Today we catch up with online entrepreneur Jeff Taylor, CEO at Devise Media, to discuss his experience founding a successful web development company as well as his $300,000 sale on Flippa of FightState.com. This interview is a must-read if you’re thinking about selling a high-value content site.
Tell us about your background as web entrepreneur.
I became involved with digital marketing over 7 years ago. I had a great job as a Business Intelligence consultant, helping the public sector make intelligent business decisions based on their data. I was incredibly fortunate to have been given the chance by the owner of the company. It was a great 5 years, the money was excellent, but something was missing, I just wasn’t happy. I decided to risk it and follow what interested me the most, which was creating and building websites.
I quit with no guarantees of succeeding. I think every entrepreneur has probably faced this decision at some point. You can’t be halfway in. I started a Web Design firm that focused on building websites for local area
What is your education/employment/career background?
College is expensive and I didn’t want to take out massive loans to get myself
When did you begin building and buying web businesses?
I started building web businesses outside of clients 4 or 5 years ago. It’s been a rewarding experience. I’ve met so many great people. I’ve had some great partners. My partner Evan Lisabeth has been right there with me for most of it all. Couldn’t have done it without him. The years of
What kind of sites have you worked on in the past?
I’ve had multiple
Any special skills that you bring to the table?
Hundreds of hours of watching YouTube videos, reading forums, and learning from others. I don’t know of any course that will teach you what you need to know. You just need to get out there and fail as much as
I don’t think there’s anything special I do in particular. I love this stuff. It never feels like work. I think maybe that plays a big part in it.
What brought you to Flippa? Why do you use Flippa?
I’ve used Flippa since the early days of it. It’s always an exciting experience.
You once sold FightState.com for $300,000 on the Flippa marketplace, what was that experience like?
It was a great experience. It was actually one of the largest public Flippa sales ever at the time. The response was overwhelming. Nothing drives exposure like a Flippa listing. During the course of the sale, I answered hundreds of
For those who don’t already know, tell us what the site about?
The site had multiple large social profiles that supported it, with hundreds of thousands of fans
We had countless articles go viral with coverage from BBC, Vice, Yahoo, and hundreds of
Any advice for other web entrepreneurs looking sell websites on Flippa?
Be patient, don’t rush the process. Explain details clearly. Try to answer every single message and comment. It can be a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding. You never know who you could be speaking to. I’ve actually met future business partners through Flippa messages. It’s been a great vehicle for my business, I couldn’t recommend them any higher.