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Sellers: Don't rush your "Want To Buy" bids.



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Sellers: Don't rush your "Want To Buy" bids.

From what I've seen, a lot of SEOclerks sellers could use some polishing in the Want To Buy bidding department. It seems like most bids are.. well, lacking in substance, and therefore not taken seriously.

There's a lot of noise in the WTB section, and most bids don't seem to match up with the gig. It doesn't seem like most sellers even read the descriptions.

If you want to stand out to a potential new client in WTB, be specific.

When I post a WTB, I NEED to see that the seller understands the instructions completely. I disregard any and all bids that don't make it extremely clear that the seller knows what I want done.

Your bid is a great chance to explain to the client what exactly you can do. Don't be vague. In fact, go into detail about how well you understand the details of the gig. Take a few moments to put into your own words what you'll do, even if it seems a little bit redundant. Believe me, you'll stand out big time in the sea of vague, rushed bidders.

Feel free to chime in, here. Anyone have tips for WTB bidding?

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idealmike

Here here! It seems a lot of people still don't know how to use the WTB section properly or do, but just don't care and bid things that are unrelated to what the buyer is after. Or they bid something that might be in the same industry but still not what the buyer is asking for. And some people don't put much emphasis on their bids and don't put enough details. Or worse, they bid with an outrageously high price. I saw on the other day where someone was asking for something that should only cost about $5 and their bid was for $500! It's just diabolical!

That's why I created this post on How to Properly Bid on People's WTB's and WTT's Be Hired and Get Work as a Freelancer. It has tips and instructions on how to properly bid on peoples WTB's and explains why you shouldn't post anything other than the buyer is asking for.

Right now it's a bit of a free-for-all smorgasbord of bids and it looks a mess and leaves the WTB creator feeling miffed, confused and still no closer to finding someone for the task or thing he/she is needing. I think perhaps maybe some more details could be given on the WTB itself for bidders about bidding. Some more rules and guidelines perhaps and possibly even link to that post above.

That said, it's not all bad. There are still many genuine good bidders that place good/relevant and reasonably priced bids on peoples WTB's. And what I like about it is that sometimes after someone has bid a low price for something, someone else will bid on it after with an even lower price because they want to get the work. I sometimes wait a few days for that to happen and it usually does and then I'm able to get it at a really low price and depending on the bidder and person I'm buying it from, the quality of the work doesn't suffer either.

There's one guy that bid on one of my WTB's many moons ago that I still use now many times a week and it's saved me a lot of money because the actual service sells for about 3x as much on here and I get it at a fraction of that cost. He's happy because he's got regular work and money coming in and I'm happy because his work quality is good and on time.

So it's not all bad. There is still a lot of good in the WTB section despite the occasional bad/wrong/abusive bid.



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bobjoehax3

That's why I created this post on How to Properly Bid on People's WTB's and WTT's Be Hired and Get Work as a Freelancer. It has tips and instructions on how to properly bid on peoples WTB's and explains why you shouldn't post anything other than the buyer is asking for.

Excellent, Mike. Thanks for posting. It would be great for everyone to go back and check out that topic!



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EliteWriter

I worry that many buyers may feel discouraged to submit WTB if they take the time to check how many seem to bid. Many sellers just write something like 'order me', or 'I can do it', and it really seems unprofessional. Then there are others who clearly did not even bother to read the WTB description, and just state something that has practically nothing to do with it. In the bid one should write what he is able to do to satisfy the requester's needs. It should be considered as a short advert of one's skills. I really hope bidders take this more seriously!



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ajlancer

Hi bobjoehax3 thanks for your nice question. I agree with you. And I already posted similar post how to bid properly few month back. here it is: How to bid properly on WTB. I pointed 7 parts on that tips. Yes every buyer posted job with some instruction and I saw on WTB area. many user or seller do not know how to make proper bid. They just use few simple word like I can do job, or hire me etc. But, for getting job among all bidder, you must to understand clearly what buyer want and replay him one to one according to buyer job instruction. If you cannot agree with buyer, tell him why you do not do that specific job and what you will do? Fair price also importance for WTB area. which most of the user do not know how to set fair price.

Regards by Ajlancer



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Lynne

Ok so there are actually loads of little things I often need done and it would be really cool to have these things done for me. I have often thought about adding a WTB but I haven't simply because a huge amount of the responses from sellers don't appeal to me. I have had a look at the WTB section a good few times and then often land up just doing the work myself or leaving something I might like done undone.

If I saw much more professional bids and responses I am sure I would have made use of this section.



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bobjoehax3

Exactly, Lynne. Me too. I'd probably use it more, if the bidders were more responsible.

Every WTB looks like it received a bunch of drunk texts at 2AM.

BUY ME NOW SIR

ORDER NOW BEST SEVICE

I MISS YOU BABE LETS GET BACK TOGSDKJHDSJ

Lol



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Cristian

Maybe SC should develop more restrictions for sellers when posting a bid. Seems to me that lots of sellers just want to get "noticed" and don't really bother fixing and offering a good offer.

Mike has a very good tutorial, but as I said, I don't think it's enough, some new restrictions may be needed to simplify things for both buyer and seller.



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Barida

This is the mistake some of the sellers always make. There is need to understand what a particular buyer really want before bidding for such job and that doesn't mean that getting sucj work will be easier with such. However, to show an understanding of the needs of a seller will go a long way to building that connection with the buyer on the note that you understood the description of the work in clear terms.



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augusta

I believe this is one of the reasons why some sellers don't have jobs to do, they just drop generic statement of just "order me" and that's all.How does a buyer know if one got the real description of what he or she wants.I can totally relate because I see this a lot.I think sellers should take their time and penned down how the will tackle a given job that way the buyer would ascertain that the seller understands the nitty gritty of the job.



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