If you’re a freelance writing client who’s looking for topnotch writers, here’s an article that will help you find good quality freelance writers.
The Secret to Finding High Quality Writers for Freelance Writing
(1) Look for High Quality Articles in Your Niche
Think of which websites, magazines, newspapers, forums or social media like Reddit or Facebook groups you usually read or follow for your business or work. Next, try to find as many articles as possible that you like in these publications or on these platforms and look at the writers behind them. Contact each of these writer to see if they are a right fit for your purpose.
If you can’t find any relevant articles, try using BuzzSumo, ContentStudio or Ahrefs to find some great content that have been shared multiple times in your industry.
(2) Using the Search Engines
For more results, use a different sets of keywords or broader keywords such as ‘freelance writers’, ‘freelance writers Singapore’ or ‘freelance writing Singapore’ using Google Search or Bing.
Sometimes, you may be able to find unexpected results and good writers in this way.
(3) Ask for Referrals
One of the easiest methods is to ask your friends, relatives or colleagues if they know any quality freelance writers. Most often, one of your contacts, especially those in the same industry or in the marketing sector, will have someone good to recommend you.
(4) Using Linkedin
Visit Linkedin.com and check your friends’ list. See if anyone there is a freelance writer. If not, message each of your contacts there and see if they could do an introduction. One last method is to type ‘freelance writers’ or ‘freelance writing’ in the search bar above, and see if you could get any concrete results.
(5) Check Out the Singapore or Global Directories
Check out the local Singapore directories. Sometimes, freelance writers might be listed there for SEO purposes. Some of the more popular Singapore directories include Yelu.sg, Times directory, Hotfrog, Kompass, ST Directory, and more.
You can also try to look at some more well-known global directories or niche directories, such as Yelp, Yellow Pages, Houzz, Manta, Craiglist and Doctor.
(6) Spy On Your Competitors
Check out your competitors’ website, blog or social media and see whether they have any pieces of content that’s getting a lot of shares, comments or likes. If so, check out the writer behind it and try to see if you could also hire him or her.
(7) Networking Events
Sometimes, freelance writers could also be at networking events to meet new people. Meetup activities such as professional events for entrepreneurs or Singapore networking meetup events are some of the avenues where you could find good quality writers sometimes. You could even attend such meetups in your niche, for example, health or bitcoins, and find specialist writers in these industries.
(8) Freelance Websites
My last suggestion is to hop onto some freelance websites to look for your freelance writing person. Portals such as Upwork, Textbroker, WriterAccess, Guru, Contently or AllFreelanceWriting.com can be your source of content writers for freelance writing projects but do be careful of engaging low-quality writers. Pay for a trial sample writing first before committing long-term.
Freelance Writing Questions to Ask Your Writer
Finally, if you’re going through your list of prospective freelance writers, here are some questions that I’d recommend you ask.
What’s your writing process?
How do you do your research?
How long does it usually take you to write an article?
How many rounds of revisions do you allow?
What’s your cost like per article or per project?
Do you have some writing samples?
How do you promote the content?
Ask for and pay for a trial sample writing first before committing long-term. If everything goes well, you can use that freelance writer for long-term work. If not, go to the next writer on your list and repeat the same process.
Remember, quality writers who bring you traffic and leads for the content do not usually come cheap. Working with a good freelance writing staff for the long-term is better than using cheaper writers and then changing it every week if the writing’s bad. Your blog will appear inconsistent and chances are, you’d break your branding and efforts in building up your business.
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