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    May 7, 2012

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    Do you think the market tanked? Why not invest in apps?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/6412
    - This thread has found new legs over the last week. Blackberry has offered $10,000 for apps developed to suit their platform (terms and conditions apply, of course). Some people are making millions from apps. And other people aren't. Apparently this is the appropriate thread to find the applicable info.

    My baby steps to creating a proper content site to monetise
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7805
    - Once upon a time there was an Experienced People member called JJMcClure. One day he decided to branch out into creating a content site. He had all sorts of adventures along the way. If you're very good and sit quietly, maybe he'll tell you all about it.

    Innovator, imitator, idiot
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7845
    - Skinflints, tire-kickers and cheapskates...aka the vast majority of the traffic you've worked so hard to drive to your fledgling online business. Why is it so difficult to make money online, and what can you do to improve your chances? Slowdive considers Warren Buffett's entrepreneurial cycle - innovator, imitator, idiot - and how to make sure you don't fall into the final category.

    SEO Question (VIP Lounge)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/6074
    - "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that..." Robots are there to obey your commands, right? Not any more, it seems. At least when it comes to telling them they shouldn't follow an outward-bound link. grynge spots some anomalous behaviour by the search bots - can JJMcClure and akirk help him track down the cause in time to stop the machines from taking over the world?

    From the Flipping Planet archive of great threads.
    - Please note that archived threads may not have been posted to recently. It's all good stuff so why not breathe some new life into them?

    Five threats to your website and ways to combat them
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/6788
    - So you think you've found the (g)URL of your dreams. But what if the beach bully kicks sand in your face and makes you look small? Or Dad won't let you borrow the car to take her to the drive-in? Or you find out that all your classmates think she's kinda dumb? Follow Thomas's Five-Step Plan to Website Fitness and make sure you don't end up with a broken heart and an empty wallet with your new (or existing) website.

    Thank you, Kay, for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    May 14, 2012

    Is traffic always a "good thing"?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7997
    - "First you get the traffic, then you get the money, then you get the power." Scarface, website owner. But is it that simple? Is traffic for the sake of traffic the answer or is it just another false metric that many of us chase rather than focusing on what is actually important? Read on.

    Finance to buy an online business
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7941
    - Want to buy a house? A car? Get a loan. Want to buy an online business? Cash only please. Does it have to be this way? Can one finance the purchase of an online business? This thread discusses various financing methods that apply in our industry.

    Great article on the IM Guru business
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7995
    - The Verge exposes the dirty side of IM gurus, the high-pressure sales tactics, the boiler rooms selling useless products to those who can least afford them, the general scum of the Internet (many of whom you will recognize the names of). Drop in and share your stories/opinions.

    New Backlink Checker - Google Analytics (now showing backlinks)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7932
    - Google announces that they've added a feature in GA to show you who is linking to a specific page. This could be particularly useful in the age of Pandas and Penguins in which we live (I hereby dub the next set of Google algo changes Platypus, you heard it here first).

    Verified Traffic - Good or Bad?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7998
    - Does Flippa's use of the term verified traffic provide a false sense of security to those new to the website markets?
    From the Flipping Planet archive of great threads.
    (Please note that archived threads may not have been posted to recently. It's all good stuff so why not breathe some new life into them?)

    Lazy Way to Buy and Maintain a Profitable Portfolio
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/6640
    - Tips on how to build and maintain your website portfolio.

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    May 21, 2012

    A More Comprehensive Glossary
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8056
    - Don't know the difference between a visit and a hit? Read up and take part in the creation of a Internet Marketing glossary in this thread.

    New business "model" emerging?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8055
    - The law of unintended consequences, Google slaps down sites with shady link profiles so people create shady link profiles to extort money from reputable sites. More black hat than black hat this thread is.

    DMCA takedowns to fix backlink profile
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8038
    - On a similar note to the thread listed above, a site attempts to use DMCAs to force the takedown of affiliate links. Read all about it here.

    Is Google Knowledge Graph / Knowledge Base a threat?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8092
    - All your knowledge are belong to us. Google, helpful benefactor or knowledge sucking monster that will eventually do away with the need for websites altogether? Google's shift to a knowledge engine from a search engine and what it means for you.

    What are good gifts for Chinese business colleagues?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8032
    - Just to show that EP has a little bit of everything. Help one of our esteemed members decide what to bring his Chinese business colleagues. What exactly do you bring to the country that produces everything anyway?

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    May 28, 2012

    What online business is like an antique shop?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8141
    - A discussion of what types of online businesses allow their owners the flexibility to enjoy their lives without being chained to their PC.

    Tax on a company in the UK
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8205
    - Death and taxes, the two incontrovertible facts of like for kings and paupers alike. This thread discusses taxes on Internet holdings and how to reduce them.

    When does the sales process begin?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8126
    - Is the process of building a site for ongoing income different than that of building a site that you plan to sell? Do you engage in different activities? Do you pump up certain metrics that may be more advantageous in the short term? Add your two cents in this thread.

    Buying a website purely for its age and/or PR authority
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8222
    - Does it make sense to purchase a site that isn't making a profit or even to overpay for one based on it's age and PR authority? Controlling your backlinks can be a crucial SEO strategy in today's game but Google has grown wise to quick hit home grown networks so is this the solution?

    An example of how much EMD's matter to Bing?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8215
    - As webmasters provide ritual offerings to the Google gods, Bing continues to slowly gather market share. This thread discusses the usage of EMDs and how they rank in Bing.

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    June 4, 2012

    Announcement:

    BSTE section is being opened for non-members to list websites for sale
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8344
    - There is no cost to listing, no success fee, no exclusivity clauses, no hoops to jump. Anybody who is registered simply agrees to the terms and fills in the appropriate form to submit their website for sale. This will hopefully open a good free avenue for anybody looking to sell their site and be of assistance to buyers looking for the better properties.

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    Has your site just become illegal in Europe
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8269
    - Like living on the edge? Eating food after it's best before date? Are you really wild and mix beer and liquor (never been sicker!). Do you flout the laws of men and nature? Do you use cookies for your European visitors without getting their express consent? If so, then you are now officially an outlaw and breaking European laws. Read this thread and find out what you have to do BEFORE the SWAT team comes knocking on your door.

    Pick some experts brains and social issues
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8341
    - An interesting discussion about social enterprises. Force for good or marketing gimmick? Read all about it and post your opinions here.

    Buying an Unmonetized Site with No Analytics
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8340
    - Pssst, want to buy this site? It makes no money, and I can't tell you how much traffic it gets, but I'll cut you a deal because I like you. If that sort of deal interests you then you had better have some other ways to figure out what the site is worth. This thread can help you with that.

    How do Google changes affect businesses?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8313
    - What happens when the main employer in a one horse town decides to leave? Nothing good for the town, that's for sure. Are your sites that town, and is Google search engine traffic that industry? Here's a frank, and sometimes heated, discussion about being overly reliant on one supplier, one retailer, and one marketing channel.

    META Tags are NOT dead
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8265
    - Meta tags are dead! Long live meta tags! Do meta tags still serve a useful function for website owners? Are you using them correctly and focusing on the things that will help you make more money? Tips and advice abound in this thread.

    How do you decide what's a "premium" domain?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8271
    - Premium, possible one of the most abused marketing terms out there today. What does it mean to you when someone tries to sell you a "premium" domain? Join the conversation here and let us know.

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    June 11, 2012

    How to make yourself seem genuine?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8361
    - On the Internet we're all just a series of ones and zeros (I'm a one, you're a zero :~) so how do we establish that we are serious buyers/sellers? Add your tips here.

    Got any SEO tips for someone with no $$???
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/1235
    - Cash flow issues? Having problems making ends meet? Do your finances look a lot like Greece's? Then it's time to roll up your sleeves and get creative. This thread will help you do SEO without spending money you don't have.

    Is a $495 asking price a sure indicator of rubbish and/or scam?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8421
    - Guaranteed SEO claims, lack of analytics, $495 asking price? Are these all potential red flags for buyers? Join the conversation here.

    Flippa auctions 1 week or 1 month?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7846
    - What is the goldilocks zone for web auctions? How much time is enough time to give people a chance to do their due diligence but not so much time as to turn them off? Opinions abound in this thread.

    I think I almost got scammed
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8398
    - Continuing on the due diligence theme. An interesting thread that shows the power of, and need for, due diligence beyond just looking at the numbers.

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    June 18, 2012

    What market stats would be useful to you?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8501
    - Clinton asks "What stats/information from Flippa would you find useful over and above that provided by the Flippa search feature? There's a good reason I'm asking, it might be possible to arrange to get that data."
    - List the marketplace statistics that you've always wanted access to, but couldn't get, in this thread.

    Thoughts on article marketing?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8488
    - Article marketing, BUM marketing, catchphrase of the day marketing. They're all different words for writing articles with backlinks for other sites. Does this still work? Did it ever? Should you use it for SEO or has Panda destroyed it's value? Read all about it here.

    Non Paying Bidders in Flippa (Stats)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8531
    - Clinton provides an estimate of the percentage of non-paying bidders for "won" auctions at Flippa.

    Which visitors are most likely to spread the word?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8525
    - We live in a viral world, but how do we, as webmasters, ensure that our content is shared? We can create the best content only to languish in search engine hell. How do we circumvent the search engines and find the people who share content? This thread discusses various tips and tricks to do just that.

    5 Traffic generation tactics you probably have not thought about
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8559
    - As an adjunct to the thread listed above, what other means of generating traffic are out there that you are forgetting about?

    A call to action, is your site making the most of its potential?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8512
    - Now that you've got the visitors, are you making the most of them? Is your site sticky enough that you can convert the drive-by user into a regular one? This thread discusses various means of doing so.

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    June 25, 2012

    Should we create an area on EP which allows self-promotion
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8533
    - Would you like to have a place on Experienced People where you could advertise your products or services? How would this square with the EP ethos of offering free and impartial advice? Contribute to the conversation in this thread.

    Neglecting your no follows... (VIP Lounge)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8633
    - If a tree falls in the forest and no is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If more and more of the links on the web are no followed, do they still count? An interesting discussion of how Google handles no follow links in terms of ranking pages.

    Awesome new GA tool for web developers - browser size analysis
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8595
    - Google provides webmasters with yet another free tool, this one allows you to see just how much of your site is visible to users with different screen sizes and different resolutions. This could be invaluable in ensuring that your site ads are viewable in as many different devices as possible, or that your ads aren't the only thing that your visitors can see.

    Make money online from content curation - a strange suggestion
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8666
    - A short (two posts at the time of this writing) but incredibly useful post about content curation. Have you seen recent promotion of curation software? Come add to the conversation.

    Charging for Guest Posting (VIP Lounge)
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8614
    - Guest posting, another word for advertising. The original quid pro quo was a good post for a backlink, but in today's hyper vigilant linking world is that enough? Should you charge people for the privilege of guest posting on your blog?

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    July 1, 2012

    Proven Correlations between linking and ranking and other SEO factors
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8675
    - Lies, damned lies, or statistics? Yes, we're talking about the Google algorithm. Members discuss a study claiming to show by statistical analysis that Google still loves links - but does it really?

    Buying New Domains
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8736
    - Entry into any mature market is tough, and not a challenge to be undertaken lightly. In this topic, a would-be domainer considers dipping a toe in the water. Our EP lifeguards are on hand to save them from drowning or being gobbled up by sharks.

    10 Common Scams by website sellers
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8693
    - Forget used car salespeople, forget airport taxi drivers. If you want to find some really dodgy rip-offs, then look no further than the list of shady practices Clinton's linked to in this topic. More effective at saving your fingers from getting burnt than a pair of silicone oven gloves.

    10 reasons why I don't make a lot of money online
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8640
    - This thread starts off outlining why it's sometimes difficult to make money online if you're not selling snake oil. Then it develops into ways of making money without having sales in your skill set, and then changes again into talking about developing a BS-detector. So, yes, there's a lot of BS in this thread, but also plenty of clues about how not to end up in the brown stuff.

    The easiest way to determine how a site was built
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8684
    - Reverse engineering isn't just the preserve of Soviet-era arms manufacturers and Far Eastern electronics makers. If you're interested in buying a cool site but want to know more about its inner workings first - or if you just admire a site and want to build something similar - here's a discussion of how you can find out what makes a site tick.

    From the Flipping Planet archive of great threads.
    - Please note that archived threads may not have been posted to recently. It's all good stuff so why not breathe some new life into them?

    How to (realistically) make 2 - 5K per month through hard work and a little time
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/7245
    - Nothing worthwhile comes easily, they say. This topic doesn't promise you an "Automated Cash ATM super easy WSO bonanza" - and says so. But it does suggest an approach to site flipping that sounds sensible and, even better, deals in real-world useful stuff rather than Scotch mist.

    Thank you to Kay and Dave McM for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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    July 9, 2012

    How much is a text link worth?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8793
    - Even post-Panda people postulate for paid links. Is the selling of text links too risky for site owners now? How much should one charge if one is willing to take the risk?

    Compare escrow services--experiences?
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8775
    - The concept of escrow, a necessity for most serious website/domain purchases or an unnecessary additional bit of overhead? If one does choose to use an escrow service what are the differences between Moniker, Sedo and Escrow.com? Join the debate.

    Flippa Raises Prices Again - Listing fees up from $19 to $29
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8725
    - In the interest of keeping our readers informed, a thread about the recent price changes at Flippa.

    How to entice a working partner into working
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8782
    - How can one structure a partnership to ensure that both parties are performing? Does one use incentive clauses? Profit sharing? Commissions? This question comes up quite frequently so visit this thread and share your thoughts.

    Now THIS is salesmanship!
    - http://experienced-people.net/forums...hread.php/8776
    - An interesting discussion of the role of the salesperson and the lessons that real world sales people can bring to the online world. Love them or hate them (and we have people on both sides interacting in this thread) come add to the discussion.

    Thank you to tke71709 for writing this bulletin, thank you for reading, and all the best with your online businesses.

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