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I own an SEO Copywriting/content marketing agency and do really high quality search friendly stuff - but we're not cheap :)  I've had no good experiences with elance and similar BUT I know people who have.  Fiverr on the other hand, I know NOBODY who has had good experiences.   We source writers from blogging networks if that helps - they're only marginally more expensive than Elance but do a MUCH better job.

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You can find writers on freelancing websites like elance and odesk but if you are starting new blog I suggest writing articles by yourself as I believe to write great article you need to have both writing skills and huge amount of knowledge about your niche.

 

You might find writers with good writing skills but writer with both writing skills and knowledge is difficult. You have to pay high amount.

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The surest way is to find a suitable freelancers on special sites - exchanges of copywriting, but also it is also important that the copywriter was experienced and understood in your temative, it will create a high quality and useful content for your website.

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Through trial and error, I’ve figured out a process that works to find, evaluate, and hire writers for almost any type of content.

 

You create a word document — the document has 5 sections. Once the document is created — convert it to a .pdf that you can send to people.

 

About Your Company

This section gives some background about your company — anything that you think is important for someone to know about your business.

You should cover things such as:

  • Your business model
  • Your target market
  • The story behind why it was founded
  • Information about your products and/or services

About Your Content Strategy

This section walks the writers through your vision for your blog: Who the intended readers are, what types of stories/content you’re looking for, what your goal is with the blog, etc.

 

Writing Samples

In this section you’ll give some samples of writing that you like. The samples can be from your blog or they can be samples from other sites. Point out what you like about the articles — it can be the tone, how the article is formatted, or you can just point out the way that the person told the story.

Style that you’re going for on your blog

Point out the stylistic elements.

For example:

  • Tone of the blog is light but informative
  • All blog posts should go in depth on the subject you’re writing about
  • Blog post length should be between 1000–1400 words

The Writing Test

If they’re still interested in being a writer based on everything they’ve read, then I have them do this writing test.

 

This is essentially the interview process for the writers. If they pass the writing test, then I pay them for their first post and onboard them as a writer. If they don’t pass the test, then I don’t pay them for the post, and the writer can use the post however they wish moving forward.

 

Note: It’s important that you let the writer know this prior to doing any work. I’ve found this process to work well on both parts because it takes the risk away — if the writer passes the test, then they get paid and will get steady work moving forward. If the writer doesn’t pass the test, they have a piece of content that they can use however they wish moving forward.

 

Part 1 of the test:

Send an e-mail to the blog manager and pitch three story headlines (and a one sentence description of their thought process for each) that they would like to write about based on everything they read in the writer onboarding document.

 

Reasoning behind this step: This will test them for their ability to be autonomous. If they can come up with good story examples based on what they read in the document, they will likely be able to continue coming up with great stories with minimal guidance going forward. In order for your blog to be scalable, you must train your writers to pitch concepts and run with it.

 

*If they don’t pass this first step, I typically thank them for their time and say it’s not going to be a good fit going forward.

 

Part 2 of the test:

If they passed part 1, then the blog manager picks one of the pieces from the headline examples for the writer to write as a test post.

 

Reasoning behind this step: This will test them for their actual writing ability. Since the writer suggested the stories that they wanted to write, the writer should be able to craft a really high quality post.

 

If the post comes back with minimal editing needed, and has the right direction from a content/story perspective — then I pay them for the post, onboard them and hop on a 30 minute call with them to discuss the blog, company, and payment in more detail.

 

If the post comes back and it requires heavy editing, or the writer just plain missed the point, then I typically thank them for their time, let them use the post however they wish, and tell them it’s probably not going to be a good fit moving forward.

 

I’ve found that this process works so well because it works like a funnel. At every stage of the process, people will drop off, leaving you with only the best writers.

By using this process, it typically leaves you with the writers who are most passionate about what you’re doing, and the people who are willing to put in the effort to do quality work.

 

For more about the process, information on where to find the writers and to download the sample onboarding guide, here's an article to help you: 

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Define "good".  Does it mean "cheap"?

 

I am not cheap, but in four years I have only had three pieces of work returned to ask/discuss edits.

 

Define good and then trade it off against what you are willing to pay.  Otherwise you may as well ask "how long is a piece of string?"

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Define "good".  Does it mean "cheap"?

 

I am not cheap, but in four years I have only had three pieces of work returned to ask/discuss edits.

 

Define good and then trade it off against what you are willing to pay.  Otherwise you may as well ask "how long is a piece of string?"

 

Well, when you say good, the cost shouldn`t come in mind. The best that money can buy should be the thing. 

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Well, when you say good, the cost shouldn`t come in mind. The best that money can buy should be the thing. 

 

​Nice thought but that it is not that realistic.  While quality content is important only a small percentage of sites are going to need or to be able to support "the best that money can buy".

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​With content as with every other business expense, ROI is the key to a sustainable business. The best quality that makes the most sense from a business/profit standpoint is what you should be thinking when it comes to all your business expenses. Cost should ALWAYS come to mind. 

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Hi,

 

You can get Good communication writers on

 

iWriter - 

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Freelancer - 

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Upwork - 

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Elance - 

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These are helpful to get quality contents with affordable prices

 

Thanks. 

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I would say try to look at writers in Colleges and Universities. Either those looking to be a writer professionally or really into marketing. Usually you can get them for a decent price and they may be more talented of a writer than those on Fiverr or places like that.

 

I've been lucky to find a few with that method after having horrible luck on Fiverr. 

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If you opt for cheap freelance writers you won't get the quality which converts. My friends tried fiverr, upwork etc website. Finally when he realize he was wasting his time on freelance portal by hiring different freelancers. He just started to find contacts from other sources.

 

Finally the solutions was: Linkedin

 

He contacted many professional and finally he found good writer which suits his niche. So he was not wasting his valuable times and other processing fees. He have a 2 content writers who works for him for the past 3 years and he is happy with them. So i would suggest everyone to use linkedin to find great talents for content writing, graphic design, video editing etc.

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I think that it doesn't really depend on the site: of course, if you're using upwork and you see the rating of the writer, you will trust him/her more.

however, it's really not about the site, it's more about your communication skills: figure out what is the best way to work with your writer and both of you will be okay

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