A review of Textbroker.com
Textbroker.com is a site where just about anyone with a basic concept of grammar and the English language can find work. It has some of the same features as most other writing sites do, but it also has a few that you won’t find on other sites, like teams.
Since no Textbroker review would be complete without some details about how to get started on Textbroker.com, let’s start with that.
Unlike some of the other writing sites, there is no test for Textbroker.com. Instead, you are rated as you write. To sign up, all you need is an email address and a Paypal account, both of which are free and easy to sign up for. In my experience, the profile here is about as important as it is on any other site where you can find freelance content writing jobs from random clients. For the most part the client is not looking at your profile, but judging you based on the actual work you provide them with. However, it can’t hurt to fill out all areas of the profile, if for no other reason than to have your name indexed with some keywords related to the kind of freelance content writing jobs you are looking for.
Once you sign up and have your profile filled out, you can start accepting jobs. You simply sign in and click on the “assignments” tab to see the work that is available. The system works on a rated basis, so you will start as a “one” and work your way up. You will see a list of subjects as well as a table that shows the rating required to write on the amount of article ordered for that subject. For instance, if your rating is a “two”, you will be able to write articles for one and two star ratings and you will be able to see that there are articles available for three and four star ratings, but you won’t be able to write the three and four star ones. As you might imagine, the higher your star rating, the better the pay.
After you open the topic that you want to write on, you will see a list of titles that you can choose from. To write on a title, you click on the title and wait for the text box to open. When this window opens, it will offer all the instructions that the client wants you to follow, including keywords and how many times the keywords are to be used. You can also see how long you have to write the article, as well as the pay and word count requirements. From the time you open this text box you have ten minutes to accept the assignment. Never fear though; if you don’t accept it then, you can look at it again later if it is still there.
One of the most important parts of getting freelance content writing jobs at this Textbroker is the star rating. If you use correct grammar and punctuation while following the client instructions to the letter, you should have no problem excelling here. Your rating is based on the last three reviews you have, so it can change quickly. Keep in mind that sometimes the clients review you and sometimes the Textbroker review comes from the Textbroker team. Either way, the norm is that you get rated with information included about why you were rated at the level you were rated at.
This site recently implemented the use of teams. There are several ways you can join a team. Sometimes you are invited based on your rating and profile, so if you are interested in using this site on a long term basis, make sure to fill out your profile completely and keep it up to date. You can also apply to teams, but some of them require a specific rating, so you have a bit more motivation to keep your rating up. While some teams only require that you accept their terms, others may require a sample of your writing or that you answer questions specific to the topics the team works on.
While this site at first seems as if it is a great place to start as a writer rather than work on a long term basis with, the opposite is actually true. You can cultivate some long term projects here and know that you will be paid on a regular basis. Payout is every Friday, provided you requested payout by the preceding Thursday. You have to have made at least ten dollars in order to be able to meet payout terms, but since the site is usually full of plenty of work, this should not be a problem for anyone who is well versed in the English language.
Answers to most questions about text broker can be found in the Textbroker forums.
These days, I do not use this site very often unless I have a lull in private clients. I blame this more on myself than the site simply because I have not taken the time to really develop my profile to reflect all my skills or to cultivate relationships with teams or repeat clients. I also am not fond of the support they offer, which is to say that the fastest way to get a response is to go to the forum and ask other writers a question rather than trying to contact the site administrators. In fact, the way I use the site is not at all the way the site was intended to be used by writers.
I find that regardless of how well you write, sometimes clients just don’t like what you have to say. In the case of Textbnroker and the way they work, it does not matter whether you filled the client’s request exactly as they asked for it or not. If the client does not like the article, you will inevitably get a low rating. While this is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, it can put you off track until you get that rating behind you enough for it to not impact your current rating.
This site is also a useful tool to use when searching for ideas or topics to write about. Sometimes the hardest part of writing is coming up with ideas on what to write, but when you can open a tab and see numerous topics, it helps you to get your own ideas. Note that you should never take a client’s topic for your own personal use, but reviewing what is available may spark a few ideas of your own.
Another challenge with this site is that it can be difficult to raise your ranking because most of the jobs are for higher ranking writers. In order to get your own rating up, you have to write enough to get beyond three or four stars. Since the clients and administrators are not always timely with the ratings, this can hold you up significantly when you are trying to get some higher paying jobs.
There are three things that make Textbroker a good place to write for.
1.) The pay is weekly and there is never an issue with payment or privacy, which is to say it is not one of the sites that has been hacked for user passwords recently.
2.) There is usually plenty of work, but it may require a lot of research for very little pay.
3.) There are no frequency requirements. Almost every online program calls for frequent visits to the site. If you go beyond the required time away from the site, they can actually keep your pay. Textbroker holds your account open and keeps the payment in there until you reach over ten dollars and request payout. In all likelihood this is probably because some writers want to wait until they have more than ten dollars in their account before they request payout, but for whatever reason this site does not require frequent visits in order to maintain your account.
justkat73 is a freelance writer that can be found at Hirewriters.com. She has been paid to write hundreds of articles on many topics including; Business, Counseling, Education, Entertainment, Finance, Food Service, Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Legal, Politics