Friday, May 31, 2013

Work Update - Managing Mechanical Turk and Free List Mailers

Work Period: May 30-31, 2013
Billed Hours: 10 @$2.22/hour
Billed Amount: $22.2
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

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  • Approved 7 stories from the new batch of Mechanical Turk. Researched one creative commons image for each story and submitted to the Party Website.
  • Also approved some party dares, put into the dare-kw list and then marked with the appropriate category.

Free List Mailers' Update:
  • Also cleaned up all viralinbox mailing box folders

Administrative Support:

  • Uploaded following work updates to diary blog. 
    • January 11-12, 2013 - Aweber Email Funnel Building
    • January 14, 2013 - Aweber Email Marketing Support
    • January 15-16, 2013 - Email Marketing Assistance
    • Also updated today's work update to the diary blog - Managing Mechanical Turk and Free List Mailers
  • Rotated More Party Website Pages via Rss.
  • Here are newly Published Truth or Dare Stories. Please have a review:
    • Want a Date
    • That one girl with the bright ideas.
  • Submitted the following two transcribed blogpost after reviewing, formatting and cleaning it up. Please publish both blog posts after reviewing them.
  • Posted another transcribed bloglet. "Is outsourcing easy to do?"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Work Update - Craigslist Ad Posting and Alternative Research

Work Period: May 28-29, 2013
Billed Hours: 11 @$2.22/hour
Billed Amount: $24.42
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

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Craigslist Support:
  • Transcribed the following craigslist ads, please have a review of Dropbox and proofread the documents.
    • Success as a virtual assistant
    • Learn from Me on How I Became a Successful Virtual Assistant
  • About posting ads to craigslist in native languages, I think that it will not work. First, craigslist is not very popular in this part of the region (I have researched some traffic stats comparison, please review Craigslist project folder in Dropbox. OLX is a kind of website which is more popular here (I can say it surely at least for India and Pakistan).
    Second, posting Ads in Native languages is not a trend here, all ads are being posted in English so I think an ad in English would be much trusted as compare to local languages.

    Linkedin is also becoming popular and is most trusted when searching for a job, however as you know linkedin requires a lot of time and effort to establish a trust as you should link a lot of relevant connections. 
Blogger Diary Support:
  • About using WordPress for, I think that for a simple blog like this blogger is sufficient because WordPress would be much more advanced and complicated. 
  • Reminder: Listened to a voicemail, in which you asked me to remind you about $2/hour really? page. 
  • Updated the 4th January 2013's diary page according to your voicemail feedback. Please have a review. its still saved in draft.

Administrative Support:
  • In reply to your voicemail about the 'outsourced job search' subproject, I think nothing is pending for this project and this can be removed from website projects excel sheet. 
  • Turned Mobilizeit! on for ideal-helper, I have tried and tested many online mobile emulating websites but neither of them gave actual preview, most of them had the same desktop preview. Perhaps I will test it again after some time.
  • Also listened and work through all of most of your voicemails, two of them were totally blank and didn't have any audio
  • Sent a reply email to Kareeza (an ex virtual team member), you were also copied there so I hope that you are already aware of it.
  • About upgrading ideal-helper Youtube Channel, the channel is already upgraded to Youtube one. However, I have updated some social media links to its profile.

Party Games Website Support:
  • Approved four newly received funny dares, added them to the related excel-sheet and then marked each of them with the suitable category.
  •  Rotated more pages via Rss.
  • Published the following two new stories, please review them and let me know if you need any proofreading.
    • My First Kiss
    • Locked Out! 
  • Linked the said text to wedgies page to Anna and Sarah's Diaper Dare Stories

  • Researched pictures for some pending stories and submitted them all (Publishing only one story a day).
  • Although I still have 5 new/unpublished truth or dare stories, but still I have ordered a new batch of 10 stories via Mechanical Turk.
List-Mailers Support:
  • Earned some more free credits and then sent a new advertising email to the members of all free list-mailers.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Work Update - Making Changes on Virtual Assistant's Diary @ Blogger

Work Period: May 27, 2013
Hours Worked: 05:40 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $11.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.25 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

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  • Changed the diary header image, because I have tested many high quality images (with white background logo, even transparent) but it never looked as clean as it should. Please have a review of new look.
  • Updated virtual assistant's blogger profile, please have a review.
  • Removed Author Information from all posts, please have a review.
  • Added virtual assistant's diary ebook cover to the extra column and also linked it to diary@ideal-helper

Party Games Update:

  • Republished a new batch for Funny Dares via Mechanical Turk
  • Created a new HIT 'Dares for Guys' but haven't published it yet.
  • Transcribed and replied the answer to Musafir via SBI! webmail
  • Changed comments settings to be shown on the same page for Stories about stripping dares outside
  • About digital stamping of new flickr image, since flickr has changed it's look and feel, therefore at the moment the service I have used for stamping of images isn't working. However I am recording all new flickr URLs to a spreadsheet and will stamp all these photos as soon as the issue is fixed.
  • Rotated more Pages via Rss

Administrative Support:

  • Transcribed and commented the answer to Mechanical Turk Video, the length of the comment was more than allowed, therefore divided the comment into two parts. Please have a review.
  • Also watched other long videos and make necessary changes, most of it only contains information to be watched. 
  • About Coaching video 1 (how to use odesk), I have saved a word document with possible loops, please have a look of Dropbox (Open Loops for Coaching_1.docx)
  • I have tried to cloak several links with viralurl, but I think it's not possible to add a facebook cloaking link, I have also tried to cloak other facebook posts, but neither of them worked. However its working fine with links other than facebook (for example I have tested many ideal-helper urls and all of them worked fine)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Work Update - Setting Up Virtual Assistant's Diary @ Blogger

Work Period: May 24, 2013
Hours Worked: 05:40 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $11.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.25 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

(A screenshot from today's work diary)

  • Worked on the virtual assistant diary website @ blogger and made the following changes.
    • Uploaded Ideal-helper favicon
    • Changed the design layout and style
    • Changed a lot of styles and widgets
    • Also added an aweber Signup form as a widget
    • Implemented your said changes i.e Sub-headings and work diary screenshot.

Ebooks Copyright Note Update:

  • Replaced old copyright note with the latest one to all ebook, then re-uploaded all ebooks to ideal-helper (keeping the same file name)
    • How to Hire a VA Effectively
    • The No Bullshit Guide to Outsourcing

Idea-Helper Mobilize It Beta Testing:

  • Turned IH to Mobilize It Beta, please accept sandbox,
  • Here are some general issues:
    • In my mobile device, some navigation texts were incomplete. For example 'outsourcing to odesk' is shown as 'outsourcing to' & 'odesk case studies' is 'odesk case' and there were many other similar incomplete text buttons, Therefore I have reduced the size of nav-bar text and now it's looking fine. Please have a review and let me know if the text is too small and hard to read out.
    • Same a lot of whitespace in between facebook and share this page widget.
  • Else the beta test is good, please spend some time with it and let me know when it needs to be live for all. 
Administrative Support:
  • I have implemented your said changes to ListBuilding_Tracking spreadsheet.
  • About sending emails with viralmailprofits, I think this service is the most complicated one and I rank this the lowest because it's very time consuming. First of all, one ad only gives you 4-6 credits (whereas other give 10-15 credits/ad), second it also ask to solve a captcha type image, that is why average credits/min are too low i.e 27. The only good thing it has that we can schedule an email, but for that we'll need a lot of credits and its really difficult to create 1000 credits/week. 

Party Games Website Update:

  • Distributed more pages via Rss.
  • Here is today's newly published story: Truth - Are You A Virgin
  • Approved some of the newly received truth or dare stories and submitted some of them after researching one flickr picture for each.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Work Update - Mechanical Turk Account Administration

Work Period: May 13, 2013
Hours Worked: 03:10 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $6.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $0.70 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

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  • I have researched for cartoon artists oDesk Contractors, please find odesk research for comic artists.docx in the Dropbox.
  • Sent email to from all listbuilders. Also updated the listbuilder tracking.xls
  • Deleted listsurfing account. Also removed it's dedicated inbox folder from viralinbox
  • Distributed More party games website pages via Rss

Friday, May 10, 2013

Work Update - Mobilize It Website Beta Testing

Work Period: May 09 & 10, 2013
Hours Worked: 09:20 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $18.67*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.05 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

(A screenshot from today's work diary)
  • About Mobilize it sharethis bar solution, I have implemented it and it worked our really well. Since sharethis bar is not visible on mobile devices anymore, therefore I have moved the sharethis bar to the left hand side again. Please have a review of party games website from your mobile phone.
  • Also disabled pop over subscription box for mobile devices 
  • About adsense I haven't made any specific changes to them, but the are showing on the mobile devices too.

Administrative Support:

  • Took part in more tests, earned more karma points and set up another 6 click tests via fivesecondtest.

  • I have brainstormed many possibilities of keywords for 'outsourcing process' 'outsourcing case studies' 'outsourcing examples' but all the results had very low numbers. 
  • Researched question links from Quora for ideal-helper keywords, please see Dropbox for researched results.
  • Transcribed another bloglet, but some proofreading required. Please proofread the file which is saved in the Dropbox
  • Transcribed the initial part, copied the said part from the email sent to Otto and submitted as a blog post. Although you asked me to send this as a bloglet, but since this was more than 300 words therefore I sent it as a bloglet. Please have a review. Didn't distribute it via Rss.

Party Games Website Update:

  • Distributed more pages via Rss

  • I have minimized facebook comments from the party games website homepage, also disabled it for mobile devices.

Project List Mailing Update:

  • Earned sufficient credits for all list builders so that we can send an email to members.
  • Surfed 50 ads to became active on, perhaps this was the most time consuming list building activity, because I couldn't surf many windows at the same time.
  • Also cleaned up all email inboxes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Work Update - Transcription Support

Work Period: May 08 & 09, 2013
Hours Worked: 10:00 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $20.00*
                          (*Exclusive of $2.20 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Medium

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  • Transcribed and submitted following blog comments.
  • Also transcribed two other comments, but comments are now closed for both posts. Anyways I have saved these comments to the dropbox. Perhaps we can use them as blog posts on Ideal-helper.
  • Thanks for proofreading SBI comment, I have submitted it to the said SBI!forum.
  • Transcribed and sent an email to Mike using the ideal-helper email.
  • Transcribed another bloglet, but it needs some proofreading. Please see Dropbox for Bloglet- Plz Proofread missing word.docx
  • Transcribed and submitted the blog request to Joshua from the Forums

Party Games Website Support:

  • Distributed More Pages via Rss
  • Received 3 new single liner submissions on DUYP and posted all three of them as a comment.

Administrative Support:

  • Set up 4 click tests for Aweber email subject variations, because I was short of credits therefore also earned some credits. 6 subject variations are still pending because I will have to earn more credits.

  • Created an ebook out of guest post, and then linked it to the said aweber mail.
  • Sent an email to 500 viralinbox members, we can daily send an email to 250 members using viralinbox.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Work Update - Implementation of Sharethis Widget

Work Period: May 06, 2013
Hours Worked: 05:10 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $10.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.14 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

(A screenshot from today's work Diary)

  • Regarding Sharethis bar, I have tried many ways to minimize the code by using a container block, but nothing worked. We can only customized its place to either on the left or the right. So I have moved it to the right so that mobilize it view looks fine somehow. Please have a review from your mobile and let me know if you want to change it further.

Transcription  Support:

  • Transcribed and submitted a comment to the SBI Forum. Please have a review. 
  • Transcribed another comment, but didn't send it because it need some proofreading. Please proofread the transcription file in the Dropbox
  • Transcribed and sent the email reply to Otto.

Project List Mailing Update:

  • Updated downline builders for all email list mailing accounts.
  • Cleaned up all viralinbox list builder's inboxes. 

Party Games Website Update:

  • Rotated More DUYP pages via Rss.
  • Since I have submitted all Mechanical Turk Stories, therefore I have requested another 5 stories with the same old description and price.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Work Update - Web Administration and Administrative Support

Work Period: May 21, 2013
Hours Worked: 5:00 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $10.00*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.10 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

(A screenshot from today's work diary)
  • I have converted your guest blog post 'What Does It Take to Motivate You' into a pdf. Also I have researched for creative commons copyrights notice. Please have a review of Dropbox where I have saved both word and pdf files. 
  • Also added the new creative commons copyright notice at the bottom. Please have a review and let me know if its okay, I will implement that to all previous pdfs as well. 
  • By the way here is the link where you can choose the appropriate cc license for your work.
  • Fixed the heading of the 'can I outsource my link building...' and distributed via Rss.
  • About craigslist task, I have submitted an ad to the newly provided account, a confirmation email has been sent to your personal email address, please click to the confirmation link and let me know if it works.

Party Games Website Update:

  • Distributed more pages via Rss.
  • Received a short C2 submission on DUYP, which I published as a comment. 
  • Did same for another short submission
  • Another submission was too adult, therefore moved it to the explicit and then deleted the actual submission. 
  • Also submitted a newly bought story after researching an image for it.

Transcription Related Tasks Update:

  • Posted a transcribed bloglet
  • Submitted a transcribed blog post. (My Virtual Assistant Gets a Diary So That You Can Follow Along His Every Move). Since it had less than 300 word therefore added 'noindex' 'nofollow'
  • Please proofread a transcribed bloglet Dropbox

Project List Mailing Update:

  • Sent the newly given email message (support for cancer patient) to all list builder members (except mylistfrog because previous mail is still running). Also earned credits before sending out the email and recorded the time I have spent on each list mailer for earning credits. 
  • viralmailprofits is the most expensive listbuilder because I can only earn 480 credits in 18 minutes of time (average 27 credits/min) whereas the average for other list mailers is over 100 credits/min. I have also recorded these results in the listbuilding_tracking.xls.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Work Update - Email List Mailing Time Estimation

Work Period: May 03, 2013
Hours Worked: 06:40 @$2.22/hour
Money Paid to Me (Virtual Assistant): $13.33*
                          (*Exclusive of $1.47 charged by oDesk)
Overall Difficulty of Tasks: Easy

(A screenshot from today's work diary)
  • About your question where you asked me that how much time it took for earning free credits, for a trial I earned 879 free points in 10 minutes in Sotam (State of the Art Mailer). Every listmailer has different numbers of free credits.

    For example sotam offers around 12-15 credits per mail, but there are other services that offer more credit points and some of them also award less credits. but I think that on average one can easily earn 600-700 free credits in 10 minutes.
  • For some of the services like viralurl and viralinbox, you need to view all windows at the same time whereas in others you can browse multiple tabs. For trial in viralinbox I have earned around 3000 credits in 20 minutes

Party Games Website:

  • Made all said changes to the homepage FBI! poll
  • Cleaned up and published another newly received C2 story. Because it was less than 300 words therefore used a 'nofollow' 'noindex' tag for it. Please have a review. 
  • Distributed more pages via Rss
  • Posted a short C2 post as a comment.
  • Removed all Jacrews7/Jemingways links from all pages, Content 2.0 posts and photo galleries.

Administrative Support:

  • Checked broken links for both sites and fixed them all.