Everyone knows that getting and publishing articles on your niche is a great way to:

  1. Provide unique content
  2. Increase your perceived authority
  3. Get backlinks
  4. Increase the number of pages of your site

Finding decent (and cheap) writers can be a lot easier than you think. Here are a few ideas:

  • Post a quick blurb to the Help Wanted section on Craigslist. There’s a writers section.
  • Pretty much everyone knows a single mom. Many of these ladies are decent writers, and will work cheap.
  • Teenagers and college students will work cheap.
  • Put a help wanted in your local paper. Won’t cost much, and you’ll be supporting your local community.
  • If your local community has a website, consider contacting the web person that runs it. They may know some local writers looking for work.
  • Post a help wanted on free classifieds sites.

Ask potential applicants to submit an article on a subject of their choosing. Weed through them and pick out the good writers (nice grammar, punctuation where it should be, etc.) and see what they’ll work for.

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Lastly, run the articles they submit to you through CopyScape to make sure they aren’t just copy/pasting stuff into a document for you. Last thing you want is to get hit with a duplicate content penalty.

Just like anything, you’ll get what you pay for. I’ve paid as little as $50 for 10 articles, and I’ve done that several times. Now I usually offer 2-4 cents per word for good content, and then I raise it if the writer continuously provides good stuff.

Good luck on finding a good writer. There are plenty out there that will get you the content you need.