Buying & Selling Newsletters

By Keenen CharlesJan 25, 2021

Newsletters at their core are just like any other internet business. They either become profitable sources of income or an asset to sell. Even if it's reliably profitable sometimes the creator can't maintain the busy schedule they once did or they're just ready to move on. Then they need to find a suitable buyer and work out the details of the transaction.

Why Sell?

For writers, it's easy to burnout from the grind of writing each issue. Especially if you're writing daily. From our data we've seen that 35.7% of newsletters submitted to InboxReads in 2020 were inactive by the end of the year. A number of those could have been worth selling instead of abandoning.

As newsletters have gotten more popular there's been an increasing number of high profile acquisitions. There's clearly a market for successful newsletters. Axios acquired Sports Internet in 2019. Cheddar bought Need2Know in 2018. If you've invested a lot of time into your newsletter selling it is a good option to get a return on your efforts.

Why Buy?

Acquiring a newsletter can be used to find a new source of revenue or fuel the growth of your own newsletter. If you have expertise in the newsletter's niche you can use that to continue what the creator started. And if you have more experience in marketing or sales you can turn a newsletter with potential into a solid businsess.

Stefan of Alternative Assets has an extensive look at acquiring newsletters, trends in the space, how to value a newsletter, and much more.

How to Find Newsletters to Buy


Newsletter sales are a relatively recent trend so there aren't as many listed on the typical internet business sites. There are a few marketplaces dedicated to newsletter sales that have recently launched though.

Duuce already has a solid collection of newsletters available for sale and a number that have already been sold through the platform. If you're selling your newsletter you can list it for free and have it advertised to an interested audience.

InboxReads Search

You can easily find newsletters by the topics they cover, subscriber counts, and more criteria to find the perfect acquisition targets with InboxReads search.

Searches can also be limited to show inactive newsletters which are a great cheaper option to acquire subscribers that can fit into your existing audience.

Once you find a newsletter you're interested in you can contact the creator directly from the website and start the negotiation process.

Newsletter Valuation

Determining the price for your newsletter or if a price is accurate requires some calculations. Usually the subscriber count, open rate, and revenue are the key stats to look at to determine the value. These simple calculators from Business Seed and Duuce make it easy. Of course, you'll also have to use your intuition to determine the potential value of that newsletter but it's a good place to start.

The Future

As the newsletter space continues to grow I expect to see many more sales. So many newsletters are launched each month and most don't last very long. But the audiences they manage to grow could be useful to other writers either as part of their existing newsletter or a new one. A new writer taking over an existing audience and integrating them into their existing can be a great growth tactic.