All about SBI and how it really works:
If you're wondering a bit about Site Build It!, the platform I used to build my website, I'll explain, in my own words, what it's all about.
SBI stands for Site Build It (otherwise known as Sitesell) and offers people like you and me, an excellent and easy-to-follow way to build your very own website.
I consider myself pretty computer savvy now, (I didn't start out that way!) but the truth is, I am nowhere near the level of being able to figure out all the "techie" things I would need to do to be able to build my own website.
I will tell you a secret, I even tried once before to build my own blog, using a step by step program put together by a knowledgeable blogger. The truth is, it was actually a pretty good tutorial. I paid about $200 for it and I thought I was doing really well with it.
I actually had it just about all set up and then we got into some really techie stuff and try as I might, I couldn't figure it out.
It was so frustrating. To this day, I can't tell you what went wrong, I just know it had something to do with going into something called an "FTP" and downloading some special program to the blog that would allow me to make changes to it yada yada yada. It was awful.
There was no one to ask for help, I had to search the internet for answers and I got conflicting information that made everything worse.
Of course, the smart thing to do would have been to go to oDesk and hire someone to sort it all out for me but the thing is, I didn't want to have to do that every time I had issues with my blog.
It was a perfect fit for me because all the "techie" work I hated so much was pretty much all done for me, leaving me free to just write for my website. (This is one of the best things I love about SBI.)
Don't get me wrong, I still had to build the website myself but :
1. There was a manual telling me exactly how to do this (and it's all pretty much point and click, which is exactly what I needed).
2.There was a thriving forum for members where I could get ALL of my questions answered right away.
3. There was free support available if I ran into any serious problems.
It was just a better fit for me.
Plus the price ended up being better because the price included the 10 "day" (Day is a relative term, it is a self paced program) instruction manual, plus hosting, plus the registering of my domain name, plus hundreds of site designs to choose from plus email capabilities such as a professional email address tied into your new website and the capability of sending out newsletters to your email subscribers and full access to the members only forum to get help if you needed it.
And it's all for $30 a month or $300 a year.
So, it's pretty good!
....And I thought friends, family and others could benefit from it.
Little did I know that I could actually make money from it, so that was kind of interesting!
Soon, I was able to make more than enough to cover the $300 annual fee to SBI! and sock a little $$ into savings as well!
The point I am trying to make about SBI and website building in general is that, many of us have talents or life experiences or knowledge of things that could benefit others:
Whether it be knowledge of the town you live in, or how to keep a clean house, how to accomplish educational goals or get scholarships, how to home- school your children or how to bake!
The list goes on and on.
You may be thinking:
"This info about SBI is great and all, but can I actually make money doing this?"
Well, I'll be honest, it's not easy. You first have to have a well written, vibrant, relatable site that attracts visitors.
And how do you attract visitors? Well, that's simple:
You solve their problems
Solve their problems and they will come back again and again.
There's more involved, of course, but that is the bottom line.
The great thing about SBI is that it has lots of free tools for you if are not a writer by trade, so if this is a worry for you, don't let it be.
If you are willing to put some time into reading (consider this an education, and it's FREE.. so all that is needed is your time) then read some of the free e books that SBI provides to get you ready to WRITE!
I'll include some of the link to the free e books below.
But back to how you can make money from a website, you can make extra money in a variety of ways:
The first and most obvious way to make extra money off of your website is through programs like Google's Adsense program.
Google allows website owners to apply for this program and, if your website is rich with good information then they will allow you to add the Google adsense ads on your website.
If these ads are clicked on by visitors on your website, you get paid. It's as simple as that.
Be aware that Google has strict rules such as not allowing you to click on your own ads or ask others to click on your ads. (and believe me, the all knowing Google WILL find out if this is happening, don't me ask me how but they will).
There are many programs that are similar to Google Adsense.
I have listed some of them below.
Basically these programs provide an easy, low effort way for website owners to get paid.
If your website is based around a specific city, why not look into being an affiliate for companies such as Travelocity or Expedia?
Or if your website is based on healthy living, try looking into being an affiliate for a reputable supplements based company.
If you've built a website on how to home school your children, then you may want to look at being an affiliate for an online bookseller or even a large corporation like Amazon.
Almost every major company has an affiliate program these days!
The way it works is, if a customer actually buys a product that you recommend using a link that you have provided on your site, then you get paid a commission (or a percentage) of the sale by the company that sold the item.
Being an affiliate is free, although you do have to apply, and the company you apply with will usually have to peruse your website to make sure the subject matter is compatible with what they are selling AND that the material posted on your website is suitable enough for them to partner up with you.
Not for the faint of heart, (or those pressed for time!)....Click here to start reading your free "Affiliate" Masters Course today. If you want to print a copy and review the e-book offline, right-click here to download the PDF by clicking on "save link as".
Other ideas for monetizing your website:
Write an e book
Sell your products on eBay
Sell your own products!
Charge advertisers for space on your website
Get paid for speaking engagements
Sell your skills as a coach
Accept donations on your site
These ideas and more are listed in more depth with tutorials on how to implement them when you become a member of the SBI! family. ( I love this about SBI !)
Click here for an example of some of the SBI sites that are out there.
Click here to read SBI case studies!
Below are 3 free e books for you. These e books contain amazing information guiding you on how to be successful online.
Again, they are free, there's no catch, enjoy!
You will need to have adobe reader to be able to read these books. If you don't have adobe reader, feel free to go to adobe.com to download it, it is free as well.
This book targets how to help you write "copy" for your website. There is definite skill involved in writing articles that will be posted on the net. Find out all the tricks you need to get started below.
Click here to start reading your free "Service-Sellers" Masters Course today. If you want to print a copy and review the e-book offline, right-click here to download the PDF by clicking on "save link as".
I am sure you have many questions... if you do, please don't hesitate to ask!
Feel free to contact the owner of Sitesell, his name is Dr. Ken Evoy and he is always happy to answer any questions you may have about SBI.
Click here to ask Ken Evoy a question about SBI
You can always contact me as well and I am happy to answer any and all questions that you have!
Here is a final video from Dr. Ken Evoy, check it out, I think you will like what he has to say!
Best of luck to you in all your endeavors!
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