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June 27, 2009

Text Broker Review

Filed under: Article Sites — carlaboner @ 6:23 am
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Text Broker, now this is an interesting one. Some people I know do pretty well writing for Text Broker while I never did so well. I have a friend that makes over $100 a month writing for them. The website is set up quite nicely, so that it is easy to use. When you apply to Text Broker you will write a short sample and they will evaluate it on a star system (1-5 stars). Most writers when starting out begin at a 2 star rating and as you complete assignments if you average a higher rating, Text Broker will raise your rating. The higher the rating the higher paying jobs you are able to search for.

Only one article at a time can be accepted through the Text Broker system. Once you complete one article, you can then claim another and so on. Typically there is a large selection of articles to choose from although many of them are odd topics. I rarely find topics that I want to write on, although like I said some people do pretty well on the site.

I have a few issues with Text Broker, that prevent me from being able to do more for them. First off, there is very little personal connection. I have written many articles for clients I know nothing about, technically I don’t even know if they exist. Of the assignments I have completed through Text Broker I have only ever spoke to one client through email and that is because he took the time to contact me through the Text Broker system.

Another issue I have is the low pay. Most articles pay less than 1 cent per word, until you get into the higher ratings. Which leads me to the only one assignment at a time policy. I understand why they do it but at the same time I think the more you work for them and prove you are there to provide they should allow at least up to 5 claims. There have been several occasions when I claimed a somewhat decent paying assignment hoping to get it done in time to claim another, just to have them be claimed by the time I completed the first one. In my opinion this leads to sloppy work that is done to hastily for any research, spell-checking or proofreading.

I hate to admit it but if I am getting paid less than 5 cents per word I am not going to spend a lot of time making sure the article is perfect. Which brings me to my last point, my name is not on this article – giving me yet another reason to not care a whole lot about the quality. That’s right Text Broker is a ghostwriting site as in your name is not getting published with any of these articles and you retain zero rights to your work. This is why they are able to pay such low amounts. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with ghostwriting if you are being compensated for all of the work you are doing and all of the rights you are selling.

If you are just looking to make a few bucks from home every month Text Broker is not a horrible option. If you are serious about becoming a writer and honing your skills, selling to magazines or even publishing a novel someday I would suggest only using Text Broker when you desprately need a cup of coffee – next month (they only pay on the 10th of every month).

Associated Content Review

Associated Content is an article submission website that is a good place to start out if you are a freelance writer new to writing content for the internet. If you do not know anything about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), keyword density, keywording, link building or content marketing, Associated Content is a greta place to begin.

The Associated Content community is very friendly and helpful. Their forums and social network provide great locations to learn from other online writers. They have a great selction of articles that explain SEO and content marketing techniques.

Articles have to be over 400 words and they have a style guide that will help you learn how to format your articles so that they are online reader friendly.

When submitting articles, I strongly suggest asking for non-exclusive rights and upfront payments. By choosing these options you are keeping the rights to your work so that you can sell reprints to other online sites or even sell First Serial Rights to print publications.

According to the people I have talked to and using my own experience average upfront pay per article is $3-$5. There are a lot of different factors that Associated Content takes into account when deciding their upfront payments.

Associated Content also pays a Page View Performance Bonus. When you first begin it is only a few pennies per 1,000 page views but as you work your way up through the “Clout” levels you are able to work up to $2 per 1,000 page views.

I know it seems like a lot of work but it is also a good idea to search Associated Content before you write on a topic. Many topics have been covered, even more have been done to death. If you write another Work from Home, or Lose Weight Now article Associated Content is not going to pay much for it and it will get burried in the depths of internet hell.

If you are looking to work full time as a freelance writer you will need more than just Associated Content. I started with AC and I have over 50 articles with them right now and I earn about $3 a month from page views.

I have made a few friends from Associated Content as well as learning a lot about SEO and keywording when I started out not knowing anything at all about it.

At the beginning of this post is a link to Associated Content, but if for some reason you would like to use me as a referal here is my Associated Content Referal link.

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