Is Solo Build it a Scam? An Updated Review You Need to See

Years ago, I reviewed Solo Build it, aka SBI, but it went by a different name then. Why did it change? Was it a scam and is it better now? I’ll cover all of this and help you decide if this program is for you.

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Let me disclose 3 things beforehand about this review of Solo Build it:

1) Substantial improvements have been made to SBI:

I have seen the sites SBI puts out, the evolution it has gone through, the things it teaches and frankly, there has been a major evolution and improvement on their end, so much so, that I doubled the rating I originally gave it from 3 stars out of 10 to a 6 out of 10, giving it a very positive rating that makes it a recommended program.

2) I am not an SBI member, but I do what they teach for a living.

I have been a member of another site for over 11 years, that frankly, I still think overshadows SBI in just about every regard and it gets 10 out of 10 (Wealthy Affiliate is it’s name).

3) Wealthy Affiliate I think is a better choice than SBI (I’ll compare them both in this review).

The 10 out of 10 program teaches very similar stuff SBI does, which is why I say SBI is legit, but there is “beef” between both programs because there’s bad affiliates saying incorrect and false things which has caused a lot of unnecessary rumors to be spread. In this review, I’ll cover things in an unbiased fashion.

Here is the short story of that though:

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Let’s begin and address everything. By the end of this review, you’ll know if Solo Build it is for you, whether Wealthy Affiliate is for you and every other question, issue, controversy will also be addressed.

Let’s begin with Solo Build it’s name change. Why did it happen?

Remember, years ago, Solo Build it was called “Site Build it”. Here’s the review of the Site Build it program I did and as I already mentioned, there has been a stark evolution in the program for the better. 

But let’s address the name change issue:

I couldn’t find any official reasoning for it, so I am left to speculate, and the possible reasons I can conclude as to why this happened was:

The program made improvements and thus decided to change names in order to start “fresh” in people’s minds.

Perhaps there weren’t too many happy customers in the old SBI and a name change is usually a good way to get a clean slate.

I was critical of several aspects of the old business, and for good reason that I’ll address. But remember, it has changed and improved since.

Perhaps the beef I talked about with Wealthy Affiliate (and other programs) caused too much bad PR to happen (this wasn’t WA’s fault, as I’ll explain in a moment).

Either way, what you need to know is that the new Solo Build it program has improved and is legit.

Let’s cover the “beef” with Wealthy Affiliate.

There’s a long history of competition between these 2 programs and I strongly believe Wealthy Affiliate is still the superior program and product. But never the less, SBI has evolved and deserves a fair look. 

The issue isn’t so much with WA, but the fact that there’s bad affiliates in every program who try to “step” on other program’s popularity and push their own recommendation. I’ve been accused of this many times by the way, as much as I try to do fair reviews, but to be specific.

And while I do overly suggest Wealthy Affiliate, I do recommend these other affiliate training programs, most of which I am not even affiliated with, so if you want to see more unbiased choices that are good, you’ve got that list.

When it comes to SBI, the old SBI in fact, it had it’s negatives and certain bad people from Wealthy Affiliate did review SBI but in many ways didn’t give it a fair shake, over blowing things about it that weren’t exactly true.

So here’s 4 things you need to know about that “beef”:

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1) I have already covered the bad affiliates within Wealthy Affiliate and you should now that they are VERY small in number, but the problem is people focus too much on the bad apples, even if there’s not that many of them.

2) I have also specifically said that Wealthy Affiliate does NOT teach it’s affiliates to misrepresent or falsify info on other programs, so the affiliates who say bad things about SBI that aren’t true, are not representative of WA itself. In fact, WA is a legit system that never teaches us to bad mouth other program.

3) Because the few bad apples said the bad things about SBI, SBI took that info, and perhaps even thought all of WA is bad, going as far as posting their own thoughts on this where they say that the odds of success in WA is worse than with SBI.

Here is that article, they deserve to have their voice heard too, so you’re welcome to read that article, but and I have to say, I disagree with it, because they are citing sources and info which I personally find questionable.

For example, they are citing Alexa to show their sites get success, but Alexa is not a serious program I’d use to show how well a site is performing on Google. I’d recommend Google itself and Wealthy Affiliate shows you how to do that.

As one of the biggest success stories inside WA (and here are other Wealthy Affiliate success stories), I can tell you that we have a ton of success stories and the training is similar to SBI, but deeper and goes further than SBI. I’ll cover that shortly, but this an example of me saying things that are true and not bad mouthing SBI, yet some may misinterpret it as that.

4) The original review of SBI that I gave wasn’t very positive, but I wasn’t bad mouthing it either. Yet misinterpretations and exaggerations do happen by readers and anything that isn’t positive may be though of as “oh you’re just lying”, but let’s be serious here, if I’m pointing out legitimate flaws, that isn’t the issue, it’s that people exaggerate that and make it worse than it really is.

As someone who has made websites through similar training that is taught in SBI, when I saw the flaws SBI had, I had to point them out because you, as the potential customer seeking to put in time and work needs to know where those efforts would produce results, and today, SBI will give you a much better shot at that, then back then, but I still think Wealthy Affiliate will have better chances of doing this for you.

And I am disclosing that I am promoting WA (and giving my personal coaching alongside that).

What was bad about SBI and what has improved:

1) The biggest con was that SBI originally taught you to make HTML sites.

That was one of the worst things about it in my personal opinion since at the time, WordPress was the choice to go with. These are basically 2 site platforms and WordPress is far superior and even since then, it has continued to grow.

Now I give SBI credit, they upped their system and now help people use their same training, but they help them make WordPress sites, so kudos to them for this improvement. 

But there is an extra price for this:

The regular membership of SBI is $299 a year or $29.99 a month, but if you want SBI to host and help you make WordPress sites, that an extra $17 a month or $149 a year.

2) Second I though their support could have used improvement.

It was good, and still is good, but it’s a forum environment and you can get customer support. Now that’s good, but in WA, they have that too, PLUS a live chat and almost instantaneous support for your site.

From what I have seen, SBI hasn’t really changed all that much in this regard, but WA does continue to evolve in that regard. 

3) Their training on SEO was and still is decent.

They still teach the same concept of “CTPM” which means that you create high value websites for niche audiences. Wealthy Affiliate teaches this too, and it is due to that, that I know the SBI training is legit, but I’ll say it again, I think in Wealthy Affiliate it’s better because it runs deeper, and you learn far more than just SEO.

Do I recommend SBI? I do now, but I still think there’s better choices.

And you already know the other choice. 

Now I do have to be fair, let’s compare Wealthy Affiliate to the new SBI:

There’s 1 area where SBI beats WA and that is the price of membership:

solo build it vs wealthy affiliate

Despite the extra cost, I KNOW there’s far less risk due to the free membership option and the added value on the back end that Wealthy Affiliate provides.

Again, I’m not bad mouthing Solo Build it and they have improved a lot, but not enough to beat the program I think would serve you better in building an online business, Wealthy Affiliate.

They just offer more benefits in support, training, tools and perks overall than ANY other company, not just SBI and that’s something I can confidently tell you. 

But never the less, I give SBI credit in their evolution and I provided a link to them in this review, that I am not affiliated with in anyway, so you can check them out and make your own decision. I certainly provided what I feel is a fair assessment, but you’re welcome to challenge me (politely please) on that below:

12 thoughts on “Is Solo Build it a Scam? An Updated Review You Need to See”

  1. Hey Vitaliy,

    I stumbled upon Solo Build It!  many times (especially their blog posts) but I never really looked into it. Thanks for making it clear it is another affiliate marketing coaching program, that’s inferior to Wealthy Affiliate. I do have the impression though that it also teaches network marketing. Is that true? Thanks for a great review!


    • Any affiliate marketing training program can be used to promote network marketing opportunities Marios. There is a big difference though between these types of businesses, you can see their differences here. I stick to affiliate marketing, particularly opportunities that pay high commissions and/or recurring ones.

  2. Thank you for clearing things up between SBI and Wealthy Affiliate. I am a member of the latter and the reason I joined Wealthy Affiliate in the first place was for the great hosting that they offer for our websites. It was quick and simple to transfer my existing websites over and have had none of the problems that I had with my previous hosting company.

    I came across SBI once when I was already a member of Wealthy Affiliate, and was interested at the time to find out more about it. After doing some investigation, I stayed where I was simply because the combination of the hosting and the great training was working well for me, so didn’t want to change to anything else.

    The only thing that got me thinking about a change was the price, but weighing things up, Wealthy Affiliate won out in the end.

    • Hi Michel, there was a time when the Wealthy Affiliate membership was $29.99 a month, like SBI is now, but back then, they did NOT offer as many benefits as they do today and I still think the current $49/month is a bargain. 

      It’s just SO much more than hosting. Their program is levels above in evolution when it comes to tools, training and support compared to SBI and it’s because of that evolution and my personal results with them that I’ve stricly stuck to them.

      Don’t get me wrong, I am a member of other programs too, that teach other aspects of internet marketing, but for affiliate marketing, SEO, and great website benefits and tools, WA is #1.

  3. Thanks for the up to date review.  I was one of the people who checked SBI out back in the day. I left their program because of one of the issues that you stated. They taught HTML sites at the time. Since then I found and joined Wealthy Affiliate. I have never looked back. If I was just starting out I would probably join both for a month and compare each and then decide.

    • Hi Tom, thanks for sharing, I think you made the correct switch at the time. Regarding if you had to do it now, WA would absolutely offer more in the long run.

  4. Your review leaves no doubt in my mind at least which is the better option. There are a myriad of website builders out there and it’s a very competitive market. I certainly back up what you say here mate and am really enjoying my time at WA. It’s truly an opportunity to change your life and the only obstacle you have to that success is giving up.

    Thanks for all the reminders of how great WA really is.



  5. Nice comparison between two competing programs. I can understand the name change. Lots of companies do it when they’ve got too much negative exposure and want to start fresh (and learn from their mistakes).

    I do like that SBI seems to do real efforts in trying to improve their programs, which shows that they’re serious about what they do. A lot of online programs do not even bother and try to get as much money from their money cow as they can. It’s not perfect, but let’s see what happens in the coming years…

    All in all, after reading your comparison, I have to agree that WA seems to be the better and more mature learning platform.


  6. I love reading that you have been with WA for 11 years. That’s awesome!

    I am also a WA member, and I stumbled upon it by mistake really through someone else’s review. I had no idea what affiliate marketing was, I was just doing research into flexible work from home jobs. This was just about a month ago. 

    I joined since it was free and got pretty excited, because I had been interested in blogging for several years but my perception of that was that only one in a million make it and I thought I had no chance. WA showed me wrong, and I signed up for the premium after about a week of trying it out.

    All that to say, I did not compare programs before I joined WA. Didn’t even really know there were other programs until a few days ago. But I’m not even tempted to look into others because I am sooooo pleased with everything at WA. 

    Everyone is so nice, helpful, and sincere. I really appreciate that. Like you said, any help and support you need is given to you almost instantaneously. Plus, the founders of the website are very active on it, encouraging people in threads and answering questions. That has got to be incredible time consuming, but it is amazing customer service!

    • Hi Holly, I think it’s awesome that you found WA rather quickly, most people like myself had to go through a lot of poor quality programs before learning our lesson and finding a good site like WA. And everything you said about being happy with the support, the training and overall community is something I completely relate to and love about this site. 

      The great thing is that in all of these regards, they aren’t letting up and they continue to IMPROVE all of these things, as other programs I once thought were good go stale after awhile,


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