Sitesell Virtual Assistant Stories
(April 30, 2014)
The conversion of my client’s SBI site to WordPress goes fairly well. The requirements of my client are to make the conversion as simple as possible in order to save time and money.
The downsides of this are, of course, that some of the formats from the SBI sites gets lost in this as well as some of the elements on that page. But the client and I are in constant communication so that everything goes exactly how he wishes it to be.
One problem that we have discovered early is how to convert Content 2.0 pages. Content 2.0 pages are connected to their invitations and their tier pages using SBI’s proprietary Content 2.0 system. When converting to WordPress, these functions do not work anymore obviously.
We have two possibilities.
- Don’t convert any Content 2.0 submission and lose them all.
- Convert Content 2.0 submissions and, in some cases, drastically increase the time of conversion.
- Convert only the highest traffic Content 2.0 submissions.
My client chose 1 because he had clear ideas what to do with the content from the Content 2.0 submissions and how to re-purpose all of that. My choice would have been 3.
If my client would have shared his Google Analytics stats or the login data for SBI! with us, as is the case for Blockbuilder2 conversion for example; then we could easily have found out the top 10% traffic bringing submissions and converted them similarly to normal pages.
For linking back and forth from Content 2.0 and inviting tier page, we could simply have created some custom made links back and forth, keeping out all the commenting system and links to non-existing invitations.
If you have a site with many submissions by visitors and are hesitant to convert your site, you are probably right. Perhaps, SBI is the system to stay at. Personally, I love the platform and I will stay here as long as business is functioning right.
But if you have made the final decision to migrate to WordPress with your SBI site then don’t let yourself be held back by a big number of Content 2.0 submissions. They can be converted and being treated like real pages. It is possible to just select those that are bringing the most amount of traffic and then only convert those. That’s probably the best 80-20 effectiveness you can use.
In any case, if you are interested in a quote on estimation for a possible conversion from your site; if you have thoroughly reviewed the pros and cons of such a conversion, feel free to contact us.
by A Visitor
Some time ago, a visitor who is a fellow SBI user wrote a question to me.
“Can I outsource my link-building to increase traffic and monetization of my websites?”
I wrote him an answer by email.
Still I wanted to share the message to you users too.
Here is what I wrote:
(January 09, 2013)
If your SBI website has been running for some time, chances are that you are at risk of getting hit by Panda or already were hit by Panda. As you know, SBI has special instructions to prevent Panda traffic loss or gain back the traffic you have lost.
How Cleaning Up Your Content 2.0 Submissions Will Help Your Traffic
In the past, Content 2.0 submissions can had the comments showing up on a separate comments page. It’s possible that these comments pages hurt your rankings. .
If you are a successful SBIer and have hundreds of Content 2.0 submissions then it makes sense to outsource the clean up to your virtual assistant.
Here Is How to Do It
SBI has recently introduced a new feature and with the help of this feature it is possible to show comments on the same page for all merged submission.
In past you had to browse to another page to see all submitted comments on merged pages.
How to enable this function:
- Go to Site-central>>Content 2.0 Library and select the merged post.
- Click edit
- Select option “Yes” from ‘Display Comments from All Submissions on Merged Page?’
- Build merged Page
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(January 08, 2013)
Here is an interesting money earning opportunity that you can make use of without putting even more banner advertisements on your website.
On my second website, I have some solid traffic levels. Naturally I am interested in improving the bottom line of what the advertisements are earning me.
How to Increase Your Income without Increasing the Number of Ads
In Adsense, each advertisement has a certain chance to be filled with an actual working ad. The number that defines if your ad-block is filled with an actual advertisement is called ‘coverage’ and is expressed in percentage.
For one, one of my most important ads which has the size of 300×280 pixels, has a coverage of 75%. On the other hand, the 336×280 pixels ad-block represents 80% of all my ads earning. In other words, this ad alone brings me 80% of my income. But only in 3/4 cases.
If you are not aware of this, go check out your Adsense reports right now. You will find this when you go to…
Home>> Quick Reports >> Custom Channels
There, click the required time period, for example: ‘Custom Channels Today’, then choose the time frame with a significant enough range for you to make considerations.
If you already have solid traffic and your Adsense ads get a lot of clicks, then you must take care of this issue that is losing your potential income day by day.
How to Fill Adsense Ads When They Are Not Covered?
When your ads are not covered, you don’t make any money even though people click on the ad-space. You can manually backup each ad with a customized banner advertisement that you have set up yourself.
Ideally this fall-back banner advertisement should promote something else that makes you money. It can linked to a highly monetized page or to an affiliate program.
A Highly Profitable Banner Advertisement to an Effective Affiliate Product
Since I am using this program actively myself, I know I can trust in its outstanding results. That is why I don’t hesitate to promote SBI as an affiliate. Fortunately SBI’s affiliate program gives you a lot of good looking banner ads for all sort of different audiences.
No matter what your audience is and how old they are, you will most likely be able to find one banner ad that will profit that will look interesting to your audience.
Here are two example banner ads:
Example Banner Ads from SBI!
Those Banner Pages Became the Most Popular Links on My Site
According to the statistics, I clearly saw that the banner ads, distributed across all the guest submissions and tier pages together, make up a lot of additional page views. And a few visitors click through to the affiliate program which will then, for those who are interested, convert into real money.
In other words, an additional earning opportunity where before there was nothing.
How You Can Profit from our experience and make similar additional income
I asked my virtual assistant to put together a concise user manual that you can use yourself or simply forward to your virtual assistant.
Here is what your virtual assistant will need:
- Access to your site central.
(Alternative: You provide him banner ads or another affiliate program banner)
- Access to your Adsense account as an administrator.
(Alternative: You provide him with the codes where your Adsense ads are set up with a backup banner page)
- Access to your site central to change your ads if necessary.
All of the exact How To steps are clearly described in the eBook my virtual assistant put together for you.
I don’t want to charge you for that. But in exchange for downloading it, I will ask you to spread the word about my site. You can do this by clicking to the paywithatweet button.
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(January 02, 2013)
You know that you can simply take the Table of Content SBI block, and add it to your homepage, right? This works really well.
As your site gets older and bigger, it can make sense to make the table of contents manually. This way you can:
- Prevent keyword stuffing.
- Add additional content to your website.
- Add long tail keywords to your website.
- Add navigational thumbnails to the page.
All of these actions will lead to increase traffic and I have used it for the homepage of Ideal-helper.com as well as for my other SBI sites.
How to Do It
- Get an inventory of all your Tier 2 pages.
- Detect one picture of each Tier 2 page that you want to use as a navigational thumbnail.
- Create a title and a good description text block with some additional information about what the Tier 2 page is all about.
- Order all your Tier 2 pages in a logical order.
- And then, create your Table of Contents manually.
Each time you add an additional Tier 2 page, you need to update your manual Table of Contents or else your tier navigation will be screwed up.
How I Outsourced All of This to My Virtual Assistant
My virtual assistant is very SBI savvy so instructions don’t take long anymore. I simply recorded a series of screen recordings with a video, looked at my Table of Content that is automatically generated by SBI and recorded audio transcription files with new content for each Tier 2 page.
My VA transcribed it, formatted the transcript with the thumbnails and created a manual Table of Contents.
In addition, you or your VA can research long-tail keywords from SBI’s search engine headquarters. Actually, this is the perfect time to do it. A manual table of content has added at least a thousand words to my homepages. This leads to a lot of additional long-tail searches.
Why not use the long-tail keywords from the search engine headquarters to beef up your homepage a little bit?
Either research each keyword yourself or ask your virtual assistant to do it. This is just one small but very fundamental task that my VA has helped me with.
Do you have questions to this project or more ideas that a virtual assistant could help you with your SBI site? If yes, just join us in the comments.
(December 17, 2012)
Link FixIt! is one of those cute little details that make the package of tools from SBI! so useful.
Whenever I get an email notification from LinkFixIt, I simply forward it to my virtual assistant and I know that my broken link is taken care of.
What Does LinkFixIt Do?
Just as the name says, you are warned about one or several broken links on your page by an email alert. It is written like from a friendly, helpful little fairy that has some personality which makes it quite likable.
At least it sounds more likable than a big buzz sound and a red error button telling you that you have some broken links, right?
How I Saved Time By Outsourcing The Repair of Broken Links?
When I get a LinkFixIt report, I simply forward it to my virtual assistant. This way, I don’t have any worries. It helps to use other tools that find broken links from time to time just in case you have overlooked something.
That’s because LinkFixIt only tells you once about each broken link, but the email message is honest about this upfront too.
Still, repairing broken links is one of those tedious small tasks that normal blog owners will probably skip and which slowly eat away at the quality of your site.
With the virtual assistant, this problem is easily delegated and taken care of. No more cleaning up for me.
Let me know in the comments if you still clean up everything yourself or if you don’t care if you find a broken link.
Or if you would love it to have someone virtually clean up your website for you.