Site Build It! is currently offering a special buy one get one free holiday promotion. This is their best offer of the year.
This is an extra optional bonus where you can get a second Site Build It! subscription for a friend or relative (or even yourself) for FREE instead of the regular $299 price.
This offer is only good until midnight on December 25th, 2008 (Update — this offer has been extended to January 5th, 2009), so if you want to take advantage of it, now is the time to look into this and make a decision.
SBI sometimes runs other promos like getting a second subscription for $100, but this one is their most generous and popular promo of the year by far. The last time they did this was in 2007.
This is a great deal for couples, since you and your partner can build your own online businesses together, giving yourselves two chances to succeed instead of just one. Additionally, parents have given Site Build It! to their children and vice-versa, as well as friends to friends.
What Is Site Build It?
SBI is a very popular service that helps you build an income-generating website. It includes the education and tools you need as well as hosting for your site.
Be sure to read my full review of Site Build It if you’re interested in learning how to make money online.
Personally I don’t use SBI… simply because I don’t need it. I spent years developing the skills to deliver value to people over the Internet, and I learned how to generate abundant income from my work as well — without having to do anything scammy or dishonest.
For example, whenever someone signs up for SBI, I earn a commission from the referral. I think this is a very fair way to generate income. It enables me to create and deliver tons of free content (800+ free articles to date), and I’m able to help people start new online businesses without having to personally tutor them (which would be untenable).
The funny thing is every time I make a post like this, a few people express concern that I’ve turned to the dark side or something because I’m recommending a service where I earn a commission. My typical response is to assume such people are either complete idiots… or halfway through a juice feast. As you might guess, I’m not a fan of the something-for-nothing mindset. Despite the fact that I give so much away for free, I still want my work to be financially sustainable. All that raw organic produce I eat isn’t cheap.
I used to try to teach people how to earn income from blogging, but for most people the learning curve is just too steep. You can definitely succeed this way — obviously many people have — but you must be dedicated to mastering the creative side, the technical side, and the marketing side. And you’d better have the ability to crank out lots of lots of high-quality content.
SBI is a better approach for people who prefer to focus most of their energies on the creative side, to let someone else handle the technical side, and to get help with the marketing side. With SBI you can generate income from a static website, so you don’t have to post fresh content every day or every week like you might do with a blog. It’s an easier, gentler model for online business than the typical blogging model.
Generally I find that the people who don’t like SBI are the technical wizard types. I think SBI bothers many of them because it automates the technical aspects of building and running an income-generating website. Such people mistakenly assume that technical prowess is the key to making money online. But all too often, they sit on the sidelines ruminating about their impressive but not yet implemented ideas. Meanwhile, people with little or no technical skill go sign up for SBI, and within months they’re making money.
This really irks the technical types to no end. They figure that since they’re so smart, they should be able to make money online, and (in a somewhat elitist fashion), the non-technical types should have a much harder time with it. But the truth is that when you’re dealing with a content-based website, you can often provide more value to people with your creativity and your writing skills than with your technical knowledge and programming skills.
StevePavlina.com isn’t exactly a technical marvel. I have the technical skills to create a much snazzier site if I wanted to. But the value is in the content, so that’s what I focus on. Remember that I used to design and program computer games for many years. But I do much better financially by leveraging my writing and communications skills than I ever did by harnessing my programming talent.
You see… the real value is in the content you create. The underlying technology doesn’t matter so much… as long as it gets the job done. When the technology really works, you usually don’t even notice it.
Creating and Delivering Value
I love that SBI is committed to providing real value with their service. They provide the education and the technical infrastructure you need to build a successful online business. Their business model is rooted in your continued success, so you’ll keep renewing year after year.
Moreover, SBI teaches you how to CREATE and DELIVER genuine value as well. You’ll learn to build websites that provides beneficial and useful content for your visitors.
When you use SBI, you still have to CREATE the value, but SBI will give you the tools to DELIVER that value and to generate INCOME from it. This greatly simplifies things. If you can handle creative work but dislike dealing with technical details — if you can come up with cool content ideas but get stuck on the “how to” implementation part — then SBI would be a great fit for you.
Centering your business around CREATING and DELIVERING value works really well. If you can focus on CREATING and DELIVERING value, whether you use SBI or not, the money will follow. I’ve been doing my best to hold this mindset for several years, and it works well even during a major recession. Suffice it to say I’m in no need of a government bailout.
If Site Build It! sounds interesting to you, a good place to start is to watch their video tour.
Then you may want to read my full review.
After that you may want to poke around the SBI website.
And finally I recommend you read my Site Build It! Walkthrough.
I’ve written tons about this service already, so the above articles will give you a solid overview of the service.
If you have any questions about SBI though, please submit them via their questions form. Your questions will be answered by an actual SBI customer.
Once you get a good cash flow going with your SBI site, you can either keep it and enjoy the ongoing passive income stream… or sell it and cash out. Personally I’m not into flipping websites, but many people enjoy building and flipping income-generating websites for profit. Some people built several SBI sites this year and then sold them for a nice profit. Apparently it works much better than flipping houses these days.
Just remember that the holiday two-for-one bonus offer is only good until midnight on December 25th, 2008, so you have about 10 days left to decide if you want to take advantage of it. (Update — this offer has been extended to January 5th, 2009.)
If you signed up for SBI when I wrote about it earlier this year and used their service to build your site, most likely you’re already enjoying a positive cash flow from your site. But just in case you didn’t have the foresight to do that, here it is again.