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Stop Giving Out Free Article Review

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by john1444, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. john1444

    john1444 Elite Member

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    Lately, I noticed the eagerness of new writers wanting to give out free writing just for a mere review, this is not just a wrong approach but also self-exploiting.

    Avoid this at all cost:
    People will take advantage of you, take your contents, time and you probably never going to hear from them ever again, not even a simple testimonial will be returned.

    What real clients will be after is good English command and the writing style they desire.

    Here is my humble advice:

    1. Create a website for your writing and have samples on it, if possible include your EZA author account.

    2. Another strategy is to have a niche site that may not necessarily be for writing, but just to showcase your piece. The trick with this niche site is, you will be updating your content frequently and directing clients to your site while building your business at the same time.

    3. Make sure you always collect deposit or upfront. Sit on your hands until you do. I have seen many writers who have got their hands burnt several times by trusting clients too much.


    My little adage:

    There is no writer anywhere; the only writer is the one that goes back to his piece a second time.
     
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  2. ZahraBrown

    ZahraBrown Newbie

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    Exactly. Plus I wouldn't respect a free review as much as a paid one. When people get things for free, the only thing they lose is time. The risk isn't as big as for someone who pays. If they can get lots of free articles then there's no reason to pay, ever. There will be a constant line of free writers taking work away. Respect yourself and the clients will too.
     
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  3. john1444

    john1444 Elite Member

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    Zahra Brown, are you a writer?
     
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    I started a similar thread few months back and many writers who believe in offering free articles openly trolled me. I know it's none of my fucking business what they do and how they earn money still I am concerned about the Industry as whole. I completely agree with your points and your suggestions are valid too. Please have a look at the thread I had started but I got many negative reactions.

    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/associated-content-writing-articles/430774-writers-offering-free-articles-good-trend.html
     
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  5. lilmasta

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    Taking Risk is a part of business :) just my opinion and on the other hand u guys are right as well :)
     
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    I think you've made some real quality points and I applaud you for standing by your beliefs!

    Definitely like the idea of having a niche website that showcases a writers 'writing ability and/or style', as that cuts down on the endless emails and/or PM's from perspective customers looking to get a 'review'...

    On the flip-side though (playing devils advocate here), I think how each person wishes to conduct their business is their call and whether one decides on sending out 'review copies', while risking that content being copied or re-written under some one else's name is a risk that comes with the territory of being a writer.

    Either case, thanks a 1,000,000 for the insights...some key points I never thought about!
     
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    i time 1 got free article, it was $hit, i had to rewrite it and make alot of changes.

    never ever want to get free article
     
  8. lilmasta

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    free = shit my frnd :D
     
  9. TheSeller

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    People should stop wasting their time giving away "free" stuff. Just time consuming and useles.
     
  10. aurathas

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    The approach I use is to give everyone the exact same article. I make it clear to anyone requesting a sample that they are getting the same exact thing as everyone else. In this case all I am losing is a single article I wrote for the express purpose of being a sample.
     
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    I kinda disagree have you ever look at the customer point of view?

    I received couple of free articles before and its totally shit and most of the sample that the writer provide alway tend to be better than the ones they hand over to you
     
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    that right
    free stuff like a trial to know that's good or not
     
  13. blackberry

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    Slightly off topic, but it really helps to stick with native English writers.

    A friend of mine learned this years ago after seeing some badly written articles (usually Indians and Pakistani's)
     
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    I am also against free stuff. One can always have few samples to show and thats it.
     
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    I agree. It' like visiting a mall and saying mall owner to give a free product because you want to their permanent customer. Ridiculous. People just can't get this simple thing.
     
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    If I give out an article for a free review, it is almost always going to be one that I have written recently. I've made exceptions for big clients before, but even then, they end up paying for the review article afterwards.
     
  17. zebrahat

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    Distributing free samples may be necessary for new freelancers who need to get the quality of their work circulated in order to build their reputation. But after a few jobs are posted to the web or available by download url, the existing work should be sufficient to show new clients what kind of the work will be completed. "Live samples" or being required to produce free new work should be avoided or refused if you have existing samples available.