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Earn Money Writing for Textbroker.com    

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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About the Author: 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. Bree says:

    Thanks, Grandma. After reading your book, I signed up for Textbroker and got accepted at level 4! I am excited to start writing. The site seemed a little intimidating at first, but I feel comfortable navigating now that I have your book for reference.

    Also, thanks to Felicia for this community. I love reading the posts and the comments, I’ve learned a lot already!

  2. Mandy says:

    Thanks, Grandma . . . I’m working on my first one and it’s not at all as hard as it seemed when I first looked at it. It would be really exciting to get those additional orders! For myself, it would assure my place working from home and enjoying the summer with my kids!

    Don’t get scared off by the detailed explanation. Once you do the first one, you’ll see how simple they are.

  3. Kim McLendon says:

    Even though I am feeling like a real chatty Cathy writing so much… and littering the board with so many long comments, I wanted to tell you my experience with saving client relationships with dis-satisfied customers.

    If clients are not satisfied, even if it’s just a bad review, but especially if it is a direct order, do a re-write as soon as you see any negative feedback at all, and even if the article has closed out, send them a new article and an “I am sorry I didn’t understand the assignment” note, or whatever your excuse is.
    I recently got a message from my very first client on Text broker, expressing they were unhappy with a Press Release. It was too sales oriented, and when the client submitted the Press Release it got turned down. She said she might have to find someone else to do her press releases, because my last too were to sales oriented and not newsy enough. The client didn’t want to hurt my feelings but it was important that press releases cleared these other people. My heart just went to my throat for a moment. My feelings were not hurt, I just felt worried.

    I know that Press Releases are supposed to be newsy, but my client really does have an exciting product and it’s really hard for me not to pimp it like a side show barker. I apologized and admitted that I’d been over the top with my enthusiasm for their great product. I also said that I was far less concerned with my own ego than I was about client satisfaction. I wanted her to be happy with the work. Then I completely re-wrote the article and included it in a message to her.
    She gave me an outstanding reply, and was thrilled. I am still patting myself on the back for saving the day, but that’s how you keep your clients happy, even if they are temporarily dis-satisfied.

  4. Kim McLendon says:

    Thanks for the tip Mandy. The outline idea would probably help me. I use outlines for long articles, and it does help. I have a copy of Elements of Style, but I think my daughter has it. I appreciate the tip that it’s available on line. I’ll check out Grammar Girl as well. I have no problem with anything except Commas, and they give me a fit. I know the basic rules, but when I get into a situation with a long sentence sometimes I’m not too sure which rules apply. I tend to like to switch around my sentence structure to make things more interesting, and it does get difficult. It sounds very creative when you read it, but the commas get harder to place.

    Shelly D. I agree it seems like hard work sometimes. In years past I wouldn’t have thought it was worth it and would have quickly become discouraged. I don’t think I would have had the determination to do this a few years back, but necessity can drive us to work harder. Overall I think it’s all a matter of motivation, and how much you need the money.
    As for me, my husband and I are both self employed. All our businesses declined to the point our income dropped to less than a quarter of what it was two years ago. My husband and I started applying for jobs and we couldn’t find a job between us. When my weekend business (our last source of steady cash) burned to the ground last September, I was very distraught, but I found No Job for Mom on line.

    As soon as I found out I could make real money and not just some sort of point system… or almost, but not quite enough to give you a penny like some of the residuals I was messing with… well I was hooked. I have gotten really disgusted with residuals, but I’m still trying.

    On text broker, I like the fact that there are always articles to write. I can control how much I make, even if that control amounts to staying up 48 hours and writing. I like being able to say, I am going to my mother’s for the day, and not typing till I get home without a boss questioning my “day off.” I like the fact that unlike my old retail business there is no risk, of doing work, investing money and not turning any profit. I like the idea that no taxes are taken out, and there are no fees, no items to stock, or inventory to keep up with. I also like working at home, and I greatly appreciate that I don’t have to get all dressed up and visit clients a few times a week.

    While the pay is low to start it does build, and best of all my income is not dependent on huge corporations, or the whims of a small business. If (God forbid) one of my regular clients becomes dissatisfied, or stops needing articles, well there is an opportunity for another client every time I take an article.

    Another way to get direct orders is to find a client who regularly places a lot of articles and make an effort to grab as many of those as possible. Do your best and be sure to research as necessary, even if the pay hardly merits it.
    Gracea,
    Take the orders of course. A lot of clients find some of the writers on text broker unacceptable. Most of them just take the articles anyway, but others can’t afford to, or it rubs them the wrong way to have to. I gather that level three writers sometimes make a real mess of articles. I have never proofed on text broker, but I have done some re-writes, both on text broker and quality gal. Text broker re-writes are often… well.. I wouldn’t have paid for it, but obviously the client took it and put it on a site till they could get something better. Anyway it was bad.
    Anyway their previous dissatisfaction has nothing to do with you. Message your direct order client and humbly thank them for sending you an order. Then get to work. The wonderful thing about direct orders is repeat business on the same or similar topics. Soon you will not have to do so much research because you will know the topic inside out. I do 10 articles a week for one client. He’s a real sweetheart, but at first it took me hours to turn out each article because I wanted to get them just right. Now I do it much more quickly. I still research occasionally, but since the topics are similar my knowledge on the topic just builds for more articles.

    By the same token, as Grandma explained to me once, pick as many articles on the same topic as you can. When clients toss out a lot of articles with the same or similar titles, take as many as possible. That way you research once, develop a sort of pattern and rhythm and you don’t have to just keep on looking for information on unrelated topics.

    • Grandma says:

      Yes, you will have to pay taxes. If you do not have them taken out, you will have a big bill at tax time, like I do, over $1000….

      • Kim McLendon says:

        You have a point, and I might if things get a LOT better. As it is right now the losses from our other businesses, the fact we have dependents, and a few other factors are defraying anything I make.

        Oh and Grandma, do you know that you can deduct a percentage of your household utilities and any house payments for having a home business with a home office? It could be like 1/8th or whatever the size of your office is in relation to your house. That will definitely defray a lot of your profits. I mean we are technically running four businesses out of ours, but it would work even if there was just one. It really does help. You should talk to an accountant, or do the research yourself, if you don’t know a good one. Turbo tax used to be good for that. It gets pretty complex but you can save money on your taxes. There are a lot of deductions for the self employed… still next year I might have to pay though. This year was a nightmare financially though, so no we didn’t have to.

        • Grandma says:

          If I only had a house! Been floating between kids for the past 8 years…long story. If you did not owe last year, you should be okay and not get a penalty even if you owe this year. The IRS website http://www.irs.gov is really good and you can file free there. I have never paid for return prep. I did a Suite article about that – that gets about 1/5 of my page views.

  5. Grandma says:

    You might be frank and just ask him about the rejection rate, and how many articles total he has had in the past. If he only had a couple, the rejection rate will show up as high. For example, if he had 2 before and rejected one, it would be 50%, which nobody would want to try, but he may have had a reason.

    The deal is up to you. You should be able to negotiate something higher than a level 4 price. Remember that TB adds their commission plus 30 cents per article on top.

  6. Graesea says:

    I have a question for those of you who have been with Textbroker for awhile.

    I’ve been inactive at Textbroker due to other concerns and received an inquiry today for some direct orders. I checked the stats on the person and his rejection rate is almost 7%. That strikes me a big high. He also seems to want a great deal even for a top rating.

    I appreciate your feedback – I always read these comments even when I’m not writing.

  7. ShelleyD says:

    I began writing off and on (more off) for TB over a year ago. I started at Level 3, but moved to Level 4 within a short time. For the most part, the articles are fairly easy to write. However, there are those tightly written ones that present quite a challenge. I have had some lapse in time and have just started picking it up again.

    I keep reading about others doing quite well on TB, but I found myself getting discouraged. You work hard for the pay out. I haven’t had any Direct Orders, yet. More than anything, I want this to work. I have my profile on other sites, but haven’t done anything. One of the reasons is that I don’t know how to bid a job.

    Thanks, Kim for your advice on DOs.

  8. Mandy says:

    Hi Kim, with your dedication and talent, I’m sure you’ll make it to 5 stars.

    If you haven’t already, sign up for Grammar Girl’s email newsletter, search the web for a free copy of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style and print it out if you can. You can buy it too but the one I printed out is a nice size for marking up with notes.

    I tend to write long as well. I started making a quick outline to focus me as I’m writing and I also made it a goal to edit ten percent or so of the word count. Eventually I started writing fewer words in the first place.

    You must be doing a great job to get all those direct orders! take care!

  9. Grandma says:

    With time, practice, an open mind, constant care, excellent work, etc., of course you will!

  10. Kim McLendon says:

    Hi Felicia, Grandma and Raymond… and all,
    Thanks for understanding Grandma, and you are right I should try to enjoy life, but generally I prefer typing. It feels good to enjoy TextBroker. I signed up for BrightHubs last night… and I am sure they will get back to me, but the note said it might be a while. I have given up on Suite 101. I do Quality Gal, but I make most of my income on TextBroker, and I love it, but I’ve been a little slack last week.

    I am looking for residual income, and have been a bit discouraged with the website I am trying to build… I’m kind of dumb when it comes to building SEO websites. I am great with front page, but it isn’t very SEO friendly. I couldn’t get word press to load right. I settled for the web provider’s site builder. I like it, but it involves a lot of html, and I’m not too good with that. LOL

    Raymond, I started TextBroker Sept. 15 of 2010 as a level 3. I got my first direct order on Oct. 30th. I got a few more during November and December, but I really had a lot to learn back then. I kept writing insane quantities of articles, because my financial situation was fairly dire. I stayed up all night, worked myself to the bone… not literally though. I’m still quite chubby, but anyway I was putting in 70-80 hour work weeks, between the sites I was working with, but most of that was text broker. I know at first some of the quality suffered because I was tired and occasionally I made a dumb mistake or two. I know once or twice I was unable to follow simple directions.

    I was making about $150 a week, and busting my tail. I had decided that no matter what I did, I’d never see level 4. I knew I was a good writer, but the format of writing content, was hard for me to learn. It took me forever to stop writing 800 word articles when they only wanted 400 words. I just had trouble saying anything in less than 800 words at first. It was hard to understand what my clients wanted. I had trouble with the key word counter not counting right, and overall it was annoying. TextBroker nit picked my comma placement all the time, whenever they graded me. I wrote for Quality Gal too, and they never mentioned my commas. They praised me lavishly, and gave me extra money, but due to the difference in the nature of the two kinds of articles it took me all day or even two days to do a Quality Gal article, and I could do 8 or 10 text broker articles in a day.

    I felt really awkward about contacting clients through the TextBroker message service at first, and tended to be uncommunicative. When I did try to use the message board I found my messages were intercepted by Textbroker because I hadn’t worded the offer to do direct orders correctly. Text broker will watch your messages for a while, and it made me feel self conscious.

    I stuck out those first few months out of pure necessity, and an understanding that any job that payed money and would hire me in this economy was worth hanging on to. In the mean time I was able to write faster and better articles by December.

    In January though wonderful things happened. I was promoted to level 4 and I started getting a LOT of direct orders. I was able to communicate with them over the message board, and no one was intercepting all my messages any more.

    My best advice is to write as much as you can, and try to keep your quality up. The best way to attract good clients is to do good work, and if you like writing for someone, and they give you a few good reviews, send them a message and offer to take direct orders for them.

    Remember to specify though that you want to do “DIRECT ORDERS through TEXTBROKER” because if you are vague, and say I’d like to do more articles for you, or send your orders to me directly or anything other than what’s above in quotes, Text broker will intercept your message and send you a warning. They interpret anything other than the above phrase as trying to steal clients from them. Also never send a client your e-mail address, or try to get chummy outside of the message box. Never tell them your real full name either.

    If you get a few bad reviews, don’t take it too personally. Just avoid that client from then on, and look for the clients who like your writing style. Grab all the good clients you can, and avoid the fussy ones, till you feel confident enough to please even them.
    A lot of clients complain about poor quality among the level three’s, my clients do as a matter of fact. If you set yourself apart as a quality writer, and push for experience, you’ll get clients. Now at least 80% the work for text broker I do is direct order. I still only charge 2 cents a word. I wonder if I should go up, but then I realize our clients aren’t rich either. It’s better to make five fast pennies sometimes than a slow nickel so I keep my rate fairly low.

    I really wonder if I will ever be level 5. What do you think Grandma?

    Kim

    • Beverly says:

      Hi Kim,
      I got both encouragement and hope after reading your post. I’ve been with Textbroker since December and haven’t been able to break free from the “level 3″ ratings.

      I’m up to about 94 articles now with no rejects although I have declined a couple of articles which TB even agreed with me on. Most articles, with two or three exceptions, came back with “excellent” ratings from my clients. All those have given me excellent and complimentary comments and I now have one direct order client with the promise of another as of today.

      Twice I hit a “4 star” rating but somehow it has disappeared from from my stats.

      I am almost to the point of frustration and am wondering what to do as I do enjoy writing for TB and their systems.

      Anyway, thanks for sharing your experiences and I wish you the very best.

  11. Raymond Aguirre says:

    @ Kim

    Hi. I am very new to textbroker but I must say, it truly is an addicting site!

    I was just wondering how long it took for you to start receiving direct orders. All I have been working on are the assignments listed.
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  12. Grandma says:

    Kim, me too. I took two days during the week off, to go shooting and touring here in Colorado. There were 550 category 5 orders up starting on the 17th last week, all $22.50 each. I have completed 20 so far, but they take some time. Yesterday there were still 160 left, but I still feel guilty about not staying here working on them. And I do have other stuff to do, plus a direct order came in. I have another website idea also, but it all can wait. “Make hay while the sun shines”

    I guess it all works out in the end, and we get what we are supposed to have. So don’t worry about it; you will get what you are supposed to have. Worrying will not get you anywhere. Have faith! You are supposed to be enjoying life!

  13. Kim McLendon says:

    TextBroker is addictive. I really love TB but it’s stressful to stop typing. When I am not on TextBroker I feel guilty and a little nervous. I took three days off from it this week, to work on some Quality Gal articles and to research more about residual income, and start a new website but my conscience kept nagging me as if I was doing absolutely nothing the whole time… what is that? LOL I checked the site twice a day to see if I had direct orders, so it wasn’t that. I was really relieved to get my direct orders today. I just don’t feel like I am writing lately unless I am writing for TB.

  14. Crystal says:

    TB proofreading report – I just completed 7 orders and 2 have already been accepted, so I assume I’m doing it right:) I actually kind of like it but the orders thus far are few and far between. Today, however, I just happened to be on the site when several came through.

    Jiyan – Look for the Proofreading tab under Assignments, between Direct Orders and Statistics. I think you’ll find the test there if you haven’t already taken it.

    Grandma – Thanks for mentioning the forum thread. I’ve got some questions about the proofreading process and can’t find any official info on the site with the exception of the brief instructions on the proofreading page. But maybe that’s all TB feels is necessary. Someone on the forum said there was a newsletter announcement but I may have missed it during my big computer crash.
    Crystal recently posted..How to Raise Kids to be Successful Adults

  15. Grandma says:

    There is a big thread on their author-to-author forum about that. It is a new service they offer to clients and you can get paid for proofreading, but you have to really be excellent.

    I am not interested in it, so I have not taken the test. Too much other work to do.

  16. Jiyan says:

    Hello Hello Hello,

    What is this talk about proofreading & textbroker . . !?

    Thx.

  17. Crystal says:

    Greetings to all my fellow TBers. I’ve been away from TB since last June and just got back on the site. I noticed the proofreading test and remembered seeing comments about it here – seems someone said they’d like to hear from anyone who had passed. Well, I took the thing and guess what? I passed with 90%. Barely scraped by, I know – but keep in mind that I am comma-challenged from a TB standpoint and have been denied an increase to level 5 more than once.

    Anyway, what’s the deal? Has anyone actually done any proofreading? With my previous TB comma critiques, I’m more than a little hesitant. Any thoughts?
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  18. jiyan says:

    I really want to be at the 5* level . . Automotive is for sure an interest of mine & I do not mind taking the extra time to search for some rad information about all that good stuff . . !

  19. Jim says:

    Regarding DS: I’ve written about 80 articles for them and so far I’ve had 14% rewrites and 8% abandoned rewrites. The rewrites were relatively minor changes and easy to do. The abandoned rewrites were non-sensical requests, so I let them go. I’m writing for eHow Business and Personal Finance. DS is currently paying $18.50 for a 400-500 word article. The issue with DS is that you have to include a list of references which must come from their recommended list. This all takes more time than just writing. The stories about the CE’s at DS are true, but it’s just part of the deal, and you learn to live with it.

    I still write for TB whenever I see articles that don’t require much research even though the pay rate is less.

  20. April says:

    I have an account at DS, but haven’t written the first thing for them since they changed the ehow system. Can people even still write for just ehow anymore? I tend to stay away from DS…too many complaints about the editors. As often as it sounds like they send things back, it would take too long it seems! I keep plenty busy with what I have right now. I may try submittingthere one day to see how it goes! I know many do well there however.

    • Felicia says:

      You can still write How to’s there at DS. They now have quite a few formats, but you’re right. There are often crazy edits which can be frustrating. However, if you can deal with the edits, there’s money to be made there.

  21. Will says:

    Jivan, it’s fairly easy to make money at Textbroker, but I suggest applying to Demand Studios and writing for eHow as soon as you can.

  22. April says:

    Unfortunately, I know nothing about vehicles or auto jargon, so I am going to likely pass on all those glorious orders (and the instructions are so clear too)! I need to be working on WG articles for this week. While the auto orders would pay more, the WG articles will take much less time! This is last spring’s client. I think he (or she) had orders placed under about 4 different categories last spring. Hope that will be the case here!

    • Grandma says:

      April, I am not a car nut either. I take about an hour and a half per, but I am also doing other stuff around here like washing clothes, drinking coffee, tv, etc. I have 2 done and there are still 545 up there. I only know of one other 5* writer working on some. These are over $12,000 worth of orders, worth doing and the client is good and pays fast. Give it a shot.

  23. Grandma says:

    Yes April, I was going to tell you about this here. I did one on Chevrolet Corvette. Client is a wonderful client, gives great reviews. 549 left right now, 8:35pm on Thursday. Not sure how many 5* writers they have now.

  24. April says:

    ATTENTION 5* writers! I think (hope, hope, hope) last springs abundance is returning! Just saw over 500 orders under level 5! They are currently all auto (bummer), but I think that is how this particular client started out last year also!

  25. April says:

    Yay! This month is turning out to be a great money month! My $200 article I turned in yesterday just accepted! No comment from the client, but I was relieved when it didn’t come back for a revision! CC is doing well this month as well! Hope the trend continues! I guess I need to get to writing my WG articles over the next couple of days. After that, I am hoping to MAYBE take a couple(or a few) days off next week! Happy spring everyone! So glad to be getting out of the winter slump! :-)

  26. jiyan says:

    Thank you April , YOU ROCK . . !

  27. April says:

    Jiyan: Hello! We most certainly are real!!! :-) Textbroker is a great place to start out. They were my first venture into the world of online freelancing. I had previously been convinced that everything about making money online was a scam…I am a believer now! In fact, I quit my dull day job to pursue a career in freelancing! It is what I went to school for after all (English) and I was wasting my education where I was.

    As I said, TB is a great place to “get your feet wet” and can be a very lucrative income if you put forth an effort. Levels 2-4 don’t pay much, but if you can make it to a 5, you’re on your way. I know many make a decent income with level 4s also. After you become accustomed to the world of online freelancing, try lookinginto some other sites as well. I bide my time between 3 or 4 sites, but TB is definitely one of my top earners! Good luck!

  28. jiyan says:

    Thank you felicia . . ! 
    That is all I needed to hear, btw your freelance e-book is very well written. Tnx for everything.

    Take care and Be blessed,
    Jiyan

  29. jiyan says:

    Hi everyone . . !

    Sooooo . . I have been thinking and researching for about a month now about starting a freelance writing career. Ghost writing specifically. Textbroker has become my final decision and this blog is the result of helping me come to that decision, the comments and advice are very uplifting. 

    You see, I am currently doing the ChaCha for about 2.5 bucks an hour and I really feel as if I am letting my family down. I am 21 years old and I am trying to save money to put myself through medical training programs and the places such as, local businesses and coffee shops don’t seem to hire my kind for work . . I guess. 

    Therefore, I’m not going to settle for Internet marketing again and I’m getting exhausted just clicking redundant answers just to earn my two cents :D

    I suppose, my question is . . Can I seriously have success with textbroker, is this blog real, are you people commenting real, because with the Internet . . I don’t know what to believe anymore . . but hey! It’s sunny outside . . !

    J

    • Felicia says:

      Jiyan, there are over 1,000 comments on this Textbroker post. I’m not going to try to convince you one way or another as to the validity of this blog. I think you need to read a few of the comments and posts to decide for yourself.

      BTW, welcome to NJFM.

  30. Grandma says:

    There were a lot today, April. I have been so busy I can’t keep up. Very tired and sleepless, but yesterday I bought a new recliner so I slept much better last night. It is like being cuddled up in a really big soft pillow!

    The Suite 101 forums are the worst. I guess I do not understand why the writers spend so much time on the forums. It is time they could be spent writing for money. Some obviously are completely invested in being part of the “writer community” and it is a social thing.

    Oh well, I guess I am old. I try not to comment on them anymore, but it hard not to read once in a while. I am pretty much off the TB ones unless I see something I am interested in, which doesn’t usually happen.