One of the troubling trends that I’ve seen more and more of recently, is that people are outsourcing aspects of their social profile to Virtual Assistants (VAs) who are clearly unqualified for the task.
I see the average Joe, large speakers and other personalities who participate online and use a VA to do so on their behalf. While in a perfect world, it would be great if we could outsource our personalities, in my opinion this is a dangerous thing to do.
I can almost always tell when someone is using a VA, and my instincts are almost always correct. The comments and posts are typically very generic and often-times make the person that the VA is participating on behalf of, look like they have FAR less knowledge then they actually do.
Just today, a VA posted several comments on behalf of a very experienced real estate expert on our site, BiggerPockets:
Everything has started to increase nowadays and it’s even getting higher. If you are an investor you should always look for a long term investment and be wise about your investment to stay long and be successful in the industry.
It’s just a matter of bravery in investing and a full knowledge in Real Estate business in order to be successful in this industry. Let’s just have a positive attitude towards it.
Oh wow those numbers are so overwhelming. but we are still hoping for the fast recovery of the US economy.
Do they jump out at you? Do they sell “experienced?” Do they exude confidence that the poster knows what they are talking about?
They definitely don’t to me.
If you were looking for someone to work with, would you turn to this person, or would you rather connect with the person who knows what they are talking about?
If you’re just looking to get your name posted next to some fluff, it’s one thing, but you can’t outsource years of experience and knowledge to someone charging $2, $5, or $10 an hour to act on your behalf anonymously online.
Your reputation should be worth far more than that!
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