06 Apr 2008

Buying Websites for SEO – Who me?

I was just asked if I’d speak on "Buying Sites for SEO" at SMX Advanced in Seattle (June 3-4)… wasn’t planning on attending any SEO conferences in 2008….but man…that’s a prett interesting topic! ….. but I’m not sure if, like link building, I’d feel comfortable talking about the finer points of this….. I wrote about it once long ago (Nov 05)….and we’ve come a long, long ways since then….but it’s a topic I’ve been avoiding ever since then….I love the topic…but I still don’t think I want to say much on it in public….

What do you think?


  1. tony hill April 6, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    yes, absolutely! This will be my first seo conference ive attended and this is the kinda topic that goes beyond the norm and is perfect for an advance seo conference… I would feel like I’m really getting my moneys worth. Plus I just started trying to buy sites for seo and I’m failing miserably, I don’t know where to look and how to bargain.

  2. Jim Boykin April 6, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Tony, why don’t we grab a beer sometime and chat about how we can help each other….I’m not sure how speaking in public on this would benefit me in any way…ya know?

  3. tony April 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    yeah I see your point.. If it will hurt your business you may want to keep that to yourself..Yeah I’m good for a beer

  4. Adam April 6, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    I would agree with Jim. Like most web related things, I love talking about things and hearing others talk about things but there is a price for it. Whenever I hear something too good, it’s not good for long when it’s spoken about in front of hundreds of people (and certain company engineers)

    It’s bittersweet because one may love to hear certain people speak about certain things, but that speaker is better off going off the radar for themselves and any clients that person may have.

  5. chris.asia@gmail.com April 7, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Jim, what negative impacts could speaking on the subject have on your business?

    I can guess… I’m a link builder and I would not talk about my link building strategies in public for the fear that I’d effect my business… If people want to learn, they can learn the hard way like I have done via testing, testing and testing different ideas and routes.

    You seem like a nice guy and want to help others, but surely a man has to put their family/staff first? 🙂

  6. Peter Askew April 7, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    agree with you there Jim.. at least give us domainers (and site buyers) a few more years to vacuum up sites before opening the floodgates..

    you got room for one more for beer? I’d be happy to dole out what I’ve learned on my side..

  7. Nick Wilsdon April 7, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    I’ve got a similar choice to make in the next month at a conference in Russia. By giving too much away I’ll be directly helping the competition and be making my clients and my own life harder. If I make it too vague people won’t be satisfied. If you have enough clients then I’d avoid.

  8. Jim Boykin April 7, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Peter, for sure. Maybe sometime we should have a “ninjas of the roundtable meeting” and chat about these things….hum…maybe SEO Class in Edinburgh Scotland in June….and we can only talk about this in a castle…and what is talked about in the castle, stays in the castle…hehe

  9. Fionn April 7, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Jim, dont do it. I never agreed with the link building sessions at SES either. I absolutely believe that it will hurt your business long term when Google tries to block it and make your job a lot harder to do.

  10. Gab "SEO ROI" Goldenberg April 10, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Heh, yeah, don’t do it – leave it to the new kids like me who had to pitch to speak on that panel 😛 lol! On a more serious note, I’d love to hear you address the topic Jim, especially if you can dish. It needn’t be stuff that you’ve done receeeently…

    Speaking of which, did you catch my post a few months back on buying expired domains and cloning what used to be on them using archive.org?

  11. SEO Guide April 10, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    I understand Jim, unfortunately that’s the way it is, with Google’s “CIA or FBI” around, you’ve to be careful, even though I’m always expecting to pick up a few good tips on my daily reading about link building. I have made a commitment to assist to one of your Marketing ninja workshops this year or next: “I’ll find for sure all those link building secrets I’m looking for”

  12. Jamessyboy April 10, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Nooooo….don’t do it Jim – buying websites for SEO takes all the skill away from ordinary SEO dudes who can’t afford to buy up popular sites for ranking – think of the little people!

  13. Renier April 12, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Well buying Seo for websites is a new topic to me but thanks for the post. I really like your blog and i learn so much.

    Im going to take a look in this topic how it works.

  14. Ankit April 13, 2008 at 6:24 AM

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now… a gr8 learning place, must say.

    Although the topic of ” buying websites for SEO” is new to me but is interesting.

    As u mentioned, ” but I’m not sure if, like link building, I’d feel comfortable talking about the finer points of this..”

    I have always believed if someone is not comfortable doing some thing then he should not do it.

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  16. zowoco April 21, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    SEO is THE hot topic in today’s online marketing world, I mean, everyone wants their site to be top spot in the search engine rankings, don’t they? But curiously enough, there is only ever that one top spot! Just talking about securing the top ranking or even a top twenty ranking is food for thought, but this…

    Buying Websites for SEO – does that imply that you go out and pick a website that looks like a surefire website to quickly top the rankings? Or that you can link your current websites to it for more “authority” clout? I don’t personally see the need to buy a website: I believe ANY website can be improved and tweaked for maximum search engine optimization, and that it is really high quality relevant content that gets your website to climb the rankings.

    I think it is vital to first be totally focussed on exactly what you want to achieve: what exactly are you promoting? What keywords or phrases do you want SEO in? Are these relevant mainly to your website or one particular product/service you offer? What do you want from your website visitors? Their repeat visits? Their email address? And what exactly can or should you be offering them? Who are they? What age? What interests? What income range?

    The more you can target just who your website visitors are, and what they want, what they seek, the better you can tailor your offer to them. SEO can provide high rankings for competitive keywords: this brings high visitor volumes to your website. What will they find when they arrive? What do you give them?

    If you attract 10,000 visitors daily only for them to click away without reading your content or acting on your command (such as opting in to your email offer) then you may as well go for a walk in the park. Give your visitors a reason to return, a reason to recommend, a reason to opt in, a reason to purchase.

    SEO is only one link in the chain which is building your online business successfully. Your marketing may shine, but if your offer bombs, what good the SEO? Only YOU can create a truly unique website geared up to SEO and high sales so start today, from scratch! No need to pay inflated prices for someone else’s innovations. Be original, be daring, be observant, be inspirational!

  17. Rick Astley April 25, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    I think you should let me know the finer points of your link building strategies and site buying. I won’t tell anyone, promise. I might use the info to sort some stuff out though…


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