Today I am answering the following question, posted on the SBI private forums for owners of SBI hosted websites.
Let's start out by saying: "You do know EVERYTHING I post on this on any other forum, gets cross posted to my SBI site, right?"
Meaning even though THIS is a private forum, the whole world is gonna see my answer.
Meaning that while I have no SBI review page, this page is going to be yet another in a long line of many other SBI topic pages on my SBI hosted site.
Just like they see every other answer to every other SBI related question I answer, on my SBI site which, you know, has 100+ pages of me answering questions about SBI and what it's like to use SBI?
Now let's answer your question.
Not in the results, but I'm the "Wendy", who Ken Evoy keeps talking about in his write a review request thread.
Ken linked to my "not quite a review" of SBI and why I chose SBI over Wealthy Affiliates back in 2013, in his "share your story" review thread (I believe it is the 3rd thread in his series of review writing threads?).
It was my post here on the forums that he had used as his example for "how to write an SBI review", taking the article I wrote and picking it apart to use it as the step by step guide on how to write a review of SBI, which is rather ironic considering it was NOT a review of SBI at all, but rather, just me sharing my journey from one web host service to the next.
He used my example of my search for a webhost and stumbling upon SBI by being a member of an RV forum then finding most of the RVers I talked to also managed SBI hosted sites.
I found out he was doing this when I woke up one morning to find that instead of 100 or so page views a day I was suddenly getting 400 or so page views an hour, thanks to his widespread marketing of his article and his having linked to my website in his article.
Ironically, though Ken used my forum post as the example for how to write a review, I do not have a review page on my site.
Well, several reasons. First being that I was a sales representative for 16 years, then was a retail merchandiser, and also a copy writers (a person who writes sales copy for products).
Now, though I have no offline income and am fully living off my online sales of my books and art and also AbSence from YouTube and my SBI site.
A thing I have learned over the years is the customer (who is always right, even if they are wrong, because you smile and make then feel right anyways) does not like to be "told" what to buy. And most reviews, regardless of the product in question, tend to be written in a very "buy, buy, buy" focus, which turns people off.
So, no, my site does not have a "SBI review page".
As of today, what is does have is 1,469 live pages (+ more that are private/password access only) and many more in draft to go live at a rate of 1 or 2 or more per day. (Though there are 9,772 pages total on my old WordPress site that are slowly being moved over here as well.)
The format I write in, is exactly the same you see on the forums here. Very much a conversational "so here's what happened to me, what I did, and the results I got from it". And, as I'm in the habit of answering questions sent to my by the readers of my novels, you see me writing lots of pages on a wide variety of topics, not always "on topic" to my niche (writing dark fantasy novels).
So, what does that have to do with why there is no SBI review page on my site?
I'll tell you.
Because a high rate of my site viewers are people who have read my novels and are not seeking to become authors writing novels of their own, I end up with a high rate of questions like:
(Look for it... you are going to see the answer to why there is no SBI review page on my site in this list...)
Did you see it? Let me give you that list again, with the answer highlighted...
Each of those questions has been asked to be dozens of times in dozens of ways, and each of them has their own page on my website.
I answer their questions telling them exactly what I did. From my first free hosted site way back in 1997, to my BlogSpot blog, to the rise of Yahoo search engine changing the face of the internet and the way websites were built, to my move to WordPress, to the creation of Google and it's fast track change of how site now had to worship it's feet of die, to the rise and fall of Squidoo, to the bomb blowing up my house and the need for new living conditions resulting in my search for a motorhome, resulting in my finding iRV2.com the massive million member forum for rvers and meeting about 30 RVers each of whom traveled the country living 100% of their SBI sites, my researching SBI and finding the slew of WA hate reviews trying to give SBI a bad name, my asking actual people I knew who ran SBI sites about these reviews and their own forum posts on iRV2 that shared how SBI changed their lives, how I then moved my site off WP to SBI, and moved my Squidoo pages to SBI as well....
...the forum post that Ken linked to and used in his example, was a quote from that page of my website, a page that was published back in 2013, 4 years before Ken's request for reviews.
It's not a "review" of SBI and SBI is not the focus topic, but, it is the story of how I discovered SBI and how I came to choose SBI as my host, after going through many, many, many web hosts over a period of nearly 20 years. It's just my personal experience with various web hosts over the years and why each one worked when I joined, why I eventually outgrew each one and set out to search for a new one, why I picked the new one, etc.
The page is not a review for or against any of the web hosts, but rather, just my journey from one to the next, with my experiences in each.
When answering this one, I share my personal experience, with how having a website helps an author brand themselves and I go into again, my journey in building various versions of my author home page on various hosts over the years, and again, with SBI being the one I am using now, SBI does end up being the one I recommend new authors use.
I did a whole series of pages, 20 or so, to answer this one. And have more still being written that'll go up soon. I cover all the aspects of what an author should have on their site and then go step by step instruction on "Now here's how you would do that if you use SBI", pointing out I use SBI and love it.
Now this one, is where you see me talking about SBI and Ken Evoy's BrainstormIt both. Because I used to be one of the forum mods over on Squidoo and had access to the inner workings of a web host company from behind the scenes, I ended up with a lot of SEO knowledge, and had written many of Squidoo's SEO articles and help guides.
A lot of my followers who remember me from Squidoo, and knowing how Google's Panda just slaughtered Squidoo, have since come to me looking for advice on... "Where do we go from here now that Squidoo is gone?" "How do we win at SEO now that Panda is here?"
Well, Squidoo was crashing hard in 2010, struggling desperately to keep afloat in 2012, and just sunk fast in 2013; and that's why I started researching to find a new host to work with, because being on the inside of Squidoo, but only being a minor person with no say, I could see the company was going under, but nothing I could do about it other then jump ship and move elsewhere before it was gone. Thus how I found SBI.
Researching keywords for sites like Squidoo was something I was known for and suddenly Panda changed everything, so I had to do research in how to survive Panda and the new ways of SEO and keywords. Because I had done it before, people were asking my advice on what to do after Panda, especially authors who got hit hard by Panda.
The result is a massive whopping 75 page series of articles on the topic of keyword research for authors, that included, how to implement it on your SBI site, and a whole series of pages that detail how to use SBI's BrainStormer along side Keyword.io and Google's keyword planner, to find the best keywords for your site.
Some of these pages have the words "SBI" and/or "BrainmstormIt" in the url.
And that series is on going, with me adding a new page to it every couple of weeks.
New to that series, is the page on how to use BrainstormIt after it's recent 4.0 update (which I love!)
Maybe? I don't know.
I've got this page now though with the word SBI review in the title and url, though.
Well, the fake remains I do love SBI and it is my favorite web host of all the ones I've used.
And I love BrainstormIt and use it daily for every single new page I make on my SBI hosted site.
Because I love both of Ken's products and use them daily, you also see me talking about both of them frequently in articles all over my site. Because of my rampant offline marketing methods resulting in me meeting many of my readers face to face, I'm constantly be asked how to build sites and amd constantly in my daily offline face to face conversations yip yapping excitedly about the joys of using SBI to build my sites.
But that's all just me, fangirling as part of my daily conversations. And while Ken seems to consider this me giving his company good reviews (thus why he used it as the example in his article on how to write reviews) I myself never thought of it as me giving reviews.
Making a specific review of a specific product, always feels "fake" to me, whether the review is good, bad, or neutral. Whereas someone just sharing their experiences in everyday conversation, I do listen to.
And I think that mind set, comes from my previous long career working in direct face to face sales with retail customers. I know how to be fake to sell a product that's on sale this week. I did it for 16 years as a door-to-door salesmen no less. I'm a good salesman, you have to be to survive door-to-door sales for 16 years. But the thing is, no matter what I'm selling, I always know the pitch is fake to make the sale and that has never felt right to me.
And that's why you never seen me leave reviews on Amazon even though I read a few books each week. Yet on the other hand, you see me inadvertently weaving "reviews" into my articles without even realizing it, because I'll say...
"Now I've never written that in one of my books, but ___ when he wrote ____, he did that..." Then I'll go off topic, like I always do, and talk about why I did or did not like said book, then go back into answering my reader's question.
Well, that's the same thing you see me doing with SBI. Heck, every other page on my site ends up mentioning SBI, even if only in one sentence, because I'll use examples in my writing and I'll say... "Well, SBI made it easy for me to do that on my site because of this..." It may be the only time SBI is mentioned on the page.
The thing is, I already have more than 100 pages on my site where I am talking about SBI, how I use it, why I love it, and especially my rampant overuse of BrainstormIt.
Plus... I'm a YouTube vlogger, and all of my pages on my site have videos made to go with them so I've got several videos where I talk about using SBi as (including the far more detailed live interview version of the RV story Ken had quoted in his post, which, I'm actually not aware if he knows the video exists, because he was quoting my forum post that was quoting my website, rather than quoting my website; and again, that video was made a full year before Ken's request for reviews went out)
Here is that 3 part video version SBI RV story interview, in case you want to watch them...
She was white when I bought her. I painted herby hand with a fine point #6 round brush.
Answering another question: "Do you have to swear so much?"
Damn, fucking, bloody hell, yes. And if you don't like it, you can take your elitist shit head, stuff it up your holier than thou ass, and jump off a cliff.
I write Yaoi. As in, I'm a Yaoi author. Yaoi is noted for being crude. It's a genre that you have to be 18 or older to buy. So, yeah, you're gonna find crude language here, and you probably want to be 18 or older to read my site here as well, because the #1 thing I talk about is Yaoi and how to write it.
If you're offended by crude language, you really ought to be asking yourself why you are visiting a website that deals predominantly with how to write gay sex scenes? Cocks, dicks, balls, and cum can be found on well over a thousand pages here.