Finding legitimate ways to earn money online is hard, because there are so many scams out there. However, you are lucky to have come across TextBroker, as it is one of the most legitimate platforms on the internet today for freelancers to make money. So, what is Textbroker about? Read further to find out.
At A Glance
My First Impressions
The home page of this platform looks clean and I found the website very easy to navigate. Textbroker has dual purpose; the first to offer freelance work and the second, for people looking for freelance content writers.
The one thing that I didn’t really like about Textbroker, is the fact that you have to be a resident of the USA to be able to sign up as a freelance writer. But as a client, you can be from all four corners of the globe and still sign up.
Although Textbroker can be used for any kind of content, it is more geared towards online content-writing and SEO. Because bloggers may not always have the time to write their articles themselves, they will outsource their work from Textbroker or other similar platforms, and are willing to pay to get the content.
There may be a thousand reasons why you would want to outsource a written piece and for any kind of writing that you are looking for, you can find many writers that will fit your field of expertise within Textbroker.
Now, outsourcing work can be a headache, because you worry about the real quality of the work, such as grammar, puntuation and coherence.
You might also worry about the authenticity of the work and plagiarism, specially as an online blogger. Having duplicate content and an article badly written in terms of SEO can be harmful for your website.
I would like to reassure you that Textbroker has a very strict algorhythm that will detect duplicate content. You will also be happy to know that not just anybody can achieve the 5-star status. It takes a lot of constant quality writing and positive reviews from clients to make it to a 5-star writer.
Typically, people with decent English will start from a 2-star and will work their way up. Some people with very good English will get to start from a 3-star. It is very rare that anybody would start off as a 4-star or 5-star writer, though they do exist.
As with any other freelance platform, depending on the quality of the work that you are looking for, and depending on whether you want to engage somebody who has SEO knowledge, the price you pay will be different.
Ordering content is very easy on Textbroker and there are a lot of different fields that it caters to. Already you will be able to see that this platform is made for the online blogging / content creation niche.
You are able to customize the orders to your liking, as follows;
1) choosing a base template, for example, if you are only blogging, or looking for content for social media or content for your own website, a product description, etc…
2) you can also either place an open order that will be seen by all writers on Textbroker, by a specific writer of your choosing, OR a team of writers that you personally would like to offer the gig to.
3) if you chose for it to be an open order, you can choose the number of words you are looking for, the rating of the person you want to have work on your content and you can also ask them to use a specific keyword.
4) then you can even add a description, such as, the format you want it to follow, the specific things you want the article to touch base on etc…
5) you can also assign the deadline for content submission.
Textbroker does have a refund policy for various reasons, such as if you are not satisfied with the work that has been submitted to you, which happens to be the general reason why you may want to ask for a refund.
On that note, you will only be able to receive a refund if you have requested a revision from the writer and it still does not meet your expectations.
Be aware that any work submitted to you, that has not been either sent for revision or accepted within 72 hours of submission, will automatically be accepted, and weekends are included. In that case, you will not be able to request a refund.
Textbroker for Writers
In order to become a writer on Textbroker, there are several qualifications that you will need. Some are mandatory while others are detrimantal to the ability of earning more money.
1) You need to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of the USA – This is mandatory
2) You need to have decent English writing skills – Proper english is needed, no short forms, proper grammar and coherence.
3) You need to be well-versed in SEO – This will determine how much work you receive. If you know about SEO, then you are more in demand.
4) You will also need to submit a sample of your work so your level can be determined. This is not like a test, but much more to classify your writing abilities.
After Signing up
Your writing abilities will be based on how well you write and based on your fields of expertise, particularly SEO. This is when you will be assigned your “star level” and will only be able to write for customers that want a star level that matches your own.
Don’t worry! You will not always stay within the same 2-star category. Over time, you can take additional assessments for Textbroker to gage your English-writing level.
There are various tutorials for writers that will help you be the best writer that you can possibly be. It teaches you how to become a 3-star, 4-star and even a 5-star writer. Not only will these help you get better, but the better you get, the more you can earn.
The training is completely free and will give you tips and tricks to help you avoid the most commonly made mistakes in writing. It will give you simple pointers as to when certain punctuation is used, when a certain abbreviation can be used, etc… and make the coherence and the quality of your work better.
As in everything that we humans need to practice, practice and practice! The better you get, the more projects you can take on and the more money you are able to make.
There are no significant tools that need to be mentioned here, although some tools most definitely are available.
The support has been reported as being very good by various clients and writers alike. You are able to reach support either by calling them or by emailing them.
If you know me though, you will always hear me saying that there needs to be some kind of 24/7 support. It does not matter if it is through chat or through the phone, but it needs to have some sort of 24/7 support.
I can see this as a potential problem if the customer has given a short submission deadline from the day of acceptance and I accept it. If I were to potentially run into a problem, either with the account, or the website or just need advice and help in general, I would not be able to get the help that I’ll need right away.
This could cause me to miss my deadline and that will negatively impact my reputation on Textbroker.
I’m not saying that this is an all-round occurrence, but for people who really need the assistance and find themselves too close to a deadline, this could well be a big problem.
Pricing / Payment
It is free to create an account both as a client and as writer on this platform. However, of course, as a client, you will need to pay for the services rendered by the writer.
Now, from what I understand, as a client, you will need to transfer money to your TextBroker account before you will be able to place an order.
After you place the order, Textbroker themselves, take out the money from your account. On an open project, a writer will choose your project as one they would like to work on and you can accept a writer after you view their profile, ratings and sample work.
After the writer finishes writing up, they will submit the finished piece to you. At this point, you will be able to accept it if the work seems acceptable to you. That’s when Textbroker will release payment to the writer and that marks the cycle.
If you are not satisifed with the work, you can send it back to the writer for revision. If when they send the revised copy back and you are still not satisfied, you may be able to ask for a refund from Textbroker and you also forfeit the right over the document written up by the writer.
Mostly, payment for orders (from clients) can be made from Paypal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Payment to writers is generally through Paypal. Here is a breakdown of what most writers will receive.
How does Textbroker make money?
You may notice that I have not included the fee that will go exclusively to Textbroker in the above and that’s because Textbroker works a little differently.
Other platforms will usually take out a percentage from the writer’s earnings before the writers are paid. Textbroker actually charges their fee from the client directly. So what you see being charged from the client for the work is what you get.
Success Stories / Feedback
There are a lot of people that have gotten paid with Textbroker as a writer, so there aren’t any complaints here. People also have liked how flexible you could be, with working as much or as little as you want.
However, the most common complaint is that it does not pay enough. It make sense, because most writers will be in the 3-star category, which will only pay you 1c per word. Most blogs are about 1000 words, so that’s $10 only for most gigs.
As a 5-star writer though, you could earn 5c per word and the same gig would land you at least $25. But unless you are a very good writer who makes a VERY minimal number of mistakes, you would be stuck at a 4-star, with 1.4c per word.
Here are a few reviews from people who have worked as a writer.
Is it worth it?
To be honest with you, for someone looking to make some extra income while working a full-time job elsewhere, it is great. Or it may be that you are on a maternity leave and looking to make some extra cash. It is legit and it will pay.
However, to me, the amount that they pay is not worth the amount of work and time that you take out of your busy day. With this kind of work, you are writing and making SOME money, while the person who pays you makes EVEN MORE money, when they put that article on their website.
My point is, it is much better to write for yourself and post your articles on your own website, where you have the opportunity to make money over and over and over again.
Think about it; with Textbroker, you are writing but only getting paid ONCE. With your own website and your own blogs/articles, you have the potential to make money from EVERY SINGLE VISITOR that comes to your website.
Such that, you would not be making $25 for that article anymore, but $25 for EACH AND EVERY visitor that buys on your website.
I know it’s a little scary…
… to venture into something that is unknown by yourself, so you will be happy to know that there exists a training platform that will help you FROM THE BEGINNING! And you can try it for free. You can even remain a free member for as long as you like!
I am part of this platform and if you do decide to create your own account, then I will also be able to help you personally!
You will not make thousands overnight, but you WILL have the potential to make full-time income and beyond, if you are patient enough. Click on the link above where you will be directed to my review of this wonderful training platform.
To those of you who have worked with Textbroker, would you mind telling us about your experience? How did you personally find the clients, the work, the platform? If you have outsourced your work from there, then what was your experience dealing with the writers? Have you ever had trouble with refunds?
We would really appreciate your feedback!
If you do choose to work with Textbroker, then it is a great start. However, also keep in mind that the pay has been in many complaints as being too low.