I’ve been following the Empire Flippers podcast with Justin Cooke and Joe Magnotti for a really long time. It’s been fun to watch their evolution from building tiny Adsense sites, running an outsourcing company in the Philippines, selling WordPress themes, and now really focusing in on their website brokerage business.
I even actually bought a site through their service last year, as another side hustle experiment, but sadly it didn’t go well.
A few months in, a Google update wiped it off the map. If you want to learn more about that unfortunate chapter, have a listen to the “buyer interview” I did with Justin last month.
But despite that bad experience, I’m still bullish on the idea of investing in websites and think this is an attractive side hustle for people with more money than time.
Consider this: it’s MUCH easier to buy an existing cash flow than to create one entirely from scratch.
In this episode, I’m excited to sit down with Justin to dive into the business model of investing in sites, where to look for these “digital real estate” opportunities, some pitfalls to avoid, and even some creative financing options.
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- Personal Capital: Set-up a free account to begin tracking your net worth, get investment and allocation recommendations, and plan for your (hopefully early) retirement goals.
- The economics of digital real estate, and why the paper returns are so great.
- Why sellers sell.
- The skills and experience that might make this a winning side hustle for you.
- Where to look for potential sites to buy.
- Justin’s “fix and flip” strategy for cash flow and growth.
- The risks and rewards of low-end sites (sub $10,000).
- Justin’s specific gameplan for 2 buyer profiles; the person looking to diversify their investments and the person looking to quit their job and replace their income.
- The 3 things to consider when buying a site or building a portfolio of sites.
- Creative financing options so you don’t have to come up with all the cash upfront, and how you may even be able to use a self-directed IRA to invest in websites.
- A sneak peak at the Empire Flippers investor’s program, which is still in private beta.
- Justin’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.
- Lifestyle Larry – Episode 128 of the Empire Podcast
- QuietLight Brokerage (for higher end sites)
- IAC.com (example of a massive website “holding company”)
- How to Buy Income-Producing Websites, with Chris Guthrie
- Flipping Websites for Fun and Profit, with Freddie Mixell
- Domain Flipping: $70k+/yr Investing in Domain Names Part-Time
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