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How to find good quality content writers (product descriptions)

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by kellu, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. kellu

    kellu Newbie

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    How do you find good quality content writers on freelancing sites?

    I recently submitted a project on Freelancercom for filling around 250 product descriptions on a WooCommerce site using Amazon affiliate program. I had bids coming from a wide range $10-250 and picked one for $30 who had good reviews. I specifically asked about his skills and he confirmed he can write in good English (Indian living in the US).

    All he had to do was to add photos, copy affiliate links and write original product descriptions of 50-100 words. It took me ages to explain the job to him as he had no experience with WP/Woo unlike he said. First he wrote a couple of descriptions himself, the grammar and style was horrible. I told him to use word for spell check etc and do better work. Suddenly the descriptions got better and I noticed he had copied everything straight from Amazon. I told him not to do this again and to rewrite everything..

    I checked a few days after and suddenly the descriptions seemed good and weren't from Amazon, but he had copied them all from other websites!! lol! :eek: Thought he could get away with that. Today I cancelled all his access to my accounts and haven't paid him everything yet..

    So yeah as you can imagine bad first experience! How do you guys find affordable content writers for such simple tasks? It's so easy as well considering the product descriptions are ready and you just have to write them in your own words.
     
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    You should try another one. I think you can find better ones
     
  3. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Pay a bit more money I guess, and also you probably need to hire 10 writers for 1 description East and find the best quality out of them.
    Getting stuff done cheap online is great but you have to appreciate it takes a while to find the right person.
     
  4. living2xl

    living2xl Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    don't put all your eggs in one basket, is what I would recommend.

    also, it's $30 for 250 descriptions?? really? isn't that a little low. idk but it's worth to raise your budget a little.
     
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  5. ttrox

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    Only writing 50 words would mean he would need to write around 12500 words. Assuming a VERY LOW rate (only 2$ for 500 words) that would be $50.
    Not to mention the fact that these are 250 different products, with different characteristics. And to top it off, he even had to grab images, copy the affiliate links and do the extra work of posting it to a wordpress installation.

    I doubt you could find anything good for under 150$. And if you do, make sure to tell me about it.
     
  6. jo080711

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    In my experience, you have to go through a few terrible ones to find the good ones.

    The best thing you can do for yourself is to write out VERY specific instructions and throw them in a doc somewhere. If you could do a video example of copying the links all the better. That way instead of having to explain it like that every time you just flick them an email.

    If you get questions ask yourself if the answer was in the information you provided them. If so, move on. If not, add the answer to the template for the next time.

    When you find a good one pay them well and keep them happy. (Even if you can only afford a lower rate, a bonus here and there goes a long way). They really are hard to come by!
     
  7. Scorpion2

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    Oh come on you are being cheap. How about you do the work yourself and see how many hours you spend to do it. Now take the measly $30 and divide by the number of hours it took you to do it.

    I would be surprised if you end up with anything more then $1 per hour.
     
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    Yeah, well, maybe you should consider forking out a little more money for the freelancer...
     
  9. ronnelsantos

    ronnelsantos Newbie

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    FULLY AGREE 100%! Raise your budget and you'll get quality work. Also I always believe in giving credit where credit's due. Praise and bonuses go a long way! ;)
     
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    I too believe in praises and bonuses. Feedback goes a long way, esp if it's constructive comments.
     
  11. Cshark

    Cshark Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'm going to honest with you. And you may need to take this with a pinch of salt. Raise your budget a bit and look for writers right here at BHW. Your budget is too low for quality content.
     
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    True, it's been said already, but I couldn't stop myself from rehashing this--$30 for 250 product descriptions of 50 to 100 words. And that's not it?

    Grow some empathy mate!

    Now here is my advice:

    Split the task into two:
    A. Product description writing
    B. Data entry

    For the product description writing, hire someone who can provide samples of previously done product descriptions. Sure, some could send product descriptions not done by themselves, but it helps with weeding out people who will eventually be time-wasters.

    Also, hire between 5 and 10 freelancers for test orders. You'd eventually have to do away with about half the number you give test orders. Give clear instructions. Add a sample you'd like the product description to be modeled after. Then keep an eye for freelancers that do exactly and better than the model you provide. They are your candidates.

    I understand you are on a tight budget. Consequently, you may not be able to afford the high quality Native writers that will write converting descriptions. Not to worry though, there are non-native writers whose content could fly as native writing. You should keep your eye out for this bunch. Anywhere from $0.5 to $1 is a good price for this group of writers. Please, do not expect copy writing quality.

    For the data entry sub task. There are lots of third country peeps that would do it efficiently for $3/hr rates. That it is not a good rate does not mean you wouldn't find people working at the rate.

    NOTE: If you want this task to be completed any cheaper, then have acetaminophen tablets by the side, you'll need them. Sorting through dozens of proposals for freelancers when you are on a budget is hard enough, don't make it any harder. Or you can do a bit of the task yourself and outsource the rest.

    TIP: Post two or three similar projects at different time periods, so you can get applicants from both ends of the spectrum (geographically).
     
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  13. ansi09

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    My friend good & original article writers can cost you more than $30 for an article of 100+ works. To avoid what happeend to you, just ask for an article sample or an article he made before for other customers, he won't give you the whole work because that will be just stupid.

    Always look for good rank writers in freelance websites, they are ranked good that for a reason.
     
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    With any site it is going to be hit and miss. A lot of misses. Be prepared to sort through a ton of writers who over exaggerate their qualifications to get the job regardless of the rate you pay them. All you can do is be extremely clear with what you need, make sure potential candidates know that you will not be paying for content that is of poor quality or unoriginal, and use escrow or pay after the work is done on sites like Freelancer.

    I've worked with my share of writers in the United States and other countries. If someone thinks they can get away with sub par work then they will go for it. Consider raising your rate, being extremely firm in your job description, and don't be afraid to ask for a custom sample on a site like freelancer (just don't plan to use that sample without paying for it) to weed out people like the writer you just finished dealing with.
     
  15. kyescontent

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    Raise your budget and shop here on BHW ;)
     
  16. IrisGee

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    I am glad you were able to catch him before it got posted. There are a lot of good writers out there, especially in this site. I bookmarked some of them, and others even gave review samples. :)