I'm here to tell you that outsourcing your content campaigns isn't as easy as you may think.
The reason why content outsourcing isn't easy is that content writers, SEOs, and business owners do not think and/or work in the same way.
There's a beauty behind having all these types of brains on your team, but when you try to get them to do other people's jobs, it may get messy.
You need to have a reliable procedure that can keep everyone on the same page when developing content.
Content writers, by default, are more creative people. If they have a topic to write on, they will ensure the content will be easy to digest according to their audience.
Plus, they will pay attention to the flow of the writing, spelling & grammar, plus include some much-needed facts to sprinkle a bit of authority into every piece.
SEO's, however, will have a different writing procedure. These types of writers will base their decisions strictly on data and numbers (overpack the content with keywords).
When SEO's write, they can't help but make the material seem "robotic" (thanks to their overoptimized writing).
I find that this writing service has writers that are unbelievably creative but can supercharge my content with the keywords I need as well.
Now, let's discuss how we can take the creativeness of content writers, with the statistical thinking of SEOs, to create engaging and SEO optimized articles.
Simply put, no, you probably shouldn't write it yourself, and let me tell you why. If you want to ensure your website content is optimized AND creative, outsourcing it is your best answer.
It's a great way for businesses and marketers to expand and scale up their SEO and marketing efforts.
Having a dedicated content development team can be a very costly thing to do. So, outsourcing is an excellent option in a lot of cases, especially if you run a small to medium-sized business.
In fact, 44% of business marketers outsource their content development! (Source)
Affiliate SEOs are also known to outsource most of the content development.
Here are only a few benefits of outsourcing your content development:
As with all tasks, to make the most out of content outsourcing, you will need to introduce solid, clear, and easy to follow procedures.
Having good Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place will allow you to generate consistent, standardized, and reliable content pieces every time.
When it comes to content writing, creating Standard Operating Procedures must be multidimensional.
You need to cover the following elements:
To be able to come up with SOPs for your business, you need to think about what guidelines you want your writer to follow.
A proper SOP for SEO content writing will have specific instructions:
Style Related Guidelines:
SEO Related Guidelines:
When your audience lands on your page for information, the most important aspect to remember is to ensure the content is creative and enticing.
The content on your pages should weave in keywords to grab Google's attention, but should NOT be obvious to the civilian reader.
With that said, you should provide all the information listed above to your outsourced writers. However, you need to allow the writer to express their knowledge creatively as well. They are talented writers, after all, with the ability to SEO-charge your content.
Patrick Babakhanian is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive background in search engine optimization, website development and domain names.
A few years ago he started his first SEO business SERPchampion, providing monthly links to companies that were looking for a traffic boost.
This venture turned out to be successful, leading to an even bigger team and two offices (Netherlands & United States) as well as worldwide reach.
The company has been featured on Social Media Today, Lion Zeal SEO, Neil Patel and YouTube.