My son got me into this.
When I retired my son suggested I start a website to keep me busy and to make a little money to pay for my model railroading hobby. He thought it would keep my mind active and I would be intrigued. I was reluctant at first because I knew absolutely nothing about how the Internet really works and didn't know anything about html and all the other technical stuff.
Although I'd spent many years in advertising I'm not an artist or know about website design. My main background is as a copywriter and radio broadcast newsman. The words come easily. The rest doesn't.
My son came across Solo Build It by accident. It was started by a doctor, Ken Evoy, in Montreal around 2000 I believe. It has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. The beauty of it is you don't have to know anything about website design, search engine optimization, website hosting, or the myriad of other details.
You can learn as you go as Solo Build It holds you hand. They'll hold your hand forever if you prefer or you can begin taking tiny steps on your own as you become more comfortable. Or they'll do everything for you if you like.
Your investment is about $25 USD a month plus your time. For this investment you get your website hosted, website design, all the help you could ever need, and an extensive course in how to turn your small investment into real money with very little effort. Your big investment is in your time and your passion for any subject under the sun.
My passion, as you know by now, is model railroading. I have a secondary interest in photography. I also enjoy golf, travel, and the area where I live.
Solo Build It helps you choose your three top passions so you can narrow your choice to the best one for your website. It doesn't matter if it's hobbies, crafts, rasing bees, making rugs, investing, travel, or whatever. You decide what you think you'd like to make your website about and then Solo Build It helps you find all the keywords that people use to search for information about that topic. Then you get help in finding out who your competitors are and what they're doing. That's worth the $25 before you're out of the gate.
Once you create your website design with their help, you can have others SBIers review it and make suggestions about how to make it even better. There are lots of free templates to get started.
As you can see, I'm really excited about SBI. I've been doing this for over 3 years now and don't regret a minute of it. And I love passing on my knowledge and tips about model railroading based on over half a century of playing with trains.
It's also fun to hear from other modellers from all over the world.There are actually several other SBIers who have websites about model railroading and I link to them from some of my pages. I don't consider them competitors.
They also have tips and techniques about the hobby. There are hundreds and hundreds of other SBI sites about all kinds of subjects. I never cease to be amazed about some of the topics that are covered. If you have some time on your hands and have a subject that you think others around the world would be interested in, I recommend you check out Solo Build It.
The new templates, including the one I am using, are now designed to accommodate tablets as required by Google. They adapt to the screen size. SBI now can integrate WordPress blogs into SBI so that the two are completely compatible.
I have now been doing this since 2008 and learn more about the internet each day. Even if you're shy about starting a website at the moment, please take the video tour to see what it's all about. You won't regret it. Or watch the one about using Social Media below. Some amazing insights.
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