Welcome to the second episode of LinkBuilding TV! It’s Anthony Pensabene here, excited to feature my first interview, the first of what I hope to be many featuring personalities in the link building and broader online marketing world.

I’m very pleased to be working with James. However, I’m in South Jersey pumping professional fists while James resides in the UK. It’s working very well for both of us, as James has become seasoned at working with professionals from locations all over the world.

Remote work opportunities proliferate in ours as well as a growing number of verticals, as owners and managers learn new methods of communicating and directing professionals from afar.

I asked James a few questions related to social media, facilitating camaraderie, and how owners can better embrace the notion of remote communication, implementing in respective businesses for success.

[Apologies - the lighting on my side of the conversation is quite poor and has been readjusted for next time. :) ]

5 Responses to “Episode #2 – James Agate on Building Remote Business Teams”

  1. Mick
    16 February 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Good on you. I see the validity of extending the work to places such as India. Where I wouldn’t use these sources is for natural English content. Even the highly educated have cultural and language differences, maybe slight but you can spot a mile off. That is no disrespect, but typically there are many older fashioned and more convoluted words and sentences in the Indian English. Perfect English UK or US is hard to come by, and you can even spot the difference between those two.

    • James
      18 February 2013 at 9:38 am #

      Absolutely Mick, that’s the point I was trying to get across in the video which is that it isn’t advisable to use individuals from countries like India and Asia to handle the entire process because the differences in language and culture are very noticeable.

      That’s what I like about our process (which by the way is by no means perfect…yet) is that we get the best of both worlds, top notch content written by US, UK, Canadian, Australian writers and a lot of the back-end processes taken care of by intelligent, organised and efficient individuals located in places where average salaries are a lot lower.

      Thanks for watching! :-)

  2. Jason Giroux
    18 February 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Hey James, great stuff! Garrett and James- I totally agree. I would like to add that some of the most competent designers, developers, SEOs, and link builders I have ever worked with are from India and the Philippines – the fact that wages are lower is definitely a benefit and I would be a liar if I said this was not the initial motivation. Regardless, should it happen that all the wages of the world became equal tomorrow I would continue to seek the services of these individuals as I have grown to trust their commitment to quality and we have developed great working relationships. Don’t get me wrong – I have seen a lot of poor work from these countries as well but I have also seen poor work from many other countries. Hiring workers from abroad can have real financial benefits but it is just like hiring workers anywhere else – the good ones are few and far between and you get what you pay for. Instead of looking to go the cheapest route, look for people in the higher pay brackets in their fields- $5 or so extra bucks per hour can be the difference between finding a seasoned professional and a headache when outsourcing.

    • James
      18 February 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      I couldn’t agree more Jason – thanks for watching :-)


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