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Textbroker Sucks

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Ahhhh, Textbroker.

I’ve been with them about a year now. I’m not sure if I like them or not. I haven’t really put in the time with them, I guess.

Seeing one of their articles reminded me of why I don’t write for them more often.

Here’s the instructions for one of their articles:

*** Please read ALL of these instructions before taking on this order ***

1.) You will write an article based west hollywood home and using west hollywood home as the main keyword for the article. Follow the punctuation and spelling presented in the order title. If it is a mis-spelling of a common name or term, please use the mis-spelled version and in your article note that it is a common misspelling.

*** In order to use the keywords in a natural way, feel free to separate the phrases with punctuation and/or incidental words like prepositions and articles. For example, for “online degrees colleges” you could write “With more students seeking online degrees, colleges are expanding their online distance learning programs” or “Online degrees from colleges and universities are increasing in popularity”. ***

2.) Please re-word the order title west hollywood home into a useful article title – for example, if your order title is “cheap car insurance”, you might write “How to Find Cheap Car Insurance”. But you wouldn’t write “Insurance for cheap cars” because that’s changing the meaning.
This should be your only article title and should appear once at the beginning of the article. Don’t just use west hollywood home as your title

3.) Articles should be informative and useful. They are for an online encyclopedia/how-to site. “Fluff” articles with no real information will be sent back for revision. Try to provide INSIDER INFORMATION about the topic. Please do not simply instruct the reader on how to construct google searches to find the information on other sites. Whereever possible, this article should provide that information itself.

4.) Avoid writing excessively in the second person (overuse of you/your, e.g. don’t write things like: “You will need to remember a few things when you are shopping for your car:”

5.) Please use variations of the Order Title as keywords throughout the article. Aim to make your article HIGHLY FOCUSED on the Order Title, and try to make your article findable by search engines through good writing and good use of keywords.

6.) Please make sure to use keywords in an intelligible way. Please do not simply add keywords into the article in a way that does not make sense to a human reader.

7.) Write for a U.S. audience, unless the Order Title specifies another country.

8.) It is expected that writers will conduct research on west hollywood home, and write an informative article that aims to be an expert-level article about the topic.

9.) Please try to write the article in a way won’t make it seem dated a year from now. Don’t mention specific prices or short-term sales (price ranges are okay); don’t use phrases like “this year”.

And the grand total of what they’ll pay you for following all those instructions above?


Which, I guess wouldn’t be bad if we all didn’t have the collective Demand Studios monkey on our back. Why would I spend the time jumping through all those hoops, writing  (AND RESEARCHING) that article for $9.99?  Why do that when I can hop over to Demand and write a shoddily researched article for $15?

After Demand IPOs and those $15 articles start disappearing, I’ll probably become much more familiar with Textbroker. Luckily, Richard is pretty familiar with West Hollywood, so I’m sure he can handle that article for Textbroker.

Because you KNOW whoever requested that article is gonna be even more hardcore than your typical CE.

PHOTO: That’s the Riot Hyatt there in West Hollywood. I stayed there once. It was a pretty crazy place back in the day.

15 comments to Textbroker Sucks

  • Maryam Louise

    This was written six years ago, but little has changed. Textbroker is still extremely rude to any writers that bother to call in and try to work through a mistake on Textbroker’s part. The staff will lie to you and tell you that no one has a manager and that the staff does not have telephones.

  • bill

    haha, that’s an instruction from a project I worked on (as client)

  • Julie

    Yeah, you really have to avoid complicated instructions with textb.

  • Nanci

    Avoid textbroker! They pay low and they’re staff are rude. I think they are focused on all the wrong things. There are better companies out there to write for such as Wisegeek, Constant Content and Writer Access.

  • Yolanda

    Both me and my roommate just got dismissed from textbroker because of their senseless rating system. I have some other great companies to work for thank goodness, but what the heck? I was with them for eleven months and had four direct order clients who sent me HUNDREDS of articles. The tiny mistakes I made are not worthy of dismissal. (I am calling it that because they have not had level three work for months, so demotion is really being fired.) I had no mistakes bad enough to result in getting fired. I don’t know what that place is up to. Maybe they hired too many.

    • They opened the floodgates

      and now the site is clogged with a ton of amateurs who think $0.000001 a word is a great price. It is impossible to get direct orders or any decent work for at least $0.05 a word (which is already pretty paltry).

      TextBroker takes an enormous cut of the actual price, so it’s not even a good value for clients looking to buy cheap content.

  • Michael

    The textbroker staff is rude to their writers and their rating system is a disgrace. They bounce good writers back to level three on the whim of one editor who woke up on the wrong side of bed that day. The worst mistake they make is blatantly refusing to consider a writer’s track record and entire body of work. All that matters is the last three articles you wrote. That’s it. You could write 97 articles that are perfect, followed by THREE articles with a handful of tiny mistakes and you are slammed back to a level three with no warning, no chance to improve, mo probationary period and no consideration of an exemplary track record. MOST of their writers have complained about this outrageously unfair system and they essentially say, “there’s the door if you don’t like it.” They have little or no regard for their writers. I would not recommend them at all.I am MUCH happier working for several wonderful places who treat me with respect and acknowledge the great job I do for their company, rather than looking down their nose at me and creating issues to crab about.

  • mike

    iWriter is the suckiest of them all. The requesters over there expect you to do a ton of research on a 500 word article for only $4.05, and there are some idiot requesters that will reject your article for the slightest mistake. Why don’t they have a revision option like textbroker? On textbroker, I’m a level 3 and that place has dried up completely. I would much rather write for pennies over a textbroker than iWriter! If you ever lose your top writer status at iWriter, you are expected to write 500 word articles for $2! What a freaking waste of time. I will look for direct orders on TB or move on to constant content.

  • Devil_youknow

    I agree with rhead. I never had a re-write over there and I just pick quick, foo-foo articles with minimum instructions. That being said, as a level 4 it’s a little easier to find things.

    For those with lower levels, I would avoid it altogether, there usually isn’t enough to make it worth your while.

  • Kitty

    I’ve been writing for Text Broker for a year and I must say that it has been a source of income for me but that the company is not run well at all. I only write for them because I need the money.

    Their editing staff is absolutely horrible. Most of the time, I will be rated a 4-star writer. But there is one editor who is, apparently, really nasty. He will pick apart your article word for word and rate you low. I have been rated a 3 multiple times by this editor. I don’t know his name, but I know it’s the same person because of the comments he makes on my articles and because I’m rated a 4-star most other times. The last time I was rated, this particular editor rated me a 3 because of an opinion he had on a controversial topic I wrote about. I had to email Text Broker to tell them about it, but I never received an email back.

    Text Broker treats the clients a lot better than they do their writers. We are simply there to make their company money and we can be replaced. Clients, on the other hand, are Text Broker’s lifeline and their source of income.

    Another problem with Text Broker, like you’ve said, is that there are never any level 2 or 3 articles. Why? Simply put, Text Broker will hire anyone who applies. And because more and more people are being accepted, there are less and less articles to write for “average” 3-star writers. After all, word of mouth travels fast and a lot of people love the idea of being able to work from home.

    I’ve been writing for them for a year, but between their opinionated and varied editing staff, nonchalant attitude towards hiring writers, and the continuing decrease of articles, I highly doubt I will be writing for them for much longer.

    Unfortunately, Demand Studios keeps denying my applications. We’ll just have to see!

  • Matthew Reynolds

    $9.99??? Wow, you got a lot for that. I’m a Level 3 writer. No matter how dreadful or entertaining the copy I write is, I am always a Level 3. I’ve written stuff that just plain sucked and shouldn’t have even been accepted. Got a 3. I’ve written stuff that flowed well and actually took a lot of thought. Scored a 3. I’ve never earned more than $5 for an article on Textbroker. Right now it’s Sunday night and there are 273 Level 4 articles to be written, 237 Level 5 articles in queue and 2 big goose eggs for Level 2 and Level 3 respectively. I don’t think I’m the world’s best writer, but I’ve no idea why I keep getting scores of 3. What that tells me is that I shouldn’t spend too much time on writing an article for Textbroker. They will never appreciate the extra effort you put into your work.

  • Adam Vaughn

    I mean. Just don’t write the article. Yes, there are lame titles just like Demand’s ridiculous guidelines. Let some other sucker write a 1000 word essay for $10.

  • The Batman

    I applied for Textbroker a long time ago. I got stuck at their “test” article. Felt completely uninterested in writing about any of the topics and forgot about it. Haven’t been sorry about that decision.

  • west hollywood home

    West Hollywood Homes

    If you live in a West Hollywood home, the only way to make decent money on TB is to write direct orders. My method is to find an easy article in the open pool, write it in my West Hollywood home, then contact the client and see if he wants more of the same at my higher direct order price. If he says no, I move on. If he says yes, I write more to pay the mortgage on my West Hollywood home.

    West Hollywood homes and TextBroker are OK if you know how to work the system. The open order pool is there to provide leverage to get direct orders.

  • rhead

    One key to picking Textbroker titles is to avoid any of them that include excessive instructions. Look for the titles with clear and concise instructions.

    As long as you get your keyword or keyphrase in the article the requisite number of times, and you follow the instructions, you stand very little likelihood of being asked to rewrite. In my experience, rewrites are a lot less common than with DS.

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