21 Content Writing Samples Examples & How to Create Yours

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Can you show us some samples of your writing? If that’s something you keep hearing but cannot say a confident yes to, you’re at the right place. We’ll show you 21 examples of how others write and present their content writing samples and answer some of the most frequently asked questions. 

So the next time a potential client wants to see your samples or HR requests them for your job application, you won’t have to worry about it anymore. You can just send your writing portfolio over with all of your best projects included.

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CONTENTS

  1. 19 content writing sample examples
  2. Why do you need to have content writing samples?
  3. What kind of jobs do you need content writing samples for?
  4. Types of writing pieces to include in your content writing samples
  5. How long should your content writing samples be?
  6. How should you format your content writing samples?
  7. Free content writing sample presentation template

Content writing sample examples

1. Kevin Anderson

Content writing samples displayed on the writing portfolio website of Kevin Anderson.
Kevin created a page for his writing samples that’s both visually appealing and informative. It shares details of the project while also allowing you to actually read the piece. He built his content writing portfolio using Copyfolio.

2. Shanice Perriatt

Social media content pieces showcased on a writing portfolio page.
Shanice displays her social media content samples with screenshots and mockups.
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3. Allana Schwaaab

A page in Allana Scwaab's content writing portfolio, detailing one of her projects that she did for Hilton Supply Management.

Allana did two things to present her content work for Hilton Supply Management: she wrote a short summary of the project, which includes her task and the performance of her writing; and she also included large images of the final piece.

She has three images on the page overall, which are big enough that the text on them is readable, giving you the chance to read through it all. It’s an easy and effective way to present your content writing samples.

Allana featured these writing samples on her portfolio website, built with Copyfolio.

4. Halle Snavely

A screenshot of the content marketing samples that Halle Snavely has on her writing portfolio website.

Halle is a copywriter and content marketer, who often works on long-form content such as blog posts, ebooks, or cheat sheets. Similarly to Shanice, she features multiple samples on one page, including screenshots and summaries, linking out to the full pieces,

Halle created her content sample page using Copyfolio and the “Letterpress” template.

5. Robin Catalano

screenshot of robin catalino's content writing sample
A magazine piece sample Robert wrote, with a little bit about the project background.

6. Tania Lewys-Lloyd

screenshot of a content writing samples page
Blog samples by Tania, with a link to the blog and some background information.

7. Caitlin Wright  

screenshot of caitlin wright's content writing samples page
Caitlin follows the summary and a screenshot with a button linking to the piece published online.

8. Nidhi Pathak

screenshot of Nidhi Pathak's content writing samples page
Nidhi chose to add her content sample as a PDF with its preview and short summary.

9. Kelsey Ray

list of short clips displayed on Kelsey Ray's content writing samples page
Kelsey listed multiple samples categorized by industry —and included a case study for more information.
content writing case study on Kelsey Ray's writing portfolio page
She also wrote about the objectives and gave some additional information about the projects.

10. Monica Mizzi

Monica Mizzi's content writing page
Monica went with clickable thumbnails that lead to each piece where they were originally published. The logos of the well-established publications give her credibility.

11. Angela Rodgers  

Screenshot of the content writing samples by Angela Rodgers
Angela wrote short case studies for each of her samples, and displayed the finished results as screenshots.

12. Hannah Smith 

hannah smith content writing sample
Hannah included the excerpts of her content writing samples on her site as blog posts, with a link to the full article.

13. Chidinma Nnamani from Dinma Writes

content writing samples on the portfolio page of Dinma Writes
In Chidinma’s portfolio each writing sample got its own dedicated project page.

14. Leah Presser  

leah presser's content writing sample
Leah also added her writing samples as PDFs —each on their own page, with a short summary included.

15. Paul Maplesden

content writing samples by freelance writer paul maplesden
Paul added a screenshot with a title and short description to display his samples in his portfolio, followed by links to more of his blog posts.

16. Marijana Kay

Marijana Kay's content writing samples page showing the impact of her previous writing work
Marijana writes a comprehensive case study when adding her writing samples, giving you a good idea on how the content she writes performs.

17. Laura Howarth from left field.

display of content writing samples by left field.
Laura displays her work in a grid with thumbnail images and titles, linking out to the published content online.

18. Yvonne Reilly

content writing samples in the writing portfolio of yvonne reilly
Similarly, Yvonne also added each project as a card, linking out to the pieces on different websites.

19. 3rd.Life

Content writing sample displayed on the 3rd.life website
The content writing samples on the 3rd Life website pop up in lightbox windows, so you can take a better look and read the whole piece.

20. Julie Gabriel from Copywriter.world

Content writing samples on Julie Gabriel's website, content.world
Julie displays her writing samples with different CTAs depending on the format: some are linking to the published piece, while some offer a PDF download.

21. Shoaib Marfatiya

Shoaib's content writing samples

Why do you need to have content writing samples?

Okay, yes, these are great… But why do we need to have the content writing samples again? Isn’t it enough to just list all the previous clients and work experiences? 

Not really.

Even if you worked with some big brands, it doesn’t mean that your next client or employer will like your writing style. Or that they’ll think you can adjust your tone of writing to their brand’s. 

Getting to see multiple samples of your work in your writing portfolio, even if they’re not very long, will help them decide if you’re going to be a good fit or not. It’s kind of like trying an exotic new dish. You like how it sounds, but you’d still want to try it first before you can say that you actually do like it.

And that’s all the more true with clients working in complex industries. When it comes to highly technical topics, people like to see that you not only thoroughly understand it but can explain it in an interesting, easy-to-understand way.

What kind of jobs do you need content writing samples for?

First of all, you’ll need them if you’re a freelance writer, offering copywriting, or content writing services. Your prospective clients will want to check out your writing style before they hire you, that’s for sure.

But if you’re applying for an in-house or agency position that involves content writing, you will also be asked for it. It can be called a copywriter, content writer, SEO writer/specialist, or even a digital marketing position. So make sure you check the job description carefully and get your samples ready before you hit apply.

Types of writing pieces to include in your content writing samples

Now that you’re pretty sure you indeed need to collect your content writing samples, the next step is to decide what type of writing pieces you want to collect. If you’re an experienced writer, this will be a given. 

But if you’re just getting started, choosing certain types of writing for your samples could help guide your projects later on. Because logically, for example, if you have a lot of podcast script samples, you’ll feel like a great candidate for the podcast writing gig. Just as a client would happily hire a writer to write for their blog if the said writer has loads of amazingly written article samples.

Blog posts and articles

One of the most common and popular types of content to write nowadays are blog posts and articles. As content marketing is becoming more well-known amongst companies, the need for writers who can write highly converting content is on the rise as well. So you’ll find that most content writers have blog posts or articles as samples in their writing portfolios.

Long-form webpage copy

Another type of written content all businesses need is copy for their website. With everyone trying to get their pages to rank on Google, if you can write SEO-optimized content for websites, you can get yourself ahead of the competition. Knowing at least the basics of SEO is a valuable skill for writers, so if you have it, don’t be afraid to show it off.

Content for social media

Do we even need to get into why businesses need to have an active social media presence? We all know that by now. But what many people often don’t think about is that writing content for social media is not something that just about anyone can do. 

Yes, many social media platforms focus on the visuals – but without outstanding copy to go with it, even the best visuals will fail to convert. You need to know how to reflect on the consumers’ pain points and how to lead them to take the action you want them to take with the right CTAs.

So if you know the popular social media platforms and their requirements like the back of your hand –and can write content for them that will convert… Consider social media specific getting content writing samples and creating a social media portfolio.

Scripts for podcasts or videos

Blogs and websites have been around for ages, but it was in the last couple of years that the popularity of podcasts took off. So much so that now many podcasts are looking for writers to help out with their scripts. And the same goes for video content too.

It’s an exciting new genre, but also one that requires lots of time and effort. Podcasts tend to be quite long –and in most cases, you’ll have to do some research to be able to write a whole podcast script on a topic.

But if that’s something you’re interested in, add podcast or video script pieces to your writing samples to establish yourself as a promising candidate for these types of projects.

eBooks

If you don’t mind ghostwriting (meaning that your name won’t be displayed as the author), writing eBooks for businesses that sell them is a great way to earn money as a writer. Similarly to podcasts, they’re lengthy and require lots of research –but the compensation usually matches the effort.

So if you’ve written eBooks –or want to get into writing them–, then samples or case studies to show your expertise will come in handy for your writing portfolio website.

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How long should your content writing samples be?

The length of your samples will depend on a few things. Let’s start with the easiest.

If you’re adding a piece that was a previous project, the length is what it is. Although, for your portfolio, you can choose whether you want to showcase and publish the whole thing, or just an excerpt of it.

And that’s the second factor. Whether it’s a finished project or you’re just writing it now for your portfolio, you can always include just an excerpt of it. If it’s good enough that it shows your writing style, and your expertise in that specific type of writing, your sample doesn’t have to be thousands of words long.

Of course, if reading the whole piece is needed to assess your skills, write and publish it all. But showcasing only an excerpt can make reading it less overwhelming for the viewer. And as we all know, HR managers and potential clients often don’t have much time to review each content writing and copywriting portfolio. So making it easier for them by keeping the reading material shorter is a great idea.

How to format your content writing samples – a guide for freelancers and in-house content writers

This is another “it depends” kind of situation. Why?

Because if you’re applying for an in-house or agency position, the writing sample requirements might be very specific. They might ask you to send a certain number of samples that have specified length and format too. Or might even ask you to write something replying to a prompt or topic they gave you.

But if there are no such requirements, or you’re just putting your content writing portfolio together, you have more freedom in choosing the format. Our recommendation? A portfolio website, with each sample a separate project page.

Having your personal website with all of your content writing samples on there won’t only make you feel instantly more professional, but will also make it super easy for anyone to review your samples.

When each of your writing samples has its own project page, you have space to not only showcase the finished product but to also talk about how it came to be. Oftentimes the background information such as

  • what the initial brief or your task description was,
  • how you researched the topic and went around writing it up, and
  • the impact it made, the conversions it drove,

…are just as important – and this format will enable you to write about all that. 

Free content writing sample presentation templates

To make it even easier for you, we put together two free content writing sample templates. These templates will show you the ideal structure that a content writing sample project page should have. 

If you follow one of these templates, your projects will be easier to review, will give insights into and background information on the project, and will convert better. 

content writing sample template for showing previous writing projects in an online writing portfolio
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This first template is for previous projects that are already published. Start out with your project title and follow up with a screenshot. It doesn’t have to show the whole piece, just that it exists and it’s out there.

People often simply link to the blogs and websites where their writing was published, but they forget one thing. It’s not guaranteed to stay there forever, unchanged. It happens that a company goes out of business, unpublishes some blog posts, or decides to change things in the copy you originally wrote. See how just linking to it becomes problematic?

But by providing a screenshot you can prove that it’s a real project that was published online. 

Following the screenshot, write a few sentences about the project background. What was the task you were given? The brief or prompt you got? Who was the client you wrote for? Then, if you can, go into the creative process too.

In the end, show the final result. You can add large-enough images containing the content you wrote so that people can read it there – or even type it out. Additionally, you can link out to the live version of it online.

To maximize your conversions, always end with a clear CTA and your contact information. For example: “If you liked my writing and would like to work with me, email me at yourname@domain.com”

content writing sample template for beginner writers with no experience

This template is for you if you’re writing samples just to go in your portfolio. Because if you do that, you won’t be able to start out with a screenshot of your writing published online. You can still add a photo to make the whole page less overwhelming and easier on the eyes.

Next to the image, write a few sentences about its background and your process. Even if it’s a project you made up, you can still write about why you chose that topic and format, and how you got around to working on it.

For the final result, feel free to just type it out, or attach a screenshot of the document you wrote it in. 

Collect your samples and add them to your portfolio with Copyfolio

The easiest way to create an online writing portfolio where you can add your content writing samples is using a website builder like Copyfolio. 

Copyfolio was designed specifically for writers and will not only let you create a stunning website with just a few clicks but will help you with prompts and questions to write your case studies.

Just choose a template, write the copy, add your projects and you’re ready to go! Start building your professional writer website with Copyfolio, sign up today!

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