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Common Mistakes Bloggers Make When Outsourcing to Upwork or Fiverr

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There is a point when your blog is going to grow beyond your ability to manage everything yourself. This is going to be one of the most exciting parts of your blogging career. It is also going to be one of the points when you need to make some difficult decisions, such as which contractors to hire and how to manage them. You can find some decent freelancers on Upwork or Fiverr, but you need to be realistic about the quality of the work and the number of resources you will need.

You have built a successful blog by following a proven methodology. You have developed considerable expertise and it has paid off. Unfortunately, freelancers on Upwork or Fiverr might not have the skill sets to match your expectations. You need to choose employees carefully. You need to train them well, oversee their work and be mindful of their limitations.

If you hire the wrong person or fail to monitor them properly, then you could tarnish your blog. All of your hard work getting to this point could be wasted with the wrong freelancer.

Here are some common mistakes that bloggers make when outsourcing projects on these platforms.

Neglecting to look at previous feedback from other clients

When you first post a gig on Upwork, you will probably receive at least half a dozen applications within the first hour. How do you determine which applicant is the best?

Many clients will only look at two things:

  • The hourly rate of the freelancer
  • Their average rating

Surprisingly few clients will look at the feedback other employers have left. This is a huge mistake for several reasons.

For one thing, the freelancers average rating is barely a good indication of the quality of their work. These ratings are very subjective. Employers also have a tendency to conflate these ratings, unless they are extremely unhappy with the freelancer.

One blogger that hired someone on Upwork made a surprising observation while reviewing their profile. They saw that almost all of the previous clients gave four or five stars to them. The average rating was 4.5. However, the feedback that they left was not nearly as positive.

One previous client said that the freelancer had branded themselves as an expert, which is what the client was asking for. However, the client said that they were disappointed and felt the freelancer was only average at their job. They said the freelancer was able to handle some more basic responsibilities, but not more advanced projects. Despite the somewhat harsh feedback, the client still gave the freelancer a perfect five-star rating.

Good freelancers learn from their mistakes and grow from them, but some will repeat the same mistakes frequently — such as not taking negative feedback lightly. This is something that could quickly damage your account and reputation, so it’s important to follow up and try to get the most out of each review and paying customer.

Another reason that you need to look at the feedback is to see what types of projects they have actually worked on in the past. Keep in mind that many freelancers on Fiverr and Upwork offer a broad range of services. The same freelancer could offer blogging, Pinterest marketing, translation and back-end programming.

You might find that 90% of the projects they have worked on were unrelated to the project that you need them for. The fact that they have earned an excellent rating with previous clients could be totally irrelevant to you. That simply means they are very good at a task that you don’t intend to hire them for.

When you look at feedback from other clients, you can let these freelancers better. You will know whether or not they have experience working on a project similar to what you need.

Neglecting to look at the job success score

Nothing is more frustrating than onboarding a freelancer, training them, paying them to do part of a project, only to have them fail to finish it. There are a lot of reasons that this can happen. Some freelancers simply are not very self-motivated. They may have chosen to freelance on Fiverr or Upwork because they don’t have the work ethic to run a more intensive business or handle the responsibilities of a regular job. They might also have a tendency to take on more clients than they can handle. They could also have a problem following directions, so they have to drop clients out of frustration or the clients terminate the agreement.

Fortunately, Upwork tracks the job success score for every freelancer in their network. If a client regularly fails to complete jobs, you will obviously not want to hire them.

It is a good idea to look for freelancers that have a job success score of at least 75% to 80%. This indicates that they are better at servicing their clients and follow through with their commitments then people with a lower score.

Expecting that the freelancer will be able to make the same high-level executive decisions as you

As a blogger, you need to be highly independent and self-motivated. You understand the importance of taking initiative and making crucial decisions.

You might not be able to count on a freelancer from Upwork to do the same. One blogger discovered this when they used this platform to find someone to help with his Pinterest strategy. They initially instructed the freelancer to make their own decisions about which images to use for each pin. This created a lot of confusion and lead to a number of back-and-forth questions between the blogger and the freelancer.

The blogger realized that they needed to provide a lot more structure to make the relationship successful. They created a spreadsheet and clarified which images to use with every pen. The assignment of each image was completely arbitrary, so the blogger was able to randomly assign them quickly. As simple of a change as this was, it provided clearer direction to the freelancer, so they were able to get the job done with fewer frustrations.

You are an entrepreneur. You are used to making strategic decisions all the time. People that choose to freelance for a living are not used to you making the same choices. As intelligent and qualified as they might be, they are going to have a preference for regimented directions with a lot of direction. Things will go a lot more smoothly if you provide that.

Not being willing to pay enough for good results

The quality of freelancers on Upwork and Fiverr varies tremendously. This is often reflected in the rates that they charge.

There are some dedicated workers that will be willing to handle your projects for a surprisingly low price. However, most decent freelancers are going to charge more than their less qualified colleagues.

You need to keep in mind that you are usually going to get what you pay for. If you always hire the cheapest contractor, then you could be jeopardizing the future of your blog.

The best examples to illustrate this point are if you are hiring a contractor for writing blog articles or linkbuilding. Contractors that charge low fees to build links are going to generally do a lousy job. They will use spammy linkbuilding networks that could get your site penalized or even deindexed by Google. Writers that charge $5 an article are going to also offer lower quality work, as well. Some of them outright plagiarize content or use article spinners, hoping that they won’t get caught. Using these writers could also seriously damage your reputation with readers were standing with Google.

For example, if you are blogging about a complicated topic, such as ‘custom printed magnets, then you need to make sure that you are hiring a professional writer that can step up to the plate, learn about your niche and do a great job. You can see some of the best performing content and blog posts from Jukebox in the screenshot below, and how they are also targeting their customers needs and then fulfilling them as a service.

I understand the temptation to keep your costs low. Bloggers are used to having the mindset that they don’t have to pay to make their business a success. However, if you do need to start outsourcing work, it is better to pay a bit more upfront to get the quality that you need.

Of course, you don’t want to overpay freelancers either. But you need to make sure that you are paying enough to get the service that you need.

Acting like too much of a pushover

Bloggers that have just started delegating their responsibilities are not used to some of the tougher parts of being a manager. One of the hardest things is knowing how to hold people accountable.

A lot of bloggers have very easy-going personalities. They don’t find that calling people out on their mistakes and telling them that they did the job wrong is something that comes easily. You are going to need to find a way to get over this challenge if you expect to get value from your freelancers.

Some bloggers decide that they need to accept a low standard of quality from the freelancers they use. Rather than telling their contractors to go back and rectify their mistakes, they decide to make the changes themselves.

There’s a point when this is going to negate the benefits of hiring a freelancer. You are paying them to make your life easier. It completely defeats the purpose if you have to do most of the work yourself.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t accept certain limitations of your freelancers. You might decide that there are certain tasks that you need to continue doing yourself or ask another contractor to handle them for you. However, it is important to make the distinction between excepting reasonable limitations and being too passive to demand a quality service that you expect.

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Blog Writing Techniques: 5 Tips

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Writing intimidates most new bloggers.

Even veterans shudder at the prospect of writing and publishing posts sometimes.

Cut through the fear of writing to become a skilled writer. Following specific tips eases writing anxiety into a calm, confident energy. I write like I breathe. But I had to follow these tips diligently to develop writing skills.

Writing is your chief blogging skill to develop. If you write well you blog well.

Follow these 6 tips.

1: Write in a Word Document Daily

Write 500 words or more in a Word document daily. Hone and own your #1 blogging skill through the #1 way to develop the skill: write your butt off. Practice diligently. Practice patiently. Blogging becomes easier if you practice writing daily because advertisers, readers, clients and customers seek skilled writers who impress. Write 500 words daily. Trash the document to detach from your writing. No one becomes skilled without practicing the skill. Write about your niche. Write fiction. Write whatever but just write.

2: Read Skilled Authors

Read skilled authors. Expose yourself to serious writers. Up your writing game through osmosis. Reading skilled authors gives you shining examples of how to write. I tighten up my writing after reading novels by pros like Lee Child, George R.R. Martin and James Patterson. Icons offer you excellent examples for how to write cleanly, clearly and crisply.

Note; skilled writing bloggers do the trick too. Read top bloggers to adopt their ways. Write in your voice but mimic certain elements employed by skilled bloggers to up your writing game too. Read for 30 minutes or more daily. Skilled writers seem to be voracious readers. Read frequently. Practice writing. Write well.

3: Write Short Sentences

Craft short, punchy sentences to make an impact through your writing. Write crisply. Short, concise sentences grab your reader’s attention span. Imagine following a type writer. Eyes follow words until the “ping” sound; eyes travel to the next line. Short, clear sentences allow posts to flow with grace and purpose. Writing short sentences also respects your reader’s time as long, bloated sentences waste folk’s time. Why say it in 45 words if you can say it in 10?

4: Use Frequent Paragraphs

Apply paragraphs liberally to your blog posts. Paragraphs break up your posts in sufficient fashion. Run on sentences confuse readers. Boring readers never seems to be a smart idea. But using frequent paragraphs helps readers latch on to your work because you move their eyes North-South in effective fashion. Format your blog post in page turner fashion. Use frequent paragraphs to write effectively.

5: Alternate Formatting to Promote Flow

Observe one of my recent blog posts:

Notice how I use:

  • H2 tags
  • bold text
  • bullet point lists

to promote flow through the blog post. Skilled bloggers write with contrast in mind. Readers enjoy following alternative text formats because just reading plain text words leads to snoozing; not a good thing. Change formatting routinely through your blog posts. Use headers, bullet point lists, bold text and italics text to draw readers to your posts. Think flow. How do you let posts flow freely? Changing formatting provides necessary change ups to keep your readers on their cyber toes.

Blogging is writing-focused. Never forget this simple, powerful blogging truth. Skilled writers make a seismic impact online. Everybody else fades into the shadows. No blogger needs to be incredibly skilled – like a Blogging Hemingway – to make a successful impact. Writing in your one a kind voice does the trick nicely. Toss in key tips for blog post formatting and you will write skilled enough to succeed online.

 

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5 Biggest Blogging Mistakes That Even Experts Make

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Are you not getting the desired results for your blog?

Well, don’t worry too much. The best bloggers, after all, have made lots of mistakes along the way — and sometimes, they’re still making them!

Then again, just because they’ve made mistakes doesn’t mean you need to make them as well. What you can do at this point is beware of what these mistakes are.

So in this article, let’s look at the five biggest blogging mistakes that even experts make. This way, you can learn from other people’s mistakes. And hopefully, you can do better.

Striving for Perfection

In blogging, you’ll find yourself continually rewriting and updating old posts. It’s mostly because new information has resurfaced. And sometimes, it’s also because you stumbled upon errors in your posts.

Either way, that’s okay. It’s understandable to be scared of making a mistake. But you know what? It’s not the end of the world.

Wanting matters to go flawlessly during the first go is good. It means you want to start on the right foot.

But you have to give it up. And focus on getting something out there.

Just be active. Take it from 70% of bloggers who make over $50,000 a year.

Remember, it’s better to get something done even if it’s rough on the edges. Just understand and accept that the need for perfection can slow you down. And it may also prevent you from moving forward at all.

Choosing Profit over Passion

Focus on a blog topic you feel strongly about. And don’t just do it for the money.

That way, you can keep the discussions coming. At the same time, you can still hold on to that sparkle in you.

Let’s set things straight, though:

Getting compensated for your writing is excellent. But if you’re playing for the long haul, it’s a different story.

Once you realize you’re writing about a topic that bores you, earning money won’t matter. And over time, you won’t have the heart to continue blogging.

So write about something you’re passionate about. Don’t fret about the money. If you focus on your passion, the money will come rolling in as you go.

Suffering from “Shiny Object Syndrome”

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Do you turn to the allure of another project instead of completing the one you’re currently working on? Then it looks like you’re suffering from the Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS).

It’s a disease of distraction. And it’s out to get those with high motivation such as entrepreneurs and those with similar mindsets.

If you have SOS, you tend to crave new things. And while craving for the latest developments is good for business, it can work against this goal.

You know how a small child chases after a shiny object? And you know how he immediately loses interest in it the moment he catches it? Then he would drop it like a hot potato and begin chasing after a new shiny object.

Well, that’s the entrepreneurial equivalent of the disease. And if you go by with it as you venture into blogging, you’re not going to walk away with the best results. What you should do instead is to focus on your current task.

Going for Cheap Tools

There’s nothing wrong with using free tools to help you get started with your blog. But they will bite you in the ass if you depend on them too much.

Remember, blogging is an investment. And eventually, you have to shell out cash for tools that will help your blog in the long run.

For instance, you need to set up your blog on the right web host. The decision of which host to choose when setting up your blog is essential. Your choice can make or break your blog’s success.

So don’t base your decision on a host’s cost. Instead, focus on the resources that this host can provide.

Skimping on Guest Posts

Think that you should always publish your best content on your blog? Well, you need to rethink it.

The thing is, publishing top-notch articles as guest posts is a “more crowded” way to go. The visitors on the site where you submitted your post can see your work. As a result, it raises your visibility and exposure. And because it can further increase your online reach, you would want that.

Plus, you can build your readership this way. If your submitted post is beloved by a site’s many visitors, you can begin counting them as your fans.

Final Thoughts

Making mistakes is terrible. But it would help if you got over them. What’s important is how you deal with your mistakes.

The way I see it, you shouldn’t let your fear of making a mistake get the best of you. Instead of giving in to anxieties, you should do something about the problem. If you sit there, nothing will happen. But if you get up, something good and promising just might come knocking on your door.

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Blogging for a Living: Mindset Considerations

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Blogging for a living seems fun and freeing. I agree.

I blogged for a bit as a pro. Living this lifestyle of working when, how and where you want to work feels awesome. But mindset plays a chief role in becoming a professional blogger. Few aspiring bloggers know this. I believe successful blogging is between the ears. How you choose to think, feel and act determines your blogging success or failure. Before you decide to blog for a living keep these considerations in mind.

Big Shifts Needed

I made a huge shift from scarcity to abundance to blog full time. You likely need to make the same shift because most folks grow up conditioned with feelings of poverty, scarcity, lack and limitation. Prepare for uncomfortable bumps in the blogging road during early days. Although you desire success and work hard, owning, facing, feeling and releasing fear-pain to develop your abundance consciousness feels highly unpleasant in moments. Be ready to make a huge mindset shift in order to blog full time.

Manage Your Energy Daily

Spend 30 minutes or more managing your energy to vibe from abundance, love, peace, generosity and trust. Pro bloggers vibe stable to become pro bloggers. Manage your energy to maintain a stable, calm vibe. I meditate, do Kriya yoga, do yin yoga and exercise daily. Do whatever vibes with you. Begin meditating with 5 minute sessions to slowly build up your habit. Expand your awareness. Manage your energy daily.

Be Aware of Your Thoughts and Feelings

Hands down, this is the most uncomfortable mental consideration to make because people plow through life on auto pilot. Most bloggers have no idea how they think and feel. Fewer understand how their thinking and feeling affects their blogging campaign or life in general. Blogging seems difficult but discomfort seems to be the culprit. Become hyper aware of your thoughts and feelings. Observe the difference between discomfort and true difficulties. I feel discomfort now because I have 3 hours to get my work done. We meet with friends tonight for dinner. But completing work in 3 hours seems not difficult to me, although finishing the task tests my limits, feeling quite uncomfortable.

Blogging for a living requires intense mental due diligence. Some people seem born with an expanded awareness. Other folks grow up around success conscious people. But the majority needs to practice being aware of their thoughts and feelings to succeed because until you own, feel and release destructive thought and feeling patterns you have a tough time making any headway with your blogging campaign. Being a successful business owner requires complete honesty with self. Example; 2 minutes ago, after enjoying a quick bowl of cereal, I found myself lost in a 5 minute YouTube basketball loop. I scanned a few videos to enjoy. But being honest with myself alerted me to my error; I have less than 3 hours to get my work done, so why do I waste time scanning YouTube basketball videos? Being honest and flat out straight with myself brought me back to here to write this post.

Nobody said this blogging journey guarantees an easy ride, but the fun and freedom of blogging for a living seems worth the mental discomfort.

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