L-R: Chris Smiles '11 and Brian Diener '11
College Copywriters, a South Florida-based startup company, has launched a Beta version of its online marketplace that pairs webmasters, web developers, marketers, and business owners in need of quality and affordable online content with students from some of the nation’s top colleges and universities.
Founders Brian Diener '11 and Chris Smiles '11, college sophomores at Emory University and Harvard University respectively, have been working on the business since the fall of 2011, growing their network of writers at their own colleges, as well as other schools, including Columbia, Yale, NYU, and Vanderbilt.
CollegeCopywriters.com offers quality and unique content for as little as $.02 per word. For those looking to order content, they have the option of choosing content based on three levels of quality – “A-minus”, “A” and “A-plus”, with writers earning an average of $10-$20 an hour. Writers are vetted through a comprehensive writing test that is evaluated by the team’s lead editor.
“After Google’s recent Penguin update, webmasters and site developers have been stranded, forced to make a difficult decision – write hundreds of articles on their own or order from other content providers, ultimately sacrificing quality,” Diener said. “Today’s tech-savvy college students – many of whom struggle to balance school with part-time employment – are perfect for the job, since they prefer to work in their spare time and are eager to put their skills to use.”
Diener, a varsity athlete at Emory University, has been nationally recognized for his online entrepreneurial successes by Go Daddy, as well as the National Federation of Small Businesses. His blog, TeenDomainer.com, chronicles his entrepreneurial efforts dating back to 2009.
Smiles registered a perfect score on his SAT and was valedictorian of his senior class at Saint Andrew's back in 2011. He purposely enrolled in computer science classes during his freshman year at Harvard to build CollegeCopywriters.com.
“We bought the domain name CollegeCopywriters.com in the Summer of 2011,” Diener said. “Our initial test was so successful that we stopped accepting new writers until the site was live.”
As an added feature, the two hope that their service will help writers utilize relationships with publishers to build their professional resumes, which could lead to job placements as they enter the workforce beyond college.
To learn more, visit www.collegecopywriters.com