Yesterday, I promised that I was going to reveal how I was able to send my first site outside of Flippa. Now I am not saying that you should do the same thing, but this has helped me sell a site that did not reach the reserve that I had set on Flippa. As you know, I love selling sites on Flippa and was selling 2-3 sites per week before I started working on my product creation.
What I Did To Sell A Site That Did Not Reach The Reserve
Okay before I get started on telling you how I was able to sell my site outside of Flippa, I have to tell you a little bit about the auction that I had listed. This will help you understand what I did and will help you do this if your site does not reach the reserve price.
I had set up a site on Flippa with a 3 day auction and set a reserve of $75.00. The site that I had listed was a PLR site that had 10 professionally written articles on it. The site did not receive any bids until the very last day. (This usually happens, especially if you are not using the featured listing)
I had two bidders who were bidding against each other, however, the bidding only reached $60.00 so the site did not sell. So at the auction ended unsold.
Now I did not let this deter me, at the end of the auction, I sent the second highest bidder an email that asked him if he was still interested in the site, and if so I was willing to work with him.
He responded to my message that I sent him inside of Flippa and told me that he definitely wanted the site, but was not around at the end of the auction. So it slipped from his fingers.
Based on this information that I received from him, I told him that I would be willing to sell him the site for the reserve price that I had set on it for $75 and would even give him a traffic guide that I have personally written for the sites that I sell on Flippa.
He came back to me and asked me where I should send the money for the payment of the site?
Selling A Site Outside Of Flippa
Now I don’t recommend that you do this, as Flippa has strict rules about using their platform to sell sites outside of Flippa. However, I went ahead and did it because he seemed genuine and was ready to pay.
So I sent him my PayPal email address and told him to send me the payment. After the payment was made, I sent him to the squeeze page that I have set up exclusively for the website flipping transfers.
The best part about using this method with the squeeze page is that I also have a Hostgator coupon on it that offers hosting for one penny for the first month.
He was a brand new internet marketer and ended up using this coupon to get hosting. That means that I also made a $100 commission from the Hostgator affiliate program.
Got Out Of Paying Flippa Success Fee
Since I sold this site using the Flippa platform, but the auction ended unsold, I was able to get out of paying the Flippa success fee. All I had to pay was the PayPal fee. It sure felt good not having to pay for the Flippa fee.
So just because your site does not sell on Flippa, does not mean that you can not sell it. Now you may not feel right about not paying the Flippa success fee, but I did not see anything wrong with it.
I provided the buyer of the site with great customer support even though I sold my first site outside of Flippa. Sure Flippa did not get their success fee and I am not sure if I should feel guilty about it, but I have sold several sites on Flippa and they have received several success fee payments from me.
I am not sure what Flippa would do it they found out, would my account be shut down? Would they ask me to pay the success fee? It is not like it would have been a very expensive success fee, I would have had to pay Flippa $10.00 for the success fee from this particular site.
Time To Share
Since I sold my first site outside of Flippa, I want to know have you ever sold a site using the Flippa platform and gotten away without paying the success fee? Do you know what Flippa would do if they found out that someone did this? I am interested in finding out if you know or not.