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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

2011 - Present

Freelance

Internet Researcher

2009-2010

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

8 Must Have Characteristics on Being a Successful Freelancer (Part 2)

Time Management Skills

One of the things I’m a sucker for before. But I learned how to manage my time, make each hour of my life count, because time is gold. Time is money. So make sure you manage it well.

This is not only about working hours. This is also dedicating your hours on that task, estimate how long you should finish a certain task. I was scolded before because it took me almost 3 hours to edit a single image just because I want to re-arrange the look, make it look great when the needed image is just simple. LOL. So yeah, don’t do that. Remember, time is gold, if you’re paid cheap for a task, don’t invest too much time on it. If you can do a lot of task in an hour, then imagine how much you’ll get, but remember you’ll still need to deliver the quality of work that is expected.

8 Must Have Characteristics on Being a Successful Freelancer by Gay Aida Dumaguing Cebu SEO Specialist

Self-Discipline

This is what a lot of first time freelancers totally go wrong, and just lose their clients and their team mates starting to hate them.

If you don’t have a self-discipline then you may have been doing either of this two. (1) Doing something else within your working hours, or dedicated hours for your work. Like instead of working, you’re checking your Facebook, your friend’s posts or chatting with them, or playing a game, or other stuff not related to your work. (2) You’re working all the time at home, no break. Because you see a computer, with an internet, you’ll then starting to think about work, then you just don’t notice that you’re already working when it’s time to relax, or take a break. – I’m guilty of this. I’m working almost all the time. Then my just let me dogs into my room so I can be distracted, force to take a break and go outside and play with them.

Flexibility

If you notice my description, or even check my experience and skills, I cover a lot of stuff. I can do video editing, photo editing, programming, social media management, and SEO service. Before, people hire me for a bargain and they get to take advantage to all of my skills. What’s great about this is that you’ll be able to explore other areas, other jobs that you might blossom more, jobs that you might be happier.

Also, with this you’ll be able to learn new things, learn more on your field, and get more clients. Growing is really important, because if you’ll stick to what you just know then someone else will take over because they’re more open and more updated.

Persistence

Being a freelancer is hard, especially if you’re still starting up. It’s hard to adjust, hard to find clients, hard to stick with the quality of work, to catch up with work, and catch up with what is expected from you from your boss.

Were there a time when I don’t have a client at all? Yes. There were months that I didn’t have a client, no money, no way to pay bills, give support money to my parents, and all. I’m no super girl, that I gained long term clients right away. I was there before. It’s just now, I am able to build up my name, my portfolio, the proof that I do my job, that I am real, that I deliver.

What’s the secret? Just be persistent. It doesn’t mean that you’re being rejected in a job is like the end of the world, it just mean that there’s a better job for you, and that job you wanted is not fit for you.
Let me tell you another secret, mix being persistent with prayers. I’m not trying to be like a nun here, just saying. It works! God listens, you just have to ask him and act on it.

Thing is, all these characteristics, can be learned, can be developed. Heck, I didn’t have all these before when I started, I just want to work, earn money, and dedicate my skills for my success and my client’s success.

Just a tip, don’t take everything you have for granted, if you’re given a job, or got a job, do your best. Especially when you’re working online, your resume or portfolio don’t fill out themselves or grow themselves, you need proof and work hard on it, have happy clients endorse you, and the best way to do that is deliver the best out of you.

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8 Must Have Characteristics on Being a Successful Freelancer (Part 1)

I’ve been working online since 2009, even way before I finished my degree I’ve been working online and making money online already. So, working online for 5 years with several long term and happy SEO clients, and people asking me how come I’d able to stick working online for years and some even ask me if it’s right for them to work online.

In this post, I’d like to somewhat, kind of, answer their questions, questions that you’d probably ask me about my freelancing career for years. Please take note that this is only basing on my years of working online, years of working with different clients from around the globe have helped me create these list of characteristics you might need for your freelancing career – if you’re planning to join the freelancers.

8 Must Have Characteristics on Being a Successful Freelancer Part 1 by Gay Aida Dumaguing Freelance Cebu SEO Specialist

Initiative

This is what a lot of online employers want for their virtual assistants, especially the general VAs – since the job scope is larger, there are a lot of tasks involves.

So you must have the initiative to do things on your own, and must be independent. If you’re used with a boss that checks on you every now and then, and prefer it that way then this is not for you. You must take that initiative to do what needs to be done, and delivering the service that is required or expected from you.

Responsible

In a job, you have a job scope, you have a position, and that involves responsibilities. So take notice of where are your boundaries, what is included in your job, and make sure you notice those areas and check it every now and then so your online employer doesn’t have to check again your work to assure you’ve done what’s expected.

Also, there are situations that you’ll need to decide on your own on things, so you must take actions, be responsible, and assess on things.

Professionalism

There are a lot of areas that I’d like to discuss with you here on professionalism. Areas that a lot of first time freelancers have thought wrong, but can be corrected.
  • Accepting Criticism. Don’t tell me that in your entire life you’ve never been criticized, well at work you should accept this though it’s painful, it’s tough but it’s that, that will help you grow as a freelancer, as a person. If it hurts too much, then cry. Then use that to correct everything that needs to be corrected. So yes, accept it!
  • Informing the Client. Keeping the client informed on what’s going on is very important, and a lot of clients give up on their staff because they’re not informed. So, when you’re not able to show up (online, on Skype, unable to reply within 24hrs to the client) do let them know what’s going on. Make sure it’s a good excuse, not an obviously fake excuse, but of course it’s best to tell the truth because it’s just really hard to lie, especially when your boss caught you lying.

Yes, I do tell my clients that I will be offline for a couple of days because I’ll be travelling, taking a vacation. Get a break, getting a life, and they’re totally cool with it because I still deliver what’s expected. And when I'm back from vacation, I am back and providing my SEO service again with fully charged body, with excitement - and that's why I travel. Recharge!

Communication

It’s not online communication skills is the problem, though your communication skills is very important. That’s why I started blogging because I want to improve my writing skills, be able to have the client understand more and easier what I’m trying to say, I even mostly watch American TV shows just to be able to know how to tell them things, or know how they say things, so everything will be easy for us.

Communicating to your client itself is really important. Actually, to be honest I don’t email my clients a lot because they’re business owners, they’re busy, and I’m busy marketing their business online. If I’m too busy emailing or updating them, then that means I’m not busy working, I’m doing my work. But anyway, I do update my clients once a month, but there are clients who wish to be updated once a week, or asks me to be online to talk to me about something. What I do? I just reply immediately, as soon as I read it and able to reply, and they like that, well actually they love that.

If they ask me to show up on Skype, I just ask them to give me a time (if possible the Philippine time) so I’d be able to wake up, stay up late, or make an alarm so I’ll be reminded. Unless, they’re sure I’m up on those hours if they’re that familiar with our time here, I can actually show up right away when ask. Unless there are problems or I’m out paying bills or having the grocery.

This is really important, don’t overlook this. Don’t take this for granted, a lot of my clients stick with me because of this.

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Photo Credit: AdamR

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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