One Bite at a time..
Keep this in mind and I will come back to this
One Bite at a time..
Keep this in mind and I will come back to this
So I wanted to report back about the outsourced content I bought from Text Broker and The Content Authority.
I bought one Level 3 Article from Text Broker and 6 level 2 articles with 6 rewrites from The Content Authority
More about Rewrites Later
First Off The Quality:
Well they do say these articles come from native english speakers and I believe them. I guess that begs the question how much writing skill can you buy for about five bucks? If you were to hit the street and ask how many people out of 100 would write you a five hundred word article for five bucks I’m not sure you’d have English majors lining up outside you’re door jumping at the opportunity. I feel like the same applies here. At the level 2 and 3 (out of 4 or 5 depending on the site) you are getting average joes writing your articles.
Now I’m no oratory or written ninja, in fact I have a rather noticibly hard time placing words while speak and my ADD literally disrupts my thought flow while writing….. wait what was I talking about?? Just kidding
The point I’m trying to make is I went through and edited/cleaned up all of the articles and I am far from perfect. Some were much better than others though. I got one article that, looking back, I should have rejected. Two other articles were well written in the fact that they had a good structure/flow and you could tell the author had some level or pre-existing knowledge about the topic. Otherwise the rest of the articles were essentially what I’d write if I was going around researching Google for some quick very loosely related facts.
Essentially you’ll have the spend some more money on content if your content on outsourcing it and creating a legitamit authority site. On some oddball Niche sites though, especially subjects I find hard to write about will still be outsourced, but I’ll spend an extra couple bucks for the higher quality authors. As I mentioned there are Fortune 500 companies using Text Broker’s highest level authors so they do have the capability. I was just being cheap.
Despite less than perfect content, turnaround time and key word density were great, not to mention customer service. The re-writes were also good. Text broker does not offer a re-write persay. They say they offer them, but they cost the same as an original article… so why would anyone buy a re-write and not just order another original article?? The content authority on the other hand offers re-writes very cheaply. I ordered 250 word re-writes of my 450 word articles. Essentially they looked like spun condensed versions of the original 450 word articles.
Even if they are, merely spun versions of the original articles, the time saved is worth the money.
Overall – Outsourcing content is great for sniper sites but I don’t think this content would be suitable for an authority site.
Over the last three weeks or so I’ve put together nearly 10 niche sites. Throw away the first 5, they’re useless.
That’s right, my first 5 websites are never going to earn me my money back. But that’s alright because I’ve realized that I’ve already learned quite a bit from them, which was the point. I knew I’d screw up and that was the point. Get yourself in over your head and figure a way to get out.
I’m so happy with myself that I’ve decided, in celebration, to spend more money. Partially because I know that armed with my new knowledge it’s a better investment, but also because I found a couple of the sites painful to create content for. I felt like I was fluffing it up and basically taking ideas from other sites and just re writing them. It just wasn’t good. Kind of a vague way of explaining it I know but it sums it up nicely. The information, the writing, the final product, just not good…
I knew this would come but I wanted to build a few sites all on my own. You have to go through a little pain, to truly know and understand the process of any business and I felt like content writing even after the first site was something I didn’t need any more perspective on. So, I enlisted the help of a couple services that I found had great reviews
Both of these services offer custom written articles by native English speakers. They also have several levels to chose from. Anything from an average writer to very experienced article writes with very strong command of our written language, correct grammer, and punctuation; areas I’m still working on.
I ended up buying 1 article from Text Broker and 6 articles and 6 re-writes from The Content Authority. Total cost was approximately $56 for everything and I’ll be getting about 4500 words of content for that investment.
To give you perspective 4500 words is 10+ double spaced typed pages.
Now I can’t speak for the quality but I’m hoping to have a follow up post about that soon. You’d be surprised though how many fortune 500 corporations and ad agencies are long time members of these sites and buy content from them regularly. At $5-10 an article how can you blame them.
I do know that as I expand the number of niche sites I’m running I will need to outsource increasingly more of the process to leverage the cheap labor available and maximize my time with the idea generation “keyword selection”. I also find the various outsourcing sites very intriguing and I will use them in the future. If for nothing else, than to learn how to utilize that service and make sure that I’m able to apply it effectively not only in this business but other online and offline endeavors.
So its been about 2 weeks since I’ve started a couple Niche Sites
I’ve written about 5 articles, all around 500 words and submitted them to the article directories, Web 2.0 pages and then submitted those articles to UAW. I will keep updating this as the weeks go on. Generally it takes 90 days for a site to rank so I’m on a good pace.
So why am I writing this blog. What compels me to write these entries, spend thousands of hours, creating this site, advertising for it and spending money on it.
Well its because I’m excited… Really excited
I’m excited because I feel like I’ve had my eyes opened recently. I’m 27 yrs old guy, who lives in a one bedroom apartment with little money in the bank and a completely stalled career. I had just been laid off from my third job in less than 5 years and I had decided at his point that I was at a cross roads. I finally made the hard decision that sales was not working for me any more and I needed to figure out how I was going to make a living.
Yet I’m excited, no really I promise I am.
I feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was constantly sick and physically in pain while working as a salesmen. I never gave up and always felt I needed to just “push through” and things would get better but looking back I think my heart and my mind held me back subconsciously.
So while contemplating what I was going to do with the rest of my life I did a lot of soul searching. No idea was too crazy or out there, I considered everything from something as simple as investing in real estate, to flipping cars, to swamp logging. I didn’t care, as long as I could deal with the day to day activities and I could make money, I was open to at least hearing more about it.
I started reading a lot too. I went through about a dozen books about different industries and thought processes. In addition to books I attended seminars and invested in anything anyone was selling that I thought would teach me something and spent numerous hours on forums speaking to experts in these areas.
Most of the industries I explored seemed to require unbelievable amounts of money to start and usually didn’t really turn a profit until the land and capital was paid off usually 30 years later. Despite this I was willing to pull the trigger on anything that sounded half decent and would return a very modest income. I guess another blessing in disguise is that I never found any real brick and mortar businesses that returned any sort of real profit when I dug into it further. It seemed the only people selling, were really just trying to flee a sinking ship.
I never considered the internet until I was almost forced to. I thought the internet boom and bust has come and gone and I missed that wave so I completely wrote it off. It wasn’t until I read a couple books that talked about creating informational products and selling them on the internet that the wheels started turning in my head. These authors were making real money, in todays world, and funny enough they felt that the internet and its potential to make money was still in its infancy.
I picked up book after book about this subject and it seems that the more I read, the more I realized I had turned a blind eye to the internet to an industry that was still booming. There were plenty of people building real sustainable businesses on the internet and making lots of money in the process. These guys have flown pretty low under the radar because their business model follows more closely a conventional business than the boom and bust of internet startups that captivated headlines in the 90s. It’s not a very exciting story to hear about an unemployed guy working hard for 2-5 years and slowly building his business from nothing to 500K/yr or more with no staff, and no massive expenses all while maintaining a flexible schedule. I thought it was too good to be true but I couldn’t stop reading. The deeper I dug the more my mind thirsed for knowledge. I couldn’t believe what I was missing out on.
The best way to descibe the experience would be saying I felt like Neo in the Matrix on his journey to figure out what the Matrix is. This scene kept playing in my head over and over. I felt like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole and I wanted to see how deep it went.
I took the red pill and I started my journey January of 2012
This blog is to document that jounrey and share all of the methods to make money on the internet.