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written by Michael Kwan on February 18, 2013

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Now, I might be a little biased, seeing how I make my living as a professional freelance writer, but I’ve always believed in the value of the written word. In the context of the web and Internet marketing, it doesn’t matter how great your website might look if it doesn’t have the content to back it up. You want quality, not fluff.

Where can you turn to get this quality content for your website? One option that might consider is the service offered by WriterStream, which serves as the subject of today’s review. they promise to deliver high quality articles for a reasonable price.

What Is WriterStream?

Good content has always been important, but with Google’s recent updates that crack down on content farms and duplicate content, it is more important than ever that you actually provide quality to your readers. This means that the articles posted on your site should be well-researched and well-written.

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And that’s the crux of how WriterStream operates. They’ve hand-picked a team of US-based writers who will provide your website with targeted articles based on your exact specifications. These aren’t just generic “SEO articles” that get farmed out and provide no value to your readers. Instead of going with “spun articles and outsourced, grammatically incorrect writing,” you get original quality “at an affordable rate.”

Taken from the “How It Works” page, “It may have been possible in the past to ‘game’ the system… but each day search engines become smarter and poor quality becomes a bigger waste of your time and money.” The articles from WriterStream will cost more than what you might be able to get from content farms and “spinner” sources, but the investment will pay for itself in the long run.

Tell Me More

As I made my way through the WriterStream website, what I found was that I kept asking more questions about how it worked and what a potential customer of the service might get. For example, while we are told that the writers on the WriterStream team are based in the United States, we have no real assurance as to their education level or writing ability.

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We’re told that “you don’t always know what you’re going to get” when you use services like Odesk or eLance, but as it stands, we don’t know what we’re going to get from WriterStream either. They say that they’ll “deal with those issues so you don’t have to,” but I think something that would provide some great value to potential customers of WriterStream is a section of the site with samples.

When you are looking for a freelance logo designer, you probably want to see some of her previous work. Similarly, when you are looking to hire a freelance writer, you might also ask to see some writing samples. These are currently non-existent on the WriterStream site. We’re also not told about the delivered format — HTML, TXT, DOC, etc. — nor are we told if any revisions or changes are included. I suppose these requirements can be spelled out in your order request, but just having the site indicate that you can make these kind of requests would be useful.

We’re also not told what sort of criteria WriterStream has in mind when it hires new writers. I’m not saying that the service is good or bad, but I would like to see more information available up-front.

The Affiliate Program

There is no page on the WriterStream site where potential writers can inquire about signing up, but there is a page for joining the affiliate program. You earn 10% of each referred sale and the program utilizes a 90-day tracking cookie. However, just like the main service, there is a lack of information about the affiliate program as well. What is the payment schedule? What assets are available? What is the minimum payment threshold? What methods of payout are available?

How Much Do Articles Cost?

Whereas individual freelance writers can cater to your particular needs and some other services allow for a great deal of flexibility, WriterStream is focused entirely on 500-word articles at this time. This is a good standard length, but different people may have different needs.

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When you go to the order page, you’ll find that a single 500-word article is $35. This price is more than fair, assuming that the completely original article is well-researched and well-written. They research the keywords using SEMRush and then run it through Copyscape to ensure there is no plagiarism. You can order up to 10 articles at a time, but there does not appear to be any kind of bulk discount.

WriterStream appears to be a potentially solid source of original, search engine optimized articles for your websites. The pricing is fair, but until we are able to see at least a few samples, it is difficult to gauge the quality.

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{ 11 comments }

Paul February 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hi John,

Thanks for your review. You were correct in some of your statements regarding showing our customers the type of quality they can expect. We’ve updated our site to include a sample article, and hope to have much more available in the near future.

As far as the writers on our site go, they are all college educated people we’ve worked with off-line. We didn’t want to feature their contact information or too much about them, but they are not outsourced in the sense that have come to us asking for a job. They are all members of English writing groups, live in the United States, and have a passion for writing. We definitely stand by and guarantee their quality.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Paul from WriterStream.com

Erwin February 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hi everyone,

I know some people struggle to write a good article, even I don’t know if mine are well writen but I think if you are a blogger you should write by yourself.

But I know as well some people are lazy and for them hiring a writer is an option so maybe writersteam is good for them.

And it is good to know where to go if you need an article, so thanks for this, but I hope I will not be forced to do this.

All the best.
Erwin.

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John David February 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hey John, I have been outsourcing some things on Odesk. Do they have a referral program as well? It seems we are definitely moving towards quality so I think switching to Winter can def be something I will do in the near future.

IMPromocoder February 19, 2013 at 12:55 am

Hi John (David),
Odesk do have an affiliate program , they run it on the commission junction (cj.com) platform.

I. C. Daniel February 19, 2013 at 2:35 am

Yo, that’s a great deal if all they say it’s true and might be reliable for a long term plan.

How many of you who read my comment is thinking to pay $35 for a 500 words article? (I’m just curious man :D ) Best Regards!

Marbella apartments February 19, 2013 at 2:36 am

Better to pay more and get the original articles in SEO also that are written specifically for my blog, cheap articles are typically copies that Google finds soon.

Chris Mayhew February 19, 2013 at 3:07 am

I agree that on the face of it this look like a potentially viable option for those people that either feel they can’t write engagingly enough or just don’t have the time to do it but I would still feel a little sceptical about using the service.

For me, if someone is going to write on behalf of my brand, I want to be able to speak to them personally and discuss at length the content I would like and the keywords I would like included, not put my ‘order’ in through a computer screen.

Nice review though, enjoyed reading it.

faisal February 19, 2013 at 7:17 am

THIS SERVICE is a big boon, nice to see something which reduces your workload.

Greg Jeffries February 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

Thanks for the new resource. nodoubtmarketing.com is also really good, and is much cheaper, but I will definitely check WriterStream out.

Lee February 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

First time i have heard about writerstream will order from them soon.

MadelineLaughs February 20, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This intrigued me. I might have to more research, but it definitely gave me some ideas.