Elance, odesk, or else which is best ??

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Hi all I want to hire freelancers from either elance or odesk,I will giving them a spreadsheet with blogs to do blog commenting, easy task to do, but which is better and more efficient for this task, or which other service do you prefer for such task ?
Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author CBusiness
    I need people to write artciles. If you could answer the same but for writers.

    oDesk has no security, I will tell you that.
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    • Profile picture of the author mostafa999
      Originally Posted by CBusiness View Post

      I need people to write artciles. If you could answer the same but for writers.

      oDesk has no security, I will tell you that.
      did you had any bad experiences with them?
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      • Profile picture of the author NatesMarketing
        I don't know what the "no security" comment meant - but I have used oDesk quite a bit with no issue.

        As always, chat with the person first. Give them a few small tasks. Make sure they can perform. Then hire them "full time"

        I would never just "give" someone money and hope for the best.
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        • Profile picture of the author mostafa999
          Originally Posted by NatesMarketing View Post

          I don't know what the "no security" comment meant - but I have used oDesk quite a bit with no issue.

          As always, chat with the person first. Give them a few small tasks. Make sure they can perform. Then hire them "full time"

          I would never just "give" someone money and hope for the best.
          That what I just did now
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          • Profile picture of the author Ali Chowdhry
            Originally Posted by mostafa999 View Post

            That what I just did now
            Mostafa,

            Remember, Using odesk is essentially hiring a contractor. So you just treat it as a business in the sense of doing the basic steps to look at whom you hiring.

            Things like feedback , Their Portfolio, what qualifications they have, However various factors will need to be looked at more closely depending on the job. For example software development and so on.

            So, from looking at the applicant and selecting the ones you fill meet your requirements, You should invite them to the interview process.

            Their are even a set of questions odesk provide you, so should ideally make sure you ask all relevant questions and anything you wish to know about the contractor before starting and ideally - that they can do the specified job. You have the option and i would say strongly consider speaking with them via phone ( Skype also and is free) this is another great way to clarify the project or task. This last thing you want it - is the something that is not what you wanted. Information lost in translation along the way!

            There maybe some scenario's where the contractor does not fulfill the spec's of the project. So you can refine the contract and create milestones. Also i like to set a fixed budget opposed to hourly rate. This also ensures - you are covered if things go pear shaped and the project is not completed as agreed. They are excellent contractors on odesk, but like anything there are always a few bad apples.

            However, Just think of it like this, When you went for a job interview. From the job application to the job interview - the process. Just apply it in the same way.

            Hope this Help

            Ali Chowdhry
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    No matter where you find them, you will have to research and test individual freelancers.
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    • Profile picture of the author amcg
      Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

      No matter where you find them, you will have to research and test individual freelancers.
      This is true. I've used oDesk and Elance previously and quickly learnt the above is critical.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
      Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

      No matter where you find them, you will have to research and test individual freelancers.
      This is so true. I am a contractor also and I have to admit hiring us can be a challenge. However, you can find online contractors (aside from odesk) Elance, freelancer.com, onlinejobs.ph (Filipino contractors).
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  • Profile picture of the author frank07
    I would say odesk. I have been a member of this site since 2006 as a blogger/writer and as a virtual assistant, have been fulfilling clients tasks on a regular basis. With regards to my efficiency and effectiveness, I was not able to hear negative comments from them. We at odesk are professionals and we meet deadlines as requested by our clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author ContentPro22
    Elance offers an Escrow system so you'll always be protected should your writers not perform accordingly. Just make sure that you choose the "perfect" writer beforehand. Elance offers very detailed profiles with feedback so you'll always be able to see who you're dealing with before hiring them. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesfranklin128
    Originally Posted by mostafa999 View Post

    Hi all I want to hire freelancers from either elance or odesk,I will giving them a spreadsheet with blogs to do blog commenting, easy task to do, but which is better and more efficient for this task, or which other service do you prefer for such task ?
    Thanks

    I don't like Odesk because in some projects they never support.
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  • Profile picture of the author A P Geofrey
    I would say without question that Odesk.

    Why? well simply because it is easier to sign up, and has a very simple to use and intuitive platform. So as a result, have a lot of freelancers among which you can filter the good ones and use.

    I have been working on oDesk now for more than 5 years, and I have hired freelancers there now for more than 3 years. Whereas I did sign up on odesk and Elance at the same time, but ended up abandoning my Elance account just after a couple of months. But I will never abandone my oDesk account ever. Even now that i don't use it any more very often.
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  • Profile picture of the author RoseHunt
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    oDesk is better, but it is more important to know how to test the freelancers rather than choosing the right site for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author FantaMan
    Personally my experience has been great with freelancer.com. I've used the others but i prefer this by far..

    Again it all depends how you filter through the rubbish freelancers ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Try the Warriors for Hire section in this forum. You'll get better quality people (usually) but still do your homework before paying them anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Marshall
      I've found that elance has been a good resource. Choosing the contractor is the difficult bit. Research them, ask for examples of work, ask them lost of questions. How is their English when they respond? What about grammar? Some outsourcing sites get outsources to take tests and you can sort the results accordngly.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomerep
    I suggest trying out with different outsourcing sites like elance, and odesk.. I think the most important thing is to pick the best candidate and not the best site.
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  • You could also try the placing an add in the Warriors for Hire section if you're looking for someone with references. Onlinejobs.ph and bestjobs.ph are also good places to look into
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    • Profile picture of the author Kimberleytin
      Most of the Freelance sites on the web can't simply help you when you need a complex, abstract project done in those domains. This is because those sites have no expertise or tools to support you about the pricing, deadlines or management of the project. However, they are good in tangible services like web development, logo development etc.
      Statlance from tutorteddy helps you with projects needing abstract thinking...For example, statistical Analysis, finance, an accounting, or economics related project and even writing blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author ratracegrad
    First I highly recommend elance over odesk. With odesk you get a bazillion companies that auto respond to your job posting. At elance I think the quality if much higher. At odesk the price is usually much lower.

    Here is the strategy that I have used and will work for you since you have multiple blogs. Post a job looking for someone for a trial run to post blog posts for 2 weeks. When you get proposals then hire 3-5 different proposals (based on your number of blogs). Give them different blogs to post to. Let them post for 2 weeks. Keep 1-2 that are the best. That allows you to find the best persons for the job. I recommend using 2 because if one flakes out then you are left with nobody posting. With 2 people then the other person can take over for the one that flakes out.
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