Freelancer: Working with Textbroker and Why I May Kick Them To The Curb
Hi there and welcome to another edition of Freelancer.
Just in case you've missed my previous Freelancer hubs, here are a few for you to catch up with below:
- Freelancer:Living with numbers
- Freelancer: My experiences with freelance site Writers Access
- Freelancer: A Full Year of Writing for Other People
I have a few more that you should read but you can find the rest on your own. :)
Okay let me start out by saying that when I first found Textbroker, I was gainfully employed and I thought that this was a way to make a little extra cash and I wasn't too serious about it to be honest with all of you. That was back in 09, and that attitude was about to change...I just didn't know it yet.
So Textbroker is like all of the other sites out there. You take a test, they evaluate your writing skills and they assign you a beginning level as a writer. So you're probably saying to yourself if Textbroker is like all the rest of those freelance sites, what's your issue with them Lew?
You've made a very strong statement with your hub's headline, and we're just wondering what your issue with them is?
Honestly this is a bit personal for me with Textbroker. Because they were the first site that I started writing for back in 09, when I took up freelancing full time to earn an income, naturally I began taking more work from TB (Textbroker) and I stared to build up my chops as I took on more assignments.
The problem I have with them in particular is the fact that I feel they don't take into consideration the amount of work that actually goes into writing an article that's unique and original. They seem to be more concerned with proper grammar and sentence structure over content that engages readers and also educates them on the subject matter.
This approach to rating an article simply doesn't work in today's world of writing online web content. The truth of the matter is, sometimes you have to break the rules of grammar when you're writing web content.
Today's web surfers are plugged into their mobile web devices and tablets. These are devices are delivering a whole new web experience to the next generation of surfers and the first thing that we need to grasp is the concept of reading content "On the Fly ."
Generation Next, get their information quickly, and as writers trying to create copy that catches their eye, convention's getting tossed out the window! This generation of web surfers scan headlines and the first few paragraphs of an article to see if it's worth their time to read the rest of it...so you're only getting one chance to grab their attention before they Stumble to another page and that means breaking the rules.
Forget the AP Style-guides, because generation next just doesn't care. I'm not advocating tossing grammar out the window, but I am saying that you have to take into account the actual value of the article and Textbroker and a few other sits do not do this.
Their archaic approach to content only hurts writers trying to write the type of copy that grabs the attention of readers, by making it engaging and powerful and not ponderous and boring. The other problem is that due to their editorial process, they more than any other freelance site has made it much harder for myself and many other freelancers to earn a living writing content through their site.
Because of their editor's ratings, I have found myself (as have many others over the past few months) been dropped a rating level. This effects the amount of money I get paid per article, and frankly I'm a bit tired of this practice.
After a client from their site engaged me to write an article for them, the client contacted me and asked me for pricing for a direct order for another three articles. What I quoted them vs. what Textbroker would allow me to be actually paid by the client for the completed work equated to a difference of 10 dollars less in my wallet, and that's just unacceptable.
This has me on the fence at this point with TB and if I want to continue my working relationship with them. So that's the skinny about Textbroker. I'm not sure what I will do as far as continuing to write for them, and I have another direct order for a different client right now with them.
It's tough for me because I need all the work I can get, but I already know that what I'm getting paid to write that direct order is way below what I usually charge a client for this type of an article, plus there are a few keyword requirements on top of that, which just makes the payment for writing that 400 word article not worth the effort.
More to come I'm sure in the future about Textbroker.
Lew Newmark is the owner of KeyWords Media.