How Do Solopreneurs Really Do at Wix? An In-Depth Look

How Do Solopreneurs Really Do at Wix? An In-Depth Look.

Success is getting what you want.

Happiness is wanting what you get.W. P. Kinsella

In 1917, the Chicago White Sox achieved the best record in the American League. Having won the World Series that year, they were heavy favorites vs. the upstart Cincinnati Reds two years later.

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson

In that best-of-nine series, the Reds won 5 games to 3. But that’s not what made it so memorable. The story was far from over…

Conspiracy theories grew as more people questioned how such a powerful team could suddenly have played so poorly. They suspected that gamblers had bribed the White Sox players to lose.

After a grand jury, 8 players were suspended from the White Sox. By 1921, all 8 were banned from baseball for life, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose role in the scandal was never fully confirmed.

Sixty years later, while walking through his cornfield in Iowa, Ray Kinsella heard a deep, distant voice whispering through the stalks…

If you build it, he will come.

 

W. P. Kinsella wrote the book, Shoeless Joe Comes To Iowa, in 1982, and 7 years later it was adapted to film in the famous Field of Dreams. As we all know, Shoeless Joe did indeed turn up, as did Kinsella’s father.

Filled with magical ideas and beautiful references, James Earl Jones extends that phrase, in one of moviedom’s most memorable scenes, to one that has entered our lexicon…

If you build it, they will come.

 

It has become a line oft-used to describe business ventures. If you build that business, your audience will come.

Which brings us to the point of this study.

Previously, we have performed rigorous studies of solopreneur results achieved using Wealthy Affiliate or GoDaddy vs. Solo Build It! (SBI!). We found that a significantly higher percentage of Solo Build It! users (as much as 33X more) were building successful, high-traffic online businesses.

Where you build your online business certainly does have an impact on whether or not “they” (your traffic and customers) will come. Results like this are only magical if the difference in performance can’t be explained. Both studies prove how and why SBI! delivers such strong results compared to poor results elsewhere.

IMPORTANT: The study outlines the methodology in so much detail that anyone can do the study and check the results. We’ve detailed at length why this is so important.

Let’s get right into the methodology and results specific to this study.

Wix – The Focus of This Study

This study has been designed to cut through all marketing claims and get straight to the bottom line – success rates. It’s an unbiased look at how each platform stacks up when it comes to offering solopreneurs the best chance for success.

While SBI! and Wealthy Affiliate users are 100% solopreneurs, Wix likely has some larger customers. So we expect a slight bias in favor of Wix for this reason (larger businesses, overall, have more traffic). We accepted this slight bias rather than complicate the study (which would make it less reproducible).

Ditto for sites that build traffic using pay per click (PPC) advertising to sell products. Few SBIers buy ads, because they build traffic organically. This would also tend to favor Wix sites. Again, it would be too complicated to sort these out of the study.

Overall, Wix starts with some traffic bias in its favor.

The study asks 2 questions:

  1. How successful are solopreneurs who use Wix’s website hosting and its site-building product, as well as related services and information?  
  2. How do these results compare to the suite of services included within Solo Build It! (process and training, domain name registration, hosting, website builder, ongoing education and updating, tools, community)?

Wix claims that with their tools you have, “Everything You Need to Create Your Stunning Website.” The emphasis is on how a site looks (“stunning”) and how quick and easy it is to build.  

What’s the problem with that?

Most people make the mistake of equating website with web business. The difference, though, is huge. It’s clearly not possible to build an effective, traffic-building, income-generating website in an hour. And if the “look” of Wix sites matters, that should show up in its results.

The ultimate goal is to have a successful business. So this study focuses on comparing business outcomes.

Let’s proceed to the study, its data, then the analysis.

Wix Data and Analysis

We selected ten thousand sites at random from a list of 2.5 million Wix domain names listed at BuiltWith. Not all of Wix’s domain names represent online businesses. Many domain names are parked (inactive), while many others point to landing pages or other websites.

Even after filtering out these “non-site” domain names, more than 30% of all Wix-built websites had no content, were in the process of being built, or had setup errors.

If we included those in the Wix sample set, SBI! would have another large advantage. To ensure an equitable test, we created a more stringent definition of “active website” than used in the Wealthy Affiliate study.

We use the term “Real Effort” to designate websites that have a home page and at least five links to internal pages on the same domain name. This indicates a certain level of site-building effort. It also yielded the first surprising result…

We had to parse through 190,077 domain names in order to find 10,000 “Real Effort” websites at Wix. This suggests that only 5% of Wix websites (10K/190K) fulfill the Real Effort definition.

By comparison, SBI!’s Real Effort website percentage was 92%, which is the dataset we used for this study. Conclusion so far?

Solo Build It! members (SBIers) get started more effectively, likely due to the clear, step-by-step Action Guide. They advance through the early steps significantly better. While there are more conclusions to come, it’s hard to underestimate the importance of this finding…

Effective early progress is one of the most important online success factors.

Wix Site Distribution

We conducted a manual review of 500 randomly selected Real Effort Wix websites (out of the ten thousand) to check whether this filter had selected comparable populations for comparison.

The review confirmed that. It showed this distribution:

  • 371 solopreneur content sites (blogs, infopreneurs, etc.)
  • 65 service sites (lawyers, dentists, service sellers, etc.)
  • 26 local sites (local restaurants, schools, etc.)
  • 18 online stores (small to medium retailers)
  • 16 brochure sites (company sites with products/services)
  • 4 junk sites (sites with poor content / no real effort)

The Real Effort criterion successfully narrowed the study’s focus to legitimate, business-oriented, solopreneur-built websites. Some exceeded “solopreneur” size and scope, but we accept that and other skews in favor of Wix in order to keep the study simple and reproducible.

Armed with a sufficient “apples-to-apples” sample of active websites from Wix, we were ready to compare them against online businesses built by solopreneurs using Solo Build It!.

Wix vs. Solo Build It! – The Results

We’ll review how Wix and Solo Build It! Real Effort websites performed for each of the three traffic metric tools. First, we summarize the overall results:

  1. SBI! websites are 115 times (115X) more likely to achieve “Outstanding – Excellent” levels of traffic than Wix.

    “Outstanding – Excellent” is defined as being among the top one million websites on the Internet (<1M at Alexa and SimilarWeb).

  2. SBI! websites are 7.1 times (7.1X) more likely to achieve “Medium” levels of traffic than Wix.
  3. “Medium” level of traffic is defined as websites having traffic that places them among the top one million to ten million websites (1M – 10M at Alexa and SimilarWeb).

  4. 84% of Wix Real Effort websites are Invisible. Solo Build It!’s “Invisible” rate is only 40%.

    “Poor to Invisible” is the lowest traffic category. Wix “beats” Solo Build It! in the lowest traffic range within this category (called “Invisible,” these sites get no detectable traffic).

Note: “Invisible” (the lowest traffic range of the “Poor to Invisible” category) has Alexa rankings of greater than 20 million (>20M). At these levels, sites get zero to near-zero traffic. Previously, Alexa offered a ranking of sites between 20M and 30M, which meant that it was only sites ranked higher than 30M that were “invisible.” The shift in Alexa’s ranking is what accounts for a 3% increase in Solo Build It!’s “Invisible” rate compared to the Wealthy Affiliate study.

How Do We Calculate These Numbers?

We reach those conclusions by averaging the results for each of the three traffic metric tools (Alexa, SimilarWeb, SEMrush) for each traffic range.

Now let’s break down the results of the 10,000 Real Effort Wix websites versus Solo Build It! websites.

Alexa

First, let’s look across the entire range of website traffic according to Alexa. Alexa ranking ranges appear on the Y-axis and the % of sites in each of those ranges on the X-axis.

The bars on the chart below indicate, of the combined total number of websites that fall within each range, what percentage are Wix and what percentage are Solo Build It!.

Wix - Percent of Total Real Effort - Alexa Rank Ranges

Note: Alexa ranking’s lowest numbers have the highest traffic. For example, #1 (Google.com) has the most traffic, so would be included in the 1 to 100K range. Traffic decreases as we move down the graph from the top (i.e., increasing Alexa ranking reflects decreasing traffic).

A clear pattern emerges in the highest traffic ranges. SBI! massively outperforms Wix results at each of these ranges. For example, within the best possible Alexa range, 1 – 100K, there are 21 Solo Build It! websites and only 1 Wix website – 95% SBI! (21/22) and 5% Wix (1/22).

This continues until we reach the Alexa ranking range of 1M – 2M (the higher traffic end of “Medium”). From 1M – 2M until 9M – 10M (“Medium” ranges), SBI! continues to outperform. The gap narrows at a fairly steady rate along these ranges until we reach the “Poor to Invisible” ranges.

As we approach “Poor to Invisible,” the gap narrows, with the percentage of low-traffic SBI! sites decreasing rapidly, while increasing with Wix.

Next, let’s use bar charts to look at the total number of sites that fall within each of the three major categories of traffic (Outstanding – Excellent, Medium, Poor to Invisible).

Count of websites vs. Alexa Traffic rank of 1 – 1M “Outstanding – Excellent”

Solo Build It! sites are 161X more likely to achieve these traffic levels.

Count of websites vs. Alexa Traffic rank of 1M – 10M “Medium”

Solo Build It! sites are 8X more likely to achieve these traffic levels.

An interesting pattern appears here. The ratio of SBI! to Wix effectiveness is highest at 1-2M (the highest “Medium” range), leveling out at the lower levels of 7-10M. The consistency is striking, with an obvious conclusion…

The SBIer has much higher odds of success, highest for the best results. The difference narrows until we reach poor results, which is where the majority of Wix sites reside.

We can see the continuation of this pattern in the “Poor to Invisible” ranges, where Wix surpasses SBI! in delivering poor results. The worse the result, the more Wix “dominates,” as shown here:

Count of websites vs. Alexa Traffic rank of 10M – 20M+ “Poor to Invisible”

Wix sites are 2X more likely to achieve these poor traffic levels.

SimilarWeb

Here’s how the spectrum of websites ranks according to SimilarWeb:

Wix - Percent of Total Real Effort - SimilarWeb Rank Ranges

Like Alexa, SimilarWeb ranking starts with #1 at the top and goes “down” from there. As you move down the graph, the SimilarWeb rank increases, reflecting sites that get less and less traffic.

The bars on the chart indicate, of the combined total number of websites that fall within each range, what percentage are Wix and what percentage are Solo Build It!.

For example, within the best possible SimilarWeb range, 0 – 100K, we found 20 Solo Build It! websites and 0 Wix websites that fit our criterion for Real Effort. That obviously equates to 100% Solo Build It! (20 websites out of 20 total) and 0% Wix (0 out of 20).

Next, let’s look at the total number of sites that fall within each of the three major categories of traffic (Outstanding – Excellent, Medium, Poor – Invisible).

IMPORTANT: You’ll note identical patterns in the SimilarWeb and Alexa results, strong confirmation because the two metrics systems generate their numbers differently.

Count of websites vs. SimilarWeb Traffic rank of 1 – 1M “Outstanding – Excellent”

Solo Build It! sites are 60X more likely to achieve these traffic levels.
IMPORTANT: This is less than the Alexa multiple. Still, being 60X more likely to rank in this highest traffic category is remarkable. Only Solo Build It! delivers this level of results at this rate.

Count of websites vs. SimilarWeb Traffic rank of 1M – 10M “Medium”

Solo Build It! sites are 6X more likely to achieve these traffic levels.

Count of websites vs. SimilarWeb Traffic rank of 10M – 30M+ “Poor to Invisible”

Wix sites are 1.91X more (twice as) likely to achieve these poor traffic levels.

SEMrush

Finally, here’s how the spectrum of websites ranks according to SEMrush:

Wix - Percent of Total Real Effort - SEMrush Organic Traffic Ranges

SEMrush presents counts, not “traffic ranking” (as Alexa and SimilarWeb do). So 0 means no organic search traffic.

The bars on the chart indicate, of the combined total number of websites that fall within each range, what percentage are Wix and what percentage are Solo Build It!.

For example, within one of the highest possible SEMrush ranges, 90K – 100K, we found 15 Solo Build It! websites and 0 Wix websites that fit our criterion for Real Effort. Again, that equates to 100% Solo Build It! (15 websites out of 15 total) and 0% Wix (0 out of 15).

You can see how SBI! dominates at the high-traffic (bottom) portion of the chart while Wix takes an increasingly large share as traffic decreases (top).

Note: In the SEMrush bar charts, traffic decreases as you move down, reflecting less and less traffic from search engines. In our Wealthy Affiliate study, we performed an analysis that correlated SEMrush organic search traffic numbers to Alexa’s and SimilarWeb’s traffic ranking…

  1. SEMrush traffic of greater than 5,000 was the equivalent of being in the Top 1M sites (“Outstanding to Excellent”)
  2. 100-5,000 was equivalent to “Medium” (1M – 10M)
  3. 0-100 was equivalent to “Poor to Invisible.” (>10M).

We don’t chart these here, but search traffic correlates well with the total traffic of Alexa and SimilarWeb. In fact, the above chart shows the same patterns described in the previous line graph at the change from Top 1M – 2M to 10M and with a sudden burst in percentage of Wix sites at 0 (no search traffic).

Next, let’s look at the total number of sites that fall within each of the three major categories of traffic (Outstanding – Excellent, Medium, Poor to Invisible).

Count of websites vs. SEMrush Organic Traffic of 5,000 – 400K+ “Outstanding – Excellent”

Solo Build It! sites are 126X more likely to achieve these traffic levels.

Count of websites vs. SEMrush Organic Traffic of 20 – 5,000 “Medium”

Solo Build It! sites are 7X more likely to achieve these traffic levels.

Count of websites vs. SEMrush Organic Traffic of 0 – 20 “Invisible to Poor”

Wix sites are 2X more likely to achieve these poor traffic levels.

Wix vs. GoDaddy vs. Wealthy Affiliate vs. Solo Build It! – Conclusions

As we complete each study, it’s helpful to compare the results to previous studies as there are new conclusions that can be reached.

For reference, here are three of the key charts:

That comparison details the percentage of each platform’s sites within the Alexa traffic ranges.

Clearly, choosing Solo Build It! means that your chances of building a successful site that drives serious traffic are significantly higher than if you use Wix, GoDaddy or Wealthy Affiliate.

Final Analysis

SBI! - The Clear ChoiceNow that we’ve taken a deep dive into the data, let’s come back up for some air. The data (averages of all 3 traffic metrics) shows, in a few different ways, that online businesses started with Solo Build It! get more traffic than those built with Wix.

Let’s revisit the conclusions (average of Alexa, SimilarWeb and SEMrush) that we shared earlier:

  1. SBI! websites are 115 times (115X) more likely to achieve “Outstanding – Excellent” levels of traffic than Wix.

    “Outstanding – Excellent” is defined as being among the top one million websites on the Internet (<1M Alexa and SimilarWeb).

  2. SBI! websites are 7.1 times (7.1X) more likely to achieve “Medium” levels of traffic than Wix.

    “Medium” level of traffic is defined as websites having traffic that places them among the top one million to ten million websites (1M – 10M Alexa and SimilarWeb).

  3. 84% of Wix Real Effort websites are Invisible. Solo Build It!’s “Invisible” rate is only 40%.

    The “Poor to Invisible” is the lowest traffic category. Wix “beats” Solo Build It! in the lowest traffic range within this category (called “Invisible,” these sites get no detectable traffic).

The first two conclusions are based upon the total number of Solo Build It! and Wix sites within each range, averaged across all three traffic metric tools. You are 115X more likely to develop a high-traffic site with Solo Build it! than at Wix, 7.1X for Medium.

If you look solely at SEMrush, Solo Build It! websites outpace Wix sites by a whopping 126X! Why is this so important?

Organic search traffic is important to solopreneurs, who tend to be constrained by money (not just by time!). Whether you monetize passively (where you really need high traffic to earn well) or actively…

More targeted traffic = more income.

 

Final Thoughts on the State of Solopreneurship

We continue to see substantial differences depending on the platform that the solopreneur chooses to build her or his website. Once again, SBI! is the difference between likely failure vs. a solid chance of success.

SBI! is an all-in-one package of step-by-step process, software tools, comprehensive guidance, 24/7 support and “auto-updating” that enables solopreneurs to build profitable online businesses.

The Action Guide is the step-by-step for executing SBI!’s core process. That process has evolved over 15 years but remains based on the concept of C T P M, automatically updated for significant new changes.

CTPMThe beauty of Content Traffic  Presell Monetize is its simplicity and its evergreen nature. The core business concepts are universal to all businesses. They were valid 500 years ago and will remain valid during these fast changing times.

C T P M is so simple and flexible that it easily integrates major changes as the Internet evolves. Therefore, as things continue to grow more complex, we expect the SBIer’s advantage to grow.

It makes sense that a service like Wix would pale in comparison. They offer some great tools and services, but none of the other essential aspects – in particular, the process and the guidance – that help Solo Build It! members achieve so much.

This helps SBIers save an enormous amount of “figure it out” time. Solopreneurs, by definition, have a limited amount of time to invest. They have no time to read extensively (to learn and keep up), for trial and error, nor to make mistakes.

TimeTime is the solopreneur’s biggest enemy. SBI! optimizes its use, giving the SBIer a significant edge over other solopreneurs. Saving time enables SBIers to focus 100% on building their business.

We have also seen how SBI! is especially strong at growing search engine traffic. And yet, we focus very little on SEO, proving that it’s the process, not the tool, that makes a huge difference.

This Study also shows, dramatically, that what a site looks like has very little impact on its success. Clearly, you need more than Wix’s promise of “a stunning website” if you want to build a real online business that generates traffic and revenue.

We’re thrilled with the success that so many of our customers achieve. Those numbers translate into real people. Read these real-life success stories to see what we mean.

It’s more important than ever to help everyday people cut through intense and contradictory noise so that they can focus their time and energy on what’s important – becoming extraordinary.

But what about the tens of thousands of would-be solopreneurs who haven’t yet joined Solo Build It!? There’s a critical decision to make.

Do you want to start a new online business? Have you been tempted by celebrities talking about how “it’s easy” to start a website?

It’s critical to remember this:

It’s not a website you’re starting. It’s an online business.

You need more than a shiny site builder.

You need more than a promise to have your site up in 5 minutes.

You need more than useless specs and features like “unlimited domain names.” One serious business is all that most people ever need or have time for.

You need and deserve more than “being sold.”

You need to be able to see the real differences between platforms – data-supported results.

Who cares which one offers more domain names or storage space?  Which one offers proven processes that are going to help you succeed?

You need to have access to real reviews and real proof about a company’s track record of success.

Not more marketing hype and fake affiliate claims.

You need a business-building platform and a partner that’s going to do everything possible to help you save your most precious commodity…

Time.

We mentioned this earlier, but it’s worth exploring further…

Time is the ever-growing challenge facing solopreneurs today. Content Shock is simply another symptom, right alongside Social Media Overload and News Fatigue.

We bring you only the small number of important changes that will help grow your business. This ongoing auto-updating is critical…

Countless voices scream to snag some of your precious minutes. You cannot afford to waste time on anything less than the proven best.

If you’re serious about creating an online business based on your knowledge and passions, one that offers real opportunities for online business success…

The head-to-head studies, when taken together, start to give us an estimate of how solopreneurs do in general. The answer is that the true status is poor, but the odds of success can be multiplied by 30-100X (and more) with SBI!.

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If you insist, they will. If that happens, we’ll enter a new era for solopreneurs – one that fulfills the promise of the Internet.

Yes, that means we’ll see the first serious competition for Solo Build It!. We not only believe in solopreneurs and what they can achieve through online business success, we know that there’s lots of room for way more folks to succeed. In short…

We welcome anything that helps more solopreneurs take advantage of this unique time in history, when the individual can seize control of his/her life by starting a business with so little risk.

If I had my life to live over again, I’d take more chances. I’d want more passion in my life. Less fear and more passion, more risk. Even if you fail, you’ve still taken a risk.W. P. Kinsella

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Mike Allton is the Chief Marketing Officer for SiteSell. He has spent years helping solopreneurs achieve success online through the precepts of content marketing: write great content, share that to social, and drive new leads & sales.

Mike’s focus is to reach people who have a passion for something and show them how it’s possible to turn that dream into a real online business and income.

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33+ Top Solo Build It! Solopreneurs Share Their Key Factors for Online Success

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33+ Top Solo Build It! Solopreneurs Share Their Key Factors for Online Success

When we asked 60+ marketers, bloggers, CEOs and business owners  about the biggest challenge that today’s solopreneurs face, the lack of a team was mentioned repeatedly.

Building an online business as a solopreneur can indeed be a lonely affair.  There’s no team to brainstorm ideas with. No colleagues to bounce ideas off. No coworkers to ask for advice. Not even someone to lend you a friendly ear when you feel overwhelmed.

The solution to this challenge? Find and join a Mastermind group or a community of like-minded solopreneurs.

Solo Build It! (SBI!) prides itself on having one of the friendliest, most helpful communities of solopreneurs on the Web. But does being part of this community really play such a big role in helping everyday people succeed online?

And what other factors are crucial for achieving online success? We were curious. We wanted to hear it straight from “the source.”

So we asked 200+ of our most successful members the following question:

What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?

Being part of the SBI! community ranked second among the key factors, expressed by  statements like…

“SBI! is like a reliable best friend.”

“Overall I feel like we are all family.”

“This kind of support from a company that actually cares about their customers and the community of fellow solopreneurs has been critical to my success.”

“Everyone in the community is passionate about a topic AND about building a business around it.”

Before we reveal which factor made it to the top of the list, and what other elements contributed most to building a profitable, long-term online business, let’s meet our 33+ survey participants.



Sidebar: You’ll see terms like Brainstorm It!, BlockBuilder, Analyze It! and others mentioned in the answers. These are some of the tools that come with every SBI! subscription. Each tool is explained in depth here, but it’s the lessons that matter.

As a matter of fact, you can replace most of the tools with plugins if you use WordPress. SBI! for WP enables WordPress users to follow the exact same process, and have access to the same great community. You do exactly the same thing – the only difference is that we help you master the WordPress ecosystem, too.

Nathaniel Adie

Nathaniel Adie

www.skateboardhere.com

I love my SBI!.

  1. SBI! taught me what a keyword is and how they make search work on the internet.
  2. SBI! taught me how to build a website around my topic using the most used keywords related to my topic.
  3. SBI! taught me how to analyze the internet traffic to the keywords on my website and make adjustments based on that traffic.

Christine Albury

Christine Albury

www.best-speech-topics.com

SBI! enabled me to build websites despite having ZERO knowledge about sitebuilding when I started. I didn’t even know what Notepad was!

SBI!’s forums gave me a safe place to ask for help and continues to be a source of knowledge – with a great ‘community’ feel – to this day.

I rely on SBI! as the voice of authority throughout every change and development in the online world. If SBI says something is unimportant, I disregard it. If SBI! tells me I need to act on something, I act on it!

Cath Andrews

Cath Andrews

www.raising-happy-chickens.com  

I needed to think about this carefully, because there are so many ways Solo Build It! has contributed to my success, it’s hard to choose just three. Here’s what I’ve boiled it down to.

1. “The whole package”

This is a bit of a cheat, really, because it incorporates so many things. But there’s no doubt that SBI!’s entire process, all of which is included in the cost, is what has made me able to create a successful site (two, actually!).

In 2006, a year before finding SBI!, I tried other platforms and paid a lot of money (as in over £1,000), only to find I had no idea what to do once I’d built a very pretty website. After that I was very cynical about any claims that I could build a successful site at all, let alone overnight.

There were two things I loved about SBI! when I stumbled across it: it told me success took time and effort, and it told me I’d be able to do it with no knowledge of website-building or coding whatsoever. Following the Action Guide and working hard were its two requirements, and both of those I could do.

And did. The entire process is supported by tools. The website templates used to be quite clunky, but it didn’t seem to matter to my site visitors – they still came. And now the templates have developed massively, so they look good and they’re mobile friendly. The blockbuilder way of creating pages is so simple to use yet my pages look amazing.

The help that I had in thinking through my niche using the decision-making tool was second to none. Who knew it would lead me to choose a niche about keeping backyard chickens! It wasn’t in my head when I began, but it was certainly the right decision. That alone is worth its weight in gold.

Brainstorm It!, the tool SBI! gives me to find keywords, is simply brill. Dozens of my pages are ranked in Google’s top 5, many are #1, and my traffic grows daily. The information I can access – dozens of articles about anything and everything to do with building a successful business – are such an amazing resource.

And then there’s the Action Guide…

The Action Guide is a step-by-step process that led me by the hand from no knowledge to a successful online business. Sometimes it frustrated me, and it took time to work through each of its steps – they’re so thorough. It’s the most amazing resource, and it’s what got me there.

Well, it and the forums got me there. So that’s my second choice…

2. The Forums

I can’t begin to tell you how much help the SBI! forums have been. I was wary of going into them because other forums I’d been in were awful – I felt I couldn’t ask questions because I was more or less laughed at for my lack of knowledge.

SBI!’s forums were, and are, different. Their philosophy is “help and be helped,” and it honestly does work that way. People were prepared to spend time helping me when I knew nothing. And now I can pay that back and help out the newbies – and sometimes the “oldies”, too! The amount of knowledge and experience in there is fantastic.

On a personal level, I have made some of my best friends in the forums, and at SBI! conferences. I’ve visited SBIers’ homes and they’ve been to see me in Italy. We talk business and we have fun. There’s no better combination than finding other people with the same mindset to share ideas over a coffee or a meal or the odd glass of Prosecco…

I have to admit, I miss SBI! conferences. They were a great place to meet other like-minded people. But I still go to local SBI! groups where I can – London and Germany – and enjoying the knowledge, expertise and company of other SBIers is a great way to spend a day.

3. Freedom

Success for me is not only to do with making money. It’s to do with more intangible things.

So freedom is my “bottom line” – it’s what all those practical things SBI! gives me has led to, and for me it’s the greatest gift anyone could give to me and to my family.

The freedom to move from the UK to a life in Italy that I thought I could only dream about. The freedom to travel when and where I want to. The freedom to be able to work anywhere. In my previous job I used to dream of being able to work at home and stay in my PJs all day if I wanted, rather than sit in a 2 hour traffic jam on my way to work and back.

Now I work from my home office if I choose to, but often from my sofa, by my pool, in our olive grove, at the beach, in caffès, hotels, different countries – wherever I feel like. I can go back to the UK and spend time with my family whenever I choose – amazingly, I can even help my young nephews with their technology homework!

Such is the power of what SBI! has taught me.

I’m going to cheat again here and add “confidence” to freedom. My previous unsuccessful attempts at building a website had seriously depleted my confidence. I had more or less given up and I was  sure I could never achieve anything online. SBI! – or I should say the people who make up SBI! – helped me regain that confidence and a sense of self-worth, just by making me believe I could do it, by showing me the way – and by being there to celebrate with me when I did.

For that, I will be forever grateful.

Perhaps the most amazing thing for me is that, 12 months ago, SBI! asked me to work for them as a content writer. I was both honoured and astonished. From knowing nothing, I not only built two successful online businesses, I became a member of a company that I have huge respect and admiration for, working with people from all over the world who are at the top of their game (and seriously lovely to work with). I still have to pinch myself sometimes.  

So there you have my three. To be honest, I find it hard to express fully my appreciation of everything that SBI! has given me. But put it this way: I have never been happier or felt more fulfilled in my life.

Marie Augustin

Marie Augustin

www.serendipity-astrolovers.com

1. Brainstorm It!

2. The forums

3. Super superior customer service.

Overall I feel like we are all family. So much so when I land on another SBI! site I leave a note calling them sister site or brother site.

Michael Bates

Michael Bates

www.dyslexia-reading-well.com

Here are the top 3 ways that SBI! has contributed to my success:

1. The 10 DAY Action Guide totally rocks. This helped me hugely. The step by step  process just can’t be beat, and helped grow my confidence that I could really build a site and a business. It’s just so user friendly!  A key point here is that doing things correctly, right from the start, makes a big difference.

Building pages around successful terms, for example, is just soooo important. Very simply SBI! helped me build a very, very strong foundation (SEO, site architecture, link-building suggestions, site name… on and on).

2. The community of SBIers found in the forums. I was always able to find good advice and support on anything from installing a picture slider to marketing my first e-book. Overcoming those problems built more confidence. The SBI! family really does stick together; this makes a BIG difference!

And this is because everyone in the community is passionate about a topic and about building a business around it. This is very different from something like WordPress or GoDaddy (worse) I think.

3. Keeping things simple. In some ways SBI! is less flashy and slick than other similar companies; offering fewer plugins for example, but at the same time this simplicity is a virtue, making things very functional and reliable.

And functional is really important for a webmaster. It’s nice to be slick but more important to be grounded in the fundamentals and to get that right.

Robert Broughton

Robert Broughton

www.quality-assurance-solutions.com

I am honored to be selected.

What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?

1. SBI! provides a process to follow that leads to success. Most entrepreneurs who do not use SBI! struggle with finding and following a system that gets results. SBI! is built for entrepreneurs who want to follow a proven system that drives results. This system is more than just building a website. It is a backbone on which to build a business.

2. SBI! allows for two methods of building web pages. First is the easy to use blockbuilder. Anyone can use it. For more complicated web pages, one can use any web editor and upload their own HTML pages. I use both methods to complete my site.

3. SBI!’s outstanding support drives my success in many ways. The extensive forums cover about everything you need to run a business website. Here, other solo entrepreneurs discuss tons of ideas and solutions. The SBI! Founder and CEO is very engaged in these forums, adding important insight into helping solo entrepreneurs run a successful website.

In addition, SBI! stays on top of changing market conditions. They investigate and offer solutions when these changes affect their customers. Examples of this include Google Panda and Penguin algorithm changes, enabling mobile websites, and most recently, one button upgrade to switch older sites from HTTP to secure HTTPS.

They also have a great staff that helps when technical issues arise. Finally, SBI! keeps a group of Pros that help entrepreneurs with website design, functionality, structure, marketing and selling products.

Jacki Cammidge

Jacki Cammidge

www.drought-smart-plants.com

Hmm, the top three ways SBI! has contributed to my success?  

I would have to say first, not having to learn HTML was a biggie. It was such a relief to find that I could build my site without learning coding. It was the main reason I went with SBI!  

I have not now, and never had, any desire to waste my valuable (and limited) time learning HTML.

I LOVE BB2! If it wasn’t for that, I would have closed down my site, folded up the tent and moved on.

If ever I need HTML, CSS or javascript help, I ask on the forum, where some very talented folks are happy to provide it. I love not having to leave our friendly forums to find someone helpful (because they’re generally not).

The third reason I’ve found success is because of all the great tools: Brainstorm It!, Site Designer and of course, MOM (MailOut Manager) and Form Build It!. Although MOM could still use a bit of  face lift, it’s usable and I’ve found ways around the quirks. I’ve tried MailChimp which is now integrated, but went back to MOM to keep it all inhouse.

Don Carter Jr

Don Carter Jr

www.Internet-of-the-Mind.com   

That’s an easy question…

1. SBI! gives a structure and evidence-based plan to follow.

2. SBI! provides all the necessary tools and information on how to use them effectively.

3. SBI! provides awesome support by vigilantly monitoring critical changes in the Internet, then providing new tools and know-how to make necessary adjustments as painless as possible.

Wayne Cascarano

Wayne Cascarano

www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com  

3 biggest reasons for success with SBI!:

1. A well documented Action Guide/plan

Follow the Action Guide in an orderly way from beginning to end to demystify the complete process required to build an online business.

2.  A helpful SBI! community forum

Visit the forums regularly to see what others are doing and what problems they are experiencing that could relate to your particular situation.

3. A first class support team

For unique problems that need immediate attention, use the support team for help.

Judith Christensen

Judith Christensen

www.clothingpatterns101.com

It’s difficult to put into words what SBI! has meant to  me and my business. Simply put, I wouldn’t have a business without SBI!.

I started my first site in 2007. I had no background whatsoever in online business or building a website. I can’t even remember how I ran across SBI!, but I am so grateful that I did.

I can’t say that I’m a real success story; I’m not making a full-time income from my online efforts. But I am making an average of about $850 per month – and, because I am still working demanding hours as a freelance seamstress, I only work on my online business about 10-15 hours a month.  $850 for a few hours of work isn’t too bad!

I truly believe that SBI! is the place to be if you’re new to building a website or an online business. Here’s what SBI! has done for me:

1. It’s “all-inclusive.”  SBI! has all of the tools you need to build a website and make your efforts produce income. Brainstorm It! for selecting keywords, the Site Designer, Image and Link libraries, newsletter platform, and so many more – all of these tools exist elsewhere, but if you don’t already have knowledge in site-building you wouldn’t know they exist, where to find them or how to use them.

SBI! supplies all the tools you need and shows you – by following the Action Guide – how (and when) to use them. Here’s just one example: submitting a sitemap to the search engines. They’ll show you how to do it and tell you when it’s time. I wouldn’t even know that was a “thing” without SBI!.

2. SBI! keeps tabs on what’s happening in the online world, and deals with the problems as they arise.  Google changed its algorithm again?  SBI! lets you know what that means to you and what (if anything) you need to do about it.  

They also update their programming to apply solutions to all SBI! sites (as in the recent “HTTPS conversion  tool” that allows all SBI! sites to comply with new demands for internet security).

I don’t have to spend time keeping up with all the tech stuff and dealing with constant changes; SBI! does it for me.

3. The community in the forums and online groups is invaluable. Sometimes I have a “stupid” question that I can’t find the answer to in the SBI! Action Guide (sometimes I just don’t even know how to phrase the question or where to direct it).

The online support of the community allows those of us who don’t “speak the language” to express our questions and concerns, and somebody will understand and help us out.  Maybe someone had a similar problem and tells their solution; sometimes a more tech-savvy person can explain things more clearly.

And sometimes, we just share jokes and greetings! It’s much more friendly and helpful than most tech-related online forums; you don’t have to be afraid to ask a question.

4. SBI! helps you build more than a website, it helps you build a business. My first website generated income with Adsense and affiliate links. I still make about $200 a month with that site, and I only work on it about 10 hours a year!!

But that $200 is much lower than the income I earned early on, and I expect it to continue to decline. So, following advice in the forums and online communities, I built another site, based on a topic about which I have years of experience and can produce my own products.  

The site itself has many pages of useful information, but I also create in-depth tutorials that I sell on the site. Teaching pattern design is my business; my site is simply a platform to introduce myself to the world and sell my tutorials.

My first site was not a business; it generates income, but it’s not a business. I now have a pattern design business, and my SBI! site supports that business.

SBI! is not “get rich quick”, but I don’t need to get rich at all. I just need to supplement my income by doing something I enjoy a few hours a month. And I know I’ve got that with SBI!.

I knew nothing about building a website when I started – and to be honest, I still know almost nothing. But I don’t have to know it all – I just know I can trust SBI! to take care of me and lead me in the right direction.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

www.acupuncture-points.org

  1. Range of facilities all in one place.
  2. Forum, for help and advice.
  3. Encouragement, including the 10 DAY Action Guide.

Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Ashley Cotter-Cairns

www.sellmycomicbooks.com

  1. SBI! is easy to use.
  2. There are no distractions like plugins, updates, hosting.
  3. Documentation is solid and support for that documentation is excellent.
Frank Dalotto

Frank Dalotto

www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com

“What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?”

SBI! is more than a host service provider. They offer a full range of services aimed at the solopreneur with little or no technical support staff to ensure that their site and web pages are optimized, such as page analysis, a broken link checker, 301 redirects, libraries (links, images, 301’s, reusable blocks), and more.

Outstanding Customer Service/Support. They are quick to respond in a courteous, highly communicative manner, and with a sense of urgency. They are technically competent, and if the fix is beyond their level of proficiency,  they are quick to refer it to a software developer, and very importantly stay on top of it with continuous follow up and feedback on the status.

SBI! offers an outstanding, none better,  “Blockbuilder” web-builder package. It’s easy to use for the semi-technical web builder, which allows the solopreneur to focus on all the other non-technical, web publishing functions.

There are many more benefits and support services that SBI! offers that I failed to mention. Bottom line, I would not have enjoyed the success I have had with web publishing over the past ten years, were it not for SBI!.

I have tried other services, but none of them comes close to SBI!. SBI! is unique and stands out in a class by itself. No doubt this is due to Ken Evoy and his leadership skills, and in hiring an outstanding team of professionals.

Marianne Edwards

Marianne Edwards

www.frugal-rv-travel.com

  1. SBI! provided the means and ways to an end.

    I had a product idea (a comprehensive travel guide document geared to a niche market – frugal RVers). I wanted a website to “see if it would sell” as an ebook. In the age when downloadable documents were selling from $0.99 to $9.99, I priced it at US$17.00; I had put a lot of work into it and knew the value was there.

    This was 11 years ago, when I was a complete novice to web sites and there was no guarantee it would sell at all. I would never have followed through with it if I’d had to pay someone else to create a website for me. SBI! advice was to build the site, give away a ton of other info, and then, offer my product for sale. I wrote many web pages, giving away a ton of “other” useful information that was not part of the guide.

    2. SBI!’s advice to write about what I know from my unique perspective helped me become confident.

    I would have never thought I could be considered an expert in anything but, gradually, as people told me I was, I began to recognize that I must be. I did not have to pretend to know everything; keeping it totally honest felt great.

    When I didn’t know something, I found and linked to other trusted resources. This helped me build relationships, trust, and referrals by those industry experts. The first few years, it was just a hobby – but one  that paid for itself. Even in the first year, I had made enough sales and Google Adsense revenue to pay for my SBI! renewal. Plus, I was having fun. So it was a hobby that paid for itself. Why not just have fun and see where it grows?

    3. All SBI! pages I created are “evergreen.”

    Sales from my (now 6) guides grew steadily and reliably. This, despite the fact that, after the first two or three years, I put very little effort into adding new site content. I review pages about once a year or when prompted by a reader, to be sure the information is still relevant.

    I end up doing some but very little tweaking or updating. The Content 2.0 pages (another part of SBI! that allows site visitors to add content to my site) and notifications about broken links make it easy to keep my site active and the search engines happy with minimal effort.   

    4. I was able to build a successful business with help and guidelines but I love that there are no hard and fast rules.

    No boss was there telling me what I “must” do or how I could be even more successful if only I’d devote more time to …blah, blah, blah. I’m not a numbers person. I have very little interest in projections and statistics or reading and comparing graphs. If I check the traffic stats on my site once a year, it’s likely because someone asks me for them, not because I’m curious or want to track how my business is doing.

    The money arriving in my account every month is all the stats I need. And it keeps growing, so that’s enough for me. I know that if I “tried harder” I could be more successful, but I’m quite content.

    After all, this started as just a hobby – one that somehow replaced my day job within a couple of years. I’m 65 now and supposed to be retired!

    5. Access to SBI! Professionals – ones who specialize in SBI! websites.

    For the big changes, I was able to find and hire great help at reasonable rates. Debs Seeber (who’s in charge of the SBI! Professionals) helped me set up “Infin it!” for my new WordPress blog in 2016.

    In 2014, AJ (another SBI! Pro) did the coding to make my site mobile-friendly. Both Debs and AJ were great – they gave amazing personal service going over and above what I’d contracted with them. It was great to not have to search outside of SBI! itself to find experts who knew exactly how I had built my site and what needed to be done.

    6. My successful SBI! site became a springboard for my next venture.

    Not really a reply to your question, but thought I’d share this final testament – I have a second website, Boondockers Welcome. For RVers, it is the Driveway Surfing equivalent to Couch Surfing. That project, in partnership with my daughter, who is the (genius) CTO, is my real focus now. (I’m not really very retired, after all.)

    It’s also a passion project for the two of us. If not for my success with frugal-rv-travel.com, I think neither of us would have believed in this idea enough to dedicate as much time and effort to it as we have. The site owes a lot of its success to being first-to-market but frugal-rv-travel played a big role as well. We had the unique advantage of seeding our membership with over 200 hosts who were already my loyal fans.

    I’m sure my proven success with frugal-rv-travel also paved the way for my daughter trusting my instincts about this venture. She still usually listens to my suggestions – imagine that!

    And finally, my reliable, steady ebook income lets me be content to let Boondockers Welcome grow at its own slow-and-steady pace. I know from experience that it pays off.  

    So thanks, Ken and the SBI! Team, for almost eleven years. My daughter used to suggest I could accomplish the same with a cheaper GoDaddy site but she gave up on trying to convince me. Why would I switch when it has worked so well for me? I’m a loyal SBI! fan.

Vincent Finnan

Vincent Finnan

www.italian-renaissance-art.com

The top three ways that SBI! has contributed to my success are…

  1. First and foremost providing the detailed information that allowed me to build a website in the first place – I had absolutely no idea about the process of web-building, SBI! solved my problem. The Action Guide was – and still is – invaluable as a learning tool.
  2. Next would have to be the correct way of engaging with an audience on the Net. This allowed me to share my passion for art with people all over the world, something that I did not imagine that I could ever achieve.
  3. A very important factor for me is the continued support provided by SBI! in a fast moving and fluid internet environment – an example would be the HTTPS conversion process, which was very smooth indeed. As long as SBI! remains at the forefront of innovation and continues to take the hard work out of managing a website it will have my full support.

Susan Gast

Susan Gast

www.easy-food-dehydrating.com  

The top three ways SBI! made my site successful, in no particular order:

  1. SBI!’s continual upgrading of resources – (without having to pay the upgrade price!).
  2. The sheer volume of must-know info, shared within the 10-DAY Action Guide.
  3. Providing pretty much an all-in-one service (site hosting, email, newsletter) at an affordable price. Sure, I’ve added on upgraded email services (ConvertKit) for a more modern look.
  4. OK, another one: the team’s efforts at keeping us abreast of stuff we need to do to be current (https for one). Saves us solopreneurs a ton of time.

    Another one: your SBIX newsletter … I love to read Ken’s SBIX in my inbox!

    Another one: your Tech Support are second to none. Always on the ball, courteous, and are fun to work with! Love ’em!

    Overall, SBI! rocks. I’ve tried GoDaddy, just to save money due to the lure of being able to have more than one site in one account for one fixed price. Truth is, I wasted more time and money doing that! It’s the shiny object syndrome at work!

Wellesley Gayle

Wellesley Gayle

www.my-island-jamaica.com  

What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?

1. Online business knowledge (knowledge is still power)

That’s the first and most critical way SBI! contributed to my success. And for that I am eternally grateful.

Yes, there are a myriad of programs out there but SBI! brings the most important pieces all together nicely, in a way that everyone can understand.

This started with the Action Guide and extended itself to the friendly forums, the information Headquarters (e.g. Tips and Techniques and monetization articles) and support.

2. The integration of a sweet suite of the tools (saves time and money)

Yes, again everything I needed is there. No need to buy tools from different suppliers.

Researching keywords, designing the site, building pages, engaging the customers (newsletter or C2), getting social, etc., are all included.

3. A shoulder to lean on

Every now and then I run into a technical issue, from Google, for example, and I have no clue!

I rest assured that I can always email support and get some insight into it. In many cases there exists an article about it, but the folks in support are always willing to listen and gently direct me to the resource material if available. If not, they investigate and get back to me with an update.

I also rest assured that whatever new trend might come along, SBI! will be right there to advise and direct me.

I could go on and on, but you asked for only three.

Mark Gittelman

Mark Gittelman

www.youfixcars.com

I sold Youfixcars.com on 1/10/2017 to a media company. That company transferred it to their own servers and converted it to a WordPress site. With that said, I appreciated how SBI! got us through major transitions on the internet. The web was a different place when I started that site in 2007.

SBI! guided us through Panda and Penguin and provided ongoing studies and recovery tips. SBI! never stopped working at providing solid resources that helped us adapt to a changing internet.

On the development side we got BB2 and help to make our sites mobile friendly when the Internet sprung that one on us. You won’t find this kind of caring at any web hosting company.

Bridget Gore

Bridget Gore

www.workplace-communication.com

  1. Excellent guide on how to do everything for your website.
  2. Brainstorm It! – this is absolutely critical.
  3. SBI! being able to analyse and figure out what has impacted sites when there were algorithm changes.
  4. The excellent advice – You can completely block out all other noise and advice on the net and know that SBI! is the only source of information you need.

Anton Hout

Anton Hout

www.Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com

I am thrilled that my site, Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com, has been chosen for the Results page! I remember combing through those listings before I even joined SBI!, visiting the sites, wondering if I could ever have a site successful enough to be added. I hope it helps inspire future SBIers to start their journey to creating their own successful online business!

The top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to my success could be summed up as guidance, inspiration, and support…

1. SBI! has contributed to my success by providing a comprehensive online business-building education. There are so many disparate things that need to be taken into account before, during, and after setting up an online business that most people who are new to this type of venture would likely miss entire pieces of the puzzle that are critical to their success.

With SBI! I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel or spend weeks, months, or years sifting through contradictory and incomplete information on the web. SBI! provided me the roadmap: what to do, when to do it, and why.

2. SBI! has contributed to my success by allowing me to believe that success was possible in the first place. Before joining SBI! I was intrigued by the case studies and examples of all the successful online business owners they featured on their site.

Could it be true? I wasn’t sure at the beginning, but as I learned about other people, in the forums, I could see that many of them were further along the path than I was and that they were succeeding.

I knew then if I followed the guidance provided by SBI!, learned from those who had created successful online businesses before me – and put in the work – that I really could do it. And I have!

3. SBI! has contributed to my success by being there when I needed them. It is reassuring to know that whatever issue I face or question I have there is a team behind me.

If I have a technical problem, the support team at SBI! is highly responsive. If I have a question about anything, I know I can go to the forums and get answers. If I want one-to-one coaching or decide to delegate a task, I can count on the SiteSell Pros to provide the services I need to help me take my online business to the next level.

This kind of support from a company that actually cares about their customers and the community of fellow solopreneurs has been critical to my success.

Masahiro Imafuji

Masahiro Imafuji

www.kendo-guide.com

1. First off, the guidance. Action Guide and videos are great. I made websites on my own but didn’t know what to do or how to do it. But SBI! tells you what to do! So you can save tremendous time.

2. Coaches. I talked to some coaches. As a solopreneur, we need someone to talk to.

And that someone needs to be a pro or specialist. SBI! has them. That is a huge plus.

3. Newsletter with success stories. Simply encouragement. Gives us ideas to direct our business.

4. All the tools to support us. I don’t know what is going on or what is new in the internet world. But SBI! is on it! It gives us the tools to catch up with changes in the internet world. We just have to follow the guidance and not mess it up!

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly

www.creative-funeral-ideas.com

Here are the top three ways SBI! has contributed to my success:

1. The Action Guide

No get rich quick promises, but a realistic process that teaches you how to build a website that generates traffic, and whether or not it makes sense to spend the time and energy to build a site on a topic.

2. Ken Evoy’s Heart and Soul

The owner of SBI! pours his heart and soul into helping us succeed.  His entries in the forum are invaluable (although sometimes a little longer in length then they needed to be…lol).

The ebooks he has created, like “Make Your Content PreSell,” “Make Your Words Sell” and “Make Your Price Sell” are invaluable and I have read them many times.

3. SBI! takes care of everything!

You have no idea how computer illiterate I am!  As a business woman, I  always had assistants to take care of my computer needs. Building a website came about as a result of paying people thousands of dollars to build me a site that – although it looked very nice – was completely ineffective.

SBI! was something that I did in the evenings to challenge myself in learning a proper way of building a website. I was not allowed to build a site for my day job as I worked in a highly regulated industry from a compliance point of view.

So I built a web business completely unrelated to my work. Now that I am retired the site continues to keep my mind engaged and challenged. And SBI! continues to make managing a website easy, keeping on top of all the technical changes required.

Maria Lewander

Maria Lewander

www.onlinepianocoach.com

3 ways SBI! has helped me become successful, in order of importance:

  1. Action Guide – the videos with the very nice and comforting voice, and the checklists for each “day.” (I get easily sidetracked…)
  2. The forums – invaluable.
  3. Brainstorm It! – it’s a wow. Especially now with the new keyword value tasks.

Debbie Madson

Debbie Madson

www.kids-cooking-activities.com

1. A comprehensive service that takes care of the behind-the-scenes details. This allows me to concentrate on building a site and creating content, which is what I love about being a web publisher.

An example is the recent https conversion. SBI! made it simple enough that all I had to do was hit a button and follow a step-by-step guide. I didn’t have to research and find information on what to do to change my site over.

2. Support. Whenever I’ve had an issue or questions, which wasn’t often, I’ve always been happy with emailing Support and getting the help that I needed quickly.

Having a forum that answers questions easily and articles on Tips and Techniques makes it easy for me to receive help when working online.

3. Love the Action Guide. The day by day Action Guide was well laid out for me to learn and understand what a natural way to build a site was like. When I started working on building my first site over 10 years ago, this was invaluable at helping me get started.

I now upload my own HTML and don’t use BlockBuilder, but that is how I learned and was able to make a progression of steps to become a better web publisher. I still love writing content and having confidence in my sites using SBI! many years later.

I can’t thank you enough for making it possible to stay home and make a living for my family.

Doug Mann

Doug Mann

www.fossils-facts-and-finds.com

Narrowing it to 3 is a challenge…

1. The SBI! Action Guide was a huge help in so many ways. From understanding how to structure a website to perspective on keeping it real to developing a long-term approach – i.e., tortoise power – to advice on best practices, and how to stay focused on things that matter, the Action Guide is a springboard to a successful website.

2. The Analyze It! tool has helped me understand how to create a web page that search engines “like.”

3. Having tools like Brainstorm It! and the Master Keyword List is an incredible advantage.

4. The SBI! Forums and the community of SBI! members led by Debs answered so many questions in the beginning; and after more than 10 years I still get helpful advice.

Thanks for overdelivering in too many ways to speak of!

Marc Mitnick

Marc Mitnick

www.foot-pain-explained.com

1. One stop shopping in that not only did you show me the proper way to build a site in terms of organization, but also the methods available to me to monetize it.  

2. The vast amount of resources available to me through SBI!. It seems a week does not pass that I don’t get new ideas from SBI! on how to grow my audience. An example would be your primers on the merits of Pinterest, the pro and the cons, along with best practices in setting up the account and driving traffic to my site.

I have also had the occasion to read about an idea for my site, elsewhere, and wouldn’t you know it, SBI! has already covered the topic, making it simple to implement the idea on my site.

3. World class support. It amazes me that for the eleven years I have been associated with SBI!, I have never had a problem that Support was unable to figure out, always with a cheerful attitude.

Catherine Pratt

Catherine Pratt

www.life-with-confidence.com   

One of the main reasons I love SBI! so much is that you go way above and beyond to solve any potential issues I might encounter with my site and you always keep me informed about what I need to do to keep my site compliant with the latest “must do’s.”

For example, I wouldn’t have known about converting my site to https if you hadn’t told me. I would have had no clue how to convert my site to https if you hadn’t made it so easy that all I had to do was press one button.

I have a friend who’s not with SBI!. I told her about the https issue and she asked me, “What do I do?” I had no answer for her except maybe, “Switch to SBI!. They take care of you.”

It may not sound like a big thing but it’s huge. There’s been so many times you’ve come up with super easy solutions for me with things that could have potentially completely derailed my site. You got me through all the Google animals (Penguin, Panda, etc.) by doing massive amounts of research and boiling it all down to what I needed to do. Who else would be willing to do something like that for their clients? Very, very few.

SBI! always keeps me up to date on information I need to know about the world of web-building. That’s huge. I don’t have a lot of time to work on my site anyway. I definitely don’t have time to keep researching all the latest things I need to do, like when the requirement became that you needed to notify your visitors that you have cookies on your site.

It’s huge knowing that I have a trusted source to provide me with the information I need and also provides a simple solution for me so I can get back to concentrating on my site.

I also love that you provide everything I need in one spot. I tried using a WordPress site for awhile and I hated having to find a plugin for every single thing I wanted to do. I also had to research all those plugins to make sure they were legit and weren’t scamming me (some were discovered to be taking a cut of people’s Amazon earnings, for example).

Plus, what a huge security risk that is having all those hundreds of different third-party companies installing code on your site. Code that you have absolutely no idea what it’s doing in the background. Security nightmare.

It also got to be expensive adding on all those plugins. You think your site will be cheaper going the WordPress route but by the time you add in all those plugins just to do the basics, it gets to be expensive. You also have to keep updating all those plugins. I don’t need to do any of that with SBI! because everything I need is already part of it.

The support staff is amazing too. Whatever issue I run into, the support staff is so quick to help and they also always go above and beyond to help me out. Always incredibly nice people too. In all the years I’ve had my SBI! site, I’ve never run into a bad one. They’re all amazing. It makes a difference.

I also love that you have a team of SBI! Professionals who I can use for anything additional I need like a new site design. It’s great knowing there’s a team of people who can help me out and know exactly how to implement that solution on my SBI! site.

The one other factor is that building a web site can be a lonely business. I like getting my SBI! newsletter which provides me with information but also highlights what other SBI! users are doing and what they’ve done to be successful. It makes me feel more like I’m part of a community.

I love the amount of solid information you provide to me with the Action Guide. I need to go back and reread the Action Guide actually. I have to embarrassingly admit that last year I was frustrated with my site, and I got sucked into buying an insanely (and I mean insanely) expensive blogging course which promised to teach me how to run a successful site.

I only did a few of the lessons and realized it was crap compared to what I’d learned in the Action Guide and I’d been given the Action Guide with my SBI! subscription. It wasn’t something I had to pay for in addition.

Sadly, I couldn’t get a refund on my money from the course but it did teach me that I haven’t been appreciating enough the information that SBI! freely gives me. Education is so powerful. I do find the Action Guide overwhelming to go through but I should read it again.

Anyway, I love my SBI! site. You just make it so easy for me. That’s what a good partnership is like. You concentrate on all the technical stuff so I can focus on the content.

I so very much appreciate you! Thank You for all you do for me!!!!

33 Top Solo Build It! Solopreneurs Share Their Key Factors for Online Success

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33 Top Solo Build It! Solopreneurs Share Their Key Factors for Online Success

When we asked 60+ marketers, bloggers, CEOs and business owners  about the biggest challenge that today’s solopreneurs face, the lack of a team was mentioned repeatedly.

Building an online business as a solopreneur can indeed be a lonely affair.  There’s no team to brainstorm ideas with. No colleagues to bounce ideas off. No coworkers to ask for advice. Not even someone to lend you a friendly ear when you feel overwhelmed.

The solution to this challenge? Find and join a Mastermind group or a community of like-minded solopreneurs.

Solo Build It! (SBI!) prides itself on having one of the friendliest, most helpful communities of solopreneurs on the Web. But does being part of this community really play such a big role in helping everyday people succeed online?

And what other factors are crucial for achieving online success? We were curious. We wanted to hear it straight from “the source.”

So we asked 200+ of our most successful members the following question:

What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?

Being part of the SBI! community ranked second among the key factors, expressed by  statements like…

“SBI! is like a reliable best friend.”

“Overall I feel like we are all family.”

“This kind of support from a company that actually cares about their customers and the community of fellow solopreneurs has been critical to my success.”

“Everyone in the community is passionate about a topic AND about building a business around it.”

Before we reveal which factor made it to the top of the list, and what other elements contributed most to building a profitable, long-term online business, let’s meet our 33 survey participants.



Sidebar: You’ll see terms like Brainstorm It!, BlockBuilder, Analyze It! and others mentioned in the answers. These are some of the tools that come with every SBI! subscription. Each tool is explained in depth here, but it’s the lessons that matter.

As a matter of fact, you can replace most of the tools with plugins if you use WordPress. SBI! for WP enables WordPress users to follow the exact same process, and have access to the same great community. You do exactly the same thing – the only difference is that we help you master the WordPress ecosystem, too.

Nathaniel Adie

Nathaniel Adie

www.skateboardhere.com

I love my SBI!.

  1. SBI! taught me what a keyword is and how they make search work on the internet.
  2. SBI! taught me how to build a website around my topic using the most used keywords related to my topic.
  3. SBI! taught me how to analyze the internet traffic to the keywords on my website and make adjustments based on that traffic.

Cath Andrews

Cath Andrews

www.raising-happy-chickens.com  

I needed to think about this carefully, because there are so many ways Solo Build It! has contributed to my success, it’s hard to choose just three. Here’s what I’ve boiled it down to.

1. “The whole package”

This is a bit of a cheat, really, because it incorporates so many things. But there’s no doubt that SBI!’s entire process, all of which is included in the cost, is what has made me able to create a successful site (two, actually!).

In 2006, a year before finding SBI!, I tried other platforms and paid a lot of money (as in over £1,000), only to find I had no idea what to do once I’d built a very pretty website. After that I was very cynical about any claims that I could build a successful site at all, let alone overnight.

There were two things I loved about SBI! when I stumbled across it: it told me success took time and effort, and it told me I’d be able to do it with no knowledge of website-building or coding whatsoever. Following the Action Guide and working hard were its two requirements, and both of those I could do.

And did. The entire process is supported by tools. The website templates used to be quite clunky, but it didn’t seem to matter to my site visitors – they still came. And now the templates have developed massively, so they look good and they’re mobile friendly. The blockbuilder way of creating pages is so simple to use yet my pages look amazing.

The help that I had in thinking through my niche using the decision-making tool was second to none. Who knew it would lead me to choose a niche about keeping backyard chickens! It wasn’t in my head when I began, but it was certainly the right decision. That alone is worth its weight in gold.

Brainstorm It!, the tool SBI! gives me to find keywords, is simply brill. Dozens of my pages are ranked in Google’s top 5, many are #1, and my traffic grows daily. The information I can access – dozens of articles about anything and everything to do with building a successful business – are such an amazing resource.

And then there’s the Action Guide…

The Action Guide is a step-by-step process that led me by the hand from no knowledge to a successful online business. Sometimes it frustrated me, and it took time to work through each of its steps – they’re so thorough. It’s the most amazing resource, and it’s what got me there.

Well, it and the forums got me there. So that’s my second choice…

2. The Forums

I can’t begin to tell you how much help the SBI! forums have been. I was wary of going into them because other forums I’d been in were awful – I felt I couldn’t ask questions because I was more or less laughed at for my lack of knowledge.

SBI!’s forums were, and are, different. Their philosophy is “help and be helped,” and it honestly does work that way. People were prepared to spend time helping me when I knew nothing. And now I can pay that back and help out the newbies – and sometimes the “oldies”, too! The amount of knowledge and experience in there is fantastic.

On a personal level, I have made some of my best friends in the forums, and at SBI! conferences. I’ve visited SBIers’ homes and they’ve been to see me in Italy. We talk business and we have fun. There’s no better combination than finding other people with the same mindset to share ideas over a coffee or a meal or the odd glass of Prosecco…

I have to admit, I miss SBI! conferences. They were a great place to meet other like-minded people. But I still go to local SBI! groups where I can – London and Germany – and enjoying the knowledge, expertise and company of other SBIers is a great way to spend a day.

3. Freedom

Success for me is not only to do with making money. It’s to do with more intangible things.

So freedom is my “bottom line” – it’s what all those practical things SBI! gives me has led to, and for me it’s the greatest gift anyone could give to me and to my family.

The freedom to move from the UK to a life in Italy that I thought I could only dream about. The freedom to travel when and where I want to. The freedom to be able to work anywhere. In my previous job I used to dream of being able to work at home and stay in my PJs all day if I wanted, rather than sit in a 2 hour traffic jam on my way to work and back.

Now I work from my home office if I choose to, but often from my sofa, by my pool, in our olive grove, at the beach, in caffès, hotels, different countries – wherever I feel like. I can go back to the UK and spend time with my family whenever I choose – amazingly, I can even help my young nephews with their technology homework!

Such is the power of what SBI! has taught me.

I’m going to cheat again here and add “confidence” to freedom. My previous unsuccessful attempts at building a website had seriously depleted my confidence. I had more or less given up and I was  sure I could never achieve anything online. SBI! – or I should say the people who make up SBI! – helped me regain that confidence and a sense of self-worth, just by making me believe I could do it, by showing me the way – and by being there to celebrate with me when I did.

For that, I will be forever grateful.

Perhaps the most amazing thing for me is that, 12 months ago, SBI! asked me to work for them as a content writer. I was both honoured and astonished. From knowing nothing, I not only built two successful online businesses, I became a member of a company that I have huge respect and admiration for, working with people from all over the world who are at the top of their game (and seriously lovely to work with). I still have to pinch myself sometimes.  

So there you have my three. To be honest, I find it hard to express fully my appreciation of everything that SBI! has given me. But put it this way: I have never been happier or felt more fulfilled in my life.

Marie Augustin

Marie Augustin

www.serendipity-astrolovers.com

1. Brainstorm It!

2. The forums

3. Super superior customer service.

Overall I feel like we are all family. So much so when I land on another SBI! site I leave a note calling them sister site or brother site.

Michael Bates

Michael Bates

www.dyslexia-reading-well.com

Here are the top 3 ways that SBI! has contributed to my success:

1. The 10 DAY Action Guide totally rocks. This helped me hugely. The step by step  process just can’t be beat, and helped grow my confidence that I could really build a site and a business. It’s just so user friendly!  A key point here is that doing things correctly, right from the start, makes a big difference.

Building pages around successful terms, for example, is just soooo important. Very simply SBI! helped me build a very, very strong foundation (SEO, site architecture, link-building suggestions, site name… on and on).

2. The community of SBIers found in the forums. I was always able to find good advice and support on anything from installing a picture slider to marketing my first e-book. Overcoming those problems built more confidence. The SBI! family really does stick together; this makes a BIG difference!

And this is because everyone in the community is passionate about a topic and about building a business around it. This is very different from something like WordPress or GoDaddy (worse) I think.

3. Keeping things simple. In some ways SBI! is less flashy and slick than other similar companies; offering fewer plugins for example, but at the same time this simplicity is a virtue, making things very functional and reliable.

And functional is really important for a webmaster. It’s nice to be slick but more important to be grounded in the fundamentals and to get that right.

Robert Broughton

Robert Broughton

www.quality-assurance-solutions.com

I am honored to be selected.

What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?

1. SBI! provides a process to follow that leads to success. Most entrepreneurs who do not use SBI! struggle with finding and following a system that gets results. SBI! is built for entrepreneurs who want to follow a proven system that drives results. This system is more than just building a website. It is a backbone on which to build a business.

2. SBI! allows for two methods of building web pages. First is the easy to use blockbuilder. Anyone can use it. For more complicated web pages, one can use any web editor and upload their own HTML pages. I use both methods to complete my site.

3. SBI!’s outstanding support drives my success in many ways. The extensive forums cover about everything you need to run a business website. Here, other solo entrepreneurs discuss tons of ideas and solutions. The SBI! Founder and CEO is very engaged in these forums, adding important insight into helping solo entrepreneurs run a successful website.

In addition, SBI! stays on top of changing market conditions. They investigate and offer solutions when these changes affect their customers. Examples of this include Google Panda and Penguin algorithm changes, enabling mobile websites, and most recently, one button upgrade to switch older sites from HTTP to secure HTTPS.

They also have a great staff that helps when technical issues arise. Finally, SBI! keeps a group of Pros that help entrepreneurs with website design, functionality, structure, marketing and selling products.

Jacki Cammidge

Jacki Cammidge

www.drought-smart-plants.com

Hmm, the top three ways SBI! has contributed to my success?  

I would have to say first, not having to learn HTML was a biggie. It was such a relief to find that I could build my site without learning coding. It was the main reason I went with SBI!  

I have not now, and never had, any desire to waste my valuable (and limited) time learning HTML.

I LOVE BB2! If it wasn’t for that, I would have closed down my site, folded up the tent and moved on.

If ever I need HTML, CSS or javascript help, I ask on the forum, where some very talented folks are happy to provide it. I love not having to leave our friendly forums to find someone helpful (because they’re generally not).

The third reason I’ve found success is because of all the great tools: Brainstorm It!, Site Designer and of course, MOM (MailOut Manager) and Form Build It!. Although MOM could still use a bit of  face lift, it’s usable and I’ve found ways around the quirks. I’ve tried MailChimp which is now integrated, but went back to MOM to keep it all inhouse.

Don Carter Jr

Don Carter Jr

www.Internet-of-the-Mind.com   

That’s an easy question…

1. SBI! gives a structure and evidence-based plan to follow.

2. SBI! provides all the necessary tools and information on how to use them effectively.

3. SBI! provides awesome support by vigilantly monitoring critical changes in the Internet, then providing new tools and know-how to make necessary adjustments as painless as possible.

Wayne Cascarano

Wayne Cascarano

www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com  

3 biggest reasons for success with SBI!:

1. A well documented Action Guide/plan

Follow the Action Guide in an orderly way from beginning to end to demystify the complete process required to build an online business.

2.  A helpful SBI! community forum

Visit the forums regularly to see what others are doing and what problems they are experiencing that could relate to your particular situation.

3. A first class support team

For unique problems that need immediate attention, use the support team for help.

Judith Christensen

Judith Christensen

www.clothingpatterns101.com

It’s difficult to put into words what SBI! has meant to  me and my business. Simply put, I wouldn’t have a business without SBI!.

I started my first site in 2007. I had no background whatsoever in online business or building a website. I can’t even remember how I ran across SBI!, but I am so grateful that I did.

I can’t say that I’m a real success story; I’m not making a full-time income from my online efforts. But I am making an average of about $850 per month – and, because I am still working demanding hours as a freelance seamstress, I only work on my online business about 10-15 hours a month.  $850 for a few hours of work isn’t too bad!

I truly believe that SBI! is the place to be if you’re new to building a website or an online business. Here’s what SBI! has done for me:

1. It’s “all-inclusive.”  SBI! has all of the tools you need to build a website and make your efforts produce income. Brainstorm It! for selecting keywords, the Site Designer, Image and Link libraries, newsletter platform, and so many more – all of these tools exist elsewhere, but if you don’t already have knowledge in site-building you wouldn’t know they exist, where to find them or how to use them.

SBI! supplies all the tools you need and shows you – by following the Action Guide – how (and when) to use them. Here’s just one example: submitting a sitemap to the search engines. They’ll show you how to do it and tell you when it’s time. I wouldn’t even know that was a “thing” without SBI!.

2. SBI! keeps tabs on what’s happening in the online world, and deals with the problems as they arise.  Google changed its algorithm again?  SBI! lets you know what that means to you and what (if anything) you need to do about it.  

They also update their programming to apply solutions to all SBI! sites (as in the recent “HTTPS conversion  tool” that allows all SBI! sites to comply with new demands for internet security).

I don’t have to spend time keeping up with all the tech stuff and dealing with constant changes; SBI! does it for me.

3. The community in the forums and online groups is invaluable. Sometimes I have a “stupid” question that I can’t find the answer to in the SBI! Action Guide (sometimes I just don’t even know how to phrase the question or where to direct it).

The online support of the community allows those of us who don’t “speak the language” to express our questions and concerns, and somebody will understand and help us out.  Maybe someone had a similar problem and tells their solution; sometimes a more tech-savvy person can explain things more clearly.

And sometimes, we just share jokes and greetings! It’s much more friendly and helpful than most tech-related online forums; you don’t have to be afraid to ask a question.

4. SBI! helps you build more than a website, it helps you build a business. My first website generated income with Adsense and affiliate links. I still make about $200 a month with that site, and I only work on it about 10 hours a year!!

But that $200 is much lower than the income I earned early on, and I expect it to continue to decline. So, following advice in the forums and online communities, I built another site, based on a topic about which I have years of experience and can produce my own products.  

The site itself has many pages of useful information, but I also create in-depth tutorials that I sell on the site. Teaching pattern design is my business; my site is simply a platform to introduce myself to the world and sell my tutorials.

My first site was not a business; it generates income, but it’s not a business. I now have a pattern design business, and my SBI! site supports that business.

SBI! is not “get rich quick”, but I don’t need to get rich at all. I just need to supplement my income by doing something I enjoy a few hours a month. And I know I’ve got that with SBI!.

I knew nothing about building a website when I started – and to be honest, I still know almost nothing. But I don’t have to know it all – I just know I can trust SBI! to take care of me and lead me in the right direction.

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott

www.acupuncture-points.org

  1. Range of facilities all in one place.
  2. Forum, for help and advice.
  3. Encouragement, including the 10 DAY Action Guide.

Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Ashley Cotter-Cairns

www.sellmycomicbooks.com

  1. SBI! is easy to use.
  2. There are no distractions like plugins, updates, hosting.
  3. Documentation is solid and support for that documentation is excellent.
Frank Dalotto

Frank Dalotto

www.new-jersey-leisure-guide.com

“What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to your success?”

SBI! is more than a host service provider. They offer a full range of services aimed at the solopreneur with little or no technical support staff to ensure that their site and web pages are optimized, such as page analysis, a broken link checker, 301 redirects, libraries (links, images, 301’s, reusable blocks), and more.

Outstanding Customer Service/Support. They are quick to respond in a courteous, highly communicative manner, and with a sense of urgency. They are technically competent, and if the fix is beyond their level of proficiency,  they are quick to refer it to a software developer, and very importantly stay on top of it with continuous follow up and feedback on the status.

SBI! offers an outstanding, none better,  “Blockbuilder” web-builder package. It’s easy to use for the semi-technical web builder, which allows the solopreneur to focus on all the other non-technical, web publishing functions.

There are many more benefits and support services that SBI! offers that I failed to mention. Bottom line, I would not have enjoyed the success I have had with web publishing over the past ten years, were it not for SBI!.

I have tried other services, but none of them comes close to SBI!. SBI! is unique and stands out in a class by itself. No doubt this is due to Ken Evoy and his leadership skills, and in hiring an outstanding team of professionals.

Marianne Edwards

Marianne Edwards

www.frugal-rv-travel.com

  1. SBI! provided the means and ways to an end.

    I had a product idea (a comprehensive travel guide document geared to a niche market – frugal RVers). I wanted a website to “see if it would sell” as an ebook. In the age when downloadable documents were selling from $0.99 to $9.99, I priced it at US$17.00; I had put a lot of work into it and knew the value was there.

    This was 11 years ago, when I was a complete novice to web sites and there was no guarantee it would sell at all. I would never have followed through with it if I’d had to pay someone else to create a website for me. SBI! advice was to build the site, give away a ton of other info, and then, offer my product for sale. I wrote many web pages, giving away a ton of “other” useful information that was not part of the guide.

    2. SBI!’s advice to write about what I know from my unique perspective helped me become confident.

    I would have never thought I could be considered an expert in anything but, gradually, as people told me I was, I began to recognize that I must be. I did not have to pretend to know everything; keeping it totally honest felt great.

    When I didn’t know something, I found and linked to other trusted resources. This helped me build relationships, trust, and referrals by those industry experts. The first few years, it was just a hobby – but one  that paid for itself. Even in the first year, I had made enough sales and Google Adsense revenue to pay for my SBI! renewal. Plus, I was having fun. So it was a hobby that paid for itself. Why not just have fun and see where it grows?

    3. All SBI! pages I created are “evergreen.”

    Sales from my (now 6) guides grew steadily and reliably. This, despite the fact that, after the first two or three years, I put very little effort into adding new site content. I review pages about once a year or when prompted by a reader, to be sure the information is still relevant.

    I end up doing some but very little tweaking or updating. The Content 2.0 pages (another part of SBI! that allows site visitors to add content to my site) and notifications about broken links make it easy to keep my site active and the search engines happy with minimal effort.   

    4. I was able to build a successful business with help and guidelines but I love that there are no hard and fast rules.

    No boss was there telling me what I “must” do or how I could be even more successful if only I’d devote more time to …blah, blah, blah. I’m not a numbers person. I have very little interest in projections and statistics or reading and comparing graphs. If I check the traffic stats on my site once a year, it’s likely because someone asks me for them, not because I’m curious or want to track how my business is doing.

    The money arriving in my account every month is all the stats I need. And it keeps growing, so that’s enough for me. I know that if I “tried harder” I could be more successful, but I’m quite content.

    After all, this started as just a hobby – one that somehow replaced my day job within a couple of years. I’m 65 now and supposed to be retired!

    5. Access to SBI! Professionals – ones who specialize in SBI! websites.

    For the big changes, I was able to find and hire great help at reasonable rates. Debs Seeber (who’s in charge of the SBI! Professionals) helped me set up “Infin it!” for my new WordPress blog in 2016.

    In 2014, AJ (another SBI! Pro) did the coding to make my site mobile-friendly. Both Debs and AJ were great – they gave amazing personal service going over and above what I’d contracted with them. It was great to not have to search outside of SBI! itself to find experts who knew exactly how I had built my site and what needed to be done.

    6. My successful SBI! site became a springboard for my next venture.

    Not really a reply to your question, but thought I’d share this final testament – I have a second website, Boondockers Welcome. For RVers, it is the Driveway Surfing equivalent to Couch Surfing. That project, in partnership with my daughter, who is the (genius) CTO, is my real focus now. (I’m not really very retired, after all.)

    It’s also a passion project for the two of us. If not for my success with frugal-rv-travel.com, I think neither of us would have believed in this idea enough to dedicate as much time and effort to it as we have. The site owes a lot of its success to being first-to-market but frugal-rv-travel played a big role as well. We had the unique advantage of seeding our membership with over 200 hosts who were already my loyal fans.

    I’m sure my proven success with frugal-rv-travel also paved the way for my daughter trusting my instincts about this venture. She still usually listens to my suggestions – imagine that!

    And finally, my reliable, steady ebook income lets me be content to let Boondockers Welcome grow at its own slow-and-steady pace. I know from experience that it pays off.  

    So thanks, Ken and the SBI! Team, for almost eleven years. My daughter used to suggest I could accomplish the same with a cheaper GoDaddy site but she gave up on trying to convince me. Why would I switch when it has worked so well for me? I’m a loyal SBI! fan.

Vincent Finnan

Vincent Finnan

www.italian-renaissance-art.com

The top three ways that SBI! has contributed to my success are…

  1. First and foremost providing the detailed information that allowed me to build a website in the first place – I had absolutely no idea about the process of web-building, SBI! solved my problem. The Action Guide was – and still is – invaluable as a learning tool.
  2. Next would have to be the correct way of engaging with an audience on the Net. This allowed me to share my passion for art with people all over the world, something that I did not imagine that I could ever achieve.
  3. A very important factor for me is the continued support provided by SBI! in a fast moving and fluid internet environment – an example would be the HTTPS conversion process, which was very smooth indeed. As long as SBI! remains at the forefront of innovation and continues to take the hard work out of managing a website it will have my full support.

Susan Gast

Susan Gast

www.easy-food-dehydrating.com  

The top three ways SBI! made my site successful, in no particular order:

  1. SBI!’s continual upgrading of resources – (without having to pay the upgrade price!).
  2. The sheer volume of must-know info, shared within the 10-DAY Action Guide.
  3. Providing pretty much an all-in-one service (site hosting, email, newsletter) at an affordable price. Sure, I’ve added on upgraded email services (ConvertKit) for a more modern look.
  4. OK, another one: the team’s efforts at keeping us abreast of stuff we need to do to be current (https for one). Saves us solopreneurs a ton of time.

    Another one: your SBIX newsletter … I love to read Ken’s SBIX in my inbox!

    Another one: your Tech Support are second to none. Always on the ball, courteous, and are fun to work with! Love ’em!

    Overall, SBI! rocks. I’ve tried GoDaddy, just to save money due to the lure of being able to have more than one site in one account for one fixed price. Truth is, I wasted more time and money doing that! It’s the shiny object syndrome at work!

Mark Gittelman

Mark Gittelman

www.youfixcars.com

I sold Youfixcars.com on 1/10/2017 to a media company. That company transferred it to their own servers and converted it to a WordPress site. With that said, I appreciated how SBI! got us through major transitions on the internet. The web was a different place when I started that site in 2007.

SBI! guided us through Panda and Penguin and provided ongoing studies and recovery tips. SBI! never stopped working at providing solid resources that helped us adapt to a changing internet.

On the development side we got BB2 and help to make our sites mobile friendly when the Internet sprung that one on us. You won’t find this kind of caring at any web hosting company.

Bridget Gore

Bridget Gore

www.workplace-communication.com

  1. Excellent guide on how to do everything for your website.
  2. Brainstorm It! – this is absolutely critical.
  3. SBI! being able to analyse and figure out what has impacted sites when there were algorithm changes.
  4. The excellent advice – You can completely block out all other noise and advice on the net and know that SBI! is the only source of information you need.

Anton Hout

Anton Hout

www.Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com

I am thrilled that my site, Australian-Shepherd-Lovers.com, has been chosen for the Results page! I remember combing through those listings before I even joined SBI!, visiting the sites, wondering if I could ever have a site successful enough to be added. I hope it helps inspire future SBIers to start their journey to creating their own successful online business!

The top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to my success could be summed up as guidance, inspiration, and support…

1. SBI! has contributed to my success by providing a comprehensive online business-building education. There are so many disparate things that need to be taken into account before, during, and after setting up an online business that most people who are new to this type of venture would likely miss entire pieces of the puzzle that are critical to their success.

With SBI! I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel or spend weeks, months, or years sifting through contradictory and incomplete information on the web. SBI! provided me the roadmap: what to do, when to do it, and why.

2. SBI! has contributed to my success by allowing me to believe that success was possible in the first place. Before joining SBI! I was intrigued by the case studies and examples of all the successful online business owners they featured on their site.

Could it be true? I wasn’t sure at the beginning, but as I learned about other people, in the forums, I could see that many of them were further along the path than I was and that they were succeeding.

I knew then if I followed the guidance provided by SBI!, learned from those who had created successful online businesses before me – and put in the work – that I really could do it. And I have!

3. SBI! has contributed to my success by being there when I needed them. It is reassuring to know that whatever issue I face or question I have there is a team behind me.

If I have a technical problem, the support team at SBI! is highly responsive. If I have a question about anything, I know I can go to the forums and get answers. If I want one-to-one coaching or decide to delegate a task, I can count on the SiteSell Pros to provide the services I need to help me take my online business to the next level.

This kind of support from a company that actually cares about their customers and the community of fellow solopreneurs has been critical to my success.

Masahiro Imafuji

Masahiro Imafuji

www.kendo-guide.com

1. First off, the guidance. Action Guide and videos are great. I made websites on my own but didn’t know what to do or how to do it. But SBI! tells you what to do! So you can save tremendous time.

2. Coaches. I talked to some coaches. As a solopreneur, we need someone to talk to.

And that someone needs to be a pro or specialist. SBI! has them. That is a huge plus.

3. Newsletter with success stories. Simply encouragement. Gives us ideas to direct our business.

4. All the tools to support us. I don’t know what is going on or what is new in the internet world. But SBI! is on it! It gives us the tools to catch up with changes in the internet world. We just have to follow the guidance and not mess it up!

Maria Lewander

Maria Lewander

www.onlinepianocoach.com

3 ways SBI! has helped me become successful, in order of importance:

  1. Action Guide – the videos with the very nice and comforting voice, and the checklists for each “day.” (I get easily sidetracked…)
  2. The forums – invaluable.
  3. Brainstorm It! – it’s a wow. Especially now with the new keyword value tasks.

Debbie Madson

Debbie Madson

www.kids-cooking-activities.com

1. A comprehensive service that takes care of the behind-the-scenes details. This allows me to concentrate on building a site and creating content, which is what I love about being a web publisher.

An example is the recent https conversion. SBI! made it simple enough that all I had to do was hit a button and follow a step-by-step guide. I didn’t have to research and find information on what to do to change my site over.

2. Support. Whenever I’ve had an issue or questions, which wasn’t often, I’ve always been happy with emailing Support and getting the help that I needed quickly.

Having a forum that answers questions easily and articles on Tips and Techniques makes it easy for me to receive help when working online.

3. Love the Action Guide. The day by day Action Guide was well laid out for me to learn and understand what a natural way to build a site was like. When I started working on building my first site over 10 years ago, this was invaluable at helping me get started.

I now upload my own HTML and don’t use BlockBuilder, but that is how I learned and was able to make a progression of steps to become a better web publisher. I still love writing content and having confidence in my sites using SBI! many years later.

I can’t thank you enough for making it possible to stay home and make a living for my family.

Doug Mann

Doug Mann

www.fossils-facts-and-finds.com

Narrowing it to 3 is a challenge…

1. The SBI! Action Guide was a huge help in so many ways. From understanding how to structure a website to perspective on keeping it real to developing a long-term approach – i.e., tortoise power – to advice on best practices, and how to stay focused on things that matter, the Action Guide is a springboard to a successful website.

2. The Analyze It! tool has helped me understand how to create a web page that search engines “like.”

3. Having tools like Brainstorm It! and the Master Keyword List is an incredible advantage.

4. The SBI! Forums and the community of SBI! members led by Debs answered so many questions in the beginning; and after more than 10 years I still get helpful advice.

Thanks for overdelivering in too many ways to speak of!

Marc Mitnick

Marc Mitnick

www.foot-pain-explained.com

1. One stop shopping in that not only did you show me the proper way to build a site in terms of organization, but also the methods available to me to monetize it.  

2. The vast amount of resources available to me through SBI!. It seems a week does not pass that I don’t get new ideas from SBI! on how to grow my audience. An example would be your primers on the merits of Pinterest, the pro and the cons, along with best practices in setting up the account and driving traffic to my site.

I have also had the occasion to read about an idea for my site, elsewhere, and wouldn’t you know it, SBI! has already covered the topic, making it simple to implement the idea on my site.

3. World class support. It amazes me that for the eleven years I have been associated with SBI!, I have never had a problem that Support was unable to figure out, always with a cheerful attitude.

Catherine Pratt

Catherine Pratt

www.life-with-confidence.com   

One of the main reasons I love SBI! so much is that you go way above and beyond to solve any potential issues I might encounter with my site and you always keep me informed about what I need to do to keep my site compliant with the latest “must do’s.”

For example, I wouldn’t have known about converting my site to https if you hadn’t told me. I would have had no clue how to convert my site to https if you hadn’t made it so easy that all I had to do was press one button.

I have a friend who’s not with SBI!. I told her about the https issue and she asked me, “What do I do?” I had no answer for her except maybe, “Switch to SBI!. They take care of you.”

It may not sound like a big thing but it’s huge. There’s been so many times you’ve come up with super easy solutions for me with things that could have potentially completely derailed my site. You got me through all the Google animals (Penguin, Panda, etc.) by doing massive amounts of research and boiling it all down to what I needed to do. Who else would be willing to do something like that for their clients? Very, very few.

SBI! always keeps me up to date on information I need to know about the world of web-building. That’s huge. I don’t have a lot of time to work on my site anyway. I definitely don’t have time to keep researching all the latest things I need to do, like when the requirement became that you needed to notify your visitors that you have cookies on your site.

It’s huge knowing that I have a trusted source to provide me with the information I need and also provides a simple solution for me so I can get back to concentrating on my site.

I also love that you provide everything I need in one spot. I tried using a WordPress site for awhile and I hated having to find a plugin for every single thing I wanted to do. I also had to research all those plugins to make sure they were legit and weren’t scamming me (some were discovered to be taking a cut of people’s Amazon earnings, for example).

Plus, what a huge security risk that is having all those hundreds of different third-party companies installing code on your site. Code that you have absolutely no idea what it’s doing in the background. Security nightmare.

It also got to be expensive adding on all those plugins. You think your site will be cheaper going the WordPress route but by the time you add in all those plugins just to do the basics, it gets to be expensive. You also have to keep updating all those plugins. I don’t need to do any of that with SBI! because everything I need is already part of it.

The support staff is amazing too. Whatever issue I run into, the support staff is so quick to help and they also always go above and beyond to help me out. Always incredibly nice people too. In all the years I’ve had my SBI! site, I’ve never run into a bad one. They’re all amazing. It makes a difference.

I also love that you have a team of SBI! Professionals who I can use for anything additional I need like a new site design. It’s great knowing there’s a team of people who can help me out and know exactly how to implement that solution on my SBI! site.

The one other factor is that building a web site can be a lonely business. I like getting my SBI! newsletter which provides me with information but also highlights what other SBI! users are doing and what they’ve done to be successful. It makes me feel more like I’m part of a community.

I love the amount of solid information you provide to me with the Action Guide. I need to go back and reread the Action Guide actually. I have to embarrassingly admit that last year I was frustrated with my site, and I got sucked into buying an insanely (and I mean insanely) expensive blogging course which promised to teach me how to run a successful site.

I only did a few of the lessons and realized it was crap compared to what I’d learned in the Action Guide and I’d been given the Action Guide with my SBI! subscription. It wasn’t something I had to pay for in addition.

Sadly, I couldn’t get a refund on my money from the course but it did teach me that I haven’t been appreciating enough the information that SBI! freely gives me. Education is so powerful. I do find the Action Guide overwhelming to go through but I should read it again.

Anyway, I love my SBI! site. You just make it so easy for me. That’s what a good partnership is like. You concentrate on all the technical stuff so I can focus on the content.

I so very much appreciate you! Thank You for all you do for me!!!!

Darren Priest

Darren Priest

www.best-auto-detailing-tips.com  

I certainly have figured out a few tricks along the way to get my website(s) to perform for me financially (I realize only my one website makes it on your radar, but my other website generates a great income for me – just not passively).

So with that said, let me see about answering the question:

The 3 top ways (plus a bonus factor):

1. Reducing the learning down in a way in which an absolute beginner can learn how to become relevant to all types of readers. I literally could only send emails before I found SBI!. I didn’t even see the relevance of an email, never mind the endless skills I now have with coding HTML/CSS, SEO, etc., etc., etc.

2. The ability to consume the learning material in a manner that can work for anyone (meaning the training can be consumed via watching, reading and listening).

3. The tools we have access to so we can develop strategies and make decisions based on relevant facts, data and numbers.

4. The forums (this is a bonus and one that I do not take full advantage of). The people who are so graciously willing to help, and the resource this provides us as users/members of SBI!.

I feel a strong sense of guilt as I have been very selfish in not giving more to help with the forums, etc. I have been juggling far too many balls in the air for a very long time and have to seriously choose my battles wisely. If we all operated like I have, the forums would not be 1/1000 of what they are, and to this I feel great remorse.

Alex Ragner

Alex Ragner

www.brainyweightloss.com

To narrow it down to 3 items…

  1. The foundational C T P M philosophy and proven step-by-step process in the Action Guide.
  2. All the necessary and relevant tools in one place.
  3. The up-to-date guidance throughout the TNT & Monetization HQs.

Tracy Scorzafava

Tracy Scorzafava

www.womansdivorce.com

What are the top 3 ways in which SBI! has contributed to my success?

1. SBI! gave me direction when I first started out online. I knew I wanted to build a website, but I didn’t have a clue what I should focus on. The Action Guide acted as a blueprint to help me map out the foundation for my site, giving me insight into what people were searching for.

Without the guide and the keyword research tools, I would have been totally lost and probably wouldn’t have an online business today.

2. SBI! lets me focus on creating content, making connections with my visitors, and doing the other work that supports and grows my business.

Without SBI!, I would be forced to focus on the small stuff instead of the big picture (i.e., spend countless hours trying to figure out coding, installing scripts, worrying about templates or outsourcing to have all this done for me).

3. SBI! is like a reliable best friend. I don’t have to worry about my site going down or having unexpected fees for services I may or may not need. One price covers it all and it’s been the same price for the last 15 years I’ve been with SBI!.

I know that I can reach out in the forums if I have a question or contact the SBI! Pros if I need help. SBI! is the one thing I know I can depend on.

Derek Teo

Derek Teo

www.singapore-vacation-attractions.com

Here are the three main ways in which SBI! has contributed to my success:

65 Experts Share Why Solopreneurship Is a Grand Slam, And How to Avoid Striking Out

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64 Experts Share Why Solopreneurship Is a Grand Slam, And How to Avoid Striking Out

If you’ve been in business for a while, you’ve no doubt run into the inevitable wall of self-doubt. That “Green Monster” looming in left field that taunts you with questions like…

Why are you doing this?

Just how are you going to figure this out?

The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone. Like a center fielder rushing over to back you up, you can learn from and rely on the dozens of experts who have contributed here.

We’ve polled over 60 solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, CEOs, bloggers, marketers and strategists. They’ve all offered their take on two key questions – one to remind and motivate you, the other to guide and mentor you:

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?
  2. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

You’ll come out of this article feeling reinvigorated and inspired, and with a few specific tips and action items!

If you’re wondering whether now is the right time to start a new online business of your own, these answers will serve to reassure you that this is a good time – a great time! And they’ll give you sound advice on how to avoid or overcome the most common obstacles.

Oh, put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;

Put me in, Coach – I’m ready to play today;

Look at me, I can be centerfield.

– John Fogerty, “Centerfield”


The State of Solopreneurship Responses

Diana Adams

Diana Adams

Founder, Adams Consulting Group, Inc.

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

You get to make all the decisions! And you are responsible for your own success as a result of those decisions. About a decade ago, my entrepreneurial mentor told me, “We are all where we deserve to be by the choices that we make.” That statement might sting, but it’s so good at the same time.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

This is a tough question. I’ve been a solopreneur for many years. I struggled with loneliness quite a bit in the first few years. I also had a tough time overcoming that overwhelming feeling whenever I’d think about all that needed to get done.

But, there’s one challenge that’s bigger than both of those.

The biggest challenge I’ve faced is learning how to choose the right client. It takes a certain confidence, experience and savvy to say no to people who don’t fit.

Whether they aren’t a fit because they aren’t in the right niche, or maybe they don’t have enough of a budget set aside for the project, or maybe they are energy vampires – there are times when it just doesn’t feel right.

Once I learned how to get crystal clear about who my ideal client is, and once I started saying no to those who didn’t fit – the easier, better, more fun and more profitable my business became.

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John Paul Aguiar

John Paul Aguiar

Owner, Money Dummy Blog

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

For me as a solopreneur, the biggest benefit to me is time, free time to do things throughout the day that I want to do.

If I want to take a few hours off or a full day off, I can do that. The reason I started as an entrepreneur so many years ago was to have freedom to do things I wanted to do when I wanted to do them.

The income is nice, but having money but no time to enjoy it didn’t make sense to me, so my goal was always to set up my business in a way that I could walk away at times and everything would continue just fine.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Again for me, the biggest challenge was having free time. Knowing I can walk away and take time off whenever I wanted sounds great, but the reality is, you have to have the right mindset to control all that freedom and not take advantage of that freedom.

To overcome this I would reward myself, I created mini goals and if I reached them, I would “allow” myself some free time.

For example: I’d say “if I get these 5 tasks done by Thursday, I’ll take Friday off”

That way I could enjoy that free time even more because I felt accomplished and didn’t feel guilty that I wasn’t doing work.

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Kate Ahl

Kate Ahl

CEO, Simple Pin Media

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The freedom to write their own schedule.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Their business controlling them instead of them controlling their business. Setting goals and perimeters around what I will and will not do.

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Angela Allan

Angela Allan

Founder, Mads Buzz

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Being able to work remotely, anywhere in the world, for a range of clients the world over.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge is regular income/clients who understand your worth/appreciate your skills. Currently, I am in the process of understanding and targeting more ideal clients.

The other challenge is being alone working a lot of the time, which is great sometimes, but when you need a sounding board or brainstorming for creative ideas, your dog isn’t always a good substitute for humans. Slack, Google hangouts and Facebook groups really help in that regard, as well as a good co-working space like T-rex in downtown St. Louis.

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Mike Allton

Mike Allton

CMO, SiteSell

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

I will echo what many have said here, that Freedom is the biggest benefit of being a solopreneur.

But Freedom doesn’t always look the same, or mean the same thing to you as it does to me.

Freedom might refer to being able to work remotely and, therefore, from virtually anywhere.

Freedom might refer to being able to decide for yourself what you’re going to do on any given day. What you’re going to work on. And when!

Or Freedom might refer to having more control over the business, since it’s your business. You get decide what direction your business goes in, what clients you take on, and even when it’s time to do something else.

And for some of us, it’s all of those combined, and more.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The single biggest challenge that’s unique to solopreneurs is lack of resources.

While most businesses would say they have fewer resources than they want or need, solopreneurs, by definition, are even more limited.

It’s just you, so there’s no one else who can pitch in if you’re crunched for time. No one else who can lend a hand if you’re unsure how to do something.

And no one else to help you keep up with everything that’s going on and changing in the world of online business.

The two solutions that I’ve encountered for this issue is to join a Mastermind and to join the Solo Build It! Community.

With a Mastermind, you’ll have a set of peers who are going through roughly the same life & business challenges that you are, giving you an opportunity to share and learn from each other in real-time.

With the Solo Build It! Community, solopreneurs are granted several benefits. They get to rely on the resources of SiteSell to research, prioritize, and distill the latest news and changes in the online business world. And they get to engage with thousands of other solopreneurs all going on the same journey.

Using these or similar methods, solopreneurs can find the support they need and not be quite so ‘solo’ after all.

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David Amerland

David Amerland

Author & Speaker, DavidAmerland.com

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Anything is possible. Quite literally, for the first time in history we can see that Passion, Perseverance and Purpose, when aligned, can move mountains. The traditional barriers that used to keep things locked into silos are down. If you now have a great idea, just go for it. Uber, AirBnB and Mendix are classic examples of what can be achieved.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

There is no longer linear progression in anything. The market is everywhere and virtually everyone. This makes it difficult to focus and find the initial kernel of people a brand or a business needs. More than that it also makes it difficult to see the opportunities presented and threats posed until it is too late.

The only way out of this is for solopreneurs to operate like the audience they target and the competitors they guard against: be everywhere and do everything. Work through your ideas and processes systematically but do it organically. Be ruthless, axe what doesn’t work and button down on what does. When time is the one perishable commodity you have, you need to use it wisely. Be selective with your efforts.

Follow @DavidAmerland

Jessica Ann

Jessica Ann

Owner, Jessica Ann Media

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

In one word: FREEDOM. I have the freedom to be myself. I only work

with clients I absolutely love and admire, and I can work from

anywhere in the world. I don’t have to fight through red tape, and I

rely on my gut to make decisions.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

“The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” Consistency with my clients

isn’t a challenge – but it’s sometimes a challenge for my business. I

overcome this hurdle by publishing a podcast once a month. Yes, I know that weekly is the ultimate goal. But I can stay in my lane, and stay focused with high-quality, long-form content that’s delivered less

frequently. That’s a big trend in content marketing now, anyway – I

can see why!

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Jonathan Aufray

Jonathan Aufray

CEO, Growth Hackers

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Freedom. In my opinion, the biggest benefit of solopreneurs is freedom. Why? Because they can travel, work from anywhere (Just need a laptop and Wifi) without having the hassle of going to work, having meetings or creating reports for team members or associates.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge for solopreneurs is finding the motivation to keep going, especially when things get hard. When you are alone, it’s very easy to be demotivated or to procrastinate. Having a routine and sticking to it is a great way to overcome this challenge. For instance, you can dedicate 1 hour when you wake up to social media, the following hour to emails, etc.

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Kelly Baader

Kelly Baader

Founder, Godly MBA Academy

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The freedom to create a profitable business that truly resonates with their tribe.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

While the bar of becoming a “solo entrepreneur” is relatively low, however as we grown…just like the E Myth book mentioned about the roles of “The Entrepreneur, The Manager, and The Technician” which entrepreneurs have to juggle with. As a former corporate executive, I am blessed to have the skillset and experience to plan+ lead + delegate, but I have seen many of my clients and others are struggling in these areas.

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Alois Belaska

Alois Belaska

CEO & Founder, Friends+Me

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Forgive me the expression, I can f*ck up my own way, nobody tells me what to do and possibilities limited only by my own imagination.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Fear of failure and I’ve not overcome this challenge yet, and I am not sure I want to because it helps me to push more than other and gives me the edge.

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Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph

Blogger, Blogging From Paradise

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Solopreneurs today enjoy freedom. With the proliferation of online tools, virtual assistants and all manner of help, you can build a thriving solopreneur venture which helps you design a life of freedom more than ever. Resources await at your disposal. Tap into this rich library of apps and even more accommodating, helpful and generous collection of virtual assistants to grow your business into a successful endeavor.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge that solopreneurs face in today’s landscape is learning how to delegate the lower energy tasks so that you can enjoy a life of freedom. While circling the globe, I typically put in no more than 10 hours daily, blogging-wise. This seems like a Herculean task to solopreneurs who regularly work 12-18 hour days. I learned a long time ago that delegating the dregs (stuff I wished not to do) to make room for stuff I loved doing, blogging-wise, was the easiest way to build a profitable blogging business while engineering a life of freedom.

Being the shot caller means making high energy, business-building choices and letting go the lower-energy, business-sapping choices that eat into your freedom. Learn how to hand off tasks to more skilled parties. Use free and premium tools to automate certain tasks, freeing up your time and energy. Trash certain business duties you have outgrown.

Make freedom your #1 goal to enjoy the benefits of being a successful solopreneur without running yourself and your business into the ground in the process.

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Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks

Founder, Agents of Change

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The low cost of starting a business. From web design (Wix, WordPress), to server space (Amazon, GoDaddy), from education (YouTube tutorial videos, niche-specific podcasts) to finding help (virtual assistants, Fiverr), the barriers to starting your own business are lower than ever.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Getting lost in the global marketplace. Because the barriers to entry are so low, your competition comes from all over the globe, not just around the corner. To overcome that, think local. And if local doesn’t cut it, think niche. Now think of a narrower niche. Narrower… still narrower… got it! It’s easier to fill a beaker than a bathtub, so find and focus on your beaker and fill it.

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Antonio Calero

Antonio Calero

Head of Marketing Services, AdEspresso

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Work flexibility, not just in terms of working hours but also with clients. As a solopreneur, you can work on the time of the day where you perform best (in my case, evenings and nights), which allows you to reduce working hours while maximising results. You can also decide which clients to work with based on your own experience and ‘gut feeling’, which reduces stress considerably.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Learning and outsourcing.

When working on your own, you need to keep updated constantly about what’s new in your industry, what’s trending, etc… which consumes a considerable amount of time that could otherwise be spent in other tasks. Working in a company this learning process is usually spread across different staff and departments.

Which leads to another issue: delegating tasks and outsourcing. In order to maintain a balance between productive and nonproductive tasks (e.g., learning, accounting…) it is important to delegate all those tasks that are not your core business to third parties. However, finding a good service provider is often a challenge, plus this adds costs to your business.

When I was a solopreneur, I created some processes for both of these issues. When it comes to learning, I tried to read blogs only from a selected number of websites (even if I’d love to read many more). I also learned how to identify highly skilled professionals in freelance websites such as UpWork.

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Karla Campos

Karla Campos

Founder, Entrepreneur Moms Club

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The ability to make your own schedule and work from anywhere. It’s amazing what technology allows us to do. I remember working in offices before smart phones and everything took super long. Now we are connected to people worldwide and can make currency transactions with a quick push of a button.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

I have been talking to hundreds of business owners and they always mention life and work balance as a challenge. I agree: life and work balance can be a challenge as a solopreneur. I’m not sure if the word overcome is the right word, I think adjust is better. Life is always changing, especially with kids. I overcome by adjusting. Lately I’ve been really focusing on my health and fitness. It’s funny because I’ll be at my kids’ football practice walking the field and finishing emails at the same time. Not sure if doing the 3 things at the same time is balance. I might have to remove the emailing and enjoy the walk.

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Erin Cell

Erin Cell

CEO & Founder, Socially Powered

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

FREEDOM! One of the biggest reasons I became a solopreneur is because I was tired of being told what I couldn’t do & being on someone else’s schedule. I wanted to take control of my life, work the hours I wanted to, travel when I wanted, take a long lunch or whatever the case may be. I think many solopreneurs feel the same way. We are able to do what we want – when we want! I love knowing if I want to go on a vacation I can and the only thing I have to worry about is whether or not I have someone to watch my dog.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge I see most solopreneurs facing is work/life balance. As much as I say freedom is a benefit, it is also a double edged sword. You can work when you want, where you want and it is easy to find ourselves working 15+ hour days on a regular basis. This is especially challenging in the beginning stages of building your business. There are so many things to do and you have so many ideas floating around it is easy to work non-stop.

The best way I have found to overcome this challenge is to be aware when you are starting to burn-out. Use your calendar to keep you on-track and focused with what you must complete in order to continue moving forward. Probably the most important lesson I have learned is to hire early & often. Get help on the things that aren’t your specialty. I was trying to do it all & failing to do a lot of things the way I should have in the beginning. I know, it’s hard to imagine paying someone to do something you can do (especially when you may not have a lot of money coming in to start), but in the long-run it will be worth it. It will most likely take you at least twice as long as it should & may not even be done correctly.

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Matt Cherry

Matt Cherry

CEO & Founder, Modern Social Magazine

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The ability to dream, create, work hard and see your ideas come to fruition. Everyone’s idea of success is different. Therefore when you have freedom to implement your own ideas, design processes and realize successes (or failures) you still have the satisfaction of knowing you tried, gave it your all and did not sit on the sidelines and watch the game. You practiced, you played and regardless of the outcome, you win!

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Balance. Not just work/life balance, everyone faces that challenge. But balance in allocating the appropriate amount of time to all facets of running your business. R&D, marketing, sales, social media, technology, customer service, design, bookkeeping, operations, fulfillment and so much more.

You’ll often find yourself spending a disproportionate amount of time on the things you like to do and not enough on the tasks that may be more challenging for you. Cold calls, accounting and educating yourself on the latest social media and marketing techniques can often get lost when you find yourself buried in the day-to-day operations that you are more comfortable tackling.

To overcome this paralyzing effect you have to change it up! You have to become more comfortable with time blocking your daily tasks on paper and sticking to the schedule. You have to start your day right, get up early and get some physical activity or spiritual positivity (Be Thankful!). Then, make a list!

If you only have a to-do list of 3 key goals daily you can conquer your list everyday and feel accomplished, happy and satisfied that you did your best for you today! And that’s all you can ask for. Go get’ em!

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Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary

Founder, RazorSocial

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

It’s not expensive to set up your business anymore. You can build a website for less than $100 (using a template), buy a relatively low cost PC and use a wireless connection and you can start getting business from all over the world.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The challenge is that because it’s so easy to set up a business it’s a very competitive world out there. The solopreneur needs to think like a company even if they are one a person company. A company builds a brand and that’s what a solo entrepreneur needs to be build. A well respected brand will get more business and can charge more.

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Heidi Cohen

Heidi Cohen

Chief Content Officer, Actionable Marketing Guide

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

One of the biggest benefits entrepreneurs have is the ability to set your work hours and location. This works well for people who have personal demands on their time that make keeping a regular job difficult such as raising children, caring for aging parents, or moving to be with a partner.

It also works well for people who have a difficult time thriving in an open work arrangement. It’s even better if your living arrangement provides a special workspace where you’re not disturbed.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

As a solopreneur, many things you take for granted as an employee disappear. Top of the list are steady income, paid time off and health insurance (Depending on where you live this can be BIG!). Further, don’t under-estimate the power of an established work routine, colleagues and the ability to escape your home environment.

Translation: You are responsible for keeping your work pipeline full. If you’re not an experienced sales person or lack an established network, this can be challenging and depressing.

Among the key factors to consider before leaving your current job are having a nest egg beyond your retirement savings, a thriving side hustle, and/or partner with health benefits.

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Andy Crestodina

Andy Crestodina

Co-Founder, Orbit Media

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Fast decision making. There are no committees, no managers to check with, no circling back to see what someone else thinks. The path from idea to execution couldn’t be shorter. Bandwidth is an issue, but at least a solopreneur can be nimble and move quickly when it counts.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Community. The downside is the solo part. Although solopreneurs may work with clients a vendors everyday, they still may feel isolated and miss interacting regularly with a team. They key here is to get out. Find places to work where other people are around. Our recent blogging survey found that content creators are working in coffee shops and coworking spaces more and more every year. These places are filled with people who are working alone …together.

Source: https://www.orbitmedia.com/blog/blogging-statistics/

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Dorien Morin-van Dam

Dorien Morin-van Dam

Social Media Consultant, More In Media

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The biggest benefit solopreneurs enjoy is freedom!

1) Freedom to work when they want to work. Setting your own hours, taking time off for family time and working as much or as little as you want when you want to is amazing

2) Freedom to work with whom they want to work. No need to ever work again with an exhausting colleague, a mean boss or a depressing office mate.

3) Freedom to work from wherever they want to work. Being able to work from home, form a coffee shop, from Europe, Australia or the USA.

4) Freedom to grow and implement changes. Solopreneurs aren’t put in a box. We can work on whatever it is we want to work on, whenever we feel like it. We can grow one, two or three areas at a time if we want to.

5) Freedom to choose. This is huge. Each day we have a choice of what we do. Each day is an adventure!

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge we face is self-doubt. We see successful people around us who make it all seem so easy, especially thru social media as they often only show the good stuff, not the struggles.

It is hard to work without a team, without daily support and to carry the full financial burden of a family and business simultaneously.

I have overcome this challenge by building up a network, a virtual support team of other solopreneurs all over the world. I connect with them weekly in online mastermind groups, in-person at yearly conferences and through Skype calls when needed.

Don’t believe it if someone tells you otherwise. Every successful solopreneur is surrounded by a great ‘team’ of like-minded virtual colleagues who help each other.

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Adel de Meyer

Adel de Meyer

New Media Specialist & Speaker, AdeldeMeyer.com

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The biggest benefit today is the lifestyle. You can choose and be flexible with family/work balance and make your own decisions about time management. Being a solopreneur in today’s digitally connected world you also have the pleasure of working with clients globally, so you can be very selective with the clients you choose to work with.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Biggest challenge is the discipline and focus of good time and resource management. Because you don’t have to go to an office and work with a team necessarily all the time, you can get demotivated, lonely, off track or take on too much work and become overworked and stressed out.

One way I tackled these challenges is by setting up daily goals, keeping track of time spent on different tasks and breaking work into realistic daily completion goals. I also make the time to connect with peers in the industry, networking locally and working on collaborations to keep the motivation going and for getting that much needed human interaction.

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Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich

Found & Author, Spin Sucks

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

You are in charge of your own destiny. Want to take a sabbatical? You can do it! Want to work until 2:30 every day so you can be home for the kids? You can do it! Think strategically about what YOU want from being a solopreneur and then set yourself up for success.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge is, of course, a steady income. They say “cash is king” for a reason. If you don’t have cash, you can’t control your own destiny. If you can’t control your own destiny, you may as well go back to working for someone. Just like you do in your personal life, save money every month. I aim for 25% of our monthly revenue to save. It makes things tight at times, but it works.

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Adi Domocos

Adi Domocos

Founder, Hot In Social Media

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The difference between a solopreneur and entrepreneur is that the first one doesn’t plan to grow a team that can help him/her to grow his/her company. Meanwhile the entrepreneur wants to grow a team that can help him/her to build a big company around this team.

The biggest benefit today that a solopreneur enjoys the most is the possibility to grow a business exactly as he/she plans to do it from start to finish. Usually is difficult to build a new business from scratch if you have 2-3 partners that are not always in the same boat as you are.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge today that a solopreneur is facing I believe is the capacity to know and to find solutions for a lot of activities that are not from your experience zone. You can overcome this new business challenge by outsourcing these tasks to other companies or freelancers that have a bigger experience than you, in different fields of activities.

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Eric Enge

Eric Enge

CEO, Stone Temple

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

In today’s world there are so many different ways to market your services, that creative & innovative people can nearly always find a way to get the word out about what they do. Answering this from a different perspective, there is always the benefit of controlling one’s hours and work environment.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

It’s all on you. If the garbage needs to be taken out, you do it. If you have a difficult note to send to a client, you do it. But, where many solopreneurs struggle, and this is the most important one, if there is selling to be done YOU do it. You have to be good at this part of being a solopreneur, in order to survive and thrive.

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Ken Evoy

Ken Evoy

CEO & Founder, SiteSell

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Easy question – no contest!

The #1 benefit is FREEDOM.  It always has been, always will be. The advantage today is that growing your very own profitable online business has never been so do-able and low-risk. That does not mean it’s right for you, though…

Freedom comes with its downsides and challenges. Are you up to overcoming them?  Take this quick test…

Do you feel a strong rush at the thought of firing the boss?  

How about working the hours that you want?

Does building your own business, around a niche that you know and love, excite you?

YOU would be the one making ALL the decisions, big and small. Which niche? What format (blog, website, YouTuber, etc)?

If so, solopreneurship will set you free!

Let’s go nitty-gritty now, breaking life down to a typical, adult 24 hour day. The following numbers will vary – that’s OK because it’s the big picture that we need here…

– 8 hours sleep

– 2 hours of “self-maintenance” (eat/cook, bathe, exercise)

– 10 hours per day of work. Whether you are staying at home to take care of young children or working as an assistant to the CEO, the quantity and quality of these hours will vary (e.g., a CEO assistant won’t be doing any midnight feedings!)

That leaves 4 hours per day for you. In other words, you “own” only 4 hours out of 24.  

Even those 4 are usually spent on decompressing activities (“prime-time TV!”), if they are not consumed by yet more work-from-home, job-related obligations.  

Unless you love your job, that’s not freedom. Even if you love your job, is that enough?  

Does your cherished role of “CEO assistant” fastrack up the BigCo hierarchy? Or are you going to sell your life for a pension (which may or may not be there when you retire)?

Or consider the “job” of child-rearing…

Much more than just a job and as rewarding as it is, many also feel a need to move ahead intellectually, not to mention contribute to the family income. You may turn out wonderful young adults, but what’s left for you to do after that?

Whatever you’re doing now – if you don’t like the 10-20 year future that you foresee, you may be getting by, sure. But the experience of life should be much more than that…

Life is about being fully alive. Not in 20 years. Now! Gain control of a life that you love…

Solopreneurship delivers the freedom to live life on your own terms!

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

It’s not just the “challenge TODAY.” One might think, given that the “mass-market” internet is more than 20 years old, that its low-risk, easy opportunities have all been “taken.”

There is some truth to that. Failure rates are astronomical.

There is, though, a way to overcome the crowds of would-be solopreneurs. First, let’s look at the root of this challenge…

A solopreneur’s main limiter will always be TIME. By definition, there’s only one of you.  And we’ve seen how much your 24 hour day leaves for you!

If you don’t want to risk “quitting the day job” before your online business success is generating solid income, you’ll have to devote a good chunk of those 4 hours per day (and weekends) to your new biz.

We don’t advise quitting your current job, by the way. Devote every spare block of time to growing your own business until you see success. Whatever your choice…

TIME is your growth-limiting factor. The lack of viable opportunity due to “overcrowding” has hurt many solopreneurs in the past…

As more people came online, it did get harder to win at the more competitive niches.  For example, you could have won “travel” 20+ years ago. As large companies took that over, a business about London could have been a winner. Today, though, you’re best looking at niches like Cornwall (a region of the UK).  

Cornwall could never have sustained you 20 years ago – there were not enough folks online. What about today?

The sheer number of people online have made it impossible for solopreneurs to succeed with broad, super-competitive niches. But you can be THE presence in a niche that is small enough, yet still generates enough traffic to grow substantial income.

The following also point in your favor…

1) We’ve reached the stage where the number of websites has leveled off.

2) And social media enables individuals to reach folks more emotionally, person to person, than the employees of “BigCo” marketing departments (or worse, contractors).

Still…

There IS more to learn today than ever, so time is more of a factor than ever. There are just so many ways to go wrong (e.g., “Get Rich” products, or even well-meaning but incorrect information).

That, though, is what our flagship product, Solo Build It!, has always been about. We enable you to focus on your business by doing everything else for you (e.g., keeping abreast of online developments and updating our products, tools and articles accordingly. See here for more information.)  

The internet evolves constantly…

Whatever comes along (from RSS to HTTPS), we’ve been tracking and researching it. When the time comes, we release what you need (tools and/or strategies/articles) to help you maximize the business benefit in the least time possible. Which means you can leverage your time.

That’s why SBI! enables SBIers to outperform solopreneurs who use other products (e.g., GoDaddy, Wix, Wealthy Affiliate – where SBIers were 33X more likely to generate high-traffic businesses online, for example).

Bottom line: The only way to overcome today’s challenge is to choose the best tight niche and use tools that will help you generate solid income, optimize your use of time, and focus only on the key tasks necessary to rise to the top.

Good luck!  May 2018 be the year that sees you reach your goals!

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Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

Co-Founder, Steady Demand

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

Freedom and creativity are the first two words that come to mind.

The freedom to work from home, to live and die by the decisions that they make and the ability to chart their own destiny. Creativity can sometimes be stifled by partners and others in a traditional “job”; as a solopreneur you are free to express yourself.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

Scalability and lack of skill sets.

These two kind of go hand in hand. A lack of scalability is mostly dependent on the fact that there is only one operator in the business, or the lack of the willingness to outsource versus hire.

I have always had businesses that were scalable.

  1. Because I always choose partners that complement my skill sets.
  2. I know when to outsource.

Most solopreneurs are afraid to grow, yet also afraid to let go at the same time. If you truly want to grow then you need to overcome both of these obstacles.

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Peg Fitzpatrick

Peg Fitzpatrick

Author & Speaker, PegFitzpatrick.com

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The world is your oyster! You have unlimited opportunities and choices as a solopreneur.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

You have to fine tune your ideas and focus in order to make everything work. You can’t do everything and be everything all at once.

To overcome the challenge, you need to decide what market or people you’re going to serve and stick with it. If you try to be too many things, people will have no idea what you do or how to work with you. Be focused and consistent and you can reach the right people.

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Kim Garst

Kim Garst

CEO, KimGarst.com

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

The biggest benefit that solopreneurs enjoy is time freedom. If your child has a school play, you can choose to drop what you are working on and go focus on what’s important, in that moment. Traditional JOBs don’t always allow us to do this.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

As a solopreneur, one wears many hats and that can often lead to chaos if it’s not recognized and managed. The key to overcoming this challenge is to focus on your strengths and outsource your weaknesses. This can be a hard concept for solopreneurs that are just starting out but as soon as you can, build a team. If you don’t, you will quickly find yourself overwhelmed and down a rabbit hole with the many things that require your time and attention.

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Mike Gingerich

Mike Gingerich

President, MikeGingerich.com

  1. What’s the biggest benefit today that solopreneurs enjoy?

It’s got to be the freedom to be flexible. From working when you want, to working where you want, freedom to be and move as you desire is a huge benefit.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge today that solopreneurs face? How have you overcome that challenge?

I think the biggest challenge is sourcing.

To do large projects it does at times take a team or collaborators and so you need to be able to scale with other contractors and solopreneurs when needed. This takes time, relationship building and effort.

Over time I have developed rapport with key folks skilled in key areas and I can tap into that for needed work from them when needed. It’s all about relationships and maintaining the right connections!

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Why They Don’t Work and What You Should Do Instead

Millions of Americans admit to making New Year’s resolutions. Most of us can stick it out a few weeks, but fewer than half are still going after six months. Less than 10 percent are ultimately successful. In this episode, we’re going to explore five reasons resolutions commonly fail-and what you can do to finally gain ground in the upcoming year.

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