Saturday, October 4, 2008


There are hundreds of content writers out there waiting to be hired by you. However, not all writers are professional. Here I provide you with a touchstone method to grade the contents written by content writers that offer you their service. For your convenience I start it from the scratch.

· Where to look for content writers in the Internet?
· How to choose the best and the cheapest one in biddings?
· Checking for originality
· Characteristics of a good content writer

Where to look for content writers in the Internet?

Internet has always proved to be the best place to find any kind of talent. You can use the search engines to find out professional writers who will have a blog or a website to serve the clients. One other place to look for good content writers is the forum. Advantages of selecting writers through forums are many. You will have reviews posted by many of their clients, which will be helpful for you to judge the writer. There are also websites that serve as a meeting point for writing service providers and buyers, where you can find affordable content through biddings.

How to choose the best and the cheapest one in biddings?

Once you have posted your offer through bidding services, you will find a number of content writers competing for the job with different quotes. As you will find a number of writers offering their writing services at different rate, you may find it difficult to choose the writer best fit for your purpose. Here’s where you got to be choosy. Do not always go for the lowest bid because you may end up hiring an amateur. However, those with the highest bid need not either be a professional. This is where you need my touchstone method of selecting content writers. First, choose writers by judging their attitude that is revealed in the sentences posted for the bidding, and not by rates quoted. Talented writers confident in their writings always quote in the mid range in biddings.

Checking for originality

This is a simple test that should be performed as soon as you receive the sample written work. Just copy a line or two from the article and paste it in google search with in double quotes. As you click the enter key if the article is a copied one you will find the search revealing those lines exactly as they are in bold. There are also other services that help you in finding any plagiarism, however, you will have to buy their service for a small price.

Characteristics of a good content [writer]

You must understand that word is life in the Internet. Once you get the samples from the writers you have selected analyze the writing thoroughly. See if the writer is able to revolve round the given theme. Check for the continuous thread that flows through out the article. See if there is consistency in writing style through out the article. Check if the article has adequate information (well researched) on the topic. Check how the keywords and phrases have been used in the content. Check for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. After all writing for the web is very different from writing for other purposes. However, the article should also have the characteristics of uniqueness, clarity, brevity, and accuracy.

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