“The writing platform at Textbroker is not great. There is really no way to sugarcoat it and make it seem better than it is. It’s basic, has no automatic save and is honestly one of the worst out there.”
– Freedom With Writing
24 hours on Textbroker.com – A brief review
The other day I was reading an article by some affiliate marketer. The piece was about locations for bloggers to hire quality writers. One of the sites that was recommended was a place called Textbroker.com.
I was interested in the site and decided to sign on as a freelancer. Here’s what I experienced:
Applications take forever
Only citizens of the United States can apply to work on Texbroker. You have to email the company a copy of your driver’s license or passport.
After this you must submit a special 150 – 200 word writing sample about a subject that the company chooses.
Once this is complete you’re forced to wait roughly three days while the piece is evaluated.
Writers who wanted to make money quickly are going to be disappointed. The entire acceptance process will eat up about a week of your time.
Textbroker charges a lot, you get paid nothing
For a site that only employs a select group of writers I was expecting huge wages. But this isn’t the case. Starting out you’re going to earn about a penny a word. It’s no different from a content mill over on oDesk.
However, Textbroker charges clients way more. They’re paying about $10 while you make $5.
This leads to a weird phenomenon where clients have super strict regulations and demand re-writes while you’re making virtually nothing. Unlike Fiverr or oDesk, where people are just happy to get their orders on time, customers on Textbroker are demanding.
I did several little jobs and was told to redo all of them for minor issues (like not embedding links to a product).
It wasn’t worth the pay so I quit.
Tiny job pool
This site does not have a large enough user base to warrant your time. There were never more than a few hundred jobs available whenever I logged on.
Compared to bigger freelancing sites, Textbroker just doesn’t have a lot of opportunity. Going from a larger market to here is like moving from New York City to Wichita, Kansas.
Your experiences may vary, but I’d recommend staying away from this site. From the application process to the workload, everything is more trouble than its worth.
If you want to get started as a freelance writer go to a bigger market. Textbroker.com doesn’t have anything you can’t get elsewhere.