We have to accept this that no matter what kind of online business we are in, content is the king. With lots of freelancing websites providing paid writers and all those dodgy techniques of fake reviews it becomes difficult for us to identify which one is the genuine one.
It is really sad to see that you cannot even trust the famous websites nowadays. You must be aware of that there are various plug-ins available which helps you to get a back link if someone copies content from your website.
You can read about one such plug-in here. People Stealing Your Content – Nothing to Worry About
Why I’m telling you this is because once I hired writer services from a very reputed website and I was surprised to see that the content which I received had a link to the original article in the end. The writer has copied the exact content from a different website and he did not even bothered to remove the link which gets automatically inserted into the copied content due to that plug-in.
And its not just my story almost everyone who starts to work in the blogging or affiliate marketing world needs content writing services. The problem is that in the initial stages we are all on a tight budget and hence we need the best content at the lowest price possible. Now I’m not saying that you should go for free content or you should underpay a writer. Even the writer is working online to fulfill his dreams and it is unfair and unethical to pay him less than what he deserves.
There are plenty of good writers as well the only problem is to find them. In last couple of years I have worked on several small and big website ideas and have hired a lot of content writers online.
I can understand that as a website owner we have plenty of things to do to grow our blog or website. So it is practical to be not able to find time to write content for your website.
Currently I am running three big blogs and five niche blogs so you can understand how much task management I need to do to improve my productivity.
We need to hire writers for various purposes and due to many reasons
- Sometimes writing the content can become extra burden for us.
- We might not be able to produce the best quality content.
- We need to devote our time to automate our blog.
- We also need to work on seo and improvement of look and feel of our website.
- There is so much of email marketing involved.
- We regularly need fresh and new content to please our returning viewers.
- We need good content to get good quality back links from other sites as well.
and the list is endless.
Before sharing my favorite website which I used to get my content written for I would like to share some other ways as well which you can try to get a good content writer for yourself as per your needs. And you need to take these steps seriously as it will require your efforts only in the beginning and when you are able to find a good writer you can continue the relationship with him or her for your entire life.
Forums are one of the best ways to share your skills, content, online business and network with other like-minded people. There are both paid and free forums available online for almost everything. This is how I found my first writer as well.
I was seeking content writers for my website on quitting alcohol and hence needed some good writers which can make that emotional impact on the readers and be able to persuade them to quit this bad habit. While doing so I also wanted that the visitors get so much impressed by the ways I have mentioned in my website that they also buy few products recommended by me.
To find a good forum, you can simply search in Google using your website keyword and appending forum to it.
For eg: You can search for “Alcohol Addiction + Forum” (both including and excluding quotes)
By doing so you can get hundreds of great forums which are trying to help people to overcome their addiction. Now all the free forums might not be good so you need to first check whether the forum is popular enough that it is able to attract quality people. One way to identify this is to go through the website and see if there are enough threads and posts available.
Almost every forum gives various ratings to its users and you can find the most active members of the forum. Now you can go through their profile and see if they are into content writing so that you can contact them personally through email or by using the messaging system of the forum itself.
If you’re not sure that what should be your email content then you can use the below format which I have been successfully using for years.
After doing lot of research both online and in this forum, I have been able to come to the conclusion that you are one of the most active member here and always try to help other people proactively.
I sincerely appreciate your time and efforts to help other members.
I’m Prateek, owner and founder of billionaireblogger.com.
I’m also running another website which helps people to overcome their alcohol and other drug addiction. We are doing lot of great stuff on that website by sharing insightful articles and other members stories for motivation.
Since I want to produce quality content to help my readers in the best way, I was just thinking if I can hire some writers to shoulder the responsibility of writing great content for my blog.
I am writing this email (sending this message) to look for opportunity’s of working together in harmony and create a win-win situation for both of us.
If in case you would be interested for this opportunity please revert. I might not be able to pay you much in the beginning but depending on the quality produced I will try my best to pay decent amount per article.
Similar to forum’s you can also check Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, Google communities etc. you can simply search for your keyword on these various websites to find the relevant groups as per your niche.
Scroll through the various groups which you have finalized and check for the most active users in the group and if they are offering paid writing services as well. It is very important to only search for groups which are relevant to your niche because there is no point in hiring a writer which has no knowledge about your niche even though his English writing skills are very good.
Odesk and people per hour have been my favorite website for various tasks since long. These websites provide an easy-to-use interface to search through their categories or you can even do a keyword search.
Once you have the list of writers you can filter them and drill down to a more specific list of writers by using the filter tools provided by the website. Once you have finalized the writers either you can message them directly or you can post your requirement as a job on the website where writers can come and bid on.
Now you need to take care of one thing that whenever you are sending a message to those writers or writing that as a job post to ensure that you provide easy to understand requirements and maximum instructions you can. In this way you would also be able to keep away the junk and hence would save your time to finalize the correct writer for you
Ask other people
We all are member of various niche related Facebook and LinkedIn groups, so you can also ask fellow bloggers or fellow group members for their experiences as well. Their experience can be valuable for you.
That being said, after trying all the websites and ways mentioned above I have finally settled down to content mart.
As most of us work on building an Amazon affiliate niche website focused on only our niche, similarly content mart is purely a website for providing content writers. I have been using content mart since last six months and have tried different writers for different topics and have been amazed always after seeing the quality of content.
- The best part is that I need to pay much less at content mart than any other website for the article of same quality.
- Also content mart has buyer protection, that it does not pay to the writer unless and until you are satisfied with the work.
Although content mart is good website but that doesn’t mean that we should carelessly hire someone from there. You should definitely do your research to find good writers, check their reviews and their past work.
Once you have finalized your writer it is imperative to go through the following steps. If a writer would be serious than he would surely understand that these extra steps are important for him to follow.
- Explain him his tasks thoroughly.
- Guide him thoroughly on all your requirements.
- Strictly tell them the word count per article you are expecting.
- Since you are hiring through a website you do not need to worry about mode of payment as the platform itself will handle this for you.
- If the writer has asked for 10 days to complete the task, do a regular follow-up to check on the status of the work.
There are certain questions as well you need to ask to the writer before finalizing him or her.
- What kind of online research do you do before starting to write?
- Which online blogs on the topics do you personally follow?
- Which is the last book you have read and when?
- Have you also been associated with any professional organization ever?
- What is your way of proofreading the content?
- Are you aware of the way to optimize article for a particular keyword?
Above are some of the common questions you can ask before finalizing the writer whose answers can help you judge on his or her thought process, work ethics, quality of his communication skills etc.
If you are going for elite group of writers paying high price then you can even ask some grammar related questions as well.
Slowly slowly when your business will grow you will need to hire more writers gradually. It also becomes imperative to manage each one of them like a project manager. Google docs can be a great lifesaving tool for you at that time. Being on cloud it would be available for you every time no matter at which location you are.
If you don’t want to use Google docs you can even try other project management software’s like Asna to handle and monitor various tasks. Like me you will also need to hire Seo experts, web designers, graphic designer etc sooner or later. Hence it is recommended to start adapting the habit of using Google Docs or any other project management software. You can not only use these software for managing your writers but for managing other people as well.
So no matter in which form of online business you are in the above guide would really prove beneficial for you. All the above methods have been personally tried and tested by me. If you would like to suggests any improvement or add to the article please do provide your valuable feedback in the comment box below.