Articles on Businesses for Sale, Buying and Selling Blog

Buy your next business via bsale
My Account: Sign In

Im Looking to Sell my Business Online for Free

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 · 9 Comments

So your looking at selling your business and you want to find free ways of advertising the business for sale? There are a number of websites that have free business for sale advertising. Here are some of the reasons and why you should take advantage but shouldnt solely rely on them.

 

Why are they offering free advertising of businesses for sale?

#1 Reason: Limited Traffic

A website that provides a free service is usually because it is a relatively new website or has no traffic (with some exceptions). You may have found these websites via Google adwords that appear at the top of page results or via a rather long or obscure search result. These websites tend to have very little traffic so have few people visiting the website so your business sale will receive very little interest.

#2 Reason: They will want you to upgrade

Some websites will offer a free service, after youv'e had very little enquiries they will then offer you a paid upgrade service to continue (this is how they make their money). Advice: ask questions or shop around. Speak with customer service about the amount of direct traffic the website receives and if they have any examples of statistics for you to view. Dont waste your money on a website with very little traffic.

Remember: A website that charges no money for its services is not making any money (very little money is generated for banner ads etc). It has no money to pay for Google Adwords, Facebook Campaigns, SEO or additional marketing. Your business sale may never be seen.

Advice: Use these free services to advertise your business, but dont rely on it solely or expect it to deliver results. Make sure they will delete your business ad after the sale (you dont want the ad to stay live when its sold). Keep a record of where you have advertised your business for sale, so you can update the information.

 

What to look for in a Business For Sale Website:

#1 Rankings:

Perform a search and see where the website is ranking for top key terms, here is an example of some of the highest googled keyterms for business sales, this will give you an indication of how business buyers are finding the website:

- business for sale

- businesses for sale

- franchise for sale

- franchises for sale

- business for sale CITY (eg. Sydney)

#2 Traffic:

View the website or ask customer service about the traffic to the website. If you want to be sure, ask them to give you the Google Analytics report of the traffic or ask for statistics on individal listings. Note there is always a difference between visitors and visits.

#3 Presence and Accountablility:

If a website works, the owners and customer service will believe in its product. Search on social media, facebook, twitter and see what sort of interaction the website is having with its customers / public. See if the website has an identity or someone you can contact if you have any problems, this is a true testament to a websites functionality.

# 4 Content:

How many businesses are currently advertised for sale on the website? How many of these are actually business owners vs business brokers? There are some large business brokerages in Australia which are offered free/reduced advertising on some websites just to create content. if you see multiple ads by the same broker this could be a strategy of the website to gain content. Websites with excessive content, tend to result in your ad dissappearing behind multiple broker ads.

So all in all, use websites that allow you to advertise your business sale for free... just dont expect big results. Make it part of your marketing mix, not just your marketing. It could mean the difference between you selling your business, or being deflated and dropping the price $10,000 all because you didnt have a good enough marketing strategy and exposure.

Have you used a free website to sell your business? How did you find it? What was included in your marketing mix?

9 Comments

garcinia cambogia said:

Hey there! I simply wish to give you a huge thumbs up for your great info you have got here on this post. I'll be returning to your website for more soon.

Aug 28, 2013

Orland said:

Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I'm impressed! Extremely helpful info specially the last part :) I care for such information much. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

Sep 11, 2013

Sonia said:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.

Sep 18, 2013

Jailene said:

You're on top of the game. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 24, 2014

search engine marketer said:

Seek advice and opinions and act on valid opinions and ideas. Recruiting and maintaining in-house Internet marketing team is very risky and costly. Article Source: to understand more about Online business.

Feb 25, 2014

Australian Business Information Services said:

• The ABIS business opportunity is a very simple business, providing customer service to businesses in a defined area. • No experience necessary, we provide full training and ongoing support. • Investment requirement is \$60K. Matched by \$60K from our head office • Income potential in Yr1 is \$150K. Yr 2 \$200k. Yr 3 \$250K • Every business has a need for our products and services • Product range: Business growth strategies, Venture capital, Commercial Business Finance, Equity finance, Investor finance, Business Expansion Loans, Marketing Your Business, Online strategies, links and business connections. Tender registrations, Product and industry awareness, Franchising/licensing, IT business tools, Exporting and importing. • Low overheads, you can operate from home. • Business opportunity documents available. Just email: bill.culleton@magnetron.com.au or phone: 0457097439

Jul 26, 2014

Salvatore said:

Hey there, You have done an incredible job. I'll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they'll bee benefited from this web site.

Oct 26, 2014

Shayne said:

For most recent news you havce to pay a visit world-wide-web and onn web I found this site as a most excellent website for hottest updates.

Oct 27, 2014

Kassie said:

Hi there to all, the contents existing at thos web page are geenuinely amazing forr people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

Nov 3, 2014

Add A Comment





Like Us on Facebook

Send this post to a friend