I need to hire a managing editor (or 7!) for my Quips and Tips blogs, but I don’t know how much to pay. I’m thinking payment per 100 page views, but I’d love your feedback…
Here’s the scoop:
For the past four years, I’ve been writing and blogging full-time — I started the Quips and Tips series of blogs.
I love my blogs (and especially love that I can make a relatively good living writing for myself!), but I recently started a full-time job as a Mentoring Coordinator for Big Brothers in Vancouver. I need a break from writing full-time…and I want to get out of the house and help people in person. This new full-time job is only temporary: I’m covering a maternity leave until August.
All that to say: I don’t want my Quips and Tips blogs to wither and die. But I don’t have time to run them — I NEVER had time to run all the blogs I started (I have 7 Quips and Tips sites, and I’d love to create more!).
Earlier this year I hired writers for Quips and Tips, but I hated the administration and editing part: approving article ideas, uploading blog posts, tracking and paying invoices…I had no time to write. That’s when I first started thinking about hiring a managing editor — and now it’s for real!
I really want and need to hire someone to manage Quips and Tips for me.
How Much Does a Quips and Tips Managing Editor Make?
I’m leaning towards a per post payment, plus payment per 100 page views. That way, the editor gets paid for both “real time” work as well as ongoing page views. It’s tangible and easy to track.
I’d also offer a byline with links at the end of every article (for both writer and editor), the editor’s photo in the footer, tweets from my Twitter account (I have over 7,500 followers and will make it my goal to have over 10,000 by Jan 1), free ebooks, and unconditional love and support.
I think each blog could handle more than one editor. Or, one editor could manage more than one blog – whichever suits his or her interests!
The managing editor has the option to write his or her own articles, but would be primarily responsible for uploading, formatting, and editing other writers’ posts. I’m thinking about giving each editor a monthly budget to spend on writers.
- Finding writers (that’s easy – I’ll explain how I found more writers than I could handle!)
- Uploading articles according to Quips and Tips guidelines
- Approving comments on “own” articles
- Sending me a monthly list of invoices (so I can pay writers via PayPal)
NOT Responsible for:
- Updating plugins
- Adding or changing advertisements
- Responding to comments (unless you want to – it’s good for page views!)
- Web editing and/or web writing experience
- Knowledge of search engine optimization and social media techniques
- Experience with WordPress
- Proven ability to run own blog or website
What Do You Think?
I’d love your feedback! How much should I pay per 100 page views? Or, do you think there’s a better way to pay an editor? I don’t have a huge budget…and I know I don’t want to pay per hour. I want to pay based on traffic (results!).
Also — if you’re interested in talking about this job with me – or you have questions – please comment below and I’ll email you.
My Quips and Tips sites are:
Quips and Tips for Giving Gifts
Quips and Tips From the Working World
Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility
Quips and Tips for Money and Love
Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals
Quips and Tips for Successful Writers
Quips and Tips for Spiritual Seekers (needs to be updated)
Thanks for your feedback – I welcome all thoughts!