Content brokers are companies that provide blog posts, articles, press releases, reviews and other chunks of text for companies, blogs, websites, e-newsletters and print publications. Textbroker is a content broker, hence the name. They employ many freelance writers of varying degrees of experience and also have done some heavy web advertising in order to recruit more writers.
But that’s not what a freelance writer wants to know. What’s more important to freelance writers is if this is a client worth bothering with. How much does Textbroker pay and does it pay on time? What hoops does a writer have to jump through? How are articles accepted? Is there any chance for advancement?
The Real Deal – Sort Of
It may be a little off-putting to see that Textbroker’s real world office is located in Las Vegas. But Textbroker is the real deal that American freelance web content writers are looking for. Beginning freelance writers will be able to get a break which may led to more lucrative gigs. Unfortunately, Textbroker can only hire American freelance writers due to tax reasons, although that may change in the future.
Registering is easy. There are no writing quotas to keep up with. Any changes in procedure are announced in advance through e-mails, so be sure that you give Textbroker an email address that you frequently check. This writer has been with Textbroker since 2008 and has seen improvements in pay and making contacts for new writing opportunities. Back then it only paid once a month. In 2009, Textbroker began paying twice a month. Some clients may even contact you directly for orders through the Textbroker website service.
What About The Pay?
The pay is small at first. But often the low-paying assignments are hassle-free and often are in a wide variety of topics. After a couple of months, or even a couple of weeks, new writers are often given more chances at higher paying assignments because they have proven that they know their stuff.
Pay is monthly through PayPal and comes predictably. You do have to have at least $10.00 owed to you and have to notify them that you want to be paid that month. How many assignments there are can be unpredictable, so you should not make Textbroker your sole source of income.
The Rating System
If you are used to writing for Helium, then you are used to the star system they use to determine your up-front pay. Textbroker also uses a star ratings system, but it’s a lot less strict that Helium’s. Very few writers get to the five-star level (the highest), but there are not many five-star jobs available, so aim to get to four stars.
Each article is submitted through the user-friendly software on the website. It’s good to keep a copy of your article on Microsoft Word or another type of word processing software, because Textbroker’s website will not detect errors and, if the site unexpectedly goes down, you won’t lose your work. (However, the site rarely goes down).
If the article is not accepted by the client, you get a chance at a rewrite. However, if the rewrite request is too bizarre, you can choose to take your work elsewhere or ask Textbroker to be a middleman in the negotiations. When the client accepts the article, it’s then reviewed by Textbroker’s editorial team and given a rating number. Unless you do a major goof-up in grammar and spelling, the article will rate well.
The Bottom Line
Textbroker is a low-stress client that pays predictably twice a month. They are an improving content broker company, drawing more and more clients with a wide arrange of subjects. It is highly recommended for freelance writers wishing to break into web content writing.