Site Build It Review Info
Site Build It - Is It Any Good ?
Site Build It Review - Is it Worth It ?
Site Build It - A Scam, A Rip-off or What ? My Opinion (whether you wanted it or not)
[UPDATE : Toban has been banned from Steve Pavlina's forum for his negative posting about SBI - although the thread is still open - see links at the end of this page]
There has been an enormous amount of pixels generated in recent days about Dr Ken Evoy's product Site Build It - which is a software package that allows you to create a Site Build It website of your own from which you can sell stuff or make money online from the various advertising and affiliate programs widely available on the web.
The package costs $300 a year for each site you create and this recurring fee includes support and access to forums and so on. That's a lot of money for a site you can create elsewhere for much cheaper and if you decide to make more than one site then obviously it will cost you more - in fact 4 sites will cost you 4 times as much - i.e. $1200 a year - that's the power of multiplication !
Site Build It Scam Debate
This whole 'debate' started when a woman from New Zealand, Lis Sowerbutts, wrote a post on her blog about Site Build It. The reason she wrote the post in the first place was because of well-known online self-improvement expert Steve Pavlina - in Lis's words " ..... now I am MAD - and Steve Pavlina is the reason I’m mad. I like Steve - his motivational writing is great - but now he has sold out to the other side and is pushing the old Site Build It scam!"
Strong words from one normally so demure ! You can check out the whole smelly enchilada here - Site Build It Scam Review
Lis was also very surprised to find no negative reviews of SBI on the Internet - every review she read was a glowing recommendation from an SBI affiliate (affiliates get $75 for every SBI system they sell).
After Lis posted her review on her blog, the owner of Site Build It - Dr Ken Evoy - was not very pleased and wrote to Lis to tell her so, stating that her review was factually inaccurate and advising her to remove her post or face the consequences. Lis in fact later said she was considering removing her post when suddenly her blog was invaded by Site Build It groupies making multiple and varied unpleasant remarks and telling her how wonderful Site Build It was. If Lis had caved in to the pressure being exerted then she would have deleted her post and there would still be almost no negative or even objective reviews of Site Build It online (I did however manage to track down one negative review from before this whole 'debate' blew up a few days ago - I will mention it below)
Fortunately Lis is a dainty damsel who knew a number of hefty onlne knights in shining armor who came to her assistance and started reviewing Site Build It themselves and their reviews were not very complimentary - here are a selection
Is Site Build It a Scam - a video review
Site Build It is It a Scam- a positive review ! (for a semblance of balance ! - you can google it to find it)
There are lots more, just Google Site Build It Scam or Site Build It Review !
Some people call it a scam, some say it is wonderful, - most people just say it is TOO EXPENSIVE ! and you can do the same stuff by yourself for a fraction of the cost or even totally free.
To create a blog for free go to Blogger.com and follow the instructions. You may not make any money for a while but at least you will be gaining some useful knowledge.
If, after reading the many reviews of Site Build It that now exist, you choose to go the Site Build It route consider these economic facts that will cost you money !
One Site Build It site with support will cost you $300 each year - that means you need to make $300 just to break even, and believe me that is not as easy as anyone makes it out to be. If you buy 2 sites you pay double - $600.
Now here is a weird conundrum - why should you pay double for two sites ? The support is part of the price for the first 'package' - so why are paying for the same support again ? Surely you don't need two lots of support if you have two packages ? It makes no sense. If you have 3 packages do you need three lots of support ? Surely the more packages you use the less support you need, as you gain more experience and become more expert at using it ! So why do you have to keep paying for more support ? It is totally illogical but you can no doubt figure out the answer to that question yourselves.
Similarly, the $300 is not a one-off payment - it is a recurring payment you have to pay every year ! Why ? There is no way you will need as much support in year 2 as you needed in year 1 ! You are gaining experience all the time why do you need the same support each year ?
Another point. What happens if Site Build It goes out of business ? What happens to all your hard work ? You will need to re-learn a whole load of other stuff such as Wordpress (free) which you should have learned in the first place but didin't because you were locked in to Site Build It.
And will you make money with Site Build It ? Who knows ? There are no guarantees and in any case you can do all the same stuff that you can do with Site Build It for free by using blogger or Wordpress or even setting up your own website. You do not need to pay a recurring fee of $300 for each site.
A domain name costs around $10 and cheap hosting can be had starting at $15 a year i.e. $25 instead of $300 and you can have a lot more than one site for that price !
While looking into the various blogs talking about Site Build It and whether it was worth the money or not, I came across this one by a guy who actually bought Site Build It and wrote a review about it BEFORE all the recent reviews started appearing on the Internet . His review dates back to February 24 2009
He says on Steve Pavlina's forum that he bought SBI on Steve's recommendation and was very disappointed in it. He also said he found it odd that there weren't any negative reviews of Site Build It on the Internet anywhere, until now that is. $300 is a lot of money for something you can do elsewhere for free, which is why so many people have been writing reviews about SIte Build It to highlight the fact that you don't need to pay $300 a site to have an online presence (obviously if you can then sell SBI to some other newbie then you get $75 back so 4 sales and you break even - but if that's all you're doing then it is pyramid selling - not making money from websites! why not just sell the package for $225 in the first place ? Obviously the answer to that is that by sharing the fees you get yourself an army of salespeople selling your product)
Here is the review by Higher Thought Net who actually bought the system - A Negative Review of Site Build It - notice how he pointedly called it a NEGATIVE review - he was clearly ticked off at finding only positive reviews on the web for something he had paid $300 for in good faith - here is his conclusion about Site Build It.
If you’re computer or web illiterate, your best bet is to skip SBI and hire someone to make a website for you. If you have the skills (or the potential to learn the skills) to set up Wordpress or another CMS at your own host, then do it. It’s easier than ever to set up a great looking website for under $75 a year In this age of free software and cheap hosting, I foresee a dark future for SBI. (He must have had a crystal ball - remember he wrote this back in February).
My experience with SBI was one big letdown. I transferred my domain out well before my subscription expired. I strongly discourage using Site Build It, no matter how good the affiliates make it sound. SBI is so bad, you couldn’t even pay me to use it!" Way to go that guy !
So there you have it, in my opinion $300 per year per site is an absolute rip-off .
My advice ? If you want to make money online from blogs or websites start with Blogger - it's free and easy to figure out and it's run by Google itself so it ain't going to disappear. If after using Blogger you want to move on to something else then that's fine but you do not need to pay $300 per site per year !
[UPDATE : There is a thread about SBI at Mr Pavlina's forum - where I read "You can get over 1000 visitors a month (I have around 700), still monetization is difficult.You can get coaching to improve your site, that is extra ,3 hours ($180) . Otherwise great support." An extra $180 for 3 hours coaching after you have already paid $300 ! Lol - I'm in the wrong business! ]
Finally if you have a blog that is making money you may want to consider what you will do if you were to have a car accident and be re-united with your maker. What would happen to your blogs or hubpages etc... and the money you are makng online from them - you should give some thought to informing your family how they should carry on your online money making business after you are gone ! see - Dead Men Make Money Online
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