Text Broker is a content mill that enlists freelancers to write blog posts and other content for a small amount of pay
Expected pay: pennies per word
Commissions & fees: 35%
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: 18 or older; US citizen
Text Broker Review:
Text Broker is a copy mill that enlists freelance writers to churn out copy for corporate clients. Writers earn roughly one to 5 cents per word here. So, you can expect a sum total of $10 for a 1,000-word article.
How it works
Writers who want to sign up here need to pass tests in spelling, punctuation and grammar and submit a writing sample. The site will then determine your skill level on a one- to five-scale. The highest level of writer can earn up to 5 cents a word, or $25 for a 500-word piece.
But writers maintain that few people ever make it to the highest writing tier here.
Once you’re accepted to the platform, you can start looking for “open orders.”
These orders will say what type of content needs to be written; how long it should be; and whether you need to include certain keywords. With open orders, you can expect to earn 1 cent to 2 cents per word. So, $5 to $10 for a 500-word post.
Generally speaking, each project will also have a deadline, which can be as tight as 24 hours. You complete the article and submit it to Text Broker, which runs it through plagiarism software and may ask for revisions to ensure that it’s unique. Then the story is submitted to the client, who can also ask for revisions.
Assuming you’ve built up a good reputation on the site, some clients may ask you to do work for them directly. With these projects you theoretically get to set your own rates. However, since Text Broker’s top rates run at around 5 cents per word, it’s hard to ask for more.
Authors also need to be aware that the site will take a 35% commission on their direct orders. So, factor that into your rates.
The site pays weekly through PayPal to anyone who has built up at least $10 in their account.
Even if you write like the wind, it would be hard to write fast and efficiently enough to even make minimum wage here. Good writers should consider signing up with Contently, Skyword and ServiceScape. You can also offer writing packages on Fiverr.
What their writers say (from Indeed):
This is NOT a good gig if you can’t motivate yourself to crank out a busload of material daily. You WILL quit the first week if you don’t absolutely enjoy writing. Also, it’s ghostwriting, so you’ll be invisible while someone else gets the credit (and 3x more money) for your work.
Most of the high paying articles ask way too much of you and the articles that pay meh at best pay poorly so it’s hard to this platform for full time work.
They pay on time
I suppose if I were to say anything good about Textbroker it would be that they pay on time and improved the quality of writing standards. Unfortunately, they don’t pay writers what they are worth and often it’s a lot of work for very little pay. Some of their clients have a laundry list of instructions that include in depth research with a 24-hour turnaround. Yet Textbroker only pays the highest tiered writers approximately two cents per word, which is ridiculous.
Massive hassle for $2
Jobs pay pennies, but I needed the extra income and was accepted fast. Spent all afternoon working on my first order, submitted it, and was told I had to complete verification for my account. Well, their process is broken. I keep getting locked out after entering my information only to be told by their customer service to try again. No information about what’s wrong, why, or how to fix it, after I spent all that time working already on my entry sample and first order. For less than $2, mind you. Don’t trust them to pay you or manage your account/your money fairly or professionally, it seems
Crank it out
Only sign up here if you have no other options. Otherwise, there are so many other options that pay more and treat you better with less stress.