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Outsource Services Are Your Friend

Producing and delivering services has never been easier since the Internet has come along. There are many advantages to outsourcing services online which have led to a thriving outsourcing industry. It is quite possible to run a small business entirely online using only the expert skills available through temporary employment of freelancers at minimum cost. We see people doing this very thing now at Awesome Gig. Online technology permits the outsourcing of almost any service including what we offer such as Advertising, Link Building, SEO, Social Media Marketing, and many more. These services can be done remotely and delivered digitally so service providers can leverage the scale and economy of outsourcing to deliver high value services at super competitive rates to the end user.

Outsourcing web design is popular

One of the popular areas of outsourcing has been Web Design. Taking this route has proven to be one of the best means of getting a high quality website up and running for the small business owner with limited skills in HTML, Javascript, and PHP. The end user may not have all the skills needed for the creation of a high quality website such as conceptualization, planning, producing, post-production, research, and advertising of the web site. Using the outsourcing approach, each stage can be completed under close supervision of the employer so that he or she can become familiar with the process and stay involved in creating the end result.

What does SEO mean to me?

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is a fantastic method used to get Internet users the ability to find a website in the Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPS, of the major search engines. SEO is a very popular service to outsource. By using the process of SEO, a website’s visibility in the search engines is improved in the organic search results. Since SEO considers how search engines work by analyzing what people are looking for, the actual search terms or keywords people tend to type into search engines, and the high conversion rate of search engine traffic, SEO is considered one of the key ingredients in valuable and truly engaged users.

Improving Rank in the SERPS

Several methods can increase the position of a website within the search results pages of popular search engines like Google and Bing. By writing content that includes frequently searched keyword phrases, one can increase the visibility of that webpage. This is a result of the keywords which are relevant to a wide variety of search queries. By updating site content frequently, the search engine spiders will visit and index the website often. Doing this in addition to cross linking between pages of the same may also improve the site’s prominence. To outsource SEO services many individuals and organizations have turned to specialized online firms like Awesome Gig.

Social media marketing, a word of mouth freight train

A newcomer to the outsourcing scene that has gained a tremendous amount of steam is the practice of individuals and organizations outsourcing social media and social media marketing. Social media has become a powerful force on the Internet and in modern business. Social media provides a means for social interaction in a virtual environment which is enabled by easily accessible communication techniques like twitter, facebook, linkedin, digg and more. Social media has shifted the way organizations, communities, and individuals communicate. Due to the very powerful word of mouth nature of social media, many businesses pay close attention to it. This is an area that is easily outsourced for low cost.

Its an exciting time we live in where these virtual technologies and outsource services have enabled people to dynamically create and scale work in all sorts of fun and interesting ways.

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Maintaining A Blog Will Help Your Freelancing

So you say you’re ready to jump into the world of freelance gigging? Ok, great! Now, where to begin?! As a starting point, you of course will need to create some gigs, but what else can you do to help your business when you are just beginning?

A good place to start might be maintaining a blog.

It’s common to wonder how early in your freelancing to begin blogging and while many believe in waiting until you have a steady book of business, it may benefit to start blogging sooner rather than later. Why? The reasons are many, but for one, it is a very low cost way to add value to your business that will help in many ways. Having a blog that provides helpful information to your potential clients may help in getting your name out there, while at the same time brining clarity and focus to your own goals.

Let’s take a look at how to go about this and list four ways that your blog could help your business, then some tips on how to get started.

Four Ways Blogging Can Help Your Freelancing

1. Having a Presence Online. By maintaining a blog, you are able to immediately augment your online presence. Having your own URL that highlights your business name is a great method of promotion. Many folks will have already taken this step if they’re in the business of web design, web development, or SEO services. It is true though that other types of freelancers will also benefit from having a blog. You want to have a way for clients to learn about you and your blog will accomplish just that.

2. Means to Network. Networking is so important when you are trying to build your business, your blog will help with this. One of the hopes is that if you can create some insightful and helpful posts, you will be able to engage in meaningful communication with your clients and peers via comments. You could use the built in commenting system of your blog or even facebook comments for more social traction. Visiting the blogs and websites of your commenters will also help to create reciprocal friendships and word of mouth referrals.

3. Provide a ‘Menu’ of your Services. Having a blog will make it easy to list all of the services you offer. You can also link to any gigs you offer and your clients will be able to buy right from your blog.

4. Write about your Expert Skills. By proving expert information to your readers and clients in your field of expertise, you will be positioning yourself as an expert that is capable of delivering the goods sort to speak. Mixing this info with a fun and engaging style will make your clients smile and be ready to business with you.

Ok I’m pumped, But where do I begin?

Well a quick search will give you a ton of guides on how to start blogging, but in the most basic sense all you need is what’s listed here:

1. Register Your Domain. You’re going to want your very own custom domain name that will highlight your brand or business name. These days you can register domains on the cheap, so it is a cost effective way to help your brand. Plus once you have your own URL, you can make huge stickers to place on the rear window of your car so that everyone will see your site name when you are cruising down the highway 🙂

2. Get Set Up with Hosting. You can do this many ways. If you enjoy all of the sys admin type chores that come with running your own server, you can get something like a VPS(virtual private server), that will allow you to hone your server skills and tweak your technology stack for the highest performance. For most, this is going to be overkill and not very cost efficient. Setting up shop at Tumblr, Blogger, or WordPress, while pointing your custom domain to your blog is probably the better and easier solution.

3. Get an Awesome Theme. If you’re awesome at design it will probably be easy for you to create an engaging theme that puts a good face on your blog. If you’re not as much of an expert, you can find thousands of great themes for very low cost.

4. Promote With Social Media. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, the list goes on. There are hundreds of quality social media destinations available to you for free online. Focus on the top two or three and create a solid profile. Then network, network, network, and share your blog with your readers.

Blogging is a great way to help in getting a freelance job while also helping you to focus your skills and offerings. Happy Freelancing!