The Halo Effect

Go with your best horse
Focusing your marketing message on a single word or concept has been our mantra for years. But taking this idea one step further can also produce dramatic results. To cut through the clutter in today’s overcommunicated society, place your marketing dollars on your best horse. Then let that product or service serve as a halo effect for the rest of the line.

Not an easy idea to sell in the boardroom. “What? You want to spend most of the marketing budget on a product that accounts for only 39% of our sales?” (It’s even worse than that. Presumably Apple Computer’s 2005 marketing budget was prepared in 2004 when iPod and iTunes accounted for only 19% of sales.)

One of the best examples of the halo effect is Sirius Satellite Radio and Howard Stern. Sirius has 120 channels, but they promote only the shock jock. Results have been phenomenal. The day they announced the hiring of Stern in 2004, Sirius had just 660,000 subscribers. Today they have 3.3 million.

Stern is not for everybody. Probably half of the new Sirius subscribers will never listen to his channel. But the focus on Stern has generated enormous PR and created a halo over the entire satellite radio system. (Much like the effect “The Sopranos” has had on HBO.)

Halo effect in marketing history
The halo effect has a long history in marketing. In 1930, Michael Cullen created the first supermarket chain which he called “King Kullen.” His breakthrough idea was his method of pricing. He decided to price 300 items at cost. Another 300 items barely above cost. And the remaining 600 or so items at very healthy margins.


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Matt Cutts on How Google Determines What’s A Paid Link

Google head of search spam Matt Cutts released a pretty detailed video discussing the Google webspam team’s criteria for determining whether a link is considered a paid link or not.

There are five basic criteria Google uses in this determination. The first is the most obvious, is the link an explicit link for sale; then, the others are less obvious. The others include: how close is the value to money, is it a gift or a loan, what is the intent of the audience and is it a surprise or not.

Explicit Link Sales

Links that are explicitly sold for money are the most obvious. A webmaster sells a link to another webmaster in exchange for a certain dollar payment. That is clearly a paid link, and Matt Cutts said that is the most common paid link example, by far.

Close To The Value Of Money

The next determination Google uses is to see how close is the value to money. For example, a gift card is pretty close to money in that it can be often exchanged for a dollar value. But if you give someone a free pen that is valued at $1, the chances are that the value of that $1 pen won’t influence the user. However, a free beer or free trial to software is less value to users than a $600 gift card.

Gift Vs. Loan

If you give someone a laptop versus loaning them a laptop or gift someone a car versus loaning them a car, those are huge distinctions. Often, companies will loan a tech reviewer a device or car or something in order for them to properly review the item. But if you give them the item forever and not ask them to return it, that is closer to a paid link then a loan.

Intent Of Audience

When conferences give away stuff, the intent of the audience is often not to link to the conference as a thank you. For example, when you go to a SalesForce conference and get a free trial of the software, that is often not in exchange for a link. In addition, when Google gives away a free Nexus 7, the intent is not about links but about developers working on apps for the device. But if you give away laptops at events and expect bloggers to link to you in exchange, that is a bad intent.

Surprise Or Not

The final criteria is would the reporter or blogger be surprised? For example, if you are a movie blogger and you are given free access to a movie to review, that would not surprise the blogger. But if you are given a free car or laptop in exchange for writing about it, that would be a surprise.

Matt Cutts also recommends you review the FTC online ads guidelines.

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Colors to Increase your sales

Did you know that 90% of information transmitted to your brain is visual?

Did you also know that visuals are processed 60,000x faster in the brain than text?

ColorsAs product creators and marketers alike, the visuals we produce for customers are extremely important! There is obviously a psychology behind colors and marketing, but how exactly does it work? There are hundreds of things that can affect how and what consumers buy, with colors playing a seemingly huge role.

Let’s dig deep into how colors on your website, landing page or product itself affect buying decisions:

Where Customers Place Visual Appeal

In a recent study by KISSmetrics, 93 percent of people placed visual appearance and color above other factors when shopping. Overall, only 1 percent placed value on sound and smell, and 6 percent placed value on texture when shopping. 85 percent of shoppers said that color is the primary reason for why they chose a particular product.

This means you have to do whatever you can to capture your buyers attention with strategic visuals and colors that catch their eye.

How Colors Affect Shoppers

When creating a product or landing page, choosing a color is one of the most important elements of design. People often tie many of their personal experiences to colors that can translate into feelings. The following is a breakdown of what colors typically mean to customers.

  • Yellow is a representation of optimism, youth, and happiness. It is often used to grab the attention of passersby and window shoppers.
  • Blue is a calming color and creates a feeling of trust and security. This color is most notably seen with banks and businesses.
  • Red is an energetic color that creates a sense of urgency. Red is most often seen in clearance sales.
  • Orange is typically used in a call to action because it is seen as an aggressive color. Other times, orange is used to give off a friendly, cheerful look. This all varies on the context it’s being used in.
  • Green equals money in most people’s eyes. It is the easiest color for eyes to process and is often used as a way to get customers to relax. Often, green is used to represent health and peace.
  • Sleek and powerful, black is most often used to market luxurious products.
  • Naturally, pink is associated with girly and romantic products. It is a common color used to market to women and young girls.
  • Purple is often used as a relaxing color. It is typically found in beauty and cosmetic products and can give off a creative aura.

That said, colors have a unique ability to attract specific shoppers and ultimately change their shopping behavior. Red/orange, black, and royal blue are all colors that attract impulse shoppers. These colors are best used to represent a sale or clearance item.

Navy blue and teal generally attract shoppers on a budget. Think about where you might see them the most—banks and big department stores.

Pink, sky blue, and rose attract traditional buyers and are most notably seen in clothing stores.

What Works Best for Me?

Of course, while color should be placed at the heart of your visuals, there are many other important things to consider online. When designing your website, or a new product or landing page, remember to use buzz words and easy navigation or readability because convenience, attractive images, and bold words drastically affect your customers need to shop.

According to KISSmetrics, 52 percent of shoppers said they did not return to a website because of its poor aesthetics. This means in addition to using the psychology of color on your customers, you have to have a killer design to keep your customers around. There isn’t a clear cut answer to tell you which colors to use in your design, but it is important to examine the type of emotion you want to convey, then choose a color based off of that.

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SEO Elements You Need In 2014

With so many significant changes in the world of SEO over the past year, it can be hard for non-SEO professionals to keep track of what’s still relevant and what isn’t.

Fortunately, while Google completely replaced their previous algorithm with Hummingbird, their gold standard for webmasters hasn’t changed: they want us to provide the best content and the best user-experience possible.

But what does this mean in 2014? What on-page factors are still relevant, both for readers and search engines?

1.      A Frequently-Updated Blog with Awesome Content

Just a few years ago, blogs weren’t thought of as a way for companies to publish content, build their brand, grow their audience, and build authority in their field. Now, they’re an absolute necessity.

In my own testing, I’ve already seen a 51.38% average increase in Google organic search traffic since publishing daily blog content with custom images, offering valuable insights. For more information about how important a blog is for SEO traffic, see “Why an Active Blog is Necessary for a Successful SEO Initiative,” and “10 Steps to SEO-Optimizing Your Blog Articles.”

2.      Google Authorship Integration

Google Authorship is Google’s way of verifying authors of content, curating that content, and establishing a sense for how much expertise (and authority) should be awarded to any individual author. Author rank is a concept that steps from this; the thought that authors with Google Authorship integrated gain credibility or “rank” based on their publishing history. It’s currently unknown whether author rank currently exists, but it’s a safe bet that Google will eventually implement it as a ranking factor, if it hasn’t already.

Other benefits of Google Authorship integration are enticing as well. Perhaps the next biggest benefit is Authorship Markup, which results in the author’s Google+ profile image being displayed next to the search result, within the search results page. Studies have shown that this helps draw the eye, attracting more clicks.

3.      Optimized URLs

We’re still seeing preference given to static, keyword-rich URLs, and I don’t see this changing anytime soon.

Best practices for URLs include:

  • Under 100 characters in length
  • Words separated by hyphens or dashes
  • URLs should include no more than 3 subdirectories
  • If you’re looking to rank for location-based keywords, be sure to include those in your URLs
  • E-commerce sites should append tracking or product numbers at the end of the url (and should certainly not use numbers as a replacement for keywords)

4.      Title Tags

The title tag has consistently been one of the most critical ranking factors, and remains so for 2014. Your title tag is likely going to the be clickable text that appears in search results, making its optimization important for reasons far beyond SEO; it’s one thing to rank highly in search results, but if your title tag isn’t enticing, it won’t get clicked.

When choosing your title tag, try to include your keyword naturally and strategically. It’s usually a best practice to use your company name as part of your homepage’s title tag. For internal pages, include it at the end of your title tag rather than at the beginning; this helps with branding.

Your title tag should ideally be less than 65 characters, and again, if you’re targeting local keywords, be sure to use these here as well.

5.      Heading Tags

Heading tags are still one of the key factors Google uses to decipher what your page content is about. Fortunately, if you already have a good handle on how to use proper headings to improve reader experience, the same principles hold true in terms of what the search engines like to see.

Each page should have one – and only one – H1 tag. Your H1 tag indicates the main topic of your page, and should be the first element on your page. In fact, your H1 tag will often automatically become your title tag, depending on what CMS software you’re using, and what custom SEO plugins you have installed. This is generally considered to be a best practice.

Breaking up long chunks of content with relevant headers will ensure your readers can quickly scan your content, and will help Google understand the progression of your content as well.

Use your keywords in your header tags (H2, H3, etc.), as well as in your H1 tag, when it’s logical and natural to do so. Don’t force it! The key is keeping it natural and helpful.

6.      Alt Image Tags

Your image tags are still important for SEO; not only do they reinforce the relevance of the text content on the page, they also have a chance to rank in Google Image Search. But whereas, long ago, alt image tags were commonly thought of as primarily an SEO tool, marketers need to be keenly aware of using them primarily as a tool for labeling images for the visually impaired.

Where appropriate, your images should contain your keyword. If you’re finding that your images consistently aren’t relevant to your keyword, then maybe it’s time to rethink which images you’re choosing, rather than trying to ‘make’ them relevant.

Make sure your alt image tags are highly descriptive and give readers a clear understanding of the subject of the image.

7.      Keywords in Content

This is another factor I don’t see changing at any point in the future. Proper incorporation of keywords will be a natural result of good copywriting, but it never hurts to spell out the best practices in terms of frequency of use.

Keywords should be used throughout your content. Variations of your keywords (known as LSI keywords) are also important.  For more information on LSI keywords, see my article “How to Find LSI (Long-Tail Keywords Once You’ve Identified Your Primary Keywords.”

As with all the elements in this article, following these guidelines will go a long way to attracting both your human visitors as well as the search engines.

8.      Appropriate Depth of Content

We’re definitely witnessing a move toward Google preferring longer, meatier content, otherwise known as ‘long form’ content. Anyone can slap up a 400-word blog post and optimize it for a keyword or two, and Google is keenly aware of this.

If your site is currently not ranking well, and is made up primarily of short, generic articles, it may be time for a revamp of your current content. Ensure your content is well-written, and keep in mind that blog posts should generally be a minimum of 1000 words. This is particularly true if you have hopes of ranking for Google In-Depth Search (where I’d recommend a minimum of 1500 words).

For more information on creating content that resonates with your audience, see these resources:

9.      Appropriate Topical Targeting

Whereas we have typically focused our SEO practices on ‘keywords’, I believe we’ve seen a shift towards ‘topical targeting’. For instance, rather than focusing a page on one or two specific keywords, we should be crafting our page to address a particular topic or theme.

This will mean that our pages will be optimized for multiple, related keywords. While this has always been a best practice in the SEO industry, it’s one that has often been ignored in favor of targeting one or two specific keywords.

Organizing your content around topics is not only good for SEO, but is beneficial for improving your readers’ experience, attracting inbound links, and can significantly bump up the ‘share-worthiness’ of your content as well.


As you can see, some important SEO elements really haven’t changed much over the years, while others have. Perhaps our understanding of their importance has, but Google’s goal has remained the same all these years: to provide the most valuable and relevant content to the people who are searching for it.

Ensuring that your topic and keywords are clearly identifiable in your content, URLs, and header and image tags isn’t difficult (though it does take time), and will go a long way toward ensuring the best possible organic search rankings for your content. But most important of all, ensure that you’re publishing awesome content on a regular basis. That’s the foundation of on-page SEO in today’s modern era of SEO.

Article by;Jayson DeMers  of

Top 50 Directories you cant go without

No matter who you are online….SEO is  a must! below is a list of where you must be or lose out of some link juice


3. Yahoo!
4. Yelp
5. Merchant Circle
6. LinkedIn
9. Whitepages
10. Supermedia
11. Yellowbook
12. CitySearch
13. Mapquest
14. Biznik
16. Foursquare
17. ThinkLocal
18. CitySlick
19. USYellowPages
20. SuperPages
22. Dex
24. TeleAtlas
25. JustClickLocal
26. Discover our Town
27. Metrobot
28. EZ Local
29. twibs
30. LocalEze
31. Kudzu
32. CityVoter
33. Manta
34. Zipweb
35. MatchPoint
37. Local Site Submit
38. InfoUSA
39. Axciom
40. Infignos
41. Yellow Assistance
42. Get Fave
42. My Huckleberry
43. GenieKnows
44. MojoPages
45. Brownbook
46. Magic Yellow
47. CitySquares
48. TeleAtlas
49. Navteq GPS
50. Judy’s Book

Dirty Little Secret of PR

Getting PR coverage for your business is hard. If you’re a small to mid size business, you can easily spend up to $10,000 a month on a PR agency, which might just get you one or two media placements in a local or niche magazine per month.  After an initial bump in traffic, you might visit your web logs and see things return to normal as if nothing happened. It’s very exciting to get coverage and sometimes the whole office celebrates but, more often than not, things return to normal.

It doesn’t have to be that way and I’ll tell you a trick that some people are learning that works wonders – Earned Media Amplification.

What is Earned Media Amplification?

Earned media amplification is using paid advertisements to send traffic to your positive PR coverage.  See, even if you make it to the front page of the New York Times’ website, chances are you’ll be bumped pretty quickly in this fast pace news cycle.  You might be visible for a few hours or even minutes, because things move fast these days.

Earned Media Amplification allows you to extend your coverage for days, weeks or even months at a time.  One of the reasons why this is so powerful is that even with the best content possible on your site, a 3rd party will usually have more credibility.

How to pick the best PR coverage to Amplify

If you are going to run an Earned Media Amplification campaign and you have a few different articles to choose from, here are a few things to look for when deciding on an article:

  1. Publication – There is definitely a pecking order when it comes to news outlets, with international publications like BBC News and CNN at the top of the list.  As a general rule you want to pick your more prestigious coverage over local or online outlets.  This is many times a judgment call, if you’re between two outlets, you can always ask some of your existing clients which outlet they like better.
  2. Don’t Overlook the Power of Niche Publications – Sometimes a niche publication has a better reputation for your industry than a bigger publication.  For example, a positive review for your product in Consumer Reports would potentially have a larger impact than one in USA Today.
  3. Hidden SEO Benefits – Sending traffic to a 3rd party site can have affects on your SEO results that you need to consider.  Google is now using social signals on articles to determine ranking.  The more traffic you send to an article, the more likely that it will acquire more likes, tweets and plus ones.  This means the positive article is more likely to show up and be on the first page results for your brand (a good thing)
  4. Links Within Articles – Most of the time, when someone writes an article about your company, they will make your company name link to your site.  This will increase the likelihood that a user will also visit your site and be exposed further to your brand. The other thing you might want to consider is if the link is a “follow” link, this is an SEO term that means that the link is better for SEO.
  5. Alexa Ranking – If you’re between two publications but can’t determine which one is a bigger brand, you can always visit and see their online ranking.  This will give you an idea about which publication has more traffic and is a bigger brand
  6. Test Different Ads – If you’re between two articles, the easiest way to determine which one is better is to conduct a small test between the two.  You can then use something like Google Analytics to determine which one is having a greater effect on visitors or conversions on your site.

Earned Media Amplification is a fairly new concept in the media space.  Most people assume that it’s always better to run traffic to their own site but this isn’t always the case.  You might have better branding and conversions sending traffic to a 3rd party site to partially pre-sell those visitors.

Bonus Tip: If you plan on sending significant traffic to a 3rd party website, let them know.  It will give them a heads up on why your article is getting bumped up on their web logs so much and it might make it easier to get additional coverage in the future.

article by Rick Ramos is the Author of Content Marketing: Insider’s Secret to Online Sales & Lead Generation and 365 Writing Prompts.

6 Ways to Get More Leads With Mobile Marketing

1) Employ Progressive Profiling Forms

Filling out forms while on a mobile device can be extremely frustrating. The fields are usually too small, and you end up clicking the wrong line. Also, the forms are usually much longer than you want them to be. And let’s be honest, as a user, because of these limitations, you will likely turn to another website that doesn’t require such an intensive user experience.

But as marketers, we don’t want to get rid of a form, so what should we do? That’s where progressive profiling comes in.

Progressive profiling allows you replace form fields that have already been filled out the next time a lead visits your website. That way, you can space out how much information you’re collecting at once and make your forms shorter. Bonus: By hosting progressive forms on your web content, you optimize your mobile presence for higher conversions.

2) Create Simple Calls-to-Action

When creating CTAs for your website, think about how they will appear on different devices. From a design standpoint, you may not want something visually heavy as that could be distracting on the small screen of a mobile device or tablet. But you do want an image with clear, readable text. The text itself should also be short yet action-oriented — like all CTAs — so that it’s not taking up too much of the page on a small screen.

Check out IMPACT Branding & Design‘s new homepage below to see great mobile call-to-actions in action. The CTAs have concise and actionable copy, and they are easy to notice and click on — even with my chubby, uncoordinated fingers.


3) Provide Discounts and Customer Loyalty

Another way to optimize your mobile presence is through discounts and promotions that will be redeemed through mobile devices. This can be in the form of promo codes, customer loyalty discounts, or even on-location specials.

Let’s take Kings, an entertainment facility with bowling lanes, pool tables, bars, and a full-service restaurant in Boston, as an example. Kings makes it clear to customers entering the facility that if they like the Kings Facebook Page, they will receive free shoe rentals for that day. So of course, many customers pull out their mobile device, go to Facebook, and like the Kings page.

With this strategy, Kings created a small, but effective, sense of loyalty with its customers by having them like its Facebook page with their mobile devices. After they do that, the Kings social media team can nurture their new Facebook leads and keep them coming back to the business.

4) Optimize Content for a Mobile Screen

Think about the situations and places you’ve been in when you pull out your phone to read an article or check your email.

Typically, you only have a few minutes and are trying to kill time. You may be waiting for the next subway to come or at the doctor’s office. Either way, you only have a short period of time to consume the content, and you don’t want the content flooded with filler words and fluff. When you know you are writing for a mobile audience, there are a few rules to live by.

First, frontload your content with links to lead generation content in case people do not get to the bottom of the article. Don’t put the punch line of the article in the last line. Make sure people understand the purpose of the article from the start.

Next, make the content easy to digest. Bold your headlines. Make them short and tweetable. Do not write for the purpose of writing flowing, lengthy prose — write concisely.

Finally, test different content types to see what performs best on mobile. Does your audience like lists? Do they like “how-to” articles? What are they most likely to fully read, especially on a mobile device? Gather results, and then ramp up creating more content that your mobile visitors like.

5) Make Your Phone Number Clickable

When someone picks up their mobile phone, they are going to take an action. Whether that’s opening an app, searching for a company, or simply texting a friend, they are much more action-oriented when on their phone versus a tablet or desktop computer where they can casually browse.

Knowing this, consider how you can get your potential visitors to the point of conversion faster and easier. One technique is making sure your phone number is clickable on your website. By doing so, your customers do not have to copy and paste or memorize your phone number — they just click on it and are instantly dialing.

Remember that the fewer clicks you need to complete an action, the more likely you will have someone complete an action rather than bouncing off your site.

If I want to call the Cheesecake Factory, for example, all I need to do is click the number on their website, shown below. The option to call immediately pops up, making it easier for me to complete the call.


6) Try a Simple Text Campaign

In addition to optimizing your experience for mobile, mobile devices also open the opportunity to start text message campaigns. While marketers have grown accustomed to channels such as email or apps for mobile marketing, there is still room for growth in the SMS channel.

Let’s take Van Heusen as an example. I was in the store with my mom when I saw a sign to automatically get $5 off my purchase if I just texted them. My mother then asked me to text the number so she could get the discount. Since then, Van Heusen has been alerting me once a month (which isn’t a lot) when it has a new discount or deal.

As someone who had never shopped there, these texts continue to nurture me and even led to me to go back and buy from them for the first time. While I was once a prospect simply in the store because of my mother, the company’s text message campaign converted me into a lead and, soon after, a customer. Pretty cool, right?

Generating leads through mobile isn’t impossible. By modifying your marketing slightly, you can make your mobile experience enjoyable for your users, and maybe even bring more leads into your business. What’s not to like?

Written by Ginny Soskey

Ginny Soskey is a Staff Writer for HubSpot, creating written and multimedia content for the Marketing and Sales sections of Inbound Hub. Say hey to her on Twitter @gsosk.

Scroll triggered box, the Silver Bullet!

If there’s anything that can be called the silver bullet in getting people to take action then this is it! Scroll triggered box has consistently increased conversions rate by several times. Newsletter sign-up, Facebook like button, social bookmarking or something else you want to draw attention to after people have engaged with your website. Scroll triggered box will increase the conversion rate many times over.

The box is designed to get the attention of the visitors who have engaged with your site. The box triggers on certain event you specify, such as percentage of scroll, reaching an end of the post or comments. This verifies that visitors are engaged with the content and presenting them with a call-to-action.

Make More Visitors Convert
Scroll triggered box will make sure that more visitors to your site respond to your call-to action. Some examples what other sites are using it for:

Getting more subscribers to your newsletter
Making people share your posts
Driving visitors deeper with related posts
Filling out a contact form
Displaying best offers
Highly customizable, you can display any content, any call-to-action with this plugin. Sharing, related content, signups, sales promotions, anything you want.

What do you get with this plugin?
Set the amount of days for the box to stay hidden if visitor closes it
Design templates to save you time with the appearance of the box
Fully customization if you want to use your own design (HTML and CSS)
Control the position of the box (pages, posts, frontpage, left, right)
When to trigger the box (% of scroll, specific element)

The Best WordPress Plugin for Social Media Auto Posting

SNAP can publish nicely formatted messages to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, LiveJournal, Delicious, Diigo, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(, WordPress, and Tumblr accounts. You can reach the most audience and let all your friends, readers and followers about your new post automatically. Plugin works with profiles, business pages, community pages, groups, etc.

Plugin makes 100% White Labeled Posts. The main idea behind the plugin is to give you the ability to promote only yourself. Plugin uses your own apps and all posts to all networks come only from you. No “Shared via” or “Posted by SNAP for WordPress” messages.

Supported Networks


Where to find a Virtual Assitant

If you Plan to make it online, The truth is we have to many things to do and not enough time.  below is a list of where you can find yourself a Virtual assistant to help you Speed up your online success

Elance The top platform for online work, Elance is the most-popular place to find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers.No set price

TaskArmy outsourcing of website related tasks such as Word Press related servicesNo set price

oDesk  Virtual platform for online work and a place to find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers.No set price is the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business & EntrepreneursNo set price

Tasks EveryDaya full service offshore outsourcing solution provider$6.98/Hr

Team Double ClickTeam Double-Click® offers a full array of services including cloud-based virtual administrative, sales and marketing coordination, transcription and real estate transaction coordination.No set price

AssistU Virtual Assistant Training, coaching and referral servicesfixed price $750(guided) or Free (DIY)

Assistant MatchAssistant Match was created in 2007 by Katie Gutierrez Miller to make it easy for growing businesses to find and work with the best, US-based virtual assistants.fixed price $395 ($95 deposit to start search)Office Details A website listing work at home job links and sponsored listings.No set price

VA Networking Online social network for Virtual AssistantsFree to joinResource Nation Virtual Assistant Vendor matching services with purchasing adviceNo set price-Free quotes

Virtual Assistants Online Virtual assistant Job board serviceNo set price

International Virtual Assistants Association –The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the Virtual Assistant.Membership-$137 annually

Virtual Assistance U A website listing work at home job links and sponsored listings.No set price

Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce  online professional community and resource center for independent professionals who specialize specifically in the business and art of administrative support.Free to join

Staff Centrix  A training and development company that designed the first virtual-work training programs for the US Department of State and the US Armed Forces with primary expertise in (1) virtual work and (2) Internet fraud and safety.Free to join

Find Virtual SEO Blog site–currently no services offeredN/A

Get Friday Virtual Assistance global outsourcingMonthly plans-$10-$1120/month

Longer Days leading U.S. based virtual assistance company providing assorted VA servicesMonthly plans-$350-$840/month or pay as you go $40/Hr

Hire My Mom Mother (work at home Mom’s) oriented virtual assistance servicesNo set price-Free to post

GuruVirtual platform for online work and a place to find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers.No set price

PeoplePerHourVirtual platform for online work (at hourly rates) and a place to find & hire online freelancers.Under $30-over $150/Hr 

ScriptLanceAcquired by–see aboveNo set Price

Rent a Coder Virtual platform for online work and a place to find & hire online IT oriented freelancers.No set price

Virtual Staff FinderThe number one provider of dedicated, experienced, offshore VA including home-based General Admin Assistants, Web Developers and Designers, Content Writers and SEO SpecialistNo set Price

TaskRabbitThis one is quite neat in that it focuses more on the assistant nature and less on the virtual. It’s actually a place to look for a VA in your area, so they can do household errands (dry cleaning, lawn mowing, that sort of things). So even if you don’t run an online business, there may still be a place in your life for hired help.No set Pric