Is Textbroker Legit? Or Is It Another Scam Posing As A Content Mill?

TextBroker is one of the most well-known content mills and is notorious for its low rates and odd grammar rules. That’s what leads mis textbroker legitany freelancers to wonder whether they should sign up to write for Textbroker or whether they shouldn’t bother wasting their time.

How It Works

Textbroker works with the same format and system as many content mills. People who need articles written for them post their requests and writers can choose jobs to work on and get paid for. “Requesters” choose the writing level required to write their article and only writers at that level or higher can work on it.

Textbroker Application And Writing Sample

Only writers who are US citizens can work for Textbroker. (Textbroker has a separate website,, for British citizens, as well as 8 other platforms, including in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and more.) After signing up, you will have to write a sample article of around 120-250 words. The writing sample is pretty short compared to other content mills. If accepted, you will then be given a rank of between 2 and 5 stars. After that, you can only write 5 articles until they rate you again. Before they rate you on your first 5 articles, you will not be allowed to work. They can take a few days to 2 weeks to rate you.

You also must provide them a clear scan of your photo ID to verify that you are indeed a US citizen (you can cover the ID number). Before you can get paid, you must also send them a W-9 either through email, fax, or mail.

Pay Rates And Payment Process

Pay rates are as follows:

  • Level 2: 0.7 cents per word (that’s not seven cents! That’s point seven cents.)
  • Level 3: 1 cent per word
  • Level 4: 1.4 cents per word
  • Level 5: 5 cents per word

You usually have 24 hours to complete an article, and the client has 3 days to accept it or ask for a revision. If three days pass, it is accepted automatically. Clients can not reject an article unless Textbroker approves of the rejection.

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Payments are made every Friday if you have at least $10 in your account. You must manually click the request payment button on Thursday in order to get paid. Payments are made via Paypal.

So, Is Textbroker Worth It? And How Do I Get To A Higher Level?

Well, Textbroker, in my opinion, is not really something you would want to rely on as a long-term source of income. For one, the pay is extremely low, and they aren’t even outsourcing their content to overseas, so these are all American writers who are toiling away at 1 cent per word or slightly more (or less). Also, sometimes there just isn’t any work. There are times when there are over 1,500 jobs available and other times when it’s basically empty.

Your level is determined by the past 5 articles you have written. Textbroker is the one who rates you, NOT the requesters. This can be good because they won’t give you a bad rating if you don’t deserve it, but it can also be bad, because do you really think they have the time to rate all the writers? So they rate you whenever they can, and you can be stuck on one level for a while.

As for becoming a level 5 writer, forget about it. They are very picky about this, and you have to jump through many hoops and take a difficult test. They also can suddenly demote you to level 4. Besides, there are very few level 5 jobs available.

What Textbroker Is Good Fortextbroker legit

Textbroker can come in handy if you need some extra cash fast. It’s not the greatest pay, but they do pay weekly. It’s also somewhere where you can get some experience as a beginner writer.

Another good thing at Textbroker is the ability to receive direct assignments, which is when requesters can contact you directly to write for them. These assignments can pay around three times more than your average rate. You have the option of setting up an extensive profile, including a photo, writing samples, bio, etc. If you get some steady clients, you can actually earn some nice money.

Textbroker Pros

  • Many of you have probably heard horror stories of writers getting their articles rejected on iWriter and then finding them published on the web. I myself have unfortunately experienced this. Textbroker, on the other hand, manually approves each rejection, so requesters can’t just reject an article whenever they want.
  • You get paid weekly.

Textbroker Cons

  • Low rates.
  • Peculiar grammar standards. They don’t like the serial comma or sentences starting with “and” or but. Pay attention to the feedback they send you in their emails so you can work towards a higher level.


The pay at TextBroker is nothing to boast about. But it’s an okay place to earn some quick cash when you need it, and it’s also an okay place for beginner writers who want to improve their writing skills (though the requesters there usually are more interested in quantity than quality).

Please let me know what your thoughts are! Have you had an experience with Textbroker, either good or bad? You’re welcome to leave a comment. Let the world know about it!

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  1. Kate

    I am a new new new freelance writer, and have been on the fence about it for YEARS. Textbroker (in my wise, experienced opinion, ha!) is a good place to start because the pressure and pay are so low, it’s not scary to try. I can see where I will quickly outgrow them, but for the moment I am enjoying the excitement of having my newbie attempts accepted, my LAWD, so thrilling 🙂 I am going to print out my acceptance letter, the freelancer’s equivalent of mounting the first dollar bill paid at a new brick and mortar business.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hey Kate!

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

      Textbroker is definitely a good place to start if you’re a newbie freelance writer. As you say, pressure is low, you can work when you want, there are limitations on how easy clients can reject your articles, and although the pay is pretty low, if you type fast you can make a nice above minimum wage.

      All the best,


  2. Vinnie Prasad

    Hey Ben,

    Text broker seems like a quick way to earn some spare change. Would be something I would give a go for a few days in my spare time. But, I completely agree with what you mentioned about this way of earning won’t be something for the long term. Seems like the effort is not worth the reward….ultimately.

    Great review and really dug deep into what text broker really is.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      If you are in a pinch, Textbroker can help you earn a few dozen bucks or so. But I agree with you, the amount you will earn is below minimum wage.

  3. John

    I was very interested in a job as a freelancer in the past but I think you should be paid better for your work if it is good quality otherwise you could just create your own blog and be your own boss. I don’t know how can anyone be in level 5 and not having their own website.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi John,

      You make an excellent point.

      All the best,


  4. Reneea

    These programs are not bad if you have multiple streams of revenue coming in from various sources but by itself, it’s not a viable option. There are great programs out there, you just have to keep search and exercising due diligence. I personal will much rather focus my energy on something that is much more tangle but like I said before a person has more than a few sources of income, why not. The more the merrier.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      As you say, having some sort of backup can be useful to many people. However, Textbroker pays peanuts, and it’s impossible to earn anything decent from one cent per word. I haven’t written for Textbroker in a long time.

  5. Neil

    I have heard of textbroker, but personally I wouldn’t join because of the low payments. I know that if I write for myself on my own website, I can generate a full-time monthly income, which is a far more rewarding option.

    I can see how Textbroker would benefit writers who are just starting out and who would want to earn some quick cash in their pockets as well as the experience.

    Thanks for your other recommendations, and will certainly look in to Wealthy Affiliate.


    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Neil,

      Have you looked into Wealthy Affiliate? If so, would you mind sharing your experience with our readers, if you see this?



  6. Paul

    Thanks Ben for your honest review of the Textbroker content mill. I’ve considered doing things like this for money in the past but at this point I’m not sure it would be worth my time given the fact I wouldn’t consider myself a natural writer.

    I’ve never heard of Textbroker personally, but that might be because I live in Canada. You mentioned Britain and several other countries, but do you know of a good content mill that Canadians can work with?

    1. Ben (Post author)

      These might work: Iwriter, Writers Domain, Scripted, Zerys.

  7. Evan

    Hey Ben, thank you for the informative post!

    I have never heard of textbroker before and although it doesn’t make much money, it might be good to increase and refine my writing skills. Have you tried Textbroker at all and what were your experiences with it?

    Once again, thanks for the info.

    1. Ben (Post author)

      I do use TextBroker – as you can see, I made around $16 one week there. I’m currently a level 3 writer. If you put in the time to proofread and write nicely, you can probably be raised to a higher level. I like that I can get paid weekly. However, there isn’t always work available, especially for level 2 and 3 writers. The pay is also rather low. Just make sure to spellcheck and proofread for grammar errors!


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