I had a comment on my blog that I thought was worthy of a full answer.
As an addition to what I wanted to say in this video, outsourcing to the Philippines isn’t a fad. It’s not one of those “you have to get in at the beginning or it’s going to be bad” things. This isn’t going anywhere. It’s not something that changes very often.
Below are excerpts of the comment and my answers as videos below each excerpt.
I have a couple of question for you John. I know you talk about paying less to your guys versus the cost of contracting with companies like e-lance, or brickwork; and I appreciate your thinking. I tend to think that way too, if they can do it, Iâ€™ll bet I can do it better and for less money. Youâ€™ve found a way to do something better and cheaper and youâ€™re attempting to help others do the same. I respect that. The thing is Timothy Feriss makes a good point in his book â€œThe Four Hour Workweekâ€, (Which I read after your recommendation, Thank you!), about the extra cost of dealing with company vs. working with an individual being worth it. He points out the pitfalls to having â€œone guyâ€ youâ€™re dependent upon. If you contract with a company, youâ€™re not completely dependent on just one person to get the job done should he â€œgo downâ€ or do a bad job. If (when) that happens where does that leave you? Heâ€™s sees the â€œone guyâ€ approach as more of a headache then itâ€™s worth.
You always talk about your team in such glowing terms which is wonderful, but Iâ€™d like to know about how you began; about your time line and how long it took you to build your dream team. I know achieving that doesnâ€™t happen overnight which is why Iâ€™m interested to know about your personal experiences. Please focus on how it was when you first started, as I imagine many of your campaigns are at a completely different point currently, and perhaps donâ€™t require the work and attention they once did. I have seen you write about problems lasting for a short time, but what have your experiences been overall, and how did you solve the problems that occurred?
Also, what method did you use and what are you currently doing to decide on which topics/products you will create content, and/or what markets youâ€™ll pursue? How does your approach differ now with the changes taking place on the web? There is a lot of conflicting information available, and coupled with how things are quickly changing itâ€™s very hard to decide which method is best. Whatâ€™s your perspective on this? It seems SEO is changing and somewhat dependent upon the whims of Google, as Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re well aware! It feels like SEO, etc., is in a state of flux and Iâ€™m anxious to hear what you think.