Mary and I have received lots of feedback about our Site Build It website and we really appreciate it.
We also receive plenty of questions about how we built it and how much do we earn from it.
Many of you may be looking to do what we have done - create additional income from doing something you enjoy or for which you
have a great interest or passion. Others may just want to quit trading time for money. We've answered some of the more popular
Site Build It! in late October of 2008. We didn't really start publishing our first web pages until the end of December 2008 and into January (took us awhile to determine our site focus as we wanted something we could do together).
We began receiving income in April 2009 (that was by design and it's all part of the process). As of the end of July 2009 we are receiving sufficient monthly income to pay the mortgage and then some, have about 1,000 unique visitors per day and had over 85,000 page views in July 2009 from 80+ countries. In one year ending December 2009,
we had over 215,000 unique visitors and nearly 80,000 page views! In March 2010 we had over 250,000 page views alone.
Currently, most of our income is generated from advertising and from affiliate marketing where we
receive commissions from the sale of products on the site. Many more ways to generate income are possible. We currently do not sell any items ourselves - no packaging, shipping, handling, etc.
Our site generates revenue 24 x 7 X 365 no matter where we are or what we are doing. At first, it generated spending money to pay for lunches but quickly grew to pay our utility bills. One year later it pays our
mortgage, utilities, groceries, and more. As an indicator, Mary left her salaried position in the spring of 2010 to
work on our site! These results may not be typical; it takes work, dedication, and a willingness to learn new things.
We can only imagine what is possible in another year or two.
Add to that, another site we are currently starting and you can easily see the potential.
Is Building a Site Easy to Do?
Probably the most asked question of all and the answer is quite obviously Yes and No. If you mean easy by just pushing a button here or there, adding a title or picture, and start receiving immediate income, well, no. It is not that way.
We tell people, whether they ask or not, that it takes commitment, hard work, diligence, patience, and "stick-with-it-ness".
Don't underestimate the time involved to create an income producing site. This takes work and is the reason why we say make sure you create a site about something you love or enjoy.
That said, if you only have time for one page per week, at the end of the year you would have 52 pages which is more than enough to start generating significant income.
Are you willing to give up something like watching a television program in the evenings in order to make life easier for you and your family? If so, that is what it takes. Site Build It calls it BAM - brains and motivation. You don't have to know computers, you don't have to be an exceptional writer, you don't have to know computer jargon or even website design.
You do have to be willing to learn, and there is a lot to learn at first. But Site Build It makes it easy to do, step by step.
Site Build It even has an online class you could take to make it even easier and we recommend it to most folks.
And there is more help than you can believe to make sure you succeed. And you also need to be motivated. That is what keeps the two of us plugging away.
So in reality, YES, it is that easy. You can do this.
How much time do we spend on our site?
That is a fair question. We spent a lot of time at first. Now we work on it because it is so much fun.
We do it by choice because we really enjoy it, we spend a lot of time together which we love, and we want to reach our goal of being financially independent. And remember, we are starting another site also. You could spend as little or as much time on your site as you wanted. That's what's so great about Site Build It. But more time generally equates to quicker return. As with anything, more effort reaps more rewards.
You decide how much time you want to spend on your site. Do you need that extra income soon? Then you will need to put a lot of time into it up front. If you only have a few hours to spare each week that is ok. You can eventually build a phenomenal site but it will just take longer. Remember, it is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Endurance is a prerequisite. Site Build It has a slogan "tortoise it"!
What Do I Build a Site About?
We love this question. Actually, we have no idea because we don't know what you love or enjoy!
Everyone has interests, hobbies, passions, or just natural curiosity. The SBI tools and processes are there to help you determine a niche that's right for you.
Here is what Mary and I did. We each took a sheet of paper and wrote down all the things we enjoy doing. My list had fly fishing, outdoor adventures, woodworking, remodeling, canoeing, duathlons, triathlons, racing, to name a few.
Mary's list had quilting, crafts, grand parenting, etc. We then pared our list to those we had in common, we picked three. Then we used the Site Build It tools to see which of our top picks were the most promising. The rest is history because you know Front Porch Ideas was the top pick for us!
Choosing a niche is the most important step - you shouldn't pick a topic without using the Site Build It tools and guidance. It is just too important a task.
See what some of our fellow SBIers have chosen for their niche topics. Personally, I love this section!
What Does It Cost?
$299 for a yearly subscription fee. A new monthly option has recently been offered which is just $29.99 per month. Try it. Don't like it? No problem. Just return it.
Money back guarantee (pro-rated based on how long you have had it). Simple, straight-forward, no hidden costs. If there is a downside to that let us know; we have not found one yet.
SBI Tells It So Much Better Than We Can
If you have 2 1/2 minutes to spare, here's a very
that summarizes the power of SBI in a nutshell.
If you are serious about learning more about Site Build It, then the 30 minute video is the way to go. That's what we watched initially and we've been very pleased with our results.
Have more questions? The staff at Site Build It is happy to answer them.
You owe it to yourself to spend a few more minutes to see if it is time to "change your life"!
Do You Have a Garage (Your Mind) Full of Ideas, Experience and Know-how?
Like 'diamonds in your own backyard', Mary and I know you have skills or knowledge
that you can use to literally change your life!
Just take the time to clean out the garage (your mind) and find all of the things you can do or the
things you know. Start from there and let SBI work for you as it does for us.
Do What You Love One Step at a Time
Like gardening, riding your motorcycle, traveling, cooking, or
even just being a dad, mom, aunt, uncle, or grandparent?
Instead of just doing it - put it in a website and let
it pay you to do more of it!
We travel around the country taking pictures of porches and
make a living doing it. Beats working in an office cube
like we used to do. So can you!
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