SITE BUILD IT - THE BEGINNING
It all happened following an introduction to Ken Envoy and LINK TO SBI Why? Well because without Ken and more importantly SBI this website would never have got off the ground. I just didn’t believe building your own website could be so easy. You just provide the content and SBI does the rest, they even renew your domain name for you........
OK, OK less of the waffle you want to know how I met Ken??
Well I had been looking for something to bring a little extra money in for a while and had often caught myself daydreaming of how great it would be to work from home, be my own boss, be able to shut the computer whenever I wanted and pop down to the beach or the shops…… (well OK its still a dream I have but now I know its a dream that is going to come true. :-)
Surfing the web I had been introduced to many work-from-home and get-rich-in-a-week schemes and some are quite tempting, especially to someone who was eager to work from home. But, having made further research into one of them only to find it was pyramid selling I was skeptic and had difficultly buying into anything that did not tell you what it was.
Then one day I stumbled upon a free 5-day email course. It promised a step towards building your own online business and offered an online course to enhance my writing skills.
Initially I was unsure but I admit, something about this particular course gave me a good feeling, gave me hope of one day working from home, and… it was free, so what the heck.
I signed up.
The course was mind-boggling! It helped me understand that the key to earning a living from a Web site is not by going out and learning HTML, graphic design or any other technical stuff (which already had me quite confused…)
The key is first and foremost the ability to WRITE words that can sell.
I was impressed with the course, it left me gasping for more and I couldn't wait for the next e-mail to be delivered into my in box.
The good news is you can now get the course in the form of a complete PDF ebook. Its FREE and you can download it by LIMK TO WRITE WORDS THAT CAN SELL After the final installment of the course, I immediately bought an ebook called Make Your Words Sell! LINK (co-written by Ken Evoy the same guy who wrote the free course).
It is by far the very best book on writing (not just Netwriting but virtually any sort of marketing-oriented writing) I've ever read.
It was such an easy book to read that It took me less that a day to skim through the 300+ pages. It’s kinda like one of those novels you just can’t put down because you can’t wait to get to the end.
Well I read Make Your Words Sell so quick I was in need of something new to read and as I was receiving weekly newsletters from Ken, my internet Guru, I decided to invest in another one of his books called: Make Your Site Sell!
LINK Make Your Site Sell! is considered by many to be the “bible” of selling on the Net. It covers every imaginable aspect of building a Web site that can really SELL. Written in Ken's down-to-earth chummy voice, the perfect supplement to Make Your Words Sell!
Ken Evoy has a third product, it's flagship, called Site Build It!. After experiencing the success with the first two books, I was gradually becoming more and more interested in it.
Site Build It! (SBI!) sells itself as an all-in-one site-building, site-hosting, site-promoting suite of tools. It supposedly eliminates all the confusing technical complexities and exhausting manual labor involved in building and promoting a site, and leaves you with the fun part – creating content.
I loved the idea but I still wasn’t convinced to part with my hard earned dosh. In fact I spent days just surfing other SBI sites and the information available to be sure despite all the evidence that it was doable
Anyway in July 2004 I took a deep breath, and invested the few hundred dollars in Site Build It! Site Build It! comes with yet another ebook that helps you get a potentially profitable site up and running by following a ten chapter program.
There are two ways our site makes money:
1. Google Ads - We earn money when people click on an ad that appears on our site.
2. Affiliate Marketing - We provide content and make suggestions as to where to buy quality products. If a visitor clicks over from our site to our affiliate (partner merchant) we earn a commission (while the customer doesn't pay even a penny more for the product.) Fair enough.
I won't get into the woof and warp of affiliate marketing as Dr. Ken Evoy (yes, him again…) has yet another FREE ebook that explains this topic thoroughly. It's all there
The underlying philosophy is to rank high in the search engines for keywords that are in high demand and that way generate lots of traffic to our site and lots of clicks on the ads and clickthroughs to our affiliates.
Of course despite all the books I had read and all the warnings in the Action Guide from Ken I still went off on my merry way and started to build my website.
I had already decided I wanted to do it on immigrating to Australia (so no research) and thought I knew best.
A few months in I had a few pages built with OK content but not brill and very little activity in the way of visitors.
It was at this point I started to read the site-sell e-zines and make your Content PREsell. Make your site sell was a fantastic read and reminded me of what I had been reading in the earlier ebooks I had read.
So armed with a whole heap of new enthusiasm a and the determination to do it right I went back to read the Action Guide and follow it through.
Some stuff I had to live with like a website name people struggle to remember, but having said that most people remember immigrate Perth and I’m ranked 4th at Google for that. Even page names did not make sense to change as some had already started to get registered in Yahoo and there is nothing worse that someone being sent to a webpage that is no longer there.
What I did start to change though was my content and they way I delivered my material. I wanted to be the friend who had been there offering advise and a direction of the best professional people to talk to. Reading make your Content PREsell was a huge help.
A lot of hard work editing adding some good graphics and finding the keywords and I am now watching my traffic double each month and the $$$ start to trickle in.
Unfortunately I have not found many affiliate sites to link to so a majority of my income is coming from Google Adsense. All said though I have a few ideas on services I can offer migrants which should boost the $$$$ a little more.
I have used Immigrate to a new life in Perth as my learning curve. I have enjoyed building it and now I have plenty of visitors I don’t want to just take it of air. I cover more than my administration costs so I will continue to work full time and devote my spare time to building this site.
I do have an idea I am researching for another website though and this one will be different. I have learnt from my mistakes and my next website is going to give me enough of an income to at least reduce my hours to part time.
The great thing is that with SBI I know I will achieve it. :-)
If you want to achieve the same dream then once you have explored the world of Ken Envoy and Solo Build It return to this page to make your purchase. Your details will be passed to me and I will be able guide you in the right direction.