Not unusual..it happens. You can take it as advertising & promotion of your skill.
We sometimes accept free content writing services depending on your area of expertise, however it's at our editors discretion.
It's not unusual, but usually the writer would expect to be paid at some point.
Some people, for example, would do this if they are trying to land a client, and offer the service to the client on a trial basis. After that set trial period is over, however, the client would begin paying for the service, or the service wouldn't continue.
If you're trying to get your foot in the door at a particular company you want to work for, sometimes this is done as well. Again, though, that company would usually start paying for the work at some point. You'd either be hired, or not.
If the goal is just to get the writing out there for people to see, then guest posts on different sites wouldn't be unusual either. In the end, it really depends on the writer, and what they hope to accomplish with their work.
I have heard of it happening, don't understand why though. If you have a fair for something, then by all means get paid to do it. Most copy or content companies will purchase your work, if it is good. If a salary is not what you want then go to a subcontract resource fivver.com for instance there are many others, but this is the one I use the most. Join as a writer you certainly will not get rich, but it is possible to carve out a comfortable living.
Have to agree with the majority of the experts here, FREE is not unusual, but content is king for marketing so of high value indeed.
I would stay well clear of competing or attracting work based on price - it's the race to the bottom.
Instead, what value do you add that people are prepared to pay for?
Quality of your work
Quality of the research
Fresh, new content
What makes you special so that your value is instantly obvious and worth paying for?
It is not unusual but it is for those that don't care if their work is ever actually seen by anyone. I am a professional writer and what it takes to actually be found is three things
You have to have original, interesting, relevant, natural content. It needs to be well written.
It needs to come from an established, reputable source 99% of them out their have no value to a writer. I am a Sr. Featured author for Newswire which is very established, one of only 250 people invited to be author to Small Business Trendsetters which syndicates across ABC,CBS, NBC and FOX News affiliate websites and I am a LinkedIn publisher. I do not create for free at all. There are other people on MosaicHub as well that are excellent professionals in this. There are some other systems like PRWeb which is a good source.
The other thing is to be an established authority author. That is earned. I have been doing business on the internet for about 20 years. You have to earn authority
There are some really great professionals on MosaicHub.
If you try the old style SEO backlinking which Google does not like and if they want to will send a website connected to doing to search engine siberia.
The best thing you can do is put up your own site and start writing and writing and writing. Earn your position. It is worth it if you make it.
I have a full team of content writers, we are constantly creating good content for blogs, websites etc, Get in contact we will be happy to have a look at your work.