View Poll Results: Build or Buy Websites?

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    Build or Buy Websites?

    Is it better to build your own websites or buy websites that are dead and fix them up?

    Building a website can be more expensive than purchasing a ready made site. Some of the steps you will need to build your website:
    1) Domain
    2) Template and graphics like header and logo
    3) Content
    4) Links building

    A pre-owned website can give you a significant bargain as opposed to building it yourself. However, some bargains may be more trouble than they are worth. Sites that are static html may take a lot of time to update. You will also need to make sure that the content is orginal. Otherwise you are just buying a mess.

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    All good points. Its just so hard to find a quality startup site now-adays though. Do you have a favorite place to troll for ones to buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by javanx3d View Post
    All good points. Its just so hard to find a quality startup site now-adays though. Do you have a favorite place to troll for ones to buy?
    Some of the more popular places to look for sites are sitepoint, flippa, Warrior, and DP. Sites are selling for high prices on most of the forums.

    There are a number of nice sites for sales here on the NetBuilders marketplace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    But on the flip side, most of the websites I've bought have been built strangely and I end up not wanting to work on them because their internals are so bizarre.
    That's the #1 issue that I'm having from sites that I buy. I end of spending a couple of days figuring what is going on and cleaning up the mess. Otherwise the site sits there doing nothing.

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    I would say both. It all depends what sites and topics do you encounter.

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    Off course building own website is great because every one need to understand the basic about making a website..

    You don't need to be more technical and hard coded programmer to built a website, if you know the way to build a website than it is very easy to built.

    But you have the knowledge of complete website building than buying a website which is more profitable than your own personal website, than you have to move to buying website.

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  6. I built 95% of the websites that I owned. I will only buy it if I find it valuable enough for my $$. It could be the PageRank value, backlinks, content, domain name or its ranking on the Google SERPs.

  7. Buying gets me revenue more quickly and it also tends to increase the link diversity of my network.

    But on the flip side, most of the websites I've bought have been built strangely and I end up not wanting to work on them because their internals are so bizarre.

    With building, you must have patience -- but you get to do things your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    But on the flip side, most of the websites I've bought have been built strangely and I end up not wanting to work on them because their internals are so bizarre.

    With building, you must have patience -- but you get to do things your way.
    I think it all comes down to whether you have more available time or more available money--and your particular skills. I've built most of my sites, but have bought about a dozen sites. Almost every one of those dozen sites was so misconfigured that I had to spend a substantial amount of time fixing problems and re-working the sites so that the search engines would give them serious consideration. There is also the issue of poor quality content and has to be re-written. I frequently spend almost as much time fixing a site that I purchase as I would if I had simply built the site from scratch.

    I've had the same experience with WordPress sites that I bought, even though it doesn't take much to get those right to begin with. There are a lot of people who do not have a clue when it comes to proper web site configuration.

    I will continue to buy some sites, but only when the domain name is good, the price is right and the site is not loaded with useless duplicate content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I've built most of my sites, but have bought about a dozen sites. Almost every one of those dozen sites was so misconfigured that I had to spend a substantial amount of time fixing problems and re-working the sites so that the search engines would give them serious consideration. There is also the issue of poor quality content and has to be re-written. I frequently spend almost as much time fixing a site that I purchase as I would if I had simply built the site from scratch.
    A large percentage of the sites for sale are handyman specials. With all the work that you need to put into the sites, it really isn't worth the time and money. Duplicate content is a big issue and even the sites that have "orginal" content in many cases are just rewrites of PLR articles.

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    [QUOTE=TopDogger;111575]I think it all comes down to whether you have more available time or more available money--and your particular skills. QUOTE]

    I'd say this is the key element - together with monetization / payback.

    Sure, you can save a lot of money building your site instead of outsourcing it; but if you're going to get peanuts back, is it really worth spending your time?

    On the other hand - if you can make thousands from a site through appropriate monetization / traffic building, wouldn't you be willing to pay a few hundred to speed up your activities?


    Before you think I'm for buying sites, or anti building - I use both techniques, as long as it makes business sense.


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