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[Opinions Wanted] What Do YOU Look for in an Article Service? Most Helpful = Free Content

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by Standard, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Standard

    Standard Junior Member

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    Hello My Fellow BHers

    With a huge demand for quality content services, I am contemplating creating a content service. Now, I could generate the same old service with the same problems and same bland articles. But a website's lifeline is its content. I want to generate quality content through my service but I need to know what is most important to the buyers.

    What Price range are you realistically comfortable paying?

    Can you show me an example of what you typically receive versus what would be ideal content?


    What are some problems you have been experiencing in services you currently utilize?

    Any other comments are appreciated.

    Best 3 Comments Receive a free article.
     
  2. redtide1969

    redtide1969 BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I do a ton of outsourcing of content...the most important thing is to be able to follow guidelines closely as they've been set forth and agreed upon. Too many content providers will "yes" me to death and then try to push off the actual content creation to one of their workers. Once I get the content sent back to me, 9 times out of 10 they haven't followed my initial guidelines I set forth.

    For me, the price I'm willing to pay depends on the importance of the project the content is for. In general, I usually don't pay more than $2.00 per 100 words of content if it's just a generalized SEO article. If it's copywriting for my landing pages, I'll pay up to $4.00 per 100 words.

    Another pet peeve of mine is when a writer takes a serious and professional niche and tries to make the content "funny" or have a joking kind of writing style. So, I'd recommend basing your writing style OP on the "vibe" of each particular niche you're writing content for.

    Obviously, things like it needing to sound like it's written by a native English speaker, it needs to pass Copyscape, etc etc are the most important things with any online content.

    Good luck with your venture OP
     
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  3. BombaRuLz

    BombaRuLz Regular Member

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    1. The article need to be interesting so anyone can reed it. The article can be good but no one will read it If it doesn't LOOK okay (paragraphs, h1, h2, bold ...).

    2. The Article needs to be written with simple words so anyone can understand it.

    3. Writing style. This is very important because you need to lead the reader through the article.

    4. I pay $1.00 per 100 words for good article.

    Good luck with your service! :globe:
     
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  4. i80equip

    i80equip Newbie

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    Hi guys,

    If you need content hope you can send me a message. :) Thanks
     
  5. reallife

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    I look for someone who isn't trying to "fill up" the article with enough words to hit the quota - but actually writes solid, fact-filled content. I tell people I'd rather have a set price and AVERAGE 500 words, than have someone looking in dictionaries to find enough words (j/k about the dictionaries).
    Here's something I just gave a writer today:
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    If the article is about "types of widgets" - it would NOT start "Widgets are interesting pieces of hardware. Widgets are made all over the world and can be bought in many places. I would like to tell you all about the types of widgets there are, where you can find them, and lots of other cool things about widgets."

    It would start "There are four main types of widgets. The first is purple. Purple widgets are used by manufacturers to build apartment houses and are usually purchased at a hardware store...."
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    I also agree with a previous poster as far as trying to make the article funny - and I'd add in cliches and "creative writing" as no-nos.
     
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  6. KeywordPimp.net

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    This may be a bit off topic than what your asking, but if you're looking for quality article writers for a cheap price (cheap price doesn't always mean poor quality -- Most times it does, but not always) then I would suggest looking on oDesk or Freelancer for writers in the Philippines.

    I have a team of writers who I use to not only work on my sites but also whose articles I re-sell to others.

    I pay like $1.50 for QUALITY 500 word articles, that aren't filled with fluff and actually make perfect sense and have correct grammar and spelling.

    It may take a little while to find a quality writer on these sites, but once you find one, you will know that they work hard, deliver on time, and write extremely well.

    Good luck man
     
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  7. namepimp

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    There are many PLR articles to use and scripts for content generation
     
  8. dra$tic

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    It's really up to you to decide how much you want to charge, you have to stay motivated to keep bringing unique quality content to your customers.

    I will pay anywhere from $1.00-$2.00 per 100 words for top quality articles that aren't fluffed and give the readers something legit to look at.

    The problem I see in services is consistency and turnaround time, if you can also include the small things like search tags, titles and bolding keywords, etc. it can really make it worth the extra cents on the dollar.

    Good luck with your venture.
     
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  9. ppcmaster

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    If you plan on hiring a bunch of writers then you are inheriting a world of problems which are quite different than that of a writer. Here are some of my thoughts and trust me these come out of "experience". I am also not suggesting that we've aced the game or that you can too if you work with these suggestions well. I've come to realize that running a business is a daily struggle. Only the nature/type of the challenges change over time but you will always have another set to work with ;)

    So here are some thoughts for you to consider:

    1. Commit what you can deliver and deliver what you commit. [/B]

    The lure of MORE orders is often hard to resist but things can get really out of hands when you stretch yourself thin yessing your way to new orders. It's a business owner's dilemma. Sales can and will often get ahead of delivery. As a measure of ensuring business predictability, you will always want to sell more than what you can deliver. You will work with this challenge for as long as you are in business.

    Your customers are not going to fall in love with you for this. Setting the right expectation with the customers will help you buy their patience and trust in the long term but it will not make those delays go away.

    2. Quality shall come to you at a cost (+worries).

    Don't expect your writers to get you "ready-to-deliver" articles when you assign them work. You will have to invest your time and your money to check for plagiarism (copyscape), check for accuracy and to have those articles proofread. Furthermore, you will spend money on resources to ensure the proofreaders are doing their jobs for the money they are being paid for.

    This will not only add costs and worries but delay to the process. Always expect a %age of articles to not make the cut. Best of your writers will not be at their best at all days. Factor that into your planning.

    3. Writers won't stick!

    I have had better luck keeping sales guys with me for months but writers will not work for you for too long for whatever the reason. I typically see that the most tenured part of that workforce flaking away by the time I have met 100% of my hiring goals. Hiring is something we do on a daily basis. Most times we hire to back fill. That's a cost you will pass on to the customer. Factor this into your plans if you are looking to make any profits.

    There is a number of other issues I can comment on but I can't blurt it all out. I will try and catch up on this discussion at a later time.

    Good luck for now!

    Josh Caldon
    www.contentyogi.com
     
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  10. damagesmith

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    One area that I myself am trying to figure out is how to tell people enough so that they could do the job. But not enough that they could take over and push me to the side.
     
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  11. Standard

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    Thank you all for your considerable contributions. I have taken all of your comments into consideration and will use them as the foundation for a successful thread. Keep the comments coming and I will continue to implement them for the benefit of my customers and those that take part in the forum.