This site is disgusting. It's bad enough that they pay you a penny per word, which even a fourth grader could do. But it's even worse when you consistently turn in articles which you KNOW are of good quality, and they never move your rating up, so you can never make any more money. And clients will send back work 4-5 times on stupid little things that don't even make any sense, when they should have put it in a different star category if they wanted perfection. And I can never make it over 19$ a pay period because even if I write 30-40$ worth of articles, they wait until after payday to review them so they don't have to pay big payouts to people. This whole outfit is unworthy of even the worst writer. Writers, even if you are beginners, DO NOT SELL YOURSELF SHORT! This company sucks ass. They treat people like s%*# because that is exactly what they are.
Sadly, this company appears to be in a slide and they were once super responsive and great to write for. Worked for them on and off a few years, right now poor staff author response now and other mischief. Till they work out their slide in services and author response, you might want to give this company a miss.
First, it took Textbroker at least 10 days to even look at my writing sample. When I inquired, they approved it later that day with an apology. They also accepted my article samples. But later, after giving me a 4-star rating, they took my article links down, saying my byline was against policy. I hadn't realized that, so I understood. But why accept them in the first place?
Besides this, which was a mere frustration, the rates are poor at best. I've written professionally for almost 20 years, drumming up freelance on my own, and Textbroker rates are CRIMINAL, even for beginner writers. Four-star writers receive around 6 cents per word, if that. Even the lower paying assignments I've had with various companies and websites have paid 20 cents more per word than this text mill, at the very *least*. If you want to work hard (writing can be tough) and provide valuable content that clients will profit from much more than you will, then go for it. Work for Textbroker if you need a start. Even a bleak one. But if you value yourself and your work, don't.
You're better off approaching companies, websites and organizations on your own, without this middleman to rip you off.
I have spent the last 15 years as a professional writer. Blogs, print and also have worked as an editor. I'm no slouch at writing.
After literally hundreds of blogs for these people over three years, hundreds, all rated a "4" - all of them - ONE client rejected an article (after asking for changes that I made per his instructions) and, not being a mind reader, (apparently I didn't get what he meant in his 15 word email) he rejected it. After three years, hundreds of blogs and ONE unsatisfied client I was reduced to a "3" with a congratulatory email -no kidding, it read: "Congratulations!!! You are now a 3 star writer."
Wha????? 3 star writers have a more limited pool of choices for blogs (and they aren't that great to begin with!) and less pay. Because on ONE unsatisfied client.
Actually, that's what cut if for me, although I really should have moved along long before. These people are clearly idiots. Often you find yourself writing blogs that you normally wouldn't because the pool gets so limited. Your "pay" can be sort of decent (it is NEVER good) and don't believe anyone who says you can make a living at this!- but also can be quite paltry. Quite. You are not in control of that either. Many of the blogs ask for "from a Canadian point of view" or such that will discount it for US writers. Many blogs are $1.50 product descriptions. Some client's instructions are filled with grammatical and spelling errors. Some are unclear. Some clients are good ones, but some want "War and Peace" for $6. And TB will expect you to do that. They ask you to include all sorts of things that are not in the realm of "writing". You're actually better off flipping burgers or working at the 7-11 and working on your own blog or novel. Trust me. It will be a lot more dependable.
I have been a writer with Textbroker for three weeks. I started as at 3 star level and after submitting my first five, they jumped me to 4 star rating. My first 40 articles was accepted with no issues. All of a sudden, I got a revision request because I did not have "voice" in my writing and I had too many facts. First of all, the client instructed to do research so of course I'm going to put facts and evidence to support my claim. After already taking hours of researching to insure high quality finish work I became extremely frustrated. It was a 940 word article so I wasn't getting anymore than $13 to write it. It wasn't worth it. I cancelled it. I was absolutely not going to revise anything after I took so long to write it in the first place.
Clients expect so much for so little pay. Im going somewhere else that will pay me what my high-quality research and writing is worth. Good-bye text broker.
I see a lot of horror stories from writers on here, and I don't get it.
I'm currently on Textbroker and working on moving up to better clients. I've been 4 star my entire time, never had an issue with reviews. As for the complaints like, "They blocked me accepting other articles after a coupe of weeks, so I couldn't pay my rent," they mention the five article block for new writers, and you are getting paid 1.4 cents a word or less so this isn't something you should rely on for money.
Clients that complain about keyword stuffing or word count inflation, this is what you get for 1.4 cents a word. A lot of the orders on the site come from clients that don't care about writing quality, they just want their keywords in a piece of an acceptable size. This leads to writers trained to focus on those aspects and not on creating quality writing.
I'm fine with writing on Textbroker for now. It's been a source of extra cash while I build better habits in myself. This isn't a long term writing solution, but it's good enough for the first couple of months.
I just started writing for Textbroker and I've already had my first bad experience with my first article! I wrote about a 250 word description for a client and received a hyper technical critique from a proofreader. I felt like I was being graded on a college English exam! I don't mind constructive criticism, but, this was ridiculous! I don't believe for a minute that the average person landing on the website page that my article was intended for would have had any problems with it. I was rated as a four star author going in so, to someone at Textbroker, at least, I was worthy of four stars. But, this uptight proofreader felt differently and literally stated in the critique that, "This order needs to be reworked for quality. There are too many errors present in this order for a 4-star order."
First of all, there was nothing wrong with the "quality" of the article. I used the same sentence structure and grammar rules in this article that I used in my writing sample that garnered me the four star rating. The "problems" mentioned by the proofreader were technical in nature.
If I'm going to have to deal with a different temperament every time a turn in a simple article for a measly three bucks each time then they can count me out!
I have been picking up orders from Textbroker and receiving my weekly pay promptly since June, 2014.. If there is a concern or issue, I call customer service and it is handled effectively. Feedback is welcome and received. Textbroker was very clear about their guidelines when I started. They did not offer any false promises. All information about rating and pay has been transparent. I am satisfied with the clients and the editors at Textbroker.
I've been an intermittent user of TB services. I've found the quality average even for the top quality service level hence haven't made heavy use of their service.
I've this month had a demand for a significant payment from TB because I haven't placed a recent order! Would you believe, they expect me to pay to stay on their list of possible clients! I know of no quality company that does this.
In my view that is outrageous so I have removed myself from their list and will not use them again as a matter of principle.
Sorry, NO STARS., but that's not an option on this site so 1* given.
I worked for Textbroker for about four months and wrote 37 articles with one rejection. In energy received any article reviews from Textbroker editors until months later. The one rejection was because I couldn't figure out the company's hyperlink mechanism. I received rave reviews and continued to write at a level 4 hoping to advance to 5. At the 37 article textbroker all of a sudden gives a review of all my articles and reduces my level to 3. A professional company would review articles as the writer presents them so that whatever faults textbroker finds can be changed and the writer's work enhanced. I am a seasoned writer. The problems Textbroker found with my work are unjustifiable. Don't waste your time.
They don't give their authors enough information to write appropriate articles.
And their automated approval process means that you give them a window for delivering and have to watch your email closely to discover when it is delivered so you don't miss the reject or rewrite window.
Waste of time, effort and money.
Textbroker is synonymous with exploitation. Enough said.
At first i thought i could gain great writing experience on textbroker with supposed reviews and all but while it was exciting at first i came it see it wasnt all its hyped to be. First off my first short article i had to write to recieve a grade put me at 3 stars which I remained for months until they reviewed my first 5 articles they bumped me down to a 2 and never reviewed any more again. How am i supposed to improve or even know if im improving when its been almost 5 damn months of no feedback there are hardly any 2 star orders mostly just 4 star so you cant become a better writer and you cant make real income its just a waste of time on both ends really dont bother wasting your time TRUST me
I have hired these writers a few times for web content but the last time was just ridiculous. I selected one of the higher levels of quality and what I got was complete garbage. Seriously... it was obviously written by someone who was just trying to stuff the article with words to max out the budget.
To give you an example. The assignment was to write an "about us" paragraph. The first line was "we are a co-ed group of professionals" <-- as if that matters at all. A completely dumb statement to add about a company in my opinion. Have you ever heard of a company that was strictly men or women? I complained and rejected the article but apparently the fine team at textbroker.com thought that it was a great article because I was told that my complaint wasn't valid and the article was accepted on my behalf!!!
GARBAGE QUALITY. STAY AWAY!!!
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When I started I was rated a 4. They stopped me without warning for 2 weeks and caused me to lose my apartment because I could not write. They then reduced me to 3 stars which effectively reduced compensation by half. The justifications they gave actually showed that my writing was at least at the 4 star level as that level is defined by them. They also promise to review and rate work on an ongoing basis and they have yet to rate any more work. They really are committing fraud here.
I worked for this lame company for 1 week. They hired me for a coordinator job and had me editing. They didn't provide any training to me for my position nor did they have a computer that was up to its needs and updated with the proper software needed to do my daily job! Total waste of time!!!
Textbroker now requires writers to re-verify their accounts by sending a photo of themselves showing their faces completely while holding a picture of their ID cards that is easy to see in the photo too and if you don't comply within a day, they permanently close your account. I'll try to find a better site that lets you write for clients and is likely to last.
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I have been writing for Textbroker for about 6 years. Sometimes I do well and at other times it seems that nothing I do is right. I have been mostly a level 4 writer, but lately it seems that I have been targeted to be smacked back to a level 3 for minor offenses.
My biggest complaint is how the editors nitpick. Can't an editor add a comma or make a minor change to an article? Since writers don't own the articles I don't understand why that would be a problem. Is that not what editing is --or is it to act as a teacher who grades the paper and gives it back to the student?
Many of the instructions are confusing. When I get something back because the instructions were confusing, I copy it and save it for one of my other writing sites and cancel the process on TB. What's interesting is that I write for a site that rates me higher and pays more than TB for the same types of articles, so I can almost always use what TB turns down.
Some orders have several links that one must click to read pages of instructions An article that seemingly pays well ends up paying a few cents per hour by the time one reads all of the instructions and watches the accompanying YouTube videos. I guess people who want to feel like they are real writers praise TB. However many of us who write for TB know that we are hobbyists at best. We probably would not give them a second look if we could land some really good paying freelance gigs. Unless one has nothing else to do but sit a computer all day, it is just a another content mill and o.k. for some vacation change.
I took two writing jobs that paid a tiny bit of money for 500 words, same client, approximately. Client wanted a rewrite 4 times on one of the articles. He was only paying 1.80 and I am worth way more than 1.80 an hour.
He was unwilling to pay for more than 2 stars and I told him that 1.80 was not going to pay my bills.I advised privately that more stars would get him more rewrites. I saw at the end of the week that he had eventually asked for 5 star writers but they too put his job request back into the queue, as he was asking for too many rewrites.
The only problem I have with this site, is that the client can ask for 2 star writers and then demand that they write, re-write and re-write again if the client wants something different then what they originally asked for. People are cheap at heart and want as much as they can get for as little as possible. I wish there was a place on the website and under the jobs available where we as writers can put comments about the clients, so that everyone doesn't waste their time.
That way clients that are especially difficult, the potential writer knows what they are walking or accepting into.
There is work on-demand. No searching work or bidding on contracts. Getting paid is easy.
The pay is terrible in terms of real world income. Even 5 stars writers are under paid. They do not rate work in a timely manner which slows the promotion process.
After reading the policies I have found that in order to use textbroker.com, you must allow the owner of text broker to copyright your work to their name meaning they will be the distrubutor and collector (owner of your work) in regards to any energy accumilated/exchanged through your work. In my opinion textbroker.com is an extortion practice, and keeps good authors from ever truly breaking free with their work. Maybe they will pay you to write, when you need them too, but I wouldn't publish anything I feel good about with textbroker.com because I am a do it yourself type of person. If you have the ability to produce literature people want to read, invest in publication or find a publisher who will tell you how much you're getting paid before they own your work or even better a publisher who will allow you at least some ownership claim to your material. If you retain the rights to your work you can actually make a lot more money, especially if a lot of people want to read it. Textbroker.com retains the right to submit your work in many different mediums but with a little persistence and effort, you could too!
In short, textbroker.com is a school yard bully taking the apple from writers and returning a slice. PASS