Jupiter Jim on Working with a WordPress Virtual Assistant

Fact: More than 60 million people all over the world use WordPress as their content management system (CMS).

Fact: Millions of small business web sites are built on WordPress, whether their owners  know it or not.

Fact: Many entrepreneurs and small business owners need a WordPress virtual assistant to help them maintain their web sites and blogs.

Small business use of WordPress

Most popular CMS used in small business web sites. Source: Xioup.com

 

Another fact: It’s not always clear for small biz owners what tasks they can delegate to their WordPress assistant.

Here to help us get a general idea of how useful a WordPress virtual assistant can be is WordPress expert Jupiter Jim. I’ve met him in Facebook and he’s one of the most helpful guys I know.  It’s his mission to help as many people as he can to be financially free through their WordPress blogs and websites. His specialization is the Thesis theme and he blogs about it and more in his web site, Jupiter Jim’s Marketing Team.

Without further ado, here’s my interview with Jim.

 

Q1: Hi Jupiter Jim! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Let’s get down to business. Have you ever worked with a virtual assistant?  If yes, what’s the experience like? If no, do you have plans of working with one in the future?

I have never worked with a virtual assistant.  I have worked with virtual assistants of some of my clients and they were a pain in the neck.  At some point in the future, I don’t know when, I plan on working with a virtual assistant.   I have a client who is a psychologist and I am building a WordPress website for her.   She hates spending time on the computer.   I told her she should hire a virtual assistant to do her social media marketing once we are done with her site.  When she is ready, I will recommend you since you seem so professional and dedicated.

 

Q2:  I know you love WordPress. If I’m an entrepreneur or a small business owner who wants a web site, why should I go with WordPress?

That’s a great question!  The main reason to use WordPress is because you, the client, can update the text and pictures and all kinds of stuff on the site on your own, without worrying about waiting for or paying for the web designer to do it for you.  WordPress sites are also very SEO friendly.   My site ranks on page #1 of Google right now in the United States for the search terms “thesis tutorial” which is correct since a great portion of my site is dedicated to thesis tutorials.  The rank on Google will, of course, vary as you travel around the world.
Also, many Fortune 500 companies use WordPress now, so you know it’s a winner!

If you want to find out just how huge WordPress is, click this image below and it will take you to a beautiful infographic from Jim.

Wordpress: The Best CMS Infographic from Jupiter Jim

 

Q3:  Maintaining web sites / blogs can be really time-consuming. What WordPress-related tasks do you recommend delegating to a virtual assistant?

Give the text of your blog post to a VA.  Then have the VA find the proper image or picture to go with the post, create that blog post, edit that blog post, and finally market that blog post on all the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, etc.  The VA should also be responsible for letting the client know when it’s time to update the theme on the site or the version of WordPress or both. Even if the VA doesn’t know how to update the software, etc, they should be the ones who correspond with the web designer to make sure it’s done in a timely fashion.  VA’s should also make sure the auto-backup is working properly for the site!

 

Q4:  If you are to hire a WordPress assistant, what qualifications / skills would you look for?

I want someone who is dependable, trustworthy, dedicated, professional.  I want someone who will get back to me in a reasonable amount of time when I communicate with them and get the job done in a reasonable amount of time and meet the deadline they set for the task, within reason.  Too many delays and excuses and I’ll be looking for a new VA and not handing our referrals to them.

I would also want them to demonstrate a solid basic knowledge of WordPress and Social Media like FB, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.  and I would want them to like that stuff, too.   If the VA was interested in learning through online courses and webinars, so much the better!

 

Q5:  Aside from your own, what are your other favorite resources on WordPress?

Another great question!  I am sharing my link to my favorite Top 20 blogs about blogs and blogging (WordPress only, of course!).  WordPress is for Winners!

Click here to find out the 20 blogs that Jupiter Jim checks daily.

 

Connect with Jupiter Jim

Jim Landers, a.k.a. Jupiter Jim I don’t know about you but this interview with Jupiter Jim is just too short. So I highly recommend that you connect with him on his blog and in the following social networks to learn more about WordPress.

Are you using WordPress? What do you love about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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    • Hi Jocelyn! I don’t know why your coded is trying to get you to .NET… Or why why you want to move to blogengine. I suppose .NET PHP would be a lot harder to handle. If you want my advice, I say stick with WordPress. What’s wrong with it, anyway?

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  3. This is a very great post! Thanks for the free advice!

  4. i wish to migrate away from the Drupal i use, i know word press is much easier and less complicated but sometimes i feel am stuck with it
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  5. Hi Jim, congrats on being “almost famous” (from your email) – you are definitely THE go-to person for WP advice and training. Thanks for all your offer.
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  6. Linda Sutphen says:

    Thanks for sharing! Jupiter Jim-loved learning more about why you are so passionate about WordPress and how it can help businesses! Thanks for sharing, too, Nica!

  7. Hi Nica,

    I’ve been quietly following your site for quite a while now and have been learning a lot from it. Kudos for sharing all these resources! More power!

  8. Nica,

    thanks for inteviewing me! It was fun and I love talking about WordPress and sharing my opinions on it. Next Monday Thesis 2.0 comes out and that’s very exciting for me and my blog followers, of course!

    As for Virtual Assistants, they should all learn as much WP and Social Media as possible as fast as possible because I keep finding more and more that most business owners, even small business owners, do NOT have time to learn that stuff and do it on a regular basis.

    Also, I cannot wait to refer some of my clients to you because your really know your stuff and Love this stuff!!!

    Take Care,

    Jupiter Jim
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    • That’s a great advice for VAs, Jim! Consequently, I really noticed that a lot of employers look for VAs with knowledge on WordPress and Social Media.

      Again, thank you for doing this Interview and I look forward to learning more from your blog!

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