Cheap alternatives to writing your own articles?

by Goalie35 24 replies
I have a client who owns a local auto repair business. He wants an entire website re-design & seo. One of my plans was to include a blog to get some article marketing going however, I see the way he runs some of his other online efforts (plus I've known him for many years). He's going to write a few articles, then he'll pitter out & never touch it again. His blog will look old & abandoned rather quickly.

Can you recommend another approach? He's not going to want to pay a fortune for new articles but I might be able to get him to pay out a small monthly fee for new content. Is there anything I can offer here or am I better off just dropping the blog & article idea?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Why don't you write the articles. Just ask him questions and turn the answers into articles. Charge him the monthly fee yourself.

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    • Profile picture of the author Goalie35
      Why don't you write the articles. Just ask him questions and turn the answers into articles. Charge him the monthly fee yourself.
      Thanks Al. I thought about that & I may still end up going that route. My plate's pretty full right now though & this project was more about helping a friend out, so was hoping to setup what needs to be setup & then pass it back to him fully automated & wipe my hands clean of it.

      Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    Cheap articles is most of the time poorly written, but if you are ranking for a non-competitive niche, maybe you can easily get away from it.

    An alternative is to hire someone on I-Writer to get your articles done. You can outsource a 500 - 700 words article for just $10 - $20 bucks
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolasmd2112
    I agree with what everyone else is saying. You don't want cheap articles. Cheap articles means cheap content which is poor in quality, has spelling/grammatical errors, and shows little sign of actual knowledge of the subject, I know because I have purchased a cheap article before. If you do want something cheap, Fiverr is also an option.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrenOHara
    You could try iwriter which is mentioned here. I've had some success with them, and the quality has generally been very good.

    I wouldn't go near fiverr for content, from my experience anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by Goalie35 View Post

    I have a client who owns a local auto repair business. He wants an entire website re-design & seo. One of my plans was to include a blog to get some article marketing going however, I see the way he runs some of his other online efforts (plus I've known him for many years). He's going to write a few articles, then he'll pitter out & never touch it again. His blog will look old & abandoned rather quickly.

    Can you recommend another approach? He's not going to want to pay a fortune for new articles but I might be able to get him to pay out a small monthly fee for new content. Is there anything I can offer here or am I better off just dropping the blog & article idea?

    Thanks
    If you know this is going to happen, perhaps you should not include a blog with his website..
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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    Unless you hire a writer to constantly write for the blog or you're going to outsource X number of articles on regular basis to keep the blog updated, then there's no other way to maintain the freshness of the blog.

    Either hire a writer or just outsource some articles and then schedule them over a certain period to go live.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Have you considered setting up RSS feeds on his site from a number of the top automotive industry sites? It may not help much from an SEO perspective, but it will give his site a fresh look each day and it will give quality niche content that could attract viewers without you having to spend a lot of time maintaining the web site.

      Just a thought.

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  • Profile picture of the author dustychimes
    I just ordered a 1000-2000 word article from a lady at Hire Writers with great reviews. Cost me like $11.70. Something to consider
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  • Profile picture of the author seven4
    Well, there are webistes that offer cheap articles. I haven't tried them, but the articles look okay, I just don't know if they're unique.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just write your own articles. If you need 5 new articles per day, but don't have the time to do all 5... then just write 1 GOOD one. But cheap alternatives will lead to cheap results. That's like buying a $5 solo ad.
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  • Profile picture of the author tsubibo
    There are other alternatives into writing your own articles. You could find someone on upwork or elance.
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  • Profile picture of the author getbread
    Certain niches anyone can write about. This is not a niche anyone can write about because most people know nothing about cars. You are better off making him do it or scrap the idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author SixtyMarketing
    you can get blog writers from Fiverr or use freelancers but the quality is really poor its just a waste of money and time. Fair enough they might be unique but this is not good enough by a long shot. Even high quality content is not enough anymore to attract social share or inbound links. when writing a blog post you need to offer something new, fresh, different and then some than what other bloggers are writing about on your specific subject.

    With this in mind the only person that can write this level of quality is the company owner as they have the knowledge and experience. But, they have no experience in writing or have the time to do so. i agree with agmccall by asking the owner a series of questions and include points like:

    - difficulty level
    - timescale
    - estimated costs
    - parts required
    - where to get these parts
    - video tutorials

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author flyingskill
    It's right approach to keep updated blog with unique content. Alternative will be to get them rewrite with some uniqueness.

    It is far less cheap option than buying new unique articles.

    Regards!
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  • Profile picture of the author blackli0n
    "CHEAP alternatives to writing articles."

    It depends on where you see the value in written articles. Is it for the SEO aspect or for the informational aspect? If it's for SEO...you can just get an SEO copywriter to do it for you. But if it's for the informational/viral aspect...then you can try Youtube videos or photo instructionals.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcel Guzman
    Hire Writers, I-Writer, Fiverr, just to name three good sources...

    If you look hard enough and test different writers out, you will be able to find high quality writers there that will write 500 word copy for $5. This is a big cost savings part of my ongoing business.
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  • Profile picture of the author RevenueGal
    I would skip the blog part then and simply create a section on "auto repair tips" and include 10 or so TOP of the Line Content (the BEST content you can create)... or use these 10 articles for an autoresponder.
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  • Profile picture of the author nrb
    I have found that individual articles from freelances tend to be of poor quality in most cases. I have a regular freelancer that produces several different content on a regular basis. He is in tune with what I need and does excellent work. I found him on Elance by hiring him for a few test projects. Once I was confident about his skill I pitched ongoing work at a fixed price. Now he provides excellent quality work to secure his income and I receive great content for several venues.
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  • Profile picture of the author namehero
    Originally Posted by Goalie35 View Post

    I have a client who owns a local auto repair business. He wants an entire website re-design & seo. One of my plans was to include a blog to get some article marketing going however, I see the way he runs some of his other online efforts (plus I've known him for many years). He's going to write a few articles, then he'll pitter out & never touch it again. His blog will look old & abandoned rather quickly.

    Can you recommend another approach? He's not going to want to pay a fortune for new articles but I might be able to get him to pay out a small monthly fee for new content. Is there anything I can offer here or am I better off just dropping the blog & article idea?

    Thanks
    I would talk to your client and see if he is interested or employees someone that's interested in contributing to their company blog.

    Paid content is going to be boring and no one is going to read it. While it may fool some people to believe the site is updated, those that are smart enough to be potential customers, will see right through it.

    A much better route would to have the client or someone working for the client write with passion daily or weekly about their business. Much more likely to get shared and drive qualified traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author LaunchPurveyor
    While more expensive the ProBlogger job message board has some quality writers.
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  • Profile picture of the author colie3188
    If he's a local repair man... another idea might be to get him registered in all the local business directories and the one's which allow a rating system / feedback / comments... try increasing those... because the likely chance of someone clicking because of a good recommendation is better than from someone reading an article - for the services being advertised, that's probably the route I would take, if you want to create a lasting impression and maybe semi supplement it with the odd blog post of feedback and testimonies !

    That's my 2 cent... good luck !
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  • Profile picture of the author PrettyJenny
    Our content plan, for example, starts at $49/month with a blog post updated weekly and full satisfaction guaranteed.

    You can try also Upwork, Blogmutt to look for writers. If your client's budget is really small, he can alternate between one original post once in a while and posts from other websites in his industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author SnackMemory
    You will need to read over the stuff you buy anyway.. Might as well make most of it yourself id say. then you can make it how you want, be sure of the quality, and only spend a modest amount of more time.
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