The thing I enjoy the most about being an online business owner is this: Nobody can take away what I have built with SBI! - John Shank, SBI! member since 2003

It’s Our 20th Birthday! Solo Build It!, “The Solopreneur Incubator,” Now Has Its Own Social Home @SoloBuildIt

It’s Our 20th Birthday! Solo Build It!, The Solopreneur Incubator, Has Its Own Social Home @SoloBuildIt

It’s Our 20th Birthday!🎉
Solo Build It!, “The Solopreneur Incubator,”
Now Has Its Own Social Home 👉@SoloBuildIt

SiteSell

It all started with a single book. Make Your Site Sell! (“MYSS!”) became “The Bible of Internet Marketing” from the late 90s to 2002 (150,000 copies sold).

That turned into 20 years of total focus on solopreneur success. Of course, “solopreneur” only became a “word” a few years ago. Heck, even “content marketing” didn’t exist. We introduced that concept as a precursor to the engine of the SBI! Process in 1999 (it became “content marketing” years later).

Books: 1997-2002

MYSS! grew into a line of branded “Make Your _____ Sell!” books. Most are long since out of print, but all were popular. Make Your Words Sell! (MYWS!) became another hit. It’s still one of the best books ever on writing sales copy.

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Our publishing business grew rapidly. And then, one day, our world changed…

A customer survey told us that everyday people didn’t use the books to build successful businesses. They loved them, they said. But they did not use them to grow online businesses.

We loved them, too. But would-be solopreneurs needed much more than book-form information. Our goal was not “edutainment.” We had been focused on enabling success. With trepidation, we said goodbye to “books.”

We “pivoted” from a profitable model to one that held promise but was far from guaranteed to catch on. We had no idea how unique, and uniquely effective, it would remain to this day….

A Risky Change

Why not combine, we reasoned…

  1. a step-by-step process, aka an Action Guide
  2. all the tools to execute the steps
  3. guidance from a like-minded community where everyone works together
  4. 24×7 support when needed
  5. constant updating (to avoid ever going out of date).

We called it Site Build It! (aka “SBI!”).

The theory was simple and logical. Forced book chapters became practical, ordered-in-time and action-oriented steps. Here are the 4 major steps…

CTPM

At a time when SEO was page-focused, we became site-focused. A theme-based site, loaded with high-value and original niche content, should succeed, we reasoned. It would become recognized, by searchers and engines alike, as an authority in its field.

This was a game-changer. The premise was simple and logical. Search engines did learn to recognize and reward those who knew their stuff. SBI! delivered a large edge then, and delivers (bigger than ever) now to solopreneurs.

The best news of all? Solopreneurs, both beginners and those who knew a ton but had never succeeded (too many trees obscure the forest), used SBI!. And saw success with it.

It has evolved continuously, integrating such major Internet developments as RSS (until then, used only by blogs), user-generated content (before others did), sitemap generation (first to market), social media, mobile-friendliness, and more.

SBIers had no need to “keep up” with an ever-growing firehose of information. We added what was important and we left out all the rest. New info was edited into the Action Guide (“AG”), which delivers the same, but ever-evolving, process.

Today?

Solo Build It! works in the same way in 2017!

“We do it all for you.”

And SBIers are lovin’ it!

The CTPM process is a big part of every SBIer’s success. Enabling solopreneurs to focus 100% on that process is just as big — a double whammy of efficiency. “Just follow the AG” is the mantra of every successful SBIer to those who are just beginning.

No false starts. No major mistakes or distractions by the “latest and greatest.” The Action Guide provides the complete process: from early-days preparation to maximal monetization, it’s all covered. The tools enable execution. The forums provide a unique “help and be helped” environment.

It’s all that any serious solopreneur needs.

The Results?

SBIers succeed at unheard-of rates and levels of success.

In fact, SBIers contribute 100X more successful solopreneur sites per capita than any other sitebuilder. No one else shows proof of success such as these results, along with case studies and Solopreneur Success Lessons.

They would if they could!

That’s not to say it’s easy. We can (and do) simplify it by boiling it all down into an all-in-one, step-by-step process with tools, guidance and updating. So, yes — it is possible to make business-building doable.

But it can never be easy. After all, if building a profitable business with equity was easy, everyone would be rich!

The Future?

no false alarmsThe evergreen concept that underlies all of Solo Build It! has evolved enormously over time. It will continue to do so, incorporating new developments that are important and that will stick — while excluding fads and other time-wasters…

No false alarms such as push technology or .mobi (mobile versions of sites) ever distract SBI! members from the business-building actions that matter most.

This spares solopreneurs from wasting their most precious asset… time! By definition, every solo entrepreneur has a limited amount of time. SBI!’s core philosophy is to focus that non-renewable resource on the single most important business-building action at any given moment.

SBI! members don’t spend time figuring out what to do about mobile or converting to “https” security. They don’t wade through tons of info to find (maybe) a good idea nugget. We do that, and we’ve made every call correctly.

This auto-updating is a core part of SBI!. It is as important, in the long run, as the combination of process, tools, community guidance and support.

It’s all about saving time, using it in the most productive way possible. It’s about enabling solopreneurs to pour 100% of every available hour into the highest priority business-building action. SBIer do not worry about keeping up with the daily firehose of information, nor are they distracted by tempting Get Rich Quick schemes (including the “it’s easy” claims of gigantic site-building software companies promise).

We can’t do the actual work for them, though. All credit for their success goes to them. They are the ones who, freed to focus, use their individual skills, intelligence, and persistence to build online businesses on their own.

In short…

Just do itThey “just do it.”  

And they do it right.

Why The New Name, “Solo Build It!”?

There has been a proliferation of sitebuilders (e.g., Wix, Yola, Weebly, etc.), as well as web hosts that offer their own sitebuilders (e.g., GoDaddy and 1&1). All have massive marketing budgets. Some even use Super Bowl ads.

More recently, though, they increasingly lean on the implication that “Site = Business.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s a disservice to solopreneurs.

Building a “stunning website” (Wix’s emphasis) is merely part of the 6th stage of the 10-stage SBI! Action Guide. Sure, pointing and clicking to a pre-designed site template is easy. But, as you will learn in more detail in SBI!, “stunning” may not even be the right choice…

A site’s design should reflect the business’s “Personality.” And that, in turn, should fit nicely with a detailed thumbnail sketch of your target market.

Site Build It!” made sense in 2002, when the radical concept was that a “site with great content” would do better than heavily SEO’d pages. SEOers doubted it at the time. The name made sense back then.

Over time, however, many perceived our business-building product as just another sitebuilder.  So, in 2011, we shortened the name to “SBI!” and left the “site”-building out. In 2017, now that “solopreneur” is a widely known term (and intuitive to those who still don’t know it), it became time to complete the change.

We announced the new name, “Solo Build It!,” in January. Now it’s time to introduce you to @SoloBuildIt for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube (hey, we’re even on SlideShare!).

(FYI: Our @SiteSell accounts will continue to post, tweet and pin about company news and other “solo-issues” that are relevant to you. The new @SoloBuildIt becomes the main force that focuses on helping solopreneurs succeed online.)

This final name change also represents the final morph from books ➡️️ sitebuilder ➡️️ business-builder ➡️️ the only “business incubator” for solopreneurs.

Entrepreneur.com defines a business incubator as “an organization designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services.”  

The term is best known in reference to dotcom entrepreneurs. Incubators provide everything from funding to physical space to mentoring. The best ones develop close, nurturing relationships with those who are accepted (strongest attitude and highest motivation). Entrepreneurs often arrive with one idea but end up going in a different direction!

Bottom line: incubators significantly increase the odds of success.

You really could not have a closer analogy to Solo Build It!. Its combination of proven process, all-in-one tools, community guidance, SBI! support, and auto-updating virtually defines the phrase “solopreneur incubator”…

  • Consider how SBI! nurtures while providing everything you need.
  • Consider the friendly, helpful forum interactions — everyone from successful SBIers to the SiteSell CEO come by to help you out and share their accumulated wisdom and experience (applied to your specific question or problem). In short, you may be “solo” but you’re never alone.
  • Consider the staggering success rates compared to anywhere else. The results speak for themselves.  And it’s only going to get better…

Each year, the Internet brings new developments. Leveraging the ones that matter by blending them into the SBI! Process increases the SBIer’s edge. 2017 promises to be the most exciting year yet. Get to know us…

Talk to us, work with us, play with us — we can’t start the party without you! Follow us at the @SoloBuildIt account of your favorite social channels…

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Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell)
Ken Evoy is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of SiteSell Inc. He is the creator of SBI!, SiteSell's comprehensive Web business-building system. Ken is also a successful inventor, author, and emergency physician. He feels strongly that solopreneurs can be empowered by leveraging their income building potential online.
Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell)

Latest posts by Ken Evoy (CEO, SiteSell) (see all)

  • Happy Birthday SiteSell! Congratulations on 20 amazing years. Looking forward to what the next 20 brings! 🙂

  • Congratulations! In 2004 I bought MYSS and what I learned in it was instrumental in getting out young business off and running! I look forward to seeing what you’re doing now!

  • DrDiane M Hoffmann

    Happy Birthday SBI! And thank you Ken for keeping the same integrity throughout SBI over the years. I’ve been using SBI for many years and have found it to be the best of them all! I am today going around the party rooms and decided to leave this note on this page, however I don’t know if my icon (or whatever you call it that’s to the left here) will be linking this to my SBI page. I’m not tech savvy about these things but I noticed that whenever I write a comment on a blog, it sends people to any one of my many other sites automatically as I click on comment… I wish I could fix that… but here we go, I’m going to “enter” and see what happens!
    Oh, Oh, nothing. I’ll try clicking on “f” for Facebook.

  • DrDiane M Hoffmann

    Ok, it worked… but it’s connected to a non SBI site… it should be going to hofron.com but don’t know how to do it.

  • DrDiane M Hoffmann

    By the way, I entered my email in the “Free E-Book” gift above (Make Your Words Sell) but when I clicked on the submit button, nothing happened!

  • Marianne Edwards

    Coming up to 10 years for me. And 7 years since I left my day-job and never looked back.
    Happy Birthday SBI and a big thanks to Ken and all your helpers!

  • Lisa Irby

    Happy birthday SBI!

  • Rachel Bruner

    Happy, happy birthday, SBI!!! I love your company and all that it has helped me to achieve as a Solopreneur!

  • Bruce Whittaker

    Congratulations SBI. May there be many more years helping Solopreneurs going forward. Thanks to Ken and team for all you do.

  • Ilana Moss

    I can’t thank you enough! I joined SBI in 2009 on my 50th birthday. My site has had well over a million visitors in the last five years! I always recommend SBI to my solopreneur friends who want to build an online presence of any kind. Thank you again, and I look forward to many more years together <3

  • Happy 20th Birthday SBI! Thank you for enriching my life in a million different ways. I would never, ever have been able to achieve what I have without you. I hope everyone with a dream to build an online business finds you. Everything about SBI! is pure genius. Many happy returns.

  • Happy 20th Birthday SBI! You and your team have accomplished a great job together. You’ve brought to life a very unique and comprehensive tool to build a business online from A to Z, which I can personally say as many before me already did, it works. But from my experience, the tools alone are not enough to succeed. Motivation, determination, and commitment are essentials elements which are constantly required to start, keep going, and move on. My Best!!!

  • The first post I’ve read top to bottom in a looooooong time, Ken.

    What an achievement – to touch so many lives!

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