Paid writing samples

Discussion in 'Writing Digital Content' started by Daydreamradio, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Daydreamradio

    Daydreamradio New Member

    Does anyone use paid writing samples for clients requesting new work? How much do you typically charge for this per word? Also, do you find this helps or hurts your chances with a client? Thanks so much.
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  2. bomb2060

    bomb2060 Member

    @Daydreamradio, I tried a paid sample approach and it was not good. New writers come with a set of challenges that you would not like to expose your clients to. What I do nowadays, I give the new writers a 200-250 words free sample with varying titles that they should write and submit within a specific period of time.

    That way, you get to only deal with seasoned writers who will not mess you up. The samples they write I use them in a personal blog or forum to increase traffic.

    Always remember to acknowledge them on the piece, else they will start saying that you are exploiting them.

    When I post the article they write, I allow them to rate the posts. That way they will see how good or bad their writing is.
  3. I think you should always be original with your samples. The customer will expect you to produce content with the same standard that you have in your samples. Ethics, my dear, cannot be overlooked.
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  4. Tommyhara

    Tommyhara New Member

    It is a good way to show your clients know what you did and they will know what quality of services you will provide them. For me, I used to received many writing samples but seem only some fit my requirements on the fields that I need for my sites. Because some writers could not all fields they will know about thus I often ask experts in the industries and they will give me great articles/content.

    I saw more writers are using this way and it is working for me, It will help me to save time on checking their content without asking about their services. Also, this is a great way to tell your clients know about your sites and other services on it.

    I used to pay $5 for 500 words, sometimes $10 for 500 words or $25 for 1000 words, it depends on the quality of each writers. Some writers ask me for $300 for 1000 word article and when I checked their content, it is awesome and they are posted on big sites.
  5. Zawadi Melimeli

    Zawadi Melimeli New Member

    I used to pay $ 3 for 500 words, but I later discovered that the person who was helping me with grammar was also making a lot of mistakes and that was painful for me.
  6. sermlich85

    sermlich85 New Member

    I really wish I knew more about freelance writing. I don't really know what samples you are referring to or what purpose they serve exactly. It sounds like such an interesting way to earn some money. I don't mind writing. I enjoy working on the computer and typing. I wouldn't mind giving it a try.
  7. michaeemeka

    michaeemeka New Member

    well there are many sites on the internet that pay its members to write its no big deal just search the web and you would see thousands of site that pay members to write sample examples are yourcashchat, my lot etc i dont wanna refer you to any site just search the web and choose the one you like
  8. Goldenpen97

    Goldenpen97 New Member

    Paid writing samples is not really a good idea but you can give it a shot though.
    If you get lucky some clients will pay you for writing samples.
    Other clients might see you as over ambitious though.
  9. Anoetar

    Anoetar New Member

    It is quite new to me that some writers charge for sample work. All my life (lol), I have always given out sample articles based on clients requirements for free. Of course, I've been burnt a few times but 80% of my clients always come back to place full order.
    Maybe I am just lucky, maybe I am not.

    From a writer's view, sample articles generally are a way good way to rate how good you'd perform with your client's content needs. Chances are, if you face hiccups writing the sample article, you'd most likely have a bad experience with that writer. I always do it for free.
    The key is to be good at what you do and always deliver!
  10. I agree with what Lee Ann Hargrave mentioned in terms of ethics and creating that unique standard of writing that the client should expect. This is an important concept to gain new clientèle who will gain your trust and professionalism. As with Post Loop, quality, professionalism, hard work, grammar, punctuation, creativity, and attention to detail are crucial elements to making successful content. The only kind of writing that is worth writing about is that in which time and energy were truly invested in. Another tip is keep your writing content consistent and relevant to the requirements of the article. I promise everyone who is into writing articles these few tips will surely help you out! Remember to work hard and your hard work will be recognized. Thanks for reading!
  11. Dev Singh

    Dev Singh New Member

    Yes , I strongly agree with you paid sample writting is not recommended to try as sometime,,you may get low or no payment also in some case .Althrough u may try but join legitimate platform before try .
    Thankyou !!.
  12. Etaypink1

    Etaypink1 Active Member

    Are you looking for article writing websites so you can start earning money online? Freelance article writing gives you the opportunity to work from home. Jobs, where article writers can be earning money, are listed every day.

    We provide article writing services for a living and have learned that just knowing where the writing jobs are online is half the battle won.

    Perhaps you have wanted to try publishing some of your own articles online and don’t know where to start.

    Being able to write and earn money online can be very rewarding. You can choose to work with the clients or websites that interest you most.

    You also get to enjoy working at your own pace, setting your own price (as demand for your writing grows) and you get to enjoy a steady income.

    However, for some, the idea of writing for others is not so satisfying. A career in journalism or writing articles is not for everybody.

    If you want to earn money by writing online for others, here are 10 sites where you can get paid to write your own articles.

    Wow Women on Writing: $50-100
    Wow Women on Writing does one thing really well: They look after female writers, encourage them and genuinely seek to offer opportunities to budding freelancers. Their audience is diverse and all focused on providing excellent content for women.

    Wow Women focus on innovative business, freelancing, and training. The articles are generally detailed and designed to help writers improve their skills and showcase their work. You have an option of either asking for a payment by Paypal or, if in the USA, by Check.

    How to get started

    Start by reading other Wow Articles. You will want to have an idea of the tone of the site. The site is informative, relaxed and excited about showcasing good writers.

    • Ensure that you are not just duplicating their content and re-editing an old idea. Be creative.
    • Wow will pay up to $150.00 for a 3,000-word feature article.
    • Focus on being useful. How will your post help readers?
    • Practical, actionable advice is what readers want with easy to follow steps.
    Wow Women focuses on women, writers, and a monthly theme. I am not sure what they offer in terms of a link back to your own content in the articles but they do link back to your site from your Author profile.

    Please note that they do not open attachments. Your article or pitch needs to be presented in plain text in the body of the email. Sending a Bio or a link to other published work is a good idea and will improve your chances of getting published.

    Strong Whispers: $50 – $150

    Strong Whispers offers readers a range of articles about lifestyle, environment and other social issues. The range is wide. Your contribution is not limited.

    Articles can range from corporate greed to education reform or change in world leadership to letting the people govern and make decisions on the way we treat the environment and exploitation of resources.

    How to get started

    Article earnings are negotiable, but they typically pay $50-$150 per published article. They are willing to pay more for the right article and website aims to publish 2-3 guest posts per month.

    Step 1: Send them your best outline for an article you would like to write along with your fee expectation. Topics need to be unique and have a high impact.

    They also ask that you send your current blog URL or an URL to published work so they can understand your writing style. They will tell you if the topic is of interest to them and if your sample meets their review criteria.

    Step 2: After you have been invited to write for them, go ahead, write your article and submit it for review. They won’t publish simply mediocre or just okay guest posts.

    Each article must be well written, accurate, grammatically correct and original content. You will get to view their guidelines so you can be sure to tick all the boxes.

    Step 3: After you submit your article online, it will be reviewed. After review you will receive one of 3 emails:

    1. Rejected – Poor quality.
    2. Requires minor changes
    3. Approved.
    If approved, it will be set to publish either immediately or at a future date. Once set to publish, you will be paid via PayPal.

    College Humour: $25 – $150

    College Humor Media is an online entertainment company targeting a core audience of people ages 18-49.

    Founded by two high school friends, College Humour Media delivers daily comedic content, including videos, pictures, articles, and jokes, created and/or curated by the College Humour staff.

    They attract more than 15 million monthly unique visitors online and more than 100 million video views per month with popular sketches such as “Jake and Amir,” “Very Mary Kate” and “Troopers.”

    How to get started

    • Make a College Humour account.
    • Go to the article submission page.
    • Put in your funny article and hit “submit.”
    • Wait for the editors to review your article. If they like it, they will send you an email
    They will pay you $25 if they put your article on the Articles page, $50 if they put it on the homepage, and an additional $50 if it gets more than 100,000 views.

    4. $100 – $200 is basically a humour site. If you are a funny/smart/creative person, offers a good opportunity to earn some extra cash with article writing.

    No experience necessary. They will pay you if it’s good. You get to talk directly to the editors. Their content includes articles, photoshops, infographics and videos. Take your pick.

    How to get started

    Register for the site, click on the writer’s workshop, which leads you to the message board where everyone pitches their articles.

    You pitch an article idea by writing the article idea, along with the five subtopics under the idea, a full column, and the information.

    • At the time of writing you get $100 per article.
    • If you get up to five published articles, it goes up to $200 per article.
    • If your article finishes in the top ten articles of the month (rated on website traffic.) you get a $100 bonus.
    • You also get $100 for coming first in the Photoshop competitions of which I think they run two a week.
    There is a bonus that runs in the design section also from time to time. It includes $500 for designing a winning T-Shirt, and a thread where you post (presumably humorous) info graphics and they’ll pay you $100 if it’s featured on the site.

    Watch Culture: $25 – $500
    Watch Culture offers its news, opinion and entertainment coverage to millions of users world-wide each month.

    As an online magazine based in the UK it covers the popular zeitgeist. Each day dozens of writers are earning money by publishing articles on Film, Music, Gaming, Sports, Television and much more to their ever expanding five-million a month strong audience.

    Several hundred articles are posted every single week from contributors, some of which you will see from time to time on Sky News, Metro Radio, BBC Radio, Dublin FM and in the national newspapers.

    How to get started

    What Culture have begun rolling out a system entitling all writers to earn money from every article they contribute.

    In the Beta testing phase some of the contributors have earned as much as £700 from one individual article. The system is based on a per views basis, rewarding the very best writers whose content matches what their audience wants to read.

    Typically, writers who could come up with original concepts and execute them well have really reaped the big benefits.

    If writing isn’t your thing, they are also planning to set up a larger video presence and are looking for talented filmmakers and YouTubers to produce high quality content for the site.

    So if you think you’ve got what it takes to write interesting articles or create popular videos and make money while doing it, get in touch with them at for more details.

    If you’d prefer to chat on Skype, the address is ‘whatculture’. Or if you live anywhere near Newcastle in the UK, they can arrange a face-to-face meeting.
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  13. Warren1967

    Warren1967 Well-Known Member

    It should be original and creative in it's content. You also have write something that the public is interested in. You have to give all that you can in every article that you write. Competition is tough right now. You stand out from the rest if you are going to succeed.

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