|Textbroker, is that you?|
For anyone who isn't sure what exactly that entails- think of a water mill, as seen in the pretty pastoral image above, then replace the water with content. Yeah, it's not a pretty image, because instead of whirling cogs and wheels you have writers furiously pumping out content.
|If you look close enough, you can see the tiny writers in the cogs.|
I see Textbroker as one of those places where you can earn a little beer money without having to put in too much effort. But if you want to make enough money to pay bills, you are going to have to do a little sweating.
As with a lot of low paid work, there is a danger that you will focus all your attention on making sure you are earning minimum wage, or enough to be able to say, I bought this (insert product here) with the money I made writing on the Internet! Textbroker is like a lot of minimum wage jobs in that it requires a lot of effort to make your money. And by the time you finish working for the day, you'll be too tired to do any other writing.
Here's how it works.
How do you become a writer for Textbroker?
You sign up and submit a writing sample. The editors will get back to you in about a week or less and assign you with a number from 1 to 5. These are the five different levels of writing you can do at Textbroker and each one comes with its own word per cent payment. Depending on their writing capabilities, most people are assigned as either a level 3 or 4. There are very few jobs at level three, so you have to prove your merit by writing your very best content. This will usually bring you up to a level 4, this is where the majority of writers on Textbroker end up. If it doesn't you need to read some grammar books and revisit your highschool writing rules. There is a fabled level 5, where you can get paid up to $30 for 500 words, but the criteria for entry to level 5 is pretty much kept secret.
Level 2 writers earn a miserly .07 cent a word
Level 3 writers earn a slightly less miserly 1.0 cent a word
Level 4 writers earn the princely sum of 1.4 cent a word
Level 5 writers earn the astronomical sum of 5.0 cent a word. Break out the champagne!
The editing process
When you sign in, you are presented with the job board where you find article assignments. When you see an article that doesn't numb your brain with the inanity of its subject matter, you have the choice to claim it for 10 minutes and read the requirements set out by the client. If you choose not to do the job, you can simply click back to the job list.
If you pick the job, you have a time frame set by the client in which you have to complete it. These are usually a day or two days long. As you can only claim one article at a time, you have plenty of time to write it. After you complete the article, the client has three days to accept it or ask for a revision. They cannot reject it until they have asked for a revision at least once.
And what do you do when a client asks for a revision? It depends on their revision request. If it's so extensive that it would require a complete rewrite of the article, you have to ask yourself is it really worth it. If it isn't you can cancel the process and send the article back into the writer pool for another writer to take a try at it.
Once the client accepts the article, you are paid. Textbroker pays out every Friday into your Paypal. The Textbroker editors then rate your article on their 1-5 system. The cumulative ratings of your articles determines which level you will be writing at in the future. They sometimes leave comments that help you improve your writing. Or highlights their obsession with commas.
Is it for you?
Once you are signed up, Textbroker is a hand way to make some quick cash. If you have a fast typing rate and an ability to pump out 500 word article after article on stimulating topics like Wall Bracket or Stand: What's Best for Your Flatscreen TV, then this is probably your dream job. For the rest of us, it can really sap your love of writing.
|Textbroker writers after a long day's work.|
To end on a positive note. If a client likes your work, there is the possibility that you will get direct orders from them at a rate that you set.