SEO Defend performs comprehensive SEO risk analysis scans and provide real-time monitoring and protection against negative SEO, black hat SEO techniques and bad SEOs.
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SEO Defend is an innovative SaaS solution to protect web assets from negative SEO related issues as well as Google penalties (205 registered users since June 2016).
Great brand opportunity for SEO agency with limitless annuity income potential.
This project is an awesome example of how a SaaS platform can be built on top of Wordpress.
Monetization is currently via Stripe and PayPal. Since launching the site no promotions have been done. SEO Defend is only listed as a tool on RankTank.Org and has a Wordpress plugin (100+ active users) available. When I was actively helping clients fix negative SEO issues this site generated $1000+/month.
SEO Defend also plugs in with SEMrush and we include an active SEMrush $15 API account (new accounts cost $399.95, but we're locked in at the current pricing).
What is included in the sale?
Very strong SEO Defend brand including the domains below:
The following social media channels:
What is required to keep the business operational?
This business opportunity is completely passive, but you may be required to answer emails and perform manual SEO related tasks depending on the services you wish to provide. Earning potential depends on how much manual work you are willing to do.
Why are you selling the business?
I am currently owner of RankTank.Org and have no time to manage a side SEO business that requires time and SEO related effort to consult customers and clear penalties. I also have no time to develop the system any further.
How does the business generate revenue?
The sale of SaaS subscriptions to monitor various negative SEO related flags and to alert users of potential problems. The alerts do require further development and the negative detection algorithms need to be built out further and improved. The site does however work 100% as is and keeps on growing over time.
Are there any expenses for the business? If so, what are they?
SEMrush, hosting and domain registrations. Probably an average of $300 per year.
What marketing initiatives have been used for this business?
Listing the service on RankTank.Org.
How can the future owner improve the business?
The future owner can add manual penalty removal and other SEO related services. The negative SEO detection algorithms can be further implemented and refined. Allocating a Adwords / Bing budget will greatly speed up growth.
How is your business monetized?
Please describe your business model
SEO Defend uses its own algorithms as well as external APIs (SEMrush) / Google Search Console to determine whether a website / domain is at risk of a Google penalty. Customers pay a nominal fee monthly ($3.95 to $29.95) to receive alerts of negative SEO activity or damaging SEO being done to their web assets.
Are you the original owner of the business?
Which platform does the website use?
Where is the site hosted and will this need to change after purchase?
The site is hosted on our own servers and will be moved to any WordPress compatible hosting provider free of charge.
Why are you selling the business?
I own a few other SaaS businesses, most notably RankTank.Org, which is an extremely popular SEO tool website (which also lists SEO Defend). This is currently taking up all of my time.
Can the website’s revenue be accurately tracked back to the website?
Yes, revenue can be accurately tracked back to the business.
Is the website’s revenue kept separate from other business and personal accounts?
Yes, completely separate.
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?
The main expenses to run SEO Defend is hosting and domain registration. This is approximately $15/month. The service also makes use of the SEMrush API (currently locked in at $15/month, since we took advantage of their special). The API account will be provided with the site as a new API account costs $399.95/month.
Please list all domain names you are including in the sale
Are you including any social media accounts in the sale?
Which accounts will you be including?
Please provide some basic details about each account selected above
https://www.linkedin.com/company/seodefend - 9 followers
https://twitter.com/seodefend - 219 followers
https://www.facebook.com/seodefend - 1741 follows
https://plus.google.com/+seodefend - 3 followers
https://www.instagram.com/seodefend - 27 followers
http://www.slideshare.net/seodefend - 0 followers
https://www.pinterest.com/seodefend - 0 followers
https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/seodefend - 0 followers
Are there any email lists included in the sale?
Where are email lists held and how many subscribers does each list have?
MailChimp - 15,000
Are you selling the assets of the business (asset sale) or the company (stock sale)?
I am selling all of the assets of my business, asset sale.
Have you granted Google Analytics access?
Yes, I have.
What are the primary traffic sources of the site?
Why do you think the site's top traffic sources are the the ones you chose above?
Negative SEO is still a very specific niche and there is much opportunity in the organic SEO space for targeting this topic.
Referrals from RankTank.Org is quite significant and I will keep all links intact from this property as I also own it.
Do you use, or have you experimented with, social media marketing?
No, I have not.
Have you done any Search Engine Optimization?
Yes, I have done some SEO.
Please provide a brief overview of the SEO you have performed on this site
I've done on page SEO as well as link building from other relevant negative SEO posts and comments. There are also a few links from various SEO tool websites including RankTank.Org.
Will you still list SEO Defend on Rank Tank after the purchase?
Yes, the listing will remain indefinitely. (As long as I own RankTank and this will not change soon)
Is SEMRUSH API account completely transferrable?
Yes, I do believe so. The payment method will just need to be updated for the new owner.
Do you or have you ever purchased traffic?
No, I have never purchased traffic.
Has the site ever received any search engine penalties?
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.
Have you experimented with any other sales / marketing initiatives?
Please provide a brief description of these additional sales / marketing initiatives
I've promoted the service to my Twitter following of about 20,000. I am willing to also do this as a one time courtesy to the buyer. (Announcement of new owner, features etc.)
Do you have employees or contracts with freelancers?
How is the content of your website produced? Provide a step-by-step breakdown
Keeping the site running and answering user queries
How may people perform this task?
Does the owner need specific skillsets in order to successfully operate the site?
The owner would need a basic knowledge of WordPress, PHP, SEO and domain hosting.
Do you and/or any employees or freelancers provide customer support?
Please identify and briefly describe your main competitors
There are no direct competitors in the space of negative SEO monitoring and alerts.
Some indirect competitors include:
What makes your website better than its competition?
The niche focus on detecting negative SEO and predicting potential Google penalties has never been attempted before. It plays on users fears of brand damage and uses the most simple algorithms to keep users web assets safe. All issues detected need to be dealt with by the user or you may choose to charge for manual SEO services on an ad-hoc basis.
Which ad networks does the website utilize?
Are all ad networks transferable to the new owner?
Please explain which networks are not transferable and why
Adsense is a combined account and the new owner would need to register or provide a new account for update. I will update this account free of charge.
Does your website utilize direct advertising?
Overview of product/service pricing and how it has evolved over the last 12 months
Basic - $3.95/month
Premium - $9.95/month
Enterprise - $29.95/month
What is the site's average Refund/Chargeback rate over the trailing twelve months?
What is the primary reason for refund requests?
What is the primary reason for refund requests?
What is the approximate breakdown of clients by different price levels?
Basic - 14
Premium - 3
Enterprise - 0
What programming language is the website’s product created in?
Does the product require constant updating?
Please explain your update process and an overview of the key product improvements you've released over the trailing twelve months (TTM).
Updated and release a WordPress plugin using our own API to provide negative SEO scores on the Wordpress dashboard.
Added SEMrush API support to pull domain trust score metrics.
When was the last time the source code was updated?
Please provide a brief overview of each related site that you own below
RankTank.Org - Free SEO tools based on Google sheets.
Are you willing to sign a 3-year non-compete contract in the industry that the website operates in?
Yes, I am.
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?
Marketing and lots of it.
Extending on the systems current functionality.
Adding content to social channels.
Are there any geographical limitations to the potential buyer of the business?
No, there are no geographic limitations.
|Site Established ?||June 2016|
|Built With ?||WordPress|
|Google Analytics Detected ?||Yes|
|Domain Registered ?||9 June 2016|
|Registrar ?||Amazon Registrar|
|Content Unique ?||Yes|
|Design Unique ?||Yes|
|Pages In Google ?||1,120|
|MajesticSEO Inbound Links ?|
|SEOmoz mozRank ?|
|Alexa Rank ?||3,673,573|