4 Ways to Increase ROI When Hiring a Freelance Ghost Writer

You may have heard the saying, “Content is King,” and it is (I naturally prefer the term “Content is Queen” because at Colibri Digital Marketing, our team of copywriters and social media specialists is mostly women). Now more than ever, male or female, having a strong writer on your team can help launch your business to the top of the search rankings, expand your brand’s online presence, and help establish you as a thought leader in your industry.

If you’re anything like many business owners we know, you’re not a writer. And even if you are a decent wordsmith, you may not have the time or inclination to fit yet another task into your already busy schedule. On top of that, most writers — let alone business owners — don’t know much about search engine optimization (SEO) (If you’re scratching your head and asking yourself, what is SEO? then I’m talking about you).

At the end of the day, if the copy you put on your website isn’t helping your website get found by potential customers, what’s the point? Where’s the return on investment (ROI)? Whether you need help with blogging, web copy, email marketing, social media content, or even traditional print material, a talented freelance ghost writer could be your knight in shining armor — or winged goddess.

That said, if you’ve ever looked for a writer online, you’ve just as quickly realized that you have an abundance of options — from all over the world. The key is to find a writer who makes sense for your company and for your content needs. This can be a challenging task if you don’t know what to look for — and just as importantly — what to avoid.

4 Ways to Increase ROI When Hiring a Freelance Ghost Writer

1. Lay the Groundwork

  • The purpose of the piece
  • The target audience
  • Short and long-term goals
  • Tone and feel (to match the brand)
  • And specs like word-count and deadline

If you have a keyword plan, share it with your writer early on, along with your editorial calendar, style guide, and marketing plan. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please schedule a complimentary digital strategy session to learn more about where a ghost writer fits into your overall marketing strategy.

2. Get Out What You Put In

3. Choose a Writer with a Diverse Background

4. You Get What You Pay For

Writing is a skill, one not everyone comes by naturally. If you hire a “cheap writer,” you will get “cheap results.” That means no return on your investment. Worse than that, low-quality content can give your business a bad reputation. Just say no to bad writing! Would you hire the cheapest cosmetic surgeon to rebuild your broken nose? How about the cheapest contractor to build your house? Then don’t hire the cheapest writer to build your business.

Working with a qualified content strategist will cost more in the beginning, but the benefits are priceless. When you hire the right freelance writer, you can rest assured you’re getting quality content from a professional you won’t have to micro-manage. They’ll take direction well and get the job done right the first time and on time.

As the digital marketing landscape continues to evolve, you need a marketing team that can keep up with the pace. No marketing team is complete without a talented, professional writer. So get back to what you do best and leave the writing to your newfound freelance ghost writer.

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This article was originally published at colibridigitalmarketing.com and republished here with permission from Anna Colibri.

I work to make the web a more beautiful, accessible, and functional place. I use dreams as a form of planning. And I play because it’s fun.

I work to make the web a more beautiful, accessible, and functional place. I use dreams as a form of planning. And I play because it’s fun.