WPElevation The Long and Winding Road

WPElevation The Long and Winding Road – Dreams, to Online Business Realities

I am sure that most online business owners can relate to that song title “The Long and Winding Road” by the Beatles and with little Billy from the comic strip ‘Family Circus’…

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Early Business Beginnings – My ‘Virtual’ Reality

For ‘me’, my reality started back in 1997 with the ‘spark’ of easy access to the internet and a few interesting tech-related courses at my university.

Fast forward to 2008 when I seized the opportunity to actually have an online business and make money doing something that I really enjoyed – creating an online presence building websites for small businesses and churches.

Then along came WordPress.org, opening up a huge opportunity to expand further into related services that encompassed the areas of e-commerce, social media, videos, and supporting clients needing not just a better online presence, but full-fledged support. I loved the idea of working for myself and helping others achieve business success.

It then came to a point where I thought to myself, ‘I can do this and more’…. So, I took every course that was offered through different ‘VA schools’ and then did the Online Business Manager certification.

That all sounds great, doesn’t it? And with all of those skills, I was on the road to building a great business vision, wanting to be like (insert your own role model here). My dreams were big but scattered… I became a ‘Jill of all Trades & a Master of None’! I was a ‘Billy’. I had so many offering, so many price points, and a whole lot of non-ideal clients!

Man, what to do – what to do?

What I did was just continue to plug away. Yes, I was making money, but I was spending it fast – wasting time and money on more and more courses, high-priced ‘mastermind’ programs and still not making traction. (I honestly do not want to even add up all the money that I’ve spent over the years!)

Growing Pains then Striking Blueprint Gold

Moving forward to 2015 and I kept seeing this very interesting course being promoted in my Facebook feed – The WP Elevation Blueprint.

Of course, I had to investigate, heed to my FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and see what it was all about. I signed up and got the Blueprint, but I didn’t start the course (yet)… I was too busy, of course, with all the ‘other’ stuff that I had downloaded and joined. I was in the realm of full overwhelm – not a fun place to be!

The Breaking Point

Overwhelmed and not making traction I (finally) took a deep hard look at both my personal and business life. I started by creating a list of what I love and then a list of what I am good at – you see the two don’t necessarily overlap. This helped me reach the decision to break the business into two specific offerings. I created the WordPress specific business of virtualpartnerwebdesign.com and kept virtual-partner.com as the ‘service provider’ business.

Time to Grow Up – Again

As life happens, I kept seeing ‘WP Elevation Blueprint’ in my Facebook feed and ads (you know when one is ready you’ll start seeing what you need!). I thought to myself, ‘hum I have the download and hadn’t really taken it to heart.’

So I opened it and started going through it. Once I dug deep and really got into the Blueprint, I was, ‘WOW, I so need this course!’ I was convinced. I signed up for the WP Elevation course as soon as I could and haven't looked back!

I made the commitment to jump in and dig deep. Once I started digging in, I was able to start setting up effective and consistent strategies. Slowly but surely, my business started to grow up.

Here are a few things from the WPE Blueprint that I either didn’t know that I needed to know, or that I knew, but didn’t really have the tools to bring that knowledge fully into my businesses:

  • Identification of MY Market
    I had no idea that I had not identified my Virtual Partner Marketplace, ie. what were my BIG 3 offerings?
  • Qualify Leads
    I’ve always had leads, but no system in place to identify (qualify) them.
  • Educate and Nurture
    Say what? What a concept… I, like you, do this naturally (to some extent) but having the process laid out like the WPE Blueprint was mind blowing – a huge ‘A-ha’ moment for me which really helped me up-level the quality of clients and the entire process from onboarding to the final product/service.

Having an efficient and streamlined system in place to qualify leads will save you so much time, frustration and money.

That was over 20 months ago and I can honestly say that joining WP Elevation has been the best business decision that I’ve made to date. The growth of my businesses has been beyond my expectations, and I feel that I’ve gone from jumping from one ‘shiny object’ to another to really understand myself, my work style, and what I want. I love to adapt and grow with technology; and by understanding this, I can incorporate it into everything I do – without getting sidetracked on the way!

Taking a moment to step back and document my journey has allowed me to see how much I have grown my businesses and my authority with what I love to do; always stretching to keep reaching and refining my full potential as a business and a person.

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Added Bonus – Since my clients have such a great experience with working with the Virtual Partner Team, they are more than happy to refer me to their own clients. That speaks volumes to the WPE Blueprint Process and to how I am able to adapt it to my own Virtual Partner systems and processes.

Now, with the support of the community in the WP Elevation private Facebook group, the five coaches, mentors, and a fabulous community of like-minded online business owners, I feel that my businesses are where they need to be. Plus, I get the value of a ‘Virtual Co-working Space' without having to drive somewhere!

I have a handle on keeping the balance of creative ideas and executing them in a manner that is both efficient and effective – no more Long and Winding Roads! So join me and…

Go Elevate and Embrace the Billy in you… just keep reaching to your full potential. 

As with any journey in life or business, we have (hopefully) learned the lessons and have taken the experience(s) to heart. The experiences are, of course, things that we should adapt to be our own and allow ourselves to really take ownership of.

My experience with going through the WP Elevation Blueprint journey took me on a fantastical ride that incorporated tons of learning, tools to implement everything, and an incredible community of support with all of the members, coaches, and mentors.

I am often asked the following questions about WP Elevation. I hope these answers will help you if you've been thinking of joining an online business course like this:

Q: “What is the one thing that you value from your experience in the WPE Blueprint program?”

A: Easy, that would be the whole concept of the ‘Anti-Follow-Up’… Say What?!?

Yes, the Anti-Follow-Up took on new meaning for me. Not familiar with that concept, then you’ll need to join me and all of the WPE Community to find out (or, just ask me, really hit me up!).

Q: Next, “What is the one thing that you value from your experience in the WP Elevation Facebook group?”

A: By far it is the entire WP Elevation community and level of expertise, questions, support that everyone gives each other!

Q: And, “How would you describe the WP Elevation Blueprint experience?”

A: First off, it’s not just one course it is many courses, webinars, live calls and more.

My experience has been both life and business changing. Not only have I learned a lot, I’ve actually confirmed that I do know a lot already. Not to mention the community and the co-creative relationships that I’ve been involved in. The bottom line is that WP Elevation is a program, a community, a virtual co-working space, a whole lot of support, tested processes and methods.


Why Website Maintenance is Key to a Successful Website

Why Website Maintenance is Key to a Successful Website

Just like any software, websites require maintenance to keeping the site working properly. Avoiding website maintenance is like not having regular oil changes on your vehicle. You wouldn’t drive your car very long if you didn’t look after its maintenance, would you? Well, the same process is true for your website. Your website should always be live, ready for customers and presenting your business at its finest.

Websites Are Not “Set and Forget”

If you don’t have website maintenance carried out monthly, you may actually be throwing money out the window. When visitors go to a website and find things wrong with it, they often don’t stick around. Many website owners never check their website to see how it’s functioning. Missed website issues or downtime can lose you, potential customers.

The Benefits of Maintenance

Many people don’t realize the benefits of site maintenance:

The website performance, it’s load time, downtime and uptime are all dependent on the WordPress software and plugin functioning as they should ( and on the recent version).

The website growth, it’s fresh content, analytics monitoring and design changes are all dependent on you having someone making sure all updates to the website are done in a smooth and error-free fashion.

Maintenance Workflow

At Virtual Partner, we take great care to first backup the website and check the website after the updates for any issues. Our software keeps a record of plugins we update so if there is ever an issue we see what plugin version was changed and revert back. Also included in our monthly maintenance report are the performance and security scans. If in the event we ever catch a plugin issue, it becomes a support ticket and we address it before you ever know there’s a problem.

Dangers of Do It Yourself Maintenance

Maintaining your site yourself could cost you more than you may think. If you just update from your WordPress admin, you wouldn’t have a record of what was done. If an update to a plugin created an issue a couple weeks later, it would be difficult to know what changed and how you should revert back without restoring a very old backup (and possibly losing content changes, sales orders, contact entries, you name it).

It Costs More to Fix Than to Maintain

Inexperience and neglect can damage the look and functionality of your website. When that happens, you have a choice to make. One, you try and fix it yourself, in which case you may do further damage. Or two, you can then pay the (sometimes hefty) price for someone experienced to fix it. Just like your car, it costs more to fix it than it does to maintain it properly. Regular oil changes help keep your car running properly, regular site maintenance helps keeps your web site running properly.

Call in a Professional

  • Why not deal with what you know best and let us deal with what we know best?
  • Would you try to fight that court battle without a lawyer?
  • Then why try to maintain your own website if you’re not a web professional?
  • By securing an experienced web professional to update and maintain your site properly you are actually saving potential lost sales and visitors.  

If you’re interested in securing a maintenance contract for your web site, contact us to learn how we can keep your site in proper working order. Click Here to learn more about Virtual Partner Website Care & Maintenance!

How to Share Private Posts with User Groups in WordPress

How to Share Private Posts with User Groups in WordPress

Private Posts with User Groups in WordPress

WordPress allows you to create private posts and even password protected posts.

The problem with private posts is that you need to have editor-level permissions to see this post. But what if you wanted to share the post with only a specific group of people such as family members or work team? In this article, we will show you how to share posts with users groups in WordPress.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the WP JV Post Reading Groups. Upon activation go to Settings » Reading to create reading groups.

WordPress Reading GroupsStart by entering a name for your reading group and then click on ‘Add new reading group’ button. Repeat this step, if you need more than one reading group.

Once you are satisfied, it is time to add users into your reading groups.

Go to the Users page in your WordPress admin area and edit the user you want to add to a group. You will find the WP JV Reading Groups section towards the bottom of the screen.

Simply check the box next to the user group where you want to add this user. You can also add a user into multiple groups. Don’t forget to click on update user button when you are done.

Sharing a Post with User Groups

Now that you have your users' group setup, let’s take a look at how you can privately share posts with a specific user group.

Start by creating a new post or editing an existing one. You will notice the new WP JV Reading groups meta box.

You can click the checkbox next to the group name you want to share the post with. Next, Under the Publish meta box click on the Edit link next to Visibility, and set your post to private.

That’s all. You can now update or publish the post, and it will be only visible to the users in the user group you selected.

Note: User groups don’t give any special permissions to your users. The capability of users on your WordPress site will remain the same. Please see our beginner’s guide on WordPress user roles.

We hope this article helped you learn how to share your posts with user groups in WordPress.

You may also want to take a look at how to allow users to submit posts to your WordPress site.