Mar 142011
 
Finding a Writer to Write Web Content

Shakespeare: Not a Web Content Writer

Knowing how to find a writer is one thing – and finding the right web content writers is another story! Whether you’re a successful freelance writer with too many writing jobs or an entrepreneur who needs web content, hiring writers will ease your workload. Use these tips to find a writer you trust.

Before the tips, a quip:

“The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.  By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.” ~ Mark Twain.

Mark Twain’s quip is about rewriting – which is the secret to good writing. If you’re nervous about finding and hiring writers, learn the secrets of good hiring by reading books like 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire.

Resources for Writers

And, here are four tips for finding a writer…

4 Ways to Find a Web Content Writer

Not matter what type of business owner or entrepreneur you are — freelance writer or CEO of a B & B — you need to learn when to outsource work. For instance, many successful freelance writers reach the stage of having too much writing work. This is the time to find and hire writers to take your business to the next level. But you need to find the right writers so you don’t end up wasting time managing corrections and revisions!

So, how do you find a writer? Do a little digging around the web…

Search for web content writers on Twitter

Twitter is a great place to look for writers. Twitter has a thriving writing community, many of whom tweet their progress on writing articles, e-books, white papers, magazine features, blog posts and more. Use the Twitter search feature to find writers who specialize in the content you need. Another smart way to identify writers on Twitter is via hashtags such as #amwriting and #writerchat. You can also simply ask — any call for writers on Twitter invariably brings several responses, particularly if you have a large following. If you’re a writer who isn’t “into” Twitter, read Twitter for Writers – How Tweets Help Writing Careers.

Find writers on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a good place to find the people who identify themselves as professional copywriters and web content writers. Not only can you do a general search for writers, you can also check out the writers who are active on LinkedIn groups and LinkedIn Answers. This will give you a chance to gauge their writing style and the quality of the information they provide before you hire them.

Post an ad on writers’ networks or job sites

Craft an ad that you can place on sites where writers hang out and look for work. These include the Problogger and Freelance Switch job boards and listings Blogger jobs.biz, Anne Wayman’s site, Freelance Writing Gigs and many more. To cut down on wasted time, give some detail about what the job entails and how to get more information. To find a writer, you should also provide information on pay rate and other requirements.

Use your blog to find writers

Many of the people who read your blog regularly might be interested in working with you. After all, you already have a connection and you may know their style from the comments they have left. It never hurts to advertise your need for writers on your blog, as Laurie has here on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. If you have a popular blog, you may be inundated with responses but you can easily weed those out by outlining clear criteria and having an information sheet ready that you can send out automatically.

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional web content writer and blogger. She runs Get Paid to Write Online, which offers tips and advice for freelance writers. Follow her on Twitter:@shurleyhall. You can see Sharon’s other Quips and Tips posts here.

If you have any thoughts or questions on finding writers (ghostwriters, web content writers, any type of writer!), please comment below.

And if you’re wondering how to find a “good” web content writer, read 5 Traits of Top Writers – What Makes Good Writers Good?

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  7 Responses to “Web Content Writers, Where Art Thou? How to Find a Writer”

  1. Also, remember that you have to invest in training your writers! I’ve hired at least a dozen writers for Quips and Tips, and am learning that people don’t come pre-trained to write the way I want, or pitch article ideas the way I want.

    All employers have to invest time and money training their employees…which is why retaining good employees is so important.

    I need writers with SEO/web writing experience and good writing skills…but I’d take good writing skills over web writing skills any day. SEO is easy to fix, but fixing bad or sloppy writing is time-consuming and frustrating (you call yourself a writer and you can’t end your sentence with a period??? Come on…)

  2. I’d look for excellent research skills in your writer, Tyler. Most writers are also good researchers and can learn the domain expertise. Not sure how well it would work the other way round.

  3. Great post, just have 1 question.

    How about when it comes to more technical posts, somewhere where they need the domain expertise. But the problem is most either have writing skills OR domain expertise, not both. How do you find the balance between the two when looking for a writer?

    Thanks :)

  4. When I was chasing freelance writing jobs, I looked on Craigslist almost every day. I never found anything worthwhile, but it’s a good place to post your ad for web content writers! If I run out of Quips and Tips writers, I’m going there next :-)

  5. I hadn’t thought of using Fiverr as a source for writers, though I know some excellent writers on Elance, Madison.

  6. Thanks for the extra sources. I’ve been looking on elance and fiverr for writers, but these are great sources too.

  7. I have never hired a writer for my blogs. I just write by my self and I enjoy it. Sometimes, my lovely wife helps me to write on my Blogs if I’m busy with my work on office.

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