How And What To Outsource
You may be looking to outsource some of the work related to your online business once it expands. I strongly recommend that if you’re just starting out, do everything yourself.
Write articles and share your passion and knowledge with other people, build links yourself by submitting articles, looking for link exchanges and using other link building strategies, and do all the other work related to your site, like setting up a newsletter, setting up an RSS feed and so on.
If you follow this process for a year or so, you’ll most likely start earning some money which you can then use to buy yourself more time.
In my opinion, there is almost an unlimited amount of money we can earn in our life, but only limited time that we’ll be here.
That’s why time is more precious than money and I use money to buy myself more time to do what I wish and not what I have to.
That’s where outsourcing comes in. What can you outsource?
1. Content writing
I don’t outsource any articles that are on my tennis sites and I outsource all other article writing. 😉
My tennis site is me sharing my ideas with the world and my other sites are money making ATMs that I work hard to make them very useful to the visitors who find them.
For example, I have had an article about the best vacuum cleaner newly written 3 times so far and I keep looking on how to improve it. I have recently ordered around 60 articles for my vacuum site to REPLACE not very well written articles that are already there.
I find writers mostly on Getafreelancer.com and test them with 5 to 10 articles to see how well they write. I might try 3 writers and use the best articles on my sites and the rest for article submissions or I save them to later publish them on another site I might start – like a supporting blog.
Typical bids for articles are at around $6 per article, but I usually offer more later to encourage the writer to do well. I used to pay around $8 per 800 word articles, but I now have a very good writer who charges me around $1,80 per 100 words and I am willing to pay that price for the quality I get.
You can also get quite good articles an NeedAnArticle.com which has finally improved their website and added an option to choose a writer. Their prices are:
– 5,52 per 550 words
– 9,03 per 750 words
– 12,5 per 1000 words
Again, you’ll have to test a few writers to get a really good one.
2. Link building
I have tried several times and outsourced link building but have always been disappointed with the results. In all cases, the guys behind link building services have access to hundreds of websites which have links / resources pages with many websites listed there.
That’s where you’ll get a link too and it’s a really poor link.
I suggest another approach; I’ve outsourced research for example and asked for research of water related blogs with pagerank 3 or more. I asked for 30 blogs and once the guy that I chose found them, I checked them myself, removed poor blogs from that list and then outsourced blog commenting.
3. Blog commenting
You can outsource blog commenting too for 2 reasons:
– To comment on do-follow blogs and get links that pass pagerank
– To become more known to the owner of the blog who you can later ask for a link exchange 😉
If you outsource blog commenting, ask the guy / girl you hired to regularly send you the list of links (comments) so that you can verify that these comments are not spammy and that they bring some value to the owner of the blog.
As mentioned above, I’ve asked for a freelancer to find me high PR websites. On another occasion, I came across a list of 300 blogs listed on one website which were all related to my niche.
I then started a project on GAF asking for someone to go through the list and send me a list of blogs with pagerank 3 or more. This cost me $35 and saved me probably 3 or 4 hours of boring work.
5. Blog updating
If you own a WordPress blog, then it’s very easy to set up another user who has limited usage of the blog and can only post new content.
I’ve done that before and I am actually starting a new blog to support one of my sites which will be updated by my writer who knows how to do that. I only need to monitor the process, edit the posts and add some links pointing to my site and pay the bills. 😉
If you’ve had success with outsourcing too, then share what worked for you!