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The site still gets around 30k pageviews per month and is still pulling in some cash via good old fashioned Google AdSense.
Anyway, I'm hoping that I can find a writer for my site. What I'd like to do is for the gig to be commission-based so that I don't have to fork out a bunch of cash for articles that don't produce. I also want to find someone that's qualified to write for my site; which I imagine will be quite difficult without the aforementioned forking of cash. The basic idea is to have any article written by someone other than myself split the ad revenue generated by that page between me and them evenly. They get the advantage of writing for a site that's been around for a few years and is established, I get to finally start adding content to the site again and will also benefit. Theoretically, the writer could make substantially more via this method in the long run (continual recurring income), but it'd be sparse in the beginning.
What I don't know how to do is find a writer. Honestly I'd like someone in the Philippines because the conversion rate is good for them and their English tends to be excellent. (I work with several people in Manila on a daily basis) As mentioned in the subtitle, I've tried eLance but they booted the project because of its commission based structure. There are a couple of other similar sites out there, but I don't remember what they are called and I'm not sure how well they will work.
Any of you have experience finding good writers? If so, where did you come across them?
Perhaps I'll place a small ad on my site asking for them. There's always a possibility I could find something that way...
Thanks in advance,
Unfortunately if eLance didn't work I am not sure there a fast or easy way to round up a group of writers. However it would seem to me that you only need a few writers to start with to make your plan work so hopefully doing it this way wouldn't be too much work.
You'll be sorry you did that in the long run. Some content does really well and you'll regret forking out a grand or more a month every month to a parasite who's doing nothing for your site.
If you need high quality content that does not need rewriting or plagiarism reviews then post an ad at your local college/university. There are many bright native speakers with excellent writing skills who will write for you at a decent price. It doesn't even have to be a local college, many universities have programs where you can register online and start posting job opportunities right away. You can even indicate you are looking for a computer sciences major.
We have also used college students. OK, but not good enough. We needed someone with exemplary writing skills, which generally means 1] English as a first language; 2] a top college qualification; 3] at least two to three years working as a writer or journalist.
Otherwise, down the track, you may well be faced with decision whether to completely rewrite your site. Especially if your cheap writers have 'borrowed' tracts from other websites. We use a company called Newsvend, they have full-time writing staff in the US, England and New Zealand.
Not that cheap, but not too expensive either and the quality is excellent.
I would help you myself, but my expertise does not run to computer repairs!
Ask around, I am sure you will soon find that you know someone who knows someone who may be free to help. You usually get someone you can trust that way and, because you avoid agency fees, you can pay the writer a little more and keep him or her well-motivated.
Some content does really well and you'll regret forking out a grand or more a month every month to a parasite who's doing nothing for your site.
@ Martinibuster: isn't that a contradiction? If the content does that well, how can its contributor be considered a parasite?
Their profile seemed to be professional writers or editors who were now mothers who liked to work from home on small assignments. I never met any of them.
I have reviewed your post in this forum, and learnt that you are in seach of a content writer who will write for your site on computer repair. You said that you want your writer to work on commission-basis so that you I don't have to expend ash for articles that are not up-to-the-mark.
I think you should advertise in the job sites to get hold of a content writer who would work on commision-basis. You can also go to the blog sites, content writing sites and social networking sites to call attention to the content writers seeking jobs.