Up the Sandbox!Written by Keith Thompson
Up The Sandbox!
by Keith Thompson
Go to any internet marketing forum you want these days and one of topics is sure to be whether or not there is a "sandbox" at Google where new sites are forced to come and play for 3-6 months before joining ranks of ranked and searched results. On surface it would appear that this is so. New sites are typically taking a long time to get indexed and even longer to show up in search results. So hence, sandbox theory. Let's examine some possible reasons and more importantly, our reaction to it.
The most obvious possibility, (since no one outside of Google really knows) is that because of proliferation of spam on engines, Google is checking all links to these new sites. Sometimes a new site will appear sporting thousands of backlinks, and this takes some time to check, even given a rolling schedule of indexing by that pesky spider! Google it seems is serious about link farms, and anything that smacks of that may take some time to get indexed. But then, so will most other sites. It is a very large index, (some say nearing capacity, though I doubt that will turn out to be true) and it is a gargantuan task to keep it current and free of extraneous (read poor) search results. There are other ideas out there, and conspiracy theories abound, one being that it is an evil plot to force newer sites in search of traffic to resort to paying for Google Adwords. Uh-huh. A particularly amusing thread is currently taking place at High Rankings forum, a must-read for all conspiracy theorists!
How to Sell your WebsiteWritten by Matt Dobinson
How to Sell your Website
There are hundreds and thousands of websites on internet today being bought and sold and there are many places you can sell your website such as ebay and website brokers. Though this article we will explore each of these possibilities in greater details.
Ebay - Selling a website on ebay can perfect for some and completely useless for others. As most people know ebay, it gets millions of hits every minute from people looking for everything from hair nets to race cars. For starters this is a great way to get word out that your website is for sale. It has lots of people viewing your ads but keep in mind your competition is feirce as so many people post sites for sale on ebay. To sell your website on ebay it has to stand out from rest.
Forums - Forums tend to be a great place to sell websites. They tend to ask alot more questions about statistics and revenue than most other places but if you have a quality site you can sometimes get alot more for it buy selling your website in forums. Good forums for this include sitepoint.com, geekvillage.com and webhostingtalk.com.
Website Brokers - Website brokers normally go out and try to get you best possible price for your website. They tend to have contacts in industry and will get into contact with people you can't or dont even know exist. They generally charge a fee of around 10%-15%. There are a few websites around where you can post your website up to brokers - kind of like a cross between ebay and a brokers firm.