I want to tell you how I built Lapoc with Solo Build It! and a generous helping of BAM (Brains and Motivation). I'm Ken Connaughton and I never thought I'd be running my own business. It never occurred to me that I would build a web site that would make me money online. I used to work as an Electrician. I thought in those days that I would be one of those people who would always work 9-5 jobs for other people. And it may well have worked out like that if circumstances hadn't forced me to carve out a living in some other way.
But life doesn't always pan out like you expected. In fact it rarely does. Global recession hit in 2007 as everyone knows. There was little hope for me getting any meaningful work in the local economy with my skill set. But there was hope online. I had seen the power of the net and it flipped the switches and turned on the lights in my mind. I wanted to work online but how? I decided to build a web site. I had no idea what kind of web site it would be. I didn't even know how to go about it. I had only just mastered the art of surfing and emailing.
I researched many different companies that offered hosting. Many were offering cheap hosting, some were offering it for free. They weren't offering any hands-on guidance. You got your server space and you were on your own. I kept getting that feeling that if I built a web site it would just get lost in the wash. What did I know about net marketing? Then I came across Solo Build It! They were offering specialized help with the mountain of crucial high tech chores that must performed to stand any chance of succeeding online. Stuff you wouldn't even think of but would make or break a web site. They would carry out the back end technical tasks on a day-to-day basis while I just concentrated on building my site.
They offered me things that no one else did. I discovered that SBI! makes it possible for ordinary people to succeed spectacularly online. The sheer depth and power of the suite of tools and information at my disposal literally made my head spin. They have an all-in-one process that supplied me with the right tools and info, just when I needed them, every step along the way. It's truly ingenious. Everything is broken down into a step by step approach and we're talking baby steps here. The whole process has been distilled down to a 10 Day Action Guide. The most successful Solo Build It! owners say "all I did was follow the Guide."
As I researched their sites deeply, their core message resonated deeply with me. Build great content on a chosen specific theme and deliver for your visitors in order to succeed. Be prepared to work hard. You can certainly win but you must earn it. This is not going to fall in your lap. They weren't promising me the Sun, Moon and Stars just as long as I bought their product. It was just a set of the necessary tools, information and support that I would need to succeed. I still needed to work hard and put in the time and effort.
Their message was genuine and was grounded in reality. Their philosophy was one I had respect for. The annual subscription was and still remains US$299 per annum. It's a big thing to make a purchase of that size. But I saw that they were offering a money back guarantee so I wasn't actually risking anything. I didn't even need a reason to get a refund. If it turned out that I didn't like the product, I could get my money back, no questions asked.
The Action Guide is spread out over 10 days. But that doesn't mean 10 real time days. The term Day is not to be taken literally. Preparation can take literally weeks. I bought SBI! at the end of April and didn't build my home page until July! I still remember that night when I built my first ever web page. I built my home page on the 22nd of July 2008. Just 7 or 8 paragraphs detailing my lofty ambitions for the site. I used the Blockbuilder form to build the page. I typed in the content and the SBI! software built the code. I didn't know how to do anything else. Back then I couldn't even make a hyperlink!
Too many non-SBI! sites start without profits being built into the process from DAY 1. With SBI! it all begins with the right process. Content - Traffic - PREsell - Monetize is the underlying, logical and powerful process that capitalizes upon the fundamental realities of how people use the Web. Content - Traffic - PREsell - Monetize puts you on a solid, profitable business foundation.
SBI! mentored me right from the start on how to do business. It's a business model based on integrity and delivering exactly what it says on the tin. They call it preselling. PREselling is a concept "invented" by SiteSell, part of the Content - Traffic - PREsell - Monetize process. The concept is simple. As small business people, we do not start out with a brand name that is known and trusted. I had to build that before I could monetize. Seems obvious, right? So few people do it, or they don't do it right, online. It's boils down to look after your visitors and they'll look after you. I'm not the only SBIer out there. There's thousands of us right across the world building some of the strongest web sites on the net. Take a look.
Building a site with Solo Build It! does not require any knowledge of HTML. In fact, I found building a site with SBI! was a very easy way to slowly get to grips with HTML coding. With SBI!, you simply include as much or as little HTML as you want.
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I dug into the SBI! Action Guide that came as part of the SBI! purchase. It was written in a very down to earth manner that even I could understand. It was prepared in a step by step manner which made it very easy to follow. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't "easy" - to the contrary - this was going to take some work, but the good news is I understood it all and each step was do-able.
The web site has allowed me to seed the market, prove the concept and create incredible buzz among the public who now go into stores demanding the product. This is how I was able to level the playing field and run around
the big corporations to get my product to market.
It starts with putting my visitors first and building this resource especially for them. Great content builds the traffic. If my visitors like the content they find here, they may be interested in the chess-related products I recommend. I only recommend products that I've used and tested myself. If I don't personally rate the product I won't recommend it. I'm only interested in products that will be of benefit to my visitors. It stands to reason that if I don't look after my visitor's interests first and foremost then I'll lose their respect. And rightly so. So the visitor comes first. I show people that I'm on their side. Hopefully they'll trust my judgement and give the products a try. If they consistently like the products I recommend then they will continue to value my word. They will keep listening to my evaluations. That's Content - Traffic - PREsell - Monetize.
Solo Build It! costs me less than a dollar a day. You could spend more on a bar of chocolate. I get 24/7 access to an incredible suite of software that would otherwise cost me thousands every year. I get unrivalled support from Sitesell Support who leave no stone unturned to solve any problem I've ever have. I haven't had many problems by the way. You could count them on two hands after four years. They're on the job as soon as I email them and the problem is invariably solved within 24 hours. I've have dealings with support staff from all sorts of companies over the years. We've all gone through it. No one answers the phone, if they do they're not interested, if they're even half-interested they don't have a clue how to fix the problem. That's why I couldn't believe Sitesell Support. They're friendly, professional and incredibly committed to delivering for their customers. It really is something to behold. What's rare is special. And the level of support from the staff at Sitesell is rare indeed.
This is to say nothing of the remarkable resource that is the SBI! Forums. The SBI! private forums provide friendly, helpful support from other SBIers. I can get help from others who have SBI! sites like I do. Don't worry, I go in there and answer questions too. I can draw on four years of experience and help someone out with something that I've learned. This peer-to-peer support gets us all over the humps along the way in a stress-free environment. Help is available even for advanced questions. The forums are a business-building support community ready to help everyone succeed. Everyone is so friendly there. You wouldn't believe it.
I took the plunge at the time even though I was under pressure financially because I could see that I was getting an incredible bang for my buck. And if it turned out that I wasn't happy with the product or if it simply wasn't the product for me? No problem. SBI! has a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. It was a risk-free decision that I could make with confidence and peace of mind. As it turned out I was very happy with it. Now in my fifth year, I'm happier than ever. It was the best decision of my professional life. It's also responsible for giving rise to my love for chess. What a golden pastime. So it's had a tremendous effect on my personal life too. That's how I feel about it.
Sitesell have a huge team of talented programmers and engineers. They're forever working on their formidable arsenal of site-building tools. When I began my SBI! journey in 2008 I was blown away by what the package could do. I can tell you that it's even better today thanks to constant innovations and upgrades. New tools are added continuously and the ones that were there before keep improving. I also know they will continue to improve. That's why I feel secure with SBI! They are the industry standard for site-building and marketing tools. Funny thing is the only thing that hasn't changed is the cost of the annual sub. Still costs the same as it did the day I started. For a vastly superior product. The tortoise approach symbolizes SBI!'s steady-and-sure approach. This is no Get Rich Quick deal. Take the Video Tour for a visual insight into SBI! that words on a web page could never achieve. If you would like to find out more about Solo Build It! that the videos don't cover you can. You can ask expert SBIers any questions you may have on the package. They will be happy to answer you.
SiteSell.com was established by Dr. Ken Evoy in 1997. His series of books have helped hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Make Your Content PREsell! and Make Your Words Sell!, formerly books sold by SiteSell, are now free. They are literally the dynamic duo of "Web-writing."
Dr. Evoy realized that the average business person needs more than some information in books, no matter how good. S/he needs both the Content - Traffic - PREsell - Monetize process and an all-in-one Web site hosting, building and marketing suite of tools that enables them to execute the process flawlessly. To this day, SBI! is unique.
Ken Evoy provides a rare level of dedication to his customers. He's extremely active in the SBI! forums with over 5,000 posts to date. He makes a tremendous personal effort to help people succeed and is highly passionate about helping people build businesses online. Anyone who owns SBI! can benefit from this extraordinary Internet business visionary. See the results for yourself.
Even people who don't want to build their own web site themselves can win. Anyone with an offline business can use the power of the net to generate more business. Or maybe you have a deep knowledge of a monetizable topic that has the potential to give you an income. But web development like any other work isn't for everyone. Some people would rather watch paint dry than build a web page. No problem. Sitesell Services can build a highly profitable web business for you.
Building this web site has been the most rewarding experience of my working life. From the mechanics of how to build a web page to linking pages together to form a web site. From traffic-building to relationship building with visitors and merchants alike. I've learned the basic fundamentals of how to run a business, something I never had a clue about when I was working for other people. There was once a time when I thought I could only achieve minor goals like keeping a 9-5 job and paying the bills. Now I have the freedom of working for myself.
I have huge ambitions for the site. I have identified about 200 topics on chess that I will study, learn and write about on Lapoc. I aim to present these topics in the finest of detail, always availing of the best available technology to express my findings. I'm not the only one who has discovered what Solo Build It! can do for regular Joe Soaps. There are literally thousands posting in the SBI! Forums. It's an online community like no other. People go a country mile out of their way to help each other out with tips and advice. I'm never on my own in this adventure.
All the best