Earning Opportunity: Textbroker

It’s the beginning of April, which means it’s time to review another earning opportunity. Sorry this one is a few days late – the month started at a weird time. Plus, it was Easter.

Anyway, this month I’m going to review a little site called Textbroker. If you don’t already know, making money online generally involves writing or taking surveys. Unfortunately, neither pay very well – at least not at first.

Textbroker is a site where writers (authors) can sign up to write articles for buyers on almost any topic. When you sign up, you’ll be asked to submit a sample of your writing. The “grade” you earn determines how much you get paid. For example, a very bad writer that makes a lot of errors may only get rated at 1-star. They will get paid less (we’re talking like a fraction of a cent per word) than a writer that gets rated at 4 stars. However, even a 4-star author makes less than 2 cents per word.

In order to make any amount of money on Textbroker, you need to get rated at 5 stars. To do that, you’ll need to first be rated at 4 stars and then pass the proofreading test. Next, you’ll get an email telling you to write 10 (open) articles of 250 words or more that are essentially error-free. Why did I mention that they had to be “open” articles? Well, on Textbroker, you can find work one of 2 ways: choose a job from the pool of “open” orders, or join a team and do a team job. Open orders pay less than team jobs do, which is probably why they require you to do open orders before being evaluated – it’s the only way to get a 4-star author to do an open order since they pay so poorly.

So my final conclusion? It’s simply not worth the time. I’ve been on Textbroker for a couple of months now and haven’t even broken $100 yet. Heck, I haven’t even done my 10 articles for the 5-star evaluation yet. The reason I don’t like Textbroker is because clients can put some pretty crazy demands out there. You’ll see a lot of jobs that look like this:

Title: 10 Ways Quantum Physics can be Applied to Behavioral Reconditioning Exercises at Maximum Security Prisons
Word count: 250
Deadline: 1 day
Keywords: Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pink tights, Organic gardening in Canada
Directions: Write a detailed and thorough article about the above subject. Use subheadings and cite your resources. I want something well researched and I WILL REJECT ARTICLES I COULD HAVE WRITTEN MYSELF with little to no knowledge on the subject!!!

This isn’t even an exaggeration. You see some really crazy stuff like that posted. Even if you’re not initially turned off by the title, many buyers post insanely low word counts for what they want. Why? Because the author can go over the desired word count, but they won’t receive any extra compensation for it. So, even though a job like this is going to be at least 600 words or the most concise writer, they’ll only get paid for 250 words – which if you recall, is less than $5. Furthermore, the buyer can reject the article if it’s not researched well enough or doesn’t contain the crazy keywords that have absolutely nothing to do with the subject and will require additional words to work in. Somehow.

So typically jobs like this aren’t picked up right away (ever) and you wind up having to sort through a lot of junk to find anything worthwhile. I’ve logged on multiple times only to find nothing worth writing for the compensation level being offered. Wasting time searching open jobs is really not my thing and that turns me off from Textbroker more than anything else.

The bottom line is that Textbroker is great if you’re the client, but crap if you’re the author. I’m sure the client feels completely justified asking for so much because there’s no doubt in my mind that Textbroker charges them an arm and a leg, throwing the authors peanuts, but hey – this isn’t a post about why you shouldn’t feel bad putting absurd requests up on Textbroker.

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