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Hire a Ghost Writer to Grow Your Article Business

By Edited May 7, 2016 4 17

Hiring workers to do the grunt work is a normal part of business growth. Hiring ghost writers should be considered in the same way. Writing articles can be considered grunt work because many people can do it.


Why You MUST Hire Ghost Writers

 

Your article writing is your business if you are doing it primarily to earn money. Any business must grow to survive. If you decide not to grow then other expanding article writing businesses will take your market and your income will shrink.

 

You can only use each hour in the day once. If you spend ten hours every day writing, then you are not planning how to grow your business. The writing can be outsourced; growing your business can never be farmed out to an employee.

 

Only you know where you want the business to be in five years time. The only way your business will grow is if you plan that growth. To make time to plan the growth you must hire ghost-writers to give yourself the time for tasks that only you can do.

 

Growth is essential to survival.

 

Who Needs Articles Ghost Writing?

 

Any individual who is trying to run an article writing business as a one-man band needs articles outsourcing, though very few ever get around to hiring a ghost writer.

 

Who Will Never Need Articles Ghost Written?

 

Any writer who is doing articles for pleasure, rather than income, is not thinking of the article writing as a business, so will have no need to grow that business.

 

When Should You Outsource Writing to Ghost Writers?

 

As soon as you find a niche where you can make money from your articles is the time to outsource a hundred articles in that niche. If you know you can make $3 a month from an article then it makes sense to pay a ghost writer $5, even $10 to write more articles like that one.

 

Once you are totally confident of your SEO and linking strategies is the time to outsource your writing. That is the time to try to dominate that niche by having hundreds of articles written all aiming at different keyword phrases within it.

 

How Do I Find Ghost Writers?

 

Ghost writers are all around you. All kinds of people do ghost writing. There are websites that will act as a go-between such as oDesk, Constant Content and TextBroker.

 

On oDesk

you hire a writer to write your articles to your exact specifications. Usually you pay by the hour worked. A 500 word article will typically cost $3 or $4. You are sent screenshots of your writer's computer screen, so you can work out if they were working for all the time they have claimed. You can start on oDesk with one $3 article and see how it works out. oDesk just deducts your registered credit card at the end of each week for all work completed.

 

Constant Content have a library of articles that their writers have written on spec. You will usually pay more here, typically $25 for a high quality 500 word article.

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Comments

Nov 16, 2010 12:32pm
Lynsuz
Thumbs^^^. Never knew all this before today, thanks Phil.
Nov 16, 2010 12:36pm
Philtrate
No?? Thanks Lynsuz. Just trying to decide when to go for it myself
Nov 16, 2010 1:59pm
JoSwann
Interesting read Phil. I'm too much of a control freak to outsource my writing, but I can certainly see the benefits to considering ghost writers.
Nov 16, 2010 2:03pm
Philtrate
I know what you mean. That is what stops most people doing it, that the article will not be exactly as they would have written it themselves...The earnings I need I am going to have to outsource as soon as I am confident the articles will pay for themselves
Nov 29, 2010 11:01pm
weianow
Ineresting indeed. I just may have to give this a bit more thought. It brings up several issues for me.
Nov 30, 2010 12:43am
Philtrate
We all have issues, I have just started looking at the writing as a business rather than an art form
Dec 3, 2010 6:10pm
JadeDragon
Writing is a business, and an art. If you really want to grow your online business outsourcing is the answer. Constant Content is great as is Odesk. oDesk will be cheaper though. You correctly identified the need to find content that will pay for itself - that is the hard part.
Dec 4, 2010 12:05am
Philtrate
Thanks JD for your thoughtful input there.
Jan 5, 2011 1:11am
LoveSpaces
Useful ideas to consider. Thanks Phil.
Jan 5, 2011 1:20am
Philtrate
Thanks LoveSpaces
May 9, 2011 7:54pm
SilverandGold
Sometimes you can find PLR packs in your niche that you can quickly rewrite. Most of those, if you find a source with good seo writing, are very reasonably priced. Since PLR packs are sold to multiple people -- some have limited distribution, others do not -- it is important the articles be substantially rewritten to gain your own ranking on the SE's. Just be sure of the rights you get with the PLR pack. Some packages do not give all rights.

If you purchase articles from ghostwriters, it's important to check them through copyscape or another source to be certain what you are buying is original and that you get all rights to the article.
May 10, 2011 1:12am
Philtrate
You are correct re the PLR packs, and that is a good idea, one that had not occurred to me.
I agree a premium Copyscape account has already paid for itself for me in preventing a writer conning me.
Thanks for taking the time to comment so thoroughly.
Jun 6, 2011 11:18pm
Tessor
Excellent article. I'm just looking into outsourcing for some future article projects, and this helps me brainstorm.

I think offering $3 on Odesk may be a little low, though, since writers can make about this on Yahoo Associated Content per article. Better to bump it up a bit to encourage quality, as long as you've got an outlet for the articles where you can turn a profit.
Jun 6, 2011 11:18pm
Tessor
Excellent article. I'm just looking into outsourcing for some future article projects, and this helps me brainstorm.

I think offering $3 on Odesk may be a little low, though, since writers can make about this on Yahoo Associated Content per article. Better to bump it up a bit to encourage quality, as long as you've got an outlet for the articles where you can turn a profit.
Jun 7, 2011 1:39am
Philtrate
You might be right Tessor, but remember that only US writers receive upfront payments from Associated Content
Oct 17, 2011 5:30pm
Ddraig
Fabulous article Philtrate. I need to find out how to do it before I pay someone.
How do you receive your article?
Oct 18, 2011 3:14am
Philtrate
Thankyou Ddraig. Each provider works differently. Usually you get to see part of the article before you pay. With oDesk you have a bit more backup in case of duplicate content. You actually pay oDesk and they pay the writer
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