At the time he blogged about it, it had sold 158 pages @ $100 each = $15,800
Now, 2 days later, it’s sold 235 pages @ $100 each = $23,500
This shows just how many sheep Mr. Chow has
Apparently, the wiki page for ‘business’ sold for over $6k on ebay. Perhaps this was genuine, but it could also be link bait or a fix.
I’m also pretty confident 235 pages haven’t been sold, i’d imagine some were taken by the owner to make it look better. Anyhow, the owner would still have pocketed over $20k, which is something to be very jealous of
On the face of it, $100 is good value for money.. the site is growing and pages are selling better than ever.. for $100 you get a lifetime wiki page (guaranteed 15 years), probably a pr5/6/7 backlink, a good bit of traffic and that all important keyword linking back to your site.. so it has SEO potential.
But is it worth it? Well, imo, it’s not. I *was* tempted, but then i came to my senses. The reality is that this has no long term appeal, it won’t sustain traffic. Once/if it is sold out, why would people bother coming to it – why would they return? How can it maintain a high pagerank or alexa rank with less traffic/talk about it?
The reason it’s successful now is because it’s a novelty.. novelty last so long. The owner takes the view that the pages will be updated as they’re wiki’s and thus content will always change.. i disagree. Many of these pages are bought to either sell on or affiliate market with.. those guys aren’t going to update pages – they don’t care about readers.
It’s a nice idea, it’s earned some nice cash, but that’s about it. I can’t see this ever selling out completely – after all it’s not really an original idea, just a variation. It still amazes me as to how these sort of ‘get rich quick’ ideas still work..
Should this thing really explode and sell maybe 5,000 more pages, i may re-think it, but at the minute, it’s a no from me
P.S – i don’t know why there’s no affiliate system.. that would put the sales on steroids, even if it meant diluting the profits. 25% cut out of the $100 would mean people would have an incentive to promote/sell it.