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So long Google and thanks for all the fish!

So I am going to have a major rant at Google’s expense! In 18 years in the technology trade it can be said that it is more likely that it would be Microsoft or Dell that would be on the receiving end of such a rant.

So why Google? Well they have really annoyed a lot of people recently especially in the technology trade. First there was the Hummingbird update which they rolled out without telling anyone and then there was the change to Google Analytics, again without telling anyone. To get keyword data or location data from Google Analytics you must now pay Google the princely sum of £150,000! They did this without telling any one and it has been in place since the beginning of September 2013.

I am not the only one who is irked by this. So many SEO and internet professionals have taken to their own blogs and other blogs to vent their own spleens with one professional publicly quitting the industry.

As many readers of these pages may know I own and operate a large number of websites. Because of these updates and Google’s policy I have been forced to explain to customers that I cannot give them reliable analytical data between 1 September 2013 and today! I have also had to spend an entire weekend changing my hosting infrastructure and all of the websites to ensure my data is accurate!

Thanks a bunch Google!


Over 100 Sites

Wimbledon Systems are pleased to announce that they now have over 100 websites hosted on their infrastructure. These range from very small HTML based sites attracting a handful of visitors to larger sites based on industry grade Content Management Systems attracting hundred or thousands of hits. In addition we are handling a very large volume of email traffic and hosting some very large MySql databases. We are delighted to reach this milestone and look forward to working with customers old and new in the future.

A Small Work Related Rant – Valuation and Freelancers

I am writing this in a personal capacity as I felt it would be unfair to post this on a work site as it is not policy to post these sorts of observations on work related websites.

I have been buying and selling websites and technology businesses in a professional capacity since 2004 either on my own account or on behalf of clients. In this time I have participated in a large number of deals. When I speak to a vendor, their idea of the market value of a website or business is usually a little over what the market will pay. I would suggest that with the exception of the group I will deal with its generally between 5-10 percent but maybe as much as 15 percent from time to time.

In nine years in this business I have dealt with a large number of freelancers. In some ways I am still a freelancer. Now a number of freelancers set up businesses outside their core skill set in their spare time and I have no issue with this at all. I admire their entrepreneurial spirit. This is a good thing! The big problem is when it comes to time to sell. I used to get two or three calls like the following a week when I used to be a member of a certain freelance trade association and I am staggered by the number I have received in the past week.

It goes like this. I get a call asking if I can sell a website. I then ask pertinent questions to get a rough idea of value and verbally present a marketing plan. When it comes to freelancers the websites they build in their spare time are worth between £250 and £5000 as a general rule. There are some exceptions. Freelancers will explain that their hourly rate is £x. This is usually well over inflated. I’m sorry but if you are a front line IT call handler on contract to a local government organisation in the Midlands you do not earn £75 an hour! More like £15 if you are lucky!  They multiply their hourly rate by an over inflated amount of time that it took them to get their valuation. so a site worth £1000 realistically to them has a valuation of £30,000! They usually did not take 300 hours to develop either – more like 30 -40! Please stop lying!

This causes a number of problem for supply and demand in the market place and does have the effect of stalling new entrants to the market in the form of buyers. The other issue is the amount of commission they wish to pay on a sale if I am to sell the site or business on their behalf. I am sorry if your site is only worth £1000. I am not going to work on a commission of 1%. That means only £10 for me. Ergo I make a huge loss!  Yes your Estate Agent may work on 1% but that is on a property sale most likely greater than £150,000! Again this causes problems in the market as it stalls the entry of new stock to market at realistic prices which is the lifeblood of the market.

If I offered some of these sites out to market at the prices many freelancers who sell wanted for them I would be a laughing stock quite quickly. As I would be massively over inflating the real market worth.

I must say that experienced operators are on the whole very good but some freelancers do muddy the market with over ideological thinking and I do wish they would stop, especially of they are a member of a freelance trade association! As I said earlier the majority of these calls used to come from their members and no I will not name the association. It has been 2-3 years since I had these silly conversations with freelancers but in the past week I have seen the largest number (15) since then.

Penultimately the other issue that raises its head is that of the Flippa website as all of these freelancers have heard of it. If you want an increase in emails from Nigerian fraudsters and spam emails then please try and sell your site there. Listings start from only $9. See if you actually make a sale! I wish you luck! Sedo is okay but in a similar vein. You will be waiting a long time to sell at any price. Ebay is good but this is a specialist market that requires specialist  knowledge.

Apologies for the rant and my best wishes to the operators and freelancers who develop other businesses and have their heads screwed on when it comes to sale time!

November roundup from Ewell Systems 1 – Opportunities

This is a snapshot of some of the offers Ewell Systems have available for members of The Network.

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Exciting European software project available
We require a successful team or group of individuals to assist our European client complete an exciting software project and assist us in bringing the project to market. This is a fantastic opportunity.

We are always looking for organisations to partner with, if you feel your organisation would be a good fit for ours then please do get in touch with us and see how we can work together.

Escrow Service Providers Wanted
Ewell Systems are looking for providers of Escrow Services to work with on a regular basis. Please contact us if you are an Escrow Service provider with a proven track record who wishes to work with a rapidly growing Business /incubation and Technology business.

Car leasing companies required for affinity tie up referral sales based deals
Car and van leasing companies are required to assist us in a new vendor catering for ABC1C2 Clients. Great opportunities exist.

South America
Ewell Systems are keen to hear from technology businesses based in South America who wish to establish a market base in the European Union.

Microsoft Exchange Specialists Required
We require Microsoft Exchange specialists to work with us in a locum capacity on short term projects from time to time.

Community Based Sales Executives
We are looking for self employed sales executives with a strong record of selling into their local communities.

ISV’s Required
ISV’s are required for acquisition and much more by Ewell Systems and on behalf of our brokerage and investment client base. Great Terms and Fees available. Contact us to see how we can add value to your business.

Travel Insurance Providers Wanted
Travel Insurance Providers with Web Ready Content Required for 2 projects that are currently under development. If you are interested in discussing this further, please contact us.

Ex Army Officers Required
Ex Army/Officers with a commerc.ial post forces background are required to work on a freelance consultancy basis with our geographically diverse client base. Location irrelevant but willingness to travel is a plus. Please contact us for further information

Microsoft Products
We have a number of good deals available on Microsoft products and consultancy at present; please contact us for further details.

Software As A Service
Does your business provide Software As A Service (SAAS) If so please get in touch to see how we can help you develop your business.

We are actively seeking outsourcing partners in Romania to work with us on a proactive basis. Please contact us for further information.

Dealers, Distributors and Resellers required for exciting hardware opportunity
Ewell Systems are seeking to develop a network of dealers and resellers for an exciting hardware based concept that offers revenue potential to the end client. Based on Bluetooth, the concept enables the distribution of content from a single point to Bluetooth enabled mobile devices. We have been appointed Master Vendors for this product and are looking to grow our dealer base quite rapidly. No Minimum Sale Agreement