DaNae from Smoothie-Handbook.com
DaNae has reached around 800 visitors per day in less than 1 year with SBI and that shows you how much can be done if you put in the effort. How did DaNae do it?
1. Why did you decide for Site Build It?
The story of my decision to use Site Build It (SBI) actually started 6 months before purchasing SBI. Like many people… my husband and I wanted to build an online business that provided an additional income.
Our search brought us to weekly business coaching that cost well over $6,000 for 4 months. We were taught how to build a website. Every week our coach showed us how to improve our website. We set up products, submitted our site to hundreds of directories, and wrote a few articles.
A year and a half later, I am lucky to have 10 unique visitors a day. I have only sold a few products since then from that site. Most of the customers were family and friends.
The biggest mistake our business coach missed was that he wanted us focused on pushing products and not on building relationships with my visitors.
Our coach also had us place products on Ebay. We did make some money. Unfortunately, we were paying a big part of our profits to Ebay for all of the traffic. I knew that we had to find something different.
This is when I found SBI. After paying thousands of dollars for coaching, I instantly knew that the Action Guide was a treasure chest of knowledge. I studied it and did my best to follow every step it suggested.
Analyze It! is also another extremely important feature of SBI. I knew that keywords and text links within the content were important. But I always forgot to add them while writing an article. Having my content analyzed before publishing it to my website was exactly what I needed.
2. Did you know what you wanted to write about or did you have to find a niche? How did you decide?
Yes… I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. My passion is for everyone to live vibrant and healthy lives. I teach health classes in my rural Minnesota area. Each class would hold between 8-20 people.
I love teaching… But I wanted to teach more people about health while staying home with my then infant and toddler sons.
I knew I wanted my niche to be about health, but that niche was too large to tackle. I needed a way to show people how to be healthier in a narrow niche.
I was a manager of a smoothie bar and personally had incredible health benefits from smoothies (weight loss, skin and hair improvement, increased energy).
I blend up a couple different healthy smoothie recipes a day, so I wanted to share those with others. I brainstormed on many different topics in health, but I decided to go with something my family loves, smoothies.
3. How did you progress?
There was quite a difference between my first website, made with my business coach, and my SBI site.
Smoothie-Handbook.com was started in April ’09. By the end of the month, I had more than 130 total unique visitors for the month. That is more people than I teach in my monthly health classes!
In May ’09 I had my first day with over 100 visitors. As I kept adding more smoothie recipes… my traffic kept rising. In the beginning of January ’10, I had over 500 unique visitors a day.
Now in March ’10, I have reached over 800 unique visitors in one day. My next goal is to reach 1000 visitors a day.
I also went from 1-2 newsletter subscribers a day to 30-60 subscribers a day.
4. Can you share a few tips of what really worked well for getting more traffic?
One of the most important tips for a successful website is to build a content rich site built around a topic you love. If I had chosen a niche that I had no interest in and had to do a lot of research before writing, I would not have the traffic that I have now. If the topic didn’t interest me, I would have given up a long time ago.
Two other tips that are essential for a successful website:
Make sure to choose keywords that are high in demand and low in supply for your informative content pages.
Build internal and external text links to those content pages. Weave a web of internal text links all over your site, using your keywords in the links.
5. Your plans for the future? (or anything else you’d like to share!)
While continuing to build more content and links… monetizing my site is next on the list.
I would like to post videos on how to make fruit smoothie recipes. Even perhaps make a video series to sell. Write an ebook. Sell more smoothie supplements.
It is really exciting… I actually have a way to create an income for myself, a stay at home mom, and have an avenue to guide people to vibrant health.
Can you have success with SBI?
When you combine the Action Guide’s knowledge with your passion, the sky is the limit.