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My name is Jill and I've been an avid user of SBI! from SiteSell since 2009. So many of my friends and family have asked me about my online business and how I've been able to become successful, so I thought it would be easier to write a full review of how I got here and how SBI! (Site Build It, now called Solo Build It) offered me the tools to get there.
In 2008, I was working in a high paying corporate job. I loved the pay and my coworkers. However, I wanted to live out my dream of traveling full time and having more independence.
This is something I've wanted to do my entire life--way before 2008. In fact, as you will see from the picture to the right, I've always wanted to travel and meet new people.
Yes, yes...this picture is of me in the 80s. Can you tell from my hair? It was taken when I was in 8th grade.
I was interviewed by our school newspaper. They wanted to know what we wanted to do when we grew up. This was what I said.
Late 2008 was when I started to search for real opportunities to make money online. It took some time as most "make money online" systems are not real. You might earn a few dollars here and there, but most of these sites make money from YOU buying their "make money online systems." In other words, if you buy their system, but can't sell it to your friend and family, you won't make money. Few of these sites teach you how to make money online in any other way but to sell you their "unproven" systems.
In early 2009, I was continuing my research and stumbled upon a company called SiteSell and their product called SBI!. I was excited, but guarded when I first heard of them. I wanted to make sure it was a product that would help me build a real online business.
I spent a couple of months reviewing their system and the successful sites built by their customers (you can see some of them here...including my successful site). I found rave reviews and some others that called SBI! from SiteSell a scam. Coming from a corporate job, I knew that information is worth its weight in gold and I wanted to know everything about this company before I purchased anything.
The rave reviews gave me a great look at what it would take to really build a successful online business (either with or without SBI!). I also realized that many of the reviews claiming that SBI! was a scam were mostly people that had not actually used the system. They seemed canned and robotic, which make me think they were probably not reliable or honest.
In February 2009, I decided to take the plunge and signed up with SBI!.
Here are just a few of the reasons why I selected SBI! from SiteSell vs the other products on the market.
When I first started, I was SO excited to register my site and get rolling that I just jumped right in. I thought I already knew so much about building a site and making it successful that I didn't follow the Action Guide as much as I should have.
This was a mistake and one of the reasons I could not get my first site to do as well as I had expected. Everything I needed was there for me, but I didn't follow the process. This was my fault and a common reason why other people have failed with SBI!.
I quickly learned that I had gone down the wrong path with my first site. After reviewing SBI's Action Guide for a few weeks, I knew I needed to take my time. I decided I didn't know enough about my first topic (and it was WAY too broad), so I selected a new topic and started to move forward with this new site, slowly, as I followed the process laid out in the Action Guide.
I'm so glad I did.
What was that site? The one you are on right now.
Over the next two years, I slowly worked through the process. I was still working full time and couldn't give my new online business more than just a couple of hours each week. Also during this time, I had some health issues and ended up spending even less time on my new site for about a year.
My site was moving slowly, but I had learned SO much about what it would take to build an online business. In the spring of 2011, I decided to take the plunge and work on my business full time. But...before I did that, I decided to spend 8 months traveling the world and getting my head around what I wanted to do with my business and how to make it successful.
At the end of 2011, I returned home and began to build my online business. Instead of making the same mistake I made before, I decided to spend a little more time on the Action Guide. I wanted to make sure to refresh myself on the system so I could move forward on the right path.
I've dedicated my time to working on my site full time since late 2011. Okay, maybe "dedicated" isn't the right word, as I've had the freedom to travel during this time also. I've visited many countries over the last few years. I also don't have to run through them in a week or two. I get to spend my time in each one to really get to know the culture, the people, and the history.
While I travel, I work on my site. Today, my site makes me a full-time income. I work hard on my site and that hard work pays off. At the same time, I get to spend time traveling and plenty of time with my friends and family.
In fact, this is just one of the photos from my visit to Greece. This is me working away on the ferry as we head from Athens to Mykonos.
My San Francisco site is one of the most visited sites in the world. It's currently ranked in the top 300K of the total 170M (yes million) active sites in the world and continues to grow each day. Remember, many of these sites have been around for 10, 15 or even 20 years with a full-time staff.
I've only been doing this since 2011. And I don't have a team working for me since I am my ONLY employee. I'm also my only boss which is very important to me.
In the short time since I've had my site, I've learned so much, started to make a living full time online, and have the freedom to travel where I want, when I want. SBI! from SiteSell is part of the reason my site is successful today.
How have they helped me succeed? Here are just a few reasons I love working with SBI! from SiteSell.
I would absolutely recommend SBI! to anyone looking to build a SERIOUS online business. It takes time, hard work, and dedication, and SBI! will take you down the right path to success. They will give you the tools and support you need to build a business where you can make a good living online or add to your current income.
In fact, I love working with them so much, I even started a second travel site about Denver.
No. Not everyone will succeed with SBI!. They are not a get rich quick system and this is what many people are seeking. You need to be dedicated, know your topic well, and keep your visitors engaged to be successful. Ask yourself this: Have you been successful in everything you've tried? I sure haven't and I'm guessing you haven't either. However, I'll bet the things that you have been successful at in have certain qualities: You've found good teachers, you've purchased quality material and you didn't give up easily.
The Internet is a competitive place. You need to find a niche that allows you to make money and allows you to win it by being specific and finding your specialty. You need to "dig deep into your topic. Most likely, you won't win a niche with just a handful of pages. You need to really work hard and fight to win each niche.
I always say that building a site is both an art and a science. SBI! from SiteSell provides the science. You then need to layer on your art and creativity (i.e., new spin on a niche, deep understanding of a topic, writing that draws in your audience, etc.) for it to succeed. I'd love to tell you that you can take the easy road and just have it all fall into your lap, but I can't. You will have to read the Action Guide, do your research and work to win your niche. I am proof positive that if you do what I've done, you will succeed.
It makes me sad and frustrated when I see negative reviews of SBI! from SiteSell.
It's been such a life changer for me and I would love for others to have successful online businesses as well. I want you to have the freedom I have. I want you to achieve your dreams. Yes, I work hard, but that pays off and I no longer need to worry about how many days I have off this year or how I'll swing spending time with family and friends on special occasions.
Doesn't that sound like a good balance between work and home life? It sure works for me and I wouldn't give it up for anything.
I truly respect that SBI! from SiteSell is also very open about their most successful sites. They have nothing to hide since they want you to see what is possible, and what is not possible, before you put your money and time into building your online business. You can find more details about successful business people using SBI! from SiteSell on their blog here. Take a look at these case studies and see what you think. These people didn't become successful overnight, but studied the Action Guide and have been able to apply their knowledge and creativity to build their now successful sites.
Here are a few more resources to learn even more about SBI! (Site Build It, now called Solo Build It) from SiteSell.
I get questions from my friends and family every day about my life and how I'm able to have the freedoms I have. I love talking about my online business and my success. If you have a question about my business, about SBI! from SiteSell, or anything about my story, please feel free to reach out to me and/or leave a comment below through Facebook commenting.
I could go on and on about how SBI! from SiteSell has helped me create the life I've always wanted. If you are feeling stuck, want to make a change, or just want some extra income (who doesn't?), I highly recommend looking into them.
If you are like me, you will be glad (no...wait...THRILLED) that you did!