rocknbil - 5:53 pm on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I don't know what your topic is,but have been approached by similar potential clients. You need to work this the other way - instead of looking for a webmaster to get on board, you need to find people with the same passions about your topic and sort through them until you find one that has web skills. "There is no heart stronger than that of a volunteer". A contractor may do the work for you as long as the checks are good, but if they never share your passion they won't be willing to push it to it's fullest potential.
A scenario, your like-minded web newbie may not be skilled in SEO or all the other things that make a web site work, but with the passion to drive it, they will be motivated to learn. A contractor will only do what they are paid to do.