Web content developers are the support line of the online business industry. Even a small time blogger needs the help of an online writer ocassionally to draft blog posts, isn’t it?
Perhaps you have already been through the rigours and sometimes the nightmarish process of hiring writers on from freelance marketplaces like Freelancer, Elance and others have been regularly panned for upholding low quality – low cost projects.
Let me caution you, if you too are looking for high quality work at ‘cheap’ prices, you should’t be hiring writers in the first place.
Anyways, here I give you these 6 seldom explored ways to find excellent content writers.
(1) Find your gem in guest bloggers:
If your blog / business accepts guest posts, there are high chances to come across writers who are worth contributing regularly for your initiative exclusively. You can judge their capacity through their writing skills, obviously.
Caution: Sometimes guest bloggers too take the help of ghost bloggers and publish the blogs in their own name. If a blog post has caught your eye and you want to take things forward, I suggest you ask the writer to write another blog for you; it can be a paid gig. If both the guest post and the second paid gig have the same quality, you have a winner in your hands.
(2) Look in the comments section:
If your blog / website receives a good amount of comments, dig into them deeper and find out commentators who write really well crafted opinions. Such a commentator will not make grammatical errors, misinterpret facts and won’t just ramble off. Even their comment will have a clear direction in thought, expressed through their writng.
It is not necessary that such commentators are writers by default but there is nothing wrong with spotting new talents, right?
(3) Check blogging contests:
Blogging contests like those held in Brian’s Blog Engage are a good way to identify worthy content developers. Since these are contest-based entries, you will see the best of the bloggers contributions only.
Since such contests also include social media promotions, it is not difficult to locate the writer’s whereabouts. You can check the author bio section too for writer’s details.
(4) See the job boards:
Even online writers are moving away from online freelance marketplaces. They can be found surfing online job boards. One of my personal favorite is the ProBlogger Job Board. Google search ‘writing job boards’ and look for both the paid and free ones.
Post a requirement there and see the response. Be careful while choosing writers. Don’t forget to ask for portfolio, recommendations and samples.
(5) Craigslist classifieds:
You have the option to browse and contact both domestic and internationally based writers selling their services through Craigslist. However, I do feel its my duty to warn you that you will come across scammy writers on craigslist too but they are easy to spot like they will ask for 100% upfront money and give unrealistic work deadlines.
Go and post a requirement on classfieds or find writers through their service lists.
(6) Spend some quality time on LinkedIn groups:
LinkedIn is a really good professional website and some of its groups are very active. Find out groups in your niche and join them. If you are targeting writing-based groups, you can find members with full writing portfolio and links to websites and blogs.
Participation in group discussions are also a unique way to judge because with writing, you are looking for sound topical knowledge and discursive nature of a writer is the best way to judge.
Content writing is a booming industry. Every new initiative online opens up more opportunities for freelance writers. You just have to find the right resource to find the right content writer.