I no longer have any websites built or hosted with SBI (Site Build It!). My membership and hosting lapsed.
But, that is not to say Site Build It is not worth looking into for the right person. I’m incredibly grateful to SBI for teaching me about building websites and building an online business. I have a lot of respect for SBI – and you can’t fault the SEO techniques they teach because I constantly see Site Build It! websites ranking at the top of the search engines.
Why am I no longer using SBI?
I read probably every article and watched every movie in the massive SBI library of tutorials. I gained an education for sure. I also built 2 websites with SBI that did well (I have since transferred those sites to the WordPress platform).
I switched to WordPress from SBI for 2 reasons:
- I liked the look of premium WordPress themes more than the Site Build It templates; and
- I preferred paying $6.95 per month for hosting where I could publish as many websites as I want. You can read about who I have hosting all my sites now here.
That said, I don’t consider my time and money with SBI wasted. Hence I’m kind of promoting it here – for the right person.
Is SBI Right For You?
If you’re looking to learn about website building concepts, keyword research, search engine optimization, and how to monetize a website, then SBI is a worthwhile program to try and join.
If you’re looking for a business website for your offline business, I’d go with WordPress or another website builder. On the other hand, if you’re new to building websites and you’re keen to learn about building an online business, then SBI is a good program. The real value in SBI is the library of articles and video. When you sign up you’ll follow a very well prepared 10 day course that gets you online with a website you can turn into a business.
In fact, I still apply many of the concepts and techniques I learned from Site Build It in many of my websites.
What the SBI Program Offers?
- Hosting and domain registration for 1 year.
- A website building platform. You don’t need to know any coding. However, it is a bit clunky – not nearly as intuitive as Yola.
- Niche selection training (if you’re into niche marketing).
- Keyword research instruction.
- Website templates (this is SBI’s worst feature. The designs are not very nice).
- Search engine optimization instruction.
- Content creation ideas and approaches (i.e. different types of articles and content to write – depending on the purpose of any particular web page).
- Access to it’s very active forum (which is quite informative).
If you go through the materials SBI offers, you’ll learn a lot. You can stay, but I suspect you’ll migrate to WordPress, Joomla, and HTML template or a website builder.
Some people swear by Site Build It, others say it’s a scam. I say it’s a solid education in building an online business and worth trying. Once you’re up and running and know what you’re doing, you’ll be tempted to switch.