I'm a trained occupational therapist, specializing in hand therapy. I do splintings, hand exercises, and workshops on postures and habits that needs to be corrected to prevent injuries from occurring. Although I can share a little about the aspects of businesses, and using the internet to grow my business, or how one can make money online, I don't do it very well. Believe me, I've tried. I've delivered classes, one-on-one, e-products on blogging and websites, it became obvious to me that I couldn't teach on blogging or websites and internet marketing for entrepreneurs and businesses.
I was getting people excited by the ideas and potential, but they couldn't deliver. I think the approach that I use may be too complex or difficult to retain. Yet, that didn't stop people or myself from sharing what I know, even though I felt that that kept slamming them against walls that I didn't know how to teach them to overcome. Most of them gave up after 12 months. You know, starting a blog is really easy nowadays, but creating a highly profitable, heavily trafficked one is VERY, VERY hard, especially if you have never done it before.
A Delayed, And Unexpected Answer
I finally found a practical solution for people who wants to use the internet to market and grow their existing business, or who wants to build a successful internet business without getting lost in the mad myriad and range of information overload that is common in the internet marketing and business arena. This is the same model that I use today, and still use, to build SpecialistRehabGroup.com
I found Ken Evoy's Site Build It!, an interesting service that helps people build income generating websites (personal testimony from me: I landed a lead and a sale within 12 days of launching my site, but I did a lot of homework and executed a lot though). Site Build It provides complete hosting as well as a comprehensive set of tools to help you build traffic as well as income.
The technological complexity required to teach people and to build successful internet businesses is way too high for me to teach, and for people to learn, so I'm not going to teach the technicalities any more. And having creating websites, writing content and going for countless internet marketing and business online seminars, I realized that no matter how clear someone can teach it, it's really hard for people to truly grasp and retain the details, so screwing up is almost always nearby.
So what Ken did was instead of teaching people to handle every little thing on technicalities, he decided to build a service that would do it all for them, automating as much of the process as possible. Nearly ten years later, Ken's dream is a success, with thousands of super fans who have built income generating websites and businesses through Site Build It! In fact, I've my first sale as of 2/5/2011 (my site started on 21/4/2011), so I'm a personal testimony, and I know I won't stop here. =)
Ken is a super hands-on entrepreneur with a level of dedication that is amazing. Having being extremely active in the Site Build It members-only forums (I just noticed today that he has posted more than 7500 posts of his own), and I think that that's pretty active and committed. Ken makes personal effort to help people do better and succeed, and the helpful active SBIers in the forums does wonders as well. They are dedicated, and passionate.
How to grow your business online, or to build a profitable online business
Site Build It! centres around a central theme, known as the
Content -> Traffic -> Presell -> Monetize
often abbreviated to CTPM. This is the model that I've been using, and will continue to use as long as I can. When done right, this approach will generate you a lot of traffic, and within the first 12 days I have had 600 visitors (for that to happen is amazing to me, as my previous website had less than 20 visitors combined for 6 months).
The major emphasis is pre-selling, not hardselling, where one builds a relationship with visitors, where one really treats visitors like human beings rather than sales targets. People visit my site looking for physiotherapy and hand therapy solutions, so that's what I focus on providing. Monetization happens when people take the initiative to call me for an appointment, or if you're an affiliate marketer, if people click on your affiliate link and buys the product/service.
The biggest step is building traffic, and if you can't get decent traffic, there's no point having a metro sale within your website, or even having a snazzy website can help. But the formula works right, and it can work if you do it correctly.The advantage of Site Build It! is that they give technical solutions and alternatives to reduce mistakes, and where there isn't a technical solution, it provides clear instructions to get you forward.
It is not a magic bullet though, as even with Site Build It!, there no saying that it's a 100% success guaranteed. It's not a get-rich-scheme or a pay-me-and-you'd-get-rich-in-two-clicks. It takes dedication, commitment, and effort to build a successful business, online or offline. But, the tools, forums and teachings will definitely help you get closer to success.
The primary benefits of Site Build It! is that it provides the technical tools, visual and auditory guidance, forums and coaching to support and keep you focused on the correct actions. It starts with easy-to-use research tools to figure out the kind of websites you can start with (note: tens of thousands of people start sites doomed to fail from the beginning, if you choose the wrong kind - no demand, or too much competition).
Why Use Site Build It!
If you're already making thousands online, or if your website is sending you more than 20-30 leads per week, then you don't really need Site Build It! If you're in this situation, then consider joining their affiliate program (for this, scroll down to the bottom of the page, or visit their Affiliate Center directly)
But if you're new to online business or marketing, or if you've tried and failed, then you should take a look at Site Build It! With SBI, you don't have to build your website from HTML or CSS, you can use to build it using a block-by-block approach (I use this approach still), so that you can focus on writing good content instead of fumbling with technology and technicalities. But if you're familiar with tools like Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Site Build It! is compatible with them too, which gives you more flexibility to create a suitable look and feel you prefer.
All the Tools, Training, and Support You Need to Build Your Own Income-Generating Website
Site Build It! has a comprehensive list of tools to help you at every step of your journey, including but not limited to:
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Other plus points is the automation, the analysis of each pages you build, and other tools that work to support your work, and you might not even realize they're there for you. An example is if you build a footer, Site Build It! will automatically build your footer for all your sites, and update your Google and Yahoo sitemaps. It doesn't matter if you know what a sitemap is or not, don't worry - SBI techology will handle it for you. Your job? To do what you do best, be it being a chef, being a tuition teacher, a physiotherapist, be yourself and the best at what you do.
Focus on creating content for your clients, and SBI will provide the technical end of things to work with you, for you. It will even suggest new topics and content for you to write to increase your topic as well. They have unlimited customer support as well as private discussion forums where thousands of members help each other by sharing advice, tips and even encourage each other. It is an active community with hundreds and thousands of posts.
They have weekly newsletters to update you on the latest best practices as well as updates to their knowledge base. By tracking what's happening in the internet business world (hundreds of feeds, blogs and e-zines), they synthesis them for you into newsletters and actionable tasks.
Site Build It! is essentially your all-in-one solution for building and/or growing your business online. They will continue to add new tools and fine-tune their existing tools to keep the technology state-of-the-art.
I'll recommend that you take a look at Site Build It! to see if it makes sense for you, your goals and your plans. You can start with the home page, and watch the 2.5 minutes video, and then follow whichever links that interests you. The 30 minute video tour is very good, as it will clarify everything you need to know (it has a motivational tone, but it will go into the details of how the tools and strategies will work, based on real web sites as case studies).
If what you see rouses your interest, but you're skeptical (I hesitated for about 1 year, spending money on other programs and trying to do-it-myself, but failed =(, I understand.
The best thing is you should do your homework - start by checking out some of the success story videos submitted by customers, as well as the more in-depth case studies. If you have any questions about Site Build It!, you can submit them questions via a form, and you'll get an answer from a real Site Build It! owner and user.
Site Build It! comes with a money back guarantee, so there's not much risk to try it for yourself. You can in fact test-drive it for 60 days, and get a full refund for it if you don't like it. Also, if you register a domain name through Site Build It!, you can keep your domain name for free even if you decide to quit later. That's even better than a regular money-back guarantee, as you still get to keep your domain name on top of the money back guarantee. If you've used it beyond 60 days, you still can quit, and you will get a pro-rated refund for the unused portion plus keep your domain name too. =)
SBI eLearning - Learn Site Build It! in an Online Class With a Live Instructor
If you're the kind of person who enjoys classroom learning with a real instructor as opposed to learning from the self-learning materials on your own, then you should take advantage of the SBI eLearning module to create your own Site Build It! website.
The SBI eLearning is a 12-weeks structured online course that will guide you through the process of building and launching your own income generating online business - when you complete the course, you'll have an online business that's already up and running.
The SBI eLearning course is a real college-level course, being taught at more than 25 colleges and learning institutions around the world. It is also an entire course that you can attend from the comfort of your own home. You need a computer and internet connection.
Site Build It! has a generous affiliate program, so if you already have a website and are looking for new income sources, you can consider being an affiliate for Site Build It!.
Some of the benefits at a glance:
I have no qualms recommending Site Build It! to my family or friends. I join it because it worked for me, and it will work for many of my visitors too. It is my solution that I can refer people to, when they ask me to teach them about starting and growing businesses online.You can become a Site Build It! affiliate even if you don't or never purchase a Site Build It! subscription for yourself. This is great for those who already have successful online businesses. Couple this with the two-tier effect, some affiliates earn more than $5,000 a month.If you're keen to learn more about the Site Build It! affiliate program, visit their Affiliate Center, and check out their commission structure. It's free to sign up an an affiliate for them.
Site Build It! would have shaved off months if not years off my learning curve, had I decided to go for it a year ago. I strongly recommend you to look into Site Build It! if you want to generate income online, or to generate leads for your online business.