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    help to evaluate a site prior to purchase

    I would like recommendations to locate an expierienced broker or individual to evaluate a site prior to purchase. There are great recommendations on the dos and don'ts of buying here on sitepoint but I would prefer speaking to someone who actually makes their living buying or selling sites and does not mind sharing that expierience for a fee.

    Thank you

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    writetravis, unfortunately there's only one guaranteed way to do due diligence - acquire the skills to do it yourself. There are plenty of people who fancy themselves as experts but anyone who knows enough to do it properly is doing it for himself.

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    What type of fee did you have in mind, writetravis?

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    There are plenty of experienced business brokers but I find that they generally have trouble converting their brick and mortar expertise into something that recognizes the differences inherent in an internet-based business. If you find someone, please share the information.

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    response to fee question

    I would like to pay in the range of $150 -$250 for a due diligence snapshot. which would include info such as what other like sites might or have sold for, is this site unique, what the site is worth, what are the pros and cons of the site, duration of earnings, sellers bio concerning past complaints, I'm sure That I have missed a few items but I would expect 1-2 hours work. The main thing is the experts opinion of the site. Currently I was looking at a clickbank site that I felt had value yet I have no idea how good an investment it would be. To me it is worth the money to have another opinion before placing an offer.
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    writetravis, I'd like to think I'm qualified for the job. Some here may agree with me on that but it's taken me many years to hone this skills. Some people who have read my posts here, the article I wrote for Sitepoint etc., PM me with offers in the low thousands to spend a few hours advising them. I turn those down. Anybody who has accumulated the skills to do the due diligence you want is hardly likely to get excited about $250.

    If they do they likely want to beat you to the purchase. Finding good sites is tricky. Bring a nice one to the attention of the buyers here (who else has the DD skills?) and they could "nick" it for themselves

    Even if they're honest enough to not cut you out, they can't do a proper DD report, like the type you seem to want, without spending many hours. It would take even longer without the specialist tools they've built up over time. Heck, the value of the site is likely less than what a good consultant would cost you. I've occassionally bought a sub-$1000 site. When I do buy a site like that I don't spend my own time doing a full DD as my time's worth more than the site. I just thrown the $1000 on it and take a chance.

    Yours isn't the first post requesting such help... and it won't be the last. To my knowledge all of those previous threads ended up unsuccessful.

    There's a lot of information on the net to help you do it yourself. hooperman has this guide on analysing backlinks, for example. I have this DD guide on my site. As 3Six says, you're really best off rolling your sleeves up. And if you have specific questions, start a thread.

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    The cost of $1000 while high if you do not buy the site seems like a bargain if you do. Not all sites require a full due diligence before disgarding them. Also If someone were to contact you for a phone consult, as a client might to a lawyer, just to ask questions a half hour of your time even if it cost $75 to $150 would seem acceptable to me.

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    Well, if you want to give up on the due diligence snapshot/analysis/report and just pay someone by the hour to ask specific questions, you're more likely to find some help.

    Asking someone to work out what the site is worth is a task that on its own could take several hours. He may have to go away and do a fair amount of research before coming up with a considered figure. Similarly with "what are the pros and cons of the site".

    All the best with finding what you're looking for.

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    I really appreciate the help and advice given from Fruit Medley and others.


    Thank you


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