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Textbroker Comment Bump

I felt it necessary to take one of the comments I received about Textbroker and make it a post. In other words, I wanted to ‘bump’ it up to the top of the list so the question could get attention.

In an earlier Textbroker post, many of my readers shared their Textbroker writing experience. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to contribute much to the conversation because I’ve only used Textbroker once to see what it was all about. My experience is minimal and therefore I’m asking those more familiar with them to help this person out.

Here’s the original comment:

“I recently started writing for Textbroker to see if I could earn a few extra dollars from my home. The only experience I’ve had writing came from college research papers and that was many years ago. I was accepted at level three and have written ten articles so far. This has been a good refresher course for me because I was downgraded to level two because of some spelling errors, the original sin of composition!

So far, all of my articles have been accepted but the biggest hurdle I have to overcome is figuring out exactly what a client expects. Creative writing has always been fun but informational content requires a lot of research time.

If anyone has any advice for a novice it would be greatly appreciated.”

Thanks in advance for helping Ben out.

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Alyssa December 22, 2008, 10:52 am

    I’ve written 10 articles so far and 80% of those articles have been direct orders. I started at level 4 and seem to be holding steady at level 4. I plan to discuss the rate increase with Textbroker for many good reasons, some of which are alluded to below.

    Writing for Textbroker has not been easy. All the direct orders that I receive are complex topics (financial, investment, current events, and nutritional). The clients expect well researched articles with lots of statistical data that support the theme. These types of articles, my friends, are not something that you can write between 30 and 60 minutes. I have to dig deep and wide for reliable and credible sources, synthesize the information, and write in an easy-to-understand, friendly article.

    I’ve also had to work hard at establishing a professional relationship with the clients. I’ve asked my clients for the sites where I might be able to view my articles – some have provided links, others have simply ignored the request. However, those who have ignored the request have come back with very specific instructions detailing the style guidelines and target audience.

    This is all to say that if you write well, clients will find you. But you have to first write quality Open Orders. If the article is well written, the client may decide to keep you on retainer for future articles.This is where you have to leverage all your writing skills and business acumen. When you write for direct orders, you must keep the communication open with the client. This is the true sense of being a freelance writer – you’re ultimately working for a “live” person who has very specific needs and demands.

    My advice is to make every article count, ensure that it’s the best piece that you can put forth, and ruthlessly edit and proofread your work. Some clients are serious about their Web sites and expect nothing less than premium work. The only downside is that you lose your byline and rights. But, you are sharpening those writing skills and you can also use the articles as samples in your portfolio for those assignments that will give you the byline.

    In conclusion, Textbroker has been responsive to any concerns or problems I’ve had, including a recent shutdown of servers last Friday. They’ve been paying out what I’ve earned on the account, so this lends some legitimacy to the company and I actually get someone to reply to my emails.

    Remember, just because it’s an online content provider doesn’t mean you can write quick and dirty. Your work and integrity is the only thing you have to trade on, so you need to keep it up to snuff.

    Sheesh, that was long-winded but it need to be said.

  • Felicia December 22, 2008, 12:27 pm

    Thanks Alyssa,

    I knew I could count on you for a great response!

  • Alyssa December 22, 2008, 1:03 pm

    Apologies to all for setting a double standard!

    After pontificating on how you should make sure to proofread and edit your work, I noticed all sorts of typos and grammatical faux pas in my comment. That’s what I get for typing in a hurry.

    Perhaps you can learn a lesson from me: Your daily mantra should be “review thy work before clicking the SUBMIT button!”

  • Emily Marshall January 1, 2009, 4:56 pm

    I have had good luck with textbroker. They are my “fill in” work. When I don’t have enough income from other areas, I use textbroker jobs to make up the difference. I have a few thoughts on this company:

    1. The pay is super low (I’m a level 4), but when you consider that I spend no time looking for the job or communicating with the client, it is roughly equivalent to making at least twice the pay rate on a comparable job.

    2. Although the subjects sometimes require research, the clients seem to want rather superficial work. I can usually scan a wikipedia article and write a 500 word article in less than a half hour. Again, it’s not a great rate of pay, but those $6 articles add up if I spend a day writing them, it’s enough money to pay for a trip to the grocery store or a textbook for med school.

    I’ve never had a complaint from textbroker or the clients, and my pay varies from $100 to $800 a month. I prefer other sources of writing income, but textbroker is always waiting in the wings when I need an extra buck.

  • Jessica January 20, 2009, 1:09 am

    I too have found that the textbroker pay is too low–however, I have found that it works out for me to sell my “first draft” on a subject to Texbroker and I can re-write and revise and usually find a market for a beefed up version of close to the same article. I’ve done this a few times, each time successfully. I am careful about the writing jobs that I take on Textbroker, making sure it will likely be an otherwise-marketable project. Sometimes I take on an easy textbroker assignment just because I’ve had a few too many rejections in a week and it’s nice to have something that is almost instantly approved and paid.

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