Avoid the scams, find out which Business Opportunities actually work
22nd March 2007
Filed under: Internet Marketing — Ben @ 2:38 pm

I’ve just paid a freelancer $300 (about £160) to write me 10 articles of around 500 words each on a specific topic.

Now, I do realise that it is possible to have articles written for far less and that certain websites offer to write 500 word articles for just $3 or so. The problem with buying cheap articles is that they often need to be rewritten before they make any sense!

When I purchased Mark Warren’s Ultimate Wealth Package it was funny to discover that some of the sentences in his eBooks made little to no sense whatsoever – probably the result of using cheap ghostwriters whose first language is not English.

The following is an example of the poor quality of writing present in one of his books called “Making Money with An Opt-In List“:

“Not a lot of people use email

Email marketing is one of the most effective marketing methods nowadays simply because virtually almost all people use email. Check on those email fields or blanks required to be filled up on various forms needed in processing different transactions. A person without an email address is tantamount to a person without an online home, which is one big shameful truth for this generation.”

Strange, muddled writing that contradicts itself in the first 2 sentences!

Writing articles for inclusion in special article directories can be a good way to increase traffic to a site and if you don’t want to have to do it yourself it’s easy to find plenty of people who will do it for you.

The freelancer I used is quite expensive but I know that any work she does will not need to be rewritten and will also be of a very good standard.

10 articles on a subject I know little about would take me, probably, around 15-20 hours to research and write which is time that I am not willing to waste.

Getting someone to do this work for me for just £160 is a bargain because if I didn’t hire someone, it would never get done!

If you are thinking about using freelancers on sites like Elance and Rentacoder, make sure to ask for examples of previous work before committing to using that particular person.

I got a load of truely crap articles written for me recently and had to cancel the project. This is an example of what someone wrote for me:

“Broker is there other person who is the property investment expert in the market type place. They might be helpful in this venture. Their experience and opinion is always fruitful. But the situation keeps changing time to time.”

Outsource boring stuff that you don’t want to do and projects that require skills you do not have – which could include programming, web design, article writing, keyword research, audio transcription etc.

Spend a little money outsourcing jobs so you can save time and concentrate on the things that you can do well.

It pays more to be a marketer and hire in people to do your techy stuff…

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