Should I offer free review copies when I open a WSO on writing?

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I am planning to open a new thread to introduce my article/content creation services. I read some of the content threads in the Warriors for Hire section, and many of them offer review copies to start off.

Is this a requirement, or should I go on ahead and start the thread with regular rates in the special?

I don't have any issues offering free review copies, but I also need to earn right away and I know I am a good writer.

Any ideas? Your thoughts are always appreciated.
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  • If your post is sitting amongst hundreds of other article/content creation services who offer similar rates, but the others have built up a name and reputation via tons of raving warrior reviews, then it is likely that your post will not be as popular. Short version, having honest legitimate reviews may help to convince that person who is sitting on the fence. Having no reviews however, may result in that person moving onto the next post.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I agree with SMG above.

      You also need to consider that you are new here and people don't really know you as you haven't posted much. That makes you a relative stranger and trust doesn't come easy for strangers. They also can't judge your writing ability by reading a lot of your posts. Offering a limited amount of reviews in your case would work in your favor, I believe.

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  • Profile picture of the author shawnlebrun
    I noticed a DRASTIC increase in my business, sales, and income shortly after implementing the policy of....

    "Give away great stuff first... show others what I can do... help others first... and THEN try to make money after"

    in other words, don't always look for immediate ways to earn money and get paid... be willing to offer something of value, first.

    Like the person before me mentioned... often times you're doing the exact same thing
    that thousands of others are doing. How are you going to separate yourself from them?

    one good way is to SHOW what you've got and what you're capable of.

    I've landed 10 to 15 clients at least in the past year... all of which had contacted me along with about 10 other copywriters.

    But the reason they hired me?

    I simply helped them more, at first, without trying to ask for anything in return.

    Sure, I tried to monetize and capitalize when needed... but my entire replies were NOT just based on trying to sell them.

    Nope, I simply tried to help them as much as possible, without expecting anything.

    And so many of them emailed me back to say they'll wait for me, when I have openings, because they wanted to work with me.

    All from being willing to help first, sell later.

    So, it's been incredibly useful for me to offer up valuable content first, and try to make money later.

    So for me, I'd offer some review stuff... just to show your value. Amazon offers the "click here to preview the ebook" option for a reason... people want to see what it's about before buying.
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Have you written for people that can offer reviews? If you feel you need to offer free samples than be sure to qualify the people you give them to. You will get more bang for your time if you limit the samples to active warriors with xxx amount of posts over just anyone.
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      • Profile picture of the author DeePower
        If you want a review I'll give you an honest review. I am a professional writer with four commercially published books and a number of e-books. I need a 500 word article on How to Get Out of Debt. I would like five tips of about 75 words each plus an introduction

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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Originally Posted by LilBlackDress View Post

        Have you written for people that can offer reviews? If you feel you need to offer free samples than be sure to qualify the people you give them to. You will get more bang for your time if you limit the samples to active warriors with xxx amount of posts over just anyone.
        Excellent advice, Lee. When you offer those reviews to more established members, the perceived value of the review holds much more weight.

        Another thing I'd like to add is when writing the review copies, make sure you over deliver. As an example, if you offer say a five hundred word article deliver a six to eight hundred word article. This elevates the perceived value and leads to a more raving review.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Marshall
    Originally Posted by therealargo View Post

    I am planning to open a new thread to introduce my article/content creation services. I read some of the content threads in the Warriors for Hire section, and many of them offer review copies to start off.

    Is this a requirement, or should I go on ahead and start the thread with regular rates in the special?

    I don't have any issues offering free review copies, but I also need to earn right away and I know I am a good writer.

    Any ideas? Your thoughts are always appreciated.
    This is exactly how I started my content creation service at the end of 2009. I wrote articles for others for free, and then I launched my content services thread. Those people who received free content left positive reviews, and I began getting paid clients right away. I don't offer freelance writing services anymore, but I can confirm that this strategy works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    Imagine for a second you open your thread and offer a handful of reviews... or even better.. you offer reviews for people in the warrior for hire section BEFORE you open your sales thread.

    With those 5-10 powerful reviews being the first thing people see when they scroll down, do you think you'll be more likely or less likely to sell articles than if that same potential buyer were to scroll down and see the first 3-4 comments being.. I'll wait for reviews, any reviews, do you have examples, FAKE or whatever.

    It's easy to see how having some reviews and people you've worked with singing your praises up front can and will have a positive impact on your business.

    That's why so many people have LOADS of great reviews on their WSO products before they ever launch the product. Check out the Warrior for Hire section.. it's $5 to list an ad there.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Warriors For Hire or Warrior Classifieds might be a better place for your listing.

    Warrior Special Offers tend to be better for products, as opposed to services. There are some notable exceptions however.

    I offered professional ghost writing for more than a decade.

    I am of the opinion that you will not want to give away any free samples at all.

    Instead, create 3-4 articles in advance that you can offer as "samples of your work". That will be good enough, and importantly, it won't take any money out of your pocket.

    Also, don't be afraid to charge your normal rates in your thread. People who value quality will pay higher rates, and people who won't pay the higher rates won't value the work you do.

    Don't allow people to convince you that pricing your writing should be a race to the bottom! Article writing gets cheaper and cheaper for those who are desperate to sell their bad writing. Don't believe that you need to compete with those clowns on price.

    Offer a better writing service, and people who value good writing will continue to use your service.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Whoops!

      I think we are all too late. It seems she opened a Warriors For Hire thread at 9:04 this morning, before any of us even replied to this thread.


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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

        Whoops!

        I think we are all too late. It seems she opened a Warriors For Hire thread at 9:04 this morning, before any of us even replied to this thread.


        Terra

        Haha!! Did she follow any of our advice in her launch? Maybe she didn't need us anyway... :p
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          Originally Posted by tpw View Post

          Haha!! Did he follow any of our advice in his launch? Maybe he didn't need us anyway... :p
          None!!

          Offered free reviews of 300 words each and all were claimed by newbies with less than 20 posts except one, but still someone I have never seen on the boards, lol!

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  • Profile picture of the author cpwebsite
    Hello,
    Since it seems like you've already made a thread it would be harder to still do this, however, I recommend offering just a few review copies. The reason is as was already said above, is that, if everyone is offering similar rates having reviews can really help convince that person who is on the fence to go with you. Make sure to try and have reviews from well known warriors as I personally don't trust reviews from people I don't really know or haven't heard of.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Test it out without review copies and if you have any past experience post it in your thread and you may not need any reviews to start. Maybe even offer a discount in exchange for honest reviews to start because you need reviews from warriors...
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