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I've posted about my interest in buying the bestpaidtoclick.org site on Flippa. It was a nice little micro-niche site and a good example of an affiliate powered directory site.
The stats looked good for the site (2000 visitors a month) but the earnings were oh so low at just $10.
I figured that earnings could be pretty low in the paid to click niche. I experimented with clixsense and although I earned a little from signing people up as well as doing surveys my earnings were really low. So I just assumed that this was a low earning niche.
However, I did a bit of research and found out that a lot (most?) of bestpaidtoclick.org's traffic was coming from a site called sweeva. This is a kind of ad network but the people who visit your site have to comment on your site so that you get some feedback about your site design, layout, functionality etc. etc. It's kind of a nice idea and if you want somebody to critique your site then you should definitely join.
However, in the case of Flippa this site was getting a lot of referals from sweeva so the traffic stats were definitely being inflated.
If you're looking to buy a site on Flippa then ALWAYS check to make sure it's getting plenty of Google traffic. Google traffic tends to convert the best. Why? Because if somebody is specifically searching in Google for something then it's a good bet that they actually want to buy what they're looking for.
Do you know of any other blackhat ways of inflating traffic before a site is sold on Flippa? If so then post them here...
In the meantime I'm definitely going to check out sweeva. It looks a sweet site for getting feedback about your own site.
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