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


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

Guest Posts
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…]

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


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…]

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


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 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…]

The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog


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.