How NOT to Create an Outsource Job Posting
I was looking through some job postings on oDesk to get an idea of the going rate for some link building projects I have coming up and I came across this gem.
15 PR4+ Permanent Backlinks
Job Description This job is about getting 15 – PR4+ PERMANENT backlinks for my project, SAT prep classes.
ALL of these PERMANENT links have to be placed at site’s MAIN PAGE PR4+ and NOT in any subdomain or subpage.
All links must be PERMANENT AND INDEXED guaranteed !! REQUIREMENTS: – Backlinks with 100% white hat techniques only!
- – Links must be only from computer or related business or small business website
- – Links must be strictly from Google PR4+ pages
- – internal pages, iframe page with PR less than 4 not count.
- – Links must be permanent.
- – One link per domain.
- – Links must be placed on proper PR4+ web pages, either on home page or internal pages. Page must be linked with Home page.
- – We will provide anchor text for all the backlinks.
- – Page must not be dis-allowed by robots.txt
- – The linking page must have no more than 15 outbound links.
- – All links must be static and standard href type links.
- – Only links from relevant sites will be accepted.
- – Links must be on a www, no sub domains.
- – Domains must be from different IP addresses and different Class-C IP addresses.
- – Links must be from English or German language websites only.
- – Link pages and our text links must be visible, readable, indexable and do-follow.
- – Link pages must be indexed and cached by Google, Yahoo and Bing within last 60 days.
- – Backlinks must be search engine friendly, that is no redirects, cloaking and other practices
- – Max 1 link per day.
- – 100% No black hat tactics
- – 100% No links from rel=”nofollow” or “noindex” tag for pages themselves and for anchor text.
- – No classifieds or mortgage, gaming, web directories, political.
- – No article directories, forums, web rings, or link directories.
- – No link farms, no link-exchange programs, no banned sites by Google, no illegal/scam/spam sites.
- – No exchange programs, web rings, rented links, FFA sites.
- – No gambling, adult & porn sites, pharmacy sites, illegal websites, hate-based websites, violent websites, cracking or hacking websites, no blacklisted or spam sites.
- – No directory submissions, forum posts, article submissions, links from guest books, yahoo groups, CL sites.
- – No use of automated software or bots.
- – No links from under construction pages.
- – No java links, jump scripts, framed pages, redirects, cloaking, CSS redirects, 301 redirects, dynamic links, flash sites/pages, hidden links, no string parameters, session ID’s, etc.
- – No contextual ads sites, popups, intrusive advertising, etc.
- – No blog comment spamming, no ping, no links within newsgroups.
- – No link from: torrent sites, file sharing, articles.
- – Make sure you offer permanent backlinks from PR4+ sites in sat prep or related websites. Don’t offer anything else. Anything else will be considered spam!
ACCEPTANCE OF DELIVERY:
- NO upfront payment until we check all the profiles.
- – Report must be sent to me, including the URLs of Home pages, dates when posted, where the links were posted.
- – Please understand that we have much experience in SEO, and we will check the links before approving the payment.
Your weekly Report must include:
- – Date link is placed on link page
- – URL of link page
- – IP of link page
- – Google PR of link page
- – Number of outbound links from the linked page
- – Anchor Text used for the link
- – Target URL of the link that has been placed on the page Please do not bid. If you can’t fulfill the requirements
Thanks and happy bidding.
And what are they offering for this?
Fixed-Price – Est. Budget: $40.00
Remember, this is for permanent backlinks on the home page of a web site.
If they knew other site owners, they *might* get lucky and be able to get 15 PR 4 home pages links for that price per month. But even then, most homepage backlink networks I’ve seen have a lot more than 15 outbound links on the home page.
And the whole “permanent” requirement just kills me. There is no such thing as “permanent” when it comes to the internet. PR changes, sites get indexed and deindexed, things change.
I’m wondering if they copied this requirement from some other idiot’s job posting, because first they say here:
Links must be only from computer or related business or small business website
But then later on this:
Make sure you offer permanent backlinks from PR4+ sites in sat prep or related websites. Don’t offer anything else. Anything else will be considered spam!
And then this:
– Domains must be from different IP addresses and different Class-C IP addresses.
Do they even understand what that means? If they are on different C Class IP addresses, then it would necessarily follow that they would be on different IP addresses.
And the funniest part of all:
– Please understand that we have much experience in SEO, and we will check the links before approving the payment.
Really? Why is that so hard for me to believe?
Anyone that would know how to do everything that they are asking and that has the access and capability of getting the types of links that they want would not be scrounging for crumbs on oDesk. They would be earning much more for their time and for their assets.
People that post things like that are the same people that then post on places like the Warrior Forum bitching about either 1. how stupid outsourcers are or 2. How they got screwed.
Let me explain something.
If you post a flaky job offer you are going to get flaky applicants!
What to Expect When Outsourcing
If you are expecting someone to do something that you really don’t know how to do, then really, what you are looking for is a consultant. If you want someone that *knows* what they are doing, then you have to expect to pay for experience.
If you want cheap, then be prepared to train. Be able to give very explicit instructions upfront, be prepared to answer questions, and develop and nurture those contractors that are most adept.
Finding Good Outsourcers
The first step to finding good outsourced contractors is first ensure that you are an employer that a good contractor would want to work for.
- Do you clearly identify what the job entails?
- Are your expectations reasonable?
- Do you give clear instructions and adequate tools to complete the job?
- Are you paying a reasonable amount for the project?
- Do you show your appreciation for a job well done?
As for the compensation, in today’s global marketplace where you can hire a contractor half way around the world using sites like oDesk and eLance as easily as you can someone in your own town, I know that what is considered “adequate compensation” varies. However, some of the job listings I’ve seen on these site would be considered slave wages even in third world countries.
Don’t try to build your own prosperity by taking advantage of someone else.
I mean really . . . if you can’t afford to hire someone for what would be even a living wage in the Philippines, maybe you should rethink what you’re doing.
Have respect for the efforts of others and compensate them fairly.