When I present a solo build it review, I have to be very careful, as I should be.
I’m going to say from the start that Solo Build It is an excellent platform.
However, the owner of Solo Build It (SBI), Ken Envoy is adamant about cleaning up the “negative reviews” he says that members of Wealthy Affiliate have posted about its platform
As the founder of Solo Build It Ken Evoy has taken offense to the reviews made by members of Wealthy Affiliate and created a study to show that his program is far better than Wealthy Affiliate (WA).
I’ve read parts of Mr Evoy’s study because as a member of WA I was curious to see what the commotion was about.
As a result, I tried to do some research into what apparently seems to be a heated controversy, especially from the viewpoint of Mr Evoy.
Here is my take on it…
What Is Solo Build It?
Solo Build It is about has been in business for 15 years to be exact. If you’ve been in business online for 15 years that’s an excellent sign.
This is a really good company with a great platform. The focus of Solo Build It! according to their website is that it is a business builder with everything you need to have success online all in one place.
I like the term “solopreneur” that Solo Build It! uses to describe their members who are building online businesses. They are a company that offers to teach the “little guy” a way to make money online..
Another aspect I like about Solo Build It! is its members get a set of tools in house, so you aren’t wasting valuable time searching the internet piecing together different components needed to run a successful online business.
Is Solo Build It Better Than Wealthy Affiliate?
After researching what SBI has to offer as a member of WA, my observation is the goals of both companies are about the same. You can read my comprehensive Wealthy Affiliate review here.
Both Solo Build It! and Wealthy Affiliate have in house tools to help grow their members online business including forums, keyword research tools and hosting.
From my perspective if you were an outsider trying to decide whether to join Solo Build It or Wealthy Affiliate it would be a hard decision to make, especially if you are a “newbie.”
Taking advantage of the free trials allows an aspiring marketer test the platform to see which company has what you’re looking for as a “solopreneur”.
So the answer to the direct question which is better completely depends upon YOU. Whatever platform between the two YOU feel gives you the best chance for success is the one you should view as the best.
Ken Evoy Pushes Back
Ken Evoy has been furious with the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle Loudon and Carson Lim because he feels they don’t do enough to police their members “reviews” of Solo Build It!
Let me say that I certainly understand how Mr Evoy feels, or any business owner for that matter. Owners are very protective of what they’ve build up over the years and no business owner wants to see “reviews” or “comments” that they feel are unfair or untrue.
Many members of Wealthy Affiliate have written reviews about Solo Built It! that usually favor Wealthy Affiliate over Solo Built It! and that has Mr Envoy upset.
However, there have been many from Solo Build It! who have written less than flattering reviews about Wealthy Affiliate.
So Can We All Just Get Along?
Is there ever going to be an end to this particular controversy?
No…And here’s why:
The internet is a cold, hard, unforgiving place that has no regard for your feelings. There are hundreds of thousands of people there who, to use todays vernacular, “just don’t give a damn.” As long as people breathe they will always have their opinions and they will post them on the internet.
There will ALWAYS be individuals who don’t like what you post.
There will ALWAYS be people who bend the rules and who are unethical.
There will ALWAYS be people who don’t like YOU and take delight in tearing you down.
My point is people will ALWAYS do what they do and say what they say, regardless if it’s in a review, blog post, social media post, etc, etc, etc.
So that brings us back to the reviews of Solo Built It. It’s no secret that Mr Evoy feels that the “reviews” of his platform by members of Wealthy Affiliate are biased, inaccurate, and unprofessional.
The bottom line is there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it EXCEPT continue making a great product and improving on it. When you have a great platform with quality information, it will always silence those who seek to spread half truths and deciet.
Ken Evoy fought back by producing a study to prove that Solo Build It! is a better platform than Wealthy Affiliate and that the review of his platform by Wealthy Affiliate members are completely bogus.
The Hard Facts
As most people know just because someone or some group produces a “study” doesn’t mean that it is accurate. You can choose a subject and find a study that is negative as well as another study that is positive on that same subject.
I could not read the entire study because it’s quite lengthy I don’t have the time to read that much material due to other obligations. In my comments tried to focus on the main arguments made against Wealth Affiliate.
Many of the WA sites don’t rank – The SBI Study is adamant about the fact that many WA sites don’t rank. Well, this is true. Here’s the reason:
Hundreds of WA members get to host up to 50 different domains that are included with the membership. Hundreds of members buy multiple domains and leave them sitting there while they tend to their main site.
The SBI study is counting not only the members “main sites” but the test sites, along with all of the other domains that are just sitting there collecting cyber-dust.
If they are counting all these sites and domains collectively then from SBI’s viewpoint Wealthy Affiliate sites do not rank.
WA wants people to promote the company – This is true also. Wealthy Affiliate provides the tools to do so. What they don’t provide is instructions or encouragement to bash other companies.
No one, not even Ken Evoy, can find a single thread of evidence showing Kyle Loudon or Carson Lim instructing Wealthy Affiliate members to bash other companies.
Bashing other companies is not taught in Wealthy Affiliate. Period. Each and every single member is a business unto themselves and are responsible for their own website or blog.
They are an entity unto themselves and are not directly connected to Wealthy Affiliate. WA is the platform from which members choose the direction of their niche.
If any member of Wealthy Affiliate is writing negatively about Solo Build It! they are acting on their own.
No proof of members success – there are members at WA making five, six and seven figure incomes per year. They are not going to advertise it because their business will be relentlessly duplicated by others.
The argument that there aren’t success stories from using the Wealthy Affiliate platform just isn’t true.
What is true is that many of the “Wealthy Affiliates” choose to keep the nuts and bolts of their success private due to the dog-eat-dog nature of online marketing.
There are thousands of people in this business who are ruthless, unscrupulous, nasty, arrogant, greedy individuals who couldn’t care less about you and your business or brand.
When successful affiliates choose to fly under the radar, regardless of the platform they’re associated with, I completely understand!
In Part Two I will discuss the Alexa rankings that Solo Build It! uses to validate their report and just how accurate they are.