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Thoughts on making income from on-line Writing

Updated on January 6, 2011

A Beginner’s Thoughts on Textbroker and Content Authority

After writing for just a week on Textbroker and The Content Authority I have come to some pretty stark contrasts regarding the two sites. I never intended to write an article comparing the two until I experienced the glaring differences between TB and TCA .

Both are similar in that they are considered “mills” or grind joints. Very little pay for the content the author writes. Here is what makes the two sites different. Textbroker makes the writer feel welcome and you have the sense the staff are cheering you on. I was amazed when I had questions and had to call them. The phone was always picked up by the second ring and answered by a very informed staff member. TCA doesn’t even have a phone number and the questions I had took hours for TCA to reply too which is kinda of a bummer when the deadline given to you is eight hours.

Another bizarre feature of TCA is when I paste text from my word processor to TCA to be published it puts random extra spaces sometimes between words. Another irritating item is when you do paste text in the preview window and change a letter or word the whole body of the text jumps a little and puts the text you just changed out of your view and you need to scroll back down to find it again.

I think the most misleading information in Content Authority FAQ is regarding the pay scale. TCA is giving the outrageous dollar amount you can make an hour. They say a well researched 400 word article can be completed in 10 minutes. I don't know about anyone else and maybe its just me but a well researched article can be done in 10 minutes? I think that is pretty ridicules. By the time I do research and double-check facts it is much more than 10 minutes.

Now a little more on my feelings about Textbroker. I understand why they keep you at a lever 3 or what ever because you may have a comma out-of-place or no period or whatever. This is something I need to work on. Here is the thing that irks me though. I put in tons of research even on a simple article. I try to make the content unique instead of just using filler text. I just wish more weight was given on research which is something I pride myself on.

All of my articles have been accepted by Textbroker but I don't know if I can ever get up to speed in writing articles faster. I'm a stickler with doing research and it bogs me down. Another thing I noticed is the majority of a couple of subjects I'm more familiar with are in the tier 4 which means I can't use my knowledge and do those article because I'm a tier 3. I can understand the logic behind the different tiers but wouldn't your writing improve if your writing about subjects you know more about?Anyways I’m going to stick with both of these sites for a while but I don't know if it's ever going to be worth it. Any comments or advice would be appreciated.


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      susan scott 6 years ago

      I have been writing for TCA for several months. I started out like everyone does- 5 free articles and then Level 1. Donna quickly promoted me to Tier 2 and wrote that "you are a very good writer." A couple months later I asked for Tier 3 and was approved. Last week I requeste Tier 4. That was approved, but the next day Donna emailed me and said the advancement to Tier 4 was a mistake and apparently my writing was not good enough to even be a tier 3, so I was demoted. I wrote about 25 Tier 3 articles and I have not been paid for many of them. Needless to say, I am concerned. This wasn't me problem; it was theirs. I researched and wrote in good faith that I would be paid and now I am simply ignored. Anyone have any thoughts about this issue?

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      Shawn M. 7 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Let me know how we can make your experience even better. There is no point in having a content creation site if writers don't feel that they are important and a valued partner.

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      redwhiskeypete 7 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for taking the criticism so well. I do intend to stay with TCA, hopefully for the long haul.

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      Shawn M. 7 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Thanks for the feedback about the TCA. As the president and owner of TCA, I really appreciate knowing what people are thinking about our site.

      While we won't have a number to call around the clock, you will be pleased to see a way in which you can contact someone with the questions that you have.

      I will be honest that hear you think that TCA is not personable is not our goal, so we will do whatever we can to change that outlook.

      The amount someone can make per hour is not always going to happen for everyone and I will agree, 400 words and 10 minutes is probably something we need to change in our ads. BUT, I do have to say we do have many individuals making a Full Time income with us, so it is possible to make $500 a week.

      Hope this helps!