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Virtual assistants? - Who do you recommend?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by CosmicSoundz, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. CosmicSoundz

    CosmicSoundz BANNED BANNED

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    Please DO NOT recommend your own company or one that you are affiliated with. I and I hope everyone else here will neg rep you if you do. This is not a thread to advertise your company. So don't thread jack my post.

    I am interested to hear about your experience with virtual assistants. I never used one so I dont know the small details that you would learn when going through the process.


    Was there a company that I should stay away from?
    How much work does your VA do in a hour? Can you give an example?
    How is communication between you and your VA?
    What issues have you come across that seem to be a common issue with all VA's?
    How did you communicate with your VA? email, AIM, skype?

    Tell me your VA story.
     
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  2. alternatesword

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    I've used odesk and freelancer to find VA's before. Once i hired, i will keep them on contact via skype. I normally pay for work not for time. It's safe in case of searching oriented work. The most common issues i've ever faced was "They went offline when i really need them urgently";)
     
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  3. robotluv

    robotluv Junior Member

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    I used Elance and found a few nice ladies in the Philippines who did great work. They were a lil pricier but I needed someone to answer the phones and wanted a good accent.
     
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    I do the same, infact hired 1 just now from Odesk.

    Here's 1 tip.. You will get a lot of self proclaimed experts in freelancers. Odesk is by far a better place to search for VA's.

    You can easily get somebody for $2/hr... TONS of qualified ones...
     
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  5. CosmicSoundz

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    Thanks guys..

    What do you say would the average hours of work include?

    If you asked them to create web2.0 properties and complete the properties with pic, bio , link etc. How many would they get done in 1 hours time?
     
  6. FatSteve

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    I never had a good VA... and often ones that I got spoke English worse than me.

    Ideally if I could clone myself...

    Unless you are really lucky or are prepared to shell out for highly qualified person and pay close to real world salary, you will end up with the conclusion that if you want something done, have to do it yourself.

    Ofc, VA's can be good for simple tasks - create comprehensive simple task checklist and off you go but forget about creativity, initiative. It's like hiring a bad robot - one step off the path and it is stomped and just sits and idles...

    well, mebbe I'm just venting my frustration, but any opinion counts right?
     
  7. edgematch

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    It does change. Their connection speed and experience will play vital role. Some can do 10 in an hour and some only 5-6.
     
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    i used a service from the BST. The VA was really very cheap (150$ per month) for the entry level. She did what was told in the beginning but it was very difficult to make her improve on that. She didnt speak english properly and her boss never had the time to reply to my emails or train her. Only email I got from the boss was when I unsubscribed the monthly payment. Since then I have hired a few guys in my own country who do not have regular day job.
     
  9. alternatesword

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    It's upto their internet connection speed. If they well trained and have atleast 512 kbs internet connection, they will to make 10-12 web2.0 properties per hour.
     
  10. xtazi3

    xtazi3 Newbie

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    Im too sceptical about using VA. The thing which makes me think twice before hiring is - if they are using unique IP for Web 2.0s. So far I am also looking for a VA create web 2.0s. As suggested by jr_sci, would check Odesk.
     
  11. rexadrivan

    rexadrivan Newbie

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    You probably need to find someone who will document his work.
    and also don't hire cheap ones coz you will only have cheap results.

    also check his portfolio for past projects. you will know if he's legit or not.