Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate – Site Build It aka SBI aka Site Sell reviews and how does it do compare to Wealthy Affiliate? SBI turning to WordPress?
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate – My first encounter.
Hi there, Edmund here.
I knew about Site Build It way back in 2009 while I was looking for ways to start an Online Business.
I was very impressed with Site Build It at that time. Its owner, Ken Envoy, almost convinced me with his daughter’s story. He said if a 14-year-old girl could monetize her website selling her own designed slippers (or something similar, I vaguely remember), anyone could build a website with Site Build It.
I was planning to sign up with Site Build It but when I know the cost of it, I held back due to other financial commitment I had at that time.
I admit, even browsing through the Site Build It website, I learned a lot of things about Internet Business from Ken Envoy.
In particular, his 4 steps process. The figure below is quite self-explanatory.
I decided to look for cheaper alternative and did not check out Site Build It again.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a free* Starter Membership with 2 free* sub-domain websites and a free* Online Entrepreneur Certification (Level 1) course.
It’s free! Why not? I do not even have the hassle to ask for a refund if I am not convinced at Wealthy Affiliate.
When Kyle, the owner offered his help for all newbies to get started, I grabbed at the opportunity.
I was impressed and became a Premium Member, the rest was history, my Online Business Journey took off.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate – My research online.
Recently, a friend asked me what do I think of Site Build It. He wanted an opinion from me.
I told him I came across it many years ago, I do not know what the has company become. I told him I would help him do a little research first.
Since I am doing a research for him, I thought why not I write an article about the comparison between Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate.
I was really surprised with what I found.
Just within the first page of search results, there are a number of pages written to “condemn” SBI and it seems that some sort of infighting was going on since 2012.
Something might had happened between the author of this blog and SBI. This could be just one side of a story. I looked further.
“Just wondering if anyone would mind sharing what your experience with SiteSell’s SBI! (SiteBuildIt) has been. I’m thinking of trying it out. Many thanks.” – warriorforum.com
The people at Warrior Forum provided a more balanced view of Site Build It.
Below is a blog from a current Wealthy Affiliate member who shared his own SBI experience.
“Several years before I discovered Wealthy Affiliate, I was an SBI owner. While I don’t want to bash Site Build It, they definitely didn’t live up to the hype in their videos or sales pages.” – steveo5770
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate – SBI Block Builder vs WordPress
After reading through many reviews of SBI, both good and bad. I realized the main reason why many people left SBI’s platform. SBI’s own website building platform has many limitations and not flexible enough to build a modern website.
Ken Envoy has strongly advocated his own’s proprietary Block Builder for website building, similar to Google’s Blogspot’s drag and drop design style.
On the contrary, many of them preferred WordPress which offers flexibility and an open source concept where developers can build any plugins to use within the WordPress website.
“I don’t think SBI is a scam, but it’s not for everyone. The actual value in SBI is the education, not the technology. It could be useful for someone who doesn’t know much about computers or the web. But for someone capable of installing software like WordPress at their own host (which is really easy), SBI would be more of a hindrance than a help.” – tobanwiebe.com
Personally, I think SBI is trying to change for the better and embrace WordPress. It did come out with a plugin for WordPress in 2013 to tap on the WordPress market.
“For years, Site Build It touted how much better they were than WordPress. Not anymore. Ken Evoy, the owner of Site Build It, hyped up a new WordPress plugin that was going to change the course of SBI forever.” – affiliatemarketertraining.com
However, I also think that it could backfire because SBI sends a confusing signal to its members. To use SBI’s own website builder? Or find their own host, set up a WordPress website and use SBI’s WordPress plugin?
“SBI! finally has a competitor. A competitor that is cheaper than SBI! (half the price, to be precise!), and which uses the very platform everybody has been pleading for (WordPress, no less), means SBI! is facing its most dangerous threat ever!” – suckersbuyit.com
Moreover, if you are using a “heavy” (large file size) plugin with all the specialized tools, you could probably slow down your website unknowingly.
Google hates slow websites.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate – Apple vs Apple
To me personally, Site Build It is an academy that tries to help anyone new to venture into the Online Business World. It has good intentions, however, the owner might have overpromised and under-delivered in the technical expectation of SBI’s many ex-members.
Wealthy Affiliate is also an academy that helped trained 1000’s of Online Entrepreneurs in the past decade since its beginning in 2005.
Both advocates a one-stop service to provide training, tools, community and hosting.
If given a choice of SBI and Wealthy Affiliate, and if I am someone wanting to make money Online but totally new. Which would I go for?
Given that I had done my own diligence to research prior to joining, these will be my practical consideration.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate #1.1 – Basic Training – On Par
Both Academy provides basic training for beginners.
Their concepts are similar, create a website, build contents, gain traffics and convert sales.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate #1.2 – Advanced Training – Wealthy Affiliate winner
Wealthy Affiliate is an Open Education Project where any member can create training for all other members in the community related to Internet Marketing.
There are many experts within the community who selflessly share their knowledge to anyone who thirst for more knowledge.
Webinars by Jay, an Internet Marketing expert, are held once a week.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate #2 – Keyword Research Tools – On Par
Both Academy provides each own’s keyword research tools.
Keyword research tools provide results as long as you are familiar and comfortable using it.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate #3 – Community – Wealthy Affiliate winner
SBI has a forum of community where help and support are available from other members.
Wealthy Affiliate has a more dynamic community with Live Chat, Blogs and Q&A system.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate #4 – Hosting – Wealthy Affiliate winner
You are the sole owner of your own website in both SBI and Wealthy Affiliate.
SBI uses its own Block Builder System for website creation and your website is hosted within SBI Servers. In the event you need to transfer your website to other platforms, it will be a more difficult task. You could feel the hassle reading from various article links above.
Wealthy Affiliate is a WordPress Specialized host with all the security features for WordPress. All the websites you create in Wealthy Affiliate is using the WordPress platform. Wealthy Affiliate hosting comes complete with a SiteRubix site management suite. Transfer of website is easy.
As widely acknowledged, WordPress is far superior and easy to use, this will be an easy choice.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate #5 – Cost – Wealthy Affiliate winner
$29/mth or $299/year. (One Website Only, SBI hosting, all training, keyword tool)
90 days money back gurantee
Upsell: Custom Website Design Service – from $297 (basic)
Support: $19.95 per incident
Free* Starter membership at $0. (Live support – 7 days trial, 2 free* sub-domain websites, 1 free* course)
Premium Membership at $49/mth or $359/year. (25 own domain websites + 25 sub-domain websites, WordPress specialized hosting, Live Support, keyword tool and all training within WA)
A clear choice here too.
Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate – Conclusion
Given the choice to select between Site Build It vs Wealthy Affiliate, the decision is an easy one for me.
As an Online Business owner, you have to manage the cost of operation and cash flow too. I believe you’ll not just stop at building one website. As your first business become profitable, you will look out for other niches to explore and venture into. You’ll start building second, third or more websites. Agree with me?
Would you want your operating cost to increase as your number of websites increase?
Which make a better cents(sense) to you?
My friend is clear of his decision now and I hope this article will help you in making a better decision too.
Wishing you the best! 🙂
*Please note that some countries are not able to join as FREE Starter Members due to Wealthy Affiliate University’s Anti-SPAM policy.