A Warning: Outsourcing Your Articles
I've started outsourcing some of my content the past month and I am having a very mixed experience so far and would like to know more about it from your own experience.
My experience so far (Fiverr):
I've ordered about 7 articles so far, let me also mention that they have been low-cost articles as I am just trying the whole thing out. I've been very satisfied with 1 article that included very little mistakes in terms of grammar and logical sentences. I genuinely received more than I paid for and I'll definitely order with that writer again.
2 other writers provided me with good content that I had to revisit myself due to illogical sentences but it was still "worth" my time and money due to the low cost.
I've come across a writer that provided me with an article that looked awesome from the start, he even included 1000 words more which seemed very fishy to me. I decided to run the article through a plagiarism checker and discovered that he had copied the whole article from multiple websites. I've reported the seller, have been refunded and the writer has been banned from the service. A lot of my time was wasted due to that but I guess it's better I discovered it before putting it on my website and getting penalized by Google.
So, what I got so far from personal experience:
- Check every article for plagiarism. Google won't care where the content came from. It's up to you to check what you're putting on your website. Some services that offer that:
- Grammarly (You need premium to use the plagiarism tool)
- Smallseotools (I believe it's up to 1000 words for free, no register)
- Quetext (Requires registration, up to 500 words)
- Copyscape (Seems very known, I haven't tried it yet, I think it's payable)
- Cheaper sellers don't necessarily mean bad content. Some newer sellers are eager to prove themselves so they offer their services for a lesser cut. It does feel like a lottery system though. You can pay attention to their description, request examples of their work but you don't really know what you're going to get until you get it.
- It takes time and try-outs to find the right writer (Still searching). Finding someone that knows more about your niche from the start is even harder, depending on your niche.
- Be specific when giving out your requirements. The more information you provide, the more chance there is that you will actually receive what you want. That includes:
- General information about what the article should be about, include the main titles of paragraphs
- Do you want an article written in 1st or 3rd person (I or We)
- Accent: UK or USA
- Word count
- Document format (Not urgent)
- I would argue it's perhaps even "worth" paying for a low-cost article that isn't "that" good if you have to spend up to 30 minutes repairing it.
Some questions that I have for you if you have experience in outsourcing your content:
- Which platform are you using to hire writers?
- Which plagiarism checker are you using and why?
- Do you recommend me the hiring of the more expensive writers?
- Do you have any tips that you have acquired during your outsourcing experience?
Hopefully, you got something out of these tips and I would be really glad if you had any tips to share from your own experience.