On this episode I talk with Jon Haver from authoritywebsiteincome.com
Jon Haver read the Four Hour Work Week in 2005 and has been involved in online entrepreneurship for over 8 years but only quit his day job a year ago as had a family and put on himself steep metrics to hit before giving himself permission.
“Sell my website fast”…
Most of Jon’s deals come from inbound from content on his blog where he advertises the fact people can sell their site to him fast and receives a couple of deal offers a week and then once a month he will pull the trigger and purchase.
Jon’s first six figure exit was selling to a startup that needed to show growth which was a unique deal. He did the deal himself having not sold a site before but had purchased through Empire Flippers (episode 1 of FFP), FE International (episode 6 of FFP) and The FBA Broker (episode 10 of FFP) previously where he learned the process.
Jon doesn’t intend to sell any of his porfolio unless there is a strategic buyer but he does want to keep diversified and so it may make sense to reallocate but selling a big site at a premium multiple requires a lot of effort and focus. His best site makes $3-5k/m and if there is a premium sale option the effort to sell would be worth it but not for smaller sites.
His portfolio is 50-50 content based affiliate sites and ecommerce (including FBA). Small ecommerce deals take a lot of effort to close but he is open to anything if the deal is right. His team will always be building more sites from scratch to add to the portfolio as well.
Converting an affiliate site into an FBA business
In 2016 John sold 2/3 of his equity in an affiliate / FBA biz that was sold for $334k. He bought a small affiliate site that was making $100/m, added to his system to add content and links. He quickly saw that the earnings had tripled and dug into what the product was that was selling and realised it was an FBA product and so turned it into his own FBA business with a brand new product.
Partnering with private equity & the unhirables
Jon has partnered with Digital Assets International on the operations side, a Canadian private equity company that strategically acquires and manages a global portfolio of profitable websites. They are actively looking for builders to sell their website to them.
The big challenge in this industry is finding world class operators at specific models, the “unhirable types that want to play a bigger game” that they can incentivize to buy their deal and give them a liquidity event whilst at the same time using funds to buy other businesses that are right in their sweet spot (playing the multiple arbitrage game). They aim to keep them in their area of genius as much as possible and push really hard at getting them great deals.
Their strategy is to buy and hold for the long-term wherever possible. They raise capital on a deal by deal basis from traditional financial backers and are looking to partner with larger institutions rather than opening to retail investors.
Jon recommends the book The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King about smaller entities swallowing up the bigger entity.
Jon tried to avoid timing the market in terms of thinking when to sell a business and believes that we’ve had so much cheap money for so long that everything is so over-valued that there will be a correction at some point that will start in the public market and the echo effect of that will be that the capital coming into the online asset space driving up these multiples will result in a retraction on the multiples in the course of a few years.owever until that correction happens the rate of multiple growth we have been experiencing will continue as people will continue trying to find value buys and they simply don’t exist, even at 30x, when you look at stock market or typical private equity deals even at a multiple of revenue when we are talking about a multiple of income, i.e. there is still a ton of value in the online space similar to other options.
However until that correction happens the rate of multiple growth we have been experiencing will continue as people will continue trying to find value buys and they simply don’t exist, even at 30x, when you look at stock market or typical private equity deals even at a multiple of revenue when we are talking about a multiple of income, i.e. there is still a ton of value in the website investing space similar to other options.
Jon owns a bunch of productized service based businesses for niche sites such as Content Refined (your in house content marketing team) and he believes his skill set is best aligned in this space as it’s a combination of processes, people and marketing to make it work. He’s grown it to over $30k of MRR in 8 months of launching! He enjoys digging into the data of content marketing and doing multi variable regression analysis to try and identify how they can create content that has the highest possibility of ranking in google.
Jon also owns Lightning Rank where you can use their PBN and buy expired domains and also check out their epic guide on how to build your own. We talk about how all link building is ultimately manpulative and on the same spectrum and how it’s up to you to choose how much risk you are prepared to take on.
He uses these two businesses to create content and build links to rank the sites in his own portfolio. Jon is also a partner of Brand Builders which offers done for you amazon FBA branded websites and affiliate websites.
Whenever Jon sees a new link building service he likes to pay to test the service, see the results and reverse engineer what they are doing well to benchmark their own services against perceived competitors and then close any gaps. He purchased some services in the guest posting space where nothing was delivered, he asked for a refund which he did not get and got so frustrated with the process that he offered to buy the business!
Jon is also running the excellent mortgage crushing challenge!