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[How To] Find the Perfect Outsourcer

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mdsurf, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. mdsurf

    mdsurf Senior Member

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    Hello everyone, I have been spending that past few months trying to find quality outsourcers and let me say, it is one hell of a pain in the ass. However, over this time I have found a few tips and tricks that have helped me find a few diamonds in the ruff and thought I would put together a little guide that might help some of you out. Now this is no where near perfect, and everyone has their own way of doing things but hopefully it can help someone even just a little bit :)

    Step 1: Posting A Job

    For this example I am going to pretend we are looking for someone on Odesk to write and spin articles. Now when posting a job on Odesk you must understand that the people applying for jobs are competing fiercely with each other to get jobs and they often have trouble securing a steady income, we will use that to our advantage in the job posting.

    Title: Looking For Experienced Article Writer and Spinner For Long Term Business Relationship

    Post: All experienced article writers and spinners please apply. I am looking for a hard working indivual who wants consistent work and long term employment If applying for the job please have experience in both article writing and spinning. Also answer the following questions: How long have you been speaking english for? How many hours a day are you on the computer? What times are you online? How long have you been spinning articles for? What is your current work schedule like? What is two plus two? Thank you for your interest in the job, to be considered please answer all questions.

    Notes
    Mention long term employment: Most workers on odesk typically get one and done jobs that don't provide consitent income. By offering long term employment not only does the screening process become tougher(more on this later) but you can offer less money. Most of the people are just happy to work so giving them a consistent income gives you much more bargaining power.

    Basic Questions: I typically as basic questions to guage the person and if they fit my criteria.

    One Paragraph: I usually keep my job postings to one or several long paragraphs, this way you can see how clearly they read the job posting. If you have bullet points and what not it makes it easier for people to go through and thus less quality people are a little harder to spot.

    Step 2: Screening Applicants
    Now chances are you will receive dozens of applicants to your job. The first thing you want to do is go through and remove the ones who did not read your job posting. These are easy to spot because they did not answer your questions and just copy+paste a generic comment in there in hops of getting the job.

    Once you have deleted those applicants go through the rest of them and find applicants that you think would be good candidates for the job posting. It could anywhere from a few to over a dozen.

    Step 3: Additional Screening
    Now that you have your candidates send them another message asking more specific questions related to your job, something like:

    Thank you for your interested in the job, after reviewing your application you seem like a qualified candidate, however before we are to begin a long term working relationship I would like to ask a few more things of you. Are you comfortable with nested spinning? What program do you currently use to spin articles, TBS, SC etc. I would also like you to please provide a sample of your work, please write a 150 word article about "XYZ", spin it and send it back to me. Thank you!

    Notes:
    The most important thing about this step is asking them for a sample of work. It should obviously be related to the job and not be difficult. You just want to see what they are sample of and this will show how interested in the job they are. Some will reply with "you must pay me for a sample of work" or whatever, just delete them as they are not a quality candidate.

    Step 4: Picking Your Candidate

    By wow you will get a couple candidates that reply with samples of their work. Review these samples closely and typically a few will stick out above the rest and these will be your outsourcers.

    You know they will be qualified because they did the following:
    1: Answered all of your questions throughout the application process
    2. Submitted a sample of their work for free in hopes of building a long term working relationship.

    Sometimes if I am a little tenative I will also start them on a three day trial for $30 or whatever give them an above normal work load and see how they do.

    Well, this method is by no means perfect but hopefully it helps some of you find quality outsourcers.
    Any questions please let me know, and a thanks if you find this helpful :)
     
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  2. morehits

    morehits Junior Member

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    That's a great post and some good info. It will definitely help to weed out the scammers or the poor quality workers. Myself, i found it hard to get a good worker on Odesk so i ended up joining a membership where they screen all the workers for you and also give you all the software and knowledge you need to manage your own workers. I've had a worker for a few months now and so far it's working well.
     
  3. mdsurf

    mdsurf Senior Member

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    If you don't mind me asking what is the membership?
     
  4. Virus1

    Virus1 Supreme Member

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    Where is this site.
     
  5. leader114

    leader114 Newbie

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    Cool share man.
    How long to you keep your job open for? Or until you reach a choosen number of applicant?
    Do you favor agencies/groups or individuals?
    Pay then hourly or per project?
     
  6. morehits

    morehits Junior Member

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    Will PM you as i don't want to break any rules.
     
  7. GimmeMoney

    GimmeMoney Regular Member

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    I loled.

    Code:
    www.odesk.com
    :)
     
  8. bushbabie21

    bushbabie21 Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    here is a great trick i use. Add a line at the end of your post saying

    "Please add the words "donkey slide" in all bids and PM's to ensure that you have fully read this post. Bids without these words will be ignored."

    Replace the words with any random words that you would generally never use. This has helped me immensly weed out all the crap and even well crafted generic answers.