Outsourcing Your Web Site Development Using Freelancers
We talk often around here about making the most of your domain names. Back in days past, we used to be able to park our domains and collect checks from the ad revenue. While that still works for some key players, many domain names are not earning enough ad revenue to cover their renewal fees.
Having a developed site, however, could be more likely to earn you money in the long run. Not only are you providing value for your visitors by producing a site with relevant content, but you also have other options for revenue streams such as AdSense, affiliate listings, and review sites.
But what if you have hundreds of domains?
After you have read the article To Renew or Not to Renew, and have completed the evaluation of your current portfolio, your domains should be categorized into folders. Your “Development Domains” folder will contain those you’ve chosen to establish. From this folder, choose one domain name that ignites passion in you. And don’t forget that domain brokers like Media Options can help you sell domains that you’re no longer passionate about!
Hire Someone to Do the Work
There are many great freelance sites that offer outsourcers for site creation, whether that is from scratch, using WordPress , Joomla or other platforms. Three great ones are Elance.com, Guru.com and oDesk.com. All three use similar rating systems, and offer a wide variety of skilled freelancers to hire.
What to Look For in a Freelancer
Each professional will have a profile, which includes her skills, feedback and portfolio of previous work.
Consider First Timers for a Small Job
Just because a provider doesn’t have any feedback doesn’t mean he’s unworthy. It’s common for freelancers to sign up with several different sites for extended work opportunities. Check out his portfolio, and open up a discussion to see if you may be a good fit. New providers are often willing to work very hard for the chance to build their portfolios, so start with a small job and go from there.
Take a Look Around
Pick one of the freelancing sites, and get a feel for what’s being offered there. Look at the portfolios of providers available for hire. Create a free account in order to save profiles of prospects that you can invite to consider bidding on future job postings.
Your time is precious. Make it count by doing the domain-related tasks that you enjoy; when you tackle one site at a time and develop a relationship with a great freelancer, it’s easier to rinse and repeat with those domains you’d like to see making money for you. And for those that you aren’t passionate about, send them our way so that we can help find a suitable buyer for you!