How we created this Website and Travel Business
And how you can do that, tooYou probably found this page via our About Us page. Great!! So I guess you want to know more about SBI, right?
And congratulations!! You are also ready to make some changes in your life, 'cause that's what SBI can help you with!!
I know, you are probably a bit skeptical about the life changing stuff. I was skeptical too, even after being convinced that this package was a good way of building websites.
When I started with SBI, my aim was just to do something with our passion, maybe earn some money too. But I never would have thought it would bring us to where we are now, owning a travel business.
How did you find this website?Probably via Google, right? My first encounter with SBI was like that, too.
It was back in 2006 when I was surfing the web, looking for some gardening tips for the garden of our new home. Typing in some keywords in Google, I suddenly found an informative website with almost everything I needed.
I could have just left the website, but I decided to read some more about the guy who built that website (in fact, just as you're doing right now). And that's when I first read about Site Build It aka SBI, a website package that could change your life.
Think about it: the SBI websites you will find are all informative sites, that are easily found by Google!!
I built a website before, and was interested in the website building tool, but what was all that fuss about changing my life?
I continued reading about people creating websites and businesses, with a lot of skepticism. Change my life, yeah right, it all just sounded too American for me (I am Dutch, you know, and we don't like advertisements very much).
But I kept reading why this tool package was supposed to be that great. It were quotes like the following that did the trick for me:
~ Fiona McCardle/Jim Andrew
Rent a Villa in Tuscany
It's not about HTML, it's about the Process
What I understood was that it was not about the technical stuff, HTML was no secret to me, and neither was a bit of SEO. But it was the process that matters, what to write about, how to structure things, what to do next. A step-by-step process to follow, to create a successful website.
Anyway, I decided to give it a go. But if you're not convinced yet, have a look at the following video:
So what is that Process and why do you need it?
Well, once I ordered SBI, I was given a so-called Action Guide to follow. In fact, it is a 10 day course which needs to be followed to succeed. But it does not have to be done in 10 days, the days just indicate the steps to take.
The first 4 days are only preparation, though. These are meant to choose a topic, a niche to write about on your website.
It immediately shows that SBI is not just about building websites, choosing a niche is essential for building a business.
Despite the emphasis SBI puts on choosing a niche, many SBI'ers start with the wrong niche. And in fact, I did that too. Our niche, adventure travel, is too broad to be successful within a year.
Yet, by following the Action Guide further, I managed to be a little successful, and traffic continues to grow. As with many other SBI'ers, Sabine and I started building a second (Dutch) website, this time with a more carefully chosen niche.
From day 5 until day 10 of the Action Guide, the emphasis is on building the website, building traffic, building relationships with the visitors, and earning money. For all these parts of building a business, excellent tools are part of the package.
Which tools do you need to build a Business?I always tell people that SBI is a course with a tool package. For the first days of the Action Guide, tools are provided to brainstorm and compare topics and keywords.
There are more keyword tools around, but not including the tutorial of how to brainstorm, interpret, compare, and use them.
For building the website, SBI provides a tool that builds the pages block by block. For experienced HTML builders, like myself, that seems a bit clumsy.
But again, it is not just for building the pages, there are better HTML editors to do that. But there is no other website building tool that includes a tool that analyzes how well each page will perform for the search engines.
Up till today (August 2008), this website is built with the Blockbuilder. But it is almost time to take off those training wheels, and upload HTML pages. That is also possible with SBI, but be sure you know how to build pages with the right content first, because that is what the Blockbuilder teaches us.
Other tools that are provided are newsletters, forms, traffic analyzers and trackers, automatic blogging, and so on. The list is just too long, and more tools are added almost every week. If you want to know more, here is a list of most of the tools SBI provides.
Bottomline: SBI includes every tool and/or tutorial you need to build your business.
But is it very difficult?That's another beautiful thing, no it's not difficult. When you follow the Action Guide, everything is do-able. Many non-techies have built SBI websites, and the tools are created for everybody.
All you need are some basic computer skills. If you know how to use a text editor and how to use the web, you can build an SBI site as well.
On top of that, there are the SBI forums. In these, all SBI'ers participate in a community. When you experience difficulties in any field, just ask for a solution in the Forums, and there will always be someone there to help you out. Or, as an other SBI'er puts it:
How do you earn money?With my experience of our Dutch website, I knew making money online wasn't easy. Unless you really have a lot of visitors, it's not really profitable. But that's the first point to make: with SBI you do attract a lot of visitors, so that hurdle is taken.
For an SBI website it is very easy to use Google Adsense to make some money. Why? Because SBI sites are full of content that people want to read about, and because they are found by the search engines. But there are a lot more possibilities to earn money.
SBI also includes a lot of advise about monetization models, and here are a few:
Have you ever had someone come up to you and say "hey, I want you to sell MY services"?That happens to me about once a week. I have to be careful though, since I only want to promote great services, and it is not easy to judge a hiking trip in, for instance Armenia. But it only shows that the opportunities come running at you when you're following the Guide.
And there are many places in the world that could use a good informative website. If you create one, you can earn money while you enjoy your travels to that specific place. For example, look at the following video:
Do you want to know how to prevent losing money to hosting providers?Why don't you do this: get a cheap hosting provider, create HTML with a free editor, upload and go!!
Let's just assume you know how to design the pages, create a good navigation through the pages, submit the pages to the search engines, etcetera, etcetera.
But have you experienced what happens when your traffic actually grows? I have.
What happens is this: you reach the traffic limits. Finally you have the traffic to earn a bit with Adsense, but you have to give it to your provider.
Then you need more storage space, costing more money. Then you need extra's, like forms, autoresponders, or mail. All extra costs.
Plus you have to figure out everything for yourself, nobody to guide you along. All this is included in SBI. No catches or hidden costs.
SBI is cheap, and without risks!!Another Bottomline? Yes, there are easier ways to build a Web site. However, online profits require more than just having a collection of Web pages. Given that fact, SBI really is a cheap buy, and it offers a refund, too!!
SBI is risk-free, too. You can try it for 30 days, and get your money back if you don't like what you see. So, you've got nothing to loose!!
And on top of that, we'll offer a This tool is necessary for creating websites in foreign languages using SBI. But you can also use it to choose a topic for your website, and make a blue print for your website BEFORE you purchase SBI.
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