Killer Tactics: As promised, these tactics are derived from personal experience, and relate to the cliffhangers I had left after each of the previous article installment's outsourcing “cons” in this series.

  • You can save A LOT of money if you use iWriter tactically, in conjuction with very clear guidance for your writing project. By “tactically”, I mean that you only purchase EXACTLY what you need. One thing I have observed online is that few people really have a good idea of what it is that they need. For example, online, “top 10” type articles are proven to do extremely well in attracting a ton of visitors and, many times, achieving virility, depending on the quality of content, of course. There have been times where I have constructed a “top 10” article title, with the intent of having it become a very thorough 1,000+ word article, yet, I will only give the writer guidance to write a 500 word article on the topic with at least 5 items mentioned. For a premium writer, at a 500 word purchase, you can see that my total cost, excluding tips, would be $5.50. After I receive a final product in hand, I will then proceed to add and develop the article further to my standards.

Doing this has allowed me to at least get an article started, and provide my own writing and research to bring it to completion. Within the comment's section of my last InfoBarrel article installment  in this series, Zuke258 detailed how he loves to use iWriter as a means by which to produce a product moreso for his own motivation: there is a psychological tactic and mechanism involved where he finds it motivating simply to have an article started.Essentially, in this tactic, I don’t necessarily use iWriter to bring an article to completion immediately, however, I use it to lay the fundamental groundwork of research for an article before I go on to expand upon and develop it even more. I understand that it may be sensible for some just to have an entire article written, only to publish it immediately. To me, I always find that beginning an article is really the hardest part. This tactic really accommodates my type-A OCD personality very well. Though you will find that optimal article length will be debated almost as fervently as the topic of article spinning, 3+ years of writing for InfoBarrel has taught me that my articles generally do the best in search engines when they are between 800-1,000 words long.

  • As a manufacturing supervisor (currently), I have become really very process oriented. In the case of iWriter, I like to think of outsourcing content as engaging in a process. Generally, the quality of an output is directly related to the quality of an input. With that said, if you are to pay for an article to be written, I am a firm believer in providing the most clear and thorough instruction and guidance. When you click “get content”, the following form allows you to tell a writer EXACTLY what your requirements and expectations are for a given project. Simply by providing clear and thorough instruction and guidance, I have found that I have been able to receive very high quality content for a reasonable price.

I have also found that saying certain things, especially on the order form, can actually inherently limit the lower quality writers who may jump at the opportunity to write the piece in your project. In many ways, saying these things inherently ostracizes those people. In the case of finding the best value and quality for your time and money invested, ostracizing these people is a actually GOOD thing. Bear in mind, this doesn’t mean that you treat people badly. I will speak about that later. You simply want to use these instructions and guidance in order to inherently screen low quality writers from even considering participating in or submitting for your project.

(Feel free to cut and paste these…In all my experience on iWriter, and elsewhere, once I learned to say these things, from the start, I began to dramatically save money that would have been otherwise wasted trying to secure or entice a high quality writer.)

Though I used some variation of most of the following phrases, when providing clear and through instruction and guidance in my project description, while writing this article I did stumble upon this YouTube video. At about the 1:00 mark, the video creater shows a word processor document with the following comments listed. I have included MOST of them here, for you to copy and paste, if you so choose, into your iWriter project descriptions.

Doing this will help to drastically increase the likelihood of receiving high quality content from iWriter, or elsewhere online.

  1. “Submitted articles WILL be analyzed for spun content through copyscape and other tools”.
  2. “Please do not write this article if you cannot write articles in English as if it were your first language. I will reject it.”
  3. “Random portions of your article will be submitted to Google, as a secondary measure to ensure quality of content.”
  4. Just so you aren’t seen as an unruly tyrant, it can be beneficial to mention that you provide tips based on the quality submitted.
  5. "I'm also looking for a writer that I can send alot of work to. If I like the articles you write for this project, there is alot more work I can send your way!"

Comments such as these are not meant to be mean or harsh, but, rather they are stern, clear and understandable. Though I generally like to offer a degree of grace in favor of the writer, especially when the platform inherently favors a buyer greatly, making these items known BEFOREHAND can lend great justification to an article rejection or a request for re-write in the future. If all the above items are laid out prior to an article's submission to you by a writer, I do not believe that you need to bad or guilty if you must reject an article or ask for a re-write. It is when the instructions or guidance are unclear that a buyer should give a writer the benefit of the doubt.

Other general guidance and instruction you may consider giving are (these are included in the above YouTube video, as well. Cut and paste them, as necessary):

  1. "Write your article in 3rd person." (or whatever 'person' you require)
  2. "Use the primary keyword for the article 2-4 times. No more. No less."
  3. "Each paragraph must be 2-4 sentences long."

(MORE tips, tricks, strategies, tactics, and lessons learned coming soon to this article....stay tuned!)