Comparing article writing companies

by ncloud
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I'm trying to gain some experience in outsourcing articles. I had a couple of articles written for me at iwriter by elite writes. I let them know exactly what I wanted them to write about and they actually did a pretty decent job considering that they didn't have my researched notes on the topic. For what I was going to do with these two articles they will work just fine.

But, for another website I'm doing I want to be a little more picky. There is a couple of things I don't like about iwriter. I thought people would bid on the job and I would be able to pick one of them. I didn't get to pick the writer. I didn't get to see any of their previous work to see who would be the best pick. I actually had some notes that I gathered from my research into my topics that I could have given the writer to make their job easier and to get a better article, but they didn't give me any way to share those notes with the writer.

So, I'm wondering about some of these other places to outsource articles like Elance and Odesk. Which other places will I be able to do these things? And how much will it cost for an elite writer there compared to Iwriter which was $12.50?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author kk075
    Originally Posted by ncloud View Post

    Which other places will I be able to do these things?
    Elance, Odesk or Freelancer all lets you hire directly, and each of them has solid writers within that price range (you set the price though, not the site itself). It kills me that I can't insert my affiliate links though, that would be $125 just having you sign up on the three sites and post an ad. =)
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    • Profile picture of the author ncloud
      So I can do all of that at Elance, Odesk, and Freelancer. Are there any draw backs to any of those three sites so I can narrow it down further?

      "each of them has solid writers within that price range (you set the price though"


      Any ideas on how to determine what I should pay them? Like a certain amount per 100 words or something? If I'm too low people might not want to take the job, but I don't want to over pay either.
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      • Profile picture of the author kk075
        Originally Posted by ncloud View Post

        So I can do all of that at Elance, Odesk, and Freelancer. Are there any draw backs to any of those three sites so I can narrow it down further?

        "each of them has solid writers within that price range (you set the price though"


        Any ideas on how to determine what I should pay them? Like a certain amount per 100 words or something? If I'm too low people might not want to take the job, but I don't want to over pay either.
        There are solid writers at most price points there, you just have to be selective and find the right person. Now, I don't know what type of content you're talking about but $12-15 per blog from a novice writer sounds about right. For those more experienced in your niche, they may bid $25, $50 or even more per article but it's up to you to make the final call on what you want to pay. Higher price doesn't always mean better quality though- keep that in mind.

        As far as the differences, Elance and Odesk are very similar since they're owned by the same company (they are actually merging). Freelancer is the newest of the three and tends to be the "cheap option", so you'll get a lot of foreigners applying for budget rates. All three sites have this though to some degree and I haven't used Freelancer in years (I've heard that they've drastically improved).

        So I'd put them all fairly even in terms of quality, although I'd recommend Elance just because that's where I build a reputation. Honestly though, they're all very similar...just pick one and post a free ad.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
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    Obviously the writing must be good enough quality to be effective for your niche audience. And depending upon your niche the price may be significantly higher for more professional writing.

    Having bought articles in various niches, I can say it's basically a sampling and experimenting process. You just have to pay for one or two articles and see for yourself if the quality is good. And you have to be willing to buy from several sources.

    Also, unless it's a big established company, I wouldn't get too dependent on one provider. It's good to have a backup or second source in case your first writer disappears.
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  • Profile picture of the author StylesTom
    I always use Zanes Content
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