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Compare TCA, TBA, Suite101, and Triond

Updated on January 6, 2011

Thoughts From a New On-Line Freelancer

As a new freelancer I would like to give my thoughts on the five sites I have decided to start publishing my work with. Three of the sites are revenue sharing, the writer gets paid basically by how many readers click on the published articles and accompanying advertisements. There is no money upfront but once these are published the pay off could be quite good down the road. The other two sites pay the writer a small fee upfront.

These will be quick comments, and as I get established, I hope to contribute more comments and thoughts that will be published later.. The first site is Triond, admittedly the one I know the least about. The writer is not allowed to use Adsense with their account until they have published five articles. Seems a bit unfair to me. If the writer is good enough to be published then there is a potential for Triond to make money without letting the writer profit. I've published two articles and will do another three and see how it goes.

Second site is Hubpages which I'm putting the most effort into right now. Great statistics and tools available on the site. I'm not sure, but I have read a few articles that gave me information on how Google shares revenue with these writers. From what I gather the pay sharing revenue isn't as good as it once was.

Third is Suite101, the last revenue sharing site. Guidelines are much more strict than the other two sites and they require the writer to list their sources. They also have an arrangement with Google news allowing the writer to write freelance news articles with a strict format.

I was accepted to publish at the site and I'm waiting on my first article to be reviewed and published. I like the site because of the discipline it demands which teaches the writer to be come more professional in their writing.

A Negative is I still haven’t received a reply to a question I emailed Suite101. I doubt if that question will be answered after a week.

The Content Authority or TCA pays the writer weekly. The writer is paid a small fee for an article a client wants and that is the wage. There is no revenue sharing. I wrote an article comparing TCA and Textbroker and found a few issues found wanting with TCA and was pleasantly surprised to receive a comment from Shawn, the owner and president of TCA that addressed my concerns.

I want to stay with this site for a while but have not been contributing as much as I want too because everyone starts out at level one which pays very little.


After five articles the writer is reviewed with a chance to be upgraded to make more money. I would like to see what kind of articles are offered writers at a level two or three.

Textbroker as with TCA are content sites and the writer is paid up front after the article is accepted by the client. I have wrote 13 articles and have been accepted by clients and have had at least one good comment from one client. My first three articles I made bone-headed mistakes, simple things such as no comma or such. I went out and bought a book on grammar and punctuation and tried to make sure I made no mistakes. I recently asked Textbroker to rate my other thirteen articles and they came back across the board at a level three with no comments on mistakes or style. Frustration is sitting in now.

When I write an article, I usually get three different sites on the web with relevant information and try to write unique content, something that gives the reader a new insight. I'm finding this is not the way to make money. I'm starting to feel on Textbroker that the writer can submit substantial work without having to make the article standout with research and instead, just write in some boring facts with correct grammar and crank out as many articles as the writer can in the shortest amount of time. That being said, I think most clients are not that demanding.

I have more thoughts as a new writer to this type of media and I hope to share my thoughts with other like-minded individuals. I have also done a bit of research on how to make money writing on- line using sites such as these, but I think that's information for another article and is outside the scope of this piece. I will be doing weekly or monthly updates on my progress of on-line freelancing.


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    • redwhiskeypete profile image

      redwhiskeypete 6 years ago from Indiana

      I wrote just one article on suite101, they are a little bit "stuffy". Here you have more creative freedom.

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      Jaime Dawn Thompson 6 years ago from Oregon

      I am new to freelance writing via internet/content writing. I was accepted at Suite101 and have published one article/only four views thus far:(

      This really was a great informative, well writen article.

    • redwhiskeypete profile image

      redwhiskeypete 7 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks, I'm wondering what other writers think of sites such as TCA

    • Dusty Snoke profile image

      Dusty Snoke 7 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

      Hello, I too am a new freelance writer and write for TCA. Well written article by the way.