New Textbroker UK Website
Textbroker, probably the most popular US site that allows people write for direct money, has finally launched in the UK. This is good news for UK writers as at textbroker.com, you had to be a resident of the US to write.
The site launched on 1st December with authors allowed to sign up immediately and clients allowed to post jobs from the 12th.
As Textbroker UK seemed to be an answer for me as a self employed person to earn money during those 'dead' times, I signed up right away and looked forward to the articles coming in.
I should perhaps say here, that when you sign up, you are asked to send a sample piece of writing in and that is then rated from a level 2 (legible) to a level 5 (professional). I was categorised as a level 3 which I was happy with as a starting point. Textbroker UK actually rate each piece that you submit, so it is possible to go up as well as down and I'll come to that in a minute.
Initially, perhaps unsurprisingly, there were hardly any jobs and the ones that were coming in were all level 4 which I wasn't allowed to do. After a couple of days I spotted a level 3 one, grabbed it and wrote it and got an 'excellent' feedback from the client. I then waited for the next one and waited and waited. There simply weren't any appearing in level 3 or even 2; they were all appearing in level 4.
I then wrote to Textbroker UK and asked how I would be able to get to a level 4 if there was no work for me to do to be upgraded on. They kindly offered to 'mark' the one that I had managed to send to a client and that managed to get me into level 4. Great news; I did a couple more quite soon after but unfortunately, both of these were graded by textbroker as level 3. This was down to my not using commas sufficiently. Now this is fair enough, but once again it has put me into level 3 and there is no work available and it's piling up in level 4, which from a client's perspective, can't be good as from what I can see, there are hardly any level 4 writers and the work seems to be getting backlogged and I really want to get my hands on those so I can get my grading back up (or at least get some money coming in from it .. as you can guess, level 3 pays less than level 4).
On looking through the website, I notice that if you look in the 'authors' section, it describes level 3 as being 'good quality' where as if you look in the 'clients' section, it describes it as being 'average' which I think is a little unfair and gives clients a poor impression.
One other comment to make is that within the last year I have used the Textbroker US site to have a couple of articles written. One of these was level 3 and the other, level 4. In both cases, I'm as sure as I can be that they were written by someone whose first language wasn't English, so I'm currently feeling a wee bit aggrieved by the process.
BUT ... I'll stick in there a while refreshing my browser hoping to grab the odd rare level 3 job that comes through and perhaps as it builds, there will be many more of them, but for now, it looks a bit dry but only time will tell whether Textbroker UK will be a viable site for UK writers I guess.