Are All Business-In-A-Box Schemes Bad?
The answer is NO. However, this business model has been so badly abused on the Internet that it has long developed into being associated with scam and get-rich-quick schemes. These are not limited to the Internet, but are now most closely associated with Internet marketing.
From the time I tried my hand at online marketing, I've encountered many, many programs following this business model. The first time I encountered it was the now-defunct MMMI (My Money Making Ideas) website. On here, you were given a free website to promote. This site was fully self-contained and though it was in your name, you had no control over the content on it. At the time, WordPress was not popular as it stands today and was more like what Blogger is today.
Are Site Rubix and WordPress Express "Business-In-a-Box" sites?
The answer is a resounding NO!
The reason being, as has historically been the case with Wealthy Affiliate, you have full control over what you put on these sites and you also get the training in here on how to work within the back offices to these sites. All such sites, the earlier Site Rubix site-building program, feeder sites and site templates that were once available on here were all completely editable. The same is true with the present site-building programs on here.
Some people may get the misconception of these programs are cookie-cutter deals. By definition, these don't even come close to being duplicate templates. You get exactly what you would get from WordPress if you were to download and install these yourself. The only action in the algorithm of these builders is the removal of folks having to manually set these up themselves. They are merely setup programs.
What Is a Business-In-A-Box Scheme?
Business-in-a-box schemes also entail setup programs although these often remove or retard functionality that give end users limited or no control over the outcome.
These are usually a "done-for-you" website. You click your mouse and the thing unpacks and sets itself up. These were very common in the Wild Wild Web and as people noted their inefficiencies, Their popularity went on the wane.
Today, they are still with us though not as extensively so. We have folks like the Internet Income University that still follows this faltering business model. However IIU allows members to add content to the sites. What they fail to do is instruct their members outside the realm of content creation to these WordPress sites. Currently I'm seeking to find out if in fact, some of the WP back office functionality is actually stripped, disallowing members the kind of control over their sites WordPress originally allows.
Not all businesses-in-a-box schemes are terrible, though most of them are. The fault of these schemes are that of competition. The owner(s) of such schemes are usually the only ones making the money whilst the members struggle with competing with hundreds or thousands of exact, or near exact copies of the site they are trying to promote themselves.
Wealthy Affiliate Stresses Individuality
My experience with WA is that it has never employed the use of business-in-a-box techniques. Though some things have been added for short-cuts, this always comes with the education on how to do these out manually as well. These short cuts have never exploited or compromised functionality in any way. They have always been for the purpose of time-saving efforts.
Duplication is discouraged here because WA knows (and so should all its members) that doing such is a Google taboo. Only occasional quotations and very special instances of duplication is considered acceptable.
Sadly, the onslaught of carbon-copy websites seem to be on the rise again as insidious entrepreneurs act more like thieves by creating and executing such business models for the unwary. Sadly, tens of thousands of people are still being taken by these schemes.
WA members and prospective members alike never have to fear of such activity going on here at WA. It has never happened here and isn't about to start any time soon.
This blog results from a review on the above said Internet marketing program.