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Hyperlocal website goes on sale on eBay for £1,000

A hyperlocal website which claims to be the biggest in Birmingham has gone on sale on eBay for £1,000.

www.birminghamitsnotshit.co.uk has been going for ten years and has 11,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook.

The site, which describes itself as ‘mildly satirical’ is dedicated to showing the positive side of the sometimes-maligned second city.

However its founder and owner Jon Bounds says he is struggling to keep it updated and is now looking for someone take it on.

Said Jon:  “For a few reasons – time, money, energy – I’m struggling to keep the site updated and I don’t really want it to slip away.

” I’ve looked into handing it over to someone to run for free out of the goodness of their hearts like I have for ten years, but no-one suitably likely to keep the spirit with the time and skills to has presented themselves.

“I’ve never run the site for gain, so it would have to be someone very motivated to keep that up.

“So, I figure that someone who thinks there’s money here – and there could be if if you worked it, I do get a fair amount of offers – might be able to keep it vibrant.”

Launched in 2002, social media consultant Jon says the site has “a lot of what you might call brand recognition.”

Its range of favourite topics include Birmingham’s people, arts, animals, buildings, parks, grass verges, factories and bus stops, while it also runs a Brummie of the Year Award and an annual Talk Like a Brummie Day.

Added Jon:  “I have always been proud of it being not only independent, but seen to be, so not taking advertising and clearly marking anything churned from a press release was always part of the plan.

“It was fun at times, maybe important and influential at others, but always fairly time consuming and costly. I’ve got lots of other stuff on now, and for the first time in years a regularly houred job that’s also in another city—so it’s time to give up.

Anyone interested in buying the site should email Jon at jon@birminghamitsnotshit.co.uk. The eBay advert can be found here.

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  • October 23, 2012 at 9:26 am
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    Sad to say because I very much admire the local blogs set up by people because of their interest in their hometowns, but this is the inevitable end of such enterprises.
    At the end of the day there’s no money to be made online except by somehow getting hits on a massive scale.
    The same goes for regional newspaper sites – although some companies currently chose to ‘cook the books’ to portray them as being in profit. In reality costs are masked by the print editions – the copy used from newspapers isn’t factored in to ‘costs’ and most of the adverts, where local, come through package deals involving the print edition.

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  • October 23, 2012 at 11:58 am
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    Greeno

    Amen to that, Brother. You get it but sadly, very few others do. Online news is just a hobby.

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