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6 Tips for Finding Quality Content Writers

Last September I wrote the – how to start making money online in the next 30 minutes.

It teaches you how to be a good and fast writer and make money online working with iWriter, but what if you need to get in touch with a professional writer for big projects?

Here you are going to get some tricks on how to find a quality content writer for long term collaboration.

What you will learn in this post:

  • Where to search and where to not search for a writer
  • How to perform the right search
  • Some tips and tricks to get good writer
  • What is the right price to pay for a writer

Introducing Ryan Bozeman

Ryan Bozeman is an internet marketing blogger from Seattle, Washington. He provides free internet marketing guides to help businesses grow on his website, CopyThrive.

I have been always searching for this information and thanks to him I have this amazing guide ready for who is struggling to find high quality, consistent, reliable content writers.

It’s just the nature of the business. In general, many content writers are in a position of transition.

There aren’t many people that aspire to be a content writer, and if they do – they would prefer to be doing it for themselves or are more interested in writing for large publications.

This means that you will always have to be on the lookout for new sources of content.

If you’re tired of the day to day content writer search, there are a few things that you can do to both ensure that you find quality writers and cut down on the amount of time that you spend searching.

Take the following tips into account the next time that you go looking for a content writer;

Be Willing to Pay More

It’s simple – you get what you pay for.

Writers that are being paid well are more likely to be interested in continuing to work for you and are more likely to stick around as a writer in general.

Although it might seem tempting to pay $0.02-$0.03 per word, try paying double to triple that and see how things change.

Think about it – how many pieces of quality content could you realistically create in one day? Two? Three? Now, how much would be a realistic expectation for a hard days work for a competent content writer?

Making $100 per day, 20 days per month would only yield $2000 per month, or $24,000 per year. Not exactly worth their time.

By paying more you show your writers that you value both their talent and their time.

Additionally, you will receive much higher quality applicants for the writing position.

Avoid Usual Channels – Market It As a Job

Everyone knows the usual channels for finding content writers – eLance, oDesk, Fiverr, etc.

While it might seem like a good idea to go straight to these channels, it might be more worth your time to use other channels like Craigslist and other job posting websites.

Don’t just ask for examples and experience! Ask that they send you a cover letter and resume.

Only hire those that have been published by respected publications. Try to find someone that is looking to make a career out of writing, instead of just using it to make ends meet during a transitional period.

Some out of the box places to find content writers include;

  • Craigslist
  • Monster
  • Writing Job Boards
  • Word of Mouth

Connect and Network With Other Webmasters

There is nothing better than a recommendation from other webmasters when you are looking for a high quality content writer.

Use your contacts to find someone that has a proven track record and comes highly recommended will certainly help you to cut down on the amount of time that you spend searching.

Find Established Bloggers

Additionally, look through blogs in your industry and take note of some of the authors that you see popping up more often than others.

Of course many of them will have their own things going on and aren’t interested in writing for money – but you might just strike gold!

Established bloggers already have the expertise to write from an expert’s perspective on the industry of your choosing and have a track record that you can verify and trust.

Contacting established bloggers should be easy as they likely have their own blog, Twitter, etc.

You can present it to them as an opportunity to get paid for publishing to an established blog in their industry, rather than presenting it to them as a traditional content writing job.

Too often webmasters will hire “content writers” that don’t have any real expertise in the subject of their choosing and as a result end up with lower quality content than they should.

Find experts, and pay those experts the rates that they deserve and you will have a much easier time finding quality writers.

Search Socially

It might seem like a less than ideal medium to find content writers, but social media can be surprisingly good! Use some hashtags and ask that people send you their resume in email or DM, and see what pops up.

Social media is a great place to start because a lot of information about potential applicants is already publicly available on their page.
Also – others will share the fact that you are looking to hire someone, which could provide your position with some additional traction. You can even solicit twitter personalities for recommendations.

Don’t List The Position as “Content Writer”

If you ask for “content writers” you will get content writers. At its core, a content writer is somewhat of an entry level position in the big scheme of things. You have to market your position correctly to get the correct applicants to apply.

Other ways that you can market the position include;

  • Content Curator
  • Content Developer
  • Content Marketer
  • Content Strategist

Position titles like these will attract a completely different kind of crowd from “writer,” or “content creators.” You have to make sure that you are paying enough to warrant these titles though.

Conclusion

Finding content writers can be difficult. But, when you approach your search as another form of marketing, you’ll be more likely to find the writer that you are looking for.

Find ways to get your job position in front of your target audience and be willing to go above and beyond what other webmasters pay in order to find the highest level of talent.

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  1. Sabin November 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    DON’T LIST THE POSITION AS “CONTENT WRITER”

    That was helpful for me. Thanks