Is Site Build It a scam?
Considering how long Site Build It has been in business (Since 1997) and the number of happy customers they have, I would have to say definitely not.
Do I think it offers the most “bang for your buck?” No.
Do I think there are better alternatives? Definitely!
But, I want to start off by talking about what you get with Site Build It! along with my personal experience as an ex-Site Build It owner.
Product: Site Build It!
Owner: Ken Evoy
Price: $299 per year PER WEBSITE / Some Up-Sells
Rank: 5 out of 10
What Is Site Build It?
Site Build It is a website building course that teaches you to turn your hobbies or interests into a thriving online business. Your purchase includes:
- 1 Premium Domain Name
- Content Management System
- Step-By-Step Training
- Forum For FAQ’s
What I Like
One of the things I like about Site Build It is the ease of use with the content management system they provide. Many newbies have a tough time figuring out the proper way to structure their websites for user friendliness and SEO. Site Build It allows you to create content for Tier 1, Tier 2 and so on. It makes it extremely easy to build a “silo” structure which is usually pretty effective for SEO purposes.
They also make it easy to build internal links from one page to another. For example; Tier 3 pages will link up to Tier 2 pages and so on. This creates the silo structure and internal links are almost always good for SEO.
SBI Now Has A WordPress Version
WordPress is a popular content management system (I use it myself) and SBI has decided to stop fighting the tide and offer a WordPress alternative. This program is a bit more affordable at $149 per year. I suppose it’s cheaper because the owner of SBI has always viewed WordPress as inferior to his own CMS.
90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Site Build It! does offer a 90 day money back guarantee which is quite generous for this industry.
Site Build It does have a very active forum so you can usually find the answers to FAQ’s or you can post a question of your own if you can’t find the answer. If you post a question that has already been answered within the forum, you may catch a little hell for it. I also found that many members will talk down to others for asking certain question.
I’m not saying ALL people there are rude or that everybody will have that experience. That is a personal observation.
Also, if you find that you are stuck and cannot move forward until you have an answer, you may be stuck for several days. People are not in a rush to answer newbie questions.
What I Don’t Like
Aside from the mediocre support I experienced in the forum, there are a few other things about Site Build It that I really don’t like.
While their content management system makes it easy to build a great looking site, they own that system. You cannot simply move your site to another host. Sure, you can copy and paste all of your content one page at a time on another CMS but it would be quite a headache. It’s much better to build a WordPress site which can be easily moved between hosts. Just my opinion there.
$299 Per Year PER SITE!
This is where Site Build It becomes expensive. Let’s talk about the cost of building a site.
Domain name: $12 per year (give or take)
Hosting: $100 per year (dido)
$299 – $112 = $187
So, you are basically paying for support, tools and training. Is $187 per year for support, tools and training worth the price? If you are profitable, absolutely! Should you pay for tools and training for every single site you build? Of course not! I don’t know how they justify charging full price for every single website.
The Brainstorm It! tool, the one you use for keyword research, is based on bad data! Not to mention that it is confusing and hard to use. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.
The criteria used for finding keyword phrases is 30,000 monthly searches and 200,000 or less competition. These numbers are obtained from extremely broad searches and not at all accurate in my opinion.
Who Cares About My “Opinion“?
Well, I have learned to rank on the first page of Google for dozens of variations of dozens of different keywords from a single website. I know what keyword phrases rank and how to get them ranked, and my criteria is nothing like what SBI uses.
In fact, I have a video that shows you exactly how to find your true competition in Google.
The Bottom Line
In a nutshell, after a year as an SBI owner, I had no more experience as a business owner than before I bought in. I didn’t learn how to properly do keyword research, drive traffic to my site or convert that traffic. All I had to show was a good looking website that generated no revenue and no clue how to improve my situation.
Since that time, I have learned a lot and was finally able to improve my situation once I discovered my #1 recommendation. Here is a quick comparison chart. Click the chart to see my full review.
Why Do I Rate SBI 5 Out Of 10?
Although private coaching is available, you’ll have to pay extra for it. Wealthy Affiliate does not charge extra. In fact, Wealthy Affiliate has no up-sells whatsoever!
I also took a point off due to their keyword research tool and training. Wealthy Affiliate offers the best training and keyword tool I have ever found. For me, the results speak for themselves and this is not an opinion.
Wealthy Affiliate costs a bit more (unless you catch their Black Friday deal) but as someone who has experience with both programs, WA offers so much more value.
With SBI, I made no money.
With Wealthy Affiliate, I was profitable within the first year. That is a no-brainer to me!
Comments or questions? Pleas leave them below and I will respond.
P.S. I you are an SBI owner and I have misrepresented SBI in this article, please let me know and I will gladly revise this article or correct any mistakes.