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4:33 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was given a referral by a colleague to a girl who lives in another country (I'm in America).

It's a Filipino girl (I mean no disrespect when I say that)

This girl charges $4 an article @ 500 words.

I paid her 48 dollars for 12 articles as a sample.


I just got the articles back this week.....and I did a double-take.

The English was pitch-perfect. The tone and prose were proper. It was as if I walked into any given community college (that level) in America and asked the students to write me a paper.


So going off this thread here: [webmasterworld.com...]

I ran a snippet of random text through Google.....nothing. I manually typed in a snippet of text into Google....nothing.


Can you please help me figure out how she's doing it?


Could it be that I actually found a decent writer?

I'm not trying to be dramatic here....but after so many years of meeting disappointing people from across the world (who operated as content builders/etc), I just want to make sure that in my old age....I'm not having the wool pulled over my eyes.


thank you
5:08 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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She could simply be writing the text herself. Or copy it from sources outside the internet. Like books.
5:36 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Oww ... there are honest, hard-working people. I've had my fair share of disappointments with writers too, but I've got few good ones that I depend on from time to time. Try her with an article that can't be easily accessible to her, and test her skills.

Btw Filipino girl's = Filipina
6:16 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You need to look at the average income where the writer lives. In some countries $4.00 per article could be a pretty decent income.
6:58 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys....It's just that I got scammed this time last year by a girl from the Philippines. She gave me a long story about how she was poor, and every time I called her on Skype, I heard chickens clucking in the background....


It wasn't until her 3rd Grandfather passed away that started to tip me off she wasn't on the level.

Ok well, I'm still being cautious but I hope she's on the level and I will turn on the faucet and throw a ton of work her way, along with referrals to my colleagues. Might even give her an extra dollar per article.
7:21 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Might even give her an extra dollar per article.

Though the intention may be the best in the world, be careful though. People have their pride and your best intention could trigger the wrong reaction.
By all means refer her to others and give her as much work as she can reasonably handle just don't hand out alms.
7:42 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If the writer is not an expert in the topic then the article was rewritten. Review the instructions given to the worker and use those instructions in Google to find the source articles.