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September 3, 2009

The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 5

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best_50_contentOne of the unforeseen perks of posting a job for your blog, is the unexpected content that is generated.

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With so many people applying there is a good chance that applicants will be willing to write a sample post. I’ve been on the other end of these before, and that’s why I always offer to pay a few bucks for a sample post (whether it gets published or not). Time is money, and even though blogging can be a business, I always like to put the writer’s craft first and respect the industry. But there are plenty of people who generate content via unpaid sample posts. Proceed as you see fit. read more

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August 28, 2009

The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 3

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best_50_applicantsWhen applying for a job, albeit a full-time gig or freelance stint, it is of critical importance to stand out form the crowd. Via electronic communication, your options are limited. That means you better have a kick ass subject line or opening line. It has to be relevant to the job post, well written, and unique.

Less than 10% of applicants did this successfully, making this tip even more important. If you are applying for a job, start out strong! Here are a few of my favorite opening lines… read more

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August 27, 2009

The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 2

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This is a multi-part series on the lessons I learned while seeking a freelance blogger to contribute to my Web site.

best_50_BSince Jobacle contains career advice with an edge, I did my best to produce a job posting that mirrored the site’s casual vibe. Here’s how the post read… read more

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August 25, 2009

The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 1

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This is a multi-part series on the lessons I learned while seeking a freelance blogger to contribute to my Web site.

best_50_AWhen I decided it would be worth it to spend a few bucks to recruit a new blogger, I knew I wanted to post the gig on the Problogger.net job board. Given Darren Rowse’s traffic, I knew at the very least, I would break even on the investment. An ad costs $50 for a 30-day flight, and given that I’ve used StumbleAds with some success and paid 5 cents per page impression, I expected to not only find a new and talented blogger, but boost my traffic as well.

The experiment exceeded my expectations.

First, how it helped my blog… read more

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The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog

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best_50There are a lot of freelance bloggers out there. I’m serious. There are A LOT of freelance bloggers out there.

I was recently able to confirm confirm this fact when searching for a new freelance blogger for my career advice blog Jobacle. In the past I was able to hire contributors via word of mouth or by posting on free blogger job post Web sites. But this time around I thought I might have better luck if I posted a want ad on a well-known blogger job board.

My initial goal was two-fold: find a professional blogger who requires no hand holding and to drive additional traffic to my site during the lazy days of summer.

I was successful on both fronts…but there’s more. I am now convinced that looking for a new blogger could be the best $50 I’ve ever spent on my blog. Over the next few weeks I will share the lessons I learned – from the pros/cons of posting a job to how to structure your want ad. I’ll also give you a better idea of what you are up against as an applicant, along with ways to stand out from the crowd.

If you are a blog owner looking for extra traffic or a freelance writer who is looking for the next gig, you’ll want to stick around for this special series.

I look forward to your feedback.

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