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    qw3rt7
    Textbroker - Writing for money (not vouchers)
    • #1
    • 11th Jul 12, 12:31 PM
    Textbroker - Writing for money (not vouchers) 11th Jul 12 at 12:31 PM
    Ok, so i have recommended Textbroker to a few people asking about making extra money, and have found myself typing out the same things, so i thought i would start a thread i can reference in future.

    1st i would like to make it clear i am now mainly a textbroker customer (eg i buy content from them, not write it) but i do have an author account and have tried the system from both sides, so am confident it is a good opportunity for those that can write.

    1 What is it?
    Textbroker (uk site: http://www.textbroker.co.uk ) is a website where people can order custom articles and written content (eg for their websites, newsletters, sales pages and any other sort of written content). The website takes a fee from the customers, keeps a % and pays the remainder to their authors to write the content.

    2 How can i make money from it?
    You can sign up as an author, take a test to determine the quality of your writing (this can be reassessed as you improve), then accept paid jobs from the jobs pool. Provided you follow the description and the client is happy with the job, your account will be credited, and you will get paid via paypal at the end of the week.

    Pay level depends on writing quality. You can except jobs up to your quality level, you can except lower quality jobs, but will be paid that lower rate for those jobs.
    A top quality author can make around £15 for one 500 word article, a medium quality author can make around £3.50 for the same. You can also set your own rates if you get a client that likes your work - See here for pay rates:

    http://www.textbroker.co.uk/uk/author-rates.php?session=78a803e04c303c2a256772347da15ce0

    3 This sounds a bit like a work at home scam i encountered before
    Its not. There are no fees what so ever for an author. This format is familiar for many freelancers in many professions, the scams are copying this format (with inevitable joining fees and inflated earnings promises).

    4 Whats in it for textbroker?
    About 30% of the clients money. They are a marketplace and they take a cut, just like eBay, Amazon and many others.

    5 What if they shut owning me money?
    They have been around since 2007 (US site, UK is a bit newer, but the same company) and dont look likely to go under anytime soon. They pay weekly, and the minimum payout is around £8, so you can cash out every week if you do a few articles.

    6. How many jobs are their available?
    This changes a lot. The higher quality score you can acheive, the more work will be available, but there is a decent supply of work, and its free to use, so a slow week isnt the end of the world.

    7. Do i need to pay tax etc
    Yes, you will need to register as self employed. Textbroker do not handle any of that, they just pay into your paypal account. This is beyond the scope of this thread, but there is plenty of info on MSE about it.

    Any other questions, just ask.
    Or sign up and post your feedback.

    If you are currently doing surveys and writing reviews for a few pence worth of vouchers, give it a go.
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    • googler
    • By googler 7th Dec 12, 10:58 PM
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    googler
    They also like hyphens. For example, when writing about hotels I used the phrase 24 hour reception, they wanted it phrased as 24-hour.
    Originally posted by Amys
    Quite right, too.

    Can it be a "24 reception" ? No.
    Can it be an "hour reception" ? No.

    Therefore, it can't be a "24 hour reception", it needs to be compounded - "24-hour reception", in the same way as "densely populated town" has to be "densely-populated town"

    Compound Adjectives.
    • Amys
    • By Amys 7th Dec 12, 11:24 PM
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    Amys

    Oh my googler, did I upset you in some way?

    I posted that more than 2 weeks ago!

    It was posted in the spirit of helping others to avoid the same mistake.


    BTW I fully understand the use of compound adjectives and their most common formation with the use of adjective or adverb plus past participle. However,24-hour reception is term that is often used on many web sites, including numerous hotel web sites, without the hyphen. Also, when writing SEO it is usually important to consider the way it will be phrased when people perform relevant web searches.

    I was not complaining and telling you textbroker was wrong, nor was I whinging. I was giving practical examples of some of my errors so it would help others.
    Last edited by Amys; 07-12-2012 at 11:48 PM.
    • googler
    • By googler 7th Dec 12, 11:47 PM
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    googler

    Oh my googler, did I upset you in some way?

    I posted that more than 2 weeks ago!
    Originally posted by Amys
    No, you didn't upset me, and yes, I know you posted it a while back.
  • Sommer43
    I now know more about luggage than is legally required.
    • googler
    • By googler 9th Dec 12, 5:39 PM
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    googler
    I now know more about luggage than is legally required.
    Originally posted by Sommer43
    ...and I would have done, had I not hit the 5-article block..... still not lifted.
    • kiss_me_now9
    • By kiss_me_now9 9th Dec 12, 5:59 PM
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    kiss_me_now9
    Wrote four articles in August. None of them have been rated by TB. Absolute joke.
    Masters OT student
    • googler
    • By googler 9th Dec 12, 10:16 PM
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    googler
    Wrote four articles in August. None of them have been rated by TB. Absolute joke.
    Originally posted by kiss_me_now9
    Have they been accepted by the client(s)? TB won't rate them until they have. Have you checked e-mail for any messages in this vein?
    • kiss_me_now9
    • By kiss_me_now9 9th Dec 12, 10:27 PM
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    kiss_me_now9
    Have they been accepted by the client(s)? TB won't rate them until they have. Have you checked e-mail for any messages in this vein?
    Originally posted by googler
    All have been accepted by the client, no contact from TB at all.
    Masters OT student
  • Sommer43
    I have 93 articles waiting to be rated by Textbroker. I am not too concerned about that, I am more interested in the clients accepting and me getting paid.
  • Sommer43
    ...and I would have done, had I not hit the 5-article block..... still not lifted.
    Originally posted by googler
    Damn googler, how long now? Send them another email...
  • tyroneshoelaces
    I have 93 articles waiting to be rated by Textbroker. I am not too concerned about that, I am more interested in the clients accepting and me getting paid.
    Originally posted by Sommer43
    This exactly, I would be more concerned about getting paid if I am honest.
  • AppleSue
    Wrote four articles in August. None of them have been rated by TB. Absolute joke.
    Originally posted by kiss_me_now9
    If these are your first four (and only four) then they won't look at them until you have done five, as you can't be rated on four. Do another article then email them as soon as it is accepted.
    • googler
    • By googler 10th Dec 12, 9:09 AM
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    googler
    Damn googler, how long now? Send them another email...
    Originally posted by Sommer43
    Fifth article completed on the 7th, so 'only' three days over a weekend, but seems like an eternity.....
  • tyroneshoelaces
    out of curiosity has anyone set up payment so that it is sent to your bank account or does everyone just have it sent to your paypal account?
  • Sommer43
    Tyrone

    Mine is paid into my UK bank account. The exchange has gone up over the weekend so this weeks money was better than last week.

    Paypal am not sure how long it takes, but the payoff transfer in on Friday and by Monday, without fail, it has been in my bank apart from one week, whereby it didn't and I emailed them, within ten minutes it was in there.

    I do it full time, so it does mean that I am at it regularly, I do about 40 articles a week, which brings me a nice income of around 180.00 to 200.00 a week, of which I pay my NI and set aside the tiny bit of tax I will have to pay next year. It meant my hubbie could come off ESA and he is doing a little job locally for the church. He is on DLA and we contacted them and there is no affect on his volunteer work at the church. It has worked out well and I have been at this for well over two years, with a break in between.
    • **Bex**
    • By **Bex** 10th Dec 12, 1:16 PM
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    **Bex**
    I registered some time ago and was rated as 3 stars, but every time I log in there are no 3 star articles available. Any tips as to the best time to actually find 3 star articles?
  • tyroneshoelaces
    Tyrone

    Mine is paid into my UK bank account. The exchange has gone up over the weekend so this weeks money was better than last week.

    Paypal am not sure how long it takes, but the payoff transfer in on Friday and by Monday, without fail, it has been in my bank apart from one week, whereby it didn't and I emailed them, within ten minutes it was in there.

    I do it full time, so it does mean that I am at it regularly, I do about 40 articles a week, which brings me a nice income of around 180.00 to 200.00 a week, of which I pay my NI and set aside the tiny bit of tax I will have to pay next year. It meant my hubbie could come off ESA and he is doing a little job locally for the church. He is on DLA and we contacted them and there is no affect on his volunteer work at the church. It has worked out well and I have been at this for well over two years, with a break in between.
    Originally posted by Sommer43
    Thanks that's great, its good to hear that it works for you.

    One other question, how do I find my IBAN number and SWIFT Number?
  • tyroneshoelaces
    I registered some time ago and was rated as 3 stars, but every time I log in there are no 3 star articles available. Any tips as to the best time to actually find 3 star articles?
    Originally posted by **Bex**
    it is all down to luck from what I can gather. I am constantly checking and I have written 9 articles in just over a week.
  • Sommer43
    Thanks that's great, its good to hear that it works for you.

    One other question, how do I find my IBAN number and SWIFT Number?
    Originally posted by tyroneshoelaces
    You can find it on your log in details, or on the bottom of a paper bank statement. If you cannot locate it, then give your bank a call.

    The swift code may well be called the 'BIC' code on your bank, mine is.
  • tyroneshoelaces
    Sommer, thanks for that I have found it.
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