SPI 036 : Multiple Passive Income Streams with Sunil – Success Story Interview Series – 2

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In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast we continue our back-to-back-to-back series of success story interviews where we get inside the heads of people who are running successful online businesses and learn about how they’re making it happen.

Featured in Today’s Session…

Today I’m really excited to share my interview with Sunil, a blogger who I’ve gotten to know pretty well online from his blog, Extra Money Blog.

Although he blogs about his online endeavors, he also owns more than 20 other web properties in various industries that are generating a passive income.

Most of his income comes from these sites – some of which he hasn’t touched for quite a long time – and we’ll be talking about a couple of these sites, in detail, here in Session #36.

Sunil started doing business online in 2002, so he has a lot of experience under his belt. He goes into great detail about how he got started and what’s working for him now – so this is definitely an interview you don’t want to miss.

In this session you’ll learn about:

  • How Sunil monetized his first site, which is still earning money today with very little work to upkeep.
  • The “weekend-only” content posting schedule that Sunil used to build his first site.
  • How his bad experience with airlines turned into an eBook that now generates a passive income.
  • A number of different failures Sunil has experienced along the way and the lessons learned from them.
  • How Sunil dealt with getting “Google slapped” because of his content-heavy site.
  • Sunil’s opinion on Site Build It vs. WordPress.
  • Sunil’s backlinking strategy.
  • How he’s generating traffic to his websites.
  • Plus more…

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I hope you enjoy this session of the SPI podcast! Please leave your comments for Sunil below and if you haven’t done so already please check out my free eBook how-to guide, eBooks the Smart Way.

Cheers, and all the best!

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  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    thanks a ton for taking your time to speak with me and subsequently featuring my story Pat.

    although the interview only touched on a couple sites, I’d be happy to address additional questions / concerns your readers have after listening to the podcast.

    I am further diversifying this year into iPhone apps, more ebooks, more niche sites as well as establishing a local SEO firm. I look forward to all developments on your end as well, particularly the niche site development program.

    keep inspiring as always

    • Pat

      Thanks again Sunil – I’m sure the community here will have a number of questions, so thank you for being here to respond.

      I’ll be sure to check in with you from time to time to see what you’ve been up to. I’m sure you’ll have lot more success stories to share in the future, and would be happy to have you back on the show to discuss those ventures even further down the road.

      All the best!

  • http://www.ramblingsofawahm.com Allie

    Pat,

    Sweet! I won’t be listening to the podcast until next week, during my weekly Taco Bell run to the border extravaganza! LOL. I save your podcasts specifically for that time. (I swear your podcast or actually your voice is my reflex sound to eat Taco Bell now. Like the bell and Pavlov’s dog. LOL)

    I am excited to hear this podcast and look forward to reading more of Sunil’s blog.

    ~Allie

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      are we suggesting Tricon Corp hire Pat Flynn for their next Taco Bell campaign? hmmm…..

      Allie, you’ve been a an old timer on the Extra Money Blog. appreciate all your comments and support…

  • http://MarriedWithDebt.com John @ Married (with Debt)

    Sunil is one of the nicest and most helpful bloggers out there. If you haven’t had a chance to interact with him, you are missing out.

    Can’t wait to listen to this when I get home today.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      I really appreciate those kind words John. thank you, and all the best with your business. let me know if I can help

  • http://www.manvsmoney.com Adam @ Man Vs Money

    Pat, By far this is quite an inspiring interview!

    Sunil, I also want to thank you for doing this interview as well because you give people such as myself a huge motivational boost when it feels like all our hard work will never amount to anything.

    So thank you to both of you!

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      you are most welcome Adam. we all learn and obtain inspiration from each other – such is the community we “play” in. please let me know if I can help in any way with your objectives

  • http://omarandwill.com/ Omar @ OmarAndWill.com

    Thanks so much Sunil for doing this interview. You are a very helpful blogger.

    It’s really motivating especially during these crazy times with what Google is doing.

    Also thanks Pat for sharing this with your community Much appreciated my man!

    -Omar

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      I appreciate that Omar. let me know if I can help in any way. all the best with your business

      • http://omarandwill.com/ Omar @ OmarAndWill.com

        I sure will. Im going to go over and subscribe over to your blog as well.

        Stay in touch Sunil!

        =-)

        -Omar

  • http://talesofwork.com Kimanzi Constable

    The first success story was inspiring, looking forward to hearing about Sunil, from looking at his blog he looks on top of things.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      certainly nice to hear that :) interested in your thoughts, questions and concerns after tuning in.

  • http://residualincomelife.com/ Austin Furey

    Sunil, you hit the nail on the head for beginner struggles.

    “Knowing who to tune in and who to tune out.”

    Definitely the quicker I figured that out, the quicker I started making actual “money making” progress. Well said.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      it’s a critical progress point (milestone) in my opinion. what are some programs and processes that are working best for you today Austin?

      • http://residualincomelife.com/ Austin Furey

        Hey Sunil, For me it was settling on one strategy that really helped me grow some income. This was first Adsense monetized micro niche sites, but now I am transitioning into my first crack at an authority site.

        I think really grasping and seeing success with one strategy is really important though. I tried everything under the sun at first not realizing that my unfocused efforts were the problem not my strategies.

  • http://www.seobasicsandstrategies.com TomL

    Pat,

    This was a very good podcast. I have a link wheel service (quite advanced design) that I offer to my offline clients and they work extremely well.

    It’s interesting to hear what some of these old timers experienced during the last decade of internet marketing.

    Keep bringing it!

    TomL

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      Tom – have you discussed your strategy anywhere online? Or proprietary?

      • http://www.seobasicsandstrategies.com TomL

        I have not discussed it anywhere online. Although I did offer it as a limited service in a private forum and the response was very positive.

        Good job on that interview as I wouldn’t have looked at your blog otherwise.

        TomL

  • http://www.howyoucanmakemoneytoday.com Rory

    Thanks for making this audio post available, as it covers astounding information regarding someone who made incredible money, worked hard, and also had fun .

    My overall aspect on this post is as follows:
    Do not give up
    Expect some time before making earnings
    When earnings appear, they may go up and down but often times if the website was created properly, the income will stay the same.

    Diversifying is needed, but only after proper research and test, to see if your ideas are viable and can make money.
    Reintegrate your test back into your new websites, as you know what works better then an other options.

    Overall, I am thrilled I listened to this post, as I have obtained information that will help my websites succeed. A+ Both of you.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      great synopsis Rory. I’ve seen you around EMB as well. keep up the good work – I know you are also making strides in your business. let me know if I can help.

  • http://planeters.com/best-places-for-spring-skiing/ Joe Wong

    Great interview Pat, he talked about stuff I wanted to hear from successful marketers like you and him. One quick thing, I clicked on your Unique Article Wizard link but it shows a 404 error….(planning on buying it through your link of course) ;)

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      glad you enjoyed it Joe. if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to reach out

  • BrandonLB

    Sunil/Pat, as a fellow SBIer myself, and also a regular listener to Pat’s podcasts, I was pleasantly surprised to hear a success story from an SBIer. One of my sites is in the travel industry as well, and I’ve struggled to find a good strategy for the site. The more I learn, it seems that Adsense and referrals/advertising from local businesses is the way to go with these. It was a nice refresher and made me remember that success is possible with travel sites. I got a lot out of this podcast! Once again, good job Pat!

    Brandon

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      Brandon – do you disclose your travel site? if so I’d love to have a look. you are right in that Adsense, affiliates and lead generation are lucrative monetization methods by a travel and tourism type site

      • Brandon from PassiveIncomeLifestyle.com

        Sunil,

        Sorry, I just saw that you had asked me a question. My travel site is Traverse City Vacations…traverse-city-vacations.com if you still want to take a look. It only has around 30 some pages right now, but it’s a work in progress ;)

  • http://www.ipnostudio.com Andrea Hypno

    I know Sunil and actually he has great content on his site, written well and in an interesting way. Pat you’re one of the few who publish podcasts who add also a pdf transcript and that’s great. Thanks.

    Happy Easter to everyone!

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      thank you Andrea – good to see you here

  • Tung Tran

    I’m happy to see you there on the SPI podcast, Sunil :D. Your story is really interesting and inspiring! I still remember how honest you were when we first got in contact. You’re very kind!

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      kind words Trung, thank you. all the best to you as you pursue higher education, a definitely worthwhile endeavor

  • AbdiKarim

    Great Interview

    Really rich info podcast, these kinda podcast are becoming my fav, and ill tell you i listened to all your podcast so far, im upto date, sweet interview sunnil

    Woow time runs fast i remember when you said your becoming a daddy, now your son is trying to take over your office!.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      thank you Abdi – let me know if you have any questions

  • http://wanderingtrader.com WanderingTrader

    These posts are extremely helpful Pat.. I think that every single video adds a little something extra that people may not have heard or seen before. Keep it up!

  • WizIMS

    Hey Patt,

    I link to every new post that you publish in my website because your content is just epic. Seriously, you have taught me more that I’ve learned during my whole 4 years of online experience in less than 6 months.

    I’m glad I found SmartPassiveIncome somewhere and following it since then. Keep up the good work man and you are on your way to the top.

    I’m writing this from my heart. You are just awesome.

    HUGE THANKS

    P.S. I’d really like to talk to you in personal, I’m kindly asking you to be my friend. You can add me on Skype @ Wiz.IMS

  • http://www.ivblogger.com David

    Sunil, I’m happy that you got interviewed here. I am so happy to see you succeed online. Its been long i’ve been seein you here and i’m happy you got recognized.

    So what are you currently working on now? What;s your best business purchase (online and offline).

    Sheyi

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      thanks for the thoughts. I am working on a few iPhone apps at the moment. but overshadowing that would be the establishment of a small, local SEO firm. I will be talking about it on my blog as these initiatives develop.

  • http://www.ivblogger.com Sheyi

    Sunil, I’m happy that you got interviewed here. I am so happy to see you succeed online. Its been long i’ve been seein you here and i’m happy you got recognized.

    So what are you currently working on now? What;s your best business purchase (online and offline).

    Sheyi

  • http://www.myuniversitymoney.com My University Money

    Hey Sunil, nice to see a fellow Yakezie member over here!

    It’s interesting to me that you guys are still getting outstanding results using only the web 2.0s and backlinking to them strategy. I’ve had to employ some other services (mostly hand-picked fiverr gigs and Warrior Forum services) in order to boost my sites in the last few months.

    On another note (and this could likely be answered by the community at large) what is everyone’s opinion on using a trademarked name in a URL. I know Pat briefly mentioned it on one of his past podcasts and I believe he said he got a cease and desist order on one of his sites because of it. Would this extend to inner pages as well I wonder? I do see a lot of niche sites that ignore this rule, and it might be tough to compete in those niches because of it.

    Thanks as always for the great content Sunil and Pay!

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      good to see you as well JB. I really believe that for those strategies to work once must have a solid website (both content and structure). I look at promotion / marketing with a holistic point of view in that no one strategy alone works well on its own, rather a compounding effect.

      using TM names is risky in my opinion. moreover, if your goal is to establish a niche site, then it behooves you to have your target keywords in the domain. the answer is different if your goal is to build an authority site/blog/brand.

      how has your experience with the fiverr gigs been? what type of work have you outsourced?

      • http://www.myuniversitymoney.com My University Money

        Thanks for the prompt response Sunil. It’s actually TM from My University Money (J.B.’s partner). I use Fiverr for very specific SEO adventures. There are some great gigs for building the 2.0s and smacking them with backlinks like you and Pat propose, but I like the high PR commenting services, the video creation and dispersion services, the bookmarking ones and a few others. It is a quick way to build some variety into my backlinking. I should point out to others (I’m sure you’re aware of this), that you have to be very careful if you’re using any software “blasts” because this is like a big red flag to Google. I rarely ever use those type of services (and never directly to my “money” site).

        As far as the trademarking names thing goes, the problem is that the ideal niche would sometimes involve the trademarked name. For example, I’ve been looking at doing a site aimed specifically at generating Amazon Affiliate sales. We’ll say I want to sell TVs (I use this example because everyone is trying this). If I do my keyword research and find that there is one specific brand of TV that is selling well and has low competition then an exact match domain might go something like: SonyXC220hq.com Using the term “Sony” in the URL is probably trademark infringement I would assume? Does anyone have experience with this? I see it all over it, but I have sometimes heard the company gets mad.

        The site I’m proposing to build would be a middle ground between a niche site and an authority. The old definition of “niche site” where you have 5-10 pages of info just doesn’t do it for me any more. Instead, I have had success with 20-40 article sites that have a similar structure to the ones you promote on your site. Those articles contain value for consumers, and I have good page times, but overall, it is not any new information and much of the time a large part of the articles are basically reviews.

        • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

          sounds interesting, but a tough call for me to make. all the best, and do let us know if you figure out the legally appropriate answer :)

  • Naveen kulkarni

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for sharing another inspiring interview.
    Sunil, great going on your blog.

    These success stories whether it’s Pat or Sunil, one thing is common in you folks. That is, you guys have put massive amount of work and networking to make your work visible/popular. Hard work is pillar of success.

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    thanks Naveen. hard work is a critical ingredient in any successful endeavor

  • http://www.enoughcashflow.com Samuel

    Great interview Pat and Sunil. Very good advice for everyone starting out!

    S.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      thanks Samuel. feel free to fire questions

  • http://www.fastgrowinglife.com Vedran

    Hi Pat and Sunil,

    it’s nice to hear an interview from my two favorite bloggers. Ty both for ton of useful and easy to digest information.

    /cheers

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      very kind of you Sir.

      hope you are recovering fast!!!!!

  • http://www.jeffbullins.com Jeff

    Thanks for the podcast. These are the kinds of things that keep me going. I have been working at making money online since 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that I had some success on Ebay, sorry that didn’t work for you Sunil. After Hurricane Katrina, that fell apart and I began to build large content sites using my own software. I threw five years of hard work at it and tried everything that I could think of to make money; I could barely break $100 per month. Then about a year ago things started to make sense. I stopped trying to throw loads of unwanted content at the problem and instead started focusing on what people were actually looking for and now it is accelerating faster and faster.

    I said all of that to say, Sunil, it seems that you have figured out how to make money. I read a few of your articles and enjoyed them. I will be visiting you more in the future and I will add you to my list of recommended sites that I share when friends ask me what they should read to become successful online.

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    that’s nice of you Jeff, thank you. please let me know if I can help along the way and look forward to interacting more with you

  • http://www.whataremystockoptions.com Travis

    I’m loving the Success Story Interview Series. I find them very interesting and encouraging. I’m already looking forward to the next one. Good stuff Pat,

    Travis

  • http://www.mynotetakingnerd.com Lewis LaLanne

    Hey Sunil,

    Thanks for giving me yet another reference for what it takes to succeed in business – immunity to failure – resilience to get back on the horse after it’s thrown you off.

    Most don’t like to talk about their failures because they’re embarrassed of them but they’re so much a part of the entrepreneurial journey that to leave them out is doing the newbie a disservice – only showing the shiny success story.

    And this is why I also believe that the entrepreneur should make sure to spend more of their time focused on reading stories of other entrepreneurs vs. reading corporate ivory tower business success ie Jack Welch, best sellers.

    These are two different worlds. One embraces risk. They other runs away from it. And may lead to a person having inaccurate views about what it takes to really succeed as a lean and mean entrepreneur.

    The best book that I’ve ever read on the topic of what it takes to cut it as an entrepreneur is Dan Kennedy’s No BS Business Success book. Hands down, this guy gets it and he’s save me from making many a mistake. I can’t recommend this book highly enough to anyone who feels lost and alone as an entrepreneur.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      those are definitely prerequisites. agreed, I consume Kennedy’s material as well

  • http://www.nichewebsites.com.au Ralph | Niche Websites

    That is awesome!

    Pat is one of the people who inspired me to do this whole online thing and currently actually making some money (back).

    Its great to hear that everyone goes through cycles and really focuses on the long haul. As it truly is something for the long term and not short term.

    Great tips and can’t wait to see your sites Sunil!

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      can’t wait to host you Ralph – let me know if you have any questions and welcome

  • http://www.latestnewsheadline.com John

    Excellent podcast! Thanks.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      most welcome John

  • http://lifestoogood.net Alan | Life’s Too Good

    Hey Pat/Sunil,

    I look forward to this – like Allie I haven’t listened to this podcast just yet, I need to wait for my next solo car journey ;-) but you’re all queued up!

    Sunil – not sure if you’re the same Sunil that got in touch with me a while back (I think so, I recognize Spongebob ;-)) but if so, I haven’t forgotten, still happy to hook up if you still want to & I look forward to hearing your story.

    take care & best wishes,
    Alan

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      still love Spongebob Alan :)

      will definitely connect for opportunities, hope you enjoy the journey/story

  • http://www.findyourcashcow.com Taline

    Pat,

    Thanks for doing this interview with Sunil. He’s one of my favorite bloggers and extremely humble and helpful. When my site was acting up, I reached out to him and he was more than willing to help. Went above and beyond. He’s someone that doesn’t care how big you care in the blogosphere and is genuine.

    Sunil, thanks for the help. I hired someone and re-designed my site. Thanks for all of the advice that you have given me along the way. I appreciate it very much and I’m so happy that someone like you is successful :)

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      Taline those are some real kind words, thank you. hope all is well in life, business and the PD! keep keeping us safe..

  • http://about.me/henrik.hedberg Henrik

    Thansk for the podcast, got some good insights. One thing I didn’t get is why Google slapped your site because it was content-heavy? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      Henrik – the SBI platform creates an independent stand along page each time a question is asked. I had over 5,000 individual pages with a question and maybe 3 to 4 answers to it totaling 100-300 words max per page. Google’s Panda update specifically targets “thin” content. while volume was there, the quality of each piece wasn’t. make sense?

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    Great podcast Pat, it’s great to hear a great success story.
    Our site had a major disaster last week with all the content deleted and a corrupt backup file the would not restore the content. Luckily using the google cached pages and hard work we have managed to restore it, suddenly yesterday we received over 13k unique vistors yesterday and today is looking to beat that. The adsense is bringing in a bit of revenue but the affiliate links are not converting do you think something like a click bank ebook would be better converting?

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  • http://excelspreadsheetshelp.blogspot.com/2012/04/excel-talk-with-sunil-from-extra-money.html Nick – Excel Help

    I just conducted an interview with Sunil as well, only the focus was on how he uses Excel spreadsheets.

    http://excelspreadsheetshelp.blogspot.com/2012/04/excel-talk-with-sunil-from-extra-money.html

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      very kind of you Nick. thank you for the feature

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  • Drew

    Great podcast, Pat. I really enjoyed this. It was extremely inspiring and full of great content.

    Thank you.

    Sunil,

    Congrats and thanks for taking the time to share your story and provide great content. Gonna bookmark your site and make it a regular stop.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      sure Drew, looking forward to seeing you and getting to know you more

  • http://www.makemoneynow.us Dan

    Great podcast. Sunil, you bring to light something that I think many of us online business builders forget… fundamentals still matter.

    There are so many “tools” per say that talk about doing it faster, sleeker, blah blah blah…

    But simple link building tactics, and a good quality website matter more than anything.

    That was something that was really good to hear and easy for any new person starting to do.

    Keep up the great interviews Pat!

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      definitely Dan – fundamentals still work – in most fields!

  • Stephen

    Great PodCast as always, Pat.

    Quick question for both Sunil and Pat (or anyone else)…

    Sunil said that he uses and likes the Site-Build-It tool. And I would agree, it DOES look like a useful tool with many great features. But it seems everyone in the Internet marketing word says, “You gotta get away from HTML and use WordPress!”

    What’s the “real scoop?” In terms of SEO, does it even matter? Is it now harder to rank pages done in HTML as opposed to WordPress? Any advice you have would be appreciated.

    Best,
    Stephen

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    there used to be a time when static html was preferably over dynamic php based pages. these days not sure if it matters as much. that said, I’ve had quicker success with my SBI sites, something about how the back-end works. I do have wordpress based niche sites as well that are very successful. maybe go with your comfort level? or perhaps launch two concurrently and test both out?

    glad you found the interview helpful

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  • http://twonerdsonedream.blogspot.com Kristy Shen

    Awesome podcast! Sunil, thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. Your story about suing the airline for lost luggage reminds me of my own story of fighting auto-insurance companies in small claims court. Those guys can be such jerks! *Waves fist in the air*.

    Pat, your son Keoni is so cute! When I heard his adorable little voice, I actually clapped and made some happy seal noises. I kid you not :) Hope to hear more from him in the future.

    • Pat

      Haha – that’s awesome, thanks Kristy. You make me laugh out loud too :D

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      this is one of the funniest comments I’ve read, lol. curious now about your blog Kristy…

      Keoni is a future Rockstar

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  • http://dogreat.net/ Élan @ DoGreat.net

    Thanks Pat and Sunil for this great podcast! It was a great companion to my run last night. I’m especially interested because Sunil writes about Dubai. I’ve always wanted to visit UAE. I bookedmarked your Dubai site!

    Last summer, I had an idea for a niche site that I worked on quite extensively–I have a lot of detailed pieces of content written. When I was working 3 jobs (plus blogging), I abandoned my efforts. Now that I’m down to 1 job (and 2 blogs), I think I’ll try it again. This podcast just inspired me to go for it! Thanks guys.

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      welcome back to the game Elan. definitely reach out if you have any questions about Dubai. between my wife and I we are there at least once a year, if not more.

      I love consuming podcasts on my run . . . how long do you run?

  • http://pazer.blog.com/ Andreas Pazer

    Pat,

    Sweet! I won’t be listening to the podcast until next week, during my weekly Taco Bell run to the border extravaganza! LOL. I save your podcasts specifically for that time. (I swear your podcast or actually your voice is my reflex sound to eat Taco Bell now. Like the bell and Pavlov’s dog. LOL)

    I am excited to hear this podcast and look forward to reading more of Sunil’s blog.

  • Carl

    Site Build It questions: Hi Pat and Sunil, Thank-You for this podcast, because I amactually at a crossroad for whether I start my affiliate marketing with Site Build It (SBI) or use one of the other services for my domain and hosting. I’m intrigued by the initial training and background support that SBI provides; but at the same time, I am also wondering if it is better to get in the mix with a basic WordPress or Static site hosted on one of the more affordable hosting services and learn the business from the ground up. Q#1: Is it true that SBI will only host one domain per $299 subscription? Q#2: If I want to build more sites, does SBI give any discount for new sites? Q#3: Do you believe that SBI overdelivers as advertised? and Q#4: If you (Pat and Sunil) had to do it all over again, would you start with SBI? Thanks in advance for any repsonses! R/Carl

    • Pat

      Hey Carl, I don’t know much about SBI to be honest – I’ll leave those questions to Sunil when he gets the change. For me, I’ll always stick with WordPress and even if I had to do it all over again, I’d stick with wordpress. I’m just a big fan of the platform, and know it works. Best regards!

    • http://motorcyclenotebook.com Don

      Hi Carl. I’m a SBI user. I currently have one site based on it (just 2 months in) and my first site was back in 2005. If you know NOTHING about web technology, then SBI is the better bet. I can answer your questions. #1: It is true you only get one domain and hosting for $299 a year (or $30 a month if you want to try it). #2: sometimes SBI has a summer half-off special, but generally speaking, yep, you gotta pay $299 for each domain/website. #3: Do I think it overdelivers? I think you get a hell of a lot for the $299… but here’s what I’d recommend. Try it for a few months. It provides a LOT of great tools (but, I don’t think there’s anything that a LOT of WordPress plugins can’t provide). The benefit is that it’s all in a very tidy package. I personally am quite glad I signed up with them. My first account was in 2005. While the profit I made from that site paid for my $299 annual charge, it didn’t pay for much more (adsense pretty much). BUT I learned a lot from it. There’s LOADS of good training and information to be had there. Again, the main question is: How are you at doing html/css and wordpress? If you’ve never done those things, I’d point you to SBI.

      • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

        great addition Don

  • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    Carl, whether or not it is “better” depends on your objectives. I will answer the questions you asked:

    Q#1: Is it true that SBI will only host one domain per $299 subscription?

    good question. I don’t have multiple domains on any one account. that said, their support is quite responsive if you email them.

    Q#2: If I want to build more sites, does SBI give any discount for new sites?

    not to my knowledge. many sign up as affiliates and buy but I don’t advice this route

    Q#3: Do you believe that SBI overdelivers as advertised? and

    I think and feel so

    Q#4: If you (Pat and Sunil) had to do it all over again, would you start with SBI? Thanks in advance for any repsonses! R/Carl

    I would because I started from the ground up. I have learned enough to put together sites quickly today, but when I started I felt SBI equipped me with everything I needed to understand the basic principles, apply them and become successful. I don’t mind paying for such tools (in anything I do) even today because it significantly reduces my learning curve and thus expedites my success timeline. there is just so much that I don’t have to worry about outside creating content for my business/site

    hope that helps

  • Carl

    Pat and Sunil, Thanks for the repsonses! I guess I’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of both approaches and eventually come up with a course of action that best fits me. I was leaning heavily toward SBI until I realized that they only host one site, and thought that this is an awful lot of money to spend for one site – even given the training and support. I also appreciate the prospect of doing it without SBI given all the great knowledge that you and others share, Pat. Once I make a decision, I’ll keep you appraised of my progress…..maybe I’ll try both. Best Regards, Carl

    • http://www.extramoneyblog.com Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

      Carl, I am actually working on an outline for a post that compares the cost of SBI vs putting the pieces together. your response back is very timely! wish you all the best no matter which approach you go with

  • Carl

    Sunil, I look forward to reading you post (timing is everything), Thanks!

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  • Carl

    @Don, Thanks for the detailed answer! Sunil had me pretty convinced me that SBI is the way to go in order to get my feet wet, and you have pretty much sealed the deal. If nothing else, I can opt out if I think its not worth the price. I think Pat makes a very compelling pitch for using a WordPress Blog (which I will do eventually); but for me specifically, I think SBI is the best way to get started. Thanks to all for your guidance and suggestions. Cheers, Carl

    • http://tattoo-ideas-online.com Don

      I think that you’ll get a LOT out of SBI. And when you want to move on to wordpress, you’ll be able to use those skills and strategies on your next websites. I, too, prefer wordpress platforms – I think I’m using html for my SBI site (motorcyclenotebook.com) and html for my tattoo site (I bought a $20 theme that is gorgeous, since I can’t design my way out of a wet paper bag). The SBI videos that explain the Day 1 through Day 10 site planning and construction are excellent. Back in 2005, you had to digest a many-hundred page manual! And I think the new site building tool is much better than it used to be.

  • http://tattoo-ideas-online.com Don

    Pat, you gotta tell me how you deal with spammy comments. Our plusmodels.com site generates hundreds of spam comments a day, and I always delete them. things like “Buy Facebook Likes” pingbacks. Seriously, I really only want comments that add to the post’s conversation, I don’t want to be an unrelated PR3 backlink source. Or is this wrong? Thanks Pat!

    • Pat

      The plugin GrowMap Anti-Spam Plugin helps a bit. It requires a checkmark at the bottom of the comment which gets rid of ALL spam bots. Human spam is a different story, and I’m always adding to my blacklist.

  • http://tattoo-ideas-online.com Don

    I will check that out, thanks Pat!