Last month I told you the benefits of buying a web site and I did a five part site buying experiment. Since then I have been delving deeper into the dangers and annoyances of buying web sites, such as Inflated Web Site Potential and those bloody domain appraisals.
Today I am going to tell you another of the things that annoy me when I am trying to buy a web site.
Let me explain! Occasionally you will get a reply from a web site owner that goes something like this:
Thanks for your interest in my site xxxxxxxxx.com could you please tell me what future plans you have for the site? as this would effect whether I sell it or not. I would like to know your motives and your goals for the site, how you would change it etc?
The above drives me mad!
On occasions I have started to reply with “None of your bloody business!”, but then I take a deep breath and count to 10 and make some mumbo jumbo up about creating a useful online guide for the industry.
Perhaps many of you don’t see the issue here? but imagine buying a second hand car and the car owner said:
So, you want to buy my car? can you please tell me where you plan to drive it over the coming months? when do you plan to change the tires? what speeds are you likely to be doing? Are you likely to make sexytime with the missus on the backseat? high five. (p.s Borat the movie is now showing at a cinema near you)
The above would simply be unacceptable and quite frankly none of their business!
I do make two exceptions to the above though… If you are selling a web site that has your name in it (e.g DeanHunt.com) or you have a domain that is part of an established brand, then it is clear that you will not want Viagra being sold on your site.
But for the other 99.9999% of cases it is quite simply none of your business!
The irony is that site sellers are so cagey about giving revenue statistics or details, yet we have to give a detailed business plan just to buy a crappy PR3 blog that hasn’t been updated in three years.
I am off to go and sit in a corner and do some deep breathing.
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