Here's How I Find Talented & Affordable U.S Writers By The Truck Load

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I know a lot of you are struggling to find good reliable and affordable writers so I thought I'd share how I find them by the truck load.

As some of you might know the U.S unemployment rate is almost 10% and people would love to make some extra money from home which is why IM is booming right now.

I put an ad on Craiglists under the "jobs writing" section that said something like this.

I'm looking for a few writers to work part time from home. You will be required to write articles of around 500 words on a variety of different subjects etc etc.

I then go on to tell them that I'd pay them x amount per article right into their Paypal account.

In the next week that went by I got around 50 applicants which was way more than I could handle. I found retired poeple that was bored at home and would love to write a few articles a day for some extra cash. I also found a lot of professional writers who work for magazines and newspapers and they just wanted some extra money on the side. WOW! One guy is an exceptional writer and obviously I use him for when I need top quality 500 word articles for my main sites. I also pay him a bit more.

College kids applied also. All these people were native English speakers and they love writing and the idea of making some money from home.

There ya go, if you are ever stuck finding a good writer again try this little technique. You will have to pay a bit more than some of the $3 articles you can find on this forum but it's worth it because remember. This is your business and your content is what make or break you so invest in good content and you'll do great.

Cheers

Jan
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  • Profile picture of the author Leahbutler
    That's a great advice, thank you! I bet those professional writers who work for magazines and newspapers charge more than $2 per 100 words? It's worth to pay if you need quality content right on your site. Can you say what are average rates for these writers?
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Yes, I pay the pro more than the others but it's worth it to me.

      Most people were happy to work for between $5 and $12 per article.

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author donhx
        Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

        Yes, I pay the pro more than the others but it's worth it to me.

        Most people were happy to work for between $5 and $12 per article.

        Cheers

        Still, you get what you pay for. Retired people, students and many others usually don't understand the intricacies of IM-style writing. It is a combination of informing and persuading people, and using key words in creative ways, and they are not used to that kind of focus.

        Who out there has tested content--response from an article written by someone offshore, one on the same topic written by an out-of-work person (or student or retiree) and one from a pro. If it would be possible, I'd like to see the conversion rates for each. $12 per article is false economy I'd say. $5 articles are generally just a shot in the dark.

        Most IM people value quality writing when it comes to landing page copy. They sometimes pay consultants big money to write them, but don't give attention to the quality of their meat and potatoes articles. But articles are landing pages too.
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        • Profile picture of the author jan roos
          Originally Posted by donhx View Post

          Still, you get what you pay for. Retired people, students and many others usually don't understand the intricacies of IM-style writing. It is a combination of informing and persuading people, and using key words in creative ways, and they are not used to that kind of focus.

          Who out there has tested content--response from an article written by someone offshore, one on the same topic written by an out-of-work person (or student or retiree) and one from a pro. If it would be possible, I'd like to see the conversion rates for each. $12 per article is false economy I'd say. $5 articles are generally just a shot in the dark.

          Most IM people value quality writing when it comes to landing page copy. They sometimes pay consultants big money to write them, but don't give attention to the quality of their meat and potatoes articles. But articles are landing pages too.
          I'm not talking about landing page copy or ad copy for that matter. I am just talking about regular articles for your website, the article directories, product reviews etc.

          Ad copy is a different ball game.

          Cheers
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          • Profile picture of the author donhx
            Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

            I'm not talking about landing page copy or ad copy for that matter. I am just talking about regular articles for your website, the article directories, product reviews etc.

            Ad copy is a different ball game.

            Cheers

            I understand what you're saying, but I was trying to suggest that many IM people need to give more attention to their articles because they ARE landing pages in their own way.

            IM people understand the importance of landing pages, but they don't seem to understand the value of articles that should have the same psychology behind them as landing pages.
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            • Profile picture of the author jan roos
              Originally Posted by donhx View Post

              I understand what you're saying, but I was trying to suggest that many IM people need to give more attention to their articles because they ARE landing pages in their own way.

              IM people understand the importance of landing pages, but they don't seem to understand the value of articles that should have the same psychology behind them as landing pages.
              That's 100% right and that's why you train your writers as Bryan mentioned above. Also, a lot of people just use articles for the pure purpose of getting back links so it just depends on your needs.

              Cheers
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        • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zimmerman
          Originally Posted by donhx View Post

          Still, you get what you pay for. Retired people, students and many others usually don't understand the intricacies of IM-style writing. .
          They sure do if you take 15 minutes to make a quick video explaining exactly what you're looking for and a couple examples they can use as a template.
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          • Profile picture of the author donhx
            Originally Posted by Bryan Zimmerman View Post

            They sure do if you take 15 minutes to make a quick video explaining exactly what you're looking for and a couple examples they can use as a template.
            15 minutes, eh? That's all? All my education and experience down the drain... I wish I would have seen your video when I was 21.

            or... maybe effective writing is more than just putting 500 words on the screen.
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            • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zimmerman
              Originally Posted by donhx View Post

              15 minutes, eh? That's all? All my education and experience down the drain... I wish I would have seen your video when I was 21.

              or... maybe effective writing is more than just putting 500 words on the screen.

              Lol, I'll sell you PLR rights to the video if you want, but I'll have to figure out what to charge you for it. Let's see, 21 and you're how hold now? So for those amount of years inbetween it would be worth........

              Just messing with you
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              • Profile picture of the author donhx
                Originally Posted by Bryan Zimmerman View Post


                Just messing with you
                Me too.
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        • Profile picture of the author Bill Eliott
          Originally Posted by donhx View Post


          Most IM people value quality writing when it comes to landing page copy. They sometimes pay consultants big money to write them, but don't give attention to the quality of their meat and potatoes articles. But articles are landing pages too.

          A valid point.
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      • Profile picture of the author BayAreaSteve
        Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

        Yes, I pay the pro more than the others but it's worth it to me.

        Most people were happy to work for between $5 and $12 per article.

        Cheers
        How much do you pay a pro ?
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        • Profile picture of the author jan roos
          Originally Posted by BayAreaSteve View Post

          How much do you pay a pro ?
          I paid a really good writer $10 for a 500 word article. I now feel bad because his work is worth more than $10 but at the time I couldn't afford more than that plus he was happy writing for that amount but now I will pay more for it. $15 - $20 for the really good stuff.

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    • Profile picture of the author bethsuzi
      Thinking outside the box is always a good thing

      It's also great to find people who actually enjoy writing rather than finding it a chore but they need the money type of thing. I think you can tell when someone has enjoyed writing an article as it flows nicely and has a spirited air about it.

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  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Good tip. I'm guessing there are lots of frustrated unpublished writers out there who would fall all over themselves for easy 1-2 cents per word work.
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by John Rogers View Post

      Good tip. I'm guessing there are lots of frustrated unpublished writers out there who would fall all over themselves for easy 1-2 cents per word work.
      Yeah I was amazed at how many people wanted some extra work from home. Housewives, older folks etc.

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  • Is it really that difficult to find quality writers? I suppose it is difficult to weed through all the "I right goood article 4 you cheep" ads by obvious non-native English speakers but there are quite a few quality writers on the forum.

    I think I may be slightly offended that you don't think we're good enough.
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by ingeniousaffiliate View Post

      Is it really that difficult to find quality writers? I suppose it is difficult to weed through all the "I right goood article 4 you cheep" ads by obvious non-native English speakers but there are quite a few quality writers on the forum.

      I think I may be slightly offended that you don't think we're good enough.
      No no I didn't say you guys are not good enough

      I just get a lot of emails from my subscribers saying that they are having difficulty finding good writers and I always recommend the Warrior forum first but sometimes it can be difficult to weed through the not so good writers here on the forum and a lot of times the really good ones are booked full.

      So this is a good alternative to finding dedicated writers for your projects.

      Ha, I know I'm gonna get some heat here in a second from the writers on the forum.

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

        a lot of times the really good ones are booked full.
        THIS is the big one. It always seems like suddenly, one day, thirty people PM and email me asking if I'll write for them. Well, I only take ten clients a month, so most of those end up with a "no" and a referral to someone else... but the alternates often get booked up, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArtiGal
    Thanks for this great tip, Jan. Even if you have a steady WF writer in tow, it's always good to have a backup!
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  • Profile picture of the author Not So New
    Great Tip Jan,

    Sounds like a great way to get a ton of applicants.

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  • Profile picture of the author leuven6
    Thanks for sharing, and yes its amazing how many people who wants to write articles :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Todd R
    Hey Jan,

    Nice post. You're always spilling the beans about great methods to make money. Talk soon.

    Todd
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  • Profile picture of the author kkrueger
    Thanks Jan for the great tip. There are many good writers here at the Forum..but like it has been said, they get busy, so it's nice to have backups.
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  • Profile picture of the author EA
    Jan,

    If only others knew how great person you are. Keep making this world a better place
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by EA View Post

      Jan,

      If only others knew how great person you are. Keep making this world a better place
      Aah, thanks for that. Glad I could be of assistance.

      Jan
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  • Profile picture of the author TheWCW
    Thank you Jan. Sometimes it is the obvious that stare you in the face that you don't see. That is a great tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Thanks Jan. It's always good to have alternatives, because your regular writers could get sick, suddenly get booked up with several huge jobs, go on vacation, etc. It's always good to have a contingency plan in case you can't find your regulars to write for you, and Craigslist is a great source to pick up some temporary writers that may even be good enough for you to hire on a consistent basis!

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  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv
    very useful tip worth trying right away!!

    thanks for sharing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author John T
    Thanks for the craigslist tip, I have so much going on, I really forget the simple ideas about the warrior forum and craigslist for writers. Most times, if I just hold on, I will come up with a less expensive solution that paying top price. Thanks Jan for bringing up those simple ideas again. I need to be reminded most times about the no-brainers. John T.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe2
    Once you get your writers from Craiglists, do you use a template for your requirements?
    How do you ensure your writers include your keywords or maybe a list of LSI words as some writers don't have the experience regarding writing for online/internet marketing.
    Do you have a 'most successful' template which you are using?
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  • Profile picture of the author SageSound
    I ran into a professional tech writer once who said he's got over 700 articles on eZineArticles, and he's not gotten one useful lead from them. I asked how many of the articles had been used on other people's sites, and he shrugged and said, "a few dozen".

    My point is ... just because there are writers who get paid as "professionals" doesn't mean their writing is appropriate for all needs.
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by Joe2 View Post

      Once you get your writers from Craiglists, do you use a template for your requirements?
      How do you ensure your writers include your keywords or maybe a list of LSI words as some writers don't have the experience regarding writing for online/internet marketing.
      Do you have a 'most successful' template which you are using?
      No I don't have a template. I tell them that I want an informative article about a specific topic and he must make sure to have "this keyword" in the title of the article, at least once in the opening paragraph, at least once once in the closing paragraph an then a few more times in the middle of the article. That's about it. For the most part these people have no issues with these requirements.

      Originally Posted by SageSound View Post

      I ran into a professional tech writer once who said he's got over 700 articles on eZineArticles, and he's not gotten one useful lead from them. I asked how many of the articles had been used on other people's sites, and he shrugged and said, "a few dozen".

      My point is ... just because there are writers who get paid as "professionals" doesn't mean their writing is appropriate for all needs.
      That's why give writers small tasks at first to see the quality of their writing and weed out the bad ones just like you would anywhere else.

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      • Profile picture of the author Jmacdaddy
        Jan

        Big fan of yours, and a customer too. Another great idea. I really do appreciate your straightforward help.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yudhistira Mauris
    Nice sharing. It's really helpful. But I have not been used craiglist before. What is craiglist?
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  • Profile picture of the author Vijay M
    I did exactly this when I wanted reviews about local establishments in a certain niche. Got a ton of applicants and selected one.

    She wrote well, the only problem was, she would accept payment only via money order !! That was the only time I had sent cash via money order. I was a bit amazed to realize that there are still some people out there who do not have a paypal address !
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  • Profile picture of the author ExpatPI
    Great idea! Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author SebastianJ
    Awesome tips . Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author SpaceAge
    That indeed is a good idea. Thanks for the tip
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    I have also used Craigslist to find and hire several top-notch editors.
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  • Profile picture of the author tigerwar
    nice tips, also on your blog that you mailed us yesterday, Thanks

    I'll be back soon reporting on your other WSO - Still getting things sorted out

    Thanks Jan
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  • Profile picture of the author dremora
    craigslist is a gold mine for outsourcing, there are gazillions of starving students who will do anything for a little bit of extra cash. I am planning to hire web programmers from there, a friend of mine found his web designers and programmers from cl (all starving students who are going to school for that stuff) for much better rates than outsourcing sites. And, since it's native English speakers, there is no language barrier and you don't end up explaining the same stuff 5 times.
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    • Profile picture of the author jan roos
      Originally Posted by dremora View Post

      craigslist is a gold mine for outsourcing, there are gazillions of starving students who will do anything for a little bit of extra cash. I am planning to hire web programmers from there, a friend of mine found his web designers and programmers from cl (all starving students who are going to school for that stuff) for much better rates than outsourcing sites. And, since it's native English speakers, there is no language barrier and you don't end up explaining the same stuff 5 times.
      Yeah, you can really get some highly skilled people on Craigslist fairly easily.

      Thinking about it, it makes me feel so fortunate that I found this forum when I did because to be on the other side of the spectrum is no fun. What I mean by that is working for a boss, being completely jobless or being an outsourcer for others.

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      • Profile picture of the author dremora
        Originally Posted by jan roos View Post

        Yeah, you can really get some highly skilled people on Craigslist fairly easily.

        Thinking about it, it makes me feel so fortunate that I found this forum when I did because to be on the other side of the spectrum is no fun. What I mean by that is working for a boss, being completely jobless or being an outsourcer for others.

        Cheers

        The best part is, you can choose to hire local people and meet them face to face at a starbucks, show them what you actually want on your laptop, and go on your merry way. No need to spend hours writing instruction manuals and making videos for the 3rd world outsourcers to 'get it'.

        Students do web design and graphics projects for incredibly cheap rates. I'm really done with odesk and the rest of those terrible outsourcing sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Carczak
    Writing well is a talent to be developed "in house"
    to really produce content that search engines love
    as much as the people reading the articles.

    The constant problem with outsourcing to non-marketing
    folks is that they simply do not understand what they're
    writing about or they don;t understand good SEO structure.

    Now rewriting articles .. maybe not a bad option ...otherwise
    it's best to hire a writer with online marketing experience and
    an understanding of SEO structure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vince L
    Hey JR, thanks for the cool idea.

    I'm curious, did you have difficulty finding good writers for fair prices on: WF or ODesk, etc?

    I've had decent luck if I spent the time evaluating before I hired.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    Didn't even think of this. Excellent tip. Tried it, it worked perfectly! Thanks!
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