Why I Spent $500,000 Shopping for a Weblog That Generates No Income

(If you’re questioning, the picture of me above was taken after I used to work at KISSmetrics with Hiten Shah… I used to have hair)

In early January 2017, I bought the KISSmetrics web site for $500,000.

In the event you go to the positioning, you’ll discover that it forwards right here to NeilPatel.com (which I’ll get into later within the put up).

The $500,000 didn’t get me the corporate, KISSmetrics, or any of the income streams. The father or mother firm, Area Pencil, is regularly bettering and creating the product.

And on high of that, there are restrictions. I can’t simply pop up a competing firm or any firm on the KISSmetrics website.

So why did they promote me the area? And why would I pay $500,000 for it?

I can’t totally reply why they bought it, however I do know plenty of their clients got here from phrase of mouth, conferences, paid adverts, and different types of advertising that didn’t embody web optimization or content material advertising.

For that motive, the area most likely wasn’t as useful to them because it was to me. And naturally, who wouldn’t need further money?

I’m assuming they’re very calculated as a result of they’re an analytics firm, so that they most likely ran the numbers on how a lot income the inbound visitors was producing them and got here to the conclusion that the $500,000 price ticket appeared price it.

Now, earlier than I get into why I spent $500,000 on the area, let me first break down my thought course of as I’m shopping for out plenty of properties within the advertising area (extra to be introduced sooner or later).

Why am I shopping for websites that aren’t producing income?

This wasn’t the primary or the final website that I’ll purchase within the area.

I lately blogged about how I purchased Ubersuggest. And it wasn’t producing a single greenback in income.

Properly technically, there have been adverts on the positioning, however I rapidly killed these off.

And ultimately, I ported it over to NeilPatel.com.

When I’m taking a look at websites to purchase, I’m solely on the lookout for 1 factor… visitors. And naturally, the standard (and relevancy) of that visitors.

See, I have already got a income stream, which is my advert company, Neil Patel Digital.

So, my aim is to seek out as many websites which have an analogous visitors profile to NeilPatel.com and leverage them to drive my company extra leads.

How are you aware you received’t lose cash?

I don’t!

This method doesn’t assure I’ll earn more money.

I take a look at the enterprise as tons of tiny experiments. You don’t construct an enormous enterprise by means of one easy advertising technique or tactic.

It’s important to mix plenty of little issues to get your required end result.

And typically you’ll make errors alongside the way in which that can value you cash, which is okay. It’s important to maintain one factor in thoughts… with out testing, you received’t be massive.

With my advert company, we are likely to primarily have U.S. shoppers. Sure, we serve different areas as effectively… for instance, we’ve got an advert company in Brazil.

neil patel brazil

However I personally primarily give attention to driving visitors to the U.S. advert company, and the opposite groups simply replicate as I don’t converse Portuguese, German, or any of the required languages for the opposite areas we’re in.

So, after I purchase firms, I search for visitors that’s ideally within the U.S.

Positive, the advert company can work with firms in Australia, Canada, and even the UK, nevertheless it’s powerful.

There’s an enormous distinction in foreign money between Australia and the U.S. and the identical goes for Canada.

And with the U.Ok. there’s a 5 to Eight-hour time zone distinction, which makes it a bit tougher to speak with shoppers.

That’s why after I purchase a website, I’m ideally on the lookout for U.S. visitors.

Once I purchased Ubersuggest it had little or no U.S. visitors. Indonesia and India had been the 2 hottest areas.

However I purchased it as a result of I knew I may construct a a lot better software and over time develop the U.S. visitors by doing just a few e-mail blasts, getting on Product Hunt, and by creating some press.

And I’ve…

ubersuggest traffic

As you may see from the screenshot above, U.S. is the preferred area adopted by India and Brazil.

Over time it shouldn’t be too troublesome to three and even 4x that quantity so long as I launch extra options.

Now, my prices on Ubersuggest have gotten into the 6 figures per thirty days, and I’m not producing any earnings from it.

There isn’t a assure that it’s going to generate any income, however I’ve a fairly efficient gross sales funnel, which I’ll share later within the put up. Due to that gross sales funnel my danger with Ubersuggest is fairly low.

So long as I can develop the visitors sufficient, I ought to be capable of monetize.

What about KISSmetrics?

As for KISSmetrics, I primarily purchased the area for the weblog visitors.

Throughout its peak it was producing 1,260,681 distinctive guests per thirty days:

kissmetrics peak

By the point I purchased the weblog, visitors had dropped to 805,042 distinctive guests per thirty days:

kissmetrics purchase

That’s a 36% drop in visitors. Ouch!

After which to make issues worse, I made a decision that I needed to chop the visitors much more.

There have been so many articles on KISSmetrics that had been outdated and irrelevant, so I had no selection however to chop them.

For instance, there have been articles about Vine (which Twitter bought and killed), Google Web site Optimizer (not exists), Mob Wars (a Fb sport that not exists)… and the checklist goes on and on.

Along with that, I knew that I may by no means monetize irrelevant visitors. Sure, extra visitors is nice, however solely so long as it’s related.

I immediately minimize the KISSmetrics weblog in half by “deleting” over 1,024 weblog posts. Now, I didn’t simply delete them, I made certain I added 301 redirects to probably the most related pages right here on NeilPatel.com.

As soon as I did that, my visitors dropped once more. I used to be now sitting at 585,783 distinctive guests a month.

kissmetrics drop

It sucks, nevertheless it needed to be executed. The very last thing I needed to do was spend money and time sustaining outdated weblog posts that may by no means drive a greenback in income.

I knew that if somebody was going to come back to my weblog to analysis Vine, there was little to no probability that the individual would convert right into a 6-figure consulting contract.

After I pruned and cropped the KISSmetrics weblog, I naturally adopted the identical path of Ubersuggest and merged it in to NeilPatel.com.

The merge

The KISSmetrics merge was a bit extra difficult than Ubersuggest.

With Ubersuggest, I didn’t have a key phrase analysis software on NeilPatel.com, so all I needed to do was slap on a brand new design, add a characteristic or two, and port it over.

With KISSmetrics, plenty of the content material was just like NeilPatel.com. For those that had been comparable, I saved the NeilPatel.com model contemplating this weblog generates extra visitors than the KISSmetrics one.

As for all the content material that was distinctive and totally different, I ended up shifting it over and making use of 301 redirects.

If I made a decision to skip the pruning and cropping stage that I described above, the KISSmetrics weblog would have had extra visitors. And after I merged it in with NeilPatel.com I’d have executed even higher.

However in advertising you may can’t give attention to vainness metrics like what number of extra distinctive guests you’re getting per thirty days. You could maintain your eye on the prize.

And for me, that’s leads.

The extra leads I generate for my advert company, the extra doubtless I’ll improve my income.

Right here’s my lead depend for the weeks previous to the KISSmetrics merge:

hubspot leads

When trying on the desk above, bear in mind it reveals leads from the U.S. solely.

The KISSmetrics weblog was merged on the 25th. While you add up all the numbers from the earlier week, there have been 469 leads in whole, of which 61 had been advertising certified leads.

Which means there have been 61 leads that the gross sales reps had been in a position to contact because the overwhelming majority of leads are firms which might be too small for us to service.

While you take a look at the week of the 25th, there have been a complete of 621 leads. 92 the place advertising certified leads.

Simply from that one acquisition, I used to be in a position to develop my advertising certified leads by 50.Eight%. 🙂

I do know what you’re pondering although. The week after the 25th (7/2) the leads tanked once more. Properly, it’s a must to needless to say the desk solely reveals leads from the U.S. and through that week there was a nationwide vacation, the 4th of July. So, leads had been anticipated to be low.

However nonetheless, even with the vacation, we generated 496 leads, 68 of which the place advertising certified. We nonetheless generated extra advertising certified leads than once we didn’t have the KISSmetrics visitors.

The early outcomes present that that is going to work out (or so I hope). In the event you ever wish to contemplate shopping for up websites that aren’t producing income, you have to know your numbers just like the again of your hand.

My gross sales funnel

A few of you’re most likely questioning how I promote my company from this website. As I discussed earlier, I’ll share my funnel and stats with you.

The best way I monetize the visitors is by gathering leads (and my gross sales reps flip these leads into clients).

On the homepage, you will note a URL field.

neil patel homepage

When you enter a URL, we do a fast evaluation (it’s not 100% correct all the time).

neil patel analysis

After which we present you what number of technical web optimization errors you’ve and accumulate your info (that is the way you develop into a lead).

lead form

And assuming we predict you’re a good match, you see a display screen that means that you can schedule a name (lower than 18% of the leads see this).

schedule call

From there, somebody on my crew will do a discovery name with you.

Assuming issues go effectively, just a few of us internally assessment all the pieces to double test we will actually assist, we then create projections and a presentation earlier than pitching you in your cash (in trade for providers after all).

That’s the funnel on NeilPatel.com in a nutshell… It’s fairly fine-tuned as effectively.

For instance, when somebody books a name we ship them textual content reminders utilizing Twilio to point out as much as the decision as we all know this will increase the chances of you getting on the cellphone.

We even do refined issues like asking in your “work e-mail” on the lead kind. We all know that 9 out 10 leads that give us a Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, or every other non-work e-mail are usually not certified.

And it doesn’t cease there… there are lead varieties throughout NeilPatel.com for this identical funnel.

If you’re studying a weblog put up like this, you’ll see a bar on the high that appears one thing like:

exit popup

Or in case you are about to exit, you will note an exit popup that appears like:

exit popup

You’ll even see a thanks web page that promotes my advert company when you opt-in:

video thanks

And if I don’t persuade you to achieve out to us for advertising assist proper then and there, you’ll additionally obtain an e-mail or two from me about my advert company.

As you may see, I’ve fine-tuned my website for conversions.

A lot so, that each 1,000 distinctive guests from the U.S. turns into four.four leads. And though that won’t appear excessive, needless to say my aim isn’t to get as many leads as attainable. I’m optimizing for high quality over amount as I don’t wish to waste the time of my gross sales crew.

For instance, I had 2 reps that had a closing ratio of 50% final month. Which means for each 2 offers they pitched, 1 would join a 6-figure contract, which is a particularly excessive closing ratio.

Therefore, I’m making an attempt to give attention to high quality so everybody in gross sales can get to 50% because it makes the enterprise extra environment friendly and worthwhile.

The very last thing you wish to do is pay a gross sales rep tons of cash to speak to 50 folks to solely discover 1 certified lead. That hurts each you and your gross sales reps.


The technique I’m utilizing to purchase web sites could appear dangerous, however I do know my numbers just like the again of my hand. From an outsider’s perspective it might appear loopy, however to me, it’s tremendous logical.

And the explanation I purchase websites for his or her visitors is that I have already got a working enterprise mannequin.

So, shopping for websites based mostly on their visitors is less expensive than shopping for websites for his or her income. Along with that, my return on funding is way bigger.

For instance, if I needed to purchase KISSmetrics (the entire enterprise), I must spend tens of millions and tens of millions of .

I’m on the lookout for offers, it’s the way you develop quicker with out having to lift enterprise capital.

While you use this technique, there isn’t a assure you’ll make a return in your funding, however for those who spend time understanding the numbers you may scale back your danger.

I knew that going into this KISSmetrics deal that I’ll generate at the very least an additional $500,000 in revenue from this one acquisition.

Realistically it must be far more than that as the extra leads appear to be of the identical high quality, and the numbers are penciling out for it so as to add effectively into the tens of millions in income per yr.

However earlier than you pull the set off and purchase up just a few websites in your area, there are some things you want to bear in mind:

  1. Don’t purchase websites that depend on 1 visitors supply – you don’t wish to purchase websites that solely have Fb visitors. And even Google visitors. Ideally, any website you purchase ought to have a number of visitors sources (aside from paid adverts) as it’s going to scale back your danger in case they lose their visitors from a selected channel.
  2. Purchase outdated websites – websites which might be lower than three years outdated are dangerous. Their numbers fluctuate greater than older websites.
  3. Spend time understanding the viewers – run surveys, dive deep into Google Analytics… do no matter you may to make sure that the positioning you’re shopping for has an viewers that’s just like your present enterprise.
  4. Be affected person and search for offers – I hit up a whole bunch of websites each month. Some folks hate my emails and received’t give me the time of day. That’s okay. I’m a giant believer and regularly pushing ahead till I discover the suitable deal. I received’t spend cash simply because I get antsy.
  5. Get artistic – lots of people assume their website is price greater than it truly is. Attempt to clarify to them what it’s actually price utilizing information. I additionally construction offers in distinctive methods, equivalent to I gave KISSmetrics as much as 6 months earlier than they needed to transition to a brand new area (and to some extent they’re nonetheless allowed to make use of the prevailing area for his or her shopper login space). You possibly can even work out cost plans, vendor based mostly financing, or fairness offers… you simply need to assume exterior the field.

So, what do you concentrate on my acquisition technique? Are you going to attempt it out?

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