Joined: 24 Jan 11
16 Nov 11 7:30 pm
Hired writer, disappointed, expectations too high?
Hi. I am in the middle of my very first experience hiring a writer for article content for my site. I have been learning about the whole article marketing thing, but still not sure what to expect, or if, for $15/article, my expectations have been too high.
I posted a job on Elance for ten original articles on a specific niche topic. I hired a candidate based on his excellent writing samples, his feedback scores, and his proposal. I felt in secure in this choice.
I made my expectations abundantly clear regarding originality and quality. While the articles are original, the quality is ridiculous. While reviewing them I felt like a teacher correcting a 5th grade book report.
There are *numerous* grammatical errors, and whole sections that make absolutely no sense. My first reaction was that he subcontracted them out to India. I cannot believe that this "professional writer" created these with any thought whatsoever.
And then I thought, how can anyone make a living off writing ten well thought-out articles for $150? Are my expectations too high for ten quality original articles? Am I missing something?
I am not sure what to do: a) Explain my disappointment and ask him to rewrite them. b) Accept them as is and edit them myself? c) Cancel the job and start over. I hired a writer so I would not have to rewrite them myself, like a 5th grade teacher correcting a book report. Based on his proposal, feedback and samples, I felt assured that the content would be useful.
Is there some kind of lower standard for cheap articles writing that I am not aware of? I don't want to be rude to him, but I'm a bit shocked, and the product is almost garbage. I don't really know how to handle this.
Any tips would be very helpful. Thank you.