Here is a recent email sent to Phuket Dive Businesses regarding the possible sale of established website Scubacat.
Hi as an established Phuket Dive Business you will no doubt be aware of Scubacat and the recent difficulties the business faced. The good news is that the website / domain is to be sold now and I really hope this will be of interest to you as you are a Thailand Based tourist business, if this is not of interest please forward to anyone you think could benefit from this website sale.
www.scubacat.com domain / website / email accounts for sale
The sale can be with or without a website design / update / website promotion agreemment.
1 20 year old domain / website
2 Regular bookings / emails / enquires from old / new customers / divers
3 Full Website stats going back 10 years
4 Average Website visitors over 30,000 per year
5 Existing Email account with existing enquiries
6 Ranked very well for diving terms in Phuket
7 Nearly 2000 pages indexed in Google
Any potential sale will include the domain / website and name / branding / logo etc. It could include contact details changes / full website redesign / promotion.
The sale will be managed by James at Delicious Webdesign who are the existing website design company who can make any changes needed as part of the transfer, the existing website performance and future performance, with any upgrade / improvement the site will and can only improve if its done intelligently and correctly.
If you look at the website stats since the website was created you will see it consistently brings in healthy visitor numbers, once serious interest is shown its possible that we can provide you with a website stats report for the site over the last 7.5 years that proves the good performance of the site.
As there is currently no telephone number on the site, removed as a temp measure, we don’t know how many phone calls / skype calls it would have had but in terms of email enquiries we
have regular real enquires in the last month (courses, dives etc from UK / South Africa / Indonesia and China). You will get full access to the old emails the day we agree terms and you make the transfer payment.
If you would like us to redesign / update / improve the website that we believe would be important to make it future-proof more search friendly we will have to discuss then and will have to consider what design you want / what content changes you want / what extra functionality you want etc etc. The site is very large (nearly 2000 pages) including galleries so any full redesign will be a big project.
Updating site to reflect changes of ownership and updates on courses /dive sites: happy to include a few hours of updates / changes as part of the website purchase agreement but be good to know how many courses / dive sites need updating, if its every course / every dive site then that is a massive amount of courses / sites (all PADI courses) that Icould suggest would be better updated by yourself once the site is converted to the new ‘Responsive’ site that is also content managed (so you can update all the pages / photos / sections / menus etc yourself if you wanted to) in practice most of our clients still get us to update their pages by providing us with a word document of detailed changes page by page.
As part of the redesign / website improvements we would suggest a project to relaunch / promote the site but I would also suggest that the redesign / update / improvement of the site should be what we should focus on initially, the SEO improvements from this new content managed / responsive site are ‘automatic’ and included in the redesign, so initially If the site gets redesigned with us doing it ‘correctly’ and you adding content and news that is a massive boost / improvement the site and SEO.
Full website redesign / update / improvement: This depends on the design requirements / functionality requirements / updates / improvements / changes you want, we have to consider the site is already very large and if you simply gave us a creative licence to use the current content and migrate it to a new Responsive / Content Managed website this would be the most straight forward redesign but believe now is the time to evaluate / improve / update the site to make it the best it can be for website users / search engines. We would be happy to accept a deposit and then a monthly charge to make this more affordable for your business model. Perhaps its better to tackle the sale of the site with the essential updates first then we can concentrate on making the site ‘great’.
So in summary you will be acquiring an 20 year old / 2000 page website with unique content, that has typically 2500 visitors per month with a constant enquiry stream and we will update the site to reflect the new address / owners / phone details and give you full access to
existing / new emails and will also setup the email account for you remotely if you want.
Will also provide a document with email access details so you can add emails on more devices (phones / tablets) if needed.