We need quality content more than ever. The latest Panda updates are making spun content on money and authority sites a definite no-no. We even need good original content on feeder sites (Squidoo, HubPages, etc.).
The best way to get a great well-written article is undoubtedly to write one yourself, but, there aren’t that many hours in the day for those of us with multiple sites and multiple Web 2.0 Properties that we have to furnish with content. So, the answer is to outsource article writing.
General points about commissioning articles
The whole point of doing this is to save time for you. But done incorrectly you will find that outsourcing content creation can cost you time instead of saving it.
- Don’t use a service whereby you have to order re-writes. You may think it’s fantastic to be able to reject poor articles but it isn’t. You should use a service that provides great articles in the first place so you don’t waste time ordering rewrites.
- Spend time on explaining the basics of the article. If you write an elaborate article synopsis with links to other articles, the article writer is more likely to understand what you want and create a better article as a result.
So, here are my findings for the best places to outsource quality content on the web.
500 word article “Tier 1 – Basic” $5; 500 word article “Tier 2 – Great” $7.50
The Content Authority is a great article creation service. I had a huge gripe about the UI of the website – they used to have an annoyingly large blue panel which forced unnecessary scrolling in the order process. I emailed them about this and they sorted it out. That’s what we always like to see about companies – good customer relations. Bravo, The Content Authority!
The Tier 1 articles aren’t bad and they may be good enough to use in feeder sites that links directly to a money site. The Tier 2 articles will be of a sufficiently high standard to pass as a feeder article in HubPages, Squidoo or a EzineArticles. And with a bit of reading and re-writing on of the Tier 2 articles for $7.50 could be put on a money site.
500 word article Article Type: “Premium” $5
I’m sorry to say that the iWriter site leaves a lot to be desired as it doesn’t always work as it should and the set up is confusing.
All this aside, iWriter is a very good service. In my experience, going for the $3 articles of the “Basic” type is a false economy. The articles will barely make sense in English at this level and you will be wasting so much time ordering re-writes that you may as well write the article yourself. Stick with the “Premium” type for $5 per 500 words and you’ll get reasonable articles. Another advantage of this service is that you get the articles in spintax as well (although not very good spintax, it has to be said).
500 word article Quality level: 3 stars $8.30; Quality level: 4 stars $11
Textbroker is slightly more expensive than the two above but their is a slight improvement in quality and it is one of the most well respected content authoring sites out there.
500 word article for, er, $5
Now I’m ultra-skeptical of getting anything on Fiverr. For example, 5,000 xRumer backlinks to your site for $5 may actually do more harm than good. I’ve never used Fiverr for article creation but you get a free PDF of great writers on Fiverr by signing up to the email list at AdsenseFlippers. The second or third email you get after signing up to AdsenseFlippers is a PDF of the best Fiverr users and gigs for article writing. It’s a good email list to sign up to as well.
Personally, I’ve had some very bad experiences with commissioning articles through oDesk and Elance. It takes a long time to find a good candidate for the job which is frustrating because the whole point of outsourcing is to save money. However, if you find good people to do things for you on oDesk and Elance it can be a god-send.
You can also get VA’s to commission the articles and post them to the sites!
What you can do
It’s always good to invest some of your profits into article creation. Submit the articles to Web 2.0 sites and link them back to your money site. If you can get the articles indexed and linked to this is still a great way of getting links.
If you commission articles and have opinions on any of the services I’ve mentioned here, or others, please leave your thoughts in the comments section down below. And don’t forget to vote for, Tweet or Facebook Like this literary masterpiece!