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Textbroker Review: Is It A Good Place To Make Money Writing Articles?

Updated on March 15, 2012

Textbroker Scam?

I used to actively write for Demand Studios, but there are no longer any assignments available, so I decided to explore other freelance writing opportunities online. I read quite a few positive reviews about Textbroker and decided to give it a shot. I signed up and submited my best writing sample.

Within a couple hours of submitting my sample, I received notification that my sample was reviewed and I had been issued a 4 star rating. After receiving the email notification, I was able to access my account, fill out the details in my profile and search the pool of available assignments.

The biggest question most people want answered is whether Textbroker is a scam, or a legitimate place to write articles online for money. Textbroker definitely is not a scam. The concept of the service is sort of similar to Demand Studios, except the pay is not as good in most cases. On Textbroker, clients come to the site and post article writing gigs on practically any topic. The writer searches for available assignments in a public article pool, completes the assignment and receives compensation upon approval.

How Much Money Can You Earn Per Article?

Article earnings on Textbroker are based on the type of order (assignment), as well as your star rating. The two common types of orders on Textbroker are open order and direct order. With an open order, earnings are based only on the payment rate for your star rating. With a direct order, a client can contact you directly and you are free to set your own desired price.

Here are the payment rates for the star ratings:

  • 2 stars: legible = 0.7 cents per word
  • 3 stars: good quality = 1.0 cents per word
  • 4 stars: excellent quality = 1.4 cents per word
  • 5 stars: professional quality = 5.0 cents per word

Unless you're issued a 5 star rating, you will be making less money per article than Demand Studios pay rate, which is $15 per article. If you are issued 5 stars, at 5 cents per word, you would be paid $25 to write a 500 word article. If clients like your work, it is possible to make more money from direct orders because you set your own price.

Are There A Lot of Assignments Available?

There are quite a few writing assignments available on Textbroker, but much like Demand Studios, searching for writable assignments is a job in itself. There are plenty of article titles that are either junk or would likely require too much time and research to write correctly. Textbroker allows you to claim only 1 assignment at a time, unlike Demand Studios, where you're able to claim 10 or more (when there were actually assignments available).

Can You Make A Living On Textbroker?

It is possible to work full time on Textbroker. You can write as many articles as you want, so the amount of money that you can earn depends entirely on your writing efforts. There are people earning $100 to $2,000 per month on Textbroker. I have only recently joined and completed a few assignments so I can't say much about the earning potential.

I have also been looking into freelancer sites like oDesk, which seem to provide more opportunities for assignments that can earn a bigger profit than sites like Textbroker. It is a decent Demand Studios alternative and practically anyone can sign up and make money pretty quickly from writing. After you have earned at least $10, you can request payment, which is sent via PayPal.

Here are a few more freelance writing articles you might find interesting:

Demand Studios Review: The Pros and Cons

Best Freelance Writing Sites That Pay Up Front

Worst Revenue Sharing Sites for Writing Online for Money


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    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      This is a very well-thought out overview of Textbroker. I'd say you've got a future in website reviews!

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      Lisa Kroulik 5 years ago from Minnesota

      I regularly earn more than 2,000 a month on Textbroker at a level 4, but I have several team order clients that pay more than the 1.4 cents. If it weren't for this site, I wouldn't be able to make a living doing what I love. I work on the site as a full-time job.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Wow, thanks for sharing your experience with Textbroker. That's definitely encouraging.

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      alwritetea 5 years ago from Upper Left Corner

      As a fellow Texbroker writer, you may want to mention how fast orders are snapped up. Admittedly, this problem is mostly contained within the 2 star and 3 star categories, the 3 star being the largest demographic.

      Congrats on getting placed at a 4 star status, that's not an easy feat. Just a cautionary word; a lot of people have been downgraded from 4 star status to 3 stars, for impossibly few mistakes--just heed the feedback TB gives you on your articles, and you'll do great!

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up about the downgrading. I just started there a couple days ago so I'm still getting a feel for everything. And thanks, I spent a couple hours carefully crafting my sample before I submitted it.

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      GioiaDegenaars 5 years ago from USA

      I wrote close to 60 articles as a level 4. Right around December they gave me 2 three stars in the most recent 5 evaluations (after 50 of them were rated as 4). They downgraded me and refused to change it until I wrote more and had 5 more pieces. There was so much junk at level 3 that I gave up on the site.

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      NatalieSack 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Interesting! Never heard of Textbroker until this hub.

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      Stacie L 5 years ago

      I wrote about 30 articles,most were rated 3 and with a few 2's and some 4's. I never seem to get higher than a '3'. Writing online is feeling a lot like a sweatshops.:-(

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Interesting. Thanks for the comment Stacie. I know what you mean. Demand Studios sometimes felt like a sweat shop, but now I kinda wish they had some assignments to write. It was pretty easy to make money over there faster. So far I'm still at a '4' on Textbroker, so we'll see how it goes, but I'm always looking at alternative places to write. I signed up over at oDesk as well.

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      99 Weeks 5 years ago

      I was also recently downgraded to a 3. For the past few days TB has had about 1,700 Level 4 articles available and very few, if any, for level 2 or 3. I'm looking elsewhere to fill the gap because if you're not a 4 or 5 it's not worthwhile.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      I have noticed that too. You might want to check out Writers Access. They pay more than Textbroker anyway.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      I used to write for I did almost 50€ but the payment was too low and it takes them years and years to mark your work (but they say only a week...). Well, I, for my part, would not recommend this to anyone else because you waste far too much time and if you are working concentratedly you can only make like 6€ at maximum per hour...

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It's interesting to hear another perspective about Textbroker. I agree, the pay is a little low, but the assignments are easier to write than over at Demand Studios.

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      teachermum1967 5 years ago

      Great advice, thanks for sharing. Voted up!

    • Matt G. profile image

      Matt G. 5 years ago

      thank you

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      It is ok but not great. Once you go down in rank, do not expect to ever be back where you were. They need to raise the prices for authors because earning $2-$5 an article is not very good.

      It is average.

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