Hostgator buys CSSVault for $100k

Filed as News on March 12, 2007 2:43 am

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Design directory, CSSVault, has reportedy been sold to HostGator, a leading webhosting company. Ahmed broke the news at techsoapbox:

While I helped facilitate this sale a while ago (and there was a bit of a ‘quiet period’ going on with it), the go ahead to go public with it is here.

CSSVault, the venerable CSS directory was sold by BloggyNetwork to HostGator Web Hosting for a smooth $100,000.

Revenue and traffic are not going to be disclosed, but lets say the strong brand and strong (actual, and not wishful) potential was a big reason HostGator purchased it.

CSSVault, a directory of cool design stuff, averages about 12,000-17,000 pageviews a day with over 5,000 unique visitors daily. But with a very rare natural PR9 domain the $100,000 price tag could probably be one of the largest sale of this kind.

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  1. By AhmedF posted on March 12, 2007 at 4:03 am
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    Just a few clarifications:

    1. The traffic data is old. *VERY* old

    2. I have an interview coming up soon, but the basic gist is that CSSVault will refer enough business within 3-4 years to make the acquisition worth it. It is the equivalent of buying out a super-affiliate.

    3. Interview soon with more details.

  2. By Mark posted on March 12, 2007 at 4:25 am
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    My info is that BN sold this way back, as soon as it hit PR9.

  3. By AhmedF posted on March 12, 2007 at 4:40 am
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    It has been PR9 for a while actually.

  4. By Mark posted on March 12, 2007 at 5:33 am
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    Yup. When was the sale negotiated?

  5. By Likely posted on March 12, 2007 at 1:28 pm
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    It is just a matter of PR than any other thing. Hostgator has been searching for other showcases with 10 times those statistics.

    http://cssmania.com/blog/2007/03/12/keep-on-trying.php

  6. By AhmedF posted on March 12, 2007 at 2:44 pm
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    Mark, the site has been PR9 for over a year (you can check archive.org for the ‘major’ link). HostGator purchased the site (my mind may be playing slight fuzzy tricks here) roughly 2-4 months.

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