My Solo Build It! story and review explains how I came to use Solo Build It and why I recommend it for coaches who want to build an online business that attracts clients rather than just a website. Their brilliant system has saved thousands of dollars and supported me to easily bring you this information.
As a bit of background this story is as much my husband Paul's as mine as we work together on our websites. Paul I have been Solo Build It! clients since 2010. In those days it was called Site Build It! (SBI! for short) but recently rebranded.
My background was in journalism, broadcasting and life coaching. Until 2010, Paul was in radio and then video and audio production working with individuals and companies throughout the world.
It had been rewarding and exciting for us both, working with some amazing and brilliant minds. These included many from the Money and You team as well as Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad Poor Dad) plus the Rich Dad Advisory Team, Mike Basch (co-founder of FedEx, marketing genius Jay Abraham, Chris Howard and Tony Robbin's to name a few.
But it was time for a change. When the GFC hit, we found the big end of town stopped buying and the small business people were using new technology to do it themselves (often not very well).
Added to that we were ready for a break and to try something new. We were drawn to the idea of working together from home or anywhere (we love to travel) so we decided a money making website or online business could be the way to go. We closed up our studio, sold our home and took off from Australia to live in and explore the UK for a few months.
I love life coaching but wanted a new way of sharing my passion and experience and the idea of using my experience to provide independent information for new and aspiring life coaches was starting to form. Life Coaching Professionally was conceived.
We decided (with almost no previous design or coding experience) that building a life coaching website with the potential to earn money was a good idea.
We had already helped a few clients create content for websites that were very well received by their clients. But they all required a website-building specialist. Each cost at least AUD7,000 (about USD5,000) to build even in the late 1990’s.
And, I’m embarrassed to say it now but, maybe like you, we had absolutely no idea that the sites we helped create were meant not only to look good but found by people searching the web if they were to be of any use. Search Engine? Google? Keywords? WHAT’S THAT?
After a few weeks of solid online research, with a few false starts, (you may have to kiss a lot of froggy websites before you find one that is a prince), we found Site Build It! (as it was known in 2010.) As well as ticking all our boxes it came with a very reasonable annual cost of $USD299.00 which hasn't changed in all the time we have been using it.
Looking back all these years later, little did we realise that the Site Build It! system could be everything (and more) that we dreamed of for Life Coaching Professionally. Not only was it rock solid and proven to work but the team running it were providing a permanent, 24 hour support and education service that was 100% focussed on successfully building an online business.
In short , we didn’t just find a support team. We found a network of like-minded committed online solo-entrepreneurs who were able to share their successes and experiences so everyone could benefit. WIN/WIN. You can view some of their stories here. (links to videos)
For me the power was not so much going to be in making money although I do have a modest income stream from Amazon and some affiliates. Rather it was going to be in my passion for a particular niche - information about life coaching. Now, almost 10 years later, I am able to keep the site hosted, fresh and relevant for the same cost as it was in 2010 (USD$299 a year).
Not ever life coach who creates a website has the same purpose for it. But something we all have in common is that we want the site to fulfil the purpose for which it was designed. That usually means that it is financially successful (whatever that personally means) and is found and ranked well by the search engines.
Nevertheless, a website site takes commitment. There is no such thing as “make money now” or a “passive income” website. And yet so many companies attempt to draw you in with a promise of “choose your domain name now”, "you can build it in in an hour", or "it's free" with little resources for building a solid online business to promote your coaching or anything else.
Unfortunately too many people get sucked in by these website providers, waste money, loose heart and even the passion that had ignited them to action in the first place.
Now just because I recommend Solo Build It!, it may not be what you are after. To get a sense of whether it could work for you, this link will give you a big picture overview.
Just imagine for a moment that your website is a piece of income producing machinery. For example, like a crop harvester.
Stay with me here!
To make the machinery work for you, you need it to be able to reliably work from dawn to dusk for the period you have access to it. That way, you can maximise your financial return and minimize your costs. No surprizes there.
Your combined harvester has been designed, built and road tested thoroughly, from the ground up. When you buy it, you know it is designed for the job you need it to do. It has the power, it has the stamina and it has all the right equipment attached.
Consider then, that your online business is very similar to a piece of heavy machinery.
You need it to work flawlessly, reliably. AND, you wouldn't just design a look and feel so it looks fabulous without any thought for the content, where it would go and how the Search Engines would react to it, would you?
Despite the cast-iron logic of this approach, bizarrely, many website services – like Wix and Weebly, Go Daddy and Wealthy Affiliate, for example – will ask you to choose a domain name FIRST and then show you how to add your content together with some basic SEO processes.
As simple and wonderfully efficient as this may seem, it means you are almost going into your online business blindfolded and certainly, with one arm tied behind your back. You are locking yourself into a system that requires you to reverse engineer your website.
The right website is for life. So don’t jump in and buy a domain name and build your online presence around that. It makes no sense.
Building a coaching business starts with a solid foundation and plan as to how that business will look and operate. The SBI Action Guide takes you through this process step by step in a way that protects you, supports you and it enables you to grow.
It keeps you on the cyber space road.
If I was to forced to point to one one key reason I recommend Solo Build It!, it’s because it is not only a website building system, it is an all in one, verifiably successful ONLINE BUSINESS BUILDER.
This is an important distinction because many of the big names – including WordPress – are actually ONLY site builders. They ONLY provide the technology to build the site. It’s amazing the number of sites I see that don’t even have the basics in place.
But beyond that, you are often on your own. Other services such as Wix or Weebly provide the basics of connecting to Google and getting found but for the most part the critical business building education is up to you. And this is where most people flounder.
This was definitely our experience when we did our research way back in 2010 and I see nothing has changed. In fact, the internet has proliferated in recent years with some incredibly disreputable marketing tactics, selling the lie that actually choosing a domain name before anything else is a good idea! They only do it to lock you in.
In our case, most of the alternatives we explored seemed to be really trying to ‘sell’ us something (Quick!! Quick!! Quick!!, Cheap! Cheap! Cheap!). They wanted us to buy rather than building a relationship that could be relied on to support us in methodically building a new business.
With SBI!, there was no pushing. There were no quick “suck me in” offers and looking at their material felt genuine, honest and consistent.
It felt like I was being bombarded by special offers left right and centre. It felt like they wanted me to sign up NOW! Bizarrely there were also a lot of what looked like fake reviews of SBI! and people claiming it was a scam but once we looked more closely, they had absolutely no credibility. Ironically these reviews only reinforced the credibility of SBI!
If you are interested enough to explore Solo Build It then here’s the home page. Look at how the focus is business building – not signing you up!
This Solo Build It review has been long, And I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the value. But if it has stirred an interest, if it ignited a spark, give it a trial. You will notice you have 90 day no questions asked free trial.
And, if you are using WordPress, give SBI! for WordPress a go. It has the Action Guide, all the keyword brainstorming tools (Brainstorm It!) and access to the infinitely wonderful SBI! forums. Some people prefer WordPress but at least this way you can also have a proven Action Guide for building a successful online business.
What could you possibly lose? If you have questions or comments about this please contact me directly and I can explain it further. There will be no hard sell….