Date Sat, June 23 2012


For the most part, my writing income now comes from a site called TextBroker. It’s quite similar to WriterAccess, which I’ve talked about previously, but there’s a few key differences. In fact, as I type this, the TextBroker website seems to be undergoing some changes that are causing it to be slow/time out.

Like WriterAccess, I applied and was rated. I was then able to accept articles at my rating level. After my first five articles, I was rated once more. This time, I moved up in the ranks, and was able to write fewer words for more money. However, the prices at TextBroker are much lower. TB offers significantly more work, so I spend most of my time there. However, I’d make an easier living if WriterAccess had more clients. The price breakdown for each level is as follows:

Article Quality payment per word payment per 500 words
2 stars: legible 0.7 cents   3.50 USD
3 stars: good quality 1.0 cents   5.00 USD
4 stars: excellent quality 1.4 cents   7.00 USD
5 stars: professional quality 5.0 cents   25.00 USD

Thus, the same rating as on WriterAccess earns less money, but TB has more work overall.

TextBroker was quite the departure from Demand Studios, for which I’d written for over a year. TB connects you directly with clients, so there’s a wider variety of work available, from news reports to press releases to product reviews to casual blog posts. I’ve written them all. Subjects vary just as much, but TB breaks them into genre, which makes it easier for the reviewer. I stick to software, technology, Internet and related subjects when I can.

Although clients can choose different types of articles, I find that the focus tends to be on keyword usage, regardless. I quickly learned that an article that requires five different keywords, five times each isn’t usually worth the time. Some have no keyword requirement at all, and some clients understand that keywords don’t are optimal but not easy to write. I prefer to write without keyword requirements, but life doesn’t always work like that. Because it is a client system, each article has a different time frame. Some allow you up to two days, while others only let you write them for four hours. I don’t always pay attention and so articles expire, oops.

As far as I know, articles go through a copyright checker and then go directly to the clients who aren’t English editors or teachers themselves, so acceptance is much more likely than when I was writing for Demand Studios or even Constant Content, where articles first go to editors. However, editors do check your articles after the fact. They rate them and send you feedback. These ratings use the star system, so you may find yourself able to write for a higher tier or bumped down for a while, which I’ve experienced.

What makes up for all of this are the TeamOrders and DirectOrder system. You can apply for or accept invitations to teams, which have higher pay rates than the open orders. Each team has a different focus. For example, I’m part of one team that is all reviews of Android/iOS apps and hardware, while another one is basically writing positive articles about certain people or organizations. Each client has different requirements, and some aren’t as worth it as others. I have more freedom with the app reviews, and while they pay lower, I enjoy them better than the other team.

DirectOrders allow clients to send specific articles to individual writers. I seem to have turned a couple heads, because I’ve been writing SEO/marketing articles for one client for a few weeks, while I just picked up another who thinks I know all about social media. I get to set my own price per word for DirectOrders. Writers are also able to set prices on a per-client basis, which is pretty awesome. If someone likes you and is willing to pay more for your work, you can earn much more than the basic price. I’ve set mine pretty low, to be honest, to ensure I get more orders. One of the pieces of advice I received in the very beginning was to always send “Thank you” notes to clients who placed DirectOrders, so I try to do that.

As I mentioned, TextBroker has some changes. They just went from a plain textarea to an HTML editor, which adds options that are nice, but seems to have slowed the site down. I have a few suggestions that I’ll be sure to make in the near future. If you’re looking for a little extra income or a place to freelance completely, TextBroker isn’t the prettiest, but it’s more active than many sites.

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