After many years of getting content created, I have had my team work on getting a great outline on what we expect in our review articles when we send them to our writers. There are many ways that you can create the articles, however, this format is one that I use with my sites as it’s one I see that has had great results in both ranking and click through rate.
The following steps will outline a more in-depth the process of creating a stellar review and getting the results you would expect from including them on your website and other online platforms:
Clients that approach us already know their niche and what products and topics their website and business will be focused on; however, they may have not already completed the keyword research that is needed to come up with the right titles and reviews for their websites.
When choosing which product to review, it is important to fully understand the niche that you will be covering. Keyword research will help to streamline search engine optimization (SEO) and bring in more targeted results, which, in turn, generate improved profits.
Keyword research helps to build up a list of relevant and important topics for the niche. When using a keyword research tool or program, it is likely that you will be presented with an extensive selection of potential keywords that could lead to generating increased traffic and sales. However, you want to narrow down this massive list to a select few keywords that are highly targeted to the particular niche to be presented. It is these keywords that will provide more inherent value for the website and drive more traffic to your website.
When narrowing down the list of keywords, you need to determine how competitive the niche keyword phrases are and narrow down the intended audience; this can be done based on the client or audience and the location in which they feel is more relevant for their rankings.
Once the list has been narrowed down, it can then be customized to more specific metrics. Keywords we select will have over 500 monthly searches and are under 30% competition. The keywords used should be able to generate more sales and should be optimized to rank higher in searches. This is an effective way to determine which products are most the in-demand and the best to be reviewing. If you are looking for some great keyword research tools to help with this process, please read our in-depth review that we did here.
Once the keywords are acquired, there will be a greater idea of what products will need to be reviewed. Once the title has been generated, it is then the time to conduct some thorough research online to discover some of the best coffee makers there are currently available.
Amazon, for example, has countless assorted products to choose from and they already include a lot of the relevant information that will be needed to complete the article. However, it is never recommended to write a review based solely on the information provided on the Amazon link.
Instead, do some research, check other reputable sites, including the manufacturer’s sites, to acquire additional information that may prove to be useful in the product review article.
It is best to limit your reviews to the products that have received the most reviews and most stars. It is easier to find information for these products as well as user-generated testimonials highlighting the specific pros and cons of each—remember that very few products are perfect for everyone.
All the information gathered through the research process will then help create a more convincing, compelling, and accurate review with trusted and reliable information the reader can count on when making a final purchasing decision.
Once you have determined the niche, the keywords, and the title for the review, it is time to find a writer that is up to the task of completing the article. If you missed my article on the best places to hire writers, you can find that here. Take into consideration the type of review that will be written, the purpose the review will serve, and what you want the review to ultimately accomplish.
For the example article of the Best Drip Coffeemakers for At Home Brewing, we are looking for a knowledgeable writer who understands the importance of keyword use and SEO and will be able to research a product thoroughly to dissect its value and key features. The review should be compelling and able to better position the website to be higher up on the go-to list of similar niche websites and it should also attract and entice visitors to visit the page, click on the links, and discover other products and services that the website has to offer.
Providing the writer with a template is a good starting point for the article process so they are sure to touch on each element that is needed to create a well-rounded and complete review article. You can review the template we send to our writers here. For our coffeemaker review, we want to make sure to include all relevant information including the price range, key features of the product, and any pros and cons that there may be. The content should also be in a readable format that is easy to skim.Download the Template We Send to Our Writers!
Long paragraphs will most likely be skipped over by a reader. Rather, smaller paragraphs, tables, and bullet points with appropriate headings and subheadings are an easier and more straightforward way to complete an article. It provides an easy-to-read format that can be quickly read by the potential customer and provides a clear and valuable comparison of each product that they can keep going back to without having to search within a wall of text for the information.
The following is an example of a good template to follow when completing a review article. It includes a breakdown of each section that should be included and provides an easy to read format and layout that will appeal to a reader interested in the product.
Provide a Brief Introduction
As with traditional-style newspapers, the introduction should immediately grab the reader’s attention so they continue to read—headlines sell. The tone should be more conversational, as if you were talking to a friend, and provide valuable information that answers the initial question of the article. For the coffee maker reviews, we are looking for the best coffee makers for home brewing and we are using the article to present this information in a meaningful and valuable way.
Next, you will be introducing the products. For this review article, we provided a link, image, and relevant information of the product in the beginning so the reader knows exactly what was being discussed. We then go on to discuss a few more elements including:
In the first paragraph of each reviewed product, it is recommended to describe the product in detail and describe the results you will achieve from using the product. The paragraph should be short but include all relevant information pertaining to the product that you may not be able to find just through the key features and pros and cons.
Testimonials will typically include the pros and cons of the product and why the user would or would not recommend the product. However, it is best not to be too negative and instead provide a solution to a con or a feature that may help overcome this small downfall.
A helpful review will generally include a small list of pros and cons that include three to five bullet points each.
The following is a representation of how the customer reviews are displayed on Amazon. It provides a mix of one to 5-star feedback that can be used to better determine the product’s pros and cons. It can be used in addition to other research from other reliable sources.
Buying advice can be included following the product reviews or at the beginning to accompany the introduction. If it is placed at the beginning, then the reader will have a better idea of what they should be looking for regarding the products. Likewise, if it is placed at the end, it will provide a refresher and a reminder of what they already read.
For the conclusion, you should write one to two final paragraphs that summarize the content of the product review article.
The summary should be a brief retelling of what was discussed and explain why the review article will help make buying decisions easier. Finally, the second concluding paragraph can include a recommendation section in which a product is recommended based on the reviews.
As you can see from the example article, the format includes the introduction and buying advice, the introduction of each product including relevant information, the name, and the link where it can be found along with general and useful information. We then go into the bullet points of key features and then the pros and cons that can be expected from each product.
The format is repeated for each of the products being reviewed. A good review article will provide between three and five different product reviews to provide the reader with a plethora of information to help with their purchasing decision
A call to action (CTA) is a brief statement at the end of a product review article that engages the reader and invites them to do something. Key phrases can be used for this including:
The CTA will entice the reader to engage in a specific action as directed by the writer of the content and will make a compelling and creative addition to your content. Keep in mind the placement, the design, and the copy of what the CTA says.
There doesn’t have to be only one CTA per article. They can be strategically placed within the article to persuade the reader to continue for more information. In review articles, for example, you can include a “Click Here” CTA that will lead the reader to other information about the product or will provide them with the link they can use to purchase the product that is being discussed.
The design of the CTA should be appealing to the reader and can even be colorful to draw their attention to it. Finally, it should be noticeable on the page and stand apart from the other text.
The text of the CTA should be brief, straightforward, clearly written, and concise. Do not be afraid to be bold and compelling here; you want results and improved sales on the products you are marketing. Make the CTA stand out and serve its purpose.
Once the writer completes the article and sends it back for review, the content can be edited and then upgraded, if needed, using MarketMuse.
MarketMuse is a content planning tool that helps content marketers and content creators maximize the value of the articles they are writing. The article is pasted into the box, the keywords are typed in and the title is included. Once all this information is entered, the content is analyzed to see what changes or improvements need to be made and offers ways in which the content can be upgraded to make it a more thorough and informative piece that will do better in searches.
MarketMuse offers three scores for the content. Under Content Analyzer, you will see the Content Depth Score, Average Content Score Target, and Best Content Score Target. Next to that information, you will find the approximate word count of the content, the average word count target, and the best word count target.
The Content Score will stack the content we have provided against other content that includes related information and will then be able to identify and provide topics that will be the most relevant to the page for the site and the competitors.
It will also be able to show how similar content ranks on search engines and the average word count and content score the other sites have generated. It provides a foundation on which can be built and improved on to produce higher quality content.
For this review article, we were targeted in on coffeemakers so that is what I will put in the space provided
Best Coffee Makers for At Home Brewing
Knowing what kind of images to include and where to get them from can pose a challenge. When looking for images, make sure that they are relevant to the content you are publishing are of superior quality, original, and will appeal to your target audience.
The images for a product review will be of the actual products so the reader will have a better idea of the style and look of the product they are about to purchase. In the case of our Coffeemaker review, other relevant images could include a cup of coffee, a travel mug of coffee, or anything related to the at-home brewing process.
Avoid lower quality images that cannot be correctly sized or appear too blurry. These types of images can actually detract from the quality of the writing. High-resolution images are best and will make an impressive and professional appearance on the site.
Just as you would include a CTA at the end of the product review, the images should also invite a call to action. The image of a steaming cup of coffee may be enough to inspire the reader to crave that cup of coffee, making it more likely that they will read on to learn about the coffeemaker options they can purchase for their own home.
Writing a compelling and informative product review article, while time-consuming, can lead to greater success online in terms of attracting the target market, improving search engine results, and increasing sales generation and traffic.
Hopefully, this article helped highlight the various steps involved in the process from start to finish.
It is never advisable to underestimate the results that can be achieved by writing a detailed product review article. Even statistically speaking, a consumer is less likely to purchase a product if they are unable to read reviews on the item. Reviews are especially practical for online and other web-based sources because the consumer cannot try the product before purchasing. They are relying solely on the information being provided and the reviews.
Readers will look first at the product ratings for various items and will most likely ignore any products that are rated below three stars. They will then click on the product with the higher ratings to learn more about it and then begin to compare the available reviews.
Therefore, a product review article definitely is an essential tool to include in your arsenal when it comes to improving sales, generating traffic, and seeing continued success within your niche.
If there anything you think I missed that should be included in the review post I would love to hear about it!
Most posts on the internet teach you how to create articles, but none really tell you how to take an existing article and turn it into a top ranking article on that topic. We have worked over the last few year to bring you this tutorial by running different tools and monitoring the success and the outcome from those tools. Today we will show you the tools that we believe are the best (and the ones our team uses) in order to get the most predictable outcome.
When we create sites and get content created we never really think too much about going back and fixing or changing the articles. We let it sit and hope it ranks well. Over the last few months, I have had my team at ContentRefined take some older sites, run it through MarketMuse, adjust the content and see how it does. The results have been great! I have found that sometimes if you have an article that’s not really moving in rankings, you add a bit more content and input some of the words Marketmuse suggests, you should be able to find your rankings improve over the next few weeks.
As always, whenever I find something really good, I love to share it with my audience so that they know how to do it too.
There are several tools available that can help successfully upgrade content and provide more valuable and in-depth information. MarketMuse is one viable tool that is easy to use and provides you with a starting off point for what needs to be done.
Step One: Sign into your MarketMuse account with your credentials and you will then be taken to the dashboard where you will see the Content Analyzer tab.
Step Two: Find the article that needs to be upgraded and copy and paste it into the box labeled Content. Type in the title of the article and then go above that and type in the focus for the content that MarketMuse will be analyzing.
When finished, click Analyze so that it can generate your results. The results will show several factors including the Content Depth Score, the Average Content Score Target, and the Best Content Score Target.
It is important that after the content upgrade, it is far beyond the Best Content Score Target. Otherwise more work will need to be done to get it to the place it needs to be for better results.
Step Three: Review the results and then thoroughly read the article from beginning to end. Pay attention to the quality of the writing, how valuable the information contained in the article is, and then look for basic grammar, sentence structure, and word choice.
Do not use keywords as fillers or try to place them where they do not belong. The keywords being used should make sense, fall into line with the article, and not clutter it up with unnecessary words and filler.
Step Four: After filling in some relevant keywords as described above, you can then begin to take a closer look at missing words and missing subjects. You will be able to see if there are any relevant topics or information that should be included that the previous writer of the article may have left out.
Step Five: Begin adding to the word count by covering the missing topics. Even adding just a small paragraph with four sentences to discuss a missing subject can help raise the content score of the article.
Step Six: Run the article through MarketMuse one more time to see what your revised score is after making all the edits, improvements, and additions, and you are ready to send it off.
MarketMuse is just one useful tool that can successfully help you upgrade the article. Another useful tool when working on content upgrades is Cognitive SEO.
REMEMBER – This isn’t about stuffing keywords but about adding valuable/useful topics to the article to help it meet the searchers intent.
CognitiveSEO is another online tool that is designed to help people manage their SEO programs and it has an easy to use and well-designed interface.
Much like MarketMuse, Cognitive SEO will also analyze the content and track the site when comparing it to competitors. It will help provide you with a better idea on why your website and content may not be ranking as high as it should be and why your competitors are rising above you in the ranks.
CognitiveSEO will be able to provide you with the SEO tools you need to help improve and increase your traffic.
Step One: To get started, you will first need to sign in with the proper credentials on the sign in screen.
Step Two: Open the Keyword Tool and Content Assistant and then copy a keyword you have on your spreadsheet and paste it into the keyword tool and content assistant.
Step Three: You will then copy CognitiveSEO Keyword Difficulty and the Average Content Performance to a Google sheet. Then open the article URL in the first column of your Google sheet and copy the title to the title bar and then copy the article content and click Check Score.
Step Four: You are then able to copy the metrics that CognitiveSEO provides you back to your Google spreadsheet and then repeat the steps for the other keywords until you have eliminated all of your Check Score credits.
Each one of these useful tools provide you with what you need to upgrade an article so it rises in the ranks and does better than previously. Each program has different offerings to help with the process and it is up to the user to decide which one is more beneficial for what they are trying to accomplish.
MarketMuse and CognitiveSEO both offer insights into potential improvements that should be made. MarketMuse ranks high when it comes to ease of use, customer support, and overall cost.
MarketMuse helps the user improve search engine rankings with more on-site effort than it does with link building.
MarketMuse also utilizes an easy to read scoring system. When scoring content, it will provide a different color to share with the user regarding the score. Red is bad, yellow is okay but offers room for further improvement, and green is good and is aimed at raising the score as high as it can possibly get without using invaluable or filler content.
It also offers several related topics and keywords that you can use to add content to the article. This can be achieved by adding keywords into the current article and also by adding in an additional content section to cover a keyword or topic that had been missed previously.
CognitiveSEO is another tool that is useful in upgrading content. However, it is not strong when it comes to keyword research. Instead, they are more focused on link building that will help enhance the overall value of the site.
CognitiveSEO offers a wide range of backlink analysis tools to help with link building and the interface was designed to be easy to use. They also offer different SEO management tools to help track the current campaign and any progress that is being made.
CognitiveSEO is also helpful when it comes to tracking your competition and managing the smaller and more delicate details of SEO.
Therefore, you must decide if you want to focus more on keyword research while upgrading your content or would you find increased success if the focus shifted more toward creating stronger backlink tracking and analysis.
As usual, we don’t suggest things without testing the results ourselves first. We had a site that was doing pretty good with traffic and was sitting on the second page/bottom of first page for a lot of quality keywords. So instead of getting a new article creating towards that keyword, we already took an article that was working and ranking well and just improved the content. We were then able to get many of those keywords into the top 3 spots of Google. Also, to be completely transparent, we pointed 10 Use My PBN posts from Lightningrank to those pages as well.
We are now currently executing this strategy amongst many of my other money sites and the return in value has been fantastic.
Whichever program you choose, SEO will always remain an vital component when it comes to website traffic and ranking and the success of your site.
SEO is what attracts potential clients to your website and this is done through the use of important and relevant keywords and phrases that are able to rank highly in search engines. There is a lot of competition so it is important that you rise above and improve your scores.
Organic SEO is an investment that each company should make for some very specific reasons:
As you can see, the world of content marketing online is extremely competitive and upgrading your content is just the first line of defense when it comes to conquering the competition and being able to provide valuable, relevant, and fresh content for your audience.
Utilizing the right SEO tools when upgrading your content can lead to an easier and better way to track data for you or your competitors, can help build your SEO rankings in several different ways, can help improve the traffic going to your site, and can also help to improve your website. If you are interested in having a hands off approach to this, we offer this service through Content Refined. If you are interested you can book a call with our team and we would be happy to discuss your needs!
If you test this out I would love to know how your results went!
Just about a year ago I sent you the first email about Content Refined, the content marketing company Maddie Taylor and I founded off of the back of my own content creation process for my money site portfolio. Happy Birthday Content Refined!
The company started with a tiny production team; a manager, two writers and a publisher. Our goals were to hit $10k monthly recurring revenue within 6 months. We quickly realized that this was a really cute goal. In January 2017, we started growing at a rate of 10% per week! This didn’t stop until we hit a bit of a plateau in July and August, but it has picked back up since, due to a few different marketing efforts, finding our ideal clients and word of mouth sales.
What makes Content Refined different from any other content marketing company is that we are very Data Driven!
Our mission at Content Refined is to push the science of Content Marketing forward by creating online content that is optimized to rank on search engines. We do extensive data analysis tests on the effect of different metrics on the performance of our articles in Google. This includes analyzing keyword metrics, word length and the use of various Content Marketing tools. Our tests continue to refine our Content Marketing strategies that will help you – and your business – succeed online.
Content Refined has grown into an agency of 4 full time Project Managers, and about 60 contractors! We’re publishing about 170 quality articles on a weekly basis!
With this being said, we have added a lot of value to Content Refined over the last year…. we’ve improved our systems,
We have done all this, having only raised our prices once over the last year, keeping it budget friendly for our clients.
In addition over the next months we will be rolling out a custom backend client dashboard that will allow allow all our customers to know exactly the status of all their orders at any point.
Well… we’ve made the business decision that we are at the point where we need to raise our prices in order to keep up this level of intensity across the board.
On Tuesday, we will be officially raising our prices, so if you would like to be grandfathered in to our current pricing structure, check out the prices and order before Tuesday!
If you have a content based site and are earning from ads you have likely wondered how much of the cut are the advertiser networks you are working with taking?
In that search you likely had the same problem as we had… resulting in confusion about exactly how much the middle-man (ad-tech-tax) was!
To get to an approximate answer on how much the middle man takes you need to dive deep into the industry and understand.
Networks gеnеrаtе revenue frоm thе ad іnvеntоrу they buу аnd ѕеll. These percent they take and margins they make vаrу оn a mасrо lеvеl frоm nеtwоrk to nеtwоrk, аnd оn a micro lеvеl frоm impression tо іmрrеѕѕіоn.
In an efficient market if they charge tоо muсh, advertisers wоn’t buy; if thеу сhаrgе tоо lіttlе, рublіѕhеrѕ wоn’t lеvеrаgе thе ad nеtwоrk (more on if it is an efficient market later).
Fоr аdvеrtіѕеrѕ, it’s іmроrtаnt tо keep іn mіnd whеthеr thе network іѕ passing оn this “margin” to thеm in thе fоrm оf ROI оr not. Do the саmраіgnѕ they run on thе network meet thеіr gоаlѕ? Whаt kіnd of dаtа аnd tесhnоlоgу dоеѕ thе network рrоvіdе to hеlр drіvе реrfоrmаnсе? More tіmеѕ than nоt, buуіng dіrесtlу frоm аll the рublіѕhеrѕ thаt the nеtwоrk works with wоuld nоt drіvе performance on par with thе nеtwоrk buу and would сrеаtе massive ореrаtіоnаl соѕtѕ thаt аrе еntіrеlу eliminated bу wоrkіng through thе nеtwоrk. Thіѕ is the value thаt the network раѕѕеѕ оn to аn аdvеrtіѕеr.
For a marketplace to be efficient there is a key central concept… is all information public?
Although not perfectly applicable to this marketplace knowing that an efficient marketplace requires transparency the digital advertising ecosystem definitely fails!
Have a look at the image below showing the complexity of the digital advertising system!
Aссоrdіng tо a Fіnаnсіаl Tіmеѕ іntеrvіеw wіth Outbrain’s managing dіrесtоr іn Europe, thе nеtwоrk ѕhаrеѕ “about half” of any rеvеnuе gеnеrаtеd bу раrtnеr sites. Thе соѕt per click раіd іѕ said tо range frоm $0.15 to $0.30 whіlе click rаtеѕ аrе іn the nеіghbоrhооd of 0.50% tо 0.75%.
Uѕіng thоѕе (big) ranges, wе саn соmе up with ѕоmе revenue еѕtіmаtеѕ:
In оthеr wоrdѕ, mоѕt publishers will ѕее RPMѕ between $0.37 and $1.12 wіth Outbrаіn. Thаt trаnѕlаtеѕ іntо $370 tо $1,120 реr million pageviews, mеаnіng that уоu’ll need tо hаvе a рrеttу substantial audience in оrdеr to gеnеrаtе mеаnіngful revenue from these widgets.
Pеrfоrmаnсе dаtа оn Tаbооlа іѕ muсh harder to dіg uр; thе соmраnу dоеѕn’t ѕhаrе thе revenue splits іt offers, and dеtаіlѕ оn performance are sparse. But wе have a few dаtа роіntѕ:
Thаt wоuld trаnѕlаtе into revenue реr сlісk (unіԛuе visits ѕеnt) оf about $0.35, which іѕ rоughlу іn lіnе with Outbrаіn (реrhарѕ a bіt hіghеr). It also іmрlіеѕ a сlісk rate оf about 0.05% реr rесоmmеndаtіоn, which trаnѕlаtеѕ іntо 0.20% to 0.30% реr раgе (since the Tаbооlа wіdgеt оftеn іnсludеѕ multірlе rесоmmеndаtіоnѕ). Thаt gets us tо аbоut $1.00 in grоѕѕ RPM (і.е., $1.00 in tоtаl rеvеnuе gеnеrаtеd per thоuѕаnd раgеvіеwѕ) before tаkіng іntо account Tаbооlа’ѕ сut.
Hоw did Gооglе AdSense dеtеrmіnе the аmоunt уоu receive реr сlісk? Google also runѕ AdWоrdѕ, whісh is kіnd оf a mіrrоrеd ѕеrvісе tо AdSense. On AdWоrdѕ аdvеrtіѕеrѕ runnіng ѕhорѕ, ѕеrvісеѕ, or оthеr mаrkеtеrѕ сrеаtе ads аnd tell Gооglе tо рublіѕh thеm оn еіthеr the Gооglе search engine or іn the dіѕрlау nеtwоrk, ѕо аll wеbѕіtеѕ belonging tо the AdSense nеtwоrk. 68 реrсеnt оf thе amount an аdvеrtіѕеr рауѕ per сlісk on thеіr аdѕ on уоur ѕіtе is уоur іnсоmе. Thе rest іѕ Gооglе’ѕ commission fее.
This ѕtіll іѕn’t аll you nееd tо knоw аbоut hоw muсh AdSеnѕе pays уоu. Thе соѕtѕ per click are саlсulаtеd іn an auction. Evеrу аd thаt іѕ somehow in thе рооl tо роtеntіаllу bе dіѕрlауеd оn your wеbѕіtе takes part in іt. In thіѕ auction, іt іѕn’t juѕt thе hіghеѕt bidder thаt wins, but thе wіnnеr is аlѕо dеtеrmіnеd by his “quality”. Wіthоut gоіng deeper at this mоmеnt juѕt rеmеmbеr thаt Gооglе wіll ultіmаtеlу run some smart аlgоrіthmѕ thаt try tо gеt thе highest іnсоmе реr thоuѕаnd іmрrеѕѕіоnѕ (rеturn реr mille = RPM) fоr уоu (and them).
Blосkсhаіn technology іѕ grеаt news for рublіѕhеrѕ and аdvеrtіѕеrѕ, bаd nеwѕ fоr middlemen.
Thе most ѕuссеѕѕful оf these сеntrаl authorities аrе Outbrаіn, Tаbооlа, Facebook аnd Google. Google mаkеѕ wеll over four bіllіоn dоllаrѕ a year frоm it’s Gооglе Dіѕрlау Nеtwоrk. This іѕ whеrе Google асtѕ аѕ a middle man bеtwееn website оwnеrѕ whо have traffic and advertisers whо wаnt clicks to their site.
If thеу trusted еасh оthеr and had the technology/market, the аdvеrtіѕеr аnd thе publisher wоuldn’t nееd Google аѕ аn іntеrmеdіаrу taking an often unknown ѕhаrе оf the revenue.
Why are ad networks needed?
In a perfect world… If еvеrу uѕеr is a genuine uѕеr wіth 100% ассurасу, the website owner is only сhаrgіng thе аdvеrtіѕеr for gеnuіnе clicks, the advertiser would always pay the publisher when they are supposed to, a central marketplace existed and ad tech to deliver the ad was simple to implement then there would be no need for a сеntrаl аuthоrіtу/middle mаn, ѕаvіng thеm both mоnеу.
Sо now уоu can ѕtаrt to see thе mаѕѕіvе implications blockchain hаѕ fоr thе wоrld оf digital marketing. Blockchain based ad networks cutting out the middle man represents the ѕаmе kind of thrеаt tо bіg tесh gіаntѕ аѕ bіtсоіn/cryptocurrency dоеѕ tо bіg bаnkѕ.
Find out more about how this technology will benefit advertisers and publishers – checkout the site and deck at adbank.network
Lеt’ѕ bе сlеаr though, thіѕ is good nеwѕ fоr аdvеrtіѕеrѕ and ѕіtе оwnеrѕ. Thеу gеt tо kеер mоrе оf the rеvеnuе for thеmѕеlvеѕ!
Over the last few months, I have received numerous emails asking about writers and where to find them. Writers can often be a headache for people to outsource and can sometimes eat up a lot of time. Our team likes to hire and fire fast and not spend much time on a writer if they don’t produce something great the first time.
Hiring a writer is more than just paying for a service; it’s an investment in both your company and yourself. It ensures your company is properly represented and saving yourself hours of time that can be better spent focusing on any of the countless other tasks that come with running an online business.
There are also many different writers out there, too. There are writers who specialize in different fields, such as SEO, copywriting, dissertation ghostwriters, essay writers, writers to maximize business plans, content writers, white paper writers, resume writers… the list is almost endless and all of which can be found on freelance sites.
First, if you are looking for a writer for hire, you need to think about exactly what you want.
Before you can actually go about hiring a writer, you’ll need to decide whether you want to hire one as a part of your staff, work with a freelancer or an agency. All options have their own benefits and drawbacks.
Working with a freelance writer is a more streamlined process and oftentimes more cost-effective. Interviewing can be tedious and time-consuming. Instead of meeting with multiple people, you can place an ad online and make a decision based on the submissions of writing samples you receive (risky but fast).
Whereas hired writers are either salaried or hourly, freelancers are usually paid per project. If you find a writer who you’d like to work with more consistently, you can offer to pay a retainer fee to reserve a determined amount of time for your projects.
Compared to the possibly-costly process of firing an employee, ending a relationship with a freelancer is much easier. All you have to do is send an email letting them know you’re no longer interested in working together (sometimes you can get someone who sends a million emails asking why they were fired and for another chance – as I have experienced!)
Hiring a writer as part of your staff isn’t without its perks. Even with email, Skype, and other modern technologies, nothing compares to communicating face-to-face. Sometimes, explaining exactly what you want is easier in person.
Working with a content management team such as Content Refined, offers the ability to be hands off and hire a skilled team who just produces quality content. Plus, many content management teams also offer scheduling and marketing services.
Most content management teams have a team of writers so you can rest assured knowing there will always be someone available to take on your project. If you’re dissatisfied with the quality or style of the assignment, you can simply ask for a different writer’s spin on it.
Like with freelancers, payment is usually per assignment and based on the services provided. However, you’ll likely end up paying more when working with content management teams, which makes sense since a team is bound to have more expenses than an individual. However, with additional services like promoting content across various social media platforms, your money will be put to good use.
Now that we’ve gone over why hiring a professional writer is essential, let’s take a look at the 5 best places to hire writers.
“To connect businesses with great talent to work without limits.”
This is the biggest and best platform that we hire a lot of our team from.
Upwork is a website that connects freelancers with those who are looking to hire them. This does not only have to be article writing it can be a wide range of different tasks from hiring a VA to getting someone to build you a website.
With over 1 billion users active on a daily basis, Facebook is undoubtedly one of the best ways to find a professional writer. Unlike Upwork—which only provides you with the information submitted by the freelancer—Facebook gives you far more insight into who you’re dealing with as a person.
Experienced freelancers may even have reviews on their wall and clients on their friend’s list. We have only recently started to use Facebook for hiring, but the outcome has been fantastic so far. They are a bit more pricy then the other places listed here but can sometimes be worth it.
By utilizing its search function, you can easily connect with thousands of people—both individually and in groups. For example, this group https://www.facebook.com/groups/copyjobs/ features over 13,000 members who are all skilled copywriters.
Because business dealings managed via Facebook are usually done in private, it’s hard to discern how payments are usually handled, we usually use Paypal for our transactions with them.
The greatest pro of finding writers on Facebook is its massive user base. The biggest downside is its publicity and the risk of scorned clients or freelancers posting negativity on your wall.
Fiverr (Not recommended) is almost the antithesis of Upwork. Instead of posting jobs, those looking to hire a freelancer, select a category, then a sub-category of work and choose the freelancer they feel best fits their needs from the listings. We find that the pool isn’t as large as Upwork but there are still some good quality writers if you give it enough time.
Rather than applying to different jobs, freelancers on Fiverr post a listing that specifies what type of work they’re willing to do, their skills, and their rate. Each listing comes with three options: basic, standard, and premium—each with its own rate and services offered.
The going rate for 1000 words seems to be anywhere between $10 and $25, depending on the seller.
The biggest advantage of using Fiverr is being able to compare and contrasts the many different sellers to be able to find the one that’s ideal for you.
The biggest downside to using Fiverr is the inability to post jobs with specific requirements and I find the pool isn’t as big as other platforms.
Onlinejobs.ph is a website that allows you to outsource work that you have to skilled individuals in the Philippines. I haven’t used this one but I have heard some great things about it.
When looking for someone to hire, you can either post a job and wait until someone applies or search through the site’s resume database using keywords.
Once you’ve found someone you’re interested in working with, you’re ready for the next step: Ironing out the details like payment (which is handled via PayPal) and expectations.
The greatest part of using onlinejobs.ph is its TimeProof tool: Software that records any activity, takes screenshots of the freelancer’s screen, and then sends them off to the employer automatically.
As with all outsourcing, you run the risk of working with someone who isn’t too familiar with your language, which may end up leading to issues. In my opinion, this is the biggest disadvantage.
Before working on onlinejobs.ph, it’s important to remember to read up on the conversion between your nation’s currency and the Filipino peso.
Guru.com seems similar to Fiverr in how employers sift through freelancer listings and profiles in order to find someone that can provide what they need. Like Upwork, the website manages payment by serving as a middleman. Unlike Upwork, where the website’s team ultimately decides if the work has been fulfilled satisfactorily, Guru claims that the employer ultimately decides whether the provided work is worthy of payment.
Leaving the terms of payment up to the employer is simultaneously Guru’s biggest pro (for the employer) and con (for the freelancer).
Out of the 5 websites listed above, I’d have to say Upwork is the best for finding writers. Even though Facebook has a massive user base, the straightforward and streamlined bidding process for Upwork makes it easy to find someone to work with.
If you have any questions or know of any other places, I would love to hear about it! Please mention any other writing resources below and what it’s advantages/disadvantages are (self promotional posts are allowed within reason 🙂 )