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Find Good Writers for Your Mom Blog

By Wendy Piersall, Heather B. Armstrong

There really is no shortage of writers to hire on the web. The challenge is finding good ones. A typical way to find writers is through word of mouth. Ask a few friends to write about it on their blogs and have anyone interested in writing to contact you.

You might get overwhelmed with responses. While this is a good problem to have, it’s still a problem. You probably don’t have the resources to be able to interview and review every single applicant.

Set up a system in which you let applicants who are most serious about writing stand out from the crowd by asking them to participate in additional tasks, such as conference calls or sending you a proposal. Interestingly, a much smaller number of respondents will be willing to do additional tasks, which makes it much easier to filter down to the people you can rely on.

Besides regular contributors, you might hire out writing for your blogs on a per-project basis. This way, you can obtain multiple blog posts at one time and post them whenever you need them. This is a great arrangement; on days that you don’t feel like writing, you still have fresh content to post.

A great way to hire project writers is to use a website such as Elance or You can also post a help-wanted ad on the ProBlogger job board for a nominal fee. It’s important to clearly state exactly what you need a blogger to do in your job descriptions.

Plus, give some indication of the kind of writer you’re looking for — do you need someone who is very affordable (inexperienced) who will need guidance from you? Or do you want to pay a higher rate for someone who is more experienced and can work with very little oversight?

Offer a way for applicants to get in touch with you in case they have questions about things you may not have addressed in your help-wanted ad.