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Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« on: August 29, 2014, 02:33:50 PM »
When I was starting out, I did with reputable companies and the limit was 200 words.  I felt this was enough for them to see whether my writing style was a match. 

Today, some of those companies are out of business or re-establishing themselves (like eCopywriters) but in recent, some places have asked for 400-500 word "samples".

I won't say that everything I write is perfect but I ensure that everything is unique and not a generic SEO piece.  Of course, grammar and spelling are always priority as I check at least twice before hitting the submit button.

However, not only do these people deny for vague reasons but some say that the work is not as promised.  For instance, a contributor may have to write so many articles before they can make $15 or $20 per article - and they have less than a day to complete :-\.  Then there are long stretches of no work.

Do you think these companies should be called out? 

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 04:50:04 PM »
I think these companies should be called out for that because it is not right to keep people waiting for work.  They should at least give a clear cut reason why you didn't get the job.  Then they would have the nerve to make you write certain articles before you can make money.  There is no way to get that many articles done in less than a day.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2014, 01:58:12 AM »
OK, here goes...

Not long ago I signed up with Authorr.  In order to work with them you have to send an unpaid sample.  Don't remember the word count but it was more than 200.  I got in but hate that I wasn't paid.  The way they work is that once you agree to write, an assignment is sent at random.  The first time I got lucky and they do pay as promised but it's not much >:(. The second time, my submission was returned for revision, which I never did because the demand was a bit much.

Article Marketing Co is one place I don't recommend.  Not only are samples unpaid but long and require research. Booo!

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2014, 07:10:01 AM »
Thanks for the heads up. I've also done some unpaid samples for content mills and both times I was accepted but  on one site [the content authority] but there was no work available then. Since I couldn't hang around hoping for better days, I opted to search for greener pastures. I registered on another obscure content mill which is no longer online, submitted an unpaid writing sample but then again I ran into the stone wall again there were hardly any jobs on the site.

Writers should be wary of many of these newer content mills.


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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2014, 09:45:32 AM »
I have submitted a written  work sample to a certain company before but never received a feedback. After that, I never submitted any free samples anymore since I am thinking that it will be just a waste of time.
There are really times that they are rejecting articles and then will just use it somewhere else in the web which is not fair to the writers.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2014, 12:31:08 PM »
I really don't like doing that but I have sent complete articles to magazines and freelance job opportunities only to have it rejected. I wonder if they use it and how would we know?
I started with write, learn earn and I did a test and now have to wait a week for them to get back to me. I am still not sure of how it works but if it does go well I will let you all know.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2014, 02:13:18 PM »
I have submitted samples to content mills, but never to those mills that have not been around for over a year or two. I try to stick with sample requests that do not give you a topic to write on, but simply want a sample of something I have written. That way, I can submit a sample that is already published on my blog, or slightly alter one of my previously written articles.

As far as calling unscrupulous or unreasonable content mills out, you should always publish your experiences with disreputable companies and unreasonable clients. Otherwise, these businesses can keep cheating people without experiencing the logical consequences of their actions. IF they hold freelancers accountable, they must be held to the same, if not higher, standards

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2014, 07:09:28 PM »
Most of the time you don't have a choice if you want the job. I do prefer the places that will let you use a piece you have already published though. At least that way you know they aren't using it elsewhere.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2014, 07:57:20 PM »
I submitted an unpaid sample to writersdomain based on their specific prompts.  They got back to me that the sample was 'accepted' but there was a wait list for new writers.  I was pretty annoyed.  I wish they wouldn't request a writing sample until they actually need new writers.  Couldn't they do grammar check tests and then wait for writing samples until they have openings?  It was a huge waste of time AND I'll be really annoyed if I find that article I wrote for them show up somewhere because it was a writing test, not an offer of unpaid work.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2015, 03:08:51 PM »
Often online content company experiences can be found on theYou are not allowed to view links. Register or Login website.  These are unbiased reports  - good and bad.  For the past several years, as webmaster, I have yet to have a company or individual dispute my claims.  Some posters have even commented on certain individuals who use outsourcing sites like eLance or Upwork to get over by making outrageous demands and not paying writers.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2015, 03:21:45 AM »
Basically I don't trust many of these sites and while you may take time sending in a sample, most things are computer generated so it may sit in a pile.

There are no guarantee of work so it's only worthwhile if you are going to stick at it and make a 'career' of it by investing time. With so many dodgy sites, you may be just wasting your time. I also hate prompts, but that's content writing, so I decided early on it wasn't right for me unless it was on a specific topic.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2015, 04:12:11 AM »
I hate those types of sites, because like we all know, there's never any guarantee of work. Then Like some people have found out, some of them will even turn around and use the very work they rejected. So as a rule, I just won't do it anymore. I have submitted a piece or two in the past and got rejected. In my opinion, it was a total waste of my time and energy and as such, I won't be doing it again.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2015, 04:53:58 AM »
I would say that even 200 words is too long for a sample article. I use to keep mine up to 150 words at most because many times those companies are not really companies, but a one-man band trying to make people believe there is a huge professional structure behind him, when there is none.

Thus, asking for lengthy sample articles that are not going to be paid is kind of getting free content, and may happens that the job opportunities they are offering don't even exist.

I would say, don't submit sample articles longer than 150 words and, if the prospective client wants a longer sample of your writing, point him/her to some of your already published works rather to create new (free) content for them.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2015, 07:44:23 AM »
If they would accept my previous published work then why not. If they want to see you caliber as a writer they should be looking for published and work that is my own opinion. Is there an assurance that they will not use your material ? they may even hire someone to rewrite your sample just so they can use it.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2015, 10:48:08 AM »
I don't normally offer free samples as I send potential clients my portofolio. I have credible pieces in there that are sufficient to pass the message across. I do not fall for the 400-500 word samples anymore.

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