Yes, I have finally succumbed to what I have been thinking about for a long, long time but never had the guts to do (I always thought I had to do it myself to stay true…) – Outsourcing. I have outsourced the content creation for my second micro niche website! As soon as I did it I felt – FREE!!! If you are like me and find writing a real struggle, especially for something you have no clue about, it can be an absolute pain to sit at your desk hour after hour and try to come up with something that is readable, makes sense and sounds like you know what you are talking about.
Every day, day after day, I sat down frustratedly and tried to write. Didn’t know where to start or what to write. Delayed and delayed the launch of my site. Constantly had the feeling I need to do this, I need to finish it, I need to write. I can tell you, it is an awful feeling, and maybe you can relate to it.
So after a couple of weeks of trying to write, I finally decided to do this step towards my “last resort” – outsourcing my content writing. See, I knew what else I wanted on my site, I had the titles for my pages, knew what kinds of ads I wanted. It was just the 300+ words per page I needed to get on paper. I had never outsourced before, so I was a bit apprehensive. But I had heard in the past about Elance and that this was probably the best place to outsource my writing, so I signed up with them and posted my first project.
Within hours I had several writers on Elance bidding on my project. Basically, you post what exactly you want done and your budget range, and the professional writers on Elance can put bids in to say “I will do it for X amount…”. All you have to do is have a look at all of them and pick the one that suits your needs best!
Have a look at their previous feedback – it should be close to or more than 95% positive. Also check out some of their customer reviews, that will tell you a lot about the work they have done previously. It is also wise to check out whether they had repeat customers in the past, and how many. Repeat customers mean that they did a good job for other people before who decided to use them again. You should also make sure that they have included one or several samples of their previous work in their proposal for you to read. This will give you a better insight into what to expect.
The whole process for me was super easy and very pleasant. Within a week I had my 12 content pages written, including meta descriptions and proper keyword density, and I am very happy with the result. And the best thing was that after having assigned the project to a professional writer I felt that a lot of my valuable time had been freed up for me to do other pressing things instead having to worry for hours over creating content. For example, I could go off without feeling guilty and start studying for my bookkeeping again! 😉
You want to know about the pricing? I know that cost is a huge factor for many of us. I paid $83 for 12 content pages (that’s less than $7 per page) on something that would have taken me several weeks to complete, and it meant that I could concentrate my valuable time on other equally important things. To me that is more than a fair price. I even had an offer that was lower than that, but I decided to go with the slightly higher price as I had the feeling I would get more for my money in this instant. But this is totally up to you.
I for once am super happy to finally have taken the step to outsource my writing, because I suck at it and the prospect of having to produce good quality articles always made me feel under pressure. I truly feel that I have conquered one of the last big hurdles that might have been holding me back from real success, and I am very glad I found the courage to start outsourcing! If you are struggling with it like I do, it is something I would urge you to think about…. if you can somehow afford it, it is truly worth it!
…Once I have my new website live, I will add it to “My other websites” in my sidebar to the right so you can check it out.
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