Places to list my site for sale
See also: Good
places to buy a web site
The major advantage of selling a website is the sheer reach available to sellers. The poor coffee shop owner is restricted to selling to someone in the neighbourhood. You can reach the Outer Hebrides. And the following listing locations are the main places for selling websites.
Update: The biggest
forum for website buyers is now accepting website for sale listings and it's
Click here to list your website.
OTHER LOCATIONS FOR LISTING WEBSITES FOR SALE
Business Broker sites or Business Transfer Agents
Probably the best known are BusinessesForSale.com, Daltons Business and Sunbelt Network. Most of them have syndication agreements with various outlets and your ad is likely to appear on more than just the one listings website. Some of them even send the details out to their database of waiting buyers. There is usually a fee involved to list on these sites.
If you're looking to sell a $100 website then these are obviously not the right places. Sites and businesses for sale on these large listing sites typically range from the low five figures to several millions of pounds/dollars/U-rue. For sites under $10K the webmaster forums below are probably a better bet.
BizBuySell.com also has a fair few of the six-figure-and-above web businesses. Costs of $45 and $75 for standard and premium listings. Your listing stay live for two months.
Business-sale.com lists UK businesses selling for over £250,000. Listing is free for three months if you sign up for their newsletter.
Website Brokers: More recently, several smaller broker firms have
appeared and they specialise in the sale of lower value websites. Their typical
offering could be anywhere from about $10K to a few hundred thousand dollars.
Some examples: FlippingEnterprises,
Quiet Light Brokerage,
We Sell Your Site.
Sitepoint (now Flippa.com) used to charge up to $40 for their most expensive listing but now charge a flat $19 but take a percentage of the final sale price as a "success fee" if you achieve a sale. The success fee is capped at $499. There are other charges to give your listing prominence by making it bold, showing it on the front page etc.
It may be worth it if you expect your site to sell for anywhere from $100 to about $30K. Links to online auctions or external pages advertising your site for sale are not permitted. You are not allowed to simultaneously list your site elsewhere if it's listed here. There's often a problem with non-paying bidders on Flippa (which still leaves you liable for the success fee).
Unlike with other forums, you have control over comments and can delete comments in your Sale Thread that you do not approve of. Our site provided the website valuation guide on Sitepoint and the How to Sell Your Site Guide.
The Website Brokers further up the page offer an alternative to Flippa and may
be worth trying especially as they charge based on results.
This forum has become very active very quickly. Hosts both WTB and Site For Sale
posts. No charge for posting. The rules are more relaxed here than at some other
forums and the moderation less rigid. 1000 PM limit so ample for most users.
Probably the best bet for most lower value sites for sale. But a listing could
quickly get lost here with the sheer volume of posts/threads on the average day.
Accepts listings for adult sites.
DNForum: This is a paid forum and the focus is more on domains than on websites. But, complete sites do sell here. Tip: You could save on the membership costs by buying DNF membership elsewhere. WHT (above) often has threads where people sell their "spare" memberships. Browse through there for a few days and you are bound to find one. DNF does allow adult sites to be listed but you'll have to be discreet in your wording of the title and the post.
Website Broker: Not a forum, just
a marketplace. Has sites for sale listed by category so easy for buyers to
browse. The fact that it charges for listings reduces the noise. The standard
format offerings are presented in makes for easier comparisons across sites. At
any given time it seems to have a fair few listings.
Hotscripts is worth visiting if the
main asset on your site is the script/program/code behind it. Sitepoint also has a
and Software forum.
Performancing: Listing of blogs
for sale. Still very basic and yet to gain traction. Not many listings.
Daniweb: A developer forum so may be more suited to sites and domains of a particular nature. You need to scroll and scroll and scroll past the ads on every page before you hit content.
Last and least: Loot,
Craigslist and other local classifieds. Note that
in Loot, for example, you don't
want the "Internet Services and Equipment" section under
"Businesses and Loans" but the "Opportunities" section. I
would have given you a link direct to the relevant page if it wasn't for their
less than inspired navigation/URLs - you just can't link to them! Loot wouldn't be my first choice and I
wouldn't list a site in there at all unless it happened to cater for people in a
small geographical area (as Loot readers are generally looking for something in
Since adult content comprises so much of the internet and most forums don't
allow the sale or listing of adult sites, it would be remiss to not point out at
least one location specialising in over 18 content (in addition to the ones
above described as accepting adult sites): go*uckyourself.com.
It has an active site buying and selling section. The asterisk is, of course,
to mask the world's favourite "F" expletive. Other "adult" webmaster forums,
like just7blow8me dot com (remove the numbers)
do also allow listings as do Craigslist, Kijiji and eBay (but you need to read
the fine print first).