If you knew this, then how would you act differently?

by mymegawriter 9 replies
The reason for my title is the fact that we all have 20/20 vision when it comes to hind sight.

So my question is this:

Before you had ordered your latest article disaster, what would you have done differently if you had known what you know now?

If you could give recommendations to the writers to make them be better, what would they be?

Is it a cost issue?
Is it a timing issue?
Is it a quality issue?
How would you have qualified the writer for your work?
Are samples good enough for the purchaser to know the quality of the writer?

These are just a few things I have noticed being mentioned in the Warriors For Hire section when it comes to the Warriors offering their services.

What do you use to distinguish who you are going to work with?

Hopefully we can get a discussion going for new people to get some hints and pointers.

Thanks,
John
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGuna
    Quality is important to me.

    If I am convinced based on the description provided, then I will test them with one or two articles that are generally complicated to write - requires research and some knowledge of the niche. If they pass that stage, then I would order a few more... if they continue to show me their strength then I would order more and work with them on that niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author mymegawriter
    Great suggestions....

    Put the writer to a test of one or two articles that will require some research and effort and grade them on that.

    Thanks for the input GuruGuna

    Anyone else?

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author venkateshk
    What I did was, I had some some sample sites in mind that caught my interest. These sites have a wonderful flow and is simple and easy not just to understand but to implement as well. I would ask the writer to follow this exact style because 'content is king' and I have seen it work, it works for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaolinsteve
    Only you should know the quality of the work you want to have. So Ideally you would want to pick out several articles. Now I'd test them in two ways, either for them to write about a topic related to one of those articles you already have and compare the quality and these could be somewhere around 250-300 words or... you could provide them with an Article, and ask them to write the same article in their own words.

    I don't mind outsourced employees rewriting content, but it has to be "top notch" and written like how I would write it, or to the quality I'd expect in those articles I have found myself. If you were to outsource a project entirely, then timing would be important, but if I was looking for just 1 article, then I'd write it myself.

    With regards to making them better, it's more about working with them. I never give work to people straight away, I'd let them read my content and a few others I like before anything and then provide them with a task. I don't mind making minor changes to articles that have been outsourced, but if I have to do a lot of changes then you either work with them and keep tweaking until they get used to your expectations and style of writing, or you let them go and repeat the process for another potential writer.

    It can be frustrating, but I'd prefer to work with people long term (unless they remain clueless) and ensure that the work finally gets the to level that I'd expect.
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  • Profile picture of the author mymegawriter
    @Venkateshk

    Thanks for response. So if I understand you correctly, you find some content that you really like and then you ask to writer to copy the style (never the actual article ;-) haha).

    @ShaolinSteve

    Thanks for you comments. I like how you have them read your content and others to help them understand your style or the tone that you are trying to set.

    Anyone else have other suggestions or ideas to help newbies with their journey in content creation.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Quality and price are relative. You can find posts all day long here with people saying they buy quality articles for $5 - $10. I suppose that's possible but not very likely.

    Another thing is this. Lots of people aren't buying articles purely for their content value. They want them to get backlinks, which is putting the cart before the horse. So without knowing what your objectives were up front it's hard to comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author mymegawriter
    @travlinguy,

    You make a good point about wanting the content before the backlinks. I have noticed as I have been reading the forum that a lot of people still do not understand the proper way of doing article marketing. The "Bum Marketing" mentality is still being viewed as article marketing. I think this is what I think you are saying. Am I wrong?

    As to my objectives, I really just wanted to have a discussion about this more than having any particular objective. This thread is mostly just to help everyone understand what to look for in their pursuit of good writers and things to be aware of when it comes to requesting articles.

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author jpsween88
    I used to order articles from a few different people on FreeLancer.com and they did really good work. Plenty of information great read imo, but I always had to go back and rewrite it b/c of the English barrier. Worth the $5 per article but never perfect
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  • Profile picture of the author mymegawriter
    @jpsween88,

    So you felt that the cost of the article was worth the extra time that you needed to spend to clean up the article?? Interesting.

    So what if you found a better writer but it was only a little bit more in cost? Would it be worth it to you?

    Please don't misunderstand me...I am simply making an observation. I have done the same thing in the past.

    Would you do anything different if you had the opportunity to?

    John
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