Thursday, February 21, 2013

Work Update - Party Games Website Administrative Support

Work Period: Feb 21, 2013
Hours Worked: 6:10 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $12.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.36 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

  • About the newly converted BB2 page icebreaker games, where ebook link wasn't working, I have checked from all three major browsers and its working fine for me. Please recheck if you still have the same problem.
  • Removed adsense from 'True Stories about Girls'
  • Received another DUYP submission, cleaned it up and then published it. Please have a review of 'So Embarrassing Dares for Me Only'

    Note: A couple of days ago I also published another similar story from the same sender (Sarah from Ohio). Although both stories have some similarities therefore I published them separately. Both stories have more than 300 words.
  • Received another short C2 submission that I posted as a comment.

  • Also I think that often we receive a lot of similar submissions that I have to post as a comment, but most of the times I don't find any suitable posts to submit these comment. In fact we only have 2-3 particular pages where I can post these comments (obviously comments cannot be posted to Tier pages) so I propose to create 2-3 short Content 2.0 pages where I can submit these short comments because existing C2 posts are already flooded with comments.
  • Please see party games website webmail, there is a reply email from Brisbane
  • Transcribed and Submitted a comment under this post.
  • Rotated more pages via RSS

Ideal-Helper Administrative Support:
  • Submitted a transcribed bloglet. 
  • I have started working on the Mechanical Turk Outside US project, but could not created an account with because my country is not in their approved list.
  • I am not sure how important it is to provide your actual physical address, but if possible I can provide your mailing address for this purpose.
  • Link Building and Transcription Support:
  • Transcribed and submitted comments under these posts.
  • Although I have transcribed and submitted comments to both above posts but still no one can either visit profile or website link. For one post I used twitter login and for other I created a user account on the same website, but neither worked.
  • Transcribed and submitted to the following forum post:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Work Update - Feedback about Hiring a New Virtual Assistant

Work Period: Feb 19 & 20, 2013
Hours Worked: 12:00 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $24.00*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.64 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

  • I think it’s a really good idea to hire someone especially for BB2 conversion jobs, but I think there are also some limitations for this resource.

    I think the biggest concern is that if we hire someone, spend a lot of time and money then we expect him to work for you for a long time. So if he doesn’t work for a long time, then we would loose all training expenditures.

    The person should know basic understandings of HTML, although its not necessary with BB2, but still it’s important to have HTML skills for BB2 conversion.

    In my opinion this person should get at least 40-60 hours of initial training, because as you mentioned that SBI is not as simple as other platforms like Wordpress etc.

    Personally I think that my concepts were very clear before I started working on BB2, but as you know that before allowing access to site central I have already worked for around 1 year with you, although I never used BB2 during this period, but I still had a basic understanding of how this system works which I learned from experience over one year time. So first step should be to calculate the initial training cost that we will spend on one employee.

    For me it was also easy because you were providing me video instructions regularly, so I don't think that you will be able to provide video instructions to this new provider.

    On a side note if we create some helpful videos (training videos) covering different steps and topics of BB2, (for example: Short videos, one video for how to click and drag an image block into body and select a picture from the hard drive, similarly another video about how to use a container block) I think this would be one time investment and we can use those helpful videos again and again. I can jot down all such topics separately so that you can record short videos on each topic.

    Another concern is to provide regular work for this provider. I mean you won't have BB2 conversion contracts all the time and even you can't estimate that when you will have a conversion task in future.

Feedback about Abi’s Work
  • At the moment Abi’s doesn't have any transcriptions pending, so please record some videos when you have some free time. 

Party Games Website Update:
  • Distributed more Pages via RSS
  • Received a new user submitted story, Published it after proofreading it. Please review it. 
  • Published another short submission as a comment.
  • Did the same with one more user submission
  • Converted Ice Breaker Games to BB2

Administrative Support:
  • Reviewed and illustrated some of the transcribed coaching videos, please have a review. (Till coaching_3c are reviewed)
  • Also I have created a video for the first coaching video (with the help of Powerpoint and then turned that into a video) Hope you will like it. Please See Coaching_1.wma in the Dropbox

Friday, February 15, 2013

Work Update - Adsense Split Testing

Work Period: Mar 14 & 15, 2013
Hours Worked: 10:50 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $21.67*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.38 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

  • In some of the adsense color testing videos, I saw that there is a lot of confusion regarding what ads created by myself and how they are different from your ads. So I hope the above screenshots will help you to clear the confusion.
  • To explain the confusion further, here are ad titles created by me.
  • These are the ads originally created by you:

Administrative Support:
  • Unfortunately it's not possible to change it via site designer, you have to do it manually for each invitation form by going to its particular Invitation and change the size of the font

Party Games Website Update:
  • I was watching another work update video response where you were providing feedback for how to get girls... page, there you clicked its selling page twice. Although I have converted the selling page to BB2 and added a picture to it, but I can see that you are still browsing the old selling page. so please have a review of this selling page again and let me know if its correct.
  • Inserted the how to get girls... ebook in the right column of the following pages.
    • Truth or Dare Stories
    • Naked Dare
  • Distributed more DUYP pages via RSS

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Work Update - Researching and Split Testing of Screen Recording Softwares

Work Period: Feb 12 & 13, 2013
Hours Worked: 10:10 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $20.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.24 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

  • Did some more research for Hypercam screen recording software, split tested its different compression tools, but still the file size is extremely high (700Mb for 4 minutes of video is extremely high as compared to Jing which takes around 12-13 MBs for a 5 minute video)
  • I also researched some conversion tools so that you can compress those large files to a reasonable size. Final results were good, but it took more time than the actual video to compress. (I compressed a 3 minute video and it took more than 5 minutes to convert that file into a SWF file. So keeping in view the importance of your time I assume that this is not worth it.
  • I have researched another free screen recording software, which worked pretty well. I have included my research to the actual word file. Please see Dropbox for Screen recording

Stock Photos TOS Research:
  • I have researched stock photos usage information for all stock photo companies we are using/used. Their terms of service varies, but in general they don't force for a credit line for a standard/RF license, however most of them recommends to do so but still its not necessary. If your usage falls under an editorial license then its advised to use credit line information.
  • I have also created a word file and recorded all researched data there so that we can double check everything before using a particular photo.

Google Adsense Administrative Support:
  • Removed adsense ads from the following pages:
    • /i-lost-my-bikini-for-a-dare.html
    • /sexy-dares-1.html
    • /naked-dare-in-front-of-boyfriend.html
    • /teen-girls-doing-adult-dares-on-video.html
    • /strip-poker-stories.html
    • /licking-dares-with-your-boyfriend-exciting-and-hot-dare-stories.html
  • Also I have recorded all such pages to an Excelsheet so that we can monetize them in future. (Removed-adsense.xlsx)
Ideal-Helper Administrative Support:
  • About another video where you discussed about Tim Ferris' personal productivity tips and how to link it from its T2 page, the page is already in drafts (, but some days ago in another video you told me to use "Tim Ferriss Personal Productivity Tips" as the focused keyword for this page. So please have a review of the document again and let me know, I will implement changes to this page.
  • Optimized Personal Productivity Tips, please have a review and let me know if you want any changes. Didn't removed 'nofollow' 'noindex' at the moment.
  • Transcribed and submitted your comment to SBI Forum, Please have a review here. 
  • Replaced Aweber HTML codes for both newly created split tests.
Party Games Website Update:
  • Built 'how to get girls to play truth or dare' as BB2. I think this page does not have any call to action. I mean there is only one link (are you Interested?) which is linked to the selling page, still its not clear. I think a prominent call to action sales statement or a 'download' or 'buy' button will definitely help to divert traffic towards the selling page. I also propose to link the selling page to the top ebook cover page. 
  • If we can get some user reviews (testimonials) about the ebook, I think it can also help to improve the sales of this ebook. 
  • Also converted the selling page to BB2
  • Added 'how to get girls by playing truth or dare' cover page with a link to this page on the following pages.
    • /truth-or-dare-stories.html
    • /naked-dare.html
    • /sexy-dares-1.html
    • /naked-dare-in-front-of-boyfriend.html
    • /teen-girls-doing-adult-dares-on-video.html
  • Will find more pages and place the same photo with link to those pages as well.
  • Rotated more DUYP pages via RSS
Photo Research Task:
  • About the time I spent on Kathrin's photo research task:  It did not take more than 30 minutes for this whole task, I just sent her some image link URLs, I have added 30 minutes offline time.Thanks to this task I also found some more free credits to different photo banks

Monday, February 11, 2013

Work Update - Adding Photo Gallery to a Web Page

Work Period: Feb 11, 2013
Hours Worked: 5:30 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $11.00*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.21 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

  • I have received some new pictures from Kareeza, So I added all new photos to Kareeza's page, also profiting from opportunity I built all pictures using the new "Gallery" function. Please have a review.

Party Games Website Update:
  • Posted the newly received  submission as a comment.
  • Deleted the other explicit submission after copying that to the explicit content word file.
  • Converted dares-for-truth-or-dare-2 to BB2
  • Distribute more pages via RSS

Craigslist Administrative Support:
  • Posted another ad to craigslist (manchester, UK) 
  • Regarding your comment in one of the video about the ideal helper logo on craiglist ads (where you asked me to use smaller image), even I used a smaller picture, it didn't work in the right way. Plz see the above ad where I used a smaller logo that didn't work.
  • I have also conducted a small research about how I can post ads to different areas within USA, and the only possible solution is to get a phone verified account. Attempting again and again with the same account can lead to a permanent account block, therefore I didn't try it many times.

Ideal-Helper Administrative Support:
  • Read the SBI forum post about 3 new releases
  • About a high priority video where you asked me my feedback about posting comments to SBI forums after transcription, I think it is very doable and I can do that without much trouble.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Work Update - Website Administrative Support for Both Websites

Work Period: Feb 04-07, 2013
Hours Worked: 17:40 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $35.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $3.89 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

Ideal-Helper Administrative Support:
  • There were a lot of errors in the sitemap (Google spreadsheet) and a lot of numbers were incorrect for Aweber mailing list, therefore I rechecked all mails again and updated the spreadsheet.
  • Added copyright information under this picture
  • Watched other videos and screenshots in high priority folder and made necessary changes.
  • I have also researched for a new free screen recording software (hypercam) please see Dropbox.
  • Watched all 16 videos that you saved for Linkbuilding VA Project folder, understand them and will start working on them soon.
  • Also watched the outsourcing youtube video (website project) and have researched some more videos for C2 Posts, please have a review of Outsourcing Youtube videos in the Dropbox.

Party Games Website Update:
  • Transcribed and submitted a comment to this post. Still 65 words short from 300 mark. 
  • There were some broken links for both websites. I have fixed all of them. Especially there are a lot of broken links for party games website so I fixed them all.
  • About one of the questions that you asked me in work update response video, it takes around 10 minutes for RSS rotation task each day. 
  • Deleted both explicit comments from jumping jacks' post.
  • Formatted the comment in bullet list, you can only have 3000 words per comment and the current list was exceeding the limit, therefore I broke up the list and submitted that in two parts. please have a review. 
  • Distributed more pages and posts via RSS
  • Published another newly submitted C2 post as a new comment and deleted the original post
  • I was looking at the Google analytics data and there I realized that naked-dare.html page has not earned a single penny for the last so many months (because adsense ads are not showing up on this page) therefore I've removed google ads from this pages. I think we can ad an amazon widget there for some good stories over amazon 
  • Similarly Truth or dare stories also doesn't have any ads showing, so we can do the same for this one too. At the moment I haven't removed ads from this page.
  • Converted Truth or Dare Videos to BB2
  • Built 'Dares for Truth or Dare' as BB2
  • Master Keywords List Notes weren't updated for some done pages, therefore I re-checked and updated all notepads

Craigslist Administrative Support:
  • As you advised in one of the work update response videos, I have reposted craigslist ad to different locations and I have successfully posted ads to the following places
    • London
    • Melbourne
  • I have also tried to post a craigslist ad to another USA location, but they still asked to verify a US phone number. Same goes to Canada as I faced the same problem while posting a craigslist ad there.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Work Update - Virtual Assistant's Feedback about Link building Tasks

Work Period: Jan 31st & Feb 1st, 2013
Hours Worked: 11:40 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $23.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.57 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

  • Since currently I am working only on high priority folder tasks, so most of the updates are related to those videos and screenshots.
  • I have researched 4 forums for posting comments, Please see Forum Posting.xlsx in the Dropbox
  • Also I admit that most of the time I overlooked this task due to some other priorities and usually skip link building. For example we haven't posted any yahoo answers for the last so many days. What I propose there is to work on linkbuilding research tasks on a specific day. For example if:
    • I spend 2-3 hours of forum research, blog research, yahoo answers and pinterest only on Friday and forward you links as you have more free time on saturdays and sundays and provide me transcription,
    • I will easily transcribe them on Monday and can post them to their relevant forum or blog.
    • I think this way we can easily devise a system so that we can do linkbuilding more seriously and regularly for IH.

Party Games Website Update:
  • Fixed the said text from the page 'Two minutes dating and other icebreaker game'
  • Redistributed sexy-truth-or-dare-questions via Rss and submitted to stumbleupon directory.
  • Rotated more pages via RSS
  • There was a single liner C2 post submitted by a user, which I submitted as a comment and then deleted the C2 post. 
  • High Priority Video: Submitted as comment and then deleted the C2 post
  • Did same with a lot of following short submissions:
  • High priority video in which you highlighted party games site where everything at the bottom of the page contained a link, I have fixed that issue.
  • I have fixed the problem with the Facebook badge also, the issue was due to an error in the Facebook badge HTML that I have rectified now.
  • Made it center aligned and also made same changes for BB1 pages by using 'Add/Manage Right Column' interface

Ideal-Helper Administrative Support:
  • Uploaded Ideal helper logo to aweber list for virtual assistants
  • Fixed the text formatting (as some parts of text had a small font size) for hourly-jobs.html
  • Also rechecked all tier pages, found at least 5 other pages that had similar problem and fixed all of them.
  • Based on the craigslist account login details provided by you, I have created an ad, but it still asked to verify a US phone number
  • Watched all videos related to hootsuite project, moved all of them to a new folder (Instructions/Projects/Project Social) 
  • Also set up the "thank you" page for this page. Please have a review of that.
  • About another high priority video, where you asked me to recheck analyze it report for Dropbox tier 2 page because it contains 'dropbox' more than 2 times within link text
  • Analyze it did not report any such error because I think that one of the 'Dropbox' is already turned to 'drop box' 
  • All other 'Dropbox' links are built via C2 posts (titles for C2 posts) and obviously analyze it report doesn't count those links. 
  • Some rectification emails from Kathrin were pending, therefore I worked all of them and made all suggested rectifications. Also the mail you sent me today about same message twice, that is because I placed another messaged before message # 20 on aweber

Transcription Support:
  • Transcribed and submitted comment to a blog post but that is not published.
  • Transcribed and submitted comment to this post.Since now it has more than 300 words, therefore removed 'nofollow' 'noindex' tag and also removed it from C2 short submissions Excelsheet.
  • Thanks for proofreading the transcribed bloglet, I have submitted that to the blog page. Please have a review.
  • Transcribed and submitted a comment to 'The Worst Thing I Ever Did' post. Also corrected its title as you advised in one of the high priority videos. Also distributed it via RSS