How to Recognize a Legit Essay Writing Service

... In Only Five Minutes...

So, you're in the market for an academic writing service. You are sure of a few things: you don't want writers who cannot understand or write in proper English; you don't want amateurish writers (often college students themselves); you don't want second-hand material, or papers that are copied and pasted from other sources; and you don't want a company with the kind of customer service that's only in effect until you make your payment. In short, you need a high quality, custom, well-written paper sold to you by a company that understands what good customer service means.

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That's great! But knowing what you want is just the beginning. The real trick comes when it's time to actually get what you want. There are so many academic writing services out there that it can be quite difficult to achieve your goals, mostly because it's hard to know what to look for when reviewing potential companies. After all, when you're shopping around online for a place to buy a new blender, you know what to look for – clues, some subtle and some not, that tell you if a particular place is most likely legitimate. Bur most people don't know what those clues are when it comes to academic writing companies.

Never fear – this short guide will help you navigate a broad and sometimes very confusing world. Here are the most important things to pay attention to when investigating example essay writing services (in no particular order of importance):

1. Is the website content written in perfect English? If the site itself contains errors that are associated with people who speak English as a second language, you can be sure that your paper will, too. Examine at least a few pages to make sure that whoever created the web content (or hired the writer to create it) understood that proper and correct English is a bare minimum for an academic writing service.

2. Is the site layout similar to any scam companies listed on There are a few huge sprawling companies that host dozens, if not hundreds, of affiliate sites online, and some of these are known scammers. They tend to churn out the websites as fast as they can pay people to create them in an effort to corner the market by making it appear that they are independent companies. However, they all kind of look alike, so that makes it easy to spot – and avoid – them.

3. Does the company offer live chat services? If so, does someone answer when you chat, and is this person a native English speaker? If not, then this is probably a company to avoid.

4. Are the prices too low? This might seem like a ridiculous criterion – after all, who wants to spend more money if they can help it? But the truth is that you get what you pay for here as well as everywhere else. Low prices mean poorly paid writers, writers outsourced from India or Kenya, non-native English speaking writers, and poor customer service. Is that really what you are looking for?

5. Is the company's website featured on

6. What does a Google search bring up about the company? If you find a complaint here and there, that's nothing to worry about. But a solid stream of complaints and problems is definitely a sign that this is a company to avoid.

7. Are the customer service staff all too willing to “wheel and deal?” If they are practically begging you for your business, then you can be reasonably sure the company doesn't have much business to begin with. A discount here, a break on the price there, those things are reasonable. But desperate bids to get your business are a bad sign indeed.

8. What's the mailing address on the website? Is there an actual address, or just a P.O. box? If there is no actual address, then it is very possible that the people who own the site actually live somewhere far away, like Romania or Pakistan, and are simply using a P.O. box in the states to give the site some legitimacy.

9. Where is the company advertising? Do you see lots of spam-like ads popping up in your email box after you “register” for their site? Is the company plastering the internet with unwanted banner ads and other invasive advertisements? Check out where the company is advertising, and how, because if it is pushing the sketchy ads, you can be pretty sure the work will be sketchy too.

10. How many bells and whistles does the site have? If the website looks like something just one step up from Romper Room, then you need to wonder how serious these people are about professional academic writing. This doesn't mean that a given website has to be austere and boring, but it shouldn't resemble a penny arcade either.

11. Finally, let's get back to customer service. How are the staff people when you email them? Do they understand your concerns? Are they well educated about academic work in general, and academic writing specifically? If the front-line people aren't highly skilled, good writers, and smart folks themselves, then that's a bad indicator of the quality of the writers as well.