Day 223 – The Beginning Of Outsourcing
Haha! Interesting series..
Today I didn’t get much in the way of creating sites done as I was too distracted with what I was doing with outsourcing. I just got 3 articles done for my 100th site…I’ll get the rest of that done and put up tomorrow.
As far as outsourcing, I have put up an ad on ODesk and started getting applicants at a rate of 1 per hour so far… I just put out a small assignment of a few articles so that I can test their ability first. Out of those whom I pick to do this small test, I may pick 1 or 2 people to write for me on a daily basis. I’ll be happy to just get 1 good writer as that would free up a CONSIDERABLE amount of time for me, but if I can get 2 people to pump out 5 articles a day, that would handle the content for my 2 sites a day and I’d be able to just focus on keyword research and putting up the sites and doing my initial backlinking(RSS/Bookmarking/Digg) which these days can take me as little as 35 min to do it all on each site.
This was a big step for me, and I know this is a big step for A LOT of other people to go and hire someone on a regular basis to do writing for them..you want to make sure you’ve covered all your bases when you make a job posting, you don’t want to encounter people trying to scam you in any way or feed you plagiarized material, you want to be sure that your efforts are going to result in you getting quality content back.
That is why I spent so many days reading up on forums where other people talked about outsourcing, IE: What they did, how they constructed the job posting, how they dealt with the interview process, how they managed their team..I also spent time looking at the outsourcing sites and seeing how other people structured their postings. Once I was able to get a posting written up that I was happy with and felt I covered all the appropriate bases, I felt I had a huge chunk of the outsourcing puzzle taken care of and my comfort level rose a bit..
The next big step was to create an account with the site and familiarize myself with the layout and how postings are made, that was the next big hurdle and once I did that, I became even MORE comfortable with the idea of getting started.
Lastly, once I was comfortable with my perfected post and how the site operates, I just had to go ahead and post what I had…once that was done that was pretty much it, I had dived in.
So if you’re looking to outsource and everything seems daunting, you have to break it down into these steps:
1. Read up as much as you can on outsourcing, what all you have to look out for, how to interview them, how to select them, how to manage them (this may take a few days for you to feel like you have a good handle on it all, it’s also easy to get stuck here, so be sure to move onto the next step).
2. Look at various job postings on outsourcing sites and based on them, construct and perfect your own job posting (this will take you a while, especially if you’re a perfectionist).
3. Once confident and comfortable with that job posting, sign up at an outsourcing site and become very comfortable with the layout and the various screens.
4. Once you’ve done all of the above, you’ve just got to go ahead and fill out the “Post” form for putting up a job posting..look it over….look it over again 🙂 then, once you hit submit, boom, you’ve started the process of outsourcing!
Earnings For Today:
- CB – 1 sale for site #3 = $11.04
- Hops = 145
- Adsense = $57.81
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