$12,500 - Website Sold on Flippa

Last Update: December 22, 2017

Last year I rang in the new year making $775 in the first two days. It's always a cause for celebration when you are making money from your hard work!

This year I'm ringing in the new year (I know it's early, but I can't hide my excitement) celebrating selling one of my websites for...Drumroll...$12,500!


And for the record, that's more money than I've actually made in the lifetime of the website, but I'll get into the stats in a minute.

The transfer of ownership is complete and the money is getting deposited into my bank account as I write this.

Before I sold the website, I always thought to myself. Why would I want to sell a website that makes me money? Those people that do that are crazy!

But, here I am. I sold a website that was making me $500+ a month consistently.

Everyone has their reason for selling, and I have my own as well. I will just tell you a few of the reasons to help you understand.

For one, I just wasn't interested in the topic anymore. I always considered this website a temporary one, and that's exactly what happened.

I made a website in a niche I knew about (It was a topic I did for a living but would no longer be doing) and built a successful blog.

There was still huge earning potential that this blog has, but my lost interest, honestly, made it hard to keep writing on it. And it was less of an interest and more of just a way to make money. I don't plan on ever going back to the niche.

The second reason, The industry in my own opinion isn't perfectly stable. I might've been able to make more money just letting my blog die instead of selling, but because of uncertainties in the future I preferred to have the guaranteed upfront money than wondering about the stability of the affiliate program and industry as a whole.

Thirdly and lastly, I wanted funds so I could start traveling the world while I work on other more important projects (like maybe a travel blog that pays me while I travel;).

This isn't just a new year for me, this is also a new chapter in my life. I said at the beginning of 2017 I'm going to start traveling the world in 2018. Now that we have come to a close, it's time to leave my home-base and journey on an open road.

Now, into the stats of the website

I created this website in December of 2015. So it had been almost exactly two years from the start of me building the website to being sold on Flippa.

As for content, minus the privacy and other legal important pages, I created 50 pages/posts on my website.

I received about 250+ organic searches per day. Which makes the perfect example that Kyle always uses. If you only got 5 searches per page per day that you create. All traffic adds up and my website is a perfect example of that.

It's also a perfect example of gaining quality traffic vs loads of traffic that doesn't produce sales.

Over the lifetime of my website(90% coming in the last 16 months) I earned $9,752.24. Now, This number could actually go up though as one of the programs I earn money from allows people who signed up a year ago to count towards my earnings when they complete the required action. It also depends how long it takes for my affiliate links to be swapped out with the new owner's links(which means I'm technically still earning).

Now, if you add the lifetime earnings to the earnings from selling my website($12,500) that would mean I made $22,252.24 total from the inception of my website to selling it this past week.

Breaking the total down. Divide $22,252.24 by 50 articles written and I got paid $445.04 per article that I wrote. Some of them 2500 words, some 500 words.

Now, I think Most people would be pretty happy with being paid $445.04 per article written and this number would've only risen had I held onto the website longer and done more work.

I also could've most likely sold the website for more money going down other avenues, but I wanted to get a deal done and only had a small window or might've risked selling my website at a lower price. I didn't want greed to bite me in the butt.

So, How did I make a money producing website that sold for $12,500?

I like to mention this throughout the blogs I write on here because the recipe isn't a mystery.

Just follow the training that Kyle and Carson have laid out for you here. Ask questions when you need help. Be engaged. It's the perfect blueprint for someone that wants to make a few thousand dollars or someone that wants to turn this into a full-time business making 6 or 7-figures.

The latter, of course, will take longer and much more work. I'm still working towards it myself (at least I've hit the 5 figures mark). But, I get to start traveling the world in 2018 because of the teachings taught in Wealthy Affiliate. And I'm pretty Effin happy for that.

So, what are yours goals in 2018?

P.S. As I reflect back on what I just wrote, it truly is amazing that I personally thought of the business idea, built the content, and created a brand, and business with value worth enough somebody would pay me $12,500 for. And anybody, including you, can do the same and create businesses worth even more.

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ceplan Premium
Great work, keep on doing it.
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CandP Premium
Oh my gosh that is amazing!! Congratulations to you and thanks for the inspiring story. WA is the place to be and you are proof of that. Wonder where you plan to travel? The world is yours. Bon voyage! Best regards, Colette and Philip
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dbriley Premium
That is fantastic! good work.
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LouisaB Premium
Congrats Brandon!
Now you can sell the next one without a problem.
Best to Your Success!
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LouisaB Premium
Wow, that is sure enough awesome!

Now you know that you can sell the second one easy.

I really love energy!

Where can I sign on at. (serious)

Louisa B
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NiteshMistry Premium
fantastic news, can i ask what was your website about hat you sold?
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boston10111 Premium
Been offline for a bit sorry for the late response. I drove for Uber and Lyft for awhile. So i created a rideshare blog. But I'm done driving for them and didn't want to keep writing about them.
All the best, Brandon
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SeanoWhitty Premium
Well done . Amazing news !!
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MartyE Premium
Well done Brandon, your reality is currently my dream :P

Question: How long did it take before you were earning $100 per month from your site?
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boston10111 Premium
Late response, I know, but It only took a few months. However this is because the commissions were high, This was my second website so I already had experience, and thirdly was the low-low competition. Part of the reason i did the website in the first place.

All the best,
Brandon
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Chrissies Premium
Wow Brandon, that is amazing :)
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Tiffjack18 Premium
Awesome dude, You deserve it after all the hard work you put into it! Congratulations!
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That is AWESOME!!!! Congrats, I am very happy for you.
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Congrates
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RoverGirl Premium
very impressive congrats
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Joyce122 Premium
It's so interesting to know this, thanks for sharing. It's actually brings more light to why I'm doing this....
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sporkypie Premium
Hi Brandon! I'm in a similar place as you were, about to sell my blog that I've been building for the last year. One of my competitors reached out to me and offered to buy it, astonishingly.

You've inspired me to think about how much $ I have been "paid" per post and it's really pretty exciting!

You also echo some of my thoughts and concerns that I've had - should I let it grow some more, or should I left it go because I'm not THAT interested in the subject.

The escrow transaction has started and I couldn't be more excited.
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newmarketpro Premium
Inspiring story Brandon.
Thanks for sharing this.
:)
Joe
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MarvH Premium
Congratulations Brandon. What a great story. You really reached another goal. Have a wonderful time traveling and creating more websites.
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MAdkins2 Premium
Absolutely awesome!
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HBoumerdassi Premium
Oh yes that`s great congratulation for your success and thank you for the information Hakim
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bbyard Premium
That's awesome!
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PatsyC Premium
Congratulations!

I'm happy for you being able to travel this year and think it's a great idea doing it when you can. This sale made it possible :D
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laurenjean Premium
Wow, Awesome!! Thanks for sharing your inspirational story.
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herinnelson Premium
You've given me so much to think about moving forward now! Thanks for that!

Congrats on your success! It's always so enlightening to hear of the directions in which people have earned here. Hats off to you, my friend, and happy traveling!! Glad to connect!
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Joyce122 Premium
So inspiring!
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beachwood Premium
Wow that is awesome bro! Congratulations!

Chris
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StratosK Premium
What can be said. Just wish you the best!
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jdawson4 Premium
Thanks for the update. I love to see success stories, helps me keep going as I learn and build my site.
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SteveCrozza Premium
You have done a great job of building and then selling an asset. I think that is my ultimate goal. Onwards and upwards. All the best for 2018 and the future
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Jasnscott Premium
Congratulations and thanks for breaking it all down! Where's your first stop traveling?
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boston10111 Premium
Just stopped at the Grand Canyon today. Visiting family and friends in Boston and Tennessee but making stops along the way. Thailand or Cambodia once I officially leave the US after Boston.
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newy219 Premium
Congrats on your success!
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JackieSmith Premium
What an inspiring post!!
Congratulations to you Brandon.

Wealthy Affiliate truly does deliver with its training. So many different avenues you can take once things start to look up.

Wishing you all the best on your travels AND continued success for 2018 and beyond!!
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boston10111 Premium
My name is Brandon, but thanks for the wishes.
All the best,
Brandon
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JackieSmith Premium
Thank God for the edit command :-) I must've been looking at Ian's post ;-)

You're welcome.
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IanHalls Premium
Wow - what a great start to the year. Congratulations on the sale. Good motivation for all who read. When you lose the mojo, having the ability to sell it, make some profit but also see that what you created can still still have life and provide ongoing value to others is a great legacy. Well done. Ian
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RichBrennan Premium
That's awesome - well done. Onwards and upwards!
Cheers
Rich :-)
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DaveSw Premium
This is a great success story, congrats on that! I do hope you enjoy the coming change in your lifestyle! Traveling can be lots of fun if challenging at times. Wealthy Affiliate works, totally agree with you! Cheers! Dave : )
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MishPurisima Premium
Wow great for you! Thanks for sharing :)
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JamieU Premium
Great to hear, very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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jdawson4 Premium
Thanks for sharing. Inspiring to hear about successes.
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IvyT Premium
Well done. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Chrisie1 Premium
That is so freaking awesome!!!! I am proud that you reached your goal for 2017. Your story is so encouraging to motivate me to get on the ball. I'm understanding more and more it's all about the content.
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boston10111 Premium
Yes Chrisie,
Building content is the most important thing you could do for your business.
Happy Holidays!
Brandon
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nathaniell Premium
Awesome story man! I always think about selling one or two of my websites, but haven't pulled the the trigger yet. Congrats!
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boston10111 Premium
Thanks Nathaniell,
I think it really depends on the situation anyways. If the upfront money wasn't necessary for my future plans I might've just held onto the website instead. But, I'm happy with my decision since the money takes me where I want to go.
All the best,
Brandon
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faneufft Premium
This is a great post! Thanks!
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arielharris7 Premium
How fabulous for you. May you just continue to flow in success. And thanks for outlining this. It gives us all purpose and direction .Travel Well. And share updates wherever you go! Great job!
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KayL Premium
This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing that! and Congratulations on your success!
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boston10111 Premium
Thank you Kay!
Happy holidays!
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AnisChity Premium
That great! how much would you think a blog that has 400 articles, 800 visits per day in the MMO niche would be worth?
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boston10111 Premium
It more depends on the income when it comes to the value I believe. But traffic can be a factor too. 400 articles would probably be a pretty good website. You get more than 800 visitors a day with that much articles
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AnisChity Premium
I earn around $800- $700 per month, and I know my site could be better at conversions.
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ShelleyLewin Premium
Good job and enjoy your travels!!
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boston10111 Premium
Thank you Shelley!
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botipton Premium
Rinse and repeat and do it again with another Niche. That is the beauty of Wealthy Affiliate is that once you learn what to do you can do it over and over again.
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boston10111 Premium
Yes indeed.
Learning here has been great and the teachings won’t disappear
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AlejandraB Premium
Amazing, congratulations, you have all the good reasons to sell your site, good luck on your traveling on 2018! I'm sure we'll read more good news from you soon!
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jarodsonfire Premium
That's awesome! Congrats! :)
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WilliamBH Premium
Congratulations Brandon .. awesome and inspiring!! Cheers, William.
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iJared Premium
Wow! Needed to hear this, thanks! Great Example, you don't need to explain why you are selling, but I am kind of glad you did. We all have priorities and don't need to answer to anybody for our own goals. I am just excited by the example you have set here!
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boston10111 Premium
Thank you Jared,
You're right, no explanation needed. But it's a good learning experience as well.
Happy Holidays,
Brandon
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iJared Premium
It's a nice paycheque man. Inspiring to say the least.
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Swangirl Premium
Wow, this is inspiring! Good for you! I think your reasoning sounds solid and obviously it worked out for you!
Jessica
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boston10111 Premium
Thank you Jessica,
It most certainly worked out for the best.
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Jewelia Premium
Brandon,

I am soooo happy for you!!! You are amazing! Great job! Standing ovation! :))) Applause!!!

I was thinking of you just yesterday, and was going to PM you before the holidays, which I will tomorrow.

~ Julia
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boston10111 Premium
Thank you Julia,
I'll look forward to hearing from you tomorrow then.
All the best,
Brandon
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CraigW315 Premium
Amazing.
Good for you. I did wonder at first why you would sell, but given that you said you'd lost interest in it, I understand. Besides, if you did it once, you can do it again. That lump sum of money is great to have in-hand while you work on something new.
Congrats!
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boston10111 Premium
Yes Craig,
If I can do it once, I can do it twice. Having a lump sum upfront gives me much more advantages cause now I can spend some on investing rather than just using my hands as well.
Thank you
Brandon
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