Thoughts on making income from on-line Writing
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- Compare TCA, TBA, Suite101, and Triond
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...
- Phrase Density and The Content Authority
I would suspect anyone writing for The Content Authority (TCA) has ran into the quirk that is unique to this content site. Frankly its driving me nuts. Shawn, the owner and CEO of TCA to his credit does...
- What Makes a Popular Hubpage?
This is another installment of a continuing series of articles from me that is trying his hand at on-line free lancing. I only have 15 or so articles in a one month period on hubpages but two of my articles...
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.