Can You Flip Free Hosting Sites For Cash?

Buy low, sell high. That seems to the critical philosophy when it comes to just about any kind of business and making money online is no exception. Some people may try to develop lucrative blogs like John Chow dot Com, but your time may be better spent flipping sites for cash, as taught by the e-book being reviewed today. The concept is fine, but this e-book might not be enough to succeed.

Make Money Flipping Free Web Hosting Sites

According to David Hong, the man behind FlipSitesCash.com and author of “Make Money Flipping Free Web Hosting Sites”, the concept is that you can develop a website and build it into a lucrative Internet destination in about a month, shipping it off to the highest bidder shortly afterwards. According to his screenshots, David has been able to accomplish this on several occasions, flipping the sites for $500 or more.

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More specifically, the websites that he is flipping — you can probably see this coming — are free web hosting sites. These are places where random visitors are able to host their content for free and David’s goal is to build up a large user base within a short timespan. This does not necessarily translate into a site that is making money right now, but the large user base has great value to a potential buyer. He says that this market is unsaturated and he’s willing to share his methods with you.

Do You Speak Engrish?

I realize that proper spelling and good grammar are not necessarily the main selling points of any e-book or blog — John’s atrocious spelling and grammar attest to that — but you can’t help but be frustrated when you are bombarded with all sorts of poor sentence structure and incorrect spelling. You don’t even need to look further than the big bold statement at the top of the landing page for FlipSitesCash.com.

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There are several errors in this simple statement already, so you can imagine how many errors you’d find in the e-book itself. It’s possible that I’m mistaken, but I have a feeling that English is not David Hong’s first language. The e-book was very difficult to read, not because the content was complex or dense (quite the opposite, actually), but because it was just so poorly written.

Check out the opening paragraph:

Selling sites is the one of the quickest ways to bring great ROI. Last few months, flipping proxy sites and PLR sites were very attractive and easy ways for people to make money. Especially for proxy sites, there were so many people who wanted to buy those sites because proxy sites really grow by word-of-mouth and once it starts rolling it can bring so much amount of money monthly in your pocket.

Unless you are fluent in Engrish, you may have a challenging time getting through the 15 pages of text. David’s blog isn’t much better. On a side note, David is also holding a contest with ad placements and cash as prizes.

Not Much More Than a Blog Post

“Make Money Flipping Free Web Hosting Sites” has got to be one of the shortest e-books on the market. This, in itself, would not be an issue if the content was actually useful. I can pretty much summarize the entire book using three short sentences.

  1. Buy domains and launch free web hosting sites.
  2. Advertise these sites and build a user base.
  3. Flip these sites for profit.

The unfortunate fact of the matter is that David does not provide any useful pointers toward how you should go about doing step 2 or step 3. He just tells you that you need to market the sites, perhaps using methods like Google Adwords, but there is no specific advice as to how you can build that member base. Anyone can start an Adword campaign; it’s another thing altogether to have a successful Adword campaign.

To make matters worse, the first half of the book is simply selling you on the method. He’s telling you how easy it is to make money online using this strategy for a solid five or six pages, and then the ensuing nine pages are filled with fluff of limited value.

Flip This Ebook Way to Make $$$?

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I don’t mean to discourage people who have English as a second language, but if you’re going to produce an e-book, you should at least get a native English speaker to proofread the thing. Better still, hire a professional freelance writer to ghost-write the whole thing for you. Moreover, the content should actually be useful and informative. The more specific you get, the better, because this is the information that people will pay for.

Even the tagline needs some serious work. When I read the line “Flip this ebook way to make $$$”, I though David was telling me to re-sell his $10 e-book. I had to do a double-take before I realized that he was trying to preach the method (“way”) being taught in the e-book. If you’re still interested in Make Money Flipping Free Web Hosting Sites (I can’t imagine why you would), you can click here to order.


65 thoughts on “Can You Flip Free Hosting Sites For Cash?”

  1. Dont think i will be buying the ebook i had to give reading his sales pitch the english is that bad

    1. Specially when it’s endorsed in bold here. I liked this about you John, you don’t do mere positive reviews. But just imagine, if you would have written few good words about him, he would have sold 90 copies by now getting 100% returns on his investment of $450.

    2. Terry Tay says:

      The spelling and grammar is terrible. I can understand an occasionally typo, but if you are selling an ebook, you are giving the impression that you actually know what you’re talking about. If the spelling and grammar are bad, you are showing potential customers that you may not really know what you’re talking about. At least find a proof reader to go over your ebook before you release it.

      If something looks unprofessional, what’s inside may be unprofessional.

      ~Terry

    3. ViralKing says:

      I have done this before – On 2 occasions. First one I made over $7k on and second around $1k (put less effort in)

      But – Too many people are doing it now, there is not the same easy money as there used to be.

      I personally won’t bother doing it again

  2. David V. says:

    When I see something with so many typos I just think how unprofessional it’s likely to be. If the author doesn’t care enough to get the title right, what use is the info inside going to be?

    1. John Hok says:

      It’s most likely more of a language barrier. Who knows he may have really horrible engrish but he’s really really smart with insightful ideas…

      1. Seopher says:

        I agree, you shouldn’t simply write someone off because their english is poor, provided it’s still legible. However, when the content is weak and the language is poor, that’s impossible to defend.

      2. Bent says:

        That not doesn’t man the author run out of idea..the most importance here is the idea..don’t just judge the e-book by sale latter..I’m lousy in English too. πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, paying $450 to sell a $10 product. He has to sell 45 just to break even and based on the review I doubt he will.

  4. I would not say that it is big money. You will see here one for sale…

    http://www.sitepoint.com/marketplace/auction/18522

    It was sold for $550 which is good money. If you do this business though you will need to have a thick skin. Here is why…

    – You will have phishing, porn, spammers and hackers on your server. These people will not be happy that you are removing them so be prepared.

    – Your server will go down (usually because of the above reason). Keep your site on a separate server or location so your own site is not down so you can communicate the outage.

    – Do not make promises on your site which you can not uphold. There are many review sites for free hosts and it only takes 1 bad review for the traffic to stop flowing to your site.

    If you do get into this business I wish you good luck (and please do not use our service).

    1. John Hok says:

      Definitely agree with this. These free services always attract the shady as well as those legitimate users. 😈 It’s the shady where you begin to have problems.

  5. RacerX says:

    Run Forrest!
    The site is illegible…and it is typed. I praise anyone trying to better themselves but this…isn’t there yet.

  6. siusic.com says:

    Why does Johnchow.com RSS reader drop so much? It seems always showing 10239. It was above 15000 usually.

    1. There was a problem with FeedBurner yesterday.

  7. JoNathan says:

    My question is hows the English inside the ebook? I understand there might be a language barrier but if you really want to appeal you have to make sure your English is good or pay someone to edit your ebook or website so its easy to read by the potential customers.

  8. Kristin says:

    Great advice. I just wanted to know who won the pen giveaway?

  9. Mike Huang says:

    Wow, what has the money-making world come to these days πŸ™„

    -Mike

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      Sell anything to anyone for as much as you can get! The whole internet is about quantity rather than quality these days.

  10. Eva White says:

    It is a one page site. It does not really give a much detailed information about the book. I shall think before I place the order for the e-book.

  11. I’ve been looking at buying a few e-books to give me some ideas on where to start – but I need good spelling and grammar. So I don’t think this one is for me.

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      There must be a blog or some other free information out there that will give you exactly what you want. I think that most eBooks are nothing more than a bunch of blog postings grouped together with a common theme.

  12. Instead of flipping the sites, why not offer your free users an option to upgrade to a paid package. The upgrade, of course, will redirect them to one of the hosting companies that pay $75-$100 per sign up.

    Or even better, add adsense ads to the top and bottom of every page that is hosted on your free server. Give them an incentive to upgrade to paid hosting (you won’t have to deal with the annoying ads).

  13. troy says:

    I enjoyed the review and am glad that you read the E-book and saved me the trouble. I enjoy reading your blog. thanks

  14. Seopher says:

    Good post Michael; I think it’s fair to say that the advice in the book isn’t enough to go by and that’s why you’re critising the “engrish”. Like I commented above, poor english is perfectly understandable and excusable if the content is good. However poor content and poor language indicate a lack of effort, which in turn will be met by a lack of attention and smatterings of failure. Good stuff!

  15. I have seen many worse ebooks out there. He should definitely hire a native English speaker to edit his texts and if the content is as bad and useless as John says then he should just rewrite the book to give more insights and step by step procedures and not just theories. There are so many bad ebooks out there and surprisingly they sell. So maybe there is a market for this book too. But if you already know that
    1. Buy domains and launch free web hosting sites.
    2. Advertise these sites and build a user base.
    3. Flip these sites for profit.
    Why buy the Book if it does not explain section 2 and 3? Hmm.

  16. Being that there’s no advice in the ebook to actually help you do what the author is suggesting you do, it doesn’t sound like a book that would sell very well. I wonder what his refund rate is?

  17. SweetRai says:

    its good for those who couldn’t afford to buy domains

    1. Who can’t afford to buy a domain when you can get them for $6.99US or even less?

  18. Simon Lau says:

    brutally honest no BS review, love it!

  19. Syed Balkhi says:

    not only that it upsets the users, it gets you a negative reputation in webmaster communities and it will affect your other websites.

  20. Maybe the point is not even the lack of English mastery but the fact that the web is saturated with e-books claiming to have the magic answer to making money online. I know this because I have been gaullible enough to buy a couple on e-bay. πŸ˜₯

  21. Jake Cohen says:

    He spent $450 dollars for that review? Damn! I feel bad for him.

    I don’t think he’ll be getting any new buyers from this, maybe some traffic though.

    http://www.TalkPrice.net

  22. It’s tough to be a non-english speaker in the english speaking blogging world. But hey, if this guy can make me hundreds of dollars flipping sites ,who cares? Money doesn’t smell, does it?

  23. Everything about the book sounds bad, but to top it all off, it costs $10? I would TRY and give it away for free, and put some links in the book.

  24. “Everything about the book sounds bad, but to top it all off, it costs $10? I would TRY and give it away for free, and put some links in the book.”

    Nice idea, but you might get sued for that later on.

      1. RacerX says:

        Copywrite infringment. He could ask for damages 6x cost, which would be each one given away, and thoose that gave away the giveawyas as well. Then on top of that if they complained about the book too he could get damages.

  25. Hammer says:

    John Chow has some seriously flawed morals and business ethics and is so concerned with making a buck he’ll charge people money to give them unfavorable reviews. The honorable thing to do would be to be honest and tell them that you looked their site over and won’t be able to give them a favorable review and refund their money.

    Considering the fact that it’s obvious Chow’s native language is not English and there are numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes on this site, I find that part of the review laughable.

    1. Lewis Empire says:

      The guy is charging money for an eBook that’s (according to Chow) junk. Maybe he’s going on the idea that just getting his name out there will generate the interest he needs.

      The guy selling the book should know that his information is fairly limited and should have expected the response he got.

  26. Michael…don’t sugar coat it dude! lol

    1. RacerX says:

      Best line of a review that I have read here so far, “If you’re still interested in Make Money Flipping Free Web Hosting Sites (I can’t imagine why you would)”

      Well worth the $450 paid for the review. No one can accuse you Michael of writing advertorials instead of reviews.

      1. You are right. Michael does give honest reviews, and it’s usually a fun read.

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      I usually do my best to stay as objective as possible, outlining both the good and the bad, but I couldn’t really find anything of value in this ebook. The main selling point, for me, would be that it’s only 10 bucks and you don’t have much to lose (other than your ten bucks).

  27. Damn…couldn’t he put the thing in MS Word and used their spelling and grammer tool ❓

    I mean at least he could have paid someone to read over the thing and correct the errors…he can’t deny that he couldn’t afford it if he could afford a review πŸ˜›

  28. James Orr says:

    I wonder if sales would actually go down if he corrected all the errors in his marketing… being different can actually boost response. Might be something to test.

  29. I wonder which one would actually better, paying for a review or paying someone ghost write the book? ❓

  30. Oooops…sorry for the incorrect grammar.
    …would actually be better…

  31. Ty Brown says:

    This is a joke, right? They go to the trouble and expense to order a review but they can’t hire a proofreader or make sure their headlines make sense?

  32. ali hatukai says:

    I got that ebook too, I really didnt look at it as “ebook” but as a text that will tell me some points that may be usefull to me,

    some points that will change my point of view of stuff, like where to market and get the better site of things.

    i really liked it as a “roud-showing” ebook but not as a “Website flipping teaching ebook”. i will rate it as “not complete”

    ali hatukai
    http://hatukai.com

  33. Mayo says:

    “Selling sites is the one of the quickest ways to bring great ROI. Last few months, flipping proxy sites and PLR sites were very attractive and easy ways for people to make money. Especially for proxy sites, there were so many people who wanted to buy those sites because proxy sites really grow by word-of-mouth and once it starts rolling it can bring so much amount of money monthly in your pocket.”!

    Where it the typo here?? Grammar yes, typo NO!! Michael you are an arse! BTW if you don’t understand what an arse is check Webster’s dictionary.

    BTW I’m not neither Asian or American but European that can smell shit from miles away, and both you and David are FULL of it (don’t think i will forget your shitty review of that shitty pharmacy scam).

    John, i would recommend that you give a chance to some other of your friends to write your blog content in the future! πŸ‘Ώ

    1. You obviously know nothing about Michael and from your comments it would appear you are the arse.

      1. Mayo says:

        OK, so why is he then reviewing such crap?

        Or is John just passing this kinds of reviews to Michael so he can dodge the shit coming his way and still collect the money? πŸ™„

        1. A better question is why is such crap buying a review?

          Michael does all of John’s reviews. This I am guessing free’s up John to write about making money.

          1. Mayo says:

            The fact is that this is low quality product. Would you recommend low quality product just for short term gain? I wouldn’t!
            I for example have a online store with physical products and unfortunately i can not review and test quality of all the products that are there but if something is reported as junk i will remove it from cart as soon as possible.

            John should have written guidelines for this stuff, esp. if the review process is outsourced to other parties.

  34. I’ve been flipping websites on Ebay for about one year now…it is very lucrative! Trust me on this one!

  35. Interesting concept. Too bad the e-book sucks. I would actually be interested in this.

  36. John, flipping sites can be considered if the person, whose site/s are flipped, get paid handsomely in this process also.

  37. web finds says:

    I find that almost all make money online e-books are a waste of valuable resources (time/money). The only entity that may benefit from the e-book effort is the promoter.

  38. Today hosting is so cheap (even 10$ for year!), i don’t know why you need to use unstable free hosting to build site.

  39. Matt says:

    You didn’t look into the fact that on the website there are testimonials of people who have tried the product and have possibly achieved some degree of success with it. There must have been a DP forum post where this E-book was sold. You could have at least done something to justify the $450 price tag of this review. Why not look through the DP thread or even contact people who have used the E-book?

    That would, of course, have required work. Luckily for you, however, you are not writing for a website that has an editor who will call you out on these oversights. It would have been useful to your audience to have good feedback from people who have bought the book.

  40. natespost says:

    I’d definately try it if I could make $1000 to $7000

  41. Michael says:

    I’ve been considering trying this out for a while but it keeps being pushed further and further down my to do list.

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