This isn't a rant as such, although it is annoying me.
Just out of interest, would anyone "in the know" be able to say whether or not the "Warriors for Hire" section of this forum has seen a huge increase of services being offered in the last few months?
I say this because the last few bumps of the thread for my article writing service have seen very little response. Obviously my offer has a lot to do with it and that's the first thing I take into account, but when I really analyse the situation, it's really no big surprise. Within a few hours of bumping my thread, it's been pushed two thirds of the way down the first page and onto the second page after only the first day. Hardly anyone sees the damn thing!
I'm pretty sure this never used to happen.
I'm fortunate enough to have a pretty steady client base (who probably the majority of which originally found me from this forum) so only need to bump my thread every now and then to fill in any gaps in my schedule and get new clients. But the fact is, when I do bump my thread these days, it's not uncommon to get zero response.
I also appreciate I offer a somewhat "premium" writing service compared to what else is available on the forum, and that perhaps my service isn't what the majority of people on here are looking for (I charge an outrageous $25 for an article ). But as I say, I've picked up the majority of my clients from this forum so there are plenty of people willing to pay that, I just think they're not finding me these days.
To the mods, have you considered charging, say, double the price it currently costs to bump a thread?
That might not be a popular option for other providers but I for one would happily pay more if it meant less overall threads, thus giving you more time in the higher positions of the first page.
Frankly, as it stands now I will probably stop using the "Warriors for Hire" section for good. It has served me well and I'm very thankful for the service and the clients it has generated for me up until now, but I'm not going to continue paying for what little exposure I get nowadays - due to what I believe are too many threads.
So has there been a noticeable increase in service providers or am I completely off the mark? And what are other people's thoughts on this?
Thanks for reading,