How This Web Site About Lake Winnipesaukee Came To Be...
After reading about me and why I started this web site, I will explain more about how I did it with SBI!
In a way, I needed to start heading in a different direction via the Internet. Our offline computer business was holding it's own, yet I felt I still needed to bring in more income.
I spent a long time looking for a job that paid well with flexibility. I never found it. Even though Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, it had a tremendous effect in New Hampshire as well. The job market became tighter, gas prices soared, people put more money in their gas tanks and less in fixing a computer.
That's why I turned to the Internet for a way to make money right here near Lake Winnipesaukee. Of course, the gas prices are even higher now and people are being very careful about what they buy.
As a mother, I really wanted to work from home and be there when my kids needed me and to also go out and enjoy Lake Winnipesaukee on the beautiful days or ski when the kids are in school. It was also becoming necessary because no one was hiring me and getting paid very little for a full time income didn't appeal to me.
I knew that the Internet was the way to go but I truly thought I had to have a product or service to sell online to earn a living. It wasn't until I came across SBI! that I learned otherwise.
I must have read every page about SBI! and found that there are people just like you and me building a business online. With SBI!, you can take your hobby or something you know so well and build a web site that earns money.
There isn't a creative bone in my body, I know nothing about HTML or any other thing related to web sites. But I did have a brain with a lot of knowledge of other things and the motivation to create an online business.
With SBI!, you don't even have to know what you want to do. They provide all the tools to help you pick the topic that is best for you. You'll learn how to build the site, get traffic to your site and how to make money from it.
What I like best, is that you don't have to know anything about web sites. There is an Action Guide to help you through every step of the way. If you're stuck, there are these wonderful forums on everything imaginable to help with even the slightest little problems. Check out the Video Tour to see how SBI! works to give you an idea of how easy it is.
What got me interested were the Case Studies of how and why people started their web sites. They are regular people like you and me.
It's also fascinating to look at the hundreds of web sites built with SBI! and how successful they have become. These sites are in the top 1% of all the web sites on the web. I'm getting pretty close to being there soon.
As you can see, there are a variety of topics to build a successful business. You can choose something similar or perhaps you'll be inspired to come up with something else. Many people start off with one site and use it as a learning curve to build the site of their dreams.
Check out a fellow SBIer, named Elad. He tells you in one minute how SBI! changed his life.
What do I like about SBI? Why did I spend the $299 for an online business offer?
Because every morning I can't wait to start working on my Lake Winnipesaukee web site, knowing that I'm building a business to secure my family's future and have the lifestyle that we all have been dreaming about. I first read about SBI in the fall of 2005 and still feel so excited about it that I'm always coming up with ideas to add.
What about you? What do you like to do? There must be something that you would love to get up for every morning?
You probably have questions about how profitable building your own online business is.
Building an online business takes a lot of time. It certainly isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. As with any business, whether it's online or offline, it takes awhile to make money.
Some people get it right the first time and start making enough money to quit their full time job within a year. For others, it takes a bit longer.
Right now, I'm on the "longer" plan. When I started the lake-winnipesaukee-travel-guide in September 2006, I spent the first 1 1/2 years just writing pages.
I'm only making money with the "Ads by Google" and a few other affiliate ads throughout the site at the moment. At first, I only made a few dollars a month, but now it's up to around $200 a month. To me it was exciting because it literally happened overnight.
SBI! makes online business success do-able. Anyone can succeed with an all-in-one process, tools and guidance. Without it, I'd still be trying to get a job just for the extra income.
SBI! is the only product that takes the time to prepare you to build a profitable business, before you jump into building your site. For the beginner, your learning curve will be shorter and you'll bypass any show-stopping errors. This was very important to me. I wanted to see what I was doing right away. Plus, you can make changes when and where you want.
For those experienced in site-building, SBI! deepens your level of understanding. No matter who you are, you are guided all the way until you succeed. The extra guiding hand is helping make my dream a reality.
You're probably wondering about the technical skills or business knowledge you need.
All you need are basic typing skills and know how to copy and paste. In order to create your own web site you follow the Action Guide. This is a step-by-step process in either written or video format.
All you have to do is follow it. Really! It's that easy. The most successful SBI! owners say "all they did was follow the Guide." You don't have to guess at what to do next. Everything is set up so that you follow the steps in order. That works great for me!
Page creation is as simple as riding a bike with its training wheels still attached. No need to know HTML. The block-by-block builder trains you how to write a page that is both "Search Engine and human effective." In fact, search engines and humans like SBI!
It's simple, do-able and most importantly, effective site-building. The block-by-block builder is perfect for beginners, but even many "advanced" users should start with this tool. It's an excellent way to break bad habits!
When I first began my web site, I used Word for Windows and then I would copy and paste my work into the block-by-block builder. It was perfect for me. Then I started noticing people using bold, center, etc. I asked how to do that and they pointed me in the right direction to learn some basics.
There is so much more that I learned with the help of Dave (remember, he's the computer guru), that I've come a lot further. But I still use the block-by-block builder.
When it's time to create your site's Look & Feel, SBI! provides fully customizable, easy-to-use templates. You can choose and create a professional-looking presentation, even if you have no design skills. And if you're a designer, you can create and upload your own. This page shows a range of styles. I started using a template and learned how to customize my own. It's really easy.
You're probably wondering what to write about.
The first place to start is by asking yourself what you like to do. What do you have a passion for? Perhaps what you do for work is something of interest. An example could be financial aid, knitting, writing resumes, etc. There are so many possibilities.
Choosing your best site concept is not always as obvious as you might think. Brainstorm It! and Niche Choose It! show you the best path for your particular business, reveal some surprises, and help you make the right choice.
What if you say that you can't write?
No problem. You see, I thought I could write and it turned out I needed to change my style. SBI! teaches you how to write. Even the most prolific writers may need help with writing content. SBI! really wants to make you successful. They teach you how to write for your audience.
Ken Evoy, the man behind Sitesell (SBI!) wrote a 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 totally free. These books will help you tremendously. That's how I got started writing.
In my professional career (before kids), I could write for brochures or press releases (that boring stuff) and make everything look nice, but I didn't know how to write for the average person. These books make sense and I now love to write about anything.
Now, you're thinking...How much is it? Because it sounds expensive.
SBI! costs $299 for a yearly subscription. That boils down to $25 a month. Many other web site hosting companies cost that much or more.
There are no hidden costs and you get everything you need to build a successful online business. This includes how to build a web site, the templates, reporting tools, domain registration, hosting, private forums to provide help when you need it and much, much more.
SBI! has a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. It's a risk-free decision that you can make with confidence and peace of mind. It's worth a try. You get a chance to build a successful online business and make the changes in your life that you've dreamed of.
How easy is it?
Building your own online business is both easy and hard. It takes a lot of time, hard work and you must be committed to it. You don't just set things up, push a few buttons here and there and, Presto! you start making megabucks.
You really have to spend the time, put in a lot of hard work and keep at it. You don't need to have technical skills, not even superb writing skills, plus, you don't need to know anything about computers and web sites. You just need to have the brains and motivation to build an online business. That's the easy part.
How much time is really required?
That's the beauty of this. You can spend as much or as little time as you want. When I first started lake-winnipesaukee-travel-guide.com, I spent a lot of time gathering ideas, writing and taking photos.
I had part time jobs, kids activities, our computer business and so on. So, I probably spent an average of ten hours a week. Some weeks I did more and others less.
I started this site in September 2006 and I actually followed the seasons as I worked.
I first wrote about the autumn, then winter, covered spring and then into summer. My work was spread out and I built the Lake Winnipesaukee web site when it was convenient for me.
You're still wondering whether you could build a web site and create a successful online business? Give it a try. You'll ask yourself, "why didn't I do this before?"
Do you still have questions that I haven't answered? You can ask any questions either by phone or email. I sent emails to ask questions. They helped give me peace of mind and the result was building my awesome online business.
What are you waiting for?