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Buying Turnkey Websites

Mon, May 5, 2008

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Enough with the build-up, let’s start making you guys some money! Today, we’re going to learn how to find good deals, and purchase turnkey websites. There is a lot to learn, so let’s get started.

Where to Find Turnkey Websites


Digitalpoint is like the bottom of the barrel when it comes to finding GOOD turnkey websites. The only reason I mention it is because it’s like a thrift store. If you weed through enough garbage, there is often a gem hiding. And this gem is often WAY underpriced if you compare it to comparables on the Sitepoint Marketplace.


Sitepoint often has the best quality sites for sale. However, the price reflects it. You can generally find some pretty good turnkey sites here for $100 or so. It’s also a safer marketplace than Digitalpoint, and you don’t have to weed through as much junk since people have to pay to list their sites there. Digitalpoint is a free service, so you get lots more junk!


Usually crappy, however it kind of goes back to the idea about Digitalpoint. If you weed through enough crap, you can often find some OUTSTANDING deals on halfway-decent sites. I like eBay because it gives me the ability to buy these sites in bulk most of the time, and save quite a bit of cash. I had one deal where I found 300 turnkey websites (about 100 of them sucked), for $49.95. Not a bad deal, even though 100 were worthless.

Design Shrine

Aaaah, I saved my favorite for last. Design Shrine is absolutely the best of this bunch. The reason? You are getting high quality sites for a REALLY low fee. It is a membership site that costs $25 a month, and allows you to use every turnkey site that they offer for that price. There is no maximum!!! The best part? They update often, so you don’t have to deal with the same websites forever!

What To Look For

Since I’ve already gone over this once, I’ll keep this brief. What you are looking for generally depends on what you are going to do with it. If you are going to resell it, you want to find the best looking turnkey sites you can find. However, if you plan to make money with it yourself (sending traffic to it), looks don’t matter as much. I don’t know why it is, but as I said in a previous post, turnkey websites that are great looking generally don’t perform as well as their uglier counterparts. I think it’s because of the simplicity of these uglier cousins of well-designed websites. There is a difference between ugly, and non-functional though… so make sure everything works!

Just to touch on the ugly concept - it’s not because the site is ugly that has anything to do with it making more money. This is usually coincidental. The reason these sites generally make more money is because they are simpler, and have a more defined call to action (think BUY NOW!). The better designers tend to make their turnkey sites a bit more complex, and often your desired action, such as them buying your $19.95 ebook, is lost in the shuffle. Ok, back to the topic now!

Secondly, make sure that it has built-in monetization methods before you buy. Unless you are familiar with editing these sites, it’s always easier to have this done for you!

So there you have it. Those two things are really all you need to remember when buying a turnkey website. Also, some of these sites come with a domain. Don’t worry about the domain name. If you don’t like it, you can always buy a new one for a few bucks!

See you at the next post!

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