Hi to all,
Part 2 of my replies to this thread...Paul from [Domain Private]https://forums.sitesell.com/viewtopic.php?p=1374753#p1374753
Uh-oh, I'm starting to see a pattern. I'm agreeing with you, too, Paul, about disagreeing with something that I didn't mean to imply.
Their issues are perfectly valid. The mere existence of ANY worry makes them so.
But when I post here, talking to you, it's from a different point of view...
It's silly to lose them for all the wrong reasons. THEY don't know they are "wrong," but we do. THAT's their fork in the road - hmmm, I guess baby sea turtles don't actually take to the road.
No website can address every possible question/sticking point. We used to have a FAQ that went on forever. Replacing it with question.sitesell.com had a dramatically strong AB-split test. We interpreted the results as follows....
Few were digging into the FAQ, but question.sitesell.com was obvious. If it was important enough, they'd ask. Adding question.sitesell.com was even stronger than having BOTH (i.e., remove the FAQ)!
Nothing is perfect, but it's our best way of answering countless possible "individual worries."
But I agree with you both 100% - my point in the forums, that these type of worries persist after 20+ years, is only a "wow" from MY POV. It amazes me when I think about it...
SBI! has evolved so far, it's unrecognizable from its original format (DAY 6-10 for affiliates). DAYS 1-5 with Brainstormer added as a second iteration (they used the first half of the Affiliate Masters Course for DAYs 1-5 before that).
When we launched the 2nd version (full 10 DAYs), so many folks realized that they had made mistakes with niche, etc that they wanted to change domain. We took that expense and let them start over again. It was, until we did "The Study," the most dramatic demonstration of the importance of PROCESS, especially DAYS 1-5.
Look at how far we have come. It is more and more frequent to grow a well-rounded business that can use any monetization model with increasing levels of income AND EQUITY.
In fact, the solopreneur, once traffic and brand has been established, can evolve into a full-blown entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs needs millions to develop a product, build brand and traffic, before they make sales. Solopreneurs can do it by building traffic and brand first.
As I've said, Nori could grow tremendous income and equity by purchasing a small hotel, or starting an Anguilla-inspired fashion line. And hundreds of SBIers have passed her in traffic - within a year or two, many will catch up with her in social.
When you look at that big picture, how far this has all come...
When someone worries about any one of a number of questions ("how many sites") is another, I tend to shake my head in amazement at how folks can be led in other directions that have so little to do with actual online business success.
But how we answer those questions is totally different from the level of information that they gather from Web hosts (it's all technical), or Wix (it's all about "stunning") or WA (it's all about fake reviews).
Hope that makes more sense.
I agree with you both - we DO have to be aware of all the different realities out there. It's why I like Martin's idea - it provides a pretty good way to, as you said, Paul to...
"ENTER THEIR REALITY."
And you and Wendy do that [url=[Domain Private]
/solo-build-it-review.html]wonderfully in your review of SBI.[/url] It, too, ranks well (#15).
A quick note on reviews - I'm surprised at how quickly we re-established many SBI! reviews into the Top 20. Remember...
NOT ONE OF YOU HAS ESTABLISHED ANY AUTHORITY IN THIS NICHE. NONE. NADA. ZILCH. RIEN. ❌
This was getting overrun by fake Solo Build It! reviews. It would soon have been as bad as the other two review terms ("Site" and "SBI!").
If you read the reviews, what stands out is that they are muscular. 💪 Big, strong, honest reviews by real users. They show both an understanding of the reader while explaining their own experience, along with the strengths of SBI!, honestly and clearly.
There's still a long road to go to achieve 500 sites and flooding out those fake reviews for "Site Build It!" and "SBI!" reviews, not to mention go on the offensive and start to grow again.
SBIsland🌴 is very real in my mind. In a space that has become totally corrupted, a place for solopreneurs where success is increasingly the norm, where we can stop growing completely and put 100% of our efforts of ALL SiteSellers' focus on quality and results - that's mind-blowing.
It's only thanks to WA (and Trafeze, which pointed out how few solopreneurs rank in the Top 1,000,000) that my thinking has morphed into this concept.
It's not about building a BIG business. It's about the best, except it's not "just" about delivering the best results. We already do that, by far. BUT...
Why not make "best" into "bester and bester?" Actually, SBI! has even done that over the years. Even during the dark years of Panda and Penguin, no one matched our results. High-traffic solos were slammed more widely.
But since then, since mid-2013, the gap has grown. But once we have the resources through growth, why not become "the bestest of bestest" - it's about refusing to accept limits if YOU do.
I have big, expensive ideas for that. And we'll talk about it some more another day. But I leave you with that on this thought...
Why accept limits? Why get dragged down by all the slugs? This is do-able if SBIers and SiteSellers join to create our own virtuous circle...
REAL SBI! reviews > more SBIers > more revenues for SBI! > faster-bigger improvements > more success > More REAL reviews....
and round and round THAT grows, while stopping WA from hurting solopreneurs and our reputation.
Right now, though, we need everyone's help with reviews. Threads like this, figuring out how to break through all the crud online, are helpful - I appreciate the input for its different POV.
Getting back to this thread, Paul, you re-formulated my question well...
So the thing I would ask is how can those people that are asking the “wrong question” be hooked?
First, Paul, before I forget...
Back to the exact factor where you clicked and said, "Yes, SBI!" You said...
To trust all the signs that this could be the right place for us.
Do you remember the alternatives? What clicked to cause that trust?
The problem of what to put "above the fold" is always a tricky question. I may have misled your thinking - the "wrong" questions that I outlined in my posts are outliers.
We used to compete with web hosting. That's why the above page even exists. There was a crazy-detailed comparison chart. But that issue has grown smaller - still a question, but not big enough for that valuable real estate.
I do like your idea of possibly pushing the flow chart with video...
I really like Martins flow chart idea; https://forums.sitesell.com/viewtopic.php?p=1374705#p1374705 and a similar idea can actually be executed with video as well. Some will be captivated and some won’t. The key is to be inspiring and not make the competition wrong.
Your idea of more intensive, I assume you mean human-based, 1-on-1 help is only "SBIsland"-possible. The forums do handle most issues in the first 5 DAYS.
We lose 15-20% in the first 3 months, almost all due to "too much work." And that's OK - it takes work to build a business. Head of Support has never fed back to me a recurring issue of "does not understand."
I would not be surprised if some, in fact, are stuck, but working out an involved protocol (there's more to it when you start to think it through - do-able, but tricky) for figuring out who to help, and when, would only be a priority as we get close to "island status."
Interesting "fork in the road" messaging!
Thanks very much, Paul.
Some really helpful thinking!
All the best,