said 1 year, 4 months ago:
I started writing for iWriter.com to give me a venue to help me speed up the time it takes me to output great content. I highly recommend that you try writing for one of these lowcost outsourcing firms before you start ordering articles.
I say this because as a writer, I soon learned NOT to accept assignments from:
– buyers who gave only keywords and no instructions. There’s a 50/50 chance that you’ll get rejected and will have wasted your precious writing time with no chance of payment. Bad odds and not worth the risk.
– buyers whose instructions let you know you’ll spend 10 times too long researching the article before you write it, with little reward. Whether it’s for 300 or 1,000 words, if it takes you 2-3 hours to research AND write, your $1.60-10.00 is really not worth it.
– buyers with less than 50% approval rate, meaning they reject articles more than half the time. Duuuuuuuhhh! These are probably the ones who give no instructions, only keywords. Skip them.
– buyers who routinely give 1-star ratings to rejected stories, regardless of quality. Worthy buyer, those worth working for, are those who appreciate the time it took you to submit your best efforts to them. Giving anyone a 1-star rating is just mean and icky. And since there’s no way to rate a buyer if your article is rejected, all you can do is politely thank them for the time you invested in the learning experience (or lambast them and risk getting kicked off the site).
The sweet spot, where you can zip out excellent quality articles in 30 minutes or less, is when you find a buyer whose listings have…
simple precise keywords,
a sample story for you to use as a guide to use for style, tone, type content, etc. (not for spinning) within the instructions
or at least a link to a sample article to use as a guide,
detailed information regarding the use of their keywords in the article, e.g., 3% keyword density or “use the keyword in the first sentence, last sentence, and 3 times in the rest of the story,
detailed information about how the article should be structured, e.g., “divide into three paragraphs” or divide into five paragraphs, use kws 1-2 time in each paragraph, give each paragraph a subtitle that contains the keyword at the beginning of the subtitle,”
and a reputation for at least a 75% acceptance rating for submitted articles.
When I took the time to pump out 20 or more stories on iWriter, I soon realized there was a lot buyers could do help themselves get better quality writing for their needs. These are just a few things I’ve noticed about how buyers could help themselves do just that.
What’s your experience with outsourced writing sites? Are you a one-note keyword buyer giving few instructions or do you give more help than that?
Do you find more instructions mean better writing or not? Any other outsource writers out there? What do you think?