• How to Buy an Online Business: 8 Funding Options

    How can you afford to buy an established website? This article will cover 8 of the most common options we see buyers exercise to fund an acquisition. I’ll also review the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

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  • Building A More Effective Hiring Model Through Trial And Error

    Bootstrapping a startup is challenging, so when a company with very little capital starts to gain some traction and market recognition, it’s a relief for the founder to finally face questions about expanding operations. When that moment came for me, I was excited to expand my company, Quiet Light Brokerage, by hiring advisors who would help our clients sell their online businesses. Figuring out my hiring model, however, proved more challenging than I anticipated.

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  • Building A More Effective Hiring Model Through Trial And Error

    Bootstrapping a startup is challenging, so when a company with very little capital starts to gain some traction and market recognition, it’s a relief for the founder to finally face questions about expanding operations. When that moment came for me, I was excited to expand my company, Quiet Light Brokerage, by hiring advisors who would help our clients sell their online businesses. Figuring out my hiring model, however, proved more challenging than I anticipated.

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  • When Selling Your Website, Timing is Everything

    When you are preparing to sell your website, there are a lot of factors which influence your value, but few have as dramatic of an impact as your timing.

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  • 19 Things I’ve Learned About Buying Websites

    In July, I shared the lessons I have learned selling websites with Quiet Light Brokerage since 2006, but the seller is not the only important part of the equation. Buying an online business can seem scary, but if you go in knowing how to conduct a deal you’ll improve your success rate immeasurably.

    I learned these lessons by observing literally thousands of smart buyers over the years, some of whom saw returns of over 1000% in their first year alone.

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  • 4 Questions to Ask Before You Bring a Partner on Board

    Entrepreneurs — and people in general — tend to band together when facing a challenge. From startup co-founders to joint ventures, it’s human nature to find strength in numbers. Ironically, the best piece of advice I ever received completely contradicts this belief.

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  • 19 Things I’ve Learned About Selling Websites

    I often get asked what advice I would give someone who is looking to sell their website.  Below are 19 (somewhat random) lessons that I’ve learned about selling websites:

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  • 9 Exposed Traits of a Million Dollar Website

    Not everyone has the luxury of starting out as a billionaire in order to become a millionaire, or being Richard Branson and being able to say such things. But hitting that millionaire mark may not be as far away as you think it is. Businesses have been changing hands for more than a century, but even just 15 years ago it was difficult to imagine anyone paying a few million dollars for something as intangible as a website. As a website broker, I’ve helped clients buy and sell websites ranging in price from the low five figures into the millions. So what makes a million-dollar website? It’s not easy to get there, but it’s not impossible, either.

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  • Why Matt Cutts Can’t Kill Guest Blogging

    I’d hate to be in Matt Cutts’ shoes. He’s often in an incredibly difficult position, serving as a mouthpiece for Google, passing on the company’s unpopular and even hated policies, and then bearing the brunt of the ensuing criticism from the digital marketing industry. I have tremendous respect for Matt, and am grateful for the information and updates he shares. I have no doubt we would complain a lot more if Google refused to share any information with us as to what they are thinking and doing.

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  • Why Your High Ranking in Google Could Be a Failure Point

    We all want our websites listed at the top of Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs), right? A high-ranking can bring targeted and (mostly) free traffic. More importantly, it brings leads and potential conversions.

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