Dec 102009
 

Hiring a Webmaster for your blog can be a great way to invest in your writing or blogging career. But, how do you know it’s time to hire a Webmaster to work on your blog? What does a Webmaster do? And, how do you know which Webmaster to hire? Phew!

hire a webmasterIf you can’t afford to hire a Webmaster, you might be interested in the book Teach Yourself How to Become a Webmaster in 14 Days by James L. Mohler. I do all of my own “behind the scenes” work on my blogs, but it does take alot of time and energy.

Building your writing or blogging career also involves the wisdom to know when it’s time to delegate what you can (or no longer wish to) do. You have to invest in yourself as a writer, blogger, poet if you want to be successful. And, part of investing in yourself is hiring people to do things for you – which is why you need to know when it’s time to hire a webmaster for your blog or website.

What Does a Webmaster Do? Basically, a Webmaster maintains your Web site or blog. He may make it run faster, improve the graphics, update your WordPress theme, and even update your blog to the newest versions of WordPress. A Webmaster takes care of the “behind the scenes” work, so you can get on stage and dance away!





Signs It’s Time to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog

Somebody – like our friend Google – changes the rules. The new Google “Caffeine” search engine’s algorithm may mean that blog or Web site speed could make a difference in your search engine rankings. If your blog is slow, it may rank lower than a speedier blog. I did a Speed Analysis Test on my four Quips and Tips blogs on Firefox, and found that – yikes – most of my blogs are in the Yellow/Yield zone. One or two is in the Red zone! Google offers lots of suggestions on getting into the Green zone, but I don’t have the time or inclination to wade through the gobbly-gook. So, I decided to hire a webmaster who will make my blogs zippier.

You’re spending more time on blog maintenance than blogging. I enjoy tinkering with the HTML and other aspects of my blogs – the behind the scenes work – but it can be relaly time-consuming! And if time is money, then I need to spend my time dancing “on stage”: writing posts, responding to reader comments, digging up new and better affiliate programs, playing with ad placement and colors, etc. That is, I want to invest in my writing career by paying experts to do what they do best.

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You want to move your blog to a new web host. I’ve been with HostGator since the beginning, and I love them! They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the techs are willing to walk you through all manner of problems. But, if you’re with a slow, expensive, or un-customer-oriented host, you may want to hire a Webmaster to move your blog over. I know I wouldn’t move my blogs alone.

If you’re looking for a webhost provider, look at HostGator’s webhost packages.

You want to invest in your blogging career. This was a huge reason I decided to hire a Webmaster — I want to start putting what I’m earning back into my blogs. I’m making a living as a blogger, and I know that smart businesspeople and entrepreneurs keeping investing money in their business. I think it’s time to hire a Webmaster when your blog starts earning its keep.

How Do You Recognize a Reliable, Good Webmaster?

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“Signs It’s Time to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog” image by Unsplash via Pixabay, CC license

I hired Lou Kamenov to speed up my blogs – he also works with Aeye.net. I’m confident that he’ll not only do a good job, he’ll work efficiently and quickly to get my blogs up to speed. Part of this is a gut feeling, and part of it is because of a several things he did while I was “auditioning” him for this job. Basically, he lived up to all the following “signs of a reliable Webmaster.”

Signs of a reliable Webmaster:

  • Responds quickly (within a day or two) to emails
  • Is upfront about how much he charges – and whether he charges per hour or per project
  • Stays focused on the job you’re asking him to complete
  • Puts a maximum on the amount of money you’ll spend per project or per year
  • Sends a “work order” or formal estimate prior to starting the work
  • Clearly states his (and your) goals for the job or his role as webmaster in the work order
  • Doesn’t pressure you to hire him
  • Accepts PayPal (okay, this isn’t a reason to hire a Webmaster — but it makes it easier for those of us who are paid by PayPal!)

Lou did all of these things, and is now in the process of speeding up my blogs. I’m 99.9% sure I made the right decision to hire him and invest in my writing and blogging career! But only time will tell…I look forward to writing a “Webmaster update” post in the future.

Have you hired a webmaster for your website or blogs – and are you happy with him or her? I welcome your comments, questions, and thoughts below…

  7 Responses to “Signs It’s Time to Hire a Webmaster for Your Blog”

  1. Here’s a tip for hiring a webmaster from entrepreneur.com’s 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Webmaster:

    Ask where you can find current and past examples of your work….Experienced candidates should readily share links to examples of their work that clearly demonstrate their capabilities, says Jason Hong, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and chief technical officer of Wombat Security Technologies, a Pittsburgh-based cyber security training company. “Carefully examining their portfolio and work samples can help you assess their overall style and skills,” he says. Their work samples also can be a jumping off point to discuss their more technical skills, including HTML5, UNIX, JavaScript and database management.

    Here’s the link to that article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225573

    Also, I updated this post here on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers, and added new information about hiring a webmaster:

    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/when-to-hire-a-webmaster-for-a-website-or-blog/

    Awesome, blossom!

  2. Hi Bonnie,

    I’m sorry I missed your comment and question — sometimes people slip right by me!

    I found my Webmaster by querying on the forum on my island. That is, on Bowen Island we have a forum for everyone to communicate on — it’s fabulous for learning what’s happening on the island. And, it’s also fabulous for finding and hiring Webmasters for your blog :-)

    If I didn’t find anyone that way, I would’ve emailed bloggers who have Webmasters. Bloggers who already have Webmasters would be the best source of information.

    Terry — hang in there, my friend. If you start your blog and put some time and energy into it, I bet you’ll be hiring a Webmster before you know it.

    Laurie
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..Making Your Blog Posts Popular – 5 Web Writing Tips =-.

  3. I WISH I was at the point where I could afford to hire a webmaster for my blog! I still haven’t started my blog yet!

  4. Hi Laurie,

    I’ve been thinking about hiring a Webmaster to give me a whole new design for my blog. How do I find potential Webmasters? How did you find yours?

    Thanks, Bonnie

  5. Hi Laurie,

    Good for you! Outsourcing can be the key to success and I’m sure Lou will do a great job for you.

    I love to tinker a bit with the html/css but I know just enough to cause a spectacular and permanent database implosion so I’m always extra careful, which means I’m also extra slow.

    George
    .-= George Angus´s last blog post ..Flash – Orb Chapter Two =-.

  6. I’ve put the call out on Twitter for affordable, reliable Webmasters…I hope we get a few responses!

    Also, I neglected to mention the importance of “auditioning” several potential Webmasters or Webmistresses. Compare their responses, prices, professionalism, etc — and if you can talk their their current clients, all the better!

    What is an “affordable” Webmaster? That is, how much can you expect to pay someone to take care of all the inner machinations of your blog?
    .-= Laurie PK´s last blog post ..Teaching Kids about Money at Christmas – Tips for Parents =-.

  7. Great post Laurie. I’m still trying to do everything for myself until I make my first dollar from my site. But I’d be interested to hear back from the rest of the community about potential webmasters to contact. I’d like to tighten some things up on my site, get images switched over to URLs rather than just uploads, and create a page for all of my Amazon product recommendations. Any recommendations for affordable/reliable webmasters?

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