Everyone knows that getting and publishing articles on your niche is a great way to:
- Provide unique content
- Increase your perceived authority
- Get backlinks
- 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.[cp_slide_in display=”inline” id=”cp_id_8e7bd”][/cp_slide_in]
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.