Beware the Essay-Mills.

August 21, 2014 5 5449


LLet’s face it, academic ghost-writing is a trade in a black-market economy.  There are no government regulations to worry about and no third-party quality control standards.  Because of that, essay-writing companies generally have to police themselves and as a customer, there isn’t much you can do other than count on the honesty of these companies.  Unfortunately, the internet is littered with a myriad of self-congratulatory essay-writing company sites claiming that they had hundreds of PhDs and they only hire the best.  For a lack of a better name, we could call these shady organizations “essay-mills” because they are fully committed to churning out volumes of essays with little regard for quality or the well-being of the customer.

It is no secret that most essay writing companies hire scarcely competent writers many of whom are in India or haven’t even obtained their Associate’s Degree.  Our enterprise is different because over 90% of our clients get a B+ or higher with well over half of them earning As.  The testimonials on this page clearly bear testament to this fact and those of you who have used our services can corroborate our claim regarding this matter.  We only hire writers with a proven record of performing well in even the most challenging of writing-intensive courses and writers who fail to produce results our clients need are promptly terminated.

How are we different from them? We are a small organization and over 90% of our business comes from returning customers.  That is why our rates are considerably below the industry average.  As you are probably aware, the average essay-writing company charges well over $25 per page and we’re willing to complete most assignments for under $20.

We have only one website and our marketing campaigns are limited to a small number of craigslist posts.  Suffice it to say, the word of mouth is our most reliable way of procuring and retaining customers.  Returning customers are the backbone of a long-term success of any enterprise and ours is no exception.  The livelihood of our writers depends on your loyalty and that is why quality is always going to be our top priority.

By contrast, the conventional essay-mills have well over ten websites and their prices can start at $25 per page and can hike up to $40 and above per page .  All of our writers have worked for essay-mills before and they can attest that such organizations have very few returning customers.  They are able to prosper despite this because they do their marketing through massive Search Engine Optimization, they are focused on quantity rather than quality.  In other words, they are able to invest thousands of dollars into SEO Marketing and this approach works very well for them because the cheesy images on their sites unfailingly attract hundreds of callow students with minimal experience in this market . In other words, the essay-mill sites have been created with the explicit purpose of exploiting the naivete of the nation’s callow student-body.

The following tips will help you identify and steer clear of essay mills:

1) When you see a website that seems too good to be true, it probably is.  For example, if they say they have hundreds of writers with PhDs, they are probably lying.  Although there are writers who have PhDs, most of them generally do not work for large essay mills.  Such companies generally have seedy reputations and seasoned writers either work alone or work for much more reputable companies.

2) Too many spelling and grammatical mistakes.  A significant percentage of essay-writing companies have been founded by writers who reside overseas and have not been educated in an English speaking country.  Such writers rarely have the opportunity to employ subcontractors who have college degrees from accredited American or Canadian academic institutions.  Although a lot of sites will have subtle stylistic and grammatical errors, an abundance of crude English mistakes should definitely raise some red flags.

3) Avoid a hodgepodge of cheesy and flashy images.  Essay-mill sites have been developed with the express purpose of exploiting the impressionability of very young college students.  Thus, such sites will have an abundance of flashy images of students with ear to ear smiles wearing graduation gowns and the sites are generally full of overly exuberant, bright colors and flashy images.  Serious companies generally have more professional sites with plain colors and the content is easy to follow.

4) When you contact an essay-writing company, ask to speak with an owner, manager or a chief writer.  If this person is not going to be available, it is very likely that the site is a scam or the company is a foreign essay-mill.  When you start corresponding with that person, pay close attention to how they communicate.  If they do not appear to display considerable depth and breadth of knowledge about various academic topics, they are probably a scam.  Most legitimate writers have a basic understanding of the theoretical frameworks used in various academic disciplines, a relatively broad range of factual knowledge about these disciplines and can easily prove that they know what they’re talking about.

There is no surefire way to avoid all essay-mills because many of them are operated by scam-artists who earn a living by passing themselves off as legitimate essay-writing companies.  However, these tips will help you understand the key differences between essay mills and legitimate essay-writing enterprises.  At the very least, you’ll avoid falling for many of the most notorious scams that continue to besmirch the essay-writing business.


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