What You Can Do to Identify the "Sweet and Sour" of Outsourced Articles

Sweet and sour chicken is one of my favorite things to eat when I go out to eat at a Chinese style restaurant. I just love that sauce but we are not talking about chicken in this article, we will be discussing the "Sweet and Sour" of outsourced articles.

If you're an article writer and you're in a pinch of some sort, don't worry, you have the option of outsourcing content from another writer. Being in a pinch could mean that, you can't meet a deadline, you have a family emergency, you don't have time to write, etc. Outsourcing your content could help you out, but you have to be aware of the sweet and the sour of doing this.

The sweet is obvious, outsourcing your content means that you don't have to work as hard on writing your articles. In some cases you won't even have to work or write at all. Now that all sounds good except for the fact that you can't always have the sweet without the sour.

What does this mean? Here is an example.

For instance, let's say that you have to write a couple of articles on a specific subject for your work place that you know nothing about and its due in a week. Sound easy enough right? However, this just happens to be the week that your best friend (who you have not seen in 10 years) has decided to come over and visit you. Your friend says that he/she has the whole week planned for the two of you to go to some resort or something.

Despite your better judgment, you decide to outsource your articles and hire or pay somebody else to do your work for you because you really want to go on this trip with your friend and have a sweet reunion with them. Heck, you even want to get a tan because one of your office mates says one would look good on you.

When you return from your "Sweet Reunion" with your "best friend" and your "awesome tan", you receive your articles from your outsourced client and you turn them in to your boss and meet your deadline.

The very next day you get called into the office. Your boss has you sit in that very uncomfortable chair in front of his desk and says "We need to talk about these articles that you submitted yesterday". You notice that he doesn't look happy and also that he has your outsourced articles lying on the desk in front of you. Your boss then asks you the question "Would you please explain this to me"?

Enough of this story telling already, we should talk about the sour of outsourcing articles. Before you decide on not doing the work yourself, there are a few sour things that you need to be aware of when outsourcing.

First, check and make sure that there are no rules against outsourcing content at your place of employment, website you are submitting too, etc. It is not worth the risk of getting fired or being embarrassed by turning in or submitting something that is not a quality product.

The next thing you should do is figure out whether or not the outsourced client (ghost writer) is a good writer or not. Before you go and hire someone, ask for samples of their work to help you determine quality. You probably wouldn't pay somebody if they could only write "sour content".

Make sure that the product is also an original piece of work. If you don't perform a copyright check yourself, your paying client will. If it is not original it could embarrass you and perhaps even affect your career if you're being paid for the article/content in question. Lastly, make sure to check for grammar and spelling errors to avoid turning in "Sour Content".

I do hope that this article was both informative and entertaining for you. The one thing that I want you to learn from reading this is that outsourced content can be sweet in some cases and sour in others. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I'm going to go get some chicken, writing this has made me a little hungry for Chinese food.