Thursday, May 19, 2011

Writing Jobs, Online Copywriting Jobs: TextBroker

I joined TextBroker in 2010 and I enjoy it just as much as when I first started. If you're just getting started in the paid to write world, TextBroker provides an excellent entry-level opportunity. This legitimate paid online writing gig will allow you to familiarize yourself with online writing platforms, as well as the application and review processes.

This post will outline TextBroker's application process, payment, and team orders.

Does TextBroker have an application process?

TextBroker does have an application process. It's rather short, but you do have to include a writing sample. Based on the quality of this sample, TextBroker will assign you an Author Rating between 1 and 5. The higher your rating, the more and higher-paying articles you'll have access to.

For example, if you're a 4-star writer, you'll be able to claim titles from 1-4 star level.

How much does TextBroker pay?

Payment depends on your Author Rating and the number of words in the post. It is not the best pay and for some writers, can even be considered "slave rates." The base pay rate per word for a 4-star rated author is about $0.014. That's essentially a penny-and-a-half per word.


But don't fret just yet—the work on TextBroker is relatively easy. A 500-word post can earn you $7, which is very low, but you can potentially write two to three posts like this per hour. That leads to a potential income of $14 to $21 per hour. Of course, this all depends on the complexity of the topic, potential rewrite requests, and the amount of articles available to claim.

If you apply for and are accepted to special teams, you might enjoy a higher pay rate. For example, the basic TextBroker platform only pays $0.014, but a quick search of teams shows several paying anywhere from 3 to 10 cents per word. Clients can also send you direct orders, leading to significantly higher pay rates—often based on your quote.

It should be noted that TextBroker also has a proofreading position, where you can earn a little extra cash as a proofreader. I'm not familiar with this position, as I am simply a writer, but if you know more, feel free to chime in by leaving a comment.

How often does TextBroker pay?

Once your account balance has reached $10 or more, you can request a pay-out. If your payout request is received before Thursday of that week, you will receive your payment via PayPal on Friday.

You will not be paid, however, until you submit a W-9 form.

How much can you earn with TextBroker?

Your Author Rating, writing frequency, number of articles in the queue, teams, and direct orders all factor into your earning potential. Having direct orders from TextBroker clients is the best way to increase your earnings. Consistent, high-quality work will increase your chances of success.

The most that I've earned with TextBroker in one week was $140. This was with intermittent work. I'd say that I spent a total of 15 hours on the website that week. That's a bit over $9 per hour, which is okay as long as you enjoy the work that you're doing. If it's tedious and frustrating for you, it's probably not worth the time or effort.

Do I keep the rights to my work at TextBroker?

No. You're basically acting as a ghostwriter for clients.

I personally love TextBroker. Last year, I made over $300 to pay for our Christmas. Most of the time, I enjoy the work, so that just adds to my positive experience. TextBroker comes highly recommended from me!

Sign up for TextBroker here.

Do you write for TextBroker? Like it or pass?


  1. I have written two articles already for tb, and did not know about the W9 requirement. Will they pay me for the two articles I've written once the W9 is processed, or do those just get overlooked? I really don't want to work for free. Thanks for your help!!

  2. TB will pay you for all articles you've written, even if they were written prior to the acceptance of your W9.

  3. Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one! It's on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!


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