SBI! Site Build It Review
Name: SBI! – Site Build It
Type of Opportunity: Earning money by building your own website.
Price: $29.99/month, $299/year
Skill Level: Beginner ~ Intermediate
Rating: 65 / 100 Okay. Much Better Programs Out There.
What is Site Build It?
Site Build It (SBI) is a service that provides the tools for anyone, even beginners to build their own website. They also teach you how to make money from your website though methods like affiliate marketing and paid ads. SBI also provides training about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), website content, backlinks, and website ranking.
All About Site Build It in a Few Words
This was a difficult product for me to score. Using SBI helped me build my first site that actually made a sale. I only made around $4.00, but as a complete beginner, I felt that I learned quite a bit about making money online.
However, I can’t give it a good rating because I feel that their technology is outdated, and will actually prevent you from achieving success at the highest level. There are programs out there that are much better and provide a lot more value for the money. Because of this, I would pass on SBI and go with someone else. You can see my top recommendation here.
How it Works
As a beginner, I had no idea how to make money online. Needless to say, I didn’t know the first thing about building a website. SBI made the process very easy. They have their own set of tools than does a lot of the work for you. All you have to do is come up with a niche and fill in some information and in minutes you can have a website up and running. Of course, you will have to write all of your content too.
I know it’s been a while since I last used Site Build It, and they have upgraded some things since then. However, I most of the training and tools are the same. That being said, I will be writing this review based on what I experienced when I was a member of SBI.
A Few Problems…
When you start to write the content for your website (content is the heart and soul of a website), you’ll run into some major problems with SBI.
First of all, SBI recommends that you find good keywords to write your content around. They have a keyword tool that you can use for this. This tool was easy to use, and the results that it pulled up seemed okay (although there are better keyword research tools out there too). The only problem with this is that quite often, you would find a good keyword, but it wouldn’t make much sense.
For example, after using the keyword tool, it tells you that the words” good exercise weight loss” is a good choice to write about. The only problem with this is that SBI tells you to use the keywords EXACTLY as they are. So instead of writing an article about “Good Exercises for Weight Loss,” you’ll have to use “Good Exercise Weight Loss.” Not only does this sound unnatural and doesn’t make much sense, but it can scare your visitors away. Visitors to your website are the essence of making money online. The more traffic you have , the greater your chances are at making a sale. To get more traffic to your website. you need to have content that will help people. Weird keyword phrases like that will definitely not help your visitors.
The frustrating thing for me was that I would finish writing an article on SBI with one of these weird keywords. I’m not a very good writer, so this probably took me an hour or more to complete. Well, with their “Analyze It!” tool, I couldn’t publish my article until I used that EXACT keyword phrase in certain locations. You had to use your selected keywords within the first sentence of your page, and use it again 2 or 3 times for a page long article. Fitting a weird sounding keyword into your content with those restrictions are harder than it sounds.
I could have probably chose less popular keywords, but at the time I didn’t know any better, and SBI didn’t really clarify that for me.
The Small Print – What They Don’t Tell You Upfront
When I was a member, I never used their support service. I forgot how much it cost then, but at the time of this writing, it costs $19.95 per incident for you to get technical support by phone.
They also offer upsales like personal coaching and custom website designs. Neither of those upsells are worth your time and money. Especially since I feel that a quality program should provide you with enough training to be successful without someone having to hold your hand.
Other programs like Wealthy Affiliate has an active community that answers any questions that you have. The owners, Kyle and Carlson, are also involved and answer questions that people have. SBI does have a forum for members, but it wasn’t very active or helpful when I was there.
A custom website design is especially useless if you are a beginner. Are you trying to win awards for the nicest website, or are you trying to create a quality website that can make money by helping others? If it’s the later, then a simple, easy to read website is best. WordPress offers tons of templates you can use for your website….for FREE. You can set up a WordPress website in minutes. If you want more information on how to do that, you can go here.
There is also very strong evidence that shows their method of getting your website ranked highly is ineffective…or worse. In fact, many of their websites were affected by the recent Google updates. It seems quite a number of SBI websites dropped in ranking.
One of the services they provide is link exchanging, where you can trade links with someone. This means that you’ll post their link somewhere on your website and they will do the same for you on their site. Now, if this link isn’t relevant to your content, or is just there to “improve” your page rank, then you’ll be disappointed. Google doesn’t like that kind of back linking.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you be a paying member in order for your website to be up and running. Why is this? This is because SBI’s website software is unique to them. Since no one else uses their software, you can only run your website through them. If you want to cancel your $299/year membership, your website goes with it. All that hard work down the drain. It is possible for you to transfer your SBI website to another hosting service, but this will cost you quite a bit of time and money.
The Real Question: Can You Really Make Money With This?
You can definitely make money with this program. If you want to have a sustainable source of income online, you are going to need a website. Site Build It makes it easy for you to do that. If you follow their training, it is very possible that you will make some money.
However, as I said previously, some of their training and tools are outdated. In fact, I think that by using some of the techniques and tools, you will be holding yourself back from a higher website ranking and earning more money….maybe even prevent you from earning any money at all.
WordPress is a much better way to build a website. If you purchase your own domain name, there are ways you can set-up a WordPress site in minutes and have hosting for free.
For the longest time, SBI was against anything WordPress. But now it looks as if they had to change their tune to keep up with the times. They now offer training for WordPress, but it is not worth becoming a paying member for. There are programs out there that provide that kind of training for free.
Who is This Program For?
SBI is good for beginners, since it does offer step-by-step website building. But if you were going to put in the time and money to build a website, I would do it right and go with WordPress.
Pros vs. Cons
- Creating a website is easy with their tools.
- Provides beginners with good training on the basics of making money with a website.
- Other options available if you don’t want to use their tools.
- It is possible to build a money making website with lots of content using SBI.
- Outdated methods for getting ranked in Google can hurt your website traffic and ranking.
- Must be a paying member in order to keep your website up and running.
- Expensive upsells that should be a part of their free services.
- Costs money for technical support via telephone.
I think that Site Build It is a legit way to build a website that can potentially make you money. However, some of their methods are outdated and will hold your progress back. You can be more successful and have success faster by using other programs. Their tools can also be frustrating at times to use.
If you are serious about building a business online, there are much better resources out there than SBI. If you are looking for a REAL and EFFECTIVE training program that will help you reach your financial goals online, my top recommendation is the Wealthy Affiliate Community. The best part about that is you can sign up for a free starter account without a credit card.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks!