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 many 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, textbroker.co.uk, 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.
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 For
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.
- 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.
- 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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