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#1 DNAYx1

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 04:02 PM

I am in a position where I am hoping to buy this Gears of war 2 forum...
PR is 4... and it gets 15k uniques monthly & still is growing..
my question is.. is it worth buying it for 2.500?
i would know i can get money from ads, and hopefully integrate a system where i can have memberships, tshirts, give away contests, and such.. what do you guys think?

#2 *chrisjones*

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:34 AM

There are a few varibles you want to know. Where is it getting it's traffic from? How much money is it pulling in per month? Check the backlinks then site has are they temporary or permanent backlinks? What improvments can you make? Has the niche got monetary potential?
just a couple of questions of the top of my head

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 01:30 AM

Indeed, Personally i would make sure plenty of its traffic is organic from google/msn/yahoo/ask

See if its monetized currently, and figure out how much its already making, The going rate for a website is around 10 times what it makes monthly, If already monetized. If the forum made $100 a month, Expect to pay 1,000. So with you paying 2,500, I'd hope its making 250 a month.

And as chris said, Check the back-links with yahoo site explorer. Make sure it doesn't have plenty of links from link pages, or perhaps the sellers other sites, You're looking for links that will just get taken down as soon as you buy.

I would honestly look at 15k hits a month, and figure id get 8-10k once i take ownership. Always prepare for the worse.

Also think about the subject, Gears of war 2. That's not like owning a counter strike forum, or a WoW forum.
Gears of war isn't going to gain ANY more popularity than it already has. So as for the web sites future? You can grab more of the GOW2 traffic, but as time goes on, that traffic source is only going to dwindle more and more.

All the above is just my opinion :)

Edited by SatanicPenguins, 04 February 2009 - 01:32 AM.


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:25 AM

There must be a reason hes selling it.
Gears of War 3 perhaps? A little close to the present.
Maybe statistics are showing a decrease in Gears Of War 2 players?

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:31 AM

Imo: Theres a lot more beneficial things you can invest $2,5000 in!

GoW 2 Only?

If it was a gamer place, maybe you could argue that it will always be updated, but games like GoW aren't around for ever, and your proof is right there, Gears 3 is almost out, so why bother?

It's like buying a VCR player!

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 04:41 PM

Lol nicely put Naz

But they are right. The activity as it is now may increase for now, but probably not much longer after GoW3 is released. At that time you probably won't be able to sell it to somebody else for the price you bought it either, so you'll really have to make money only to break even.

Depending ont he domain, you could ofcourse expand to GoW3 (and GoW1) material. Either way, you gotta act (or not act) quick :P

Edited by Wybe, 16 April 2009 - 04:42 PM.


#7 Michael Timms

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:11 AM

It is a lot for a forum, but it may be worth it if you can monetize it well enough? Just me personally, ad wise I'd probably go for selling banner space (beyond just adsense or something) or seeing if there are some CPA offers you can run that pay out well and you think would convert. The forum has a large user base, is there an affiliate product you could promote or perhaps a guide/ebook/video tutorials or something of that kind related to GoW or whatever the majority of the members are into and see if they would be interested in purchasing? $2.5k is a lot, I wouldn't pay it myself BUT if you are fairly certain (and have done your homework) that you could make much more back, then why not?

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Posted 14 May 2010 - 04:07 PM

There is so much information about making money off ones websites and I am still learning before I get my feet wet.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 09:05 PM

You may be able to get some cash out of ads, but I doubt you will be able to get some money out of gamers on such forums on genuine merchandise such as t-shirts and what not..

And In my opinion I think 300 would be toomuch for such website.

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Posted 21 August 2010 - 08:52 AM

PR doesn't always say much. I also have a PR of 4, but I only have around 3k visitors a month. It depends on how you interact with google like webmaster tools, adwords, adsense, etc.

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 06:54 AM

I wouldnt just look at the subject of the forum to determine its vaule. For example do you get all the emails of people that are members of the forum. What will you know about the people on this forum? Interests, Age, Gender, Nationality, Income, number of times they visit a gaming forum, I mean there is a ton of useful info that if you understand how to utilize you can leverage it to make back your investment no doubt. Now a more important question might be do you have the skills and resources to make use of this? What will managing this forum really mean? Personally I would be more interested in how many active users are members of this forum (for example how many people visit this forum on a daily basis). Also you know what type of game Gears of War is and probably to an extent know what type of future game they would like. You could leverage the forum to learn the ins and outs of making money off of a forum. Thats just my two cents.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 08:01 PM

Investing in this site would be investing in the game... Unless it's the greatest game ever and it will be around forever... I'd save my money. Take your money and invest it in a business class :D

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 09:21 AM

OK this is a really old thread, but just an FYI for anyone looking to buy a site... in general, the standard calculation to determine the value of a site is to take the monthly average earnings over the last 3 months and multiply that by 12 (1 year).

So if in the last 3 complete months your site made $120 in Oct., $300 in Sept. and $200 in Aug. you would average that out:

(120 + 300 + 200) / 3 = $206.67

Then we multiply by 12 months... $206.67 x 12 = $2480.04

So at this point your asking price could be $3000, but expect offers in the $2500 range.

One of the biggest mistakes sellers do is they try to sell "potential". You'll often hear something like "I only have adsense running here and there but this site has HUGE potential!". Proving potential is EXTREMELY difficult and 99% of the time, people don't care about what it COULD make, they only care about what it does make. You can also take in to consideration how old the site is, it's brand recognition etc. A site that has been around 10 years is certainly going to be worth more than something that's been around for 6 months even though they are earning about the same thing.

Anyhow, hope that helps :)


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:41 PM

I am in a position where I am hoping to buy this Gears of war 2 forum...
PR is 4... and it gets 15k uniques monthly & still is growing..
my question is.. is it worth buying it for 2.500?
i would know i can get money from ads, and hopefully integrate a system where i can have memberships, tshirts, give away contests, and such.. what do you guys think?


If there are 15k unique then it is worth a shot. What is the income right now?




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