Blogging has come a long, long way since the days of ‘online journals’. It’s a completely different animal nowadays! And with more and more casual bloggers wanting to take their blogs and online brands to the next level, things can start to get a little more complicated and certainly more hectic for them, than ever before. This is where a little virtual help can become a lifesaver!
As someone that has been in the outsourcing business for over a decade, and currently has approximately 300 VA’s working for him, I can honestly say that I see the benefits of working with virtual staff every single day.
However, gone are the days when VA’s were just meant for busy executive types, and people that just needed ‘letters typed up’. New age entrepreneurs, Internet marketers, affiliate superstars and bloggers everywhere are enjoying the freedom factor that engaging the services of a VA, or even building a team of virtual staff. And the really good news is that you can, too.
So, today, as a quick intro to my upcoming session at BWELA, entitled “How to Work with Virtual Assistants to Help Build, Grow and Monetize Your Blog”, I’m happy to present a little teaser, in the form of the top five reasons why bloggers should be working with VA’s!
Buckle up, here we go…
1. Working with a ‘General VA’ will create massive amounts of additional time to work on other things.
Having someone doing the mundane blogging tasks such as online research, formatting posts in WordPress, searching for copyright free images, embedding video and audio files, creating and embedding SEO info, such as meta tags and descriptions will enable you to free up a ton of time to be able to work on other, more stimulating tasks. These hotshots can also help manage and build your social media presence, too – amongst other things.
2. Having an ‘SEO Specialist VA’ on your team will make sure that your blog gets ranked where it should be – at the top of the SERPs.
We all know what SEO is and how important it is as bloggers. However, we’re also told to produce content for our tribes, not for the search engines. Because of this, off-site SEO couldn’t be any more important. Utilizing SEO-savvy VA’s will enable you to get ranked for all your chosen keywords. Because of this, you’ll enjoy great amounts of regular and new traffic… daily. They will also make sure that your on-site SEO is fired up, to help in your overall SEO mission.
3. Video and Audio VA’s will help you take your brand to the next level.
If you’re a blogger and you’re not already enjoying the additional exposure and traffic that hosting a podcast, and recording great video content brings, then you’re behind the front-runners. Snap out of it! The thing is, a lot of really good bloggers don’t get involved in these additional mediums because they don’t have the skills needed to make them look and sound great. Relax. You don’t need to. There are tons of great VA’s out there that can help you edit your videos and podcast episodes. Try them out on a few simple things first and you’ll be pleasantly surprised, I assure you.
4. Hiring a ‘Web Developer VA’ will enable you to get your blog looking exactly the way you want it to.
Can you install WordPress on your own server? I can. Cool isn’t it!? I can even install and tweak themes, too. However, when it comes to really customizing the way my blog looks, I am a complete dullard. Embedding Google analytics and opt-in form code, adjusting image sizes, graphic design, including automatic thumbnails and excerpts. You name it. Sure, I could probably learn that stuff, too – but, I enjoy engulfing myself with number five on this list, way too much! Speaking of that…
5. Overall, working with Virtual Assistants means you can focus on what you should be focusing on, as an online publisher – creating awesome content!
I absolutely, without a doubt, whole-heartedly enjoy creating content for my online tribe. Don’t you?! Whether its written content, video clips or podcast episodes, putting together as much worthwhile, thought-provoking and helpful content is my focus, as a blogger, and it should be yours, too.
So, there you have it – the top five reasons why you should be working alongside virtual assistants, as a blogger wanting to take your game to the next level and enjoy the full-time blogging lifestyle that so many of us are already living.
If you’d like to learn more about these five areas, plus a whole lot more in regards to utilizing VA’s, I’d love to see you at my session in LA, “How to Work with Virtual Assistants to Help Build, Grow and Monetize Your Blog”, which is taking place at 1.30pm-2.30pm on Thursday 3rd, November. I’ll be going into a lot more detail, as well as exploring other important topics such as where to find quality VA’s, how much to pay them, as well as how to get the most out of them as employees.
See you in LA!
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Chris C. Ducker is the Virtual CEO of the Live2Sell Group and Virtual Staff Finder, the number one provider of home-based Filipino virtual assistants online. When he’s not blogging at VirtualBusinessLifestyle.com, he can be found getting beaten up by his three children, or eating donuts!