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Gay Aida

SEO Specialist Social Media Manager Award Winning Blogger

About me

Hello

My name is Gay Aida

SEO Specialist

I started working online since 2009 as an Internet Researcher, and that's when I got curious on how search engine works. In September of 2010 I started my SEO training. Since then, I've been doing SEO service to clients here in the Philippines and abroad. Now, I've been working as a SEO specialist for almost 7 years, and offering Social Media Management for 4 years.Do you have an online marketing needs for your business?

services

Search Engine Optimization

I provide SEO services for entreprenuers who needs and wants their business to be found on search engines like Google. (Know More)

Website Development

Customized, design, and install wordpress websites for clients who wish to have their very own website. (Know More)

Social Media Management

Manage social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to reach out to more potential customers. (Know More)

Education

B.S. Information Technology

University of Cebu - Banilad
Banilad, Cebu City, Cebu Philippines
2004-2009

San Agustin Institute of Technology

High School
Valencia City, Bukidnon
2000-2004

Bukidnon Faith Christian School Inc.

Elementary
Valencia City, Bukidnon
1993-2000

experience

SEO Specialist

September 2010 - Present

Freelance

Internet Researcher

2009- June 2010

Hotels Combined (Australia)

Marketing Manager Assistant (OJT)

2008

Globe Telecom (Cebu)

Computer Maintenance

2006 - 2009

Interneconnectivity Computer Solutions

Skills

SEO

Onsite Optimization 90%
Offsite Optimization 95%
Local SEO 85%

Websites

Development 85%
Design 80%
Optimization 90%

Social Media

Facebook 85%
Twitter 80%
Instagram 75%

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WEBSITES

797

COFFEE CUPS

28

DEALS CLOSED

26

HAPPY CLIENTS

Blog

Avinash Kaushik - Practical and Tactical Steps to Apply to Increase ROI

Avinash Kaushik Practical and Tactical Steps to Apply to Increase ROI
I've been wanting to grab everything I should know with digital marketing, knowing how to do and offering SEO services is just a part of digital marketing and being able to develop the skills and have the knowledge will totally upgrade my career.

So anyway, I just spent 32 minutes and 35 seconds of my day to listen to this awesome guy, Avinash Kaushik; the digital marketing evangelist for Google who's being interviewed by Stephen Woessner, the CEO of Predictive ROI.

If you want to learn and really understand what digital marketing is, or at least get some tips and ideas especially if you're struggling with understanding the data of your website traffic, then this is your chance. Watch the video below and start learning!



As a SEO specialist, it is important to be up to date with the latest tools, information, tips, everything! Even listen to others who are big time personalities in their fields. Listening to people like Avinash here, still proves that there are things I need to know more about and learn, areas to improve and grow. So, this interview was really cool, superb and full of learning.

Getting Enrolled and Certified at Hootsuite University

Hootsuite Certified ProfessionalAs I’ve previously posted here in the blog, I’ve been recently given the title as one of the Hootsuite Ambassador here in the Philippines. One of the perks of being an ambassador is having the access to Hootsuite University and get certified – which is really cool since we (as an ambassador) must know the brand and product that we represent.


I’m still on the Hootsuite Certification Courseware part wherein you’ll get to know more about the very useful features of Hootsuite, especially in managing your social media accounts for your business. But the learning doesn’t stop there, there are other tutorials, lectures and courseware available in the university, like the social media etiquettes, creating social media strategy, turning twitter leads to customers, Klout for business, and a lot more.

How long does it need to be a certified Hootsuite professional?

It only took me about 2 days to finish the whole course, actually you can finish the course in one day if you really have the time. The certification only covers the Hootsuite features, so you don’t necessarily have to learn everything in the university then take the exam.

So if you have an hour a day, I think you could finish it about 3-5 days then take the exam.

How long is the exam and how hard is it?

The certification exam only have 40 questions with multiple choice wherein you’re given 1 hour to answer it all. It’s not that really hard if you listen to the videos and take it all in. There are some tricky questions but you can totally get it if you understand everything.

What if I fail, can I retake it?

I actually failed at the first try, I needed 4 more questions to get the pass the grade of 95% which is really high. You get the option to retake it again, and answering only the questions that you got it wrong. So the second round, I only needed to answer the 4 questions.

Click here to visit the Hootuite University

Is it worth it to enroll to Hootsuite University?

I’d say yes, I never claim to be really good at social media. I’m more on SEO, but with Hootsuite University, learning new stuff and more about social media and using it for business can really help me boost my career and the knowledge that I have.

They update their videos, they have something new to offer every now and then, and I can tell because they put the word “new” on the title of the courseware.

Is it worth it to be a Hootsuite certified professional?

Honestly, I don’t know yet since I’ve been just recently become certified but give me a couple of months to know if it is appealing to clients.

I hope these information about Hootsuite University and getting certified by Hootsuite is helpful for you. If you want to find out more about the proram, please feel free to visit learn.hootsuite.com and enroll yourself for only $21/month.

Become a HootSuite Certified Professional

Why Take Advantage of Social Media for Customer Service?

A lot of us social media users express our feelings and experiences online through our social media accounts. As a customer ourselves we sometimes take advantage of social media on reaching out to businesses whom we’ve tried their products or experience their service, and give them a feedback. Which can be a positive or negative feedback about their business.
But, as a business owner have you ever thought of taking advantage of social media too? You can totally make use of the social media sites in building your name online, marketing, and reaching out to your potential customers. This is not new, a lot of business owners have already take advantage and do use this but it’s just that some business owners are not yet that familiar with this (including here in the Philippines) and some just are not that open for changes towers the improvement of their company.

Other than using social media for your marketing campaigns, you can totally use it for customer service. I know a couple of companies here in the country who do use social media for customer service, and they can either be a huge company, medium, or small but they’re just few comparing to other businesses who ignore the power of social media.

So, why use social media for your business customer service? Let’s hear it all from Brian Solis, a best-selling author and the chief analyst at Altimeter Group, to share a minute talk on how organizations are capitalize on the social web to stay involved and cope with customer service concerns.



I know, it’s really short but if you didn’t get his short discussion at first then play it again. His words are priceless for businesses who haven’t make use of the social media yet, especially for their marketing campaigns and customer service.

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Using Time Tracking Software

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Using Time Tracking Software
I’ve been working online since 2009, even when I was still a student. So yes, I’ve been working online for 5 years now, but worked as a SEO specialist just for 4 years and since I’ve worked as a SEO I’ve never accepted a job that has or use a time tracking software.

I’ve rejected a number of jobs just because of the time tracking software. I do understand the employers’ side why they do want us virtual assistant’s use the software, but let me share with you today a couple of reasons why I don’t like to use a tracking software and they are:

Slows me down. 

Depending on the scope of the job and computer specs, using a time tracker can totally slow anyone down. It uses a lot of the computer memory and always active to record every move (well, most of the software I’ve used do) and anything I open, plus some take screenshots.

One of the software that my previous employer use do make my computer hang up when it takes screenshot, luckily I’m not using any heavy software back then since I was just working as a researcher. But if I’ll have this again and doing my current job, it can be really hard for me – imagine the software I need to use (e.g. Photoshop for social media images) and number of sites and tools I have to open to ensure the quality of links I’ll be building, there are even times that I am slow without a time tracker what more if I use it.

Quality of Work.

Basing on my experience using the time tracker software, I’ve become more conscious on what I do not what I am working on. The quality of work will be at risk which I don’t like to sacrifice especially when we’re talking about building links, we need to build quality links to be able to deliver quality work and get great results – and that is ranking the client’s site.

Bad Habit.

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Like Using Time Tracking Software bad habit
One of the result that I got from these software is that I’ve developed a (really) bad habit. That is, checking the time every 10-15 minutes even I’m not working, I’m out with friends, events, or meetings. Which is really not nice when you’re with important people, I look like I need to be somewhere else that is more important than them. Which is such a no-no when you’re presenting, speaking in public or with a client meeting.

Again, I do understand that employers need to have us virtual assistant’s use this type of software and I read about 15 reasons why business owners need to use the software for their team. But personally, as a SEO specialist I prefer to avoid jobs with time tracker since I’m still trying to lessen the time checkup for 4 years.

Grade Your Social with Hootsuite’s Twitter Analytics Tool

I’m not a big fan of Twitter but I do use and update it every day to share content to my followers, make sure it’s updated and ensure my client’s that I’m real – at least through social media I can prove it.

Grade Your Social with Hootsuite Twitter Analytics Tool


The good news is, I just recently heard about Hootsuite’s latest new Twitter analytics tool that you guys might want to grab the chance to use. It’s totally for FREE! Just sign in with your Twitter and voila! You’ll get the grade of your Twitter account and get to see what needs improvement to be more influential.

Hootsuite - Social Media Relationship Platform

It’s a bit similar to Klout, wherein they’ll provide you with your score but Hootsuite’s Social Grader is more on Twitter and Klout is more than that. But then, what’s great about this tool is that it gives you a good insight and tips about your Twitter account.

Let me share with you the analysis of Hootsuite’s social grader on my personal Twitter account:

Gay Aida Dumaguing Hootsuite Twitter Analytics Tool Result

I do accept the analysis, I am fully aware that even though I have more than 6,000 followers they’re not that all that interactive or engage, and neither do I. But yeah, I do make sure I have a complete profile.

So go on, try it yourself and share it with us here! It’s a great way to know on which areas you need to improve, and inspire yourself on seeing the good grades.

PORTFOLIO

Here are a few of my previous and some current clients. Not all are published.

Her website is about motivating her readers to be more fit. Her success story? Through SEO a brand found her online through our keyword and hired her as a model for a product and shoot an advertisement with them in the US.

Bridget Taylor

FitnessMotivationToday.com

This car rental company based in Cebu is now one of the preferred and premier car rental company in Cebu.

Cebu Trip Rent a Car

CebuTrip.com

They're now the top travel agency in Cebu, getting more bookings than other travel agencies. From getting an average of 900 visits a month, they're now getting an average of 6,000 visits a month.

Cebu Trip Tours

CebuTripTours.com

It's a 6 months project that results in doubling the traffic after just 4 months.

Trevor Page

JavaVideoTutorials.net

An Australian custom closet designer that has SEO done before but didn't worked out.After 6 months in working with her, I was able to double the traffic, from 800 visitors to an average of 2000 visitors a month.

Sally Hart

cleverclosetcompany.com.au

This is a two years project with the client. I started with them getting an average of 3,000 visitors a month, and after 2 years they're able to get an average of 15,000 visits a month. The project ended because they're happy with the ranking and want to focus more on paid marketing campaigns.

Hush Anesthetic

hushanesthetic.com

Gay Aida Dumaguing
+63-915-884-7979
Cebu, Philippines

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