Turnkey websites for sale always have a substantial and consistent demand. People like the idea of getting a head-start and would rather spend money to make sure the initial steps towards a successful online business are done properly.
Simply put, the opportunity to jump right into owning a website immediately and fast-track the way to success is an enticing treat - pretty much like the cookies and cream frappe I'm devouring while writing this post.
In this article, we’re going to check out the benefits and disadvantages of buying turnkey websites, determine if going this route is the right choice for you, and set some expectations when you finally start your own online business.
Most snake oil salesmen preach outlandish claims to lure people who want overnight success into buying their junk ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Let me dispel some of these myths first.
I have nothing against making maintenance-free websites that run on autopilot – in fact, I’d be very happy if it exists!
Unfortunately, autopilot and maintenance-free websites are the unicorns of internet marketing because they simply don’t exist. A niche site works like any other traditional business.
You need to put the necessary effort to succeed. Plumbing businesses don’t run on autopilot right? There simply is no free lunch.
The Internet is the next frontier when it comes to earning money – barriers to entry are almost non-existent (except for having an...internet connection), and you can be an online entrepreneur regardless of age, ethnicity, and financial status.
Ultimately, unless you're a trust fund kid, having an online business IS the definition of freedom.
However, there is a notion that money can be made instantly online. While instant success does happen, these are very rare cases and takes a spark of genius (or just a stupidly drunk idea) to do that.
Most of the time, earning money online requires time and effort. When I started out, I worked 70 to 80 hours a week…and I still do from time to time. I chose this path because (1) I love what I’m doing, and (2) I want to be my own boss.
For turnkey websites, you would only need a minimum of 1 to 2 hours every night to make it successful.
I’ve seen a lot of people get into affiliate marketing, super hyped and very engaged, only to give up several weeks later.
One reason is that the process is to hard and confusing. Keyword research, setting up the site, writing great content, and link building properly are beasts in their own right and people who don’t have the patience or motivation to learn them all simply give up after finding how tough learning them all are.
Furthermore, stepping into the unknown land of online marketing proves to be stressful and full of worry.
You’ll have constant, nagging questions at the back of your head like “am I doing this right?”, “what if I chose the wrong niche?”, or “what if my keywords are too competitive to rank for?”
And you give up before you can even start.
Turnkey websites give you a head start of about 1 to 3 months (depending on the scope of the project), stop you from wondering if you did something wrong, and cover all bases correctly.
You only have to take over the site and make it grow.
There are many types of affiliate sites and this depends on (1) the preference of the niche site builder and (2) the type of monetization involved.
We exclusively create Amazon niche sites, because this model is pretty straightforward to make and the Amazon Associates program is the easiest program to get into, especially for beginners.
If you’re looking to buy Amazon affiliate websites for sale, you’ve come to the right place!
There are also Google Adsense and dropship turnkey websites. Both have their pros and cons, but I won’t be delving into these two as I’m more knowledgeable about Amazon niche sites.
Here’s an in-depth article about why you should start with an Amazon niche site.
I’m selling ready made websites so I’m a bit biased here. But think about this for a minute:
When you read about success stories, they started out with what are essentially turnkey websites or starter niche sites – and that’s what I’m offering you.
To put it simply, if there are points A, B, C, D, and E towards creating a successful niche site, what I do is give you a head start and put you on point D with a ready made website.
I’ll also equip you with the tools and skills to move forward from Point D to Point E, but success depends entirely on your willingness to put in the necessary work.
Imagine you want to start a niche site in the cooking category. Here’s how the build process it usually goes, condensed in 10 steps.
When you buy turnkey websites, you start at step 9. That’s the advantage I’m trying to give you.
There are many places where you can buy turnkey websites and depending on where you buy the quality can either be good or bad.
Wherever you buy though, there’s a couple of places I don’t recommend you to buy from: Flippa and e-Bay.
A couple of years ago, turnkey websites on Flippa were actually of good quality until these cookie cutter sites started popping up, being sold for around $65 (starting bid) and promising to earn you money on autopilot, that it doesn’t need maintenance, and experience is not necessary.
Update for 2018: I feel like Flippa purged their site from these cookie-cutter sites. Good for them! I'm seeing more Shopify-style sites nowadays - looks like the trend shifted from Affiliate to Shopify stores!
This lowers the price expectation of would-be buyers and deludes them into the notion that ultra-cheap turnkey websites will turn you into an overnight IM superstar.
Realistically, you want to buy a turnkey website from sellers that also provide after-sale support. You website is as useful as a brick if you don’t know what to do with it.
This ultimately drove away great niche site builders who understand that an affiliate website is a legitimate business that needs time, effort, and resources to grow.
These listings have outrageous claims like in the picture below, and you’ll see them every day:
In order for a site to be worth buying, it has to pass the following criteria:
The 5th point is probably the most important because your dedication is the foundation that puts everything into place.
Growing a turnkey site is a multi-faceted endeavor and it deserves an article on its own, but basically you need to do the following:
It could take you around 6 to 12 months to grow a niche site to levels you are satisfied with, which is why I wanted to emphasize that there’s no such thing as automation or overnight success.
YOU SIMPLY NEED TO WORK ON YOUR SITE.
I’m currently writing an article for a 12-month step-by-step guide to ranking and banking a niche site.
Building pre-made websites for people sort of just…happened.
You might not know this, but I actually built turnkey affiliate sites for sale before, until I partnered with Sumit and created SERPSeeds.
I’m actually good at building niche sites and I love the brainstorming, the researching, and the building process.
Unfortunately, I can’t manage dozens of niche sites – I simply don’t need more than a couple at a time! And honestly, selling niche sites is a good source of immediate income - a side gig from my main Amazon sites if you will.
Niche and keyword research turned into a useless hobby and I started having multiple excel files with keyword and competition data just gathering dust in some obscure folder in my PC.
I finally realized that I could sell shovels in a gold rush. Most IM people are trying to build niche sites by themselves, while others are trying to sell SEO services and content.
There’s actually a demand for starter niche sites! There is literally a select few individuals offering quality niche site building services and I figured that this is a good opportunity to diversify my income.
That’s where SERP Seeds come in as the niche site builder you can trust. Its mission is to provide high quality ready made websites, complete with training and support, and essentially give you a headstart from the rest of the pack.
All of this done in a helpful and honest fashion.
Our package comes in threes – a unique, premium website, exhaustive training, and helpful support.
Our sites are simply better – we don’t claim instant success or promise to start earning with no experience or on autopilot.
Niche sites are extremely profitable if you’re willing to put in the necessary work (which is honestly just a couple of hours a day spread over several months).
What we have that most niche site builders don’t is that we equip you with the necessary knowledge to grow your site.
Oftentimes, other sellers would leave you hanging after they finalize the site transfer, which is something we don’t want to happen to you.