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Hiring a writer for my site
Where to look and what to pay?

 4:05 am on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

My site is at a stage that it needs more than one writer to maintain it's growth in terms of visitors, advertising revenue and authority on the internet. I'd like to hear about people's experiences with hiring external content writers for a computer-related website.

Where should I look for a good writer? What do I pay? And most importantly: how do I attract the right people that will know how to address my mostly 'newbie' audience?



 7:04 am on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

hiring external content writers

give adds for monster.com that helped me a lot.


 4:47 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have found talented writers off guru.com elance.com and scriptlance.com is worth posting on for tech stuff.

Don't offer a rate - let them bid for the work. You might just be surprised at quality of work and low rates.


 6:19 am on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have had mixed experience with the "coder" sites. Apparently, Guru coders/writers have to pay and on one project I got no bids at all.

I believe that if you start looking around the $0.02 - 0.03 / word range, you can get some decent articles. Any cheaper and it's people writing who are not native english speakers and often the article are garbage .. and plaigerized / copied-pasted as well.

I would recommend Rentacoder and Scriptlance (haven't tried elance) if you follow your "due diligence" rules.

Tech stuff may be a bit more expensive.

Copywriters .. that's an entirely different ballgame. ($$$)


 9:46 pm on Dec 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

yeah, of course there are lots of idiots on guru.com but there is also some real talent. They have portfolios, most have ratings and nearly all I have worked with produce samples based on the brief for free.
The risk is low if you apply some common sense. ie I never work with someone that has no feedback rating.


 4:17 am on Dec 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

The problem with feedback ratings on some of the coder sites: Even if there is a dispute or quality issue, the coders will make discount deals to protect their high rating.

In one case when the writer delivered terrible content, they tried to negotiate and when I wouldn't deal, they wanted to cancel the project to avoid a poor feedback rating.

Another problem is a provider that farms out their work. That's a real crap shoot.


 4:51 pm on Dec 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sorry for the late response and thanks for the tips. I will have a look at the sites you mentioned. $0.03 per word is actually a lot cheaper than I figured, so I believe I should be able to give it a try.

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