SBI Questions From Readers
Whether you are considering getting an SBI! website or
already have one let me know if you have any SBI questions and
I'd be happy to do my best to help.
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All the Best,
I have recently purchased an SBI affiliate program for
the $299. If I understand the program correctly, my site
will direct traffic to companies who sell or distribute a particular
service or product.
As of yet, my site domain remains unnamed and I am totally stuck.
Please give me your feedback asap. I am getting very anxious.
Thank You, Julie
Congratulations on getting started with SBI!
I'm happy to do what I can to help get you going in the right
Although a SiteSell
affiliate program is available for those who would like to
promote SBI!... if you have gotten an annual subscription to your
own SBI! website you can promote any products and services that
you lke. Your SBI! site is completely separate from the affiliate
program SiteSell offers. (Although those who use and love SBI!
often will promote it on their websites too.)
Your website could "direct traffic to companies who sell
or distribute a particular service or product" but
that is only one of several possibilities for earning an income
from your website. However, that would be one of the
simplest to get started with.
marketing allows you to promote various products and earn
a commission by referring customers through your website. You
don't have to stock or ship products and you don't need to worry
about billing. That's all handled by the company you refer customers
I recommend that you download and read the Affiliate
Masters Course. It's one of the best, if not the
best affiliate marketing resources available — and it's
free to download.
There are many other possibilities for you to generate income
though and SBI! encourages you to find other income streams
and to diversify. That way you are less vulnerable to
a downturn in sales from one company for example. Of course with
more income streams, the more overall potential your site will
have to generate revenue as well.
Basically, your SBI! website will work like this...
You will first have to decide what niche you would like
to build your site around. This is probably one of the most important
decisions. It is highly recommended that you chose an
area that you are interested in and would enjoy researching and
developing web pages about. If you are already an expert in a
certain area that's great... otherwise be sure to pick a niche
that is interesting enough for you to spend the time you will
need to create quality content about the subject.
This will involve using the Brainstormer tool to help you decide
which niches have enough demand and low enough competition to
give you a reasonable chance at success. Do not underestimate
the importance of doing proper research before making your decision.
Follow the Action Guide and do not take shortcuts. Those who do
regret it later.
Once you know you have a solid site concept about a theme
you enjoy you also need to look at monetization options.
What products or services are there that your site could promote?
What income streams would make sense for your niche?
Are there companies or service providers that you could earn
referral fees from? Would a net auction be appropriate? Could
you write an e-book and offer it for sale? Could you offer your
own products or services and promote them on the site?
In addition to affiliate marketing many get started by
placing advertising on their site such as Google
AdSense ads. Once your site is established you can
consider accepting banner ads.
This is the beginning of your monetization research but you will
always want reevaluate your monetizaton mix by adding new things
or deleting others that aren't performing for you.
One other point on monetization and choosing your niche... How
"in demand" is your niche? Are your readers
fanatics about the subject willing to spend money or is it something
that people really aren't motivated to buy?
Anyway that's the basic idea of where you will want to get started.
You will need to answer those questions before you even consider
settling on a domain name.
So, spend time with the Action
Guide and follow the path to the letter. Get into
Brainstormer and decide on your best choice for a niche. Then
map out your website based on the keywords you get and plan your
monetization options. Then you will be ready to register the most
appropriate domain and launch your site.
After that you will create quality content pages
that are specifically targeted to high value keywords you identified
in your Brainstorming research.
I recommend that you check out my 7
Part Mini eCourse - How To Build a Website That Works
— it's free to sign-up.
I also highly recommend you consider the SBI!
eLearning Course. It will provide you with guidance
from a qualified instructor who has already built a successful
SBI! site themselves -- well worth it!
Those who already have SBI! sites have the cost of the site deducted
from the cost of the eLearning Course when you order so you can
use the site you already have for the course. (When you order
there is an option to select if you are already an SBI! owner
and if you want to use your existing site for the course.)
I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more SBI questions.
All the Best,
By the way, I am dyin' to get one of those SiteBuildIt sites.
I have been thinking about it for a year. The question
— is it all it's cracked up to be? Every person
with it, sells it for an affiliate fee, so it is almost reached
the level of a cult on the Internet. What is the truth?
The other one I am considering is XSitePro.com
This thing is, well, beyond belief. Any fast thoughts on the subject?
Those of us who use SBI! do love it and we can
get to where we might even seem cult-like. But that's the same
for other great products that develop a loyal following (I'm also
a Mac cult member!)
But that raises the question, "How can a hosting
company inspire such passion in its customers?"
It's because they go far beyond mere hosting. Not only do they
provide a wide range of all-inclusive tools to help the average
person create a successful website, they also provide the step-by-step
instruction in what you need to do to have a site that draws traffic,
converts visitors and earns revenue.
For a lot of people building a website would be too big a technical
challenge and SBI! makes it easy. On the other hand it's
flexible enough to let you create your own HTML pages if you want
(that's what I do).
You seem to have a good handle on internet marketing and you
might be able to get away with XSitePro.
I can't say it's not a good product because it does have a lot
to offer. But I would recommend getting a solid foundation with
SBI! and once you are an internet marketing pro you can use XSitePro
(but since SBI! works a lot of us just stick with SBI!).
In your case you might want to start an SBI! site related
to the products you offer but have it as a stand alone
site. Once you go through the Action
Guide (highly recommended) and you use the market/keyword
research tools you will find that you might be better off with
a completely different domain name (included). But that's okay
because you will want to use your SBI! site to draw traffic that
you funnel to your sales site.
Here are some links to consider (they are my
affiliate links - yes, most of us SBI!ers do also promote it):
does your Alexa traffic ranking compare?
SBI! to other hosting options.
Build It! Tools - This is an incredible package.
XSitePro might have prettier templates but SBI! provides everything
you need to create a website that actually gets traffic. (There
are plenty of pretty sites on the web that are basically glorified
brochures that get no visitors at all.)
SBI!, or rather SiteSell the company that offers SBI!,
also has one of the best
affiliate programs going. Since all the tools for
affiliates are easily available (and extensive) and since people
who use SBI! love it, many will also promote SBI! on their websites.
It might not be the best thing because, as you mentioned, it can
come off as a bit cultish. But it is driven by the interest in
maybe earning the occasional affiliate commission
(even though their site has nothing to do with web hosting or
internet marketing) and by the honest desire to share
with others something that they have found that works, lives up
to the promises made (and more) and has made a difference in their
lives (and finances).
Here are a couple of articles by Ken Evoy (founder of SBI!) that
you might be interested in:
Stories and Mooch Marketing
Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions
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