Tag Archives: Entrepreneurs

15 Easy Free DoFollow Backlinks to Your Website

Remember from the “Website Backlink Popularity Tools” post: “Backlinks are incoming links to a website, web page, or blog post.” And just so you know, I use the words linkback and backlink interchangeably. :) Also please note that these links will help websites or businesses that are still in the startup phase. I don’t think any of these links have a higher Google Pagerank than 2 or 3. ** This means that creating backlinks from these resources are worthless to a site that already has a pagerank of 4 or higher. **

General Places to Get a Listing for Good (Meaning Not the “NoFollow” Kind) Backlinks / Linkbacks:

1. Merchant Circle is a definite must have business listing. Here’s mine: http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Virtual.IT.Assistants.317-670-9977

2. http://www.haiku.com/VirtualAssistants This one isn’t one of my favorites, but it works.

Helpful Internet Business Tools:

3. Outright is a cool accounting service that Jen uses for her business. I’ll bet that when she first setup an account with them she didn’t realize they’d give her a free good backlink! See her profile: http://entrepreneurs.outright.com/virtual-assistance-by-jen

Social Network Profiles:

4. Fast Pitch Networking is an internet business social network site. A profile here is worth setting up for the good linkback to your business site: http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com/profile.cfm?ContactID=52366547

5. YouTube Got videos? Get them on YouTube and be sure to fill in your business site into your profile for yet another good linkback. See my profile: http://www.youtube.com/user/virtualitassistants (Scroll down to my avatar and see my link under there. If you are curious about where it shows up.)

6. Inbound Marketing University If you are into internet marketing of any kind, you should already have heard of this place . Even if you are already an experienced inbound marketer, you should at least have a profile here. See mine: http://inboundmarketing.com/user/3906. It also gives you a good link.

Twitter: (Of course, the master tool for getting backlinks and traffic. )

7. Mashable Twitterlists See Kena’s Lists: http://mashable.com/twitterlists/user/KenaRoth/ She may not have realized this when she shared her lists here, but it gave her a free link back to her site from mashable.com. Bonus!

Add Yourself to Local Twitter Lists:

8. Twitter States

9. Local Tweeps

(P.S. Find twitterers near you and follow them. It’s great to have friends all over the world, but you be surprised at how practical it is to get tweets regarding events closer to home)

Website and Blog Site Tools with Profiles That LinkBack:

10. Sitemeter Do you like sharing your site analytics? Create a profile at sitemeter.com for your domain.

11. MyBlogLog If you have a blog, then you need to signup for a free account at mybloglog anyway. – Never mind the free backlinks! See some of my blogs: http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/members/darkbluesun/

These next profiles may be a little less practical for brand new businesses, but you should still know that they are available to anyone.

12. Act.ly Twitter petitions at act.ly include your web address that you use in your twitter profile. I created one about cybercrime awareness a long time ago: http://act.ly/uo. When you stop by, you should sign it! It’s been awhile, but all the info is still very relevant.

13. Quibblo is a  free online quiz creator. It links back to your site when you set up a profile. See mine: http://www.quibblo.com/user/virtualitassistant

14. Google Knowledge Profiles (called Knols): If you have a knol, or have some good content to start a knoll, you should definitely link back to your business site where appropriate. (Only create one or two links. That should be sufficient.) See mine? http://knol.google.com/k/darkbluesun/the-abc-s-for-work-at-home-parents/1jq3j1sfpra4f/1# I just happened to link to myself within this old business starter e-book.

15. Squidoo lens Do you have one? Do you know someone who does? If you create a linkback to your site from it, then it does give you a good link as well. http://www.squidoo.com/darkbluesun#module29853702

Who is linking back to you right now? Check it out at Link Diagnosis. Look for the ones where the link type equals good. And let me know if I missed any other easy linkbacks.

Another great way to get linkbacks is to guest post for a great blog like this one! ;) We had to take a break from that little opportunity for a little bit due to the volume of responses and the lack of extra time to find the best ones. There are still so many great guests we will have before the end of this year I promise. However, we still want to fit you into the rotation as well to get your turn in the spotlight! So signup to be a guest blogger today. If you haven’t heard from us and it has been more than 2 business days since you sent your response then please let us know.

Business Coaches-Who Are They and Want Do They Do?

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to start a small series about business coaches-who they are and what type of coaching they do.  Some of us may be feeling stagnant in our businesses and not sure how to turn things around.  This could be as good a place as any to possibly find that specific coach you need.  Still, there may be others out there who have settled on coaches as there “niche.”  These interviews may help you to hone your skills a bit and customize your services to better serve your clientele.  Over the next few weeks I will be introducing you all to several different individuals and their specific coaching interests.

So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you all to the first business coach in my series, Cesar Viana Teague.

Company: NEXTLEVEL Consulting

Website: http://www.nextlevelup.org

Contact: Email – cesar@nextlevelup.org

Phone – (888) 881-6164

What type of coach do you describe yourself ad?  For ex: Life coach, VA, Social Media, Career, etc. Small Business/Home Business Coach

Briefly introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do. I work with small business/home business owners and entrepreneurs to break through current challenges, work smarter, and reach their desired goals.

What are three main concepts you talk about in your coaching program? Helping you to Focus on the following 3 main concepts:

1. Your DMO (Daily Method of Operation)
2. Your IPA (Income Producing Activities)
3. Your Sales & Marketing Plan

What are some of the benefits of having a business coach?  And when is a good time to find one? Some benefits include:

1. Getting out of being stuck
2. Becoming more proactive with defined activities & direction
3. Having a sounding board to bounce ideas off and receive honest feedback
4. Reaching goals quicker

A good time to align with a coach is ASAP.

Since this is a blog for VA’s and other Work at Home individuals, I have to ask – Even business coaches need an assistant from time to time, right? In what way would a VA be beneficial to you and your business? I have been using a VA (Jennifer) and can highly recommend doing this to work smarter – leaving you to focus on your strengths and IPA’s (Income Producing Activities).

If you are a coach or know of a coach that would be a great fit for this spotlight series, please contact me.  I would love to “meet” them!

Change is Inevitable, Progress is Work

Ryans 1st day of preschool

It's ok to cry, not because you're sad, but because you're proud. (Click to enlarge.)

It’s back to school week for some of us work at home parents. It’s difficult to watch our little one’s wearing their brand new tennis shoes and this year’s “cool” backpack. Today was particularly hard for me, because my baby went off to preschool. *sniff* *sniff*

This entire morning I was working around the house and playing games with my daughter who starts third grade tomorrow. We are trying to make the most of her last day of summer vacation. It all happens so fast doesn’t it? Hence the reason why this post is going to be quite short today.

This also means that I am starting a new chapter in my work at home life. With both children off to school (at least for three days a week), there will be more time for me to focus on my work and more quiet for me to actually call my clients! :) So far, I have done 90% of my contacting clients via email and Facebook. It will be nice to hear their voices and take note of their requests in real time.

What I wanted to write about today is change. We all have choices in our lives that bring us to a sort of crossroads. All we can do is go left, right, or forward. However, we know that we can never go back to where we were. Sometimes, we get lucky and we can ask each other for directions, or leave each other instructions and how-tos in our blogs. But in the end, it all boils down to what we decide to do with our turn at those crossroads.

I don’t usually like to post such philosophical messages. However, I felt it was important today. If you think about it, as virtual assistants and entrepreneurs, we are all taking a road less traveled. It is up to us to decide how to pave the way and make it work for us. Once the path is beaten down, it’s becoming easier to continually “revisit” success.

Guest Bloggers

Exciting News!

Due to the overwhelming number of submissions to become a guest blogger for “the Virtual Assistant Journal” (formerly known as It’s a Work at Home Life), we are not going to conduct phone interviews as we initially planned. In response to your requests, we are verifying your business validity and sending out invitations to the verified entrepreneurs to be contributors to our blog. We are setting up a tentative schedule and working hard to make sure that you all have the opportunity to share the spotlight on our blog.

Now is the time to contact us about guest posting on “It’s a Work at Home Life” if you haven’t already.

Scheduling

The schedule is filling up fast so if the date chosen for your post doesn’t work for you, please contact us as soon as possible so that another virtual assistant can take your place and you get a new date as well. We already have every Tuesday and Thursday booked through the end of October! And there are more messages sent to VA’s for more information about their business.

For the quality of our blog, we are not going to invite more than one person to guest blog on a given day.

WordPress Role: Contributor

We are sending invitations through WordPress for contributors. With a contributor status you may write a post, but an administrator will need to publish it for you. Contributors cannot accidentally delete published posts or work on anything outside of the post they are working on. This will be the perfect place to start.

We strive to keep high quality content. The goal is to write an article that will add value to the reader’s work week. This is all about balancing business, technology, and personal life while you work at home. We are very protective of our professional reputations so please review the basic rules about contributing to this blog.

Content that is inappropriate or completely irrelevant to this blog will not be published. So if you are unsure of the topic or details you have included, please ask one of us.

Currently we are only sending out one-time invitations to write to hundreds of other virtual business owners. This could lead to more invitations to write for us or other blogs.

Something to think about:
What do you want the virtual business world to know about you? How are you going to represent your expertise and your business?

Looking for Virtual Assistants to Spotlight

We have posted so many tools, trials, and successes of our virtual businesses this year. Now we want to share the stage with you!

How Being a Guest Blogger Helps You:

This is a free blog resource and it is not a paid opportunity, it is simply an opportunity to share your knowledge with other virtual business owners and get some exposure for yourself. We currently have built up more than two hundred weekly visitors to our blog posts and that number is growing every week. You are welcome to include a banner of no bigger than 468 x 60 or 200 x 200 at the bottom of your post. However, this is not a request for sales posts, it is a request to share experience. You are also welcome to link back to your business site or blog (a maximum of two linkbacks per contributed post will apply).

What We are Looking for in a Guest Blog Post:

Eventually we hope to be inviting two or more bloggers to post weekly or monthly as we do. We need one person for Tuesdays and one person for Thursdays, but for now we are leaving these days open for guest writers. We are inviting all virtual business owners, virtual assistants, and other solo entrepreneurs to take the spotlight and write a guest post on this blog. We are looking for many types of businesses like:

  • financial investment advisers
  • YouTube channel operators
  • podcasters
  • copyright editors
  • legal advisers

or even just a new viewpoint of the virtual assistant businesses that we already write about every week.

These posts are to be real life, original posts about you or your work at home life. If you want to rant or rave about a particular application or virtual business resource, you must write about your experience with the product or service in first person. Unless someone is officially charged with doing something illegal, we will probably not accept negative posts about a specific person or small business. Even though we all love a juicy bit of gossip now and then, we are not in the business of starting rumors. ;)

Quality Assurance:

Before writing the post about any specific topic, you are welcome to contact us and make sure that it is appropriate for our blog. We are welcoming all kinds of input. However, in the interest of protecting our reputation, we will have to approve any content before it is posted.

All posts must be proofread using professional etiquette and grammatically correct. All material must be non-offensive and viewable to the general public. If you do not have a proofreader, Jen has been gracious enough to offer professional proofreading for five dollars per post (with a maximum of two hundred and fifty words). This unheard of deal is only available for contributors to the “It’s a Work at Home Life” blog, for this special or other editing services, contact Jen.

Contact us to contribute to “It’s a Work at Home Life” blog

Wiki is Tricky!

Wikipedia is “a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its 15 million articles (over 3.3 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site.”

Wikipedia

Wikipedia

What Wiki Is:

Too many entrepreneurs don’t understand the beauty of this particular information system. This website was created for us and is constantly being updated by us to share accurate information. You might even call it a “living” encyclopedia. All information that is edited there is to be referenced with verifiable sources and must meet Wiki’s high quality standards. To leverage the value of Wikipedia means contributing well researched information to it’s already vast library. Wikipedia can be a tool to prove that you are an expert on your topic or in your field of business. Sharing information and having others verify the accuracy of the information is a great way to show your expertise. They keep tabs on who has made what edits, and believe me when I tell you that there will be a wiki administrator who will either undo any information without a good source or delete the wiki page altogether if the it isn’t deemed “notable” enough. Of course, when you accurately and holistically contribute a good article, you should blog about it and be proud of sharing your piece of wisdom with whole world. ;)

May I use myself as an example? You all know that I am a virtual IT assistant right? But what does that mean? A little under a year ago you wouldn’t have found any information if you looked up “IT assistant” on Wikipedia. I am proud to say that I contributed the IT_assistant page. When an employer puts out a classified ad for an IT assistant, you can find out what the skill requirements are for an IT assistant’s position. Even if you have never worked under that title, you may have experience to fit that job well.

What Wiki Isn’t:


Start Quote MeNot just anyone can go to Wikipedia and create a wiki page about how fantastically interesting they are.Quote Me End

There are many of us “gurus” who have been quoted here and interviewed there, but that doesn’t make us wiki material. Maybe you have worked extensively in our chosen field. You might have a successful business or single handedly spun yourself an extensive social network and have become quite popular. You may have written articles for popular websites like Mashable.com or Monster.com, but you don’t have recognition on Wiki. Not just anyone can go there (or hire someone else go there) and post up a wiki page about how fantastically interesting you are. Until you are interviewed for your expertise on CNN or Time magazine wants to put you on its cover, you probably don’t belong in the encyclopedia. (Sorry, but it’s true.)

There are dozens of wiki articles deleted everyday because so many newbies want to sign up and use it as some kind of social media tool that grants them an opportunity to market themselves, create backlinks to their blogs, or to just get their name out there. It just is not what Wiki is for. I mean, it is social, but its not about networking its about information.

Wiki is not the place to validate or establish yourself; the quality of your work will do that for you. Maybe someday you’ll have your place on Wiki, but for now, let’s use it for what it’s good for: information.