Just starting with SBI
(Sheboygan, WI USA)
I'm just starting with SBI and happened to have found your website in Ken's Ebook on pre-selling, and your website looks great.
I've been with SBI for seven months now, and I'm still struggling to get through the tons of information presented. It seems that whenever I turn around there is another Ebook to be read.
I got through days 1-5, and now I'm starting to work on content as suggested in Day 6, but I'm also spending time viewing other SBI sites for inspiration as to how to lay out my site.
There isn't a day that goes buy where I don't get discouraged wondering if I'll ever get a site developed, and If I'll ever make a dime from it. I feel like quitting so often, but with the time and expense I've already put into it, I just keep plugging away at it.
I'm a retired Photographer, so I decided to build a site on how to start a home photography business. So far, all I have is my home page, and I'm in the process of writing the "About Me" page. Things are going really slow.
If you would like to see what I have done so far you can view my page at photography-home-business.com.
I don't know, It seems like I should have more pictures or graphics, or it seems to wordy. My coach thinks it looks good, and so does my girl friend.
If you would like to look at my home page, and leave me know what you think, that would be great.
I think being able to communicate with other SBI'ers is a benefit of itself. Thank you for the time.
Sheboygan, WI USA
Thanks for visiting my SBI
site, www.chocolate-candy-mall.com and for your very kind words. Keep in mind that this site is 4 years old (as of December 2010), so it wasn't built overnight! :~)
Let me start by saying - DON'T QUIT! I know I'm shouting, but I wanted to be sure you heard. ;) Too many people give up the fight in the early days of site-building because it is all so overwhelming.
Trust me when I say that it WILL get easier. The more pages you build, the quicker you'll be able to do it. Pretty soon you will be able to add fresh content to your site without agonizing over every word and minute detail. That's what it sounds like you are doing right now.
I looked at your home page and it looks wonderful. Quit second guessing yourself and move on. The beauty of controlling/running your own website is that you can easily go back and change or edit a page in the future
if you decide to take a different approach, reword something, add more photos, or otherwise dress it up a bit.
I know what you are going through. My current site look and feel is not at all what it was when I started this site 4 years ago. It was very basic and looked so plain and dry to me.
On top of that, when I was just starting with SBI, I was panic stricken that my words weren't compelling enough and actually embarrassed that someone might find my site by accident and think it was awful.
Now that you have made a start on content building, just focus on that exclusively for a little while till you get at least 20 or so pages up. Don't worry about making them perfect. Just get them done.
Remember, this is a subject that you know a lot about. I believe if you will just write like you are talking to a friend who has asked you a question about a particular concept (keyword phrase), you'll be churning out pages in record numbers.
I LOVE your site concept. It's got so much potential, both for helping others start a photography business and also for drumming up more local customers for your own established photography business. Excellent potential.
Again, I can't stress enough that you don't even consider quitting. You've taken a long time to get through the first five days of the Action Guide
, so you may be feeling the added pressure of making money in a certain amount of time.
Everyone works at a different pace, but I don't think anyone really starts making a regular income from their SBI site until they have plenty of content built (at least 100 pages). Don't let that discourage you. Let it encourage you instead. You are on the right path and the worst is behind you - learning the basics.
You WILL make money with your site if you just forge ahead and start taking that valuable knowledge in your head and transferring it to the pages of your SBI site.
When I was just starting with SBI, it was my goal to earn a couple hundred dollars extra per month to be able to spend on presents for family, etc.
I had no expectation that I would end up with such a fantastic income and five beautiful websites only a few short years later.
I praise the Lord for His blessings on my efforts and I'm so thankful that I stuck with it and put the effort into following the Action Guide day by day. I love SBI (SiteBuildIt)!
Looking forward to watching your site progress over the coming months!