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What You Really Need To Know About Your Food

September 2009 - Posts

  • And Class Is Over… But The Fun Is Still Going...

    It’s been a fast ten weeks  - it’s been absolutely an incredible experience working on www.Food-Safety-and-You.com.  I have spent a lot of time on this blog talking about how SBI works and what I’ve done…  and I’m going to continue to do so!

    Our last class was last week.  Looking back over the last few weeks, it’s been an interesting ride. 

    I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do when I first learned I was going to be participating in this SBI, so I had written a lot of ideas and thought I knew how this was going to work.  I was shocked right off the bat to learn that we didn’t even register a domain name until four or five weeks into the class! 

    But the first few weeks turned out to be a great learning experience – Site Build It taught you HOW the internet works and helped you realize how to take an idea (your topic for your website) and determine if it’s going to be a profitable topic.  The SBI tools and training show you how to analyize what you’re thinking of doing.  This is the first time I ran into problems – my topic, food safety for the public, hit a roadblock.  The SBI tools were saying that there was a TON of demand for a small part of the topic, but it looked like it wouldn’t be the best topic.  So I had a decision to make – do stick with what I wanted to do, or do I change my topic – since I won the SBI scholarship based on the idea of food safety, I stuck with it.  I’m not upset with my decision – even though I bucked the system.  And I’m glad I did – I’m getting good results as I’m putting this together.

    The next steps were to focus on building the site.  I had a lot of ideas already in drafts and some good help getting the text edited, so for me it was learning how to build a website.  Before I started this, I didn’t know how to do anything in HTML.  Now, I know how to program codes, links, and pictures for web pages.  But here’s the beautiful thing – you don’t need to learn that!  In fact, my instructor didn’t really even get as much into learning HTML as I did!  Yet, he’s got 5 different SBI sites out there! 

    If you are thinking about doing a side business, and have the disciple to do a web page on your own (and it is a lot of work, but if done right, it does pay off), then you want to check out SBI.  Anything that you know a lot about can become a web site.  Transferring your knowledge from your hobbies, professional life, experiences, travels, or anything else that you are interested in can turn out to be a very profitable business. 

    As of 10 weeks or so later, I’m up to about 40 pages built on my site: www.Food-Safety-and-You.com.  I’m getting about 30 people a day visiting my site and most of them are finding my site on Google through a search. 

    If you want to learn more or have specific questions, please comment here. 

    I’m going to keep updating the blog every few weeks to let people know how it’s going!

  • Another week, another few pages, another idea…

    Wow… time flies!  I went back and looked at my past few weeks and months and can’t believe that I’ve been able to launch a web site that I hope and pray will become a small business all by itself!

    SBI’s focus is to develop a foundation that you can build on and create a web site business that works, both with your dedication and their systems.  Is it working?  Well, in 7 days, I have 81 different visitors through just the Google search engine; the driving force of most traffic.  When I saw that I nearly had a heart attack.  81 people found me on Google… without me getting everything done.

    One of the differences between SBI and all those other template or one-night success sites is that the SBI program actually teaches you how to help search engines find you; that’s “free” traffic that can grow your web site and business, not stuff that you have to pay someone to come to your site! 

    OK… enough singing the praises of SBI, let me tell you how it’s going.  As of right now, I have 23 pages built and up.  Google has found 15 of them (which means that Google has spidered them and has them at least in the data base).  I’m still writing pages as fast as I can and now I think I’ve figured out what the site will look like and how it “sounds” (how I’m going to present myself).  Thankfully, I have some very helpful friends and family members who help me with reviewing stuff before it goes on the site.  My goal is to have 30 pages built by the end of the class and I think I’ll make it!

    I actually got a little bit behind in the classroom material; I just keep writing stuff for the web site.  But I can tell you that SBI really is everything that a business web site that is based on INFORMATION, not selling needs.  I came in with a little bit of understanding, but if you do the course correctly, and you work on it, you’ll be successful.

    Now, one thing that I’ve learned, it takes a lot more time that I thought it would.  I figured out that I’ve probably spent about 100 hours at this point around life and work to get where I am, and that’s with having some ideas already in place before we started.  That’s a lot of work.  But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Learning how to do something right is always worth the time in my book.  And this is a business, after-all.   If you know a business where you get something for not working, besides a political job or grant, let me know!  (but there I go again preaching about SBI)

    OK – there’s a page that Gary and Gill asked me to do…  here it is…  Picnic food safety tips…  http://www.food-safety-and-you.com/PicnicandPotLuckFoodSafety.html .  Check it out when you can!  And if you want to view the home page and see the whole site, check out http://www.food-safety-and-you.com 

    If you haven’t done so for me, please do the survey at www.tinyurl.com/FoodSafetySurvey– it will help me decide how I’m going to do some things.  Thanks!

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