Freelance Sites vs. Hiring All Custom Content

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Hope your week is shaping up to be a good one. It’s been a busy week working with our clients and gearing up for all our new monthly service clients.

When we started planning our money-saving service, we asked for feedback from our clients and potential clients. Here is a question we received about that.

Q: “I’ve considered transcribing my teleseminars but was going to go through Elance or Odesk — so one question I would ask as a prospective client is ‘How is your service going to be different than what I can get through Odesk or Elance’?”

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There are plenty of places to find freelance transcriptionists and some of those places include job sites like Elance or oDesk. If you’re not familiar with these sites, they are places where businesses like you can post projects and people seeking work can bid on projects.

There are few things to consider when working with freelance sites:

* It’s time consuming to go through responses and decide who is the right one for the job.When you choose us, there are no applications to review. We make sure our team of transcriptionists get your jobs done. It’s that simple.

* While there are some great people working on these sites, you can bet there are plenty of bad apples. There are unqualified people applying for projects and plenty won’t bother to complete the project.

With All Custom Content, you’re dealing with a company that has reliably provided transcription service to our clients for the past 4 years.

* It’s not always easy to find people for ongoing work. We know that oDesk tries to put its focus into ongoing work, but there is no way to guarantee that. Many freelancers working this site are placing their work bids low, just so they can get the job and then realize they can’t afford to keep working at that rate, so they are off looking for the next best thing.

Again, we’re an established company that continues to provide this service on an ongoing basis. Sure, we have transcriptionists come and go, but our ultimate responsibility is to make sure YOUR project is done. We put our clients first…period.

Overall, you’re going to save time and money. Plus, you can rest assured that your projects are completed month after month, without the hassles you might get elsewhere. Of course, you have to weigh the pros and cons for your own unique business, but we think you’ll be pretty happy with what we’re cooking up and will have more information for you soon.

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Getting Better Results from Your Ghostwriter

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When it comes to outsourcing your content, it never fails. At some point, you just don’t exactly what you were hoping for.

Sometimes it due to a lack of ability on the part of the writer.

But more often than not, it’s due to a communication breakdown.

That means the better you communicate, the better results you’ll get. Of course, if your ghostwriter is also a good communicator, you’ll do even better.

(By the way, communication is something we pride ourselves on and we always ask our clients what they want before we begin).

Still as a business owner, you can only control your own actions, so learning to communicate better with your writers will always benefit you.

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How to Monetize Ghostwritten Content

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Fresh Ideas for Monetization

Just some quick tips for you today. It’s easy to get content ghostwritten for you and then publish it and forget it. But if you want your content to translate into dollars for your business, you need a monetization. Here are 5 tips for monetizing your content.

Affiliate Links

One of the most common ways to monetize content is to include an affiliate link in the body of the content. If you have your content ghostwritten, simply let them know what link you’d like to include and make sure the topic is one that fits naturally.

Promote Your Services

Ghostwriters can create content for you that boost your authority and credibility in your niche. This type of content is great support a call to action to sign up for your services. For example, a virtual assistant might have a ghostwriter create a blog series about better project management. The call to action could then be to purchase the VA’s specialty project management service package.

Build Your Opt-In List

Use ghostwriting services to help you blog more consistently and frequently. Include a call to action or opt-in form at the bottom of every blog post to help build your opt in list.

Sell Information Products

Do you have an online course or book that you’d like to promote? Monetize your ghostwritten content to increase product sales. Consider giving the ghostwriter access to your products to ensure a consistent voice and message.

PPC – Pay Per Click Advertising

PPC advertising profits are still a viable opportunity for internet business owners. In addition to adding PPC to your ghostwritten content, consider video PPC which may have a larger potential. You can hire a ghostwriter to write scripts for you. Record your video, upload to YouTube and participate in their PPC advertising program. Many video bloggers, aka vloggers, make a very good living this way.

Always make the most of the content you have created…it’ll keep paying you back over and over again.

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A Recipe for Burnout and Stifled Success?

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Eek!

An inability to “see the forest for the trees” – if you’re not familiar with that saying it means that you are focusing on the details so much that you cannot see the big picture. When you try to do all of the tasks that are required to own and grow a business, you’re not only working around the clock, you’re also unable to stay focused on your vision and the big picture goals.

Instead, you spend your days mired in the mundane. You’re checking emails, paying bills, and writing blog posts. A business cannot grow without a clear and apparent vision, and the time and energy to focus in that vision.

Here are some of the problems with trying to do everything yourself…

Diminishing Your Strengths

You have special skills, experience, and knowledge that give your business a competitive edge. Yet if you don’t allow yourself the time and energy to focus on your superpowers then you’re hurting your business growth. You don’t have to do everything adequately when you can instead do a few things exceptionally. Instead, hire others to do the tasks you’re not exceptional at.

Not Leveraging the Strengths of Others

In grade school, most of us were taught that everyone brings something unique to the group. We all have specialty skills and strengths. Why not leverage the abilities of others? You get much more accomplished and your team is packed with passionate go-getters. It takes your business to the next level.

Boredom to Burnout

You may be a superhero who can do everything and never gets tired of it all. Most of us are not like that. We get tired, we lose enthusiasm and motivation, and it happens when we’re overwhelmed and doing things that just don’t make us particularly excited.

Burnout is the end result. And on your path to burnout you become bored. When you’re bored and tired you send an apathetic message to your contractors, prospects, and customers that you’re starting to lose interest in your own business. You’re tired. That message loses sales. It affects profits and it’s just not fun. Do what you do best; whatever it is that makes you smile and keeps you passionate and invested in your business.

Inefficient Systems

There’s a very good chance, if you are doing everything in your business yourself, that your systems are inefficient. It’s the opposite of what you’d expect, yet it’s what happens. There are two key reasons why.

The first is that you’re likely overwhelmed and the “hurry hurry” need to get it all done keeps you from spending time on improving your systems. You don’t have time to research software, test and track processes, and make improvements. The second is that you’re not accountable to anyone. There isn’t a virtual assistant who needs to have a process outlined for them. You can just work through processes the same way you always have, regardless of whether they really work.

The problem is that inefficient systems waste your time, energy, and money. There are resources you could be using to focus on growing your business. Whether you’re processing sales or creating content, if your systems are inefficient then you’re losing business.

Now, how you leverage the help of others in your business is completely up to you. You might hire a virtual assistant to take care of every day administrative tasks. You might get some guest bloggers to fill in some content holes for you. You might hire a graphic designer to avoid the learning curve of graphic design.

And of course, you could hire us to help you write. The course you take is up to you, but the more you can focus on the big picture of your business, the quicker your success will grow.

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What to Do If Your Ghostwriter Screws Up

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What to do if a ghostwriters messes up
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about finding the right writer and communicating, so you get what you want.

Unfortunately, sometimes it happens and your writer will screw up. If you receive a project you’re not happy with, there’s no need to panic. Everything is salvageable and it’s going to take a little work to get there.

Here are some tips to help you:

1. Ask for revisions. Most writers include a round of revisions in their work for hire agreement or as part of their services. Not because they expect trouble but sometimes there are miscommunications or mistakes and it’s easier to address them with an upfront policy.

2. Address the revision request in two parts:

  • What works? Let the writer know what you did like about the content and what you want to keep.
  • What doesn’t? Once you’ve touched on the elements you want to keep, then let the writer know what needs to be revised, why you need it revised and how you want it to be revised. Be specific. The more details you can provide, the better.

3. Assess your systems and communication process: Often content mistakes are made because of a miscommunication. The writer didn’t understand what you wanted. Common issues include:

  • Not enough information was provided
  • Too tight of a deadline and the writer was rushed
  • Not a good match for your content needs or industry. Most writers specialize, make sure they have experience in your niche or with the content format you need written.

4. Ask for questions: Make sure your writer understands what you need written and what your goals are. Make it easy for them to ask questions by being available and organized.

5. Decide whether to try again: It can take a little time to iron out the kinks with a new writer. If they’re responsive to your revision needs and you think there’s a future together then consider trying again. If your writer still doesn’t produce what you need after revisions, it might time to consider moving on.

The key thing to remember is that even professional ghostwriters need training so they can work most effectively with your business and to your specifications. Once you have a well trained writer on your team, they’re an invaluable asset you don’t want to lose.

Remember, we’re always available to help you with your writing. With our monthly savings program, you get to work directly with our project manager who specializes in communicating with our writers and making sure you get exactly what you want. Check us out here.

 

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