Paying for Content: Worth It?
The days, quality content is a must to the success of any site. Content has always been essential to a great website. But, it’s how we get our daily content that has changed.
Introducing: Contents Writer
Before, you couldn’t get away with having the title as a “Content Writer” unless you wrote for a newspaper or magazine. Now, you can be a “professional content writer”, and even earn money doing it. How you ask? and Why? We find ourselves sitting here asking the same question. If you’re a freelance writer looking for work then a writers job board is a good place to start.
Paying for Content
It makes sense that, like everything else, you should be able to pay to get certain things done. In many cases, a busy webmaster doesn’t always have the time or effort to put together daily content updates, and they need someone to take care of it for them. That’s where today’s hired content writers come up. They will write original articles for your site, for a fee per article, week, etc.
This can become a savior for the webmaster, who can worry less about content, and focus on other site management and maintainence.
But at the same time, what does this mean for the user?
The Truth Behind Paid-For-Content
Don’t get me wrong, paid for content contributors can be great, but it depends on the type of site and type of content you have. In Devlounge’s case, I made the decision not to go with paid content.
A few things paid content seems to lack.
- Real Meaningful Posts – No matter how well the writer is, and how much they know the subject they’re covering, in the end they are writing for commission, not for the benefit of the visitors.
- Caring About the Community – When you have a group of editors willing to contribute freely, you get a more connected feel between your regular site visitors and your staff. There are follow-up posts, tips, comments from the autor, follow-up discussion, and you know the author was in it to help the community, not to help themselves.The same seems to be true for buying out posts and forum members on a forum. This idea emerged a few years ago, and has taking off, with companies and such offering members and posts to your forums, to boast your site traffic and community members. But, are you really gaining anything? No. In situations like that, the members you are receiving really don’t have interest in your site / forums, otherwise they would have joined on their own.
The best solution – write your own content.
Have original articles written by yourself and a home-grown group of staff dedicated to contributing good, quality entries and supporting the site and it’s visitors.
Your Turn – Voice Your Opinion
What do you think about Content Writers for hire? Good idea or bad? We want to hear from you. Discuss below, and we will post a follow-up article in the near future.