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
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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!
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 Established ?||July 2015|
|Built With ?||WordPress|
|Google Analytics Detected ?||Yes|
|Domain Registered ?||25 July 2015|
|Content Unique ?||Yes|
|Design Unique ?||Yes|
|Pages In Google ?||3,070|
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|Alexa Rank ?||339,818|