My husband and I built this site with Solo Build It! well over ten years ago, and we have seen it go from strength to strength. It has enabled us to make a living sharing our passion for Italy with the world, and for that, we will be forever grateful to them.
Anyway, because so many people were writing to me asking for my view on Solo Build It! I decided to write this Solo Build It! review.
I was a teacher, and Andrew (my husband) worked in logistics; apart from sending emails, we knew nothing about the internet. After my husband became ill, we knew we wanted to change our lives. We wanted to share our love for Italy and tell the world about this wonderful country. We decided to start a website, and we tried various "free" or low-cost options.
Not one of them worked.
We were beginning to think that the internet was a pool of sharks, and we were easy prey for them.
Then we discovered Solo Build It!
To be honest, the course they put us through was intense; there were times when I came home from work exhausted and thought, No way can I do this. Andrew felt the same.
I was glad I persevered. I learned so much, and without it, I would never have made it.
In fact, both Andrew and I do the course again every year. It's always updated and is all we need to keep us up to date with everything relevant to running our business.
The critical thing for me was understanding that we weren't building a website but an online business.
All our previous online businesses failed because nobody had ever shown us how to run an online business—only how to build a website. More than anything else, this is what Solo Build It! does better than any other company out there.
They don't tell you that you'll get rich quickly. They explain that you'll have to put in the work that comes with building any business. They give you the bricks, mortar, and a great plan, but you need to put it all together.
Put in the effort, and there is a very good chance you'll succeed.
The Solo Build It course covers how to build a business, and it includes using social media. Our main Facebook page has well over 400,000 followers. Having so many followers means I can drive tens of thousands of visitors to my website each week.
Ask yourself, how many other websites, built with another DIY platform, have that many social media followers?
Thank goodness I avoided reading paid reviews when I started with Solo Build It. Instead, I stumbled upon a few genuine reviews from people who don't make a living out of online marketing. I read about ordinary people who made a living out of a passion of theirs.
These people were sharing how they'd succeeded at doing something they loved - thanks to the tools Solo Build It provided. They were people who had become successful solopreneurs. At the time, I hardly believed I would one day be like them - now I am.
Watch out for reviews on sites that are about affiliate marketing, starting a website, or similar. They are trying to sell you products they get commissions on: most of the time, they've never even tried the product they review and are often paid to give a negative review.
Ignore any review that says halfway down the page, "Click here to see the product I recommend instead". These always link to a company called Wealthy Affiliates and are paid affiliate links.
Don't just take my word for it - rather do yourself a favor and have a look at this study that compares every site built with Solo Build It! and all those built through a competitor.
On average, SBI! placed 3,300% more (that's 33X) sites into the top bracket.
If I had to start all over again my number one choice would still be Solo Build It!
In fact, only eighteen months ago, we started another site called ExquisiteCoast.com, and guess who we used to build it with? You guessed it: Solo Build It!
The design of the new site is completely different from this one, which gives you an idea of how many options you have when it comes to design. I've read in some fake reviews that the designs are clunky, but that is nonsense; you can have whatever design you want!
Anyway, why would I still use Solo Build It!? Here are my reasons:
That's the end of my Solo Build It review. Now, how about that trip to Venice?