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Podcasting is a great way of getting awareness for your business. As podcast listeners are increasing year-on-year, is podcast marketing right for your business?
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The comma in the English language is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks. It is used to mark a slight break between different parts of a sentence. Used properly, commas make the meaning of sentences clear by grouping and separating words, phrases, and clauses. Virtuadmin has created a presentation of 10 Comma rules and examples to help you improve your content writing.
Conversion optimization has always been a hot topic in internet marketing. To be honest, all of us already know the best call to action phrases or marketing techniques out there! Yet, here you are, reading through this post in hopes of improving your conversion rates.
What are you missing? There may be a lot of ways to improve your conversion rates, but we cannot stress it enough; targeted call to action phrases work, and it has been proven.
There many types of podcasts. Music, chat, an interview, or one person speaking about advice or guidance in a specific niche, to name a few. Podcasts are a versatile media that you can listen to. You can download and listen to a podcast whilst driving, jogging in the park, walking the dog, working out at the gym. These are a few examples of how easy it is to listen and retain information.
Transcribing audio is the skill and art of listening to and converting recorded speech from either audio, video, podcast or any other recorded dialogue into a digital text document that you can read, edit, print, share, or copy & paste text for social media updates.
With over 20 years touch typing experience audio typing requires attention to detail in what is being spoken. Along with this, correct spelling and grammar are required to produce an accurate and grammatically correct transcript. This graphic outlines the equipment for a successful work-from-home transcriber to have at their desk and installed on their computer.
If you are a small business, a new start-up or looking to re-brand and need a new logo but you are on a small next-to-nothing budget DesignEvo is a great new free in-browser logo maker to try.
This post has not been written by the team at Virtu@dmin. Virtu@dmin have been given permission to publish this post by the Community Manager at blogging.com.
It is no secret that the attention span of your typical reader is getting shorter and shorter.
However, content marketing is king, and if one of the methods you use to provide information to users is the humble blog, how do you keep your users’ attention on your post?
The short answer: create visual interest.
It can be difficult to produce sufficient content to power your posts. Not only do you have to come up with the clever, creative ideas, but you also have to put in the work to bring your vision to reality.
While we can do only a bit to help you with the idea generation process, there are many tools that can help you create eye-catching visuals.
In this article, we will cover some of the apps and tools that we think you will find helpful for creating powerful visuals that will have your visitors coming back for more.
Infographics & Data Visualizations
If you are interested in creating infographics, there are many tools out there that can help you. The following are some good options to get you started.
Easelly is a tool for “creating and sharing visual ideas.” What makes this product stand out from its peers are the templates you can use to create your own infographics.
Easelly offers free templates that you can use, but if you do not see anything that would fit your needs, you can upgrade to gain access to the premium templates.
Another option for creating data-driven visuals is Infogram. In addition to infographics, Infogram allows you to create things like:
To create infographics in Infogram, you can use the included drag-and-drop editor. There are templates that you can use, but you have the flexibility to change as much (or as little) as you would like. If you do not have enough content to populate your infographics, your Infogram subscription includes access to a large library of stock images and icons.
Generally speaking, we think that Infogram has a steeper learning curve that Easelly, but if you are looking for something that offers infinite flexibility and powerful functionality, you cannot go wrong with Infogram. It may take some time for you to get up to speed with Infogram, but once you do, you will be able to create pretty much anything you would like.
Finally, we wanted to mention Piktochart, which we see as a middle ground between Easelly and Infogram. Piktochart’s feature set is closer to Infogram’s, but it is easier to use a la Easelly.
PicMonkey also comes with a robust community and in-depth documentation, so if you are new to working with images, there are lots of helpful resources available to you. You could go through a tutorial or see what others have done to get inspiration for your next project.
If you are working in multiple environments, PicMonkey offers solutions for desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
If PicMonkey is not the option for you, check out Pic Stitch (which is available for iOS and Android users).
Pic Stitch is more limited feature-wise than PicMonkey, but the upside to this is that there are fewer options to bog you down.
Pic Stitch offers (in addition to the basic photo editing tools you would expect):
Remember, images do not have to be pictures — if you have written content that you want to be emphasized, you can easily turn your quotations into images.
If you are looking for something that is supremely easy to use and comes with no hassle, check out Quozio.
You simply provide your quote and its attribution, and Quozio will take care of the rest. The background is not fancy, but it is still an image that you can use on your website.
Recite is another web-based tool that lets you turn your quotations into images. It is a step above Quozio in that you have to choose a background image in addition to providing your quotation.
When you are done, you can choose to:
People love videos; if there is anything people love more than pictures, it is videos.
However, creating videos, especially those that run a bit longer, can be difficult. Luckily, there are many tools out there that can be used to help you create and edit your video files.
When it comes to video creation, RenderForest is one of the most popular tools around. It is a flexible, full-featured, cloud-based tool that allows you to create videos both short and long (in addition to other visuals, such as infographics and presentations).
The biggest perk to using RenderForest is the templates — while you are ultimately responsible for providing content, you can use the templates to help guide you in creating your videos. Furthermore, RenderForest comes with stock slides and the like to help you fill in gaps (such as during transition periods).
For a light-weight alternative to RenderForest, consider Ripl.
Ripl is an app for iOS and Android devices used for creating videos specifically for social media (though there is nothing stopping you from also using this content on your blogs or websites). Ripl’s product is aimed at small business owners, but we think that more than just business people will find Ripl useful.
Rather than having you film your videos, you provide a series of pictures, which Ripl then stitches together to create a video. The entire creation process takes places in three steps:
Currently, you can export your Ripl creations to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you need your content elsewhere, many tools, apps, and services offer support for YouTube videos.
We mentioned above that you can turn text into images, but you might also consider turning text into videos. One easy way to do this is with Lumen5.
What’s really cool about Lumen5 is the automation feature — you provide a blog post or an RSS feed, and the Lumen5 AI system helps you:
If you do not have enough content as is, your subscription gets you access to Lumen5’s media, which contains millions of free-to-use media files.
If you have not been living under a rock, you know that Instagram is a popular Facebook-owned app that allows its users to share pictures and videos (either publicly or privately to a list of pre-approved viewers).
In addition to being useful as a stand-alone tool, Instagram allows you to do a lot of cool things to your photos and videos, and with the appropriate social media integrations, you can use the content you create on Instagram elsewhere.
There are many features built into the Instagram app itself, including its famous filters, but to help you create even more cool content, the company has released three stand-alone apps you might find useful:
Used correctly, these apps help you create content that offers a user experience more engaging than a single, still photo.
Boomerang lets you take photos that are then consolidated into a short, one-second-long video that plays in a back-and-forth loop. (Available in the Apple iStore and Google Play)
Hyperlapse allows you to create shots that track the subject and are then used to create time-lapse videos. (Available in iOS only.)
The Instagram app allows you to post multiple pictures as a single post, but if you want multiple pictures to display on the same image, you can use Layout to create a photo collage. (Available in iOS only.)
These apps do not fall into any of the above categories, but we think you will find them useful when it comes to creating an engaging piece.
Are you tired of memorizing lines or doing retakes because you’ve stumbled over something you were planning to say? BIGVU’s Teleprompter feature means that you can turn your smartphone into a tiny teleprompter for easy video making. Simply look at the camera on your phone and read the lines that scroll up on your screen for a natural-looking reading of your script!
BIGVU also comes with editing features that allow you to change the background or add captions.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but getting great photos is only part of the battle — you will need a great caption to provide context and clarity to your images.
A caption-less visual is a lost opportunity to hook your readers further.
However, writing captivating captions for your pictures and videos can be exhausting (have we mentioned how difficult it can be to be witty and clever all the time?), so you might consider going to Captiona for help.
Captiona is a search engine for social media captions. You can enter keywords relevant to your photo or video, such as “studying,” “on vacation,” or “family,” and Captiona returns with options you can either use as-is or modify to fit your needs better.
If you see something you do not want to use now (but could find useful later), you can swipe left on the caption to save it for later use.
Creating posts with visual impact — whether via images, videos, or something in between — is essential when it comes to capturing and keeping your visitors’ attention on your content.
Creating such content, however, is not easy, so in this article, we have rounded up a set of apps, tools, and solutions you can use to make your content creation processes faster and easier. Have a favourite tool or app we’re missing from this list? Leave a comment and let us know.
Start the New Year 2018 with this thought; if you are a new start-up or freelancer and considering building your first website, unsure of which website hoster to use, here are some tips and advice from our experience.
A few years ago, Virtu@dmin as a combined husband and wife team, set-up to provide administration support, at an affordable rate, working from home. We founded Virtu@dmin to provide the best administration support possible from the knowledge, education but most importantly life experience we both had.
However, the one thing neither of us had, and we both knew a great deal about the internet, was how to build a website. It was something that we both wanted to do, from the moment we met. Discussing politics and the economy, the internet and social media, we both wanted to build a website.
In our very early existence, Virtu@dmin were Cyberspaceayuda on Fiverr. The first freelance platform back in 2013 that was relatively new in its infancy and has grown and changed a great deal in the 4 years. Doesn’t sound that long, but in social media and freelancing terms, it has changed a lot.
After initially creating every social media account possible, Twitter first, Linkedin, Tumblr, Goodgle+, Pinterest a bit later on, and eventually Facebook. (I knew Facebook prior to these platforms and was a social, family-friendly site.)
We were on Twitter for a few weeks and kindly approached by CryptoCloudHosting as they too were new to their niche, Website hosting.
They offered a fantastic deal, and I must say, 4 years on, their support for hosting WordPress, of which we knew nothing about, is absolutely fantastic. We hadn’t even investigated WordPress.com let alone WordPress.org or what was involved, we didn’t know where to start.
The differences between the two different WordPress websites? In simple terms,www.wordpress.com is a WordPress hosted website, with the same free options as WordPress.org (self-hosted website) but fewer options.
We had to quickly find a name, logo, website name within a few days. Not that CryptoCloudHost would have withdrawn their offer, no way, we had an opportunity to quickly set things up and get going, way hey we’re off!
We quickly found a website name, Virtuadmin (Virtual administration) but it was my better half that designed a logo, set-up freelancer accounts, like Fiverr, Fiversquid (But avoid Truelancer see the post “Are freelancers the new prey for money laundering scammers?”) created a business Paypal account.
With clear guidelines and step-by-step instructions from CryptoCloudHost in our “C-panel”, we successfully downloaded and installed www.wordpress.org. Now what? Choosing themes, exploring plugins and seeing what they all did. Gosh, that was a few months work for both of us!
Our brand and joint venture as freelancers was born, article writing, testing mobile phone apps and writing professional reviews, every time we got an order or ‘gig’ we were singing around the flat “we’ve got an order” (albeit worth about £2.40, which was $5 on Fiverr.com back then, but every penny counted!). Thank you CryptoCloudHosting, without you we wouldn’t be Virtu@admin today.
Years down the line we’ve done a fair few upgrades on the versions of WordPress downloaded a few plugins that also come with updates. When updating your installed Plugins sometimes things go awry, plugins don’t update like they should. I have only ever had in our 4 years with them had 3-4 bad “crash-outs”, as I call ’em anyway!
Sometimes you get an error code, sometimes you don’t. Either way, generally this is down to a plugin, not your website hoster. The same as your website speed, this isn’t always down to your website hoster either, possibly it is your Internet Service Provider, so this is always something to bear in mind.
Because, whenever we have had a plugin in update “crash-out” I’ve tweeted to them the problem. I Direct Message them here, and literally within a few hours, they are in touch, asking what happened and when I’d like the site rolled back to, and all is restored, very quickly.
In the entire time, our website has been live, there has been no time at all their our website couldn’t be accessed because of downtime and it was a problem with their servers. They host in the cloud, and for a great fee, accepting multiple ranges of currencies, you get a fantastic web hosting service with wonderful and quick customer support, with no downtime unless you have a problem with a plugin or two, as with our website in the past.
We knew nothing about website building, the different types or website hosting. CryptoCloudHosting saw us through right from the very beginning. I was running from where my computer was, messaging them live while shouting instructions to my other half in the front room!
Just take a look at these great hosting deals for all types of currencies, where ever you are in the world, these guys are the ones to choose for any size website.
They were brilliant, totally understood how novice we were at this, we’d never downloaded or installed WordPress before, let alone use their .com site! They took us through it all, if any start-up, partnership by freelancing or anything else were clueless, we were!
We were totally blind and in the dark about all this web hosting malarkey, and they taught us a lot in the time they spent with us, albeit talking live, being patient and waiting for us to grasp what was going on! They were amazing, brilliant and do not forget that they take such a variety of cryptocurrency these days, how can you not afford to get the best hosting?
*This is a guest post and infographic written by Erik Bullen of MageMail.
Email programs are becoming more automated, more personal and more efficient than ever before. With 4 billion email accounts worldwide and counting, smart marketers are using new strategies and tools to enable businesses to utilize the full power of email marketing.
People are more savvy than ever and know how to identify spam or irrelevant emails, making personalized emails more important than ever. More than simply including a person’s name, personalized email considers consumers interests, age, location andbuying behavior.
The majority of account holders now open emails on a mobile device, be it a phone or a tablet. Ensure your emails are mobile friendly. A poorly designed email on mobile will lose the interest of your target audience and have a negative effect on the brand.
This is a great way to ensure the efficiency of your email campaigns. There are tools that can test the full range of email content from the subject heading to the contact details. The results can be very useful in boosting your open and click through rates and revenue generated per email.
We’ve compiled this ‘Email Cheat Sheet’ infographic to help you get the most out of your email programs. Remember, the average ROI on email marketing is $44 for every $1 spent - unrivalled by all other marketing methods.
Recording interviews, conversations, meetings and such like is easier now than it ever has been. Technology has advanced so far we can now record on our smartphones at the touch of a button.
Using modern technology in this way, as a back-up for detail discussed in a meeting, for example, or interviewing someone for academic study or a journalist interview. Most of these recordings are made with the intention of converting them into text, and this is what’s known as audio transcription. Audio and Video Transcription is the skilled art and process of converting recorded speech into written documents, commonly called transcripts.
Producing a document or transcript can be very time-consuming. Even for the quickest of typists, without specialist transcribing software and a foot pedal (see left picture) to avoid taking your hands off the keyboard, rewinding even for a few seconds to replay what was spoken can be difficult and frustrating when using the keyboard.
This is where outsourcing your recorded audio or video to a general transcriptionist (depending on the subject area) can be very beneficial. The time it saves you, against the cost of a freelance transcriptionist will be to your benefit. You will, in an agreed time, receive an accurate transcript that has been transcribed manually, directly from your recording.
“A transcriber is someone who writes down what someone else is saying.”
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Initially, a transcriber was a person that wrote things down in shorthand, but this art is dying out. Technological advancements combined with the fact it isn’t taught any more means, unfortunately, this art of note-taking is no-longer used.
Instead, recordings made on your laptop or tablet, for example, can then immediately be uploaded to your transcriptionist, via email or a sharing application like DropBox or Google Drive. They then download the audio, upload to their professional software player and begin to type what they hear in the speech content into a transcript for you.
As part of the transcriber’s role, unlike years ago where commas, full-stops and new paragraphs were dictated, in today’s advanced world, an experienced transcriber will be required to insert the appropriate grammar for you, as a matter of course during typing. This is certainly something here at Virtuadmin that we do for clients; it is a natural thing to do as a native English-speaking transcriber. Without it, I cannot read if the transcript makes sense or not.
A professional touch typist should be able to type in the region of 75 words per minute. At this speed, the industry standard states a minimum of 4-5 hours to transcribe 1 hour of recorded audio or video. However, there are other factors that the client and transcriptionist need to consider regarding the audio for transcription. They are:-
– The speed at which the participants of the audio are talking
– The number of participants in the audio talking (cross talking)
– The clarity of the recording (background noise, phone interview, interference)
– The speech clarity of the participating speakers (accents, speaking English as a second language, mumbling, no close enough to the microphone)
These are the variables that will add time to transcribing an hour’s recorded audio. It is difficult to say how much time should be allowed for these variables, so it is worth keeping in mind that a professional transcriptionist cannot type at the same rate as the average person is talking, no matter how fast they are. People generally speak 4-5 times faster than what an experienced transcriber can type. For more information see our Infographic “Audio Transcription Guidelines” that illustrates the times quoted to help you understand audio transcription transcribing times.
Professional transcribers can commonly be found on freelance websites, People Per Hour, Fivesquid, UpWork, are examples of these. Using these types of websites gives you the ability to see the service provider’s feedback, as well as protecting your money against a poor job, or no delivery at all.
There are transcription companies that are solely a transcription service provider, these are specialist businesses that only provide audio or video transcription. They employ teams of transcribers, either remotely on in-house. (You don’t get the same direct contact with your transcriptionist as compared to using a freelancer.) These are self-service type websites, you upload your audio and either pay a deposit of invoice after the audio or video has been completed.
Another option is to contract a professional transcriber directly. Search on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to mention a few social networks as a source to find a transcriptionist. Search by a hashtag #transcriber or #transcriptionist and up will pop the latest tweets, on Twitter for example.
If you choose to contract directly, saving yourself time and money by not using a 3rd party freelance website like People per Hour, for example, there are some questions you can ask them as tips for you to ascertain how professional and experienced they are. Someone may think they can type quickly, listen to an interview and type what is being said, for example. However, this method can be very tricky to rewind even for just a few seconds without a foot pedal and professional transcribing software, like NCH Software, something Virtuadmin has been using for many years.
For audio transcription by an experienced transcriber, you would usually pay by the recorded audio minute. The rates vary from company to company or transcriber to transcriber. But, charging in this way helps you know the cost from the outset of hiring your transcriber. Here at Virtuadmin for example, rates start at 60p per audio minute for a single speaker audio that is of clear audio quality. It is 70p per audio minute for a 2-speaker clear clarity recording.
It is usual for a speech-to-text service, either company or freelancer to add on per minute basis, 30-minutes or per hour for example, for poorer quality audios that contain background noise, or the speech is difficult to hear, for example. For these types of audio to be transcribed the transcriptionist must first convert the audio into a quality that is suitable listening quality. This can take sometimes a few hours for this, so don’t think if you have a difficult audio that the transcriptionists are just looking to increase the cost to get more money, it is genuinely time-consuming to repair a poor recording to a suitable level for transcription purposes.
A transcriber is a professional touch typist that listens to recorded speech and types what they hear. A professional will insert the necessary grammar, and intelligently paragraph where applicable within the transcript. A transcriber that can touch type between 50-80 words per minute (WPM) would usually take 4-5 hours to transcribe one hour of recorded audio, as an approximate guide.
A transcription company that hires typists either remotely or in-house will probably have a higher fee, due to their overheads and profit before paying their transcriptionists. It is more common for a professional freelance transcriptionist to be more affordable due to their fewer overheads.
Dealing with a transcription company you don’t always get the direct communication or personalisation as with using a freelancer. An independent transcriber, either working with them directly or through a freelancing website and working with them, you can expect more flexibility.
Most freelance transcribers will accommodate a template if you have one, or use their own if you don’t. If there is noise interference, you can discuss with them. For another example, let’s say you only wanted a certain part of the audio transcribed, or a certain part time-stamped for ease of reference.
Using a freelance transcription service, like Virtuadmin for example, is the quickest and most affordable way to go. Work is usually turned around as soon as it is received, therefore, approaching a freelancer offering a transcription service, they are most likely in a position to start it immediately, rather than wait in a queue for one to become available with a transcription service company.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 Matt G Southern a well-known and respected writer at the Search Engine Journal published the article “Google Issues a Warning About Guest Posting to Build Links“.
I began to read the article hoping that an issue that happened to me recently would be mentioned, but it wasn’t. This article is also a warning, but of a different kind when accepting guests posts onto your website for the purpose of forming genuine, respectful links.
However, as already stated in the published post by Matt Southern, the posts can be misleading and the links are in fact spammy. This was what was quoted yesterday directly from Google.
Google has issued a warning to remind site owners about the dangers of publishing content on other sites for the purpose of building inbound links.
The company doesn’t frown on guest posts or syndicated posts in general, but lately there has been an increase in spammy links stuffed into these types of posts. That’s the reason behind this sudden warning from Google.
Distributing content on a large scale when the main intention is to build links back to your own site is strictly prohibited under Google’s guidelines on link schemes.
But what if there is another reason that people are approaching small businesses to guest post? I, from experience, can tell you there is.
I have been approached by email on several occasions over the years I have had my website asking if I accept guest posts. Surprised at this as Virtuadmin.uk to be perfectly honest doesn’t have a tremendous amount of traffic, so together with other SEO (search engine optimisation) publishing guests posts is an ideal way to gain genuine backlinks to improve my SERPs results myself.
The person that contacted me introduced themselves to me as a “Content Writer & Editor” full of praise for my website and to quote in their opening statement “I am a business content writer and I chanced upon virtuadmin.uk“.
I am no website designer, personally, I feel that my website is somewhat amateurish but enjoy the challenges of attempting to improve it to what I consider a professional standard (not there yet but trying!); I am not a website designer but an experienced touch typist and transcriptionist!
Emails were sent back and forth, not very frequently, once every two weeks or so. They would send an email to say they were working on my article and would email once it was ready for review and any edits I would like.
When the final article came back, I read through it very impressed, suggested some edits to the post, which were duly done.
In the meantime of waiting for the finished article to come back and then be published on this website, I decided to do a bit of research into the person that had contacted me. I usually do this when I get requests to accept guest posts or infographics.
I was horrified to discover the person that had initially contacted, maintained communications with me so professionally, written such a brilliant post I couldn’t wait to publish it, was my biggest competitor.
Just to be sure of my facts, I looked for information on the person on the professional alternative to Facebook, LinkedIn and Tweeted the company directly to ask if they had a content writer of that name, to which they replied they had and gave me their email address!
This company did not just provide the service in the niche area that I am working solo as a transcriptionist and typist, but many other types of administration duties that can be outsourced and carried out online. They are very established, very large. In my mind, if someone chanced upon the article upon my website, I always reference guest post at the beginning, therefore technically I would have been sending business to them.
Personally, I just can’t help wondering for a company so large why are they trying to take out small-time work-from-home Mums like myself? It’s not just that, why the underhanded way in which they approached me, not even volunteering the information of who they worked for as a Content Writer and Editor!
My warning to anyone that is trying to genuine improve their website rankings without the budget of hiring SEO experts or other tactical ways of achieving page one on Google SERPs, if you are approached out of the blue, just like I was, be polite, the might be genuine but check them out.
How? Firstly, Google or Bing is a great start. If it is a common name like the person I was researching, narrow the results down with the details you have. Location, their job, email address, alternatively LinkedIn.
Even with minimal information, I only had a name, email address and job title, for example, but believe me, you can research the person concerned, you can find out who they are that has contacted you to make this request it.
Hopefully, unlike my unfortunate experience, they are equally a small-time business or stay-at-home Mum or Entrepreneur looking to make genuine backlinks because you share a common niche area.