Why I Left Textbroker

I was a 4 star (out of 5) writer on Textbroker for over a year. I stopped being a writer for them for many reasons, but it’s still a reasonable service for those who can overlook their flaws. Here are some of the reasons that I left writing for Textbroker, and moved on to some of the other ‘content mills’ for my piecework.

Before I begin, let’s start with looking at the positive aspects of Textbroker.

Pros of Textbroker

1. They Pay on Time

For a freelance writer who’s looking for a few extra bucks, Textbroker pays on time, every time. This is where they have an advantage over single shot clients, and you can be assured that when you request the money, you’ll get it.

2. Many 2 star and 4 star Articles

There were always 2 star and 4 star articles of sufficient variety to write. The 2 star articles don’t make very much money, but for topics that you’re intimate with, there’s probably something in there just for you. It’s a matter of judgement between the money you’re making and the time it takes to research the topic.

3. Huge Company

This is a large, well known company. Most people who write for content mills have heard of Textbroker, and see them as a reliable company. As such, they receive plenty of free advertising from writers, and have a steady stream of good work in their stable.

4. Excellent Community

While I didn’t extensively participate in their community, they have a large one with which to work. You can receive feedback on your articles, as well as learn new tips and tricks about how to navigate the content mill world.

5. No Experience Necessary

With Textbroker, you do not have to present a resume for consideration. You can take up the reins at any time, and really make your impression on those who need some content. You can learn all of those tips and tricks necessary, and can choose your battles. This was an excellent learning experience.

6. You Are Not In Competition

With places like eLance and Helium, you are in competition with a lot of other candidates. This can be quite intimidating. With Textbroker, you can pick and choose the writing that you’ll do, whether it be a little or a lot. Simply pick the article and run with it because you’re not writing for nothing.

There are several more great things about Textbroker, but it wasn’t the great things that drove me away from them. There were too many irritations as far as writing conventions and feedback which drove me away.

The Bad Stuff (or, why I left)

1. Pay is Too Low

This is a criticism of many online writing establishments. The pay is too low to justify the time and the energy that it takes to create top-notch content. For 2 star writers (the lowest), you can expect to be paid under a penny a word. The five star writers will get paid more (of course), but the hoops that you have to jump through are incredible. The average of 3 stars will get you a penny a word, and 4 stars will get you a little over a penny, but under 2 cents a word. Make your judgement on whether the time is worth it.

2. Very Few 3 Star Articles

Most writers will start out at 3 stars, and there are very few of them to write as a result. The competition is high enough so there might be times where there are no three star articles to write. This doesn’t work for those who are trying to get their own sustainable income streams working, as it’s difficult to live on a single article a day.

3. It takes forever to be graded

Your ranking depends on the ratings that the Textbroker team gives you. While they are reasonable with returning feedback on the demo article and okay (within several days) about getting back to you with answers to questions, you can count on several weeks passing (sometimes up to 2 months) before you receive feedback on articles which you’ve written for their clients. Since your money is in their hands, this becomes an unacceptable amount of time.

4. Commas

Here’s where I admit that I’m an elitist. I’ve come to terms with it.

The serial comma is essential to convey the meaning of a sentence. The lack of it can completely skew the meaning of a paragraph or even an entire piece. One of the more common examples of this is ‘I would like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God.’ The way that it’s stated means that the author’s parents are Ayn Rand and God. If written with the Oxford comma, the meaning becomes clearer (and closer to what the author intended) ‘I would like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand, and God.’ See the difference?

Textbroker will ‘ding’ you when you use the serial comma, because they use a writing style which does not believe in its importance. To me, this was a great oversight, and they should lose every writer who has a love for the English language as a result. I did not realize that I was so passionate about this particular comma until I was forced to write without it. I would become angry because they were muddying up language by excluding a simple punctuation mark.

5. Ratings are Company, Not Client, Driven

While the client may love your work and move mountains to get you as a writer on their staff, if your piece doesn’t fit the Textbroker standards, you will be downgraded. A client should have the ultimate issue in the matter, because the client is the one who has to deal with the piece. They should be the ones who are responsible for your rating, not a company who has a proven track record of taking forever to get back with you. This is one reason why other companies get my vote.

For the beginning writer, Textbroker is an excellent company for which to write. Their community is excellent, they pay on time, and they can help you hone your craft in the writing business. You can get started immediately with their services, and get some experience (with no request for qualifications) in the writing business. For someone with experience who enjoys immediate feedback and using the Oxford comma, it might not be the best solution.

Picture courtesy of Leland on Flickr. Used under the Creative Commons License.

Are there any places that you’ve left because of the little things? I’d love to know!

As a result of my ranting about Textbroker, I found a book about success on Textbroker. It covers all of the tips and tricks to really make your work shine. Here’s a link to the book titled Textbroker Success

  • I actually just joined around 2 weeks ago, but I couldn’t find anything that seemed worth it. The pay seemed low.

  • Oh, the pay is definitely low. You get about 1.5 cents a word on the 4 star articles, but the saving grace is that if the customer likes you, you can set your own rates. It usually takes a few weeks in the trenches before people catch on that you’re good, tho.

  • Elitewriter

    When you get paid is NOT dependent upon when you get rated. The money is credited to your account as soon as the client approves the article. I find that TB rates you in batches. They wait until you’ve got a minimum of 20 articles — sometimes 40 — and then rate them all at once.

    You can set your own rates on direct orders, which is where most of my work comes from now.

  • True enough, but your overall rate for general orders is dependent on when they rate you – I was lucky to get a few special orders which made the difference. The thing about their rating system, too, is that they don’t actually RATE your stuff, they tend to cookie cutter it.

    I definitely don’t dispute the goodness within Textbroker, but I’ve had articles rated top notch by customers which were ranked 3’s because of the serial commas.

    Thank you for commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shaun Thomas

    I completely agree with your views on client ratings being more important than their in-house system. I’ve been a writer for a number of years and I’m developing a site similar to text broker which I hope will address these issues. I’ve written for text broker and had similar experience of three star rating purely because I was delivering what the client asked for. This was confirmed in the reviewers comments.

    I’m hoping to get these creases ironed out of my system before I roll out my site. I’m expecting it to take about a year to get right and I’ll keep reading posts like yours until I’m satisfied I’ve got there. In case you were wondering I’ve got to this post from your Linkedin post. I’d be happy for a connection if you feel you could give me feedback when the project is in latter stages. My profile is http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=65832852&trk=tab_pro

  • Setting up your own content writing site is one of those things which I can admire you for. There is a delicate balance between paying your writers what they need to be paid compared to giving your clients what they need with good rates. A few sites are trying to do this, but there’s always one facet which puts them at a disadvantage to the other guys – iWriter doesn’t pay enough, though is client-centric when it comes to the ratings,

    Content Authority is perhaps a bit too acerbic and it doesn’t pay enough. Helium borked their search system and effectively took away any write-for-money-now opportunities.

    Thank you for commenting on my site. I’d love to add you as a connect and help you out in the later stages – it’s difficult to add you as a connect because I have the free LinkedIn account, though I will definitely keep track of you through groups. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best of luck to you!

  • Shaun Thomas

    Thanks for the connect Emily and likewise best of luck with you!

  • Hi Emily. Thanks for the article and info. I recently joined Textbroker UK and was a little disappointed to be rated 3, but I thought if I kept hammering away I would get 4 or 5. Then they hit me with comma use. I had been taught to use the comma minimally. Well, that doesn’t work with Textbroker, they definitely aren’t minimalist’s when it comes to a comma. I don’t profess to know everything, but I write a reasonable article, so the feedback goes, but I’ve had nothing graded over 3 and one 2 star I took on was only graded 2.
    My other gripe is, keywords. I really wonder whether clients think about how a certain set of keywords will fit into a sentence when they first decide on them. You can get away with jamming a set of words into a paragraph once, but do it 3 or 4 times in an article and you look like you don’t know what you’re doing.
    Thanks again
    Nigel

  • My writing style became SO stilted when I said, ‘well, heck, I just won’t use ANY commas’ – started writing like Hemingway or something.

    That was another thing that got me, the fact that their reviews were done in bulk, seemingly only based on the star level of the article itself. When I was writing 4 star articles, I got 4s. When I was writing 3 star articles, I got 3s. I would think that they’d encourage more 4 star articles because their percentage is a little bit higher.

    Thank you for commenting and reading my article! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Light-rain

    Shaun—be sure to study Zerys interact Media site—much much better than textbroker in every way…
    a good one to use, then model the best aspects from..fyi

  • Johanna

    hi emily… i, too am a seasoned writer who left tb for the low pay and serial comma issue, perhaps you saw my rant in the forum of freelance content writers forum…

    heres to those of us looking to enjoy our writing experience with respectable pay and quality choices in clients…

    i enjoyed the direct order clients at TB, but have found a far better home at IM.

    i have a cast on my right arm, so am not working for any perfection in typing, here…heh.

  • I loved the direct order clients at TB. They were great, and provided me a lot of education when I needed it the most. My place of choice is Elance at the moment, I’ve found the secret, and I’m really working it as hard as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for responding! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • SteveT

    Others elsewhere have noticed Textbroker’s comma enforcement seems to come in waves. I’ve always had a sneaky suspicion it’s as much a convenient cost control tool as a quality control toolโ€”useful for keeping payouts down when required. The mass downgrades from 4-star to 3-star that inevitably accompany a group comma-cleansing knock a lot of people out of the bigger payouts, at least for a while, and probably improve TB cash flow. I wrote solid 4-star stuff for over a year through many ratings and then in one weekend received 32 3-stars in a row! All comma violations, of course. You gotta wonder. ‘scuse my cynicism.

  • Emily

    It’s crazy how there’s a lot of people who have the comma issue. I have not really had issues with commas anywhere else – and I’ve written for a lot of the content mills that are out there. I want to look at them and ask whether they’re needing someone to work on their staff to actually read the stuff that their writers are producing — but I know that that would be absolutely rude, so I went off into obscurity like so many writers have. And holy cow!! That many 3s in a row? Dang. I know that pain.

    Thank you very much for writing, and I do apologize for the time it took for me to respond. It’s been one heck of a ride recently.

  • Steer Steer

    dear Emily,Ive been scanning this dialogue ,you know,trying to read between the lines,figuratively and not.I would be very grateful if you could be so nice as to invest several minutes in answering me.I m not a native speaker of English,but I could use an extra buck/penny made from writing.Do you have any idea,any piece of advice for me?

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  • Hi! First of all, I’d like to thank you for commenting on my blog. It means a lot to me, and, while I’m not able to respond quickly some of the time, I do appreciate the input.

    For those who are serious about writing more in English, there’s several opportunities for you available. Instead of writing a simple response, I wrote a blog post (http://millionwaystosave.com/writing-advice-for-non-native-english-writers/) about it.

    If you’re interested, I’d love to know more about the questions which you have about freelance writing — I want to hear about the perspective that you have of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you again,
    Emily

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  • Spookedamethyst

    I have been a writer with Textbroker for almost two years now. There are many, many things wrong with Textbroker’s system. I am normally a level 4 writer on their site, but I have recently been receiving a lot of 3’s and am almost sure that I will be booted down one of these days. Textbroker’s rating process is atrocious, to say the least. They have two editors on staff and both of these editors have very different views on how a level 4 article should look.

    It’s so different, in fact, that I know when I get the “good editor” for the month. I’ll receive almost all 4 stars from the good editor, while the other one will boot me down for small reasons. It has gotten so bad that my recent rating was booted down because I used the word “really” in an article. The editor told me that the word “really” was a filler/fluff word and that it wasn’t indicative of 4-star quality. For instance, instead of writing “There are good tools available at the local hardware store”, I wrote, “There are really good tools available at the local hardware store”. For this, I received a 3-star rating despite the fact that the client loved my article.

    The ratings are also very bipolar. I was booted down two months ago because I started a lot of my sentences with “Many people,” and I was told that I should not do that. I changed my writing style and began alternating the term “For many,” in a lot of my articles and was actually told by my editor that I should have used the term “Many people,” because it would make more sense. Bipolar much? You just told me not to use that term and now I’m supposed to use it!

    In all, I completely agree with you about Textbroker. I am trying desperately to find other content writing sites to work for because I know that Textbroker is not stable enough to work for. Their rating process and system needs a serious overhaul. They need to stop treating 4-star writers like the higher paid 5-star writers. I also agree with you as far as them trying to keep their pay-outs down.

    If you know of any other sites like Textbroker, I would love to hear from you! Textbroker doesn’t realize that many people, like myself, are providing for their families with the money they make on the site. To boot a person down because of using the word “really” in an article is just downright nasty. If I get booted down, I risk not having the money I need to pay my rent. I guess they simply do not care about this and using one filler/fluff word is reason enough for them to boot me down and risk my financial security.

  • Heya, thank you for commenting on my site. I never really realized that there were so many folks out there who’d been burned by Textbroker until I wrote this article.

    For some reason, i thought that the bulk grading, and the ‘in it for them’ thing was just a unique thing – that the slow grading, that the fact that it doesn’t matter that the clients love your work — maybe they were just picking on me. I know that I’m horribly wrong.

    As far as other sites – you could go to iwriter.com as one of them. They have the same sort of setup, and while I have my complaints about them, one of the biggest ways that they set themselves apart is that it’s overall customer opinion which gets you the stars. The site gets its money either way, just like Textbroker, but you can send your clients whatever they want, as long as they like it.

    The pay is not as good, though. You’re getting paid less than a penny a word in most cases, and there’s a high ramp up period. You can only go up in level after you’ve done 30 ‘crap’ articles. I managed to get mine out of the way fairly quickly because I got in on a good deal with someone. Another site is The Content Authority — they’re fairly sleazy looking, and they have a ramp up, but their higher levels give you more than textbroker.

    Those are the two that I can think of off hand that have the same sort of format. I’ve been tempted to write for Yahoo/Associated content, but they’re very picky about what they take, and I never figured out the knack. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope that that helps you out a bit. Good luck!

  • Shaun

    Thanks for the advice about Zerys, I’ve done a few jobs from there and I’m getting the feel for it. I’ve also registered as a client although, I still haven’t test driven it. I like the platform and I will take your advice on the approach.

    Thanks again.

  • Alanik22

    I am so thankful for this article. I was demoted from a 4 star to a 3 star for my commas, and for the life of me I could not figure out why. The clients rated me highly for my articles. Every 3 rating from TB had me scratching my head and cursing, haha. I thought I was going insane. Seriously, I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danny

    Hi all, I will add my own TB experience here. My problem is I had my payment sent to a paypal that was not verified and could not withdraw the money. (My mistake) My recourse was to refund the money to them. I did this. After a bit of discussion with paypal and melissa at author support, plus some emails to show the refund took place, I was told the problem was going to be sent to accounting and in 1-3 business days I would get the money minus a $5 fee. No problem. We are at 9 business days and counting and no one writes me back when I ask about the money. They still pay me at my working paypal for writing I do but the one refunded payment is in limbo.

  • ynnad

    for the record, textbroker did make the missing payment to me…so, no more complaints…

  • David Vallance

    It’s very interesting for a new-boy to read the perspective of someone established in the industry. The rating time frame is of particular issue since I am currently on my 5-article hold and have been for around a week now. The annoying thing is imagining the flow of articles passing by in the knowledge that you could and would write about them, I stooped to an article on hyperpigmentation for God’s sake!

  • First of all, thanks for responding, David! Yeah, that kind of hold on the articles wouldn’t have been so bad were there not money on the line. When I did mine, IIRC, it took about a week for them to get to it, so I’d expect something to come up tomorrow.

    The good articles, the ones that will really get your brain pumping, are in the 4 star category (if it’s still the same) — the 3s are crap articles about building furniture or SEO work for profit systems and junk like that. And.. I can’t think of anything to say about hyperpigmentation – almost makes me want to start an SEO campaign to rank for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s hoping that they love you!

    –Emily

  • It’s awesome that they got back to you about the missing money — they are usually reasonable about money issues — and I’m sorry that it took me forever and a day to write back. Holy cow it’s been a time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your comment and your follow up!

  • Hey, sorry for responding so late — it’s been one heck of a ride recently as I told Danny. Thank you very much for commenting. No, it’s not you at all. TB is crazy weird about commas, and that’s one of the things that they’ll pin you against the wall for. I hate to say that because of my experience with them I’ve become hypercomma’ated. Thank,you,again. ๐Ÿ™‚ (just kidding – bad use of commas gets me too. )

  • Ian Johnson

    In response to SteveT’s comments about the 32 articles in a row with a 3 rating after having submitted hundreds at 4, well, that happened to me as well. However, in my case, I wrote well over 600 articles with a 4 grade on all of them over a two year period, only to be hit with 50+ articles in a row with a grade of 3 in a single batch review. Now, most might assume that I am exaggerating the 600 articles number; but I’m not. Seriously, 600 in a row were rated 4 and then 50 in a row rated at 3. It’s not possible unless something changed.

    I do agree that they use the ratings system to reduce excess writer opportunities and costs. I also think that there are different applications of the AP style guide from one editor to another.

    It’s unfortunate. I simply can’t write for such a low amount and enjoyed grabbing one or two articles every other day. The AP style guide has serious flaws and the example about the Oxford/Serial comma is spot on.

    Than you for the post.

  • Emily

    Heya Ian! Thank you for commenting on my blog. It’s crazy that Textbroker just assumes that you’re going to simply take it while you’re waiting for their reviews. I couldn’t figure out why there were different types of critiques – some of them were especially helpful, but what they didn’t really take into account was that *every* article can be declared a 3 if you let it. Always something.

    Makes me wish that it weren’t one of the only games in town.

  • Maxwell E

    Hey, just found this article and I’m pretty new to textbroker myself. I’ve seen a lot of different reviews for this site and seems like for the most part I’ve found them to be pretty positive. I would say the site is in fact probably tailored more towards beginning writers hence why the pay rate is lower, though where I’ve come from in the job world, this site with enough efficiency in article completion definitely is a step up from that, so I guess I just can’t complain about that, key becomes the speed at which you complete your articles which as you get more and more comfortable with them definitely increases. Seems like from what I’m saw in the open order pool there’s actually very few 2 star articles and a lot of 3 and 4 star articles available, which that just might be one of those things that changes over time and can fluctuate a lot depending on the client base I guess. As for the serial comma, I don’t really like that either, but it’s small enough for me that I’m willing to make the adjustment.

    The only things I really got a beef with are numbers 3 and 5, and 3 more so because they have definitely gotta find a way to speed up the rating after you complete your first 5 articles, no reason it should take weeks to get done. I’m 50/50 over article ratings being client-based. Going back to the statement about the site being tailored more towards beginning writers, they probably wanted to ensure that those just starting out in the writing world weren’t gonna find themselves at the mercy of clients who might be out to take advantage of them by having full control over whether or not they accept the article. Plus if they had any beef with textbroker and payment issues, they might unfairly slap the author with a 1 star rating even if he didn’t deserve it, so that’s probably why the site editors choose to control the author rating. On the flip-side that doesn’t help an author who’s gotten such good feedback from clients that he can’t get paid better because the site won’t see his rating at any better.

    Anyone here know anything about demand studios? I’ve heard that site pays higher than textbroker.

  • Victor Theremine

    Textbroker is “almost but not quite.” You never get a sense of stability there, since one errant comma can ding you into the Twilight Zone. I spend more time proofreading than research and writing combined. Something ain’t right. I honestly and truly wish editors would stop foisting their work onto writers like they are some kind of self-appointed Comma Gestapo. Writing for the web is NOT about stylistics. That is why the publishing/media industry is sinking into the tar pits of history with the other dinosaurs. And journalists are now whoring term papers to spoiled parasites.

    Anyway, TB needs several things – first, to get rid of the ding system and to reward loyalty and give a sense of stability for writers. Second, raising the writer rates or offer more tiers at REAL pay rates for REAL writing. Third, to force editors to edit and not gatekeep, and let writers write and not also edit – *without due compensation*. Bulk copy for bulk rates. Period.

    Third, UPDATE ITS BIZARRE, VISION-KILLING, USER-HATING ARCHITECTURE, A$$-CREEPING SERVERS, AND RIDICULOUS SEARCH FUNCTION.

    Fourth, HOW ABOUT WRITER INSTRUCTION FORMS FOR THE CRACKHEAD SET?

    Of course, TB does not have to do a thing. In which case, it will become a self-correcting problem as there are numerous new writing providers cropping up that heed Google’s clarion call to quality. Textbroker can cling to its bulk writing philosophy and suffer its impending doom.

    Cheers : )

  • jayne

    Thank you for writing this!

    I love that Textbroker wants high quality writing but doesn’t want to pay for it. I wish I could be an editor for them, because the editor passes all responsibilities onto the writer, such as proofreading, copy editing, and re-reading (in addition to writing for one penny per word).

    Really my greatest pet peeve may actually get them into hot water. They never asked how much the writer charges for his or her writing. Textbroker may actually be treading on thin ice as far as IRS compliance goes. Just my personal opinion. So, one day would not be surprised to see them backpedal off the “high quality for pennies” and ask us our actual pay rate, and pay their portion of taxes.

    Only at a job do you get told how to do the job, what system to use to do it, and are told how much you are going to get paid. Contractors get to set a rate, and pay their own self employment taxes. So, how come I am paying the taxes; getting paid one penny per word, while expanding my “job” to include self editing?

  • jayne

    I am in absolute agreement about the comma usage. Textbroker writes that it wants accurate writing, but surely goes against this rule when tossing out the serial comma.

  • jayne

    LOL! So true to all of that!

  • jayne

    Thanks for sharing that! It makes me feel a lot better about the “broken” editorial system they use (their high and mighty editors who do not write “high quality” blogs, thank you very much!)

  • jayne

    ๐Ÿ™‚ lol. I realize this is a year later, but am thoroughly enjoying this whole thread!

  • You’re absolutely right – it’s crazy, but as long as there are people from all over the world who are willing to accept this type of treatment, the place will stay around. Honestly, as long as people are willing to accept the two star quality articles on their internet, this place will stay in business.

    For the record, I SUCK at self editing. I’m really amazingly bad at it, which is one of the reasons that I never became a five star writer. ๐Ÿ™‚ I figure that you’ve found some other pools to play in, too?

  • It truly makes me wonder what will happen after the new Penguinator takes the stage – the traditional SEO articles still work to some extent, but they pale in comparison to social interaction and people who care about the topics involved.

    I think that writer instruction forms is a perfect idea! You’re just kinda thrown into the pot without a second thought — it took me a while to figure out what the hell was going on.

  • Niki

    Hi Emily. Thank you for this site! It is helpful for those of us new to TB. I was reading through the threads and came across an observation concerning the use of numerous keywords in short articles. I had to laugh because my 3rd client requested the plural form of their keywords used 17-19 times in a 530 word article. I am fearful, though the client accepted my article immediately, that anyone who reads it will wonder just how few brain cells are left rattling around in my noggin….I am submitting my 5th article today. I guess we’ll see, eh?
    Thanks again,
    Niki

  • It’s crazy crazy. I remember one of the articles that I had – they requested that I use the keyword 200 times in a 600 word article (or something obscene like that). I ended up writing the article as I was going to do and then putting their keywords at the end of it 200 times. I was thankful that TB didn’t ding me for it.

    *smiles* I SO in favor of writing awesome content and sliding away from SEO junk – but admittedly, it makes a living.

  • Sharon S.

    A few years back I worked for Textbroker. I had a number of Direct Order Clients and very high feedback from ALL of my clients, but Textbroker would never “up” my rating to 5 Stars. Though I have a writing background and did great work for them, I got tired of working for peanuts and felt that regardless of the clients who asked me “not to leave”, Textbroker would never give my that 5th Star to make the time spent worthwhile.

  • Jaymers

    The comment about the comma is so true about Textbroker! I have an English degree and they got me on my comma placements; so much so that they lowered my rating and talked trashed about my “professionalism” to my client. Little did they know I personally know my client and she said they told her I am a “junior high level writer” (this is a gregarious lie). This is a huge problem probably overlooked my authors/clients because of the no contact policy.

  • Ji Ji

    Editing is a responsibility and a BEGINNER EDITOR such as at Textbroker are oftentimes on a POWER TRIP. That is not the purpose of an editor, and karma will come back and bite them in the face. For, when Textbroker dies, which it seems much closer to doing these days, who will willingly hire an editor who worked at Textbroker? I will not. And neither should you.

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  • Classicroyal

    I agree. Kelly James Enger wrote in her book Writer for Hire that content mills that pay you little to nothing are not good for you as a writer. She mentioned that people often say they want the exposure. She so cleverly stated: People die from exposure! I am a comma queen so that’s why they probably rated me a 3 star. I don’t think I’m going to write for them, but if I did it would be one where it took no time to research and I could get the biggest bang for that $5. I sure am glad I have a great day job!

  • Antwoine Cole

    I’m an experienced writer who also sees the importance of the Oxford comma; taking away that is just as wrong taking away the period. Thanks!

  • Antwoine Cole

    That example sentence that the writer gave IS a good example of the need for the comma; as the writer said, the meaning becomes more clear. On the other hand, your example seems informal; you used the word “and” twice when once would do. That’s not proper English.
    Another way to properly give the same message is to say, “I would like to thank my parents and Ayn Rand. Also, I would like to thank God.”

  • arianna

    bullshit article.

  • Darth Shepard-Picard

    I just deleted my account with Textbroker after finally getting a look at the type of articles I’d be expected to write, and the rates I could expect to be paid.

    I read this article before I signed up, but I figured that it would probably have improved since this article was written. Boy, was I ever mistaken!

    50-word comments at half a cent a word? Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of them? I’m very bloody sorry, but I think not.

    As a beginning writer at textmaster (which, ironically, I joined before discovering the international Textbroker site and felt a bit sad about because it’s not the BigName company I was hoping to work with) I make 3 Euro per 100 words. Which, while not exactly rich-making, is at least a sort of decent rate, and the articles I’ve been requested so far (one week, 20 articles) have all been interesting and fun to do.

    For future readers – this article is still correct wrt the pay, which was low four years ago and is frankly obscene now.

  • Ashley

    I was rated a four star author and was bumped down to three and I blame the comma, which I love, for this spiral into low paying gigs. I now avoid it’s use whenever possible.

  • Mike

    You’re a pedantic idiot if you think the quality of a person’s writing has anything to do with minor grammatical issues that no one in their right mind gives a shit about.