How I joined the SEO experts group on Elance: my SEO test results

As most of you already know, Elance is one of the best platforms where any freelancer – from SEO consultants to Designers – can look for a suitable job.

Once you sign in and complete your profile, it is highly reccommended to take a few tests to prove your skills – depending on your field of expertise.

Being myself a SEO content writer, I have taken a SEO skill test in order to gain access to the SEO Experts group on Elance. The purpose of being part of a group on Elance is one of the keys to become a successful, reputable and known freelancer, although not everyone can access to the group: as a matter of fact, you must pass the test first.

Meta tags usage, SEO techniques, search engines algorithms and much more were all included in the test ; I admit I’ve found it really hard to give the right answer, since it seems to be a little ambiguous.

SEO techniques and other related topics indeed, are often a controversial and somehow an ever-changing topic, and while some experts agree on certain aspects, some other disagree on those.

I must also confess that, during my test, I have browsed some questions I wasn’t sure of, and I have noticed that many users publish some answers to this test on their blogs!

Well, in my honest opinion, I wouldn’t rely on those if I were you – OKAY, OKAY, I have peeped a little at  those blogs too, and I find most of them totally wrong and misleading.

If you want to get a good knowledge of SEO, I advise you some e-books you may find online, or, if you can afford it, you may want to take some online SEO training classes.

As for my result, I am proud to announce you I am now in the top 10% in Search Engine Optimization on Elance. Yay!

Oh, you thought I’d post my answers? Well, I am sorry if you haven’t found what you’re looking for, but if you need some tips I will definitely help you!

Good luck guyz!



To work or not to work, pros and cons of a freelancer

Dear followers,

I know I don’t update my blog very often, and this means one thing: I’m really, really busy working. Which is good for me. To be honest though, it would be even better if projects didn’t come all together in one week -and with one week deadline!
Besides shifting from a scientific to a tourism-related translation and back, I had to complete a SEO content project for an old client, set up my new website, AAND….crème de la crème, I have been hired as an interpreter from an Italian woman who needs to be cured in a British clinic. Starting from December and for three weeks, Aenbarz goes to London! Which is also good for me.
Working is indeed very important to me, especially considering my economical situation; Az wasn’t so happy though, when I shamelessly forgot about the Christmas concert we’re supposed to attend together. :/
Which isn’t good for me. Az is more important than my job. My friends, my family, the ugly Lucy (yea my horrific dog) are more important than the richest job on Earth. In that moment I felt tiny, for some reason I thought about the day I’ll have a family: how am I gonna be a good wife and mother, if – whenever I’m very busy working- I forget about my people, my promises and other important events in my life?
In conclusion: having a job and keeping yourself busy are a
great thing. Nevertheless, working isn’t your life. It is just one of the small components of your life. A good tip for freelancers who make use of platforms such as would be this: don’t apply for more than one job in one week if you don’t plan first your whole day and all the possible scenarios that come when handling more than one project; everything should be planned in function of your everyday, social life.


The horrific Lucy