How To Hire Employees For An Affiliate Marketing Team

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There are clear benefits to building a high-functioning affiliate marketing team. You can achieve more faster, at a higher quality, and lower cost. But there is usually a downside. Hiring employees can be one of the most frustrating parts of running a business. That certainly was my experience scaling my previous business from 5 to high-7 figures – especially early on. Over the years, though, I figured out how to stack the odds in my favor when hiring employees. In fact, my new company does just that. Recruiter Mill helps online businesses hire A-Players in 6 weeks or less. I’ll share my expertise and insights on building a successful affiliate marketing team in this article. Quick Summary Planning Your Next Successful Hire Most affiliate marketing teams will only need a handful of different roles. Let’s look at each in detail. Below, you will find out when each role should be your next hire, whether to hire full-time or part-time, which countries to hire from, what salaries to pay employees, and what skills to pay special attention to. Hiring Virtual Assistants (VAs) When Should I Hire a Virtual Assistant? You should hire a VA if you’re bogged down by admin work like uploading content, creating simple images, scheduling social media posts, measuring KPIs, etc. VAs can do all that for you at a low cost. And they’re usually quite easy to find. One thing to watch out for is expecting too much of your VA. At $3-$6/h they’re unlikely to be able to do EVERYTHING well. A good way to determine whether you can entrust a task to a VA is by creating a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). That’s a document that describes the exact steps that need to be taken to accomplish the task. If the SOP is straightforward, your odds of success are high. If the SOP has lots of intricacies and requires creativity, your VA will need prior experience with this type of task or extensive training. A Virtual Assistant will often be your first employee. Should You Hire a Part-Time or Full-Time Virtual Assistant? You should hire a full-time virtual assistant if the tasks add up to 40 hours per week. List all the tasks you expect your VA to do on a regular basis. If it adds up to 40 hours per week or close to it, go for a full-time VA. If not, find a freelancer. Which Country to Hire Virtual Assistants From? The country you can hire Virtual Assistants from is The Philippines. The Philippines offers the best value for the price. Filipinos speak great English, and they have a large VA market. What Salary Should I Pay a Full-Time Virtual Assistant? You should pay a full-time virtual assistant anywhere from $500-$1000/month. Which Skills Should I Pay Attention to When Hiring a Virtual Assistant? You should pay attention to their communication skills, time-management skills as well as technical proficiency. As you’ll see throughout this article, testing a candidate’s ability with a real-world task before bringing them on is a key step in any hiring process. The best way to test a VA’s ability is to ask them to follow an SOP you already have in your business. If they can do it fast and accurately, you have a high chance of success. If not, they’re likely not the right person. Hiring Link Builders When Should I Hire a Link Builder? You should hire a Link Builder if you already have high-quality content on your site. In that case, link building is usually the most efficient way to increase your SEO traffic. Should You Hire a Part-Time or Full-Time Link Builder (Or a Link Building Agency)? You should hire a full-time link builder if your site already has a lot of content and a part-time link builder if not. As a rule of thumb, a single Link Builder can build 20-30 links per month from Domain Rating (DR) 30-50 sites. They can build more links if you’re fine with backlinks from lower-DR sites. And fewer if you want links from higher-DR sites. If your site has enough quality content to build this amount of links monthly, you can safely hire a full-time Link Builder. If not – or if you want to save on total cost – you can go for a part-time Link Builder. Just know that the price per link will be higher when you employ freelancers. It’s best to hire an agency if you don’t have the know-how, interest, or time to manage Link Builders. This will be the most expensive option, of course. Which Country to Hire Link Builders From? Your first choice when hiring Link Builders should be Serbia and most other former-Yugoslavian countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Montenegro). You can also consider South Africa. They offer the best value for the price. Your second choice should be Ukraine. While the salaries in Ukraine are slightly lower, the average quality of Link Builders is not as high as in the Balkans and South Africa. Despite the war in Ukraine, the job market there is still active. Your third choice should be the rest of Eastern Europe. The salaries there are slightly higher without a significant difference in quality. Finally, your fourth choice should be the Philippines. While the salaries here are lower than in the countries mentioned above, the quality from one Link Builder to another is inconsistent and lower on average. What Salary Should I Pay a Full-Time Link Builder? Which Skills Should I Pay Attention to When Hiring a Link Builder? The simplest way to determine whether a Link Builder will work out is to ask for samples of outreach they’ve used. Seeing 1-2 initial messages will tell you whether this Link Builder follows the best practices for blogger outreach. Hiring Content Writers And Editors When Should I Hire Content Writers and an Editor? You should hire content writers and an editor when you have at least 10 well-written articles on your blog AND when you have (at least) 40 other articles you want to be written. Do not assume that your Content Writers or Editor will do the keyword research for you. While some people can do both well, it’s usually not the case. It’s important to note that finding great Content Writers and Editors is very hard. Almost every authority site owner I know struggles with it. So if you ever find top talent for these job roles, hold onto them. It doesn’t happen often. Should You Hire Part-Time or Full-Time Content Writers and Editors? You should hire full-time content writers if you are looking for more consistency and easier management. But this depends on your preferences. Most professional writers want variety in their work, so they choose part-time engagements. This means that part-time Content Writers and Editors are easier to find. But in general, part-time employees are more difficult to manage. There’s a baseline of management time new employees need. If they don’t work full-time, you put in roughly the same management time for less content produced. Part-time work is usually more difficult for the employee to manage successfully. It’s just harder to focus on multiple projects at a time. Which Country to Hire Content Writers and Editors From? You should hire content writers from either Western English-speaking countries or the Philippines. For the highest quality, go for qualified candidates from Western English-speaking countries. If you want to save on costs, the Philippines is likely your best option. What Salary Should I Pay Content Writers and Editors? The salary you should pay content writers and editors will depend on where your writers are from. I’m hesitant to provide exact numbers for these roles because I’ve had less success with them. Editors from Western English-speaking countries command salaries of at least $20/h – and often much higher. Content Writers are usually paid less. To give you an idea, one of my clients got a steady stream of US-based applicants, offering $0.05-0.06/word. To be fair, none of the hundreds of candidates blew them away. You can expect to pay around $1500/month for an editor in the Philippines. I’ve seen great Content Writers from the Philippines that were paid $0.03/word. Which Skills Should I Pay Attention to When Hiring Content Writers and Editors? You should pay attention to their research skills and attention to detail. The best way to see if they will be a good fit is to ask them to write or edit an article for you. Since Content Writers are used to working on more than one project at a time, you can start slow and assign more work to them as they gain your confidence. 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