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  1. MMD says:

    Nice write up! I have heard of Text Broker but never used them before. I like the copyscape check. That’s a nice feature. I’ve had particularly good luck with Elance. Right now I’ve getting wonderful articles (800 to 1000 words) for less than $10 each.

    Unfortunately the oDesk route has been pretty unsuccessful for me in terms of article writing. I tried using the Jon Haver approach too, and all I ended up with were people who did not fulfill the order or sent me a whole lot of crap I couldn’t use. I concluded that it was way more worth paying $7 to $10 per article for material I barely had to give a second look over versus getting material that I needed to spend a lot of time to heavily re-write.

    • Nick LeRoy says:

      What do you do differently on elance than oDesk? I don’t use freelance personally so really curious since I assumed they were both very similar.

      I also agree that it’s worth a few more $$$ to up the quality. Jon has mentioned that he gets his share of garbage too but he obviously gets enough “gold” to warrant his continuing to do such.

      • MMD says:

        Honestly, I don’t really do anything differently on either site. The difference is that usually I get US applicants on Elance whereas on oDesk it’s usually foreign speakers. I know you can filter the search results, but it almost always works out better somehow for me on Elance. I’m sure with enough jobs it could go either way.

  2. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for this, it’s really timely for me. No Fiverr? Seems like that is in your price range (of course there’s no flexibility). I’m trying to find a way to squeeze a bit more out of writing gigs. I’ve been a bit disappointed in asking someone to cover a specific topic and I get very little of value. I’m not asking a few writers that look promising to provide a summary/review of another article, with no quotes. the purpose is for a site that curates other articles in my niche. We’ll see what I get. I’m also pursuing alternatives, the same as you, for some bigger assignments.

    • Nick LeRoy says:

      Nick – I’ve used Fiverr in the past and i’ve had OK results. The big issue I have is you don’t really have anyway to measure their quality unless the gig has been open for some time. Odds are if the gig has been open (and they are good) the wait is probably too long for me anyways.

      Good luck on your content search. Definitely share with us any good tips you pick up. :)

  3. Tim says:

    Hmmm, I’ve purchased a few domains lately in a couple different niches that I want to build out and was kinda sweating how I’d get the content out as I just picked up a regular job. Well, this certainly seems doable. The domains are of different quality levels so I’ll probably choose different tactics to get the articles that I need.

    Thanks Nick. This really is encouraging.

  4. Miki Vicioso says:

    Hi guys! the hardest part is to find those that are good and that you can relay on. I’ve gone over 100 writers with a lot trial and errors and finally found a reliable team I can count on. I even started a article writing service, if anyone needs articles done send me a message. vicioso.miki at gmail.com

    Hope that the twins are good Nick!

  5. Victor says:

    Like always, when I am done reading your post – I just want to jump right into something! Thanks fro the great tips dude. I also use to use fiverr but waiting for a good gig also got to time consuming.

    Enjoy the twins, My first is coming the end of next month, might have to start reading baby blogs from now on :b

    • Nick LeRoy says:

      Great to hear Victor. Nothing better then reading something and getting pumped up to work on your projects.

      Congrats on the your little one. I sure hope you get more sleep then I have been this past month!

  6. Josh Escusa says:

    Unless you’re paying high dollar amounts, you’re always bound to lose some writers. How busy are you keeping them? I noticed that if I keep my writers pretty busy they tend to stick around.

    At one point in time I hired 10 writers, thinking that by having more writers I’d be able to have many reliable backups. However, I’m now finding more success by hiring just a couple of writers and giving them lots of work.

    • Nick leRoy says:

      Josh you brig up a great point. Personally I have my writers wrote 3-4 articles a week. It’s not keeping them super busy but it’s very stable per week work.

      I too focus on 1-3 writers at a time. I rather keep a few busy then sporadically offering gigs to a dozen writers.

      Thanks for sharif yiur tip!

  7. Grace says:

    Hey Nick,

    I’m trying out iWriter for outsourcing content creation now. Their rates are quite nice ($5/700 word article) and their setup is really nice also. You post a job on their site, and writers come and write your specific article and goes to you for approval. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to pay for it.