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[WTH] Content Writer (A fair amount of research required for job!)

Discussion in 'Hire a Freelancer' started by Thirteen, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Thirteen

    Thirteen Newbie

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    Ok I'm doing some SEO work for three independent hotels and I need landing page content writing. Essentially I need 400 (minimum) words writing on local tourist 'attractions' (eg London Zoo, Heathrow Airport or whatever) so you'd need to research the 'attraction' to be able to write the 400 words about it. The 400 words would need to include...

    The full address of the attraction including post code, their telephone number and their website address if applicable.
    A summary of what the attraction is (a significant portion of the word count should be this) is it suitable for families, is it outdoor or indoor etc. what sort of thing is inside, for the London Zoo example you could list the animals they have and if they have shows like a parrot show or something on a specific day/time. (I'm just making this up, I have no idea!) For Heathrow airport you could list the shops inside, the airlines that fly to/from it and the destinations of the airport. Maybe some statistics eg about passenger numbers or something too to bulk out the text.
    Opening days and times, including seasonal opening times.
    Any entrance fee - if there is one, how much for adults, children, students, seniors, family ticket etc.
    Has it got a gift shop or restaurant (opening hours?) or tours or anything special for children etc.
    Is there a car park. Or a car park nearby. How much does it cost per hour.
    What is the distance in miles and travel time by car to the attraction from the location of the hotel (will give you postcode of property so Google maps will work that out for you).
    What public transport options are there to the tourist attraction (if any) is there a bus number or train station close by. What is the travel time by public transport (Again Google maps should help you with this).

    I need the information in paragraph style, not bullet points. All the information I imagine could be sourced from the attractions own website, Wikipedia page and the travel information from Google maps or similar but I don't want a pure cut and paste job for obvious SEO reasons. I'll be transforming the text supplied into html for the hotel's website and adding images and a map etc.

    There are at least a dozen 'attractions' (not just tourist attractions though, the local university, airport, hospitals, anything people would travel to visit or want accommodation close to basically). I'm not sure what the rate would be because of the research involved so please reply to the thread with what would be acceptable payment (via PayPal) upon submission of the work. I'd be looking to hire someone to do one 'attraction' initially to ensure the work was good then the other 'attractions'.

    Any questions just ask. :)
     
  2. Aluminium

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    Hi,

    You have just perfectly described what I have been doing to some of my clients' websites.
    That PM I sent you contains the samples, which will make you hire me very soon.

    I will await your reply.

    -J
     
  4. KELLOGGS

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    OP, I have to chime in with a piece of advice as you said you don't have much experience setting a price for these type of articles.

    As you said, the information "could be sourced from the attractions own website, Wikipedia page and the travel information from Google maps". This means that there will be very little effort required in order to research the attractions and therefore, please don't let any writers convince you that these need to be very expensive.

    They are literally just mashing articles from three or more sources and making it flow nicely.
     
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  5. ContentWriter

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    There are cases when things are easier said than done.
    I think all writers would agree on me that they are all using resources when they write. It could be in a form of a physical book or an online article. If the writer produces something that is read like someone who had just learned English 11 days ago wrote it, we could say that "very little effort" or "no effort at all" was exerted by that self-proclaimed writer. That writer deserves very little to no fee at all.

    But if that writer, despite that his thoughts just came from three sources on Wikipedia as you said, wrote something that makes anyone say, "OMG! This is what I've been looking for! Damn it, why did I just come across this article only now?", then, that writer has the "license" to charge whatever amount he wants.

    After all, the word "expensive" is very subjective. What's expensive for John maybe the cheapest for Peter.
    Better yet, let's not measure things based from our own scale of righteousness.

    Peace. :)
     
  6. Hopeful

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    I'm sending you a PM.
     
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  7. KELLOGGS

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    I was simply pointing out that the articles that the chosen writer will be working from will be of very high quality already and that there will be no (or significantly less) time required to look for reliable sources of relevant information, for this will all be provided by the client upfront.

    Due to the significantly reduced time required to produce the articles, I feel that it would be fair for them to cost less than a normal article where a writer is normally only given a keyword to work from.

    Despite all of that, I was only trying to help the OP as he said he lacked experience and I didn't want to see him unnecessarily pay more than something is worth.

    Finally, my post was to help the OP gauge a price, not to tell writers what price to charge.
     
  8. ContentWriter

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    That's right. That's right. :) I agree.
    That is why I have a less expensive rate for manual rewrites compared to original writing without the need for the client to provide links to be rewritten.

    However, as a writer for 10-plus years, I would still say that I'd burn the same (or maybe almost the same) amount of neurons to write an interesting and engaging rewritten article. For one, if the references were written in a boring, not engaging and not up-beat tone or whatsoever, I am compelled to shake heaven and earth just to make the rewritten copy a more lively one. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense delivering the same exact boring "rewritten" content.

    Indeed, if it was really easy and less-time consuming, the only ones who would outsource their content writing needs are the ones who have more pressing concerns in their life and/or business. Those who don't have that much pressing issues in life and in business will surely "make time" to write their own content.

    By the way, my answers are not meant to directly attack you based on your own understanding of this matter.
    I decide to shed some light based from my first-hand experience in this content writing business because I know I can testify based on what I have experienced over the past years and not just based from what I read on books or feedback of other people, who, in the first place, are not providing content writing services.
     
  9. Thirteen

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    Thanks for the reply/advice Kelloggs. I have been doing some of these landing pages myself but to be honest I'm bored to tears doing it hence the outsourcing here. It really isn't hard work at all but I'd rather outsource it then give it a little polish myself and create the html around the writing with any images a link to a map etc. The prices I've been quoted in PM are good and I hope I'm happy with the finished product. :)
     
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    Get back to me if you are still looking for someone.
    Pm me or mail me at Gmail - seoworks87 at gmail.com
     
  11. Thirteen

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    Seoworks - I haven't picked anyone to do the job yet, I thought I'd wait a few days to give people a chance to see the thread. If you're interested in the work let me know how much you charge via PM.
     
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    Hey Thirteen,

    I can most definitely assist you in whatever your content needs are.

    I have just sent you a PM with all the details

    Cheers

    Ruoall
     
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