As your experience with these freelancers and Debs' response show -- even with the best intentions, people can only recommend what they know, like and trust. To that end, we're all biased -- and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
So here comes my own admittedly biased opinion.
I know, like and trust SBI, and have recommended it to a lot of people over for over a decade, with no affiliate links (that's a long story for another day).
I also know, like and trust WordPress very well, and have even built a career out of building, hosting and managing WordPress sites for clients for over a decade -- starting way back in the b2/cafelog days before Matt created WordPress out of the b2/cafelog codebase.
WordPress, with its huge ecosystem of themes and plugins, is a truly powerful software, and I'm often amazed by the soft of things people do with it... from building sophisticated web and mobile apps to running complete business backends (invoicing, accounting, helpdesk ticketing, hotel front-desk reservations, corporate intranets, etc.).But with that power, comes a whole lot of complexity and responsibility on the part of the site owner.
So, the issues that Debs raised are very, very true -- with WordPress you're in the driver's seat and must manage every aspect of your website, or pay someone else to do it for you. God knows I've made good money rescuing people's abandoned WordPress sites that get hacked.But here is the thing: the added cost and complexity shouldn't stop you from switching to WordPress if you have a clear business need which SBI can't support.
That would be like choosing to remain in an overcrowded tiny house because you dread the higher maintenance cost (in both time and money) of a bigger house.
Hi! my site is over 220 pages, I get about 2000 unique visitors per month. I need to update the website, get rid of bad links, and monetize the site. I will also be selling an ebook on the site.
Broken links (or "link rot" -- as the academics call it ) are unfortunately a part of the web, and you'll need to fix these broken links and update your content on a regular basis, irrespective of the software or platform you use to build your website.
So if the only reason WordPress is under consideration is the fact that freelancers recommended it, then I wouldn't say that would be a smart move to make. Stick with what you know and (hopefully) love.
This is a pretty big job, and all of the freelancers that I have approached recommend starting from scratch, and using Wordpress. I think this is an option, since a lot of freelancers have experience with Wordpress, and almost none have experience with SBI. I can use Sitesell Services, but that would run in the $thousands.
What exactly do you need help with that is a "pretty big job" and will cost $thousands? Fixing broken links? Editing the content? Putting new clothes (design) on the site? Building some new functionality?
Such details would surely help!
So, is SBI for Wordpress a good option? Should I just stick with SBI? Should I just go with standard Wordpress and host it on my Bluehost account which I am paying for anyway for my other sites?
Note that SBI for WordPress is just SBI's brainstormer, guides and forum support --- but with your own self-hosted WordPress. SBI doesn't host your WordPress site at all, even with SBI for WordPress. So, in your case, you would host the WordPress site on your Bluehost account if you decide to publish with WordPress (whether you purchase SBI for WordPress or not).
I will also need to boost traffic, build an email list, use autoresponders, and monetize the site with banners, Adsense, AdChoices, and affiliate programs for things like travel items, travel insurance, travel websites, dental products, dentists, etc.
All these can either be done directly with SBI, or you can integrate advanced 3rd-party tools whether you use SBI or WordPress.
If you were me, what would you do?
So, given the information you provided, I'll say stick with SBI. And, unless you need a writer or an editor to help you edit your content, it shouldn't cost you thousands of dollars to fix broken links and even change design).
And don't let the complexity stop you from switching to WordPress if you have clearly identified new features and functionality for your site which you know for fact (no assumptions!) that SBI can't support. If you want more out of your site or business, you'll need to be willing to put in more.
 - A recent study
by the folks at Harvard University's Library Innovation Lab shows that of the 2,816 links embedded on the infamous Million Dollar Homepage
, 547 are entirely unreachable while a further 489 redirect to a different domain or to a domain resale portal, leaving 1,780 -- about 63% -- reachable links. Even then, most of the domains to which these 63% reachable links correspond are for sale or devoid of content.