SiteSell Review

A couple of years ago I took out membership in SiteSell, otherwise known as Site Build It!, but left them shortly thereafter.  I have since joined another hosting community, and I would like to make a comparison.

Overview of SBI

Owner:    Ken Evoy
Website:  SiteSell.com
Product:   Site Build It!
Price:  Yearly Membership – $299; Monthly membership – $29.99

Site Build It!, as its name suggests, is a site building utensil with which anyone can create a website for their business.  The company promotes the idea that the average person can turn their passion into a thriving business.

This is what first attracted me to the company, because I truly believe that our gifts, talents, abilities, passion, or experience can be used to advance us financially.

I initially signed up with SiteSell or (SBI) to give a web presence to a business which I began offline.  My business was in the startup stage, and their video tour showed testimonials of several ordinary people who had gained great success by using their system.  It was very inspiring and motivated me to take action with them.

The testimonials spoke of clients whose sites attract lots of traffic as a result of using their system. They promised that they would supply the training which was necessary to achieve your goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Let’s Look at Their Training Tools

SiteSell’s product, Site Build It!, provided intense lessons through an Action Guide which they refer to as their mentor.  In order to fully grasp the content of the Action Guide I had to take notes, and sometimes I had to repeatedly listen to the recordings. At the end of each lesson one was expected to answer questions before being able to pass on to the next lesson. This sometimes led to frustration on my part, since most of the material was new to me.

The training process they used is called C-T-P-M which stands for Content – Traffic -PreSell – Monetize.  For this process SiteSell used the following tools:

Brainstorm It is a research tool which helps the entrepreneur to discover the most searched-for keywords for any niche.  I never got a complete understanding of how to use Brainstorm It, despite numerous attempts watching videos and reading material. Requests for help from support did not shed any more light on the situation, and this became frustrating.

Content 2.0 is a tool which gains traffic for your website.  It does this by allowing visitors to your site to create web pages.  When a visitor creates web pages, other visitors can leave comments on their pages which in turn builds more content for your website and provides backlinks.

Types of Support

SiteSell offers support in the following ways: Forums, Customer Support, On-line Help and via a Newsletter.

Forums.  Forums are moderated, and lack a personal touch.  I never found the forums very useful when I had a specific question.  The forums seemed to be merely a repeat of what was printed in the guide, but was not geared toward an explanation.

On-line Help.  Available as needed.

Newsletter.  Their newsletter provided tips, strategies and other marketing information.

Customer Support.  The one time I asked for help from customer support my issue was not resolved to my satisfaction.  I needed help with my website header, but the result looked unprofessional, and I ended up asking for help offline, outside of SBI.

What I Liked About SBI

  • Numerous templates using WordPress
  • Content 2.0 – I think this is a great idea for exposing a business website to the world.  It helps both the business person and the visitor who creates a webpage.

What I Did Not Like About SBI

  • The difficulty of Brainstorm It, especially for beginners.
  • Expert help in creating your website came at an additional cost.
  • Training was very lengthy, and the questions following the lessons can create pressure for some new learners.

In recent years Site Build It! has become Solo Build It! I’m not sure what, if anything, has changed, since I cancelled my membership, so I cannot speak to that; instead, I prefer to present another option to those of you who are looking for an uncomplicated, but effective solution.

Another Option

My recommendation takes into account that this site seeks to provide information for retirees who may or may not have computer knowledge, and may not have any inclination of how they can make extra income.

I have done an in-depth review of Wealthy Affiliate on this site, but a synopsis is appropriate at this point.

The first positive feature about Wealthy Affiliate is their FREE membership.  Wealthy Affiliate gives each new member two free websites to get started in creating any business they desire, for as long as they want.  The free membership comes with the same ability to earn as you learn as the paid membership does, but of course, additional benefits are given to anyone who desires to become a paid member.  To see further details, click here.

The second remarkable feature about Wealthy Affiliate is their very supportive community of individuals.  As part of that community, I have asked several questions on training, WordPress or other topics, and have received satisfactory answers to any and all my questions.  This is very helpful for a beginner.  No answer is too stupid nor too insignificant to be ignored.

Each week there are comments from members stating how much they have learnt since joining Wealthy Affiliate, and expressing their gratitude to the owners who created the community.  Many say that their knowledge of internet marketing was nil before coming to Wealthy Affiliate.

These are some of the areas in which I have experienced satisfaction, not to mention the ease of the training.

If you are looking for a place to set up your business, I recommend taking a look at Wealthy Affiliate.  Remember you can begin with a FREE MEMBERSHIP.

I hope this review has been helpful for you as you begin your journey into an online business.

If you have any questions regarding anything I have said, please leave them in the comment section below.

Thanks for visiting.

Judy

 

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How to Create Content for Websites

Creating content for your websites has just become easier.

The role that quality content plays on your websites is very important, that is why it is necessary to plan ahead.

All the search engines, Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.,  rank sites according to how much content it has and how often the content is updated.  Content takes many forms. It can include text, videos or pictures, or all of the above.

A very important thing to remember when creating content is to speak candidly to the reader.  I always put myself in the reader’s place when I write, and whatever I would like to read in an article, I imagine that the readers would also like.

Of course, no one can please ALL readers, but the reader who finds your article interesting will return again and again.

Another very important fact is that the content should be original.  It is okay to refer from time to time to someone else, especially when you are giving credit to the source, but it is never advisable to copy someone else’s work word for word.  This will cause the search engines to frown upon your website, and it will defeat your purpose.

First you must choose a niche with which you are comfortable.  Your niche would be a subject in which you have a deep interest. When you have a deep research your topicinterest in a particular subject, it is easier to throw yourself into doing the research for that subject and to expound on your findings.

The Technical Stuff

It is a good idea to create an outline of how your website is going to look even before you begin.  What headings will you have for your pages?  I found that when I gave each page a separate topic then I could write various articles which could go under that topic.  This is known as framing your website.

The human brain learns a lot better when there is a visual image to assist it in absorbing the material the person is reading.  This is also true when someone is giving directions.  If you are going on a road trip and someone recites the route to you, you would no doubt have a better understanding if they drew out a diagram which showed you all the turns, right?

This standard also applies if you are following instructions for creating a website. Therefore, the best way that I can instruct you is to refer you a visual of the steps which are necessary in creating content for your new website.  Here is a good source which I have found exceptional.

Pictures in Your Site

Using pictures to illustrate your thought is another excellent way to bring the point home.  If you are discussing money, then have a picture of money.  I prefer to use actual pictures rather than clip art, because I am of the opinion that actual pictures illustrate the subject matter more effectively.  There should not be too many pictures to cause a distraction, but just enough to break up the monotony of the printed words.

How Much Content Is Enough

The length of your post is another big concern of bloggers.  In my opinion, length matters. Your topic should be well-researched, because this is one element which search engines look for, and consider to be evidence of a high quality site.  writing ideas for websiteHowever, your experiences, if any, and your opinion is also valuable information for a reader.  Therefore, the length should be just enough to hold someone’s interest – not too long, and not too short.  One of  my blogs which gained first place on Google had over 400 words, but less than 500. Others say that blogs around 1000 words are best.  But don’t let that scare you; you might start small, but it will come naturally as you progress.

Highlighting for Effect

The most important thing in writing a blog is to be able to hold your reader’s interest.  One way to hold someone’s interest is by creating sub-headings which can immediately direct a reader’s attention to the section in which they are most interested.  Be sure to use a heading font size as a better attention-grabber.

Don’t  Forget

Don’t forget to include a link to the product or service which you are promoting.  After you have provided some very valuable information which the reader can use, then you can point them to where they can obtain that product or service.  I believe that your blog should be a ‘one-stop’ location.

I hope that I have achieved my goal of simplifying the process of writing effective content for your sites.  If I can be of further help to you, please reach out to me by leaving a comment or question below.

Happy Writing!!

Judy

 

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The Best Deal Got Even Better

For just two more days, Wealthy Affiliate is offering a tremendous deal on all of its services.

Wealthy Affiliate is an online university for entrepreneurs who are interested in beginning and maintaining an internet business.

The savings are tremendous. Instead of the regular membership fee of $49.oo per month or $389 per year, the new yearly membership fee for the Black Friday weekend is $299 – that’s a savings of $289 (if you paid month to month).

What’s Included in Your Premium Membership

  • Five weeks of exclusive live classes
  • All the technology and tools you need to run your business
  • Question and Answer Periods
  • Organized Classrooms (on specific topics)
  • Interactive Discussions
  • Video Training, Tutorial Training
  • Task Based Courses
  • Keyword & Competition Research Tool
  • WordPress Express (3 click website builder)
  • Low Competition, Cherry Picked Keyword Lists
  • State of the Art, Unlimited Cloud Hosting (Premium Members)
  • Access to over 2,400 website templates/themes
  • Ability to add over 30,000 different “features” to your website
  • Rapid Writer, your content “friend”
  • Live, 24/7/365 Chat
  • Private 1-on-1 support
  • Private access to community experts

There are not many, if any, other universities online which freely teaches a beginner how to create a successful internet business with such a low investment.

Support

What I have found to be unique about Wealthy Affiliate is the help you receive from the community of business people.  No question goes unanswered. There is always someone who is more advanced who is willing to reach back and assist newbies.

Methods of Payment

Payment can be made by credit card, debit card, paypal or paypal credit.  If you choose paypal credit there is no interest for six months, and you can be up and running with a successful business website within that period of time.

Take advantage of this special offer today. Visit Wealthy Affiliate.

Blessed Thanksgiving!

Judy

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Web Hosting at its Best

Are you looking for the best web hosting site builder?  If you are a novice, I am sure that you would like to find a host and a site builder which first of all would be uncomplicated, and then would offer good support.  I have the perfect site builder for you.  It is called Site Rubix.

What Is Site Rubix?

Site Rubix is a builder for WordPress sites.  This builder is owned and operated by Wealthy Affiliate, a trusted community of affiliate marketers and online businessmen and women.

Why Use Site Rubix over Competition?

There are many benefits to using Site Rubix as a builder for your WordPress site.  Here are some of them:

  • It is FREE.  Along with the Site Rubix builder comes two free websites to start you on your journey. You can download one of the free WordPress themes for each of your sites and be up and running in 30 seconds.
  • It is SIMPLE.  Some site builders I have tried before is not as clear cut and easy to navigate as Site Rubix is.  Once you have downloaded your WordPress theme, there are no more complications.
  • It is RELIABLE. The host of Site Rubix, Wealthy Affiliate, backs up each affiliate’s site on a daily basis on two servers.  This provides double insurance against any site being lost.  If, in the unlikely event one server should fail, there is always a backup server, and this creates a greater sense of security for customers.

So Who Is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a legitimate online business which teaches ordinary people the techniques of creating and maintaining their own business on the internet.  It is a community of like-minded people who share information, answer questions, and support each other in a positive, unselfish way.  I have done a complete review of them for your information, which you can find here.

Why Is Wealthy Affiliate a Good Host?

Wealthy Affiliate provides the best web hosting services because they do not only host a website, they provide educational services which help you in all aspects of your business.  It is a perfect place for a beginner to start and become familiar with online business techniques.  They give you an opportunity to become one of their affiliates and promote their business, as well as the opportunity to promote any other legitimate business you desire.

Once you become a free member of Wealthy Affiliate, you really do not have to go outside the community for anything as you build your website.  The tools they provide are the best in the business:  tools such as free WordPress themes, keyword research, SEO, marketing research, link tracking, to name a few.

All this is available for FREE   That is what makes Site Rubix the best site builder, and Wealthy Affiliate the best web hosting site you can find anywhere.

You have nothing to lose by giving them a try.  For more information visit the site by clicking on this link.

If you have any further questions, or would like to comment on this post, please feel free to do so.  I would love to entertain your thoughts.

Judy

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Blogging for Money from Home

Name:      WORDPRESS
Website:  Wordpress.org
Price:  Free

WordPress – Product Overview

WordPress is the leading software used for creating blogs and other websites.   Many people shy away from building a website because of their lack of knowledge of HTML coding and their inability to obtain help when looking to create a site. WordPress, is the answer to this problem, because there are no computer codes required to create or maintain a site, anyone can build an income by blogging for money from home.

PROS

  1.  No Set-up fees.  WordPress is easy to set up and there are no set-up costs.  All that is required is for a person to download a copy of the preferred theme on to their computer.  However, one must choose a place to host the blog on the web, and there would be a charge for that, depending on which host is chosen.
  2. Many Themes.  What is great about WordPress is that they provide many templates called “themes” from which an individual can choose.  There are many free themes which a beginner can use.  Usually a person will use something which appeals to their personality or to their niche. WordPress has over 2,000 themes: some free and some are available at a one-time low cost.
  3. Interchangeability.  What is fantastic about WordPress is that if, for any reason, you do not like the theme that you have chosen, you can replace it with another theme of your choice.

CONS

  1. Required Hosting.  You must purchase a domain name, and somewhere to host your blog.  However, even though I am listing this as a CON, it is not truly a con, because a hosting environment is necessary for any website.  But for anyone who is brand new to creating a site on the internet, it is necessary for me to state this fact in this review after having said that WordPress is free.  The software is free, but hosting is a paid event.

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Who Is WordPress For

The Beginner.  Anyone can benefit from starting a blog with WordPress.  That’s how I began.  A WordPress blog looks like a professional website, and no one can really tell the difference, if you choose the right theme.  WordPress is perfect for the beginner because a beginning blogger usually would not have money to lose on startup costs.

The Advanced.  An advanced internet marketer who is looking for a professional business site will not be disappointed when choosing WordPress.  There are over 20,000 plug-ins which can be used for anything from affiliate marketing to e-commerce.  A professional may want to spend money on a specific theme which would allow him or her to do much more.

WordPress Tools and Training

Another fantastic reason to use WordPress is because there are numerous  support forums available.  Since this is the most widely used platform for bloggers, many people are available to assist with questions regarding any theme.  Each theme comes with its own available help, in addition to the community forums.

Best Training:  The easiest way to get started in creating a WordPress blog is by using the training provided at Wealthy Affiliate.  Not only do they provide two free websites to get you started, they also offer free hosting for those two websites.  Those websites would not have your own domain name, but you can learn on them, and then upgrade if you so choose.  wordpress-training

Price:  There is no cost to download a WordPress theme.  If you become a member of the community of Wealthy Affiliate, membership is also free which gives you a chance to see how everything works.

Final Opinion of WordPress

I give WordPress 98 out of 100.  I presently have about 5 sites which are all WordPress themes.  The only reason I have given 98 instead of 100 is because some of the themes are more difficult than others, and some of the ones you may like do not interchange comfortably when you replace one with another.  However, there are thousands to choose from.

For more information about Wealthy Affiliate and about WordPress, feel free to visit WordPress.org, or click below to begin.

 

 

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