Social Media is Like… Gardening.

Closeup of a Dark Pink Rose in Bloom

My mom wonders why I buy plants. You see, I am no green thumb and all the plants I bought over the years died within a week after purchasing them. The last plant I bought was a miniature cactus that you can put on your desk. The lady who sold it to me said it’s […]

6 Must Read Blogs for Virtual Assistants

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When I started my career as a VA, I really  read a lot of blogs by and for virtual assistants. They helped me survive my first year as a VA and comforted me at times when I really felt like quitting and going back to the grind of 8 to 5 work. I am sharing […]

9 Ways to Publicize Your Blog Post

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Why Bloggers Fail is  one of my favorite posts from Derek Halpern of Social Triggers. In this post, Derek advices that bloggers use the 80-20 principle – yes, the Pareto principle – in promoting content. With a twist. Instead of spending 80% of your time creating content, Derek says that you should spend it promoting […]

A Return to Blogging

31 days to a better blog book cover

Note: This post is my entry for Day 1 of my 31 Day Blogging Challenge. I started blogging in May 2008. My journey began with a personal blog and this blog, The Virtual Assistant, was born 17 months after. The date was October 28, 2009 — the same month I was laid off from the […]

Global Bruce Force Attack on WordPress

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The Internet is abuzz today with reports of a global brute force attack on WordPress sites. I first heard of this a couple of days ago on a Facebook group I belong to. I didn’t act on it then because  I have pretty hard to guess password. But after learning that this attack specifically targets […]

Jupiter Jim on Working with a WordPress Virtual Assistant

Wordpress: The Best CMS Infographic from Jupiter Jim

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 […]

I won a Scholarship to the Mad Biz School 2012

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For the last few months, I’ve been really pondering about my virtual assistant business. I’ve been doing this for more than four years and I really think it’s now time to up my game and work on growing the business. My dream is to have a multi-VA setup, a virtual assistant team if you will, […]

Secrets of Virtual Assistant Success… Revealed!

work from home as a virtual assistant

Do you want to know some secrets? Yes, not just one – but more. All the secrets of virtual assistant success and earning passive income will be finally revealed. We’re spilling the beans on what will it take to make you a success in the virtual assistance industry. Learn the ropes, uncover all the various […]

Five Free Instant Screen Sharing Tools Online

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“Can you find me the easiest, best fast free webinar system I can use tomorrow? I’ve already got free conference call, but I’d like to do a quick screen share.” This is the task I received from a client last week. In this post, I will share with you how I went about completing this task […]

Link building with Jason Acidre

link building with jason acidre

Clients often come to me asking for ideas on how we can optimize their web sites and I always recommend link building to them aside from on-page SEO. With clients who are already familiar with it, they usually ask for specific strategies to do this. Those who aren’t need more a little bit more explanation. […]