I’ve found that it’s normal in the Philippines for people to want to work 2 jobs.
I’ve also found that when they’re working online, they really want to work 2 jobs.
I’ve also found that working 2 jobs is very ineffective (for both them and me).

Here are my suggestions for you in dealing with this.

Edit: I made a follow up post to this:
Hiring Filipino Workers Tip: About Salaries, Regions, and Management


Below is the sequence of emails I sent to hire someone

Note: Don’t copy these emails!
These are just examples….too many employers have copied this email exactly and onlinejobs.ph is flooded with these emails….jobseekers won’t reply to you b/c they’ll think you are a spammer/scammer!

Email #1: This email went out to about 15 people.


I found your resume on OnlineJobs.ph.

I currently have a job opening in my company.

I need someone who is great in english, and who can do SEO for some of
my websites. Other skills are a bonus, but not necessary.

I am looking for someone to work full-time (40 hours/week) from home.
I will expect you to not have another job except for working for me.

If you’re interested, please write one paragraph of why I should hire
you. I want you to write this so I can see your english skills.
Don’t send me a list of your past experience. Describe it to me. I
want to see how well you write.

Also, please tell me your desired salary (I know you listed it in
OnlineJobs….just tell me again) and when you would be available to
start work.

This email is going to 13 people, that’s why I didn’t personalize it
to you…sorry.


Email #2: This went to each person who sent me back a good response to Email #1

Where are you in the philippines?
How are the power outages there?
Will you be able to work full time?
Do you have your own computer?
Did you write that last response to me yourself? Did someone help you with it?
When could you start?

Email #3: This went to the person I really wanted to hire. They had already proven their english skills and also claimed to have other skills.

How fast is your internet connection?
What SEO experience do you have?
If I gave you a new website to do SEO for, what would you do?
Can you send me some references to graphics work you’ve done?
How about wordpress sites you’ve built?

Email #4 – after 2 days of not hearing back from them, I sent this email


I didn’t hear from you about this. I think I’m ready to hire you, I’d just like to hear from you about these things.

Also, one of the things I know is a problem with Filipinos is you get embarrassed when you don’t know something. Then you disappear and don’t email me back. I’ve been through this quite a few times.

If this is going to work for us, the first thing you need to know is that you MUST email me when you have a problem. I NEED to know.

Let me know if you’re still interested.


She responded with a good response.

Email #5


Great. You’re hired.

The part about Filipinos is my experience. I’ve seen it over and over again. You don’t know much about my business yet (other than I own onlinejobs.ph) but I would bet you’ll get to know it pretty well over the next few months.

I would like you to start today.

I am inviting you to use our project management system. You will get a separate email from me inviting you to get in.
You will find a lot of information in there.
(here I gave some specific pages inside MyProjectPlans.com for them to read)

I want you to specifically tell me if you have any questions or comments about the Employment policies and the Using TrackLabor.com pages.

I want to make sure our working relationship starts off right.

I will pay you using xoom.com around the 1st of the month. It should be pretty easy. We will start at $200 per month. Depending on your work it will go up from there.

I expect this to be a long-term working relationship. I expect to have you working for me for years to come. Over time, I hope you will make a very good wage from me.

I am hiring you right now to do SEO work for a couple of websites we just started…and to help someone with whatever he needs help with.

Name, meet (my employee)
(he’s cc’d on this email).

He has worked for me for almost 5 years. He knows EVERYTHING.
You will be helping him with whatever he needs help with, and will be in charge of doing SEO for a couple of websites.

I will send you your “first” task in another email. He will probably also give you things to do.
(the first task was setting up wordpress on my hosting account, change the theme, write a post and a page).

Please let me know what you need from me and what I can do for you.

I’m excited to have you on our team.


I posted the specific emails here not for you to copy exactly. Some of the information I asked for might not be relevant to you.
I post it as an example and a guideline of what I look for when I’m hiring someone. You may (probably will) be different.

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In this webinar Marc Lindsay shows how he gets top rankings in Google by building simple websites and then sticking an automated linking system to build backlinks to the site.

He also talked about “removing friction” from your business (and your life).
Things like:

  • You sit down to work and don’t know what to work on
  • You do keyword research once, don’t write it all down, and end up doing it again later
  • You didn’t make a plan so you do it wrong the first time, and have to redo your work
  • You don’t like the work you’re doing on your business, so you don’t do it at all
  • Moving from one project to the next to the next to the next to the next…so you never follow through on any of them
  • Worrying and dealing with the minute details of your business, instead of the big picture

The first half hour or so is a bit slow, but after that people on the webinar gave us GREAT praise about it.

If you want to join Marc’s system, here’s my affiliate link: My Affiliate Link to Join RapidFreeTraffic.com

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A few days ago I posted about my disabled gmail account.

After a long, painful process, I was able to successfully recover the account.

Before you read this blog post, let me tell you that one of the things I discovered was
Google’s account recovery process is 100% automated! No humans involved at ANY level.
More on that below.

In getting my account back, I learned a LOT.

Here are the things I learned about my account

  1. My account was disabled/deleted because a hacker got into it.
    When I was finally able to recover it, during the “change your password process,” I found this:

    The account was hacked and the hacker changed the account recovery email address
    So I at least know the account was hacked. The first thing the hacker did was change my password and the account recovery email addresses, so it would be really hard for me to get my account back.

  2. The hacker also deleted my Youtube account and added 2 more of his own to my account:


    I did manage to get my youtube account restored, but he deleted all the videos out of it and I can’t recover those. Good thing I make TONS of backups of things.

  3. The hacker deleted all emails in my inbox (I had probably 15 emails from 10 people in my inbox, 5 of which were to remind me to do something).
    If you were expecting a reply from me recently…sorry…your email got deleted.
    Keep your inbox clean!
  4. I still don’t know how he got into my account. I had a very strong password. I can only think of 3 scenarios:

    1. a brute force password attack (unlikely)
    2. I used the same password somewhere else and he hacked into some other database that had that password (most likely). My own stupidity.
    3. I logged into my gmail account over an unencrypted connection on a public wifi network and he got my username/password (unlikely)

What I learned about Google’s account recovery system, and what it means to you!

I learned a couple awesome things about recovering a deleted google account during this process…a couple things Google doesn’t want you to know (or…things they don’t tell you).

  1. If you’re not prepared, forget it
    If you’re not prepared to recover your gmail account and can answer the questions google asks, basically you can forget getting your account back. They ask obscure things nobody would ever know (not even you).
    Here are 2 screenshots of the page they make you fill out. I took these so I could remember what I had put in. My personal info is blurred out.

    These are screenshots of the google account recovery pages
    how to recover a deleted google account
    difficult info google asks for to get your disabled account back

    To recover your account, here’s my take on the difficulty:

    • frequently emailed people – easy
    • labels – slightly more difficult
    • invitation url – difficult depending on how you got it
    • all questions about orkut and blogger: if you answer yes they want to know the url of your profile and when you started using it – almost impossible to find
    • 4 services you use – Impossible, unless…you have a backup of your gmail account in a searchable location like zoho mail.
      I was able to find these things by searching through my zoho for things like “calendar,” “docs,” “orkut,” …
      It still took a LOT of work.
    • Account creation date – Impossible without a backup
  2. Google’s account recovery system is 100% automated!
    No human will ever even see your account recovery attempt.
    Don’t try to put identifying info into the fields for a human to look at. It will just hurt your chance of getting your account back.
    You really just have to figure out how to give enough accurate info to get the computer to say “Yeah, this is over 80% correct, give the account back” or whatever percentage they have.
    The reason I know this is:
  3. How Google responds to your account recovery attempts
    Google says it may take between 24-48 hours for them to reply to you.

    The first time I submitted the account recovery form I got an answer back in 44 hours.
    It was a NO.
    The second time I submitted the account recovery form it took 40 hours.
    It was a NO.
    The third time I submitted the account recovery form, it took 2 minutes.
    It was a YES!

    Now, I don’t know this for sure, but here’s what this tells me:

    • You submit your info to Google and a computer validates it against the data the computer knows about your account.
    • If the computer matches the info and it’s correct enough, it fires off an email immediately to you saying “You can change your password now!”
    • If the computer looks at your info and it’s not correct enough, it waits 24-48 hours before sending you an email saying “NO, you’re screwed for a while longer!”

    If it were humans looking at the requests, why does it take so long to say no, but only 2 minutes to say YES! (I literally got an email from them within 2 minutes of submitting the successful request).
    It’s done on purpose!
    Google doesn’t want to give too many chances to people who don’t have the right info.
    If you get a NO back from Google after submitting the account recovery form, and you don’t hear back from them within 15 minutes, start gathering more data to recover your account.

This whole thing was a big, painful, learning process.

Things I’ve learned and things I’d do differently

  • Make backups of everything – I already had pretty good backups. In the future I’ll have rock solid backups.
  • Prepare for the worst early – I was slightly prepared. Now I’ll be better prepared.
  • Don’t use a free gmail account – I’ve since bought a domain and set up my email through google apps.
  • If you want to migrate your email and your docs to another account, I highly suggest this email and data migration company, MigrationBox.com.
    Their docs migration needs a little work (only try to move 100 docs at a time)
    but their email migration is solid. It moved 175,000 emails of mine no problem.
    I chatted with them for a while and they gave me a 40% off coupon for my readers:
    JOHNSYNC 40% Off Coupon
    What a lifesaver MigrationBox was for me. I now get all my old emails in my new email account. Everything seamless.
    They’re also good for:

    • moving between gmail/google apps
    • moving between just about any email service providers
    • syncing email accounts (ummmm…backup anyone?)
  • NEVER use the same password for your email, facebook, bank, anything else you care about – I now keep one “junk” password, and like 6 completely secure passwords that I don’t use anywhere else.
  • This is a bit extreme, but I’m now keeping an email account that I use to sign up for everything. I won’t sign up for things with my real email address anymore. That way, my real email address isn’t out there in too many databases, and it doesn’t have any passwords associated with it in case I slip up somewhere.
    The other email account just forwards to my main one so I still get all the emails.
  • UPDATE:This post on lifehacker by adam pash details a new security feature google is JUST NOW rolling out (they’re about a week too late for me…although I’m now using it).
    Amazing…as I was going through this nightmare, I had wished google would have some sort of 2-step verification system.
    I also wish lastpass had the same thing!

Maybe I’m a bit extreme.
Maybe not.
What I do know is that the internet isn’t going anywhere, losing your email account ISN’T fun, and hackers aren’t getting dumber.
It’s getting more and more common. I’ll try to stay ahead of the game from now on.

Please learn a lesson from my misfortunes and mistakes!

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This is a horror story with lots of lessons in it for you! Please heed them!!!

UPDATE: I got my gmail account back. Read this post to find out how. But first, continue reading what I learned before getting it back.

Part 1: My Google (Gmail) account is gone

Tuesday night at 10:06pm my phone couldn’t connect to my Gmail account.

I tried the password…it didn’t work.

I came up to my computer and tried to login…no luck.

After putting my account into the “Forgot Password” system I got:

No gmail account found for that email


That’s right: “No account found with that email address. Please try again.”

I tried again. and again. and again. and again. Nothing.

So I searched:
No account found with that email address. Please try again.

Turns out lots of people have had their gmail accounts deleted (or disabled)…with very little success getting them back.


I’ve had my account for 7 years. Never deleted a message. I’ve gotten 170,000 messages in that time (I’ll tell you how I know in a minute).

I can’t login to my google docs, google calendar, google voice, youtube.com, or google sites where I had LOTS of documentation for my business. They’ve all been deleted (or disabled…yet to be determined).
I can’t access anything!

What the heck was I thinking trusting so many things to a company who has a ZERO policy:

  • ZERO tolerance
  • ZERO warning
  • ZERO communication
  • ZERO acceptions
  • ZERO phone numbers

Don’t get me wrong…google provides the best services. There’s a reason I’m using all these things. But there has to be a safeguard when you’re using a company who will disable such vital information without warning or repercussion. Be warned.

In the end I found this link:
which is an account recovery link for if your account has been disabled.

Fortunately for me, I had read a blog post about this a while back so I had written lots of this info down and put it in a drawer thinking I would probably lose the paper before I needed it.

I have the info. It’s not as complete as I’d like (or as complete as google would like as of right now), but I have a lot of info. Google has already said NO to my first request to get my account back. I didn’t have enough information in my first try. I’ll update this blog as things progress.

Right now all my email is just bouncing back to people who email me. My email address no longer exists.

What I *think* happened?
I think a hacker got into my account. Either

  1. they did what they wanted and then deleted the account
  2. they sent a bunch of spam, google caught it and disabled the account

It’s also possible that I did something google didn’t like (I mean…they wouldn’t tell me if I had…), but I don’t think I did anything different than I have for the past 7 years…
In any case, I’ll never know because even IF I get my account back, Google will never tell me what happened.

Part 2: What I learned from having my gmail account deleted

First: I learned (again) that with google, there is 1 chance.
If something goes wrong, there are no warnings, no communication, and very little shot at a second chance. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong.
That being said, I still believe google puts out the best products and I’m still using them as I reconstruct my life.

I had backups of my gmail and google docs. My life isn’t over.
I backup in 2 ways.
Here’s how you backup your gmail account:

  1. Zoho.com will give you a free email account and they’ll POP your email from gmail. I’ve had them doing this for years. Zoho is amazing.
    As of right now I have over 175,000 emails backed up in zoho.
    zoho backup for gmail
    Zoho has also been invaluable in figuring out all the info google wants to get my account back.
    **UPDATE**: I just read this post which details some ways to backup google services. It also says that using POP3 to grab all your emails is against google’s TOS. Be careful before you do it. I can’t find anything saying it’s against their TOS, but we know what happens with TOS violations…
  2. Backupify.com is an amazing backup service.
    They backup all kinds of online data including gmail, facebook, flickr, blogger, and picasa.
    I also had Backupify backup google docs…so I have a copy of all my docs (that’s a big deal…over 4 years of documents).
    With Backupify, they automatically backup your data and you don’t have to worry about it. It’s an amazing service.
  3. Here are more ways to backup gmail:
  4. There are lots of other ways to backup gmail. Just search google. Those are the two I use.

Third: I will never again use a free email address that I don’t own.
When someone else is in control of your contact location (your email address), when they decide to take it from you, you’re out of luck.
From now on I’ll have my own domain and have Google Apps handle the email.
Now, if something happens to my account, I just change my DNS settings to somewhere else and my email address doesn’t disappear.
Because I have backups of everything, if they disable my account, I can just reconstruct everything.
Yesterday I bought a domain from Godaddy for less than $8 (search “godaddy promo code” and use a coupon when checking out). I have already set it up in Google Apps and have a new email address.

Fourth: Dealing with passwords
I shouldn’t have to say that using an insecure password is just playing with fire. At some point you WILL get burned. That’s just stupid.
Most people use a secure password, they just use the same password for everything.
I’m fine with that…to a point.
Now I know you should always have a different password for the things that matter to you:

  1. email
  2. facebook
  3. bank
  4. paypal
  5. godaddy (or domain registrar)
  6. hosting
  7. …figure out what’s important to you

Use a different secure password for each of the important ones.

Fifth: Prepare for the worst with ALL important accounts
I’m in the process of going through the account recovery steps for things that are important to me (especially the google account recovery process). When I lose another account, I want to be able to get it back fast.

Sixth: Lastpass
I love Lastpass. I love that I have all my passwords in one place, and that I can find out all the services that I have passwords to just by looking through the list. I also love that I can change my important passwords as often as needed and I don’t have to worry about remembering them. Lastpass does it for me, across all my computers and my phone.
Before you hate on me and say I’m stupid for using an online service to store my passwords, look at the security Lastpass uses. It’s pretty darn good.


If you have a gmail.com address as your primary email you’re playing with fire.
I’m not saying don’t use gmail. I’m just saying:
Make backups. Lots. Often.
Make sure you’re prepared to go through the recovery process of your important digital data.


Here’s another horror story of an expensive hacking…and things you should change right now!

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This webinar is SEO 101.
If you’re new to SEO, watch it. It will help you get going in the right direction.

If you’re already advanced at SEO, skip past my notes below and see why I asked him to do this webinar.

Here are the notes I took during the webinar

  • PPC and SEO build on each other – when you do both they boost each other
  • All traffic isn’t created equal – target BUYERS for your traffic
  • Google measures bounceback rate – if your site has a high bounceback rate you’re losing SEO
  • 5 Steps to SEO success

    1. Pick the right domain
      Get your keywords in your domain
      Add buyer keywords into your domain
    2. Write a 500-600 word article
      Make the articles targeted to a single keyword
      One article per page
      Outsource it
    3. Use your main keyword (the keyword in your domain) in your headline
      Use the keyword first!
      Engage your reader with the headline. Don’t be boring.
    4. Use your main keyword in your Title tag
      Don’t use more than 3 keyword phrases in your title tag
    5. Get keyword targeted backlinks to your site (42:00)
      If you’re not going to get backlinks to your site, there’s no point in building your site.
      get 200 good links each month
      space them out over the month
      randomize it
      8 places to get links to your website (51:00)

      • free directories
      • paid directories
      • reciprocal linking
      • social networking profiles (not so effective)
      • social bookmarking sites (effective)(use a proxy when setting these up)
      • blog posts (very effective)
      • press releases (very effective, but expensive)
      • articles – (very effective)

      Order in which to do this:

      1. a couple of articles
      2. blog posts with original content that link to your site
      3. related sites
      4. social bookmarking

      This is the #1 thing I outsource!

    Here’s why I had Charles do this webinar:
    One morning I had an idea about some software we should build based off of some of the tactics my GUYS are using to get links to our sites.
    I wrote it all down as a plan for building the software.
    Later that day I was talking to Charles and he was explaining to me what the Backlinks Ninja software was.
    I was in shock!
    Backlinks Ninja does virtually the EXACT SAME THING as the software I had described in my plan that morning!
    When I realized this, I asked Charles to do a webinar explaining some of the SEO basics and explaining what this does because it’s something my GUYS are already doing…except we’re doing it manually.

    If you have your guys doing SEO, I highly recommend using Backlinks Ninja to help automate their efforts so they’re more efficient and efficeive for you.

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Marketing to local businesses, and helping them do their internet marketing, is what I would do if I had to start everything over.

It’s easy.
It’s profitable.
It’s easy to understand from beginning to end.
There’s almost no risk.
It’s easy to get started.
You don’t have to be technical.
You don’t have to know everything when you get started. You just have to know more than the small business owner does about marketing on the internet. Simple.

Yesterday I did an amazing interview with Jim Cockrum, owner of OfflineBiz.com.

Jim gave some amazing tips on how to be successful in doing online marketing work for offline businesses.

It’s 94 minutes long (it was so good that I didn’t want to stop it at an hour).

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Just so you know, there isn’t a sales pitch in this.
Jim does own OfflineBiz.com which has TONS of resources to help you succeed with this, but it’s $50 to join. Very reasonable.

Here are notes I took along with their timestamps for when Jim talked about these things:

  • 12:00 – why this is a great market
  • 12:43 – beginning of “How do you get a client”
  • 13:14 – you need to talk to people
  • 13:47 – no business card, no website, just being “a fellow business owner”
  • 15:26 – 4 line letter – direct mail you can send to business owners
  • The conversation between 15:26 and 18:00 is amazing
  • 18:15 – build websites then auction them off for a monthly amount (typically $500 – $2000/month)
  • 19:09 – another way to get clients is to knock doors of the businesses you use in your community
  • 21:25 – how to find local business addresses from their websites
  • 23:00 – “Turn Tuesday night into the busies night of the week”
  • 24:50 – using TrafficGeyser to get results for your clients
  • 26:15 – partner with web design companies to get clients
  • 30:50 – Top services to sell to people (really just ideas for services to sell)
    • mobile websites (this conversation is amazing)
    • testimonials
    • google maps
    • social media services
  • 35:14 – what kinds of businesses to target
  • 38:30 – finding businesses based on where people are already advertising on PPC
  • 40:22 – why you don’t need a price sheet of services
  • 41:40 – how to get on stage in front of an entire industry of small business owners
  • 44:00 – Q&A
  • 69:28 – how to collect money from clients
  • 72:30 – Questions to ask local business owners
  • 78:43 – What to outsource and what not to

Here’s my affiliate link to join OfflineBiz.com if you want to use it.

Last night a few hours after the call I had this IM sent to me.

Here’s an email I got with more feedback on the call:
John Jonas and Jim Cockrum Local Business Marketing Testimonial

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