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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2015, 04:07:55 AM »
Writing for these content mills/companies are really getting competitive. That's why freelance writers should take it up a notch when it comes to creating unique and interesting content. And yeah, one of the disadvantages of working for content mills is that your hard work may just be wasted because your article got rejected.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2016, 10:42:48 AM »
I would much rather submit links to previously published work than submit some long sample. Submitting a sample so they can evaluate your work that is as long and the length of a standard article is like giving your work for free. I don't think it is right for companies to expect that. It sounds like a typical "we don't value you" position that many of these content mills have.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2016, 04:30:12 PM »
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I would much rather submit links to previously published work than submit some long sample. 

This is a good idea, and it's the way I learned is best.  Problem is that some places won't allow just the links to published work, but in my eyes, that sounds a little bit like purposely trying to get free content... if it's already been published, it's of no use to them, after all, and if they reject, they end up with it free.

To answer the original question, I do not submit unpaid samples and haven't done that in the past.  There are other ways to show a potential client the kind of work I do.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2016, 07:41:44 AM »
I usually save my rejected or unpaid articles and re-work it to put it on my blog or sites that accept it to make residue income.


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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2016, 12:58:17 PM »
These companies should be called out.

I usually provide a short sample piece between 200-300 words. If you have already provided a short sample of your writing style, the company or individual, in my opinion, should no require you to send another sample longer than that. I am always leery of those who asks for multiple samples of my writing equalling in 500+ words. In conclusion, I only send one free sample piece and require that anything further must be paid for.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2016, 02:58:44 PM »
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These companies should be called out.

I usually provide a short sample piece between 200-300 words. If you have already provided a short sample of your writing style, the company or individual, in my opinion, should no require you to send another sample longer than that. I am always leery of those who asks for multiple samples of my writing equalling in 500+ words. In conclusion, I only send one free sample piece and require that anything further must be paid for.

That sounds like a good way to go about things, Lupa06.  I've worked as an editor and even for a short time as a publisher's assistant, and it is not hard to tell the kind of writer someone is from a 200 or 300 word sample... either they're going to be lousy or show promise. 

If promise, then they should get a short assignment... not a constant "show us more, show us more" because like you said, that starts smelling fishy real fast.

Now what I *might* have done back then, if there was a particular assignment in a totally other style of writing, was to ask for another 300 words in that style, BUT with a small  honorarium in good faith... never a second freebie.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2016, 07:08:13 AM »
I really don't like submitting unpaid samples. I feel like that is time I could be spending doing something that I can be making money from. If I see that a fresh, unpaid sample is required, I usually go on to the next opportunity. Most of the time, I just use one of the samples I have already written.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2016, 11:10:34 AM »
Yes i think they should be called out. it is just not fair, after spending time to write articles, you are been told that your write up didn't meet up but then they already have it and may end up using it in the long run meanwhile you were not paid for it.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2016, 07:34:57 PM »
I think it's fair to submit a small unpaid sample, after all the companies need to make sure that you can write decently before giving you any assignment. But I would be available to submit a 200/300 words article on a topic of my choice, nothing more than that. That should be more than enough to estabilish if a person is capable of writing good articles.
I don't like when they give you instructions about what to write. I've always written articles about topics that I like, that way I can limit the research time and I can provide a better article. I feel more confident when I'm writing about something I know.

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Re: Do You Submit Unpaid Samples to Content Companies?
« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2016, 03:51:43 AM »
I see it in the same  light as applying for a position at any company. Some will require unpaid samples and some may not want to use you based on that sample. Do we call out every company that rejects our CV?

Why do we then think websites are unscrupulous for not accepting our samples? Your sample may not have been the right fit for that site. I also read that OP said they received feedback and did not want to do what was asked to rectify their article. That is just lazy and in no way shape or form the websites fault. They know that only good content will sell so obviously they will attempt to get the best possible content.

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