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An Honest Review of The Content Authority

Updated on June 19, 2013

An Honest Review of The Content Authority

The Content Authority

It is hard to find a decent writing job considering all the scams. When you need money, you want something that pays regular and freelance sites where you have to make bids are out of the question. The Content Authority is a content service that allows clients to outsource articles at reasonable rates and writers can choose what they want to write. I cannot actually remember how I found them but this was my first steady writing gig. I did not have to make bids so this was perfect. The Content Authority receives many positive reviews so let’s see if they measure up.

Signing Up

New writers must submit a writing sample to determine what level of assignments they can claim. There are four tiers at The Content Authority: Tier,1 Tier 2, Tier, 3, and Tier 4. If the sample is approved, the writer will start at level 1. Their account is on probation until they write five test articles to be considered for promotion. It usually takes less than 48 hours to get a response.


At the present, The Content Authority pays each Monday through Paypal. You must earn $25 to be paid and fill out the proper tax forms. The amount an article pays is based on level. Here is a run down of the pay scale:

Tier 1: $.007 per word

Tier 2: $.01 per word

Tier 3: $.01.5

Tier 4: $.03

A 300 word article at Tier 1 is $2.10. At Tier 4, this same article would be $9. Rewrites are the same for everybody at .00165 per word.

Writing for The Content Authority: Pros and Cons


Writing for The Content Authority has its ups and downs just like any other content site. One pro of writing for them is you are paid on time. A helpful forum lets members get answers to any problem they are having. As I said earlier, you can choose what you want to write about and you have several hours to complete it. It is also a good place for writers to get their feet wet in freelancing. All writers have the option of filling out direct order profiles which can increase earnings. If you write good articles consistently, you will be promoted to higher tiers.


Writing for The Content Authority calls for the utmost quality. Some critics say they expect too much for the pay rates and I intend to agree. Three rejections can get you dismissed from the site. I do not understand this as everyone can expect to be rejected sometimes. They may also demote you for the slightest reasons and with no warning. I got demoted to Level 1 with no prior warning and because they felt my writing did not meet Tier 2 standards. I write with the same style there as I do at other sites. My story is not exclusive. I have read of some who were demoted to 0 and not told what to do about it.

The Content Authority is not a scam as far as getting paid goes. I feel some of their inner workings are a bit shady. No writer is perfect. Those who write for them should not expect to advance any time soon. I plan to keep writing there for the time being.


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      Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

      Someone just recommended tonight that I write for Content Authority. But after reading this review, I don't think it's for me. I have been a bit frustrated with Textbroker as I don't do well with deadlines. I am a level 3 at Textbroker and that's where I have ben since I have started. I think the isues I have with TB would be similar to what I would have here at Content Authority. thanks for this honest review. I think I need to find a site that pays better. I am tired of writing for pennies.

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      Amanda Roddy 3 years ago

      I am no longer with them. It didn't look like I was ever going to be promoted. When I see issues about quality in Level 3, it makes me wonder.I logged in last week and saw a message abou thow writers were not using titles wanted by the client. If you ask me, I feel the have a few 'pets' they keep at Tier 3 and the heck with everyone else. I have found gigs that pay much better without having to work through tiers.

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      Alexandria Ingham 3 years ago from UK

      I've written at The Content Authority for over two years and never had an issue with the site. The support always answer requests and listen to the writer's side of the story when there is a dispute. I recently had a client expect me to redo an article because she failed to provide the right instructions the first time round. Needless to say, I disputed it and the editor agreed with me.

      Not all writing sites are right of all writers. It sounds like this one wasn't the best fit for you but it is definitely not a scam.

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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Your concluding statement is what drives the most important point home. The Content Authority is not a scam. That's good to know!

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      GodLenn 4 years ago

      Informative post, trying TCA. The well paying sites like textbrokers are for US only, anyone willing to let me work in the account and share the spoil, contact me on

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      gladz 4 years ago

      i write for content authority and, although I don't think I am a great writer, I was able to get to tier 3 immediately after my first 2 articles (which were for assessment). So far, I haven't been rejected yet. I think as long as you follow their instructions perfectly, they'll pay you for it. I just hope i don't get any rejections yet, it's kind of hard looking for an online job that actually pays nowadays.

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      Ian 4 years ago

      @OanaBoteanu I write for textbroker, it is very similar and while it is not without its problems, they do seem to help you out a little more with comments on WHY your article got rated the way it did than this article indicated the Content Authority does. (I'm not sure because I don't write for the Content Authority, but am thinking about applying)

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      MyDigitalpoint 4 years ago

      I must agree TCA is not a scam site but a place where they expect people write at an academic level, but they pay you worst than a newbie can be paid at any freelance job site. They diligently demote people, but never do promotions, one has to make the request and usually is not accepted but could be used to demote you as well. Funny thing is that once you are at tier 0, you cannot get any job, appeal or second chance, but the system continue sending you alerts and even "flag" you away for not signing in to find you can't write so that, what is supposed we have to get into the CP?

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      Amanda Roddy 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, I don't have many sites to recommend. Iwriter and Media Piston are two more I write for but I am seldom on MP. Iwriter pays on the low side so enter at your own risk. TCA seems to be picking up some assignments on Level 1. The only thing I have against TCA is I feel I am a better writer than they give me credit for.

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      OanaBoteanu 4 years ago

      Thanks for this, very informative. I'll give it a try today.

      Any other sites like this that I could work on?

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      Amanda Roddy 5 years ago

      Now rewrites have been taken from Tier 1 again. It is getting hard to make money with this site. IMO the editors are looking for anything to keep you at Tier 1.

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      hutura 5 years ago

      This sounds like a very assessment of this writing site.