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Paying bonuses and giving raises to your outsourcers...

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by deviatus, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. deviatus

    deviatus Power Member

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    It's hard to keep good writers, so I try to be good to them. Even native English writers are charging dirt cheap prices, it's really an employers' market, so being generous isn't even that costly. Same goes for outsourcing SEO, design, and coding.

    So when I have a batch of articles that will be particularly grating (lots of technical info, content needed ASAP, special requirements, etc.) I pay a 50% bonus. And if I have a longer-term writer, I raise their rate incrementally. From talking with a few other people, I see some never give out bonuses, some do frequently.

    I think this is paying me back in loyalty and quality work, but I thought I'd ask everyone, do you give your regular outsourcers bonuses and eventually raise their rates? I'd like to see what everyone else is doing.

    (I'm not looking to hire anyone, btw)
     
  2. theseodude

    theseodude Regular Member

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    no, I have never given anybody a raise.
    here is how my 2 years of outsourcing has worked every time:
    I hire. The guy says he is working on it. I wait and wait and wait. I am happy because i think the work is being done. I email the guy, asking how its going. The guy doesnt respond. I end contract.
     
  3. artificial_genius

    artificial_genius Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I generally don't give raises (or if I do they are small ones). I do frequently give bonuses. My rationale is that giving them a bonus gives them a bigger incentive to work hard in order to get another bonus - however with wages you can only raise wages so many times before you are really overpaying them. And it is very hard to lower somebody's wages after raising them, but it is very easy to just not pay somebody a bonus again.

    With employees who can do things beyond content writing that is a different story.
     
  4. deviatus

    deviatus Power Member

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    True. I do stop raising the rate after a certain point. I go up in just 5 cent or 10 cent increments per 100 words. But I think workers will push harder for an eventual raise than for an eventual bonus. But it's true after a certain point, you are overpaying for the value you get.
     
  5. deviatus

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    What do you use to hire? odesk? elance? A worker with a good track record on these sites won't do that often, unless you aren't initially explaining the work in detail, and they take on more than they can handle.