Earn Money Writing for Textbroker.com

| August 25, 2008

In an earlier post I mentioned Textbroker.com as a way for newbies to make money. It seems to be a legitimate site whereby upon acceptance, you’re paid for your article. I do have to warn you, however, that the pay scale is rather low.

Here’s how it works. You go to Textbroker.com and sign up for an account. After you agree to their terms and conditions (you have to check the checkbox), they’ll send you an email through which you can activate your account.

After your account is activated, you have to give them a sample of your writing. In my case, they listed 4 topics from which I had to choose one and write an article with a minimum of 120 words. They use the article to grade your writing on a scale of 1 to 5.

I ended up in the middle with a grade of 3. The higher your grade level, the higher the pay scale. I’ve got to admit, unless there is a tremendous jump in payment from a level 3 to a level 5, it’s barely worth it in my opinion.

Here’s a sample of the difference between a grade 2 and 3. I’d love to hear from Textbroker writers who have a higher rating to see if the pay scale increases significantly.

Level 2 Pay Scale

Level 3 Pay Scale

Armed with your rating, you get to choose topics on which to write. They will only display topics for which your rating qualifies. After you select the topic, you follow the instructions and write and submit the article accordingly and wait for approval (or revision if necessary).

Upon approval, your earnings remain in your Textbroker account until they exceed $10. Once your balance exceeds $10 you may request payment. Textbroker pays by PayPal by the 10th of each month. You must put in your request for payment before the 5th of the month. If not, your balance is rolled over to the next month.

Just for grins, I signed up and wrote a 320-word article for a payout of $1.54. Like I said, it was just for grins. I’m still waiting to see if it will be approved.

I don’t think Textbroker is a service that I’ll use, but for newbies looking to get their feet wet and earn a bit of cash, give it a try.

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Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.

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  1. Grandma says:

    Hi, just a little update on Textbroker. I noticed a news item that they now have grown from 0 to 100 employees in Las Vegas office. Quite a boost. https://www.textbroker.com/us/news.php#news_49

    I still liked them better a couple years ago when they were smaller! :)

  2. Peggy says:

    I have not been on this forum for so long. I’m no longer writing non-fiction. Just finished my second novel and since my lit agent retired, I’m actively seeking new representation I wish you all the best in your writing. You are ALL “five stars” as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Heilagr says:

    For those who still follow this article I thought I’d let all of you know that text broker has like 15000 level 4 articles at the moment.

    This is a huge chance for you to make a bunch of money. Not sure what they are about because I am a level 3 author. All I know is I wish they had been on level 3. lol

    • Grandma says:

      They are catalog descriptions of retail websites, very short, like 28 to 33 words each that pay 39 cents to 46 cents each. Shorties. THere are still 14,800+ left. Some writers say they are approved quickly.

  4. J. says:

    Hi everyone. I am a 5-star Textbroker author. I agree with others about the unsettling changes at the company, which frustrate many authors. I have been with the company for over 2 years, and have had only 2 experiences that are similar to those described by others on this forum. After my first and only rejection, I vowed to never again revise an article unless I knew the request was legitimate. After the new editors came on board and I got an article rated at a level 3, I vowed to understand and master the comma rules.

    I will tell you all my secret to happiness: I aim for Direct Orders, I join many teams, and I am prepared to NOT write any article if I know very well that I can’t do a good job. I look for easy articles from clients who are not picky (love the payday loan client). Also, I double-check my hyphens, semi-colon usage, comma rules and test myself on newsroom101.com on a regular basis. I restrict my ideas to one thought per paragraph. I have made mistakes, but never the same one twice. I understand the logic behind the rules, so they don’t piss me off. I look things up in the AP Stylebook or elsewhere before I write a sentence using morphemes that are outside of my current lexicon. Generally, I stick to a flow of ideas that demonstrates my understanding of The Textbroker Style; however, I also look for opportunities to sparkle the text. I also have a quiet living environment. I am writing for money, so the rules don’t bother me any more than other job requirements have in the past **sniffle**. If I proofread something I wrote and my eyes stumble across the line, I assume something is wrong, and I change the sentence. I don’t get too involved in the forums, but there are some people there who take the time to provide very useful tips on how to improve. This is my business, and I invested a lot of time in developing a consistent style before I received my 5, or five, stars. I asked for a review before I was promoted. The editor made a mistake, and I sent an email back correcting his error. I was promoted within an hour. Be careful. Textbroker is a corporate rat mill, but now I make $20 for 400 words. My writing has improved, and I recently applied for and won a $5,000 grant. This business style of writing was invaluable. Not everyone has my sense of stick-to-it-ness, or just stubbornness, but I felt I needed to let others know how I did it. It was not easy, and I put in a lot of extra time and effort. I had a backup plan for the dark times, of which there were many… good luck to everyone.

    By the way, the madness doesn’t end at five stars. One mistake and one could be right back down at a level-four income. Ouch. The pain here never ends: It’s just the thing a writer needs!

    (Case-in-point: If I was unsure about this use of a colon, I would check the TB blogs and the AP Stylebook before using it. If I could successfully argue the case in front of a TB judge, I would use it. If not, I would simply rephrase the sentence and call it a day. Hello, “a day.” Internalizing these rules promotes speed and income. This is the best way to survive at TB… to the best of my knowledge). Also, NEVER use parentheses or ellipses! Above all, get silly after work….I have to go now…

    • bknabe says:


      I waver between 3 and 4. I would say the experience is improving my writing, but it’s hard to tell from the TB rating reports. Problems seem to have different weight depending on who rates the article. Some editors leave feedback, some just give the rating. Team orders are saving my bacon, if I could just get on more teams. If I could find another steady secondary income source with the same flexibility I’d leave TB in a second.

      I’m not one of those people who can throw together 500 words in 20 minutes on most topics. I have to research and make sure I’m giving accurate information even if my name will never be on it. Not that the speedy authors are giving bad information. I’m just a little more anal, I suppose. The convenience of being able to work on my lunch break or at any hour of day or night is what makes the $3-$10 an hour worth it.

    • Grandma says:

      Hi – Could you possibly give us a little more information about the grant? Was that from the SBA? Thanks –

  5. Ken Muise says:


    LOL! You really put yourself out there with this group! We’re salivating for writing work.

    @Felicia…Methinks’ a job board with paid membership may prove lucrative, ma’am LOL!
    Ken Muise recently posted..Blog Contest! Call to Blog Writers! Write For Us and Win $25

  6. Bert says:

    I started at Textbroker with a 4. After my first 5 articles I was dropped to a 3 for two types of errors. One was failure to put a comma after an introductory clause in 2 articles (1 time in each). The second was typing numerals for numbers smaller than 10 instead of typing them out.

    Ok, fine. I was willing to write more articles, being careful to type ‘five’ instead of ‘5’ but there are very few articles rated for ‘3’ level, and those seem to require research. I’m not spending an hour researching the science behind ‘PAFlow pipes’ for roughly $3. The instructions specifically request the science behind the technology.

    • Molark says:

      Textbroker is unfair. They will promote the writers they favor. There’s a heavy Germanic overview. Your writing turns out limp and feckless. You do learn AP style very well, and you learn there is a Textbroker version that is really quite hideous. As a practical matter, you do learn to control styles and pay is dependable. I do like their service, but keep your writing style independent from theirs. I’ve found there are other, better copywriting services. Be careful when commenting on their ‘forums’ unless you get on to kiss their favorites.

  7. Paul G says:

    Just signed up yesterday as a buyer on TB. Doing some research now. Backwards I am.
    Anyways, you can see why I need a writer. From reading the comments on this blog, TB may not be the way to go. If that’s the case, where should I go? TB did seem awfully cheap. I’ll probably feel bad for the writer if I get good results. I’m trying to fill two websites with content. 30 pages with around 200-300 words.
    I know what I want but I just don’t have the ability to put it in writing.
    Yes, I realize that this article was posted in 2008, but the comments are current.

    • Felicia says:

      Sorry for the late comment approval. Hopefully some of the readers here can help out (if it’s not too late).

    • Ignatius says:

      You can put an ad on any of several sites for writers or you can put an ad on Craigslist and it will get picked up by many of those same sites. Put specifics in your Craigslist ad. Don’t use your primary email address. You will probably get a ton of responses.

      The other option is to put out a few test articles at Level 4 on Textbroker and offer Direct Orders at a higher price to the writers who seem to know your topics. A 200-300 word article is pretty cheap and you can always use the extra test ones for SEO.

      • Paul G says:

        I just completed my first project using Text Broker. I was filling in a test/additional website for my company. The level of writing worked well for me.
        I submitted a job for one page, I like the writers technique and used him/her for the rest of the project. The level of writing wasn’t exceptional but I just made the corrections and changes that I needed. I just couldn’t see myself sending the article back for changes at the price I was paying. I ended up getting 7 250-300 word articles for $33. Doesn’t get much cheaper than that. I ended up tipping the author $10 because I had that much left in the the account.
        I tried to post on writer’s den but couldn’t find a way to do it. It appeared to be some type of closed/exclusive club for writer’s only.

        I don’t think Craigslist would be a direction I would go in as I am just not comfortable enough the the thought.

        • Paul G says:

          Well, I’m ready to redo my primary website(which I see has been visited by a few of you). I’m still not sure what direction to go in. Where to post the job and what would be most beneficial to me and fair to the writers.
          Craigslist is OUT
          TextBroker works
          Contently hasn’t been talked up enough here, IMO.
          I appreciate the offers here and the one person who emailed me directly but there are coordination, copyright and payment issues.

          I could post it here but I don’t think Felicia wants her blog turned into a Job Board. Of course this post is from 2008 and still active!

          • Felicia says:

            Paul, you’re right, I don’t want this to turn into a Job Board, but your offer appears to be legit and it can help my readers, so feel free to post the info here.

          • Paul G says:

            Thanks, Felicia.

            I am reworking a computer repair website. I need 37 500-word articles written. I want them written by the same author so they have the same tone/flavor/feel.
            Article Requirements:
            Sales Pitch (not over the top)
            keyword specific (i.e. virus removal)
            grammatically correct (3-5 level based on TB)
            specific keyword repetition(7-8 times)

            To see an idea of what I’m talking about, you can look at the work I talked about having done earlier with TB: http://www.computerrepairlakecharles.com/it-services/

            For the project I’m talking about now I would like the word count to double and the writing level elevated some.

            Future work that would have no bearing on this projects cost would be weekly articles commenting on the weeks technology news(author’s point of view, proper citations/links for sources, author given credit as a guest writer for the website)

            Alright, what I’m looking for from your readers is a writer’s point of view on how should I handle the following:
            find a writer
            set conditions of agreement(quality/copyright)(I’m not a lawyer)
            determine cost
            verify work is not plagiarized/copyrighted elsewhere
            have some recourse is writer resells work later

            Should I go back to TB, I was happy with it but some of your writers seem to not like them.

            • Courtney P. says:


              I’m Courtney. I commented on your topic earlier in the thread. I can send you examples of my work and price range if you like. Once you purchase my articles, they are yours to keep. If you want to add a byline that would be great, but it is not necessary. I run all of my articles through copyscape before I send them in to make sure they are 100% original. You can e-mail me at gabcc89[at]Yahoo[dot]com for more information.

              • Paul G says:

                I appreciate your offer, Courtney and I will keep you in consideration.
                What I was trying to do here though is to get a discussion started.
                Do you have a TB account? Should I route directly to you? Is this better handled directly? What are your ideas on handling the issues I stated above? What do you think is a fair price for a project like this?

              • Courtney P. says:

                I have a Textbroker account or it can be directly routed to me. Most writers have paypal accounts that you can pay them through. They make an invoice and send it to your Paypal account. For a level 4 writer, Textbroker pays about 1.5 cents per word which is a fair amount for the kind of work you want. When you go through Textbroker, the amount you see will be 30% higher because they take a commission.

                For copyright issues, you can always put any work sent to you through copyscape. This program costs about 5 cents per article scanned and will ensure that there is nothing similar online. With Textbroker or with an individual writer, you can always send back an article that is not the correct quality level or is similar to other articles on-line.

                If you choose to do Textbroker, the only way to ensure that the articles have the same voice is to set up direct orders. You could also create a team and have several people working on it.

                Does that answer your questions? If you have any other questions, just ask!



            • A.Walton says:

              Good morning, Paul. Per the specifics of your project, I believe Textbroker is an excellent option. While Textbroker’s commission adds to the cost, I think it is a value. I feel strongly Level 4 articles from Textbroker authors are written by those with an almost flawless writing style. When project arrangements are made less a middleman, you are at risk. As a writer for Textbroker, I trust they safeguard me against unsavory clients. Since you want all articles to boast a similar tone, your best option would be creating a team on Textbroker. You set the price per word and can require only level 4 or higher apply. Most importantly, you can require a writing sample from team applicants. The sample of tone will help you determine which applicants have the tone you favor.

            • Paul G says:

              Okay, and with that, Text Broker it is.

              For 37 500-word articles it’s around a $450 project on TB.
              I guess this work is easy for experienced writers because that just doesn’t seem like a lot of money for the work. I’d be lucky to come up with a well written 500 word article working on it all day.

              Any TB writers that want to send me their Nickname or ID number I’d be glad to request a sample assuming I can figure out how to do that in TB.

    • Ernie Kramer says:

      Try me. I have written over 700 articles for textbroker on virtually any topic. You will get your money’s worth. I can research and handle any topic. My price direct is 3 cents/word.


    • Courtney P. says:

      I just read your comment. If you need any articles written, I am willing and available! I can send you a sample article if you want or just get started on the job.

  8. Mandy Harris says:

    I haven’t written for Textbroker for about six months, but I’m still subscribed to Felicia’s excellent blog post! For anyone wanting to get off of Textbroker, I’d recommend applying at Contently or joing the Freelance Writers Den where there is a job board with advertisements for freelancing jobs. The den also helped me by answering business and writing related questions. And the den caters to writers trying to get off the content mills. I work with my own clients now and make more money doing so with much less headache!! Good luck, everyone!

  9. Beverly Anne says:

    I thank God for places sites such as No Job For Mom. After having posted several times and reading some of these comments, I am encouraged to keep writing no matter what. Textbroker is going through some kind of identity crisis I am certain. My ratings go from level 3 to level 4 and several weeks or months later, to level 3 again. This is in my opinion, simple exploitation. I’ve applied to WriterAccess but their test for English proficiency was just as encouraging as my Textbroker experience.

    There didn’t seem to be a logical train of thought for grammar rules, just a matter of “answer (c) was perfectly correct. However, it would have been best to use (d).”

    Editing for some of these sites has become a matter of which side of the bed did the editor get up on. However, this writer shall never say die!

  10. Jim says:

    Does anyone know what is really going on at Textbroker? I’ve written for them for about two years, and all of my articles have been rated 4. Now I’m worried I might lose that rating after hearing all of your stories.

    I don’t understand how TB can be so insensitive to their authors. Isn’t that where they make their money?

    This just further proves the point that you shouldn’t ever depend on just one or a few sources for your income. Hey, I’m as lazy as the next person and don’t do enough to diversify the sources of my income.

    Your bad experiences with TB is another wake-up call for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for other writing sites?

    • Grandma says:

      I believe it has to do with the company growth over the past year. When a small company is taken over by one with bigger thoughts, changes are made that may work for the new company but that seem not to work for the former associates of the company that was taken over. They have a huge amount of orders most of the time, have added many editors to try to handle the load, but obviously in view of the slowness of their responses in rating articles and responding to inquiries from writers, they still are swamped. They must be reaching their corporate goals, and they have added new websites in other countries like Franch, UK, Spain, etc., so their bottom line must be working well.

      For the “old” writers, there are bruises because of the changes. I still disagree with having writers proof other writers’ works. It is a conflict of interest because they are not trained editors; all they did was manage to pass a “test” that can be passed with mere luck. They may also just be power-hungry and mean or demeaning to other writers.

      I also have a problem when I look at so many hundreds of orders and still cannot find one that I would want to write. The quality of clients and work offered has also changed, but that does not matter to corporate because they will still make money, and more money. And there are many writers at TB who love the orders.

      There are plenty of writers at TB who claim they are making $100 a day writing level 2 and 3 orders early in the morning, when there are hundreds of cheap orders up. I never take those on because it would take more time to set up the job than to do it; seems like a waste of effort. But it does work for some, and there is plenty of money to be made.

      I watch to see if there will be some changes again; perhaps they will drop the proofreading test requirement for level 5 jobs and return to their personal assessment of quality writing. That test can be passed by luck, so what good it is? They are getting tons of orders and making money, so that is all they want. I think their editors should be made to take it and pass with 100% every single month to remain an editor.

      A writer is just a nickname or number; this is not and has never been an “employee” type situation. You are a faceless entity in cyberspace. But it can pay the bills, and you can do it with little talent, it seems. For some, it is a blessing. Others find work elsewhere or start their own businesses. Meanwhile, it can be and should be another good egg in your basket of work possibilities that you can always turn to, no matter what level you are granted.

  11. April Kenyon says:

    Hmm…One has to wonder if some of the new editors are from Demand? Still haven’t returned to TB…doing well elsewhere for now. I’ll probably pop back in eventually, but I think I will watch and wait to see if things improve. I hope things get cleaned up there soon. It was a really great place.

    Megan: You should explore some other sites if TB is your only source of income (Felicia has a lot of insome sources listed here). A freelancer should never only have one source of income. Don’t think of yourself as unemployed, consider yourself self-employed as a freelance content writer.

  12. Lucy says:

    I have had the same perplexing experience recently with TextBroker. Been a 4-star for years and now suddenly I am an idiot and can’t seem to use a comma “their” way to save my soul. Every article I have sent through recently has received negative feedback even though I have not changed my style of writing or using commas. I am looking for somewhere else to write in order to supplement my income.

  13. Megan says:

    I’m a bit hacked off at Textbroker right now for some of the same reasons others have already stated. After over a year of writing at four stars, and less than four months after passing the proofreading test, I have just been demoted to three stars. This demotion came on the heels of a slew of incorrect corrections given to me on about ten articles.

    Some of the “corrections” given were that I should not put a comma after introductory phrases; a sentence should never begin with “and” or “but”; the word “which” should never be used, but should always be replaced with “that.” There were also numerous comma “corrections” which made absolutely no sense.

    I emailed my concerns to the general TB email and received a reply today. John, who answered my email, basically told me that their editors are overloaded and that he knew mistakes had been made (on my articles, specifically), but offered to do nothing to correct these mistakes or reverse my demotion. I got the impression that TB is taking the stance that they will support their own employees regardless of mistakes being made.

    I’m very upset about this simply because I have no recourse. TB has admitted to mistakes which have hindered my ability to make money, but refuse to do anything about it. There is no one else to whom I can complain about this, so they automatically win.

    I’m unsure as to whether or not I will continue writing for TB because of all this, which is hard for me as I need the money I was making as I’m currently unemployed. I just wish that TB would be aware of the mistakes their editors are making, be proactive about getting things fixed within their own company, and reverse this new trend of being (in my opinion) anti-author.

    • saurus says:

      Same thing happened to me; I worked on there for two years as a four-star author and was demoted to three stars after inane “mistakes” and comments that implied I’d never heard of a comma before. On top of that, the email I sent was useless as I received a reply that basically said “We can’t fix it, so do better work.” I was pretty pissed off, but I wasn’t really in a position to leave.

      The best thing I can advise is writing carefully and sending your work through a pair of grammar checkers. I’ve found polishmywriting.com and spellchecker.net/grammar/ works well (in that order). You’d just have to be careful to avoid the bad suggestions the latter makes. By taking the extra time to ensure all of my work was polished, I made it back up to four stars… still haven’t done any work for them since because I’ve moved on, and I’m not sure that I will if this ever happens again.

      Long story short: You can make it back up to four stars, so just persevere and look for other avenues of work in the meantime in case their poor anti-author attitude continues/worsens.

    • leigh ann says:

      Megan–I am SO with you! After 465 articles, all rated 4 star, Textbroker rated a slew of recent articles and bumped me down to a 3! I don’t agree with the ratings, and am very upset they have greatly limited my ability to earn money.

  14. Derrick says:

    I’m looking for advice on a Textbroker situation. I am very much ticked off at them. After nearly a year of over 900 articles and making 80% on my first proofreading test, a few days ago, I was sure I got the 90% pass on the test (that you can only take every 3 months).

    The application did not return a score and TB refuses to let me do an immediate retest. I sent them my test with answers and they refuse to go over it. I was once an avid participator on their forum and was very supportive of TB and other writers. After I found I couldn’t control my sometimes radical expressions, I stop contributing. I’m a level 4 writer and late last year had been demoted after I went all out to write and make cash. Back on level 4, I’ve learn to slow down. Level 5 pays nearly 3x much more. Any advice would be appreciated.

    I do hope Felicia maintains positively and well in the direction she wants to go. It was through this site, a year ago, that I hooked up to TB.

    • Felicia says:

      Derrick, I took the liberty of moving your comment to the Textbroker thread. We’ve got a few Textbroker folks who might be able to help you.

    • Grandma says:

      Hi Derrick – I sympathize with you about the demotion, that does hurt. For the other problems, try to email direct to Christina Zila – address your email to her attention. She was always very helpful to me in the past. It would be important for you to either find out if they ever got your test and can tell you what the grade was. If you kept a copy, I think the test is the same and you might be able to just redo it if the first try never did actually register.

      As for the forums, I try to not particpate. All questions are answered by TB in their blog and they are the only ones who know real answers. Forums on most websites are screwy, except here.

      • Derrick says:

        Thanks for your reply Grandma. At level 4, I do most of my writing for teams on tech and economics. I have enjoyed TB and had even contributed a short story to a contest. Zila has been promoted and I must say she was their best, personable editor. I have already sent them a bunch of messages as regards the un-scored test, but will try to reach Zila in a day or so.

        One can be assured TB is reading these comments. I hope they can keep their procedures fair and open.

        Meanwhile, I am looking forward to taking time and enjoying some of the ideas here on Felicia’s site. (Perhaps another of her sites can get me to do that annual prep digging of my ma’s garden!) I really think ebooks and blogs are the way to go for those Internet savvy. One must be their own boss! Thanks for your response!

        ps; TB is great for learning AP style, be mindful it is their rendition of AP but ok.

    • Crystal says:

      I know it probably isn’t much comfort, Derrick, but there are rarely ever any proofreading assignments. Maybe approving more proofreaders isn’t a priority due to the lack of work? Experience tells me that the proofreading assignments are snapped up quickly but I would be interested in some stats over the past six months so I know if it’s even worth checking for them in the future.
      Crystal recently posted..Amazon Book Review Rebuttal – Are You Kidding Me?

      • Grandma says:

        Hi Crystal – re: proofreading – I am totally not interested in ever doing proofreading for anybody. I completely feel that having another writer at Textbroker proofread the articles that a fellow Textbroker author has submitted is a huge conflict of interest. I certainly do not want another TB author rating my work, ever.

        The other thing that continues to bother me is the way the ratings are coming down with people getting downgraded for one tiny error. That is ridiculous and a waste of the client’s time. The editors are supposed to fix little crap like that, IMO, that should be their purpose, not training writers. If writers are that bad, they should be excluded or downgraded.

        Things have changed a great deal in the past year. That is all I want to say about that. I had been extremely pleased with and happy with TB previously, and I earned a lot of money over there writing high quality articles for excellent clients. Now I only take direct orders at my price. FWITW

        • Crystal says:

          With the exception of two articles last Nov, I haven’t written for TB in nearly two years, but I did proofread four dozen articles over the course of about a month last spring. Since then, I’ve only seen one proofreading assignment. I’m not sure if it’s because there aren’t any or if I just don’t catch them.

          I actually enjoy the proofreading more than the writing and don’t feel it’s a conflict of interest beings the author isn’t identified and proofreaders don’t give a rating – all you do is make minor changes to correct spelling, punctuation, etc.

          I suspect the proofreading option was initially seen by clients as a way to get higher quality writing for less money as they could post assignments at level 2 and then have a level 4 or 5 clean them up. Not sure what it costs, but it seems like I figured out at the time that a proofread level 2 article was less spendy than posting at level 3. It must not have worked that way, however, beings there’s rarely anything to proofread.

          Glad to hear the direct orders are keeping you plenty busy, Grandma. Do you have any experience with Team Orders? Looks like some of those pay really well.
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          • Grandma says:

            Never tried team orders, turned down a couple invites – mostly because the pay was too low. My last direct order was wonderful, but last year, and TB screwed around so long approving this client’s first order that, although he was extremely pleased with what I wrote and WAS going to send more, he never returned. Very disappointing. I think I made $36 on that one order.

            No direct orders at all this year so far. I always thought that the team order option would reduce open orders and direct orders. Never liked it, and I believe I was correct in my prediction. There are about 180 team order clients…orders that could have been placed on the open board and kept writers busy and happy.

            I work with private outside clients now, and a couple other websites. I still need to do more with my ebook website and write up a couple more ebooks. I still look at TB open orders from time to time, and like right now when there are about 1000 orders available, I am amazed that there is not even one that I want to write up.

            Things change – that is the only reality and consistency, in life and online. IMO

            • April says:

              Yeah grandma, things do change. I haven’t done anything there for the past couple of months. After a couple of incorrect corrections from the new editors (yes, a couple mistakes were legit, but at least a couple of comments in the last two batches were incorrect.) and a “warning” that my 5* status could be at risk, I decided to take a break from them and see how I could do financially if they dropped me back to a 4. Actually, I have done better the past three months (and with less work)than I have done in all the months since starting freelancing full time two years ago! So, I now know I will be ok if they drop me, though very discouraged I am sure. I don’t work with DO clients much…I just prefer to “pick and choose.” I just glanced in at the forums, and it appears the “incorrect corrections” are becoming pretty frequent. That can be expected with new editors on board, but I had hoped it would be back to normal after a couple of months.

              Speaking of the forums, I used to participate frequently in there. I only occasionally glance in now. Once it became a playground for complaining, putting others down, etc., I decided to stay away. As I recall, that is what many of us feared would happen when they introduced the forums.

              Yes, change happens, though sometimes those changes are not for the good. TB will always hold a place in my heart as the first freelancing place I found. It gave me the courage to make a career out of it, but I am saddened to say that, at least for now, it is no longer amongst the windows I keep open on my computer all day.

  15. Grandma says:

    There are plenty of orders up lately at TB. This week the number of level 4 orders was up around 500 to 900 all week. Winter, especially January, is always a slow month. In three years, it has been my lowest paying month at all sites. Springtime is when things really pick up, so don’t give up hope.

    Not sure about the editor situation; check the forums for that. Seems like they may be catching up a bit since it is slow.

    They have added new websites in several other countries and have an author extravaganza planned for April in Las Vegas.

  16. Beverly Anne says:

    I don’t know what is going on with TB. After keeping me at a Level 3 for several months, they immediately upped it to 4 after an inquiry on my part.

    Now, they’ve down me to 3 again and there I am staying no matter what I do.

    There is virtually no work coming in at all on 3s so even if I were 4 or 5, they’d still couldn’t evaluate my work because I can’t even get 3 assignments.

    The Direct Orders I once received regularly have also disappeared from the radar.

    I’m holding on because I need the $$$ but I am looking elsewhere.

    They are really good paying weekly and support is very efficient. But Lord only knows who they have as editors giving evaluations now a days.

    They’ve caught up pretty much…at one time I had 30 articles in backlogged to be evaluated.

    My writing quality has not diminished at all, if anything, it’s become more skillful.

    I’ve worked hard working on my writing abilities. I hope they don’t do this good site in with too much experimenting on other projects. Happy Thanksgiving every one.

    • Suzie says:

      It was sounding good, and I was getting excited about signing up until the most recent comments on this article. Does anyone know if there is a follow-up to any of these complaints?

  17. Kim says:

    First, thank you for such an informative post! Very detailed and I am glad I came across this post before signing up.
    Second, thank you to everyone who has commented on this post and shared your experiences both good and bad.
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  18. Ladywisdom says:

    I’ve been having trouble with Textbroker lately…I was a “3” for one year although clients and direct orders indicated a “level 4”. Then I notified TB and they immediately upped it to 4. Now, they’ve lowered level to “3” again and were behind 26 articles in evaluating.

    They are going through some changes evidently and I’ll stick with them as now they pay on a weekly basis. I don’t know what I’ll do about levels as they keep going up and down despite excellent ratings from clients and direct orders. Good luck everyone.

  19. jgh me says:

    Not only are the new editors ridiculous, the system is awfully slow. I’ve had an article out there for over 2 months that they haven’t rated yet. Used to be a 4, now a 3, just for using the % sign instead of “percent” nearly a year ago. No articles to write, and the pay is ridiculous. $.01 a word for a 3, $.015 for a 4. Yeez……

    Hope I can find an alternative soon.

  20. Susan says:

    Hi Sherri,

    I understand what you mean, as I’ve found some of the assignments to be a bit fuzzy on Textbroker. You can email the client and ask for clarification. I’ve actually done that. The problem is, however, you never know how long it might take the client to get back to you. In the meantime someone else could likely snag the assignment. It’s still probably better than spending time researching and writing an article that might end up being rejected because you took the wrong approach. Good luck to you!

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  21. Grandma says:

    The first article I did over three years ago was about sunglasses. I chose it because at the time I was selling sunglasses on eBay. It was easy to write.

    Instructions are important; I avoid the long and insulting ones, figuring those clients will be difficult or rejecting.

    Find a few that are of interest to you, even if it takes some time to find them. Once you get the first 5 rated, you may find they bump you up to level 4. At that point, you will then be able to take the proofreading test that is demanded for any further increase to level 5. Read on the forums and blogs about that test; it is ridiculously confusing and has multiple answers and possibly even a question with no right answer. You can do okay at level 4.

    Right now they have had an influx of many new writers. They also have new editors since summer and they are very picky to a fault.

  22. Sherri says:

    I just opened an account on textbroker, and was given a level 3 rating. I’m a little intimated by what I see so far. The titles are often vague and most have very little instruction. For those of you who’ve been doing this for a while, how did you first figure out what to write about when all you had to go off of was a couple of keywords?

    • Anna says:

      I really have no idea where to start and I’m still teed off because based on my writing sample they gave a 4 rating but when I went to the site they said I had a 3. There is almost nothing for a 3 rating.
      I’m going to look into some other writing opportunities that aren’t quite so vague.

  23. Mandy says:

    Hi Susan, welcome to Textbroker! The higher your rating, the more money Textbroker makes. So, it’s really to their advantage to help you earn a higher rating.

    Some of the common errors that result in lower ratings are misplaced or missing commas. Grammar Girl’s blog is an excellent resource. Also, structure in the article is important. I include a clear intro, followed by paragraphs that support the intro, followed by a concluding paragraph that wraps it up. I also make sure that each paragraph has a topic and transitional sentence.

    Each of your articles is rated. But, the turn around time seems to be longer, probably because the editors have a backlog of work.

    Hang in there, I am sure you are close to the four star rating! If your goal is to make it to five stars, then take your time with each article to get it near perfect. If your goal is cranking out four star articles, then follow the guidelines above.

    I think some people do just as well hourly cranking out a lot of four star articles as some of us five star writers make hourly.

  24. Susan says:

    I started writing for textbroker recently. I started with a 3, wrote the required 5 articles before being evaluated again and ended up with the same 3 rating. I’m wondering if textbroker keeps writers at a lower level for awhile so the pay out stays low? And, do they continue to rate you so that you have the chance to go up in rating?
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    • Anna says:

      I submitted my sample a week or two ago and got a 4 rating to start with. Unfortunately I was required to print out a tax form they emailed me and postal mail it back to them. My printer doesn’t work and the only person that was kind enough to print it out for me lives halfway across the country so I’m waiting for her letter containing the form so I can mail it back to them AND wait for them to receive it.
      I really am anxious to get started.

      • Crystal says:

        If I remember correctly, it used to be that you could start writing but just wouldn’t be paid earnings over a certain amount until the form was received. Has this changed? Or am I misremembering?
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        • Anna says:

          I just hadn’t noticed that in the email they sent so I thought I had to wait. I’m not particularly happy that they told me I was a ‘4’ in the email I got after they accepted my writing sample but when I went to the site they had me as being a ‘3’. There is almost nothing available for level three and what there is is the same thing over and over.
          I really wouldn’t know what to write about cigars or silk thread. The silk thread one besides being very rude and condescending also said he didn’t want anything about crafts or the origins of silk thread. Well what does that leave? I’m disappointed to put it mildly.

    • Jessica B says:

      same here, but after a few more articles i was bumped up to a 4. make sure you get a few 4 ratings in there. those generally dont have anything wrong with them. did you get an email with suggestions? level 4 articles are just approved without the suggestions, so work on your weaknesses.