So what is SBI? What is it and why do people seem to feel so strongly about Site Build It - either for it or against it?
Site Build It! is an e-business building platform. It includes a hosting service, a robust website building application, and a lot of tools to help anyone build a profitable online business.
Granted, this site is not about building websites or e-businesses. But since this website wouldn't exist without SBI, I decided to share my experience with it.
Site Build It differs from most website builders and hosting services because the focus goes beyond just building a website. The services and tools are designed to guide an individual through the process of brainstorming, researching, building, and growing a real business.
If you do a little bit of research on SBI!, you will see a lot of strong opinions both for and against it. That's to be expected. Who doesn't have critics?
Let's take a second to acknowledge the critics.
From what I've seen, the critics mainly fall into one of three categories. The first group is my favorite - call them the "experts". They are the ones who already know everything there is to know about building a website that draws a lot of visitors. They know how to pick just the right topic, they know how to create really good content, they know HTML, they know all the plug-ins, they know everything. They don't need to be bothered with learning the blocking and tackling of building a website that fills a promising niche and draws traffic. And if you don't already know what they know, you're hopeless and not worthy of being on their internet.
Second are the ones who were really disappointed to find out that even with all of the tools and support, they actually had to put in a lot of work to build a business.
The third group of critics is self explanatory. They are the competitors.
On the other hand, you're also going to see a lot of raving fans. A lot of folks out there are saying "I could not have done this without the tools and support I got from SBI!".
There is no such thing as a product that is right for absolutely everybody. Just speaking for myself, Site Build It! has been right for me. This project has come a lot farther and will continue to go a lot farther with Site Build It! than it ever would have without it.
To help answer the "what is SBI?" question, it might be helpful to talk about who it is right for and who it may not be right for.
SBI! provides the tools and the roadmap that keep me spending my limited time doing the right things.
The Site Build It! suite of tools and services allow me to stay focused on exercises and workouts, and mostly forget about a lot of the technical details involved with publishing a website. I would find it pretty hard to justify getting up extra early every morning to work on this project if I had to regularly wrestle with technical problems.
SBI! does the vast majority of the technical stuff for you so you can keep your attention on building your business. So many functions are completely automated that you start to take them for granted. From day to day you tend to forget all the things that are happening behind the scenes.
You don't need to know anything upfront about building a website in order to succeed. If you can drag & drop, you can build a professional looking site. The tedious, "under-the-hood" stuff is handled automatically so you can focus on other important business-building activities.
This short video shows you what I'm talking about.
There are a few things you need to know about SBI, especially if you are a beginner like me. I might not call these disadvantages so much as reality checks.
To be successful, you need to put in a lot of work. There is no such thing as a free lunch. You can see on this site that some pages are better than others. Some of my early content is just plain clumsy. That's to be expected. Not all of us are naturally gifted writers and website developers. You have to commit to continually learning, improving, and sticking with it.
This is a good thing and it can also be intimidating. When I first saw all of the in-depth information available I thought "It'll take me years to learn all of this!" But you don't have to learn it all over night. Follow the Action Guide, commit to the process, and learn as you go. Little improvements each day really add up over time.
Making real money is going to take more time and hard work than most people will want to invest. Just about everybody would love to have a website making money for them on autopilot 24/7/365. And if it was easy, everybody would already have one.
Of all the people who love the idea of a hassle free, money making online business, a very small percentage will actually do anything about it. Of those who do, only a certain percentage will put in the work and stick with it until they start seeing some success. If you think you're someone who can see a project through, SBI! has the roadmap that can get you there.
Even before you start building a website you should have some confidence that your idea for a site has a prayer of drawing any visitors and generating any income. Too many people waste a lot of time and energy building a blog or a website about a topic that either has no audience or is already full of huge, entrenched competitors. They can (and do) go on month after month pouring their time and energy, their heart and soul, into a site that nobody is visiting.
Avoid that dead end. SBI! will keep you from killing your business before it starts. You just need to start with a rough idea of where you might want to go and SBI's brainstorming and analysis tools will help guide you to a theme that fits you and has real potential.
SBI! is the only product that takes the time to prepare you to build a profitable business BEFORE you jump into building your site. For the beginner, your learning curve will be shorter and you'll bypass any show-stopping errors. For those experienced in site-building, SBI! deepens your level of understanding. No matter who you are, you are guided all the way until you succeed.
I see people doing all kinds of incredible things with SBI! and I have more ideas for my own business than I have time to implement right now. I can't wait to get to them all. But in the meantime, a lot of us who don't have an actual product or service to sell get the monetary stream flowing through Google AdSense and affiliate marketing.
AdSense isn't free money, but it has to be the next best thing. If you are not familiar with AdSense ads, they are ads that Google places on a page based on the page's content. When a visitor clicks on one of the advertiser's ads, you the site owner get paid. Yes, it is very closely correlated to your traffic so you need to have some traffic for AdSense to earn any real income. But as long as I'm building my site to grow traffic anyway, AdSense is about as hassle free as it can be. It's already in place so if I'm doing the right things and traffic is growing each month (which it is), my AdSense income grows right along with it automatically.
This page shows you how SBI! and AdSense fit together naturally to build a growing revenue stream for you that can be the foundation of something great.
Along those lines, affiliate marketing is another great "hands off" potential income stream. The idea is pretty simple. You recommend a great product from a great merchant within the context of your page or article. When a visitor is interested in the offer and decides to buy, you get paid a commission.
The merchant handles the product development, inventory, order taking, order fulfillment, customer service, and everything else. You simply get paid because you referred someone to them who became a customer.
Talk about freedom! When you succeed at building a high quality, content-rich site, it will remain relevant for years to come. All the while Google is showing you the love by sending you a check every month because their customers, the advertisers, are getting highly qualified potential customers clicking on their ads. Your affiliate merchants are doing the same thing because you're driving lots of interested customers their way too.
Here are some case studies from actual people who have created all kinds of successful businesses using SBI!. They're further along than I currently am, but that's fine. I gave them a head start.
It's striking when you read through them how creative people can be when it comes to the variety of themes, income streams, and even business models they've come up with.
All of those folks in the case studies need traffic to make their businesses go. To get the income, you need the traffic. Unfortunately (for a lot of people), most websites on the internet attract almost no traffic. Luckily (for us), the traffic building strategies and tools from SBI! are no joke. They really work.
Here are a few hundred more actual SBI sites covering all kinds of topics, that enjoy the top 0.5% of the traffic in their areas. You can see the actual site and the actual Alexa ranking.
All the tools you need to make your own "big success case study" are included. There are tools to help you brainstorm, research, build your site, host your site, manage everything about your site, build free traffic, create relationships with visitors through social media, and plan a winning monetization plan. Take a tour of SBI! tools. You will be impressed, but don't let yourself be overwhelmed.
Don't think you have to master them all before you can have a site up and running. The Action Guide let's you know what you need to do next, and you will pick the tools up along the way as you need them. Mastering them one by one is pretty easy when you have video and text training to walk you through them.
The tools all fit together and work together seamlessly. And they are constantly being updated and upgraded. The best of the best is all under one roof. You won't have to waste your time searching for the right plug-in or anything like that.
To get a high level view of the process, take a few minutes (around 30) to watch the Video Tour. The tour starts off with possibilities and continues on to guide you through to process from the very beginning to a profitable online business.
I really can't say enough about the SBI! Action Guide. Of all of the great tools, this one tops the list. It's a 10-part action plan that leads you through the process of building a business from brainstorming the main concept, all the way through implementing your monetization plan, and everything in between. If you read through any of the case studies, and see what people have to say in the SBI! forums, so many have said that they didn't do anything but follow the Action Guide.
It's nice to not have to sit around wondering what to do next. Some of us need things spelled out for us and that's what this does. Of course, you already knew I'm a guy who likes to have things nice and spelled out. Who else goes into so much detail describing a pushup?
If you've clicked through to any of the links above, you saw repeatedly that SBI! is completely risk free. You can try it for 90 days, have access to all of the tools including the Action Guide, and if it's not for you for whatever reason, just get your money back - completely hassle free of course.
If you have any specific questions right now, an experienced SBI! user can talk you through whatever you're wondering about. Click here to call or email someone who knows all about SBI! and is eager to help you out.
So how about you? Ready to see if SBI! is right for you? If you're curious at all, you can NOT go wrong with a risk free test drive. You can start that test drive today.
If you're thinking about embarking on this journey, I'm excited for you. I'm enjoying my journey and looking forward to really good things to come.
Until we meet again... 10 burpees - on your own - go.