Best Content Marketplaces
By Ajay Paghdal
Content marketplaces are the best way to hire an affordable and coachable freelancer.
Top 4 Content Marketplaces for Finding Freelancer Writers
So, let’s start by taking a look at the biggest freelancer marketplaces first. Those are the ideal place to check out if you’re just looking for someone to quickly write a one-off piece of content for a price that might be lower than that of a lot of content agencies.
Freelancers might not have the best reputation, and it’s true that some people that advertise themselves there might not exactly be professionals. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth considering! Before you hire anyone, have a good talk with them and maybe have them do a test task for you before moving on to the real thing.
This way, you will be sure that the person you’ve picked is actually a good fit for the job.
UpWork is probably the single biggest freelancer marketplace on the whole wide Web. It’s not strictly reserved for writers, and both hirers and employees come there to help or get help with tasks in literally every imaginable field of work.
Literally, anyone can register on Upwork. So, depending on who you hire, your mileage may vary. So, you should follow the standard freelancer hiring procedure: see if they’re good first, hire second.
The platform actually offers a premium subscription package, which will provide you with a dedicated account manager who will help you in picking the right freelancers for your job. It costs $49/month. It also includes project tracking software, which is awesome.
There is also a package called “Enterprise”. Depending on how big your business is, the price may change as well. If you opt-in for this one, you will get the worker classification compliance service, which is even better if you’re worried about hiring the wrong guy.
As for the payments, you have two options: a fixed price for the job or an hourly wage. Either way, Upwork will eat up a 3% fee. Payment protection is also present, so you don’t have to worry about being scammed.
If an unpleasant situation arises, you will be able to dispute the payment and get your money back.
Unlike Upwork, Zerys is solely dedicated to content planning and production. It actually offers both content writing services and fully-managed content services. And, since it is not occupied by freelancers looking for other kinds of jobs, it’s safe to say that you have a higher chance of finding a great writer on Zerys.
The hiring process is extremely straightforward. First, you specify the type of content you need to be written, add a title and additional notes for freelancers. After that, you will be able to choose from a list of freelancers and pick the one you think is the best fit.
Then, you create your offer, and after a writer has finished it, you can review it and decide to publish, or ask to make some changes. There is a rating system, and the more pieces of high-quality content a writer has produced for satisfied customers, the higher their rating will be.
You can create an account on Zerys for free, but if you want to take advantage of the fully-managed service they also offer, you’re going to be looking at a $195/month price tag, and at least at $40 for each piece of content.
If you don’t like your newly-written article, you can reject it. Zerys issues payments to writers twice a month, and you only have to pay for content that you have accepted.
Freelancer is another huge marketplace that doesn’t limit itself to purely content-related jobs. Creating an account is extremely easy, and posting a job is just as simple.
You can browse through freelancers’ portfolios and compare their sets of skills to figure out which one to hire. A great function of this marketplace is its live chat, which makes it very easy to get in touch with your future writers and discuss the finer details of what you’re expecting of them.
There’s also a built-in time tracker, which lets employees log progress, and makes it easy for you to review it. You can choose between paying for the end product, or go for the hourly wage if you want.
Payment protection ensures that if you’re not satisfied with the outcome, you don’t have to waste money on it. All transactions are secured with DigiCert 4096-bit encryption, and there’s a milestone payments function for larger projects that can take weeks to complete.
Fiverr is the last freelancer marketplace on this list. And while originally it started as a small, lesser-known platform where people can earn a quick extra buck or five (hence the name), it has grown into quite a large marketplace where people of all professions can freely monetize their skills.
Joining Fiverr is free, and absolutely anyone can do it, regardless of their skill level. So, if you use the free version of Fiverr, you’re going to have to be extra careful about who you hire, and make sure they actually know what they’re doing.
There is a thing called Fiverr Business, though. If you take that option, you will gain access to an impressive list of freelancers that have already proven their skills and have been vetted. Besides, a team of Fiverr Executive Assistants will be dedicated to helping you find the right talents for the job.
The best thing about Fiverr Business you can get it for your first year for absolutely free. After that the fee is rather small, clocking in at only $149/year.
Yes. Don’t let the fact that you have to pay upfront mislead you. It will actually be stored in the system, and your writer will not see any of it until you accept the article you ordered.
This ensures the security of both sides. Rather simple, but also kind of brilliant.
Still need more options? There are hundreds of writing services that will be more than happy to help you out. Generally, there are three types of such services:
- All content writing services. If you want to read that article that combines all of our analysis into one, this is it.
- Purely article writing services. The workflow with these types of agencies is rather straightforward: you reach out to them and tell exactly what you need done and after that they assign one of their writers to produce your content.
- Fully-managed blog writing agencies. These guys go a couple of steps further than the previous types of businesses. In addition to delivering top-notch content, they can also offer content marketing, planning, suggesting topics to write about, and often have handy dashboards from which you can easily manage all of your projects.