The Web’s $100 Million Secret Economy

Matthew Magain

February Marketplace StatsIn a market that’s set to top $100 million in 2008, the SitePoint Marketplace has been independently ranked the #1 source for buying and selling web real estate.

Jon Wheatley has begun producing monthly stats on the average prices of sites sold on some of the more active online marketplaces:

I had a script developed that crawls the content of some of the most active website marketplaces and grabs the sale price of each web property sold. I then took that information and created some average figures.

Wheatley compared web site marketplaces in terms of their average listing prices and overall dollar volumes, with the SitePoint Marketplace ranking 900% higher than its closest competitor.

The analysis showed that sitepoint.com had a total of $3,911,992 worth of listings between 495 individual auctions during the month of February, with an average listing price of $7903 per auction, compared to $805.73 for the next closest competitor. In fact, the SitePoint Marketplace’s listing prices totalled $3.9 million for February alone – more than all the other competitors combined.

If you haven’t started dabbling in online real estate, there’s never been a better time to do some reading and get your toes wet.

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  • http://www.j0n.org j0n

    Thanks for the mention Matthew. These stats will only get more interesting as the months go.

  • http://www.talkholdem.com/ WhSox21

    As he posted on his site in the original post, these numbers are not exactly accurate and should only be used as reference. SitePoint most likely has the most accurate numbers though, as their marketplace was the easiest to grab the prices from.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com Mark Harbottle

    We just checked the numbers published by Jon and they’re pretty accurate. Keeping in mind that Jon is only looking at the “established sites” and “premium sites” categories. If you run the numbers across all of the categories in the SitePoint Marketplace it’s more than $5m USD worth of listings in Feb.

    Nice work Jon.

  • Tim

    Am I the only one that reads that stats as saying DONT buy from Sitepoint, but DO sell there?

  • http://www.sitepoint.com Mark Harbottle

    I wouldn’t read it that way. I read it as if want to buy higher quality sites come to sitepoint. However, if you’re happy to wade through a stack of mostly unpaid listings for cheap sites go to our competitors. Granted there could be opportunities in buying sites over at digialpoint, building them up, and selling them for more on sitepoint, but you really need to find the diamonds in amongst the rough, and they’re not easy to come by over there.