In May 2017, I got this email from a reader Aftab:
My reply to him was:
That was my full reply to him.
...and then I thought to myself: is there more readers out there that has the same questions?
I will try to answer based on my thought process, understanding and experience.
The reason why I ask this is because more than 10+ million people use WordPress, and it is one of the world's most popular web content management systems (CMS), and you can start off really cheap with it:
That's good enough to start. When you get more traffic etc, you may need to upgrade your hosting (my hosting for my WordPress sites is more than $20+ per month), you may spend more on customized themes/premium themes, and plugins
I spent money on
If you don't mind a NON-WordPress, I highly recommend you to consider Solo Built It. It's an old, clunky looking web-based software...but it has given me crazy results compared to all my WordPress sites.. An example is that I used it to create a 6-figure lead generation website for my private practice business...and as it matured, the website aberaged 25k-30k page views per month (about 3000 visitors per month). On average, at the very least, 12 new patients came to us every month, and as each new patient returned for about 6 visits each time, that'd be 12 new patients x 12 months x 6 visits x $135 average bill size = $116,640 gross revenue per month.
And I hadn't counted those new patients who became returning fans, telling others about us etc.
Cost per year? USD 299.
It seems to be so much cheaper at USD 299 per year when compared to a full fledged WordPress website, but one can really go "very lean with WordPress", if you just take the domain and hosting, that'd be about USD 59.39 per year.
So that's the first thing: Solo Build It vs self hosted WordPress
Solo Build It has an action guide that will help guide you and brainstorm with you ideas of what potential online business that you can do based on your interest, and I went through the action guide again and again and again to understand everything.
Here's what I have to say: the action guide is amazing, BUT is more of an action guide on HOW TO USE Solo Build It well. I mean, SBI is an amazing platform to build powerful websites that drive real traffic and business, but it was always "sort of easy for me" because my niches are ALREADY DETERMINED.
An example, I was building a website to build a web presence and rank it on Google/search engines for my physical therapy business - this was ALREADY my niche, I didn't have to brainstorm my top 10 passions, test and whittle it down to 3, 2 than work on the "best one". So it was a bit unfair.
Why I say this is because so many people either
If that's you, I recommend AffiloJetPack. I like the AJP on so many levels, but the two main reasons was:
There is a lot more utilities and tools provided such as Thrive Content Builder, Thrive Leads, support for website and email autoresponder etc but really, these two are the main reason why I paid $997 for AJP, but I'm glad it's just a one time fee and I am a student for life. I actively use the newsletters and content and references to the affiliate products in all my affiliate businesses, and I know it has helped me a lot.
If you have the budget for it, go for AffiloJetPack: highly recommended.
If you choose SBI only, then go through the Action Guide and follow it steadfastly.
If you choose WordPress only - please don't. It's very hard to succeed as it is.
If you choose WordPress + AffiloJetPack, then follow their guide there.
And then take serious and consistent action for 18 - 24 months to build the online business. It takes a helluva lot of time to mature, connect with people, for people to like and share etc.
I'm a little weird.
AffiloJetPack encourages me to use WordPress, but because of my experience with Solo Build It, I RATHER build with SBI and transfer all the information and technical-knowhows with what I learnt from AJP over, and that's what I'm doing. I do this because I know and I want to build strong, intrinsic and powerful websites that drive traffic from search engines and yet at the same time, I can also build squeeze pages for paid traffic when I want to.
I take the Solo Build It + AffiloJetPack because I'm a little weird (and greedy) because I want the best of both worlds, and I'm slowly integrating it especially into my prototype dating tips for women site. I'm not sharing the link because it's too early, and I'm not sure if I want to share it yet? Hmm.
Whatever you do, decide today. Don't wait. 2017 is already coming into 7 months.
That's the only way you can and will improve.