| 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.