My Experience On Hubpages Compared To My Experience On Textbroker

So far I’ve had an account at Textbroker.com for several months. It’s had its ups and downs. Just among the hubbers I follow, two have written about their experiences on Textbroker, so I am going to add my voice to the fray.

First, Textbroker is very upfront. A writer is assigned a rating from 2 to 5, and paid per word according to ranking. You get a ranking by submitting a short writing sample, which of course you don’t get paid for. The time spent on it is pretty much the only start up cost you will encounter. They get back to you pretty quickly, in a day or two.

Based on my writing sample I was ranked a number 4 writer, which I was happy about. Texbroker makes a point of saying that only an experienced, professional writer would get a 5 rating. At level 4 I am paid 1.5 cents a word. Your rating can go up or down based on reviews of submitted articles by both the Textbroker site and the client who purchases your work, so you can get a promotion or a pay cut based on performance. To put this quickly into dollars per hour: if you write & edit 1,000 words an hour at the 1.5 cents rate you will earn $15/hour, 1,250 words an hour earns you $18.75, and 1,500 words earns $22.50. Textbroker pays into a paypal account, and has a payday every week.


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Establishing an account on Textbroker took very little effort. I didn’t fill in anything on the profile but my name. While I took quite a bit of time setting up my Hubpages account, writing a profile I hoped would present me as intelligent, interesting and an all around great person, I had nothing to gain by an attractive Textbroker profile. The Textbroker writer chooses assignments, and any article asking for level 4 or below is open to me. Theoretically, a client could like my profile so much that they send me a Direct Order, which I could then accept or reject. (I’m not really expecting this to happen, which may explain the blank profile page.)


My last paycheck from Textbroker: $76.41 – The rewards of Hubpages: priceless

While I’ve spent plenty of time going over my Hubpages account, adjusting my profile, and feeling proud as my diverse collection of well illustrated hubs grew, I haven’t felt moved to even fill in the hobby line on Textbroker. This might sound a little strange, given I’ve made money on Textbroker with a small time investment, and no money after a substantial time investment on Hubpages. But Hubpages is fun. Sometimes I look at my profile page just for the heck of it. I’m sharing ideas that mean something to me, and people leave thoughtful feedback on my hubs. I can start a conversation on the forums, or jump into an already ongoing debate. The rewards are personal.


The rewards of Hubpages have spilled over into the rest of my life. For instance, I wrote a hub about my relationship with my daughter, and another about my relationship with my son, and the writing helped refine in my own mind how I relate to each of them, how each has changed me as a person, and how the experience of parenting influences how I see my own childhood. Really, that is a lot. While I didn’t get paid, I would have had to shell out a lot in therapy bills to gain the self awareness writing those hubs gave me.



With Textbroker, I get paid. That sums it up. I don’t know where the articles go, and my name won’t be on them wherever they are. I think it’s the opposite in fact. I did one assignment which the client said they would be using as a guest blog for one of their own clients. I take that to mean my article will be sold to a website, I’m sure for a very hefty markup. Maybe the site will say something very complimentary about that little article, but I will never know.

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For bringing in cash, nothing beats Textbroker. The site pays quickly, and the work is straightforward. You can work on your own schedule. Once you are paid of course, the benefits are mostly done. The things you get to keep from your work on Textbroker are the discipline and writing skills you gain, and a record of consistent writing that you may be able to cite in an interview for a more conventional type job.



While Hubpages doesn’t pay up front, and most people have to write regularly for a year or more to see a return, the future possibilities are endless. Your hubs may create an income stream in the future that will continue to pay even when you take time off. Also, Hubpages can be a springboard to other things. I hope to write ebooks for homeschoolers in the future, and one way to market them is through Hubpages.



This summer, since I have no summer classes to teach, I will probably do some writing on Textbroker. It will get me cash, which always comes in handy in the summer, and will take care of school clothes, new backpacks, sports fees, and all those little charges that come to parents with the start of the new school year. Meanwhile, I’ll be building my future on Hubpages.


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adawnmorrison 4 years ago from The Midwest

Thank you for spreading awareness about possibilities for authors. I am thrilled to find out about this opportunity!


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

adawnmorrison - Textbroker is a great place for authors! Good luck there!


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Collisa 4 years ago from California

Very informative; thank you! I have earned all of $0.48 in HubPages these past two months, lol! I had never heard of Textbroker. Will check out.


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

The dollars don'r exactly come pouring in from HP! My veiw is: HP as a passion, and Textbroker for cash on the barrelhead.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Here are the reason I chose Hub pages over many other online writing sites or blogs.

1. I can write about what ever flips my switch.

2. HubPages does all the drudgery work, such as formatting.

3. Instant feedback and a chance to respond.

4. The community is awesome and well behaved, not many YouTube trolls.

5. Having absolutely no experience gave me a chance to grow as a writer and person.

I could go on and on but as you mentioned writing is therapeutic as it gives you a chance to take thoughts only you know and clarify and organize them for others.

After eight months, 82 hubs and over 20,000 page views I got paid as well . . . shhh don't tell anyone but I would have done it for free.

However that being said thanks for the Hub as it offers others a chance to understand recognize other options, but probable not for me. I enjoying writing but I wouldn't do it if I was constricted to other peoples topics.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Good hub, thanks for sharing it with us. I have been looking into textbroker, but haven't registered yet, thinking about it! Love HP as a hobby, can't beat the community here :)

Useful and sharing.....


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I would like to try this great information.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India

Touching hub! My impression of you is a very interesting and wonderful person, whom I would be delighted to know! It was quite personal and warm and I am going to look at your profile and follow you, very pleased to meet you!


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chaturrajneesh 4 years ago from India

thanks the info on textbroker, informative hub!!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks for this hub. It has given me new insight.


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

somthgblue- the choice of topics on Textbroker is very restricted - a lot of product info. I wrote one on all the many ways to use wallpaper in your home. Wanted to wrap myself in wallpaper by the time i was done.


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wingedcentaur 4 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

Nice one, graceomalley!

I feel the same way about HubPages as you do. Its just so much fun, and you can always, eventually, get some kind of feedback on your writing, as opposed to just writing into the ether, as you do with Textbroker and other sites.

I haven't made any money with HP yet, but, as you say, I think this site puts you in a better position in the long-term, if you want to make something happen with writing!

Voted up and useful!

Take it easy.


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

Thank you , everyone, for all the encouragement!


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Great hub on Textbroker. I am rated a 3 there and lots of times, there isn't anything for me.

And this is also a great hub about HubPages. I love it. I learn a lot and people are so nice.


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

wetnosedogs- A hubber i follow called nybride also started as a 3 on Textbroker, and she regularly earns from them now. i believe they upgraded her rating after she had been writing there for awhile.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Thanks for the encouragement. I don't check textbroker all the time. I should more often.


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mskills 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

Your Textbroker experiences echo my own, albeit in a kinder manner. I believe I related my time writing for TB as "soul-sucking", much like data entry or folding the laundry.

On the other hand, the pay WAS nice. To date, my HubPages efforts can't compete with Textbroker's pay scale. It is pure irony that I'm still dabbling with HP while having given up entirely on TB.


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

mskills - The fact that you still write on HP when another site pays more says a lot about the attractiveness of the HP platform.


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Cat R 4 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

So with you on this! I occasionally write for Examiner.com and it is a big pain in the rear. The site almost reminds me of the German 'BILD' or the 'SUN'; a glamour seeking headline hunter.

And the rules on how to write and such are stricter than my University English teachers! Your feedback is often not only down to the format, but also leaves you feeling too stupid to write.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for info on Textbroker. Comparing it with HubPages made for an interesting read and this hub has generated interesting comments.


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graceomalley 4 years ago Author

Cat R - I've heard about this insanely critical editor stuff from other hubbers who have ventured into writing by the word. The editors don't have any incentive to be encouraging, and maybe they are just mean old school marms by nature, or hen pecked husbands who need an outlet. that's my two cents.

RTalloni - Thanks for visiting, and glad you liked it!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is very helpful information. Thank you for sharing your experience!


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graceomalley 3 years ago Author

Thank you for visiting, Flourish!


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

Really helpful. I had no idea about this site. Thank you for sharing. I hope this will help all who are so fond of writing online.


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graceomalley 3 years ago Author

Suni-

Very glad this seemed helpful!


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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA

What a well written article, and I hope you do well on Textbroker. Unfortunately I haven't reached the mark to be making money here, even after writing 100 articles. I will be following you and reading more of your work.

Good Luck!


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graceomalley 3 years ago Author

BA Williams- I don't write as often on HP anymore because I've started writing eBooks on Amazon. My eBooks started selling right away, and of course I own them, so the income will always be mine. (Even though I just got started with the eBooks about six weeks ago, my husband is already getting dreams of my eBooks supporting our retirement.)

But I still get money every so often from HP. Yes, at this point I get paid just once or twice a year, but that is pretty darn good considering. It was and is a good investment.

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