There’s a new bidding auction site in the Philippines that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately. It’s Pisobid. I was intrigued by it because of the amounts the bids were ending. Check it out…
Imagine, the auction ended at PHP7.51 while the cost of the ipad 2 is like PHP29,000? There’s something wrong I thought. Later on I found out what the catch is. You actually pay for bids. Once you pay for bids which costs anywhere from PHP6 to a bid to PHP30 to a bid (depending on the bid pack you buy) you can start bidding on products auctioned. Each bid raises the product “price” by PHP0.01. So that’s how it works. Moreoever, it’s not like ebay where there’s a set time. It’s more like auction houses wherein as long as somebody is bidding, it won’t end and whoever bids the last, wins.
So the game is being the last bidder, and monitoring your bids. Each bid you do will cost you at least PHP6. So 100 bids would cost you PHP600 but if you win a PHP1000 worth of product, you’re still ahead.
So for that Ipad 2 auction which ended up at PHP7.51, if let’s say I bid 500 times to be the last bidder, that cost me 500×6 or about PHP3,000. Not bad if I’ll win an ipad 2 worth PHP29,000. Definitely something to think about. The catch though is if I bid 500 times already and I wasn’t the last bidder, I just lost PHP3k.
The good part is, once you register you get 5 free bids. Check it out, try it, and there’s nothing to lose. Register here.
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Let me tell you a secret. A few months ago, I met somebody who was the top #1 affiliate of Jeff Walker’s product. The funny thing is, this guy is a virtual unknown in the internet marketing inner circle but then he nailed it and become the #1 affiliate. Jeff Walker talked to this guy and found out that his list was about 1/10th the size of the other big “internet marketing” players and yet surprisingly, he did better that anyone of them.
Interesting isn’t it?
Well, his name is Jason Van Orden and right now, he created a course that teaches people how he created an “Alternate Universe” of internet marketing and how to create a “following” of serious buyers. Guess what, I’ve seen the course and got a sneak peak of what’s inside for the past few weeks now and MAN IT IS GOOD. The technique he’s using is something that nobody else is doing (at least nobody I’m aware of).
Guess what, some of these secrets are available for FREE. Yes you got it right. Jason created a series of 4 mini-tutorials for FREE on he’s going to share this valuable content to a few key people. His course is entitled Traffic Attraction Formula.
Oh, by the way, if you’re an internet marketer or you wanted to make some serious income by promoting this minicourse, check this out. You can signup as a JV partner. Isn’t that cool? Here’s the link Traffic Attraction Formula JV Signup Link
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I had an HP 1350 PSC and we were about to have it converted to a continuous ink system which costs PHP3,500. However, the ink shop has one of those bundled products where you get a printer and a CIS INK system combined. There’s a package that costs PHP4,000 and it consists of a brand new Epson Stylus T13 printer + CIS.
In other words, I just added an additional PHP500 and I got a new printer. Nice deal. I do had problems with finding a driver though. My desktop uses vista 64 bit so the driver included in the CD didn’t work. Epson.com doesn’t have a driver for this but eventually I found one.
I tried printing on a Photopaper. It’s a very inexpensive printer so I don’t expect at lot from it when it comes to printing photos. I can still see some individual pixels but it’s good enough for an everyday, non-professional printing.
Update: I think the reason I’m seeing individual pixels is that the printer setup wasn’t set to best printing. I was able to set it to print the best quality and the resulting photos printed looks great. Not bad for a 4k bundle
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Just finished doing my Traffic Attraction Formula Review and Bonus site. Whew! Photo finish.
It was a last minute dash before the actual opening at May 26, 2010 12pm Pacific Time. I had to search for some of the best products that a candidate of the Traffic Attraction Formula would probably need. I needed to go over the bonus products, check each of them just to see if they are good, create a quick landing page, edit it over dreamweaver without really tidying up the HTML code. I wasn’t even able to do on page SEO. Just a good solid bonus package, that’s it.
All in all, so far I’ve included 7 products. The best part is, NOBODY is offering a better bonus package. Hope I’m not too late. There’s a limited number of slots for the Traffic Attraction Formula as Jason VanOrden is going to be very hands on with this course.
Did I tell you that Jeff Walker, the Product Launch Guru is actually involved in the Product Launch?
Check out my bonus package at Traffic Attraction Formula Review and Bonus
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So John Reese has launched his brand new product/course called Outsource Force and you’re probably searching for the best add-on bonus offered by his Affiliates.
You probably heard from him that the best VAs he recommends now is VA from the Philippines.
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If you order thru my affiliate link, I’m giving you a very unique bonus other internet marketers and gurus cannot provide. Perhaps others may give you like these ebooks and reports and other old materials which may not even applicable to your business. What I’ll be offering you, should you decide to buy OutSource force thru my affiliate link is something very related to Outsourcing and definitely will be beneficial to you.
As somebody who is living here in the Philippines and is knowledgeable in Internet Marketing, SEO/SEM, Keyword Research, blogging, squeeze page, copywriting, autoresponders, ecommerce, affiliate marketing, social media marketing, PPC, payment gateway integration, wordpress, cpanel/Plesk, cloud computing, webhosting, linux…and a whole lot of stuff, in most cases, I would understand what your needs are and therefore I can help you find the right Virtual Assistants for you.
Here’s what I have in mind. Perhaps you have a business and you want to hire a VA for your business, however, you don’t know what skills you need or perhaps you don’t know what questions to ask when interviewing a VA. I can help you with that. I’ll spend some time with you via skype chat and discuss your business goals and what sort of things you have in mind moving forward with your business and we can get down and list the skill you need based on your business goals.
You can then use the tools in the Outsource Force to search for VAs and if you can narrow down your choices to the top 6 Filipino VA candidates, I can PERSONALLY interview them, talk to them on our native language and REALLY get into the details of their experience and knowledge.
I can then give you my personal opinion of who is the *BEST* candidate for your business.
I’ve been interviewing VAs before and as a Filipino myself, I have a great inside knowledge of the kind of people, the culture, and the technical knowledge required. I know which ones is good and which ones are bad. I can gauge how technical they are in terms of the required skills. They can’t bluff their way in since I know these skills myself and I can ask the right questions that only people who really know their stuff will be able to answer.
It usually takes me about an hour per candidate to really get into the details of his/her skills. At 6 candidates, that’s 6 hours worth of technical level interviews plus consulting which will really help you get on the right track to outsourcing to the Philippines.
Having a Filipino who can help you find Filipino VAs is one of the BEST things you can have in implementing the outsourcing strategies outlined by John Reese.
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Here’s some very cool information I’ve written before for my boss about “Outsource to Philippines”.
I’ve been monitoring the internet marketing industry and I’m seeing an increase in discussions about outsourcing to the Philippines.
As an internet marketer, a work at home dad, and somebody who is actually living here in the Philippines, I bet you’ll learn a lot about Virtual Assistants and how outsourcing to the Philippines from this article below. Read on and hope you like the information.
Where can you find people to outsource your tasks and functions?
Based on experience and also from some of the sites I’ve seen from the net, the best place to outsource is the Philippines. Why?
1. Because English is the primary mode of instruction in Philippine schools. 95% of people who have gone to school knows how to read and write in English. Of course not everyone has really good English but if they are on the internet, I’m pretty sure they can converse with you in English.
2. Easily trained – Since English is not a problem, you can easily train them. Send a pdf document or a video capture of what you want them to do, and they’ll be able to learn it quickly.
3. Labor is inexpensive, a fresh college graduate with no work experience is probably willing to take an equivalent of $300/month (I’ll tell you later on why they can go this low). A person with about 2-3 years experience might cost around $500/month while a person with 7 years+ experience will cost about $1000-$2500+.
4. Internet connection is widespread. In each neighborhood, there are probably 3 or more internet cafes and the telecoms company are rolling out wireless broadband access. Speed though is not as fast as the ones in the US. However, you don’t actually need a super fast internet access when you need to outsource something. Not unless your tasks depend on it.
What I’ll be discussing here are things you need to know when you will hire somebody part-time/fulltime from the Philippines, meaning ongoing work and they report to you similar to hiring somebody locally.
Things you need to know when outsourcing to the Philippines
1. Understand their labor practices
(Note: These are not applicable if it’s a one-time job like ask somebody to design a website for you).
Labor in the Philippines is governed by local labor laws which is quite different for each country. Here are some of the differences you might need to understand.
a. The 13th month pay
The 13th month pay is a mandatory pay given to all employees who have worked at least a month within a calendar year. The amount is equivalent to 1 month salary. This pay is given on or before Dec 24 and is prorated depending on how many months an employee worked. So if you hired somebody on Dec 1, the 13th month pay is 1/12 of the monthly salary. If you hire somebody on Feb 1, then the 13th month pay is 11/12 times the monthly salary.
There are a number of official Philippine Holidays. These include but not limited to
January 1 – New Year’s Day
April 1 – Maundy Thursday
April 2 – Good Friday
April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor
May 1 – Labor Day
June 14 – Independence Day (Monday nearest June 12)
August 30 – National Heroes’ Day (Last Monday of August)
November 29 – Bonifacio Day (Monday nearest November 30)
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 27 – Rizal Day (Monday nearest December 30)
The special non-working holidays are:
August 23 – Ninoy Aquino Day (Monday nearest August 21)
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 24 – Additional special non-working day
December 31 – Last day of the Year
These are paid holidays. So you need to include these on your payroll computation even if your employees/virtual staff are on holiday. If you really really need them to report on such holidays, there’s a different pay rates as per the Philippine labor code. Like for the 1st 8 hours of work the rate becomes 200% so you pay twice the daily pay rate.
c. Payment of Salaries/Wages
Wages shall be paid at least once every two (2) weeks or twice a month at intervals not exceeding sixteen (16) days.
Ways to pay your outsource employees (paypal.com, xoom.com)
Now let me discuss more about how in the world can one be able to live on $300 a month. Some people might think this is slavery or something in-humane but actually this isn’t.
2. Understand their culture
The capital of the Philippines is Manila which is part of National Capital Region (NCR). In this part, the cost of living is about 2 to 3 times higher than the people outside of NCR. So if you happen to find people living in provinces far from the main capital, the cost of living is really low. Which is why foreigners retire in islands like Cebu or Boracay and live comfortably with a $1500 monthly pension.
In addition, it is not uncommon to see 20 to 25 year old people still living in their parents house. It is part of the extended family culture. This means they don’t pay rent.
Public transportation (aka Jeepneys) are also common so one can survive without having a car to move around. Car payments is about $200/month so newly graduates don’t really buy cars immediately and just be contented with public transportation even if its a bit uncomfortable.
Usually people get out of their parents house when they got married. That’s the time when they can’t live on $300 a month because they need a car and rent a place.
So should you concentrate on finding people outside of the main capital to keep costs to a minimum?
There’s a drawback. The people with the best education, and have the best experience most probably live in the main city since the top schools are located in NCR and the top corporations are in the business districts located also in NCR. This is the reason why parents living in the provinces save up to send their kids to a good college in Manila.
The difference is probably similar to a small town employee vs somebody who lives in New York working for a top 500 firm. But I’m not saying you can’t find any good people outside of the main capital. There are lots of them but you have to really go through several people, interview them and see if the skills you require fits their existing skills and experience. It all depends I guess on your outsourcing requirements.
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