Views
May 17 32,008 58,988
Apr 17 39,717 71,583
Mar 17 44,229 81,174
Feb 17 45,859 83,732
Jan 17 75,031 138,683
Dec 16 70,411 131,100
Nov 16 58,192 106,821
Oct 16 53,213 101,659
Sep 16 49,987 101,593
Aug 16 55,927 111,664
Jul 16 53,239 111,642
Jun 16 39,564 114,850

Traffic Health ?

Pages / Session
Avg. Session Duration
Bounce Rate

Top Channels ?

Page Views % of Total
Organic Search 48,038 81%
Direct 6,863 12%
Referral 3,107 5.3%
Social 980 1.7%

Top Countries ?

Page Views
United States 25,699
India 3,930
Philippines 3,687
Canada 2,449
United Kingdom 2,019

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 $1,050 $32 $1,018
Jul 16 $1,240 $52 $1,188
Aug 16 $1,468 $32 $1,436
Sep 16 $1,936 $32 $1,904
Oct 16 $2,316 $32 $2,284
Nov 16 $2,834 $32 $2,802
Dec 16 $2,972 $32 $2,940
Jan 17 $2,522 $32 $2,490
Feb 17 $1,694 $32 $1,662
Mar 17 $1,530 $32 $1,498
Apr 17 $1,556 $32 $1,524
May 17 $1,804 $32 $1,772

Seller's Notes

I had bought this website on Flippa in April 2016. Epub was established in July of 2015. It was designed by a previous owner to be a user-friendly free eBook website.

Firstly Epub did not store any ebooks. It was a catalog of links where people could download ebooks. Because of several DMCA compliances which I received from Goggle Adsense soon after buying Epub.us website I rewrote the conception of Epub.us and remade it completely. Because of that, my Adsense was not blocked, and I received about $24,500 on my bank account by using Adsense.

Today Epub.us is an online magazine for booklovers filled with annotation of most popular books on Amazon. And it is a FREE Library at the same time. The site is responsive and works perfectly on all platforms (tablets, phones & computers).

As you can see, I have two main sections of the epub.us website. In "Free Fiction" section visitors can download ebooks with expired copyright by free. In "About Books" section visitors can read annotations to different ebooks and buy them on Amazon. There is no any illegal content.

In the last year, I earned $200 from Amazon commission. It is not a big sum, so I did not include it in the revenue fields. 

About what you will get

The sale of this site will include the domain name Epub.us (Global AlexaRank 339,818 and in the US 163,294, the complete data & database and will also include the confirmed email subscriber database (1000 + emails). I did not use it but you can. Also, you will receive all PSD templates I am using and will learn a good technique to make unique any image.

This site is running on the latest version of WordPress. If you are familiar with WordPress you know its very user and admin friendly and is very easy to add content.

If you are not familiar with Ebooks EPUB is the most popular ebook format. Having the name EPUB.US helps with traffic considerably and has been the number 1 reason I haven’t had to do any SEO.


Epub Is currently making money with AdSense mostly. While there are many other ways you could earn revenue I personally prefer AdSense.

Almost every day I receive invitations from many affiliate programs and etc. But for me, Adsense is the best. My last Check (for April) was about $1500 the next one (for May) will be $1800. You can see this information verified by Flippa. But in Jully (for June), I think I will receive far less - something about $700. And that is why I am selling Epub.us. I do not know how to bring back lost traffic

Why I am selling my website

My traffic is decreasing since the February 2017 and I do not know how to fix the problem. I am not the great SEO master. Hope you will find a way to save the Epub.us. I do not know how to make propper link building and tired of writing posts (at least 2 a day, but usually 5 a day). It is very hard for me because I am not fluent in English. Because of that, I could spend about 3-5 hours a day writing posts. It is a long time for me because I am busy at other work and have a family.

Also in the last year, Google received 36 DMCA (Copyright) Complaints about supposedly illegal stuff I upload to my website. Because it is not true I send a bunch of Counter Notices to Google. Every time I explained that my pages were mistakenly removed due to a DMCA request filed against me. As a result, Google reinstated all these materials.

It is very simple task to file the same messages to Goggle over and over again. But I really prefer not to do that. 

You must not afraid DMCA Complaints you can receive. I receive only 36 of them and my Adsense is working perfectly because my website is clean. Moreover, please look at the main website of the guy who sold me Epub. It is about books too, but it received about 440 DMCA Complaints (topshelfbook.org). His Adsense working perfectly for years even he gives his visitors opportunity to download illegal content! He is not banned because he put links to illegal content only but not to upload it to his server... My website has not even those links. I am publishing the annotations and reviews of MODERN books and displaying a link to amazon.com! Actually, I HELP AUTHORS to promote and sell their books online!

Growth Opportunities

I believe Epub has good potential for growth in the right hands. As I have said I have done no SEO and I have never run any ads. Combined with organic traffic, Social marketing, and ad campaigns Epub could easily be one of the top sites in his niche online. It can be very flexible. You can make a bookshop from it or review magazine. My fail may be your opportunity.

I will make reserve price as low as I can. When I bought Epub.us a year ago for $8,250, It made about $400 a month (https://flippa.com/6132039-epub-us#listing-site-info). Even in his darkest days (in this June) this website will make about $700.  

Very important Notice! (June 22 Update)

My website officially is clean! Today, 22 of June Google reinstated the following 19 URLs, with was automatically banned during last 6 months’ due fraud DMCA complaints. That is what Google team said to me in email (you can find screenshot as a new attachment to the selling):

Pursuant to the counter notification you sent us, we have reinstated the following URLs:


The Google Team

I must admit, that I speak with google team about reinstating of my website every 6 month usually. Before the most ricient events I reinstalled this list too (available as a screenshot in Attachments):


Considering all amount of reinstated pages (TODAY and BEFORE), you may consider that the whole website is absolutely clean in the eyes of the Google Search Engine and Adsense. Try to click any of links I provided and you will see the Adsense blocks are in place. Before today those 19 URLs (the first list of links I show you) dispay not any Ads!
It was very simple to reinstate all these pages and I will teach the buyer ho to speak with Google team about that if one day he encounters such problem too.

One of the potential buyers told me that because of my new reinstating successes EPub can be back on track very soon. Or at least this action very help to make traffic higher than it is now.

Because I had some problems with my website (fraud DMCA included) and as the result - the traffic loss - my reserve price is not the $23,000 but much lower. Only $5,000

It is really not big amount of money. If my website will earn about $700 in the Jule (not the $1800 as I already received 21 of June) - even with that any buyer will return his investment very fast. If the buyer will receive about $700 every month (my current traffic can make only this much) he will return his money in 7 months!

But if he finds out what is wrong with the traffic or maybe if the RECIENT reinstating of EPUB’s pages will work - he can earn much more money in the nearest future! Maybe he even gets more then I get in the last year ($23,000) because I did not use any SEO but he can use any technic he wants... The new owner could build good links net or did something like that.

I decided to sell the Epub.us website with this one selling session. And it is because the whole process takes a lot of time from me and I am very like it. I spend a lot of time to make it work as it works. For example, I created 2 new taxonomies (alongside to tags and categories in Wordpress). If I could not sell this website even for the minimal price I will not try to sell it again, I suppose. Because it is a really good site and I worked very hard to make it clean after buying it from the previous owner.

I bought the Epub even knowing that its previous owner tried to hide DMCA problem (to be true – he worked with very shady methods and had revenue $400 only). His website was fishy, I knew that, but I buy it for the $8,250 because I knew what I could achieved. And I achieved exactly what I planned. $23,000 in one year ($25,000 for whole time). And it is absolutely clean as it shows my conversation with Google team and ss it shows Flippa which put my website in Premium Public Auction fo free as a courtesy for a good website!

So, why I received 36 DMCA notices in the last year if I clean? Because automatic copyright robots find my website in Google by man So, why I received 36 DMCA notices in the last year if I clean? Because some automatic copyright robots find my website in Google by many keywords like that: “Name of the book EPUB”, “Name of the book EPUB”, etc. Instantly these robots send notices to the Google and Google automatically through my page out of the search engine and did not show Ads on it. For one page - not for the whole website. But as you see, you can reinstate any page very easy.

The presence of Epub.us website in the Google with a lot of keywords like “Name of the book EPUB” must not scare a new buyer, but encourage him. Because it is a lot of opportunities he could use. He could build a bookshop from my website or a library, or anything he wants. “EPUB” inside these keywords is the name of my website, and also it is a unique, premium domain name! So it is natural that my website creates those keywords for Google. So make advantage of it.


Site Info

Site Established ? July 2015
Built With ? WordPress
Google Analytics Detected ? Yes
More info: BuiltWith

Domain Info

Domain Registered ? 25 July 2015
Registrar ? GODADDY.COM
More info: Wayback Machine and Whois

Site Uniqueness

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

SEO Presence

Pages In Google ? 3,070
MajesticSEO Inbound Links ?
SEOmoz mozRank ?
Alexa Rank ? 339,818
More info: SEOmoz and SEMRush


bosmob ( | $36 )
Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:04:18 AEST

How could i place new content, is any plugin for wordpress necassary or it skills? The page seems to be interesting as long there is no illegal content. I like marketing, and have additional ideas for the page, but i dont want to change the full style now by using my own systems. would you explain a buyer how to add or change content?

bosmob ( | $36 )
Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:52:47 AEST

i cant find reflinks for amazone nor buttons, how is your income generated?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:46:40 AEST

Hi, bosmob. I can tell a serious buyer where he could take a new content for the website (after buying only). I use no plugins to make posts (exept All in one SEO Pack which is extend of my SEO knowledge today). Usually, I copy reviews or annotations of a popular books and rewrite them to make 95%-100% unique. You can do the same by yourself or can use a frilancer.
Also, I make images unique (by using very easy to use free software for Modern Fiction) + Photoshop (for old classic).
The whole process is very simple actually. The main thing you must know is how to make posts in WordPress. But if something you does not know - I will help you and explain.

I earned very little from Amazon. Abot $200 in the last year. That is why I did not claim any revenue from Amazon when registered this selling. The description reflects only Adsense revenue.
As you can see, most of my income is from Adsense. I suppose, people came to the website and clicked AdSense blocks.

roman1k ( | $19K )
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:41:13 AEST

Did you receive any DMCA copyright violation notice from adsense?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:13:20 AEST

roman1k, please read the description. I tell all about "supposedly" DMCA problem there.

I have not any problem with Adsense. My Adsense account is fine. If I do something illegal with Adsense I will be banned very quickly, but I am not. Why?

Epub.us is not some sort of short life website which was created for quick money 2 months ago. My Adsense account connected with Epub.us 14 months almost. If I was a scammer or did some sort of illegal activity - I would be banned a long time ago.

I sell this website because of low traffic and lower revenue in the recent months and because I tired to make new posts.

One more thing. Flippa reviewed my website very closely and put it in Premium Public Auction category. So there is no anything fishy

leangkang ( | $1.04K )
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:56:03 AEST

People Can`t download anything..it is kind of misleading or false? where can people download? Please tell us.

phlegmatic ( | $19.5K )
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:18:23 AEST

@leangkang Can't you see the "download epub" and "download Mobi" links?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:30:32 AEST

Hello, leangkang .
You could not find any download links in "About Book" section of the website. But you can find them a lot in the Free Fiction section. Every post in Free Fiction section has download links as it described by Phlegmatic - "download epub" and "download Mobi"
These links I put inside long blue line under every annotation in the Free Fiction section. If you think that these links are not very good - you easily can change the color after buying the website. So there is no any misleading or false information about the website.

bosmob ( | $36 )
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:22:48 AEST

is there a backup? so if something destroys the page to restore it? something i could place on a usb stick ?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:26:39 AEST

All auction pages are stored inside Flippa. You can easily access them if you know its URL. For example, you can access all previous epub.us listings (just click "Listed 2 times previously" under the main image of my website description). Also, as I understand buyer could not change the description after the first bid was placed

stephh ( new )
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:33:40 AEST

Hello, Can you please PM me the reserve?

silverxflip ( new )
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:00:21 AEST

Can you tell me how to register the .us domain as a non-us citizen? I see that you are not a US citizen yourself. What do I need to do to?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:12:17 AEST

I already answered silverxflip in private about a white way and a shady way to register US domain for non-US citizens. I prefer the first one. If anyone wants to know this information - please ask me directly.

hacalox ( new )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:41:08 AEST

Hi Kranmer,
I'm very interested in your site as it really compliments a project I'm working on.
Would you mind tell us how many people actually dowload a book every month from epub.us? How many epubs are downloaded per each mobi downloaded?
Those are very interesting facts that would help us invest in your site.
Thank you

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:48:01 AEST

Hi, hacalox.
Unfortunately, I could not tell how many people actually downloaded my books. I really do not know and there is no metrics I have which could show you that sort of information. I understand that Epub is great keyword and if you try you can make some sort of shop with my website where visitors can download books in Epub format for money. But I did not build my website in that direction. Meanwhile, I think If you want you actually can organize business this way

hacalox ( new )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:25:03 AEST

You have no metrics?
Are you a coder kranmer or you set up wordpress and then worked hard?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:23:42 AEST

Hacalox, it seems you do not read the description.

I bought the website there from Flippa.
Also, I think I have enough skills as a coder and writer to make money. I have GA and it is enough for me. Please look at my profit, which is verified by Flippa month by month. I can use GA only and make a good profit. I may not know SEO at all and my website will be better than other websites with a large team of SEO and Coder "professionals" behind them.

I will tell you a scary truth now... Even that I have GA, I usually interested in "Audience Overview by users" only. I never analyze the data of GA or something like that to improve mine website. I never did that to Epub.us and to my other websites. And they are all profitable. Some of them are very profitable.

The real web developer must not "look at the metrics" all day long, but must satisfy visitors, do what they want. With that ideology, I build or rebuild many websites. And people like them! And search engines like them. And I do not need any metrics. I use GA to see how many visitors came to my website only. If you do not like my philosophy - you are free to buy a website from someone else (all metrics included) but with low traffic and low revenue.

hacalox ( new )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:44:12 AEST

Nice philosophy,
believe me when I say I have read the whole ad a few times as I'm really interested on it.
I just asked that to know what you might have tried and what I might change to stay on profit, no offense.
If you are not using metrics how do you know why people are coming to your site? And how do you know what to change?
This is a very different approach of what I'm used to and I think I can truly learn something from you philosophy.

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kageoni ( | $15.3K )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:58:53 AEST

Can you please share the stats for June? Is the decline worsening further? SEMrush shows a very steep fall of traffic for the last few months.... is the trend continuing?

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:51:34 AEST

Hacalox, about all idea behind the Epub.us project.
When I buy Epub.us for $8,250 in the April 2016 it was, to be honest, a really garbage website. It has many links to illegal content (to the modern books). Also, it had no unique reviews at all. The previous owner stole it from the Amazon and spend only a few minutes on a website a day.
When I bought website I knew all about its problem. I knew about its DMCA its (about that the previous owner told no one), I knew about wide PBN (about that he told no one too). I knew that soon after buying my traffic become decreasing. And the situation was as I predicted. I bought website in April last year but made traffic good in June 2016 (I have this success even the previous owner removed all links to Epub.us from his PBN!)
So what I did to make visitors and Google think that I have a white and good website?
I tried to make free ebooks library with expired books. Something like this brilliant website - www.gutenberg.org, but better. I wanted not wiki-like design but better, not an absolute charity project, but one, which I can monetize and which will be helpful for visitors at the same time. I planned not the library with expired books only. I filled it with most popular ebooks in the web (with expired copyright, of course). And besides that, I made a section of reviews, where I published annotations and reviews to the most popular books on Amazon. I write about every bestseller in the last year.
So visitors of Epub.us could make my website a bookmark in their browsers because of good nice-looking classic library and always fresh information about bestsellers with a link to webshop where they could buy them. The commission on Amazon is not very high but $200 I received actually. It is not big money, but it is vivid evidence for everyone that this scheme of business actually works. It is the very nice direction to Epub.us to develop.

Hello, kageoni
I gave access to my Google Analytics to everyone who wants to see it, If you send me your gmail address I will do exactly that. There you will see, that there is nothing to worry about with traffic. Please if everyone interested in GA - send me a message

The decline of the traffic not only stops, but the traffic already started to grow. It began soon after Google reinstated 19 pages about what I told in the description of selling.
So Google reinstated my pages 22 of June, and in the 23 of June, I received 22% more visitors than the same day last week. Also, it was something about 15% higher than the day before. You must know that Friday and Saturday are usually worst days of the week for traffic to the project. But After Google reinstated a bunch of pages it received much more visitors than even in the best day of the past two weeks!

Actually, I begin to regret about this selling) It seems that very soon the website will start to receive its usual revenue. Every day I receive about $25. In the end of the month, it will be a little more than $700
I believe, that in July it can be something about $1000. And in August it will be more... Because after Goggle reinstated my pages - my traffic become much better (even yesterday was Friday, which usually is the worst day of the week for traffic to the Epub.us)

re_inforce ( new )
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:10:08 AEST

Hi @kranmer, nice to meet you. I have just go through your website. And i saw some of the books listed under "Free Fiction" section, and i did saw your website can allow people download epub/mobi version for the ebook.

But, i have one question for those ebooks contents listed in your website. I saw the ebook download URL is actually linked to your wordpress server. For example for this ebook (THE POISON BELT BY ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE) - https://epub.us/the-poison-belt-by-arthur-conan-doyle/ .

The download link actually looks like this : https://epub.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/The-Poison-Belt-by-Arthur-Conan-Doyle.epub

There are few more ebooks also similar situation like this, but in your description, you said epub.us doesn't store any ebook in your server, which makes me confuse... If the ebook do really store in your server, will it cause any copyright infringement issue in the future if next owner bought it from you?
Hope you can clarify this part too. Thank you. :)

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:44:28 AEST

Thank you for interest re_inforce.
It is nothing to worry about. I have all right to upload those books to my server, or anyone has. And I never said that I did not store any books on my server. I said that I never stored any MODERN books on my server. Because if you upload OLD CLASSIC it is always OK. Nobody will ask you to delete them because the authors are long dead and copyright laws are no more works for them.

For example, you tell me about Sherlock Holmes book by A.C. Doyle which I upload to my server. The copyright restrictions for this book series does not work more than 50 years now. Any can use them as you want.

You can read in the selling's description or in the "About Us" section of Epub.Us website:
"As you can see, I have two main sections of the epub.us website. In "Free Fiction" section visitors can download ebooks with EXPIRED COPYRIGHT by free. In "About Books" section visitors can read annotations to different ebooks and buy them on Amazon. There is no any illegal content."

The books from "Free ebook" section NEVER received any DMCA or copyright problems. You can check the lists of URLs I provided in the description which supposedly had DMCA problem (but they do not because Google reinstated all of them and my website officially clean). All those URLs belongs to descriptions and annotations of "About book" section. There I write about the modern book only!

If you want to know more about books with expired copyright I upload to my server, lows which are protected me as an owner of the online library with expired copyright, etc you can look at www.gutenberg.org project.

Free ebooks are downloaded on my server mostly from www.gutenberg.org website I mentioned earlier. gutenberg.org is absolutely white and respected website. Its mission - is to save books for new generations. Its job - is to scan books with expired copyright (they carefully investigates every single book!) and make sure that many people could read them. They declared (inside ebooks and inside website) that anyone can do anything with these scanned ebooks. And they also show you the laws that allowed you to do exactly loke that. So you can copy any book with expired copyright, or send it to the friend, or you can put it on your website fo free and nobody tells you that you are wrong/

kranmer ( | $27.8K )
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:30:23 AEST

and new Attachments

Today is your final chance to buy Epub.us. Why this website works perfectly for me? Why I have such a success. Because of an accurate combination of domain name, a Free library of books with expired copyright and AdSense.

I started to sell this website because I was afraid that I could not help my website to rise again. $700 a month was not enough for me. But today I even regret that started this selling, because of the recent events. The 22 of June Google was reinstated 19 pages of my website and I think that the search engine reconsidered evidently the status of my website because of that. Every day I received more and more visitors from Google since that.

For example, today I received 100 visitors more than yesterday! If you have access to my GA - you saw that already. If you were too shy to ask me about adding to GA… I will open access to another metric for you (Liveinternet, which works in different timezone than my GA, but in general shows the same picture), http://www.liveinternet.ru/stat/epub.us/index.html
There you will see that:
1) Today I receive much more visitors than in any other day of June
2) The traffic not only became stable but starting to rise!
3) In the “source” tab you will see that almost all of my new traffic is from Google

To tell you the truth – I will never sell Epub.us on the day like today. But unfortunately the reserve was met and I was obligated to sell it. So do not miss a chance to have one of my most profitable websites. One of the buyers asked me about new screenshots so I already add a bunch of them to the attachment section - including my Amazon revenue.

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