I'm just your average 30-something guy who enjoys writing in their spare time.
Who Wouldn't Want to Get Paid to Write?
Right at this very moment, you are reading an article whose motives are mostly financial. Yes, I will admit that a portion (very large) of the reason my writing has taken up residence at HubPages is so that I can eventually experience the joy of many cash infusions into my bank account. You might notice, however, that I'm referring to all of this happening at a future date: Such is the risk of working for residual income.
If only there was a way to get paid upfront for my words. Sure, I could put myself out there and advertise my rather unproven talent. Or, as I've discovered recently, I could apply to a content mill and be the one who chooses the offers that I will craft and manipulate. Quite a few brokerages of copy control the market for online content outsourcing today, but I chose Textbroker because of its reputation for recruiting and cultivating new writers.
Pursuing Textbroker With Words
Textbroker, in one sentence, is this: An online marketplace where clients post article requirements that are completed by a pool of registered authors. Not caring an iota about paying someone to churn out content, instead my eyes locked on to the following statement at Textbroker's website:
Is writing your hobby, passion or profession? No matter if you're just starting out or are an experienced professional, at Textbroker, you earn cash for each word you write. We take care of everything else for you.
Yes, yes, YES! Not only does Textbroker accept complete unknowns of dubious skill, but it removes the promotional theatrics from the equation and pays by the word to boot. Without needing further prompting, I found the author application form and submitted a compelling, absolutely award-worthy sample piece on the technical description of an Amazon Kindle. Actually, I may have embellished a bit of that last sentence, but no matter—Textbroker accepted me 24 hours later as a level 3 writer!
My First Date With Textbroker
As it turns out, being labeled as a level 3 writer doesn't mean much beyond how many writing opportunities are available for me to choose. In fact, a quick perusal of the internet (which never lies) informs me that nearly every writer starts as level 3. Thankfully, my standards aren't high and I happily jumped into the order pool to find my first job.
I should mention that Textbroker's interface is, in a word, simple. Once you find the menu option for showing the job orders, you can immediately begin browsing the opportunities that are displayed in a nifty chart by category and star rating. Since I started at level 3, my options were limited to the 2 and 3 star articles. Feeling a bit nervous on my first time out, I chose a 2 star job asking for a 300-350 word opinion piece on an automotive news article. After a grueling 20 minutes of work, I submitted my text through the interface and awaited my verdict.
For the most part, the work order process works like this:
- You find a job in the pool, which you have 10 minutes to accept or it returns to the pool.
- Each star rating has its own paid rate per word.
- Each job has a minimum word requirement and possibly other requirements set by the client.
- Once you accept the job, you must complete the assignment by the deadline or it returns to the pool.
- After you submit the article, the client has three days to either accept it or return it to you to rewrite.
- Once accepted by the client, you are paid by Textbroker.
- Eventually, an editor from Textbroker will assign a rating to your article and may leave a comment on what you could do to improve your writing.
|Article Quality||Payment Per Word||Payment Per 500 Words|
2 stars: legible
3 stars: good quality
4 stars: excellent quality
5 stars: professional quality
Losing Interest in Textbroker
With bated breath, I counted the minutes leading up to whether or not my client would accept my work. Actually, I gave up counting after an hour or so. Nearly two days later, I logged in to learn that I had earned my first $2.05. For the mathematically impaired, that means I wrote 293 words at a rate of $0.007 per word. Chump change, for sure, but encouraging all the same. Looking for more thrills, I returned to Textbroker over and over again for more experiences. I even improved my standing to level 4!
In time, unfortunately, my interest in Textbroker began to wane. I can pinpoint the problem to exactly one issue: Subject matter. Freelancing isn't about what I want, and I accept that in exchange for the privilege of being compensated upfront in cash. The jobs available at Textbroker, however, tend to err considerably towards the mundane.
You would think, considering how many categories there are to choose from, that I would be able to find something that can get my creative juices flowing. On the contrary, of the hundreds of jobs available in the pool at most hours of the day, I waste more time looking for something to write about than actually writing.
For example, should I write a $4.50 call-to-action promotional piece for "C Frame Hydraulic Press" that specifically states "no fluff" in its 500 required words? Or how about a "well researched article" on the intriguingly-titled "Mathematical Materials Used As Therapeutic Tools" for a whopping $6.00? True, I'm making a point by selecting particularly outrageous job requests, but I assure you that many of the postings are of this variety.
Sorry Textbroker, We're Going to Have to Part Ways
As of this writing, I've given up writing for Textbroker. Not for any fault of its own, though. Unlike many of the "get paid online" scams that circulate the web, Textbroker is exactly how it represents itself. The interface is excellent, it is rare to find a shortage of available jobs, and the payouts are sent twice a month (with a minimum payout requirement of only $10.00). To top everything off, a motivated writer could potentially make over $1000 per month if they can figure out a method for churning out material.
I think that if my income situation was dire, my opinion would be different. While I am always interested in finding ways to bring in more cash, I'm not exactly one step away from financial ruin. If I wasn't employed full-time and was tied to my home due to kids or some sort of disability, I think Textbroker would make an excellent income replacement.
If you write well enough to qualify for level 4 work (which only took me two weeks to reach), you should be able to knock out 10-15 500 word articles in an eight hour workday and make around $100. Pass the rather difficult proofreading test and you might qualify for level 5 work, which pays 5 cents per word! Best of all, impress enough of your clients and you could begin receiving "direct order" work that allows you to control the pay rate. This is honest-to-goodness legitimate full-time work—if you can find the willpower to keep up with it.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Moses Jones on December 02, 2019:
As for terminating you for no reason at all, that is pretty much every earning opportunity that I know. However, Textbroker did terminate me for no legitimate (truthful) reason.
While it is a good site for beginners with earnings above minimum wage when at a certain start level and with a lot of fast writing, you will get strange revision requests. They will try to say that your article is identical to another article. However, the identical areas are just common words or phrases. (If the... Another thing to...) Often times, the link goes out to an article that has nothing to do with the article that you have written. (e.g. An article on knitting when you've written an article about vehicles)
Also, they will often have you send in a selfie for "verification" purposes. Even though they say it will take 15 days, you will have to wait a total of 2 months and that is if you are lucky.
Also, the forum has quite a few complaints against them. Textbroker from what I've read on their forums will throw the authors under the bus and let the clients get away with anything. For instance, authors have talked about clients asking for revision after taking their article and posting it on their site. In some cases, the author revises the article only to have it sent back to them with the suspicion of plagiarism.
All in all, it can be a good earner. The only thing is you are at the mercy of the company and they will mess with you whenever they feel like it.
Frenzy212 on July 24, 2018:
First of all, I believe you about the uninteresting topics (I kind of had that feeling about the place). I received a 3-star rating from the sample also, but quit before I started. They took about 2 months to complete the hiring process, but also, I didn't like what I read in the T&C's (about them potentially terminating you for blah-blah reason, or no reason at all). Even no reason at all? Well, that's not very dependable.
Celina on March 05, 2018:
Thank you so much for this post! This really helped my understanding and expectations of the website.
Andrey on December 21, 2017:
I have applied to become an author 11 days ago, sent in a photo of my ID and wrote the trial article they asked for. Still no response from them as to the status of my account. All I got was the automated response to my email. At this point I am not completely clear as to whether they will ever respond? I am eager to start writing but cannot see a reason as to why it would take them so long to verify me and allow me onto their network. Please respond to my comment if you have experienced the same thing.
James on November 22, 2017:
For those commenting, I am a level 5 writer and make about $250 a day with open assignments, direct and team orders. It can be done.
Traci on August 21, 2017:
As a writer and a client, I have to say I've ceased being either with Textbroker at this point. I don't recommend writing for them because they will turn around without notice and drop your rating and I am no longer a client because I had a writer grab an article I ordered to "prove a point" politically and the customer service suggested I tell this writer as many times as it takes to remove false content.
SW on August 03, 2017:
Just signed up today and I can totally relate. lol
Tamara A. on May 22, 2017:
Thanks. This will help me evaluate if I want to pursue text brokerage.
Sarteeb Parsa on May 17, 2017:
I want to have worked with you how can i am worked with you as typing.
Vivian on April 12, 2017:
I joined a year ago and have written more than 140 articles on different subjects. I enjoy being able to select the type of pieces I want to write and the research and development. I was rated a 3 star and even a 4 for awhile. Their random system will pick out articles and evaluate them for rating. Unfortunately, I had a couple of minor grammatical errors that my spell/grammar check did not find and I got reduced to a level 2. There a very few requests for articles at this level and I had been making some decent money as a 3. They will not re-evaluate until their system decides to do that, so there is little chance I will be upgraded in the near future. So I am looking for a different place to write. I have since upgraded and improved my grammar check and hope not to have this happen again. I am mad at myself for letting this happen, because I read my work several times before submitting it and know this is my fault. The benefit has been that I discovered that I enjoy writing about subjects I never would have considered previously, so I have learned a lot.
rashin on January 10, 2017:
I joined Textbroker in 2012 as a 4 star writer...no regrets as I have a steady stream of direct orders and the open orders are always full of articles. Definitely recommend this company.
Traci on December 17, 2016:
I wouldn't be motivated to write either if I were a three-star writer. They don't have many options for level three. But, if you can get to level four, it really is worth it. I am a college student and Textbroker is my main source of income right now.
Karin on November 06, 2016:
I've been with Textbroker for a couple months and started off, and still at, 3 stars. It seems it's difficult to really make any money or join teams at 3 stars. I applied for a few teams and were accepted, but they never have assignments. I get my ratings and use the tips they give, but it doesn't get me past 3 stars. I'm looking to see if there are better sites where I can write for money, and hopefully get paid more. Writing for TB at 3 stars is like a "sweatshop" of the digital age.
Rose on October 20, 2016:
All the information here is very helpful, but I thought I might go on and add my 2 cents. I applied to write for TB and was rated 4 stars. I started reading and found other ways to #1 acquire more work, and #2 get paid a higher per-word fee. Join the teams, some pay as much as 19 cents a word. The work for teams is not always available, but when it is, it sure helps. TB pays weekly as long as you have at least $10 in your account. Also, you can work on team order concurrently with the regular orders. This is very helpful. Occasionally you'll even find a $100 order. You just have to stay on top of things. You can make money working for TB, and it is a good option if you are not able to go somewhere and punch a clock. All you need is an internet connection. You may not get rich, but I am able to pay a few bills with the money I make. This is my honest assessment, other sites I would suggest looking at are Crowd Content and Scripted. For most, what you'll make will be a part-time income, but every little bit helps, right?
carrie on February 09, 2016:
Be aware ... You will NEVER be rated 5 star! I just got rated 4 stars with a "written assessment" that said "Excellent work." More than 30 years experience. This is the first piece they've rated (from more than 200 written) where they didn't find a stray comma as an excuse to mark me down. Usually, they rate about 1 in 10 things I write. If all you want is coffee money, great. But Textbroker won't even cover your wireless bill.
Fallon on January 29, 2015:
I've found that Textbroker doesn't pay nearly as well as some other sites. Writer Access and Content Runner pay wayyyy more for content that's not insanely technical.
Safiq on March 05, 2014:
Good article for anyone considering textbroker. And I agree it is hard mind boggling work.
Angela Swanlund on February 05, 2014:
In their most recent company newsletter - Textbroker expressed their TRUE feelings about their 3-star writing pool. http://www2.textbroker.com/webmail/20042/246964917... This was something that should have been discussed in private between their Client and Support - NOT ran in their company newsletter. When a company displays this level of stark disregard and disrespect for their writing pool - maybe they don't deserve a writing pool?
Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on July 15, 2013:
I found this article after I had already signed up for Text Broker. However, I am not deterred. I fit the requirements you laid out, about being house-bound and needing money. So, I'm still giving it a shot. Very good review, gives me the feeling of what TB is about: A lot of work and enduring not interesting tasks. I can do it. I'm alright with that. I'd like some money while I'm waiting to get residual income. Thanks for the helpful review.
Stephen Milley from Woodstown, New Jersey on June 04, 2013:
Sarah, I know I'm not the original person you asked about this, however Textbroker is a good way of starting out. In addition, to my knowledge, I wouldn't consider it a good source for a resume. In retrospect, it is a good way to make money and get experience writing articles.
The best way to think of Textbroker is like being a ghost writer. You are writing articles for someone else to own, usually for a client's website. Ghostwriting is a great way for writers to start out, however the downside is that you don't own the content...your client does (i.e. and that's what Textbroker is, in this case)!
Having said this, if I wanted to demonstrate to an employer I had experience in writing, I would work for a firm that I felt knowledgeable writing about and gain the experience in order to write about it. In addition, if I enjoyed information technology and wanted to know more things about it, I'd work at a news agency looking for IT writers. There are different ways to go about it.
As to plagiarism, what you write for your client is between the both of you. Therefore, I would not allow anyone to view what you have written. Again, it's like being a ghost writer. There are books out on being a ghost writer, too. You might want to check into that, as well.
I hope this helps!
Sarah on May 29, 2013:
I am a college student in search for a summer job. I was thinking about working for Textbroker. However,when I spoke with one of my friends, he mentioned that I could not add this onto my resume because of plagiarism issues, since technically we could be writing articles for other college students who become our "clients." Do you think it would be an issue for me in the future if I work for Textbroker this summer? The whole "partaking in plagiarism" issue? I would really appreciate your feedback since you are a former employee of Textbroker. I am in dire need of a summer job and I am not sure if I could get in trouble later on for working for Textbroker.
Please please shed some light on this.
Thank you so much!
LaThing from From a World Within, USA on May 18, 2013:
Thanks for this hub.... I thought I was the only one who found those writing asignments to be little strange and not worth the time! Enjoyed reading this. Voting and everything :)
Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on May 18, 2013:
Interesting and honest appraisal. I suppose. I applied for Texbroker in November, and they say my application is still pending. I've even tried emailing them about the issue, but to no avail. I don't particularly like writing for sites of that kind. Usually because the only assignments available are, as you stated, boring beyond belief. And usually something I am not highly qualified to write on immediately. I need more than 20 minutes to research! I have slow internet! Still, would be nice to have it as an additional source of potential income.
Voting this up as useful!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 18, 2013:
Found this hub just in time. Someone recommended TB and just as I was ready to click away and join - TA DA! (Found this hub.)
I don't think yours truly can be friends with TB either :) Thanks for the insight and thanks to all who commented - I read each one. Whew!
Stephen Milley from Woodstown, New Jersey on May 18, 2013:
This was an informative post! I have bought the book from textbrokersuccess.com and have enjoyed the insights it gives. When I read an article or non-fiction book, I look for honesty and a balanced perspective.
I love how others comment and share their experiences and Textbroker is something I'd like to get some experience with. Thanks for this article and feel free to connect!
Jaye on April 21, 2013:
I started with Textbrokers at level 3. That's with a degree, proof-reading, and both a creative and technical writing background. Got fed up with the lack 3 work available and came out.
Went in again a few days later; triple checked everything on content, punctuation, and style. Still got a 3 a couple of hours later.
I'd love to see how their editors analyse. I read some content on the TB website which so turgid, I thought, "If that's what I'm supposed to be aspiring to, forget it."
I've just had my first article accepted at Constant Content. If the client likes it, that's a $150.00 payout. Even with CC's 35% cut, it's still looking better than TB's equivalent of around $6.00.
Anna Bragga from England on March 28, 2013:
@thoughtfulgirl2 Interesting to hear how you have made Text broker work for you. I signed up over a year ago with a level 4, and after 5 articles lost interest. It was the combination of low rates and mundane subjects that did it. But I have just started writing for them again, and really want to make a go of getting some direct orders and upgrading to level 5. I am trying to stick to my areas of special interest, hoping that will help make it more interesting.
Jo Anne Meekins from Queens, NY on March 11, 2013:
Thanks for this hub! I just signed up for textbroker last week and am awaiting my rating and access to the order pool. I figured I'd do a little research about what I was getting into and came across your article. Thanks to all of the comments, I have a clearer and more realistic view of what to expect from both perspectives. Voted up and useful.
A muire on January 18, 2013:
I recently joined Textbroker but have found it to be a dead loss. I have worked for a US on-line ad company for quite a while as a copy writer and have never even so much as had an article returned for revision, yet despite this and my university education I was rated 2 stars ! There are NO 2 star jobs so why they even bother to rate potential writers with 2 stars escapes me - they might as well just reject such applications.
All in all, Textbroker was a total and utter waste of time and effort.
Faith A Mullen on December 31, 2012:
I have been considering giving Textbroker a try, so this review is super helpful. Thanks for posting.
May Galnou from Melbourne, Australia on November 15, 2012:
Great article, thanks. I'm from Australia, but textbroker.co.uk accepts workers from all over. I'm going to check it out and see how I go. I'll also check out Fiverr thanks hotwebideas.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on October 27, 2012:
Hey MichelleMantel, I had bad experiences with textbroker.
As for Fiverr, you can make more money than just $5 per order if you become a level 2 seller or a top level seller. $5 is the minimum, but you can charge up to $20 on order extras and if you are a top level seller, you can sell upgrades for $50, so it is not just $5.
I love Fiverr and have made more money than I did on Textbroker. Plus Textbroker has unrealistic deadlines (24 hours for 500 to 1,000 words which includes proofreading. Very few people do well on Textbroker, but most people had a hard time making much money on it, especially since their deadlines to pay ratio.
On Fiverr, you have 30 days to complete a gig if you want to, but the sooner you set the completion date, the more sales you will get on it. Stick with Fiverr.
MichelleMantel from Bloomington, IL on October 23, 2012:
Thanks for the article on TextBrokers.com. I just signed up and am waiting for approval of my license. I hope this turns out to be lucrative. You can also make good money on Fiverr but I definitely think anything $5 for 500 is just not worth it. We'll see how this works out!
Jane on October 06, 2012:
So glad to hear someone else say that their editing and proofreading skills tests have TONS OF ERRORS!!!!! I saw someone write about how they'd become an editor for them -- she mis-spelled her title as a "Copy right" editor. WTF? Right? Plus, every writer should be getting paid $25 per article because of wage laws in the United States. At the least, a contractor is defined by the IRS as someone who gets to negotiate their rate. Surely there will be fallout.
Tyler Tobin from North Carolina on September 24, 2012:
Very Good Hub. I am going to give Textbroker a shot for just some on the side writing. We will see how it turns out. Voted Up and Useful.
audaciousangel on August 02, 2012:
I'm with the UK Textbroker, and the proofreading test is such bullshit. First I scored an 8 out of 10 and I was refused. Half of their answers were spelt incorrectly. It is quite a con. You should try Constant Content. They are strict, but at least you can sell your article for more than $5 per 500 words.
Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on July 07, 2012:
Sounds like it could be worth a look, but not as a full time income, I just want to earn a little extra so it may be worth it. Although not sure I could write on half the subjects you mentioned lol!
Bruce Chamoff from New York on June 19, 2012:
Yes, it seems that between Drupal and Wordpress, the extension market which makes up plugins on Wordpress and modules on Drupal, the market is hot since those programs do not perform too much out of the box. Extensions make those sites come alive and I have developed my share of plugins for Wordpress, modules on Drupal and components on Joomla.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 19, 2012:
Bummer about the hacking incident. Let us hope Textbroker is willing to bend over backward to assist you in reclaiming and protecting your account.
Intriguing story about the direct order client. I imagine it is fairly uncommon to attract direct orders outside of the Textbroker environment. Is the Wordpress plugin market a lucrative one outside of that particular circumstance?
Bruce Chamoff from New York on June 19, 2012:
MSkills, after all this talk on Textbroker, I just found out that my account was hacked and the person changed my Paypal address to theirs.
For those of you who have Textbroker, please check your Paypal address settings.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on June 18, 2012:
Hey mskills, I will answer your question about the magic. Well, it never really is magic, but all I did was join a few teams. The one in particular that got me the actual direct orders was a Wordpress development team, since I develop Wordpress plugins. I then emailed the guy who started the team and introduced myself. It worked and got his attention. He gave me my first direct order a day later.
Now, I do have to admit: His requirements were a little unreasonable and you will experience that as a negative for direct orders. He wanted 2,000 words in 1 day. I am lucky if I can get 500 words in a day, but I worked on it all night and he wrote me a review that starts with "You Rock...". Unfortunately, the editors at Textbroker still kept me at level 3, but as long as the client thinks you rock, who cares what Textbroker thinks?
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 18, 2012:
Alright, now on to the rest. I'll start with ...
Consider me impressed. The ONLY way I would give Textbroker another chance would be due to direct orders. If I could figure out the magic necessary to ensnare some of those, my review would likely need its own rewrite.
Excellent job finding a way to make Textbroker work for you.
Sounds to me like you and I have found the same thing: Steady work, free creative reign, great pay ... wait a sec'! I'm still here at HP -- while the work is endless and the restrictions are minor, I can't really boast about the pennies.
One really big huge enormous gigantic run-on problem: I don't Facebook. Ethics, mostly.
Thank you, thank you. If there is anything to take away from this hub, it is this: Mathematical Materials Used As Therapeutic Tools. Really.
I'm sorry, but I had to stifle a guffaw while reading your comment. Anyone that has been exposed to the Textbroker work orders knows EXACTLY what you are referencing. Sorry about your poor experience with TB.
Challenge is one thing. But the apathy ... oh, the apathy. Remind me again why I'm writing 500 words about plumbing in Antarctica?
Basically, if you aren't at least level 4 and receiving some direct orders, Textbroker is an often lonely place to solicit.
You're welcome. At least someone is finding some merit in Textbroker.
If I ever decide to return to Textbroker, I'd be interested in that book of yours (yes, I checked out your website). You pretty much had me at "$50 per hour". Since your attempt didn't produce a hyperlink, allow me:
You are my idol. If I had any measure of intestinal fortitude, I would be doing exactly the same.
Oh, it'll pay for gas alright. If you're able to leave things like logic and creativity on the table at home, you'll find the money is quite right. I wish you the very best.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on June 18, 2012:
I admit since my last comment on this hub that I started making money on Textbroker and was rewarded three direct orders for a minimum of 2,000 words, so I changed my tune about textbroker, but I still think that the selection of orders available to a level 3 writer is terrible.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 18, 2012:
Seeing as how the comments have been piling up and I've failed to address them in a timely manner, I'm going to split this up into two categories: Over 2 months old and everything else.
Old stuff first:
Great minds think alike. While you use the bland topics to educate yourself, I make a game out of writing the most irrelevant stuff imaginable while still meeting the requirements. The difference, of course, is that I failed. Best of luck to you.
Since you've posted more recently, I'll address you in the next segment. Don't worry, I'm not neglecting you.
Great mini-review! After perusing the proofreading test, I decided *@!# it.
@anonymous to protect the innocent,
First of all, congratulations for your husband on finding a way to increase his income from writing.
Just to clarify, though, I have no qualms with Textbroker and I hope that my hub doesn't seem to read as such. For the right person (eg: not me), TB is certainly a valid full-time option for the so-inclined.
@An Anonymous Textbroker writer,
Nice to hear about the flip side of the coin, so to speak. Not that your situation is enviable. Your experience is yet another valid reason to diversify the writing field.
Completely agree about the tremendous glut of bad copy floating around the internet. Go fetch that $20 that is rightfully yours.
No kidding. If I'm going to write blather about something I'll never care an iota about, I expect to be compensated like a professional. Even professional shoppers have standards.
Aha! You've struck upon the Golden Goose of writing web content for income, methinks. Why bother writing my own drivel when I can pay somebody else peanuts to do it for me?
Musashi2 from San Antonio, Texas on June 15, 2012:
Gonna get started with Textbroker here soon, hoping I can keep interested enough to at least pay for gas. Every little bit counts, good to know what to look out for, thanks!
badaniels on May 25, 2012:
I am a member of Textbroker and this review is right on. Luckily I don't rely on my writing to pay the bills. I use the Textbroker money to fuel my other interests, so it works for me.
ramarshall on May 22, 2012:
It's all in knowing how to work the Textbroker system. As Cari Jean pointed out, if you fish around you can definitely find articles which you can write quickly and are halfway interesting to write about. For those who might be interested, I just wrote a book about my success with Textbroker. Check it out at TextbrokerSuccess.com.
amithak50 from India on May 05, 2012:
Thanks for the nice information ..Textbroker is really great and I have some success with it
I agree on April 27, 2012:
I spent a couple of weeks with these jokers, and not a single job for level 3 writers came up.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on April 08, 2012:
I agree with Ddraigcoch. The Textbroker editors make no sense when they rate writers.
I also tried hiring writers on Textbrokers and one of my orders was open to writers with a rating of 3 and higher. The level 3 writers had better content than the writers rated higher, so I am not sure what the Textbroker editors are thinking when they rate writers. They really make no sense.
Tom on April 07, 2012:
Writing at a place like TextBroker isn't about getting your creative juices flowing, it's about creating content that a webmaster needs. You really shouldn't expect to be challenged too much, except perhaps in doing research.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on April 02, 2012:
TextBroker is not a great site. I think I am a better writer than they give me credit for. I write for a living, but they kept me at a rating of 3. The good writing jobs are available to writers at level 4 and 5, so I am not a fan of TextBroker.
I make GREAT money on Fiverr and all I sell on Fiverr are articles that people to hire me to write for them. Fiverr blows away TextBroker.
Emma from UK on March 28, 2012:
I joined this week and I can not believe they rated me as a level 2, seriously!! I am a UK based, English A level holding 30 something and they deem me merely legible?! Funny how they rated my writing sample the same as the illegible fools that take my orders and post me back crap.
Karen Hellier on March 26, 2012:
Thanks for this info. I have been toying with signing up for textbroker but decided to do some research on it first so i know what I am getting myself into! This was a great source of info.
Rio C. on March 25, 2012:
CloudCrowd (http://www.cloudcrowd.com/i/9iurr2) is a growing content production and management site. After you pass a few tests to determine your skill level, you can then get paid to write, edit, research, etc. The pay is comparable to Texbroker and some other sites--sometimes higher.
It's actually a Facebook app. The interface is clean; the workflow is organized, and if you finish some tasks today, you get paid through PayPal tomorrow!
Another up and coming site is Media Piston. Give those a try.
Claudia Smaletz from East Coast on March 21, 2012:
I too have worked for Textbroker and they are very honest and up front about their work and fees paid. The work will become grueling if you are not given enough time, or are not writing in the direct order category. For the most part, I mainly do direct orders for them and I am much happier. I have more time, get paid more and am writing about subjects that truly interest me. I do understand why you have given up on Textbroker, though. Good luck on hubpages:)
assimilated on March 13, 2012:
I was - for about 1 hour - struggling with it as well but quickly discarded it as a money-maker after looking into the project pool.
I do use TextBroker for outsourcing material I don't want to write about but that's a completely different story.
momatheart1 from Maine on February 08, 2012:
Thank you for your well written article. I am new to sharing my work with others let alone the idea of being paid for it. And I might add that .77 is a slap in the face after the thought and work it takes to put something with substance together. I also enjoy the freedom of writing about things I have passion about, not an airplane, or how pavement is stirred. Hehehehe! Good job and keep us up to date on your travels. The thought of being paid is nice, but is it really better as a hobby?
anon on January 25, 2012:
Thanks for this review. I just submitted a writing sample to their site. Writing is something I can do, and I need the money... but it definitely won't be more than a one-hour-a-day deal for me at most. I'm no good at that SEO shit either. I want my writing to flow and make sense, and a lot of the copywriting I see on the internet does neither of those things. So Textbroker might not be for me, but if I even make 20 dollars out of the deal, that's not so bad.
An anonymous Textbroker writer on January 04, 2012:
To the anonymous person before me, it's wonderful that your husband is doing so well with Textbroker. However, beware! He could run into a situation that's similar to his falling out with Hubpages. I wrote more than 1,000 articles for Textbroker as a 5-star writer. Recently, Textbroker hired a new round of editors. Based on the grammatical errors in their so-called editing, I deem them a set of fools. They demoted me to 4 stars for a dumb-ass reason in a completely unprofessional manner. There's no way I'm going to deliver my skills for about $4/hour.
anonymous to protect the innocent on December 28, 2011:
Say what you may but my husband is making $1,250 a month right now on textbroker. He wrote on Hubpages for 4 years and then, for no explained reason the moderators unpublished his hubs.Four years of work, gone. He was making $800 a month on HB so he looks at it as a gain. The sad thing is when he wrote to ask why, no answer, when he wrote to Jason, who the day before had sent him an email "to a top hubber" asking what they could do to get him to write more hubs,no answer. He wrote to Paul Edmonson -no answer. Amazingly his attitude was, well hell this is such a crappy situation, and knowing I have done nothing any different that in the last 4 years, it must must be something better is coming up. Next day, he read about Textbroker and the rest is history.
Say what you will, for him Textbroker rules and Hubpages SUCK.
Tyler on September 11, 2011:
Having been a member since January of this year, I can safely say that Textbroker is worth joining as a source of supplemental income. More importantly, they recently created an advanced profile system for their site, which means that authors can now be researched by clients in detail without necessarily having to chuck out public-pool articles left and right. Almost as soon as they did this, a prospecting client contacted me out of the blue saying that I was perfect for their direct orders. Mind you, I had already written well over fifty in-depth articles at this point. Nonetheless, it's nice to know know that I have this fishing-hook of sorts working in my favor.
Other than that, I have some gripes with TB's public pool system. To be fair, I love how the system in principle works, but the enormous pay differences between 4 and 5 are ridiculous! Level four is barely above level 3, whereas level five is more than three times the output of four!
Then there's the issue with TB's new proofreading test for level 5 status. Granted, it's based on AP style requirements, so it SHOULD be passable. However, many authors, including well-seasoned writers such as myself, fail to get the necessary 90% mark! Moreover, as a multiple-choice exam with more than one possible answer for each question (or none at all), it's not really designed to test your writing skills; just to see if you're a good test taker. With virtually of my articles being rated level four, the highest possible rating to achieve on an article (a few fives are given out I hear, but this is ultra-rare), it's just silly to think that this is what's keeping me from earning 5 cents per word, especially when one considers the three-month waiting period to re-take it! Clearly, it's just a tool to herd authors into completing low-level orders, which are more plentiful but poorly priced.
Verdict: TB is a great fishing rod for money; just don't waste too much time putting bait in the water.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on September 03, 2011:
I am not that happy with Textbroker, although I tried. I am a good writer and do it for a living, but for some reason, I cannot seem to get above the 3 star writer series. That itself does not bother me. I know I am a 4 star writer as my clients pay me to ghost write for their blogs. I have complained to Textbroker, although they have not responded yet. Not very good customer service.
What DOES bother me is that they did not bother to tell me WHY I am still a 3 star writer and they have not answered my concerns, which makes Textbroker a worse experience for me.
To make matters even worse, when I look at the available writing jobs, most of the employers are looking for 4 star writers making it impossible for me to find anything decent to write about. I find that frustrating.
Sorry, I have given Textbroker a chance and find their structure and customer service horrible.
I make much more money on Fiverr for very little work.
Cari Jean from Bismarck, ND on September 02, 2011:
I started writing for Textbroker a couple of weeks ago and I really like it. I am starting out at a 4-star writer. Some of the topics are pretty mundane but I can usually find an article I want to write. I can say that in doing research for writing articles that I don't know a lot about, I am learning a lot. Some of the more interesting articles (to me) that I've written about include Micronutrients, Vitamin C deficiency, the city of Quebec, healthy coffee drinks, Texas gun laws, etc. Yesterday I wrote three articles on hemorrhoids - not a fun topic but very easy! To challenge myself, I try to make each pay-out higher than my last one. Also I started writing for The Content Authority but for that site, I think everyone has to start as a Tier 1 writer and work their way up. But anyway, thanks for your review on TB.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on July 25, 2011:
If you passed that proofreading test on your first shot, you should seriously consider a career in some sort of editorial capacity. Either that, or I'm not nearly as intelligent as I like to think I am. Hmmm ...
Your hunch is correct. Once you reach level 4, you will see a link in your account interface to take the proofreading test ... if you dare.
Concerning the lengthy review time, I would consider emailing Textbroker and asking them to review a few of your submissions so that you can reach level 4. Supposedly, the editors there are particularly helpful in rating new writers so that they don't quit prematurely.
From what I understand, Textbroker's clients can publish our articles anywhere they please. I suppose you could keep a copy of what you written and Google a few phrases to determine where they are being displayed.
Frustrating it is (sorry for the Yoda-speak). Like you, the short amount of time invested at Textbroker has bested my HubPages' earnings many times over. Too bad the money isn't enough to keep me motivated. If only TB had a niche that interested me.
Very good point. I'm beginning to wonder, though, if I have the patience for residual income. If only HubPages had a one-time payment option for hubs ... *shivers*.
So far, it looks like the move to subdomains is making at least a few hubbers happier. I'm going to hang in here for a little bit longer and see I can find my second wind.
fashion on July 25, 2011:
Good review of Textbroker.com.. I love the idea of making money online.Informative work.
Powerpoe1 on July 19, 2011:
Informative review of Textbroker.com, I still have approximately $12.00 in my account and need to request a payout. Textbroker is a great source to make money, but not for me either. I love the idea of making money online and owning my materials. Things will eventually improve on HubPages and we will look back & have a few laughs. Happy Hubbing Everyone~
Bruce Chamoff from New York on July 11, 2011:
Hey geiser093, all good points. Nice to meet you. I am now following you.
geiser093 from Pittsburgh, Pa on July 11, 2011:
I think what you have to consider is a Hub has a lifespan that can produce greater revenue in the long term. I am up to $0.33 from my Hubs. I am just beginning to learn how to write a good Hub. It must get people to take action in regard to your subject matter. I see the long term potential at Hubpages, and the immediate money from TB allows me to reinvest in myself.
Bruce Chamoff from New York on July 10, 2011:
Hey MSkills, great hub and I understand wholeheartedly about the frustration of finding a decent topic to accept in the orders on Textbroker. However,
Lately, there have been a lot of great topics in my expertise, so I started to make more money with Textbroker. And sad to say, I am making more money with Textbroker than I am on Hubpages.
marshacanada from Vancouver BC on July 05, 2011:
Thanks for this well written hub. What do the Textbroker companies do with the tech articles people write?
Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on July 04, 2011:
Since the end of May, I've written about 19 texts for Textbroker and have requested my first payout totaling $45. I need the money so I am happy about that. But at times I have spent way more time than I should for a $2 piece. How do you get to take the proofreading test? Do you have to be rated a 4? I was rated a 3 and I can't possibly see how it will change when TB has only reviewed 4 of the 19 texts submitted in the past month. I do feel frustrated that this is taking so long.
I appreciate your well written, informative hub. Thanks!
MSheen on July 02, 2011:
I, too, have a textbroker account and agree that there is little creativity in writing within the limited constraints provided. I found I spent too much researchig a topic in exchange for little pay. I will put to rest the thought that all writers start out at a level 3, as I started as a level 4. And contrary to what you said somewhere above, I did not find the proofreading test difficult at all and have had proofreading jobs as well. The bottom line, though, is that there is not enough variety to not repeat one's self, which is a huge no-no on textbroker. I haven't written for some time and simply can't get excited about the $15 I earned.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 30, 2011:
Super long reply starting in 3..2..1..GO!!!
If the topic choices were even slightly better than what I've come across so far, I wouldn't bother writing anywhere else.
In spite of Textbroker's microscopic compensation per word, I could be making decent money there if only I could muster the strength to give a crap about what I'm writing.
Can I get an amen? The only problem: Adding my hubs' cents together just doesn't seem as sexy to me as watching an enormous THREE dollars instantly land in my TB account.
How does that mantra go? Oh yeah -- Residual earnings ... residual earnings ... residual ... zzzzz ...
After inserting 'mundanity' into a 100 word article on where to find nose clippers, my account was red-flagged and downgraded to level 2.
Apparently, the Chicago Manual of Style doesn't agree with the AP regarding where to place the stress mark, so Textbroker figured it would be easier just to neg me instead. Thanks a lot ... just kidding, of course. :D
Dull it is. It makes one wonder what exactly these website owners are planning on doing with our creatively-strained articles ... pencil topper manufacturers in Topeka, anyone? Anyone?
Thank you so much! I was saving a place on my trophy shelf for the HubNugget, but that was before I realized the darn thing was edible.
odesk keeps popping up here, and nothing about it sounds appealing. The testing process makes sense in a way, though.
Any person who is willing to repeatedly bang their head against a wall for the privilege of making a few dollars per hour makes for an EXCELLENT worker drone. The rest of us would just complain too damn much.
While the job wasn't for me, Textbroker still earned my respect by delivering exactly what it advertises. The editors are friendly and helpful, and the payment is delivered as promised.
How does that saying go? One man's vomit is another man's fondue? I'm sure it is something like that ...
Just like the Presidential election, your vote is the one that made the difference. Career politics, here I come!
Ahem ... seriously, though. I'd give you tips and encouragement on your assignment, but my track record with Textbroker might not portray the proper authority that you would expect.
Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on June 30, 2011:
I just signed up for Textbroker a few days ago and am working on my first assignment. I am starting at level 3 as well. I do agree that the subjects to choose from are very mundane. I wish I had read your article before signing up. Congrats on your Hubnugget nomination. You got my vote!
imcue on June 30, 2011:
Great article,I like the fact you did not totally put it down as it could be a good place to some. Everyone has their own thing - .
Angie Jardine from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ... on June 30, 2011:
Thanks for this slick review of Textbroker, mskills and I totally agree with you ... life is too short to write boring stuff, even for money.
But even that is better than odesk! Don't get me started about them! Test after test ... just to write dull, dull pieces for peanuts.
Congrats on your hubnugget nomination ... well deserved.
crochet48 on June 30, 2011:
mskills, I had a similar experience over there. I still have money in my account, but I can't bring myself to write anything else to get to payout! The titles and topics are dull, dull, dull. (Oops, just saw someone else say the same thing.) Think we're on to something here with TB?
graceomalley on June 30, 2011:
I also gave up on Textbroker due to the overwhelming mundanity. Not sure that's a word. Textbroker wouldn't take it for sure.
On the upside, i made $20.
justmesuzanne from Texas on June 29, 2011:
Yeah, I have Textbroker account, but I've never written anything for them. The topics are dull, require too much research, pay nearly nothing, and only pay it once! Better to write for yourself and continue to collect income over time.
catgypsy from the South on June 29, 2011:
I write for Textbroker and have made some money...not a lot, but a lot more than other sites I've written for! But I agree that the choice of topics is not too good. Nice Hub, though, if you ever wondered about this site.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 29, 2011:
While others are blessed with striking good looks, slick marketing skills, boundless intellect, or Olympian athletic ability, my particular strength resides in my ability to wax sincere about personal failures others would be too horrified to reveal publicly.
Glad I could help.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 29, 2011:
Just doing my civic duty. I'm a magnet for demanding jobs cursed with miniscule compensation, so I might as well broadcast my exploits.
Truth be told, I made more money from my first Textbroker article (which I wrote in 30 minutes) than I've accumulated in my entire HubPages career.
Zounds! Everything about that last sentence is laughable when you consider how serious my face looked while I typed it out ... and now I'm just noticing the 'zounds'. *sigh*
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 29, 2011:
I appreciate your honesty on this topic!
Brenda Trott, M.Ed from Houston, TX on June 28, 2011:
I hadn't heard of text broker, but I belong to a number of other similar sites. I get emails daily giving specifics for mind bending work that pays way too little. I am completely spoiled with Hubpages. Thanks for making me aware of yet another reason to be greatful I am here!
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 28, 2011:
As my first "not sure if it is spam" commenter, I'm going to let it stay just because it makes me feel good. In fact, I have a feeling you're making more money online than I am ... any tips?
Writing Work - Earn Money Online Writing on June 28, 2011:
Very honest hub! Thanks for sharing this, I've learnt a lot.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 27, 2011:
Write another one of those 77 cent pieces and you'll have surpassed my total HubPages income to date. Good luck to you at Textbroker ... you'll need it for that proofreading test.
geiser093 from Pittsburgh, Pa on June 27, 2011:
I have earned my first $0.77. Now that I am a professional writer I would like to thank all the little people who made it possible. Seriously, thanks again for the Hub. I enjoy writing and if someone is willing to pay me for my work I feel as though I am making progress.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 27, 2011:
On the bright side, Textbroker appears to be very quick at reviewing new member applications, so at least you won't have to wait long to get the digital ink flowing. Thank you so much for the kind words.
Much thanks. Though, I'm sure HubPages will look the other way over such a minor transgression such as looking into Textbroker if you're secretly interested.
How unconscionable is it that I voted ... uh, I mean my mouse finger slipped when voting for the writing category?
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on June 27, 2011:
I enjoyed reading your review. For sure I won't sign up for textbroker (grins)
Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To read and vote, this way: https://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Nuggets-for-E...
spirit929 from Upstate NY somewhere over the rainbow on June 27, 2011:
I enjoyed reading your article, very imformative! In fact I visited Textbroker.com, Haven't checked it out yet but will tonight.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 26, 2011:
I found the missing 'h' this time around. As for odesk, your experiences with their vetting process makes me appreciate my day job just a tad bit more than usual.
If nothing else, Textbroker is certainly legitimate. I've successfully received payment through my PayPal account, so I can at least vouch for their ability to pay out. Good luck in your endeavors.
Glad I could help.
If there was some sort of hybrid site that guaranteed payment while allowing you to choose your own topics, I'd be there in a flash. For now, the freedom of HubPages trumps Textbroker's commission system for me.
Awesome. I didn't write this hub solely to warn people against signing up, so I'm glad you're choosing to join knowing exactly what to expect. The money IS real there, rest assured.
geiser093 from Pittsburgh, Pa on June 26, 2011:
I signed up a TB and am awaiting approval of my writing sample. I just enjoy writing and the chance to get paid to do so excites me no matter what the pay. Good piece thank you for the information.
Dianemae on June 26, 2011:
Thank you for a direct insight into Textbroker. You saved me a lot of time and trouble. My decision is made.
snowysilver from Midwest on June 26, 2011:
Great hub! I was thinking about freelance writing but didn't really know what sites to check out. It sounds legit and I just may give it a try. Thanks for the info
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 26, 2011:
Me too. I went there and one must take test after test just to verify English skills, etc. I don't have time for that. One test, fine. Other than than, I am wasting writing time. I understand odesk wishes to strive for utmost integrity, I do too just think it not worth the rigamarole for five or ten dollars.
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 25, 2011:
Y'know, a little alcohol would go a long way towards breaking the monotony of technical writing. I must go thither and experiment with this new revelation.
I'm afraid my only encounters with odesk.com have been indirect. The amount of self-promotion that is required to be successful is a deal-breaker for me.
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 25, 2011:
I also find this Hub very informative. I just cannot crank out 10-15 articles of technical verbiage all day long. And the low payments just amaze me. Certainly for a person who likes that stuff and needs money, any money, it is a blessing. I would spend all my earnings on wine just to stay sane.
Have you any experience with odesk.com?
mskills (author) from North Carolina, USA on June 25, 2011:
Ah, I didn't realize technical writers were in short supply. With a brain transplant and the right amount of monetary incentive, I'd be more than happy to help fill that void. Until that time, I'll content myself with what I do best: Complaining.