How to Hire Content Writers – The Essential Guide

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Are you still struggling to find suitable content writers for your blog?

Are you still putting all your efforts to find someone who can help you to grow your blog?

If the answer is Yes, then be with me just for next 3-5 minutes.

I know how it feels when we work day and night to grow our blog and then get stuck at one stage because of too much other activities. Ultimately we don't find time to write for our blog and it starts going in wrong direction.

Right now I am managing 2 big blogs and around 4-5 niche blogs, so managing my duties smartly was one of the biggest tasks for me.

After thinking for too many days, finally I decided to hire writers for my blog.

In this article I am going to talk about few of the basic steps which you must consider before hiring content writers, process of finding suitable writers and finally how to handle them.

So let's start.

Why do we want writers?

  • To reduce the extra headache.
  • To run a blog on automation.
  • To invest our time in other activities.
  • To get blog's popularity by continuously feeding articles.
  • To make search engines happy.
  • To get more exposures.
  • To please our returning visitors.
  • To get more quality links from other sites.
  • To make extra money with blog.

and there are other too many inter-related benefits which we are going to get after hiring writers for our blog.

#1 Check Forums

Forums are the best platforms to grow any business online.

Either check premium internet marketing forums or free one, you can get too many benefits.

I was looking content writers for my blog Android Rooting, so I started stumbling few of the big android niche forums.

You can search on Google for the term – Your Niche + Forum.

Let's search for “Android + Forum” (excluding quotes)

forum

With this term you can get tons of great forums which are helping people to solve their problems and have thousands of members helping each other.

Once you are in the forum, you can check the popularity of it by checking the number of threads and posts.

See example:

By digging little more, you can find the active members in the forum and contact them personally.

Here is my copy which I sent to few of the content writers.

[sociallocker]

Hello [Name],

By going through many threads I found that you are one of the most active members in the forum and helping people to solve their problems.

I appreciate your time and efforts to help the community.

I am Kulwant Nagi, owner and founder of www.androidrooting.com.

At our blog we are writing rooting tips and tutorials to install Custom ROMs. I was just thinking to hire some awesome content writers for my blog.

I am sending this message with the same intention. Let me know if you are interested to work on my blog as a content writer.

I am going to pay decent amount per article.

So let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,

Kulwant Nagi

[/sociallocker]

#2. Check Facebook Groups

This is one of the easiest processes to find content writers for your business because we spend most of our time on Facebook. πŸ˜‰

Content Writing, Writers and Freelance Writers are two one of the best groups which can help you to find suitable writers for any niche.

Format to post in Facebook groups.

I am looking for a content writer who is comfortable to write about [Your Niche].

My requirement is X number of articles per week/month and each article must have atleast X number of words.

I am willing to pay $X-Y per article.

Payment mode would be either via NEFT or PayPal transfer.

Ping me if you can write on this [Your Niche].

#3. Check Google Plus Communities

Google Plus has more professional people than any other social media websites.

I searched for my keyword “Android” and there were tons of popular communities in front of me.

See the communities

communities

You can join popular communities and find most active members there. Either contact them directly or post your requirement in the community.

#4. Try Freelancing Websites

Hire Writers and Odesk are my favorite sites when I want to do build any secret niche blog.

Search for “writer” and select appropriate category > subcategory.

Or you can search the keyword for which you are looking writers.

Odesk has great feature to find article writers based on categories. So you can filter them according to your requirements and contact them personally.

Give them easy to understand requirements and instructions.

#5. Ask to Your Friends

This is the easiest process to find best content writers for your blog. Ask your friends if they are running any blog and managing it with the content writers.

They can either give you their own content writers or help you to find the places for getting good writers.

Few tips while hiring:

  1. Always tell them their duties.
  2. Make them understand all your requirements.
  3. Instruct them to write atleast X number of words in each post.
  4. Clear the mode of payments.
  5. Keep doing supervision time to time.
  6. Maintain your doc file (or any other data keeping software) very carefully.
  7. Instruct them not to copy article from other sites.
  8. Instruct them to use free images.
  9. Be friendly with them.
  10. Offer them free goodies. πŸ™‚

How to handle them once you have hired?

Handling all writers alone was the another biggest tasks for me because I have never done it before. I used to have 2 content writers for a niche blog but managing them was a easy process because I was giving the article title to write content.

But this time I hired 4 writers.

So handing them itself was a big task.

So I decided to use Google Docs because this is available in every corner of the world and we can access the data by sitting any part in the world.

Here is how my spreadsheet looks like..

content-writer

Check the live version here.

Note: If you don't want to use Google Docs then you can try an awesome project management software Asana to handle the tasks.

Using this spreadsheet I am able to keep track on article title, number of words, date added, date published and date of payments. This simple practice helped me to do best synchronization with my writers.

So when I am paying them fee, I just scan the sheet and count the number of articles submitted by them.

Final words

If you are a blogger, any big website owner or any SEO company, this guide can help you to find writers who are experts in that particular field. So you are not only going to make your blog, website, clients happy but also you are going to provide 100% information as well.

I have personally used all these methods and they worked great for me.

If want to add anything extra in this article then feel free to give your valuable tips.

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Kulwant Nagi

Hi! I am Kulwant Nagi. I created this blog in 2011 with the vision to help new bloggers. I am running more than 10 blogs on various categories and running a digital marketing company in India now.

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36 thoughts on “How to Hire Content Writers – The Essential Guide”

  1. Hello Kulwant Nagi,

    I was also thinking to hire writers for few categories like Apps, Software and Gadgets. I think, at a point in blogging career, every blogger thinks at least once that he’ll do managing/management work better than just writing articles.

    What I noticed about writers is that they just want to complete the X no. of words for getting paid. I never liked those non-blogger writings/article.

    Another thing is that quality doesn’t mean anything to most of new writers your hire via Facebook or Social Sites or Forum. They just want quick money.

    They don’t add value but adds words only.

    They don’t do research but copy or spin the article through some free online software. They don’t write SEO articles.

    They don’t write SEO and don’t write quality and so article gets no organic traffic and no social love.

    Of course, NOT All writers are like that but quality writers need to be paid more that directly affects ROI.

    If you think you have some suggestions for me I would like to personally talk to you.

    I think Google Docs idea is awesome!

    • Yes Himanshu, blogging is such a profession where we reach at a stage after few years that we need good writers to maintain our blogs.

      Even I had the same issue when I hired few writers from Facebook. They just wanted to complete the number of words in an article without even caring about the quality of the content, so soon I fired those writers.

      I always prefer to hire people who are already running a good blog and have experience of around 1 years or more. Such writers always deliver the best.

      In my case I do keyword research and on-page optimization at my own to get more results in less time because they don’t know how to do it in correct way.

      You can ping me on Facebook if you need any suggestions.

  2. it was essential, useful. One duty should also be that, once the article is published then they to do social share plus to subscribe to the comments, so that they do relevant reply.
    also to bring some 5 links from comment luv

  3. Hey Kulwant ,
    I have to say this is really an awesome article with new ideas. Normally maximum blog publishes same article on another blog with some new color. Getting new idea become very tough. This is really a unique post. They way you guide us how to get some good content writer is truly impressive. Searching people in the forum. Awesome man. Thanks for this nice idea.

    • Thanks a lot, Tanmoy.

      I got the idea to write this article from my Facebook wall… Few days back I posted that I have hired 4 writers for my rooting blog, so people started asking the process to hire them and places to find them.

      So I got the idea to write this. πŸ™‚

      I am feeling energetic after reading your comment. πŸ™‚

      Keep visiting.

  4. Hello Kulwant,

    Hiring Content writers is a difficult task because here is not any solutions to check spin content, if we hire a content writer then we should mind that they will write for our blog or website so always keep an eye on him because if content writers write spin articles for us then it will be harm for us.

    Regards
    Kapil Heera

    • Yes Kapil, this is difficult task as well. Because we don’t know from where the writers are getting ideas and what is the quality of article. In my case I check them using this tool.
      https://www.bloggingcage.com/content-plagiarism-checker-a-service-to-combat-spammers/

      Hope this would help.

  5. Hi Kulwant,

    I didn’t hire any freelance writer before, but actually looking to hire one for getting continuous engaging content for my blog. I guess I visited on your blog at the right time, because I find what I was looking for.

    • Great Pankaj. Hope you got what you were looking. πŸ™‚

      You can ask if you still have any question.

  6. Hi Kulwant,
    I am confused about the rates, can you suggest me a minimum and maximum rate for a good author for writing a single article? BTW thanks for sharing this amazing guide.

  7. One thing you may update or comment.

    1.What’s the process of getting the articles published by them, I am using blogger.
    So should they send me in doc format or I make them admins. if I do make them admins then there might be a problem of link to the author profile, what about SEO.
    2. what about average payments? per 800 words

    • 1. In Blogger you can assign them role of author and instruct them to put articles in draft.
      2. For 800 words I pay $3-5 per article.

  8. Hi Kulwant,

    Thanks for this informative post. Everybody wants to get someone who can write for his blog. As bloggers usually don’t get time to write for one reason or other, they outsource it to other writers who write it out for them.

    I did knew about getting content writers from facebook and Google Plus, but didn’t knew one can get it out from the forums too. And, thanks for the template!

    Also, I didn’t even thought about how to manage them, thanks for the tips.

    Sayantan

    • Yes Sayantan, blogging is a kind of profession where we keep growing year after year and the responsibilities keeps on increasing as well. So the requirement of writer is the part of the process.

      Hope you will find some good writers for your blog as well and going to make it big very soon.

      Have a great day.

  9. Hi Kulwant Bro, You have mentioned some of the great places for finding content writers.
    Another place that I suggest you to use LinkedIn Groups. One of my friend is using LinkedIn groups for finding content writers.
    Another thing which I want to ask you, How much you pay for Internet marketing and Technology related articles.

  10. Just in time, Hired one such content writer for the first time and also told him about the content and the quality. Lets see how much i would be successful with this new fellow, but certainly your blog post will help me to reduce my burden a little bit. Keep posting your valuable experiences

  11. Hi Sir,

    I still can’t believe. I don’t know this much hard word is required to choose a good writer. But surely this gonna help me in future. I also would like to know what you actually think about hiring content writer from seoclerks, fiverr ?

    Does these work better?

  12. I am collage student and new blogger. so I use 4 content writer at free of cost because all are my friends.

  13. Hello Kulwant sir. I am a web developer from Fatehabad. I started working as web developer then I also started my blog and used AdSense. And one of my friend start learning web design from me. In his free time I told him to post some content on our blog. But he is beginner that’s why I have to edit every blog. I am not getting any earning from my blog. Can you tell me where is the problem.

    • I would suggest to improve your writing skills and learn more about blogging before thinking about money.

  14. Hi Bro,You always write such a precious but effective article. I am great fan of your management and tips. Thanks a lot bro

  15. Excellent guide, Kulwant. I have always found it quite struggling to find good writers for my blog. I always try in Facebook groups and freelancing sites, but it’s still very hard to find suitable writers in the niche I’m working on. By the way, Skillpages is also a very good site for finding writers πŸ™‚

  16. There is an iOS and web app for managing the work and much better than Asana and Docs.

    I just forgot the name, will update it when I remember. It was something like ” ___Camp”.

  17. This is just another masterpiece from you bro. Loved it.
    Never heard that we can also get content writers from Google+ Communities, will have a look there for sure.

  18. Hi, thanks for this great post. I just want to ask, if i were about to hire content writer, I want to write them content that is save only as a draft and I copy paste to show that I am the author of that content, is it ok to do?

    Thanks,
    Ronald

    • You can do this, Ronald.

      But I always let them manage everything, because they get comment notifications for their articles and reply themselves.

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