How I Get Dirt Cheap Unique Content For My Websites - Stop Paying Membership Fees!!

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My purpose for this post is to show how I get great quality articles for my websites or for any purpose and how you can too. First off, I want you to know that I have personally written TONS of articles (over 4.5k with all my accounts on Ezine Articles). Here is one of my profiles.

http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Omar_Negron

So when it comes to articles and finding writers I've picked up on a few things and I would like to share them with you. I've seen a lot of sites that give you access to get a Personal VA for writing content as you may need it but there are usually membership fees included, which is something that I like to avoid whenever I can.

Yes, I have tried places like Elance and Scriptlance. I've had some success with both of those sites but again, those sites also do charge fees when you pick writers.

I think that the best way to find people to write content for you comes down to one place for...

CRAIGSLIST!

But not craigslist in the USA though...I am talking about Craigslist in the Philippines!

The reason I like to find professional writers there is because there English is very good, you will find professional people, and you will get great value for your money. Now I can't say exactly how much you will be paying per article. That all depends on what you work out with your potential writer. But I can almost assure you that you will be getting a better deal than a lot of other places out there.

So here is what you do.

I have noticed that the most popular place to post in the Philippines is in the city of Manila (seems to have the most action, posts and responders). But you should also go across the board and post down the list of cities as well.

Then click JOBS then go over to POST. Then scroll down the bottom where it says writing/editing jobs.

MAKE SURE YOU VARY YOUR JOB POSTING FOR EACH OF YOUR ADS IN DIFFERENT CITIES OR CRAIGLIST WILL NOT ACCEPT THEM.

You can post something simple like this.

"Hey. I am looking for a professional content writer for my website. I have websites on many different topics and I need someone who is reliable to form a partnership with and help me expand my websites with some unique and wonderful content.

If you have experience as a writer I would love to hear from you. Please respond to this post and I will contact you ASAP."


That's pretty much it. Then where it says "Compensation" just put To Be Discussed

Now I KNOW that this may not sound like anything revolutionary, because it's not. It is something I have been using to find VERY GOOD writers for my websites that speak VERY GOOD English, have a background in writing (many have college degrees), and avoid paying those membership fees or transaction fees for those other websites.

Also I almost forgot to mention they will usually want to be paid either of these 2 ways.

1) Paypal
2) Xoom


Most of the writers that I have dealt with like to be paid on a 2 week basis, but again this will all depend on what deal you work out with your potential writer.

Once you post up the ad, keep an eye on your email and you should begin getting hungry writers contacting you.

Hope you found this info useful!

-Omar
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  • Profile picture of the author wegenbelasting
    Why not Odesk or GetAFreelancer? These sites are also full of people from the Phillipines / India / Bangladesh.
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    • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
      Hey. Yeah I've heard of those before. Not sure if they charge fees though based on who you pick and not to sure of the quality as well.

      I just wanted to share a way I have been able to get quality writers using craigslist which totally avoids fees and is a goldmine in my opinion.

      Thanks for the input though!

      -Omar
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      • Profile picture of the author wegenbelasting
        Yeah its like 10% fee that they charge, and quality hard to say, I used for linkbuilding till I find out they didn't do it manually but just on automatic, so I quit the cooperation. Kinda useless as I can do it automatic myself as well.

        My personal feeling is that at Odesk people specifically sign up for tasks, while at Craiglist anyone with a computer and internet can apply so less chance of quality work. BUT I never tried craigslist so I could be very wrong. If you never used Odesk I would recommend to take a look, you can pick your people and watch there ratings / reviews from other customers. However same like Fiverr, ratings are not always 100% reliable as many people pay so cheap that they feel bad for giving a bad rating (thinking like: ooh the poor ****ers have it so tough already, I don't want to take there food from the table) I'm one of those giving positive review despite bad work, feel bad for them you know.
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        • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
          Originally Posted by wegenbelasting View Post

          Yeah its like 10% fee that they charge, and quality hard to say, I used for linkbuilding till I find out they didn't do it manually but just on automatic, so I quit the cooperation. Kinda useless as I can do it automatic myself as well.

          My personal feeling is that at Odesk people specifically sign up for tasks, while at Craiglist anyone with a computer and internet can apply so less chance of quality work. BUT I never tried craigslist so I could be very wrong. If you never used Odesk I would recommend to take a look, you can pick your people and watch there ratings / reviews from other customers. However same like Fiverr, ratings are not always 100% reliable as many people pay so cheap that they feel bad for giving a bad rating (thinking like: ooh the poor ****ers have it so tough already, I don't want to take there food from the table) I'm one of those giving positive review despite bad work, feel bad for them you know.
          Yeah, many people do use them for linkbuilding purposes.

          I know what you mean about thinking that way about craigslist, because I thought the same thing. But after I put up my first post, I saw many people with similar postings looking around in that market, which told me that there was potential with this strategy.

          I've done fivver too. lol I'm the same way as you. I give a positive review and don't like to hurt their reputation as long as they did forfill their end of the deal.

          -Omar
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          • Profile picture of the author RimaNaj2011
            I got brought in to the internet marketing world by Omar and I've been at it only for a few months but a few weeks ago I made the smart decision to begin outsourcing my content. I checked places with freelance writers, mostly Textbroker. I'd be looking to pay $5-$10 for a "good" 500 word article. 10 articles and I'm looking at $50-$100 which for me is a lot. I took Omar's advice and I really didn't expect to find anything, but I did what he said, and within an hour, I had about 10-15 e-mails from writers with their samples.

            Yeah, there's going to be a few that are poor quality but you just need to sort out the writers. After looking at about 30 different samples from writers I narrowed it down to 5 and each gave them a few topics to write on so I could pick the final one.

            My writer is for my main site which is about fashion. She has a BA from the University of Manila in Journalism and her concentration was Fashion Journalism.

            I pay $3 for every 500 words but she writes up to 600 sometimes as well. Can't really beat that. An order of 20 articles I pay just $60 while at places like Textbroker I'm looking $200.
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              • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
                Originally Posted by wegenbelasting View Post

                I bet you can get them for as cheap as $0.30 an article, but getting it for $3,- from someone with these qualifications is plain awesome. The real western professional writers charge $80 or more for a single article.
                Yep! You're right. Sometimes a great quality article can run that much.

                After screening through many of the writers who contact you via email, you may run into a few who have these great qualifications.

                =-)

                -Omar
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            • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
              yep! I'm glad you took the advice and you found some quality writers that you continue to work with on a week by week basis.



              -Omar


              Originally Posted by RimaNaj2011 View Post

              I got brought in to the internet marketing world by Omar and I've been at it only for a few months but a few weeks ago I made the smart decision to begin outsourcing my content. I checked places with freelance writers, mostly Textbroker. I'd be looking to pay $5-$10 for a "good" 500 word article. 10 articles and I'm looking at $50-$100 which for me is a lot. I took Omar's advice and I really didn't expect to find anything, but I did what he said, and within an hour, I had about 10-15 e-mails from writers with their samples.

              Yeah, there's going to be a few that are poor quality but you just need to sort out the writers. After looking at about 30 different samples from writers I narrowed it down to 5 and each gave them a few topics to write on so I could pick the final one.

              My writer is for my main site which is about fashion. She has a BA from the University of Manila in Journalism and her concentration was Fashion Journalism.

              I pay $3 for every 500 words but she writes up to 600 sometimes as well. Can't really beat that. An order of 20 articles I pay just $60 while at places like Textbroker I'm looking $200.
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            • Profile picture of the author Addo
              Originally Posted by RimaNaj2011 View Post

              I got brought in to the internet marketing world by Omar and I've been at it only for a few months but a few weeks ago I made the smart decision to begin outsourcing my content. I checked places with freelance writers, mostly Textbroker. I'd be looking to pay $5-$10 for a "good" 500 word article. 10 articles and I'm looking at $50-$100 which for me is a lot. I took Omar's advice and I really didn't expect to find anything, but I did what he said, and within an hour, I had about 10-15 e-mails from writers with their samples.

              Yeah, there's going to be a few that are poor quality but you just need to sort out the writers. After looking at about 30 different samples from writers I narrowed it down to 5 and each gave them a few topics to write on so I could pick the final one.

              My writer is for my main site which is about fashion. She has a BA from the University of Manila in Journalism and her concentration was Fashion Journalism.

              I pay $3 for every 500 words but she writes up to 600 sometimes as well. Can't really beat that. An order of 20 articles I pay just $60 while at places like Textbroker I'm looking $200.
              Hi mate,

              I'm searching for a cheap article writer, can you please share your writer details ? Please PM me


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              • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
                Originally Posted by Addo View Post

                Hi mate,

                I'm searching for a cheap article writer, can you please share your writer details ? Please PM me


                Regards,
                Addo
                Hey Addo.

                I wouldn't be able to tell you which writer I use (since I need them on a full time basis) but I can defiantly help you find a writer if that's something you would like.

                I would suggest you follow the tips I'v layed out. Keep you ad simple. You'll be surprised at the results.

                Write me on skype if you want to chat further.
                -Omar
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              • Profile picture of the author Adarme
                Originally Posted by Addo View Post

                Hi mate,

                I'm searching for a cheap article writer, can you please share your writer details ? Please PM me


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                Addo
                I write my articles myself, doesn't takje that long. You should make an attempt if it is atall possible.
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                • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
                  Originally Posted by Adarme View Post

                  I write my articles myself, doesn't takje that long. You should make an attempt if it is atall possible.
                  Writing the articles yourself is fine but eventually I strongly recommend to get some type of help.

                  Maybe split the work 50/50. You write 50% of the content and have your writer do the other 50%.

                  The great thing with that is you have the time freedom to do other things. That's a big reason why many people hire writers as well!

                  -Omar
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  • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
    I'm sure their technical english skills are great but how do they go with engaging a US audience where the writing style is more conversational than technical?
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    • Profile picture of the author RimaNaj2011
      Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

      I'm sure their technical english skills are great but how do they go with engaging a US audience where the writing style is more conversational than technical?
      I tell my writer to not write in first person as that's more suited for a blog and not what I'm looking for in my website, which is informational. That's as far as the difference I see between writing styles. I did have some writers submit work in a "conversational" style which was good as any US writer...it's just not what I wanted.
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      • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
        Exactly!

        It will all depend on their writing styles and what you are exactly looking for. Some cases may be different than others.

        -Omar


        Originally Posted by RimaNaj2011 View Post

        I tell my writer to not write in first person as that's more suited for a blog and not what I'm looking for in my website, which is informational. That's as far as the difference I see between writing styles. I did have some writers submit work in a "conversational" style which was good as any US writer...it's just not what I wanted.
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    Originally Posted by OmarNegron View Post

    Hey

    My purpose for this post is to show how I get great quality articles for my websites or for any purpose and how you can too. First off, I want you to know that I have personally written TONS of articles (over 4.5k with all my accounts on Ezine Articles). Here is one of my profiles.

    http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Omar_Negron

    So when it comes to articles and finding writers I’ve picked up on a few things and I would like to share them with you. I’ve seen a lot of sites that give you access to get a Personal VA for writing content as you may need it but there are usually membership fees included, which is something that I like to avoid whenever I can.

    Yes, I have tried places like Elance and Scriptlance. I’ve had some success with both of those sites but again, those sites also do charge fees when you pick writers.

    I think that the best way to find people to write content for you comes down to one place for…

    CRAIGSLIST!

    But not craigslist in the USA though…I am talking about Craigslist in the Philippines!

    The reason I like to find professional writers there is because there English is very good, you will find professional people, and you will get great value for your money. Now I can’t say exactly how much you will be paying per article. That all depends on what you work out with your potential writer. But I can almost assure you that you will be getting a better deal than a lot of other places out there.

    So here is what you do.

    I have noticed that the most popular place to post in the Philippines is in the city of Manila (seems to have the most action, posts and responders). But you should also go across the board and post down the list of cities as well.

    Then click JOBS then go over to POST. Then scroll down the bottom where it says writing/editing jobs.

    MAKE SURE YOU VARY YOUR JOB POSTING FOR EACH OF YOUR ADS IN DIFFERENT CITIES OR CRAIGLIST WILL NOT ACCEPT THEM.

    You can post something simple like this.

    "Hey. I am looking for a professional content writer for my website. I have websites on many different topics and I need someone who is reliable to form a partnership with and help me expand my websites with some unique and wonderful content.

    If you have experience as a writer I would love to hear from you. Please respond to this post and I will contact you ASAP."


    That’s pretty much it. Then where it says “Compensation” just put To Be Discussed

    Now I KNOW that this may not sound like anything revolutionary, because it’s not. It is something I have been using to find VERY GOOD writers for my websites that speak VERY GOOD English, have a background in writing (many have college degrees), and avoid paying those membership fees or transaction fees for those other websites.

    Also I almost forgot to mention they will usually want to be paid either of these 2 ways.

    1) Paypal
    2) Xoom


    Most of the writers that I have dealt with like to be paid on a 2 week basis, but again this will all depend on what deal you work out with your potential writer.

    Once you post up the ad, keep an eye on your email and you should begin getting hungry writers contacting you.

    Hope you found this info useful!

    -Omar
    Craigslist philippines is cheap, I live in Manila

    however understand finding native english speakers is practically impossible. Writers here are very limited unless they are highly educated, in their ability to write correct syntax and sentence structure english . Thats just the way it is

    Expect to go through 20 to find 1 good one

    also run their writing through copyscape, lots of cheaters, cut and pasters

    "oh sir you didnt tell me I could not do that"

    Umm I hired a WRITER
    not a copy paster

    Understand one thing about filipinos and English
    Many are good english speakers but usually only high level college grads, and many times not even that

    English is not spoken in the Philippines person to person, in other words, filipinos for the most part never speak English to each other. They consider people doing this "arrogant" or showoffs" . Now if the family is very educated and well off?They speak english to each other, but this is not that common.

    So in order to learn english you need to use it all the time, and IMO the English level here is pretty damn good considering they dont practice it much.

    In my house the only time people speak english is my wife or anyone speaking to me. to each other? never

    That is why, even though english is widely spoken and understood here. Its not on the level required for writing websites, generally. It takes a bit of digging and screening to find a good writer.

    So I guess what I am trying to say is, yes Philippines is considered an "english speaking" country. But they dont use it often enough to become proficient to the level of good writers, as a general rule. So dont expect to hire a writer here and they crank out great English. Its very common for them to make grammatical mistakes that would be very unusual to see native english speakers make. Just be aware it takes a while to find a good writer.

    But then again
    If you try to hire a good writer in the USA, its difficult too.
    So many people in the USA have such pathetic writing skills and THEY ARE NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS,

    LOL
    so I guess it takes awhile to find a good writer anywhere
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    • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
      Originally Posted by outwest View Post

      Craigslist philippines is cheap, I live in Manila

      however understand finding native english speakers is practically impossible. Writers here are very limited unless they are highly educated, in their ability to write correct syntax and sentence structure english . Thats just the way it is

      Expect to go through 20 to find 1 good one

      also run their writing through copyscape, lots of cheaters, cut and pasters

      "oh sir you didnt tell me I could not do that"

      Umm I hired a WRITER
      not a copy paster

      Understand one thing about filipinos and English
      Many are good english speakers but usually only high level college grads, and many times not even that

      English is not spoken in the Philippines person to person, in other words, filipinos for the most part never speak English to each other. They consider people doing this "arrogant" or showoffs" . Now if the family is very educated and well off?They speak english to each other, but this is not that common.

      So in order to learn english you need to use it all the time, and IMO the English level here is pretty damn good considering they dont practice it much.

      In my house the only time people speak english is my wife or anyone speaking to me. to each other? never

      That is why, even though english is widely spoken and understood here. Its not on the level required for writing websites, generally. It takes a bit of digging and screening to find a good writer.

      So I guess what I am trying to say is, yes Philippines is considered an "english speaking" country. But they dont use it often enough to become proficient to the level of good writers, as a general rule. So dont expect to hire a writer here and they crank out great English. Its very common for them to make grammatical mistakes that would be very unusual to see native english speakers make. Just be aware it takes a while to find a good writer.

      But then again
      If you try to hire a good writer in the USA, its difficult too.
      So many people in the USA have such pathetic writing skills and THEY ARE NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS,

      LOL
      so I guess it takes awhile to find a good writer anywhere
      Yep. I agree with you.

      It may take a few writers to go through before you find a good one, but when you do then you can build a relationship from there. After going through a few writers, you will be surprised at the great quality of work that they can come up with.

      I am very happy with the individuals I have found.

      -Omar
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    For me, it's worth to hire Filipinos to give you high quality and unique content for your websites. Philippines is one of the top English-speaking countries today, and no doubt that their English skills are from decent to even fluent if possible. Due to their economy, they accept cheaper rates than the other countries.
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    • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
      Originally Posted by danlew View Post

      For me, it's worth to hire Filipinos to give you high quality and unique content for your websites. Philippines is one of the top English-speaking countries today, and no doubt that their English skills are from decent to even fluent if possible. Due to their economy, they accept cheaper rates than the other countries.
      Hey Dan.

      Yep you hit the nail right on the head. We can get a better value and also pay them well, which is great.

      I rarely get any content that sounds "bad" and even if it does, you can talk to your writer and make sure they try better the next time.

      Building relationships with them and helping throughout the process is key.

      -Omar
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    Just wanted to update everyone that I have put up a more detailed post over on our blog with some screenshot images to help guide you with the process.

    You can find it here.

    How To Find Writers On Craigslist :OmarAndWill.com

    Enjoy!

    -Omar
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