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Day 223 – The Beginning Of Outsourcing

December 14th, 2009


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

-Mike

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  1. December 14th, 2009 at 06:22 | #1

    Hi Mike,

    Let me recommend these videos to you: http://www.massoutsource.com/
    They are free and VERY valuable so I suggest you take notes (I forgot that at first so I had to review all of them a second time).

    They have already helped me find top quality full time employees at an insanely low rate.

    /Mikael

  2. Lisa
    December 14th, 2009 at 10:03 | #2

    I have outsourced writing before and have had some good and so-so experiences. I know that I need to do this in order to replace my job income – since so much of my time is lost (from the j-o-b). I do want to eventually have a team of people I can rely on. It is scary tho!

  3. Daniel
    December 14th, 2009 at 13:29 | #3

    Hey Mike, congrats again! What are you going to do to celebrate your 100th sniper 🙂 Have you diversified into setting up another adsense account? Might be a good insurance policy to put half in 1 account and half in another.

    I’ve worked with writer in the past who offered great prices, but the grammar quality of the articles was not the best. However, if I can get a great price on her writing uaw articles, do you think that would be a good investment? It seems that uaw is not stringent about rejecting articles..

  4. December 14th, 2009 at 13:48 | #4

    Hi Mike
    I had the same question. Multiple google accounts?

    Is it wise to divide up your sites on multiple adsense accounts since google is so unpredictable and may check your entire account and the give the whole thing the google slap?

    Congratulations on 100!!

    B

  5. December 14th, 2009 at 15:07 | #5

    Mike, I don’t know if you have know this question, but does a keyword sub domain have the same easy ranking as a keyword domain (by easy ranking, I mean if it fits your criteria for an easy keyword that you can outrank with just a keyword domain).

  6. Broke
    December 14th, 2009 at 15:51 | #6

    Darn, I was looking forward to the big 1-00, lol.

    I’m a little afraid of outsourcing right now. Not that I need it, lol. Interviewing, managing teams, and all that stuff just sounds like so much of a hassle.

    Good luck though.

  7. Mikeman
    December 14th, 2009 at 19:36 | #7

    @Mikael Rieck

    Hey Mikael, thanks for the resource, looks good, I’ll definitely check that out..

    @Lisa

    Well, it is possible to get to a full-time income working on your own, it’s just that it will take a lot more hard work and a lot more time on your part..

    3 hours a day after work and more on the weekends and you’ll be able to build up to a full time income in time if you’ve got a good business model.

    You will outsource when the time is right for you…I’ve been getting fed up with building all these sites on my own and plus I’ve got some nice income going as it is so it was about time I started looking into it…you’ll reach your breaking point at some time too.

    @Daniel

    haha, thanks Daniel…to celebrate, I will build another 100 sites :>

    As far as getting another adsense account, I’m thinking of building many more of these sites, 300 maybe even 400, especially now that I’m outsourcing…that being the case, I wouldn’t mind having 200 per adsense account.

    Also, I’m not worried about the sites I’ve built thus far, they’re all 5 pager’s and they’re all of great quality as I wrote them all myself :>

    Well, even if UAW accepts the articles, if they’re written poorly the directories might reject them…it’s up to you, you could try that if you want and see what happens.. I’ve been using Human Rewriter and am fine using them, costs about $10 per UAW submission which I’m fine with.

    @Bill

    Ya, I’ll probably look into getting another adsense account once I’ve got another 100 sites up, I’m not at a full time income yet even so that’s not something that’s even entering my head…when I start earing $3,600/month from adsense then I’ll start considering it, but that’s likely going to happen once I hit 200 sites.

    @Tech Blogger

    Don’t waste your time with sub-domains they’re not going to rank anywhere near as well as an exact match domain.

    @Broke

    haha, well, today should be 100 :> Ya, like I said, you’ll outsource when you’re ready…when you’re sick and tired of doing all the work yourself and/or when your income level reaches a spot where you don’t mind putting out $300/month to it.

    You can’t look at it as being a hassle because it is a necessity. You will see that once you’ve put up a certain # of sites, if you want to continue to grow your income at a faster pace and if you want to stop slaving away like a dog, it’s GOT to happen, no avoiding it.

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