Textbroker Review – With Expert Tips!

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EDITOR’S INTRO: I’ve been trying for ages to get a detailed Textbroker review up on the site. I was determined to wait until I found someone who’d put proper effort into working for this content mill, rather than someone who’d given it a go for a just a couple of weeks. I’m pleased to say I finally found that person!

Heather has written 150+ articles for Textbroker, so is in a perfect position to provide a thorough and honest review – the kind we specialise in here at HomeWorkingClub. She’s also been kind enough to richly scatter her Textbroker review with lots of insider tips for earning more money on the platform.

Let’s get started!

What Is Textbroker?

Textbroker is a content mill. It’s a company that pays freelance writers to write content for its clients – typically at a low cost.

To learn more about content mills, we have a dedicated article here (it will open in a new tab for you!)

Customers sign up with the site to order different articles for their blogs or websites, and authors choose from a pool of writing assignments to complete.

Textbroker acts as the middleman, facilitating the platform for the work, collecting payments from clients, and disbursing payments to writers once an assignment is completed.

If you have been writing for any length of time, there is a good chance you may already have heard of Textbroker. It was the brainchild of Jan Becker-Fochler, and the first content marketplace to go online in 2007.

Textbroker operates all over the world with writers in various different countries. To find out if you can write for Textbroker in your country, you can click on the flag on their homepage and use the drop-down menu to see if you can find it. This Textbroker review is based on the company’s US-based website.

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Registering with Textbroker

The registration process is straightforward. You have to provide your personal information, pass a few basic tests for grammar and spelling, and provide the company with an original writing sample.

If you are accepted, you are required to email them some documentation like tax information and a photo of your state issued ID or driver’s license. This is a requirement to get paid. The identity verification takes a few days (to a week), but you can start working on the site while you wait. You must have a PayPal account to receive payments.

Your Profile

While you wait for your documents to be approved, you can build out your profile. There are sections to input a resumé (with no contact information allowed), education, experience, the type of writing you specialize in, up to three original unsold article samples, the languages you speak, your hobbies and interests, and where you have travelled. There is also an option to set a profile picture and select your direct order rate (more on this later).

The Textbroker Rating System

Textbroker has a star rating system that determines how much you are paid per word.  When you first begin writing for Textbroker, your rating is determined by the quality of your initial writing sample and the tests you take. The site’s editors review every fifth article you write for grammar, spelling, content, etc. Submitting high-quality content helps you improve your rating. You are permitted to accept writing assignments that are categorized in your star rating or below.

I began at three stars and moved up to four stars within a week or two, which wasn’t too difficult. You do have to be careful to maintain the same quality writing level or you risk being demoted to a lower star rating. This has not happened to me, but I have heard complaints of it from other writers.  However, if you improve your writing, you can move back up and regain your ranking; It is not permanent.

Here is what Textbroker pays per word based on your star rating:

  • 2 stars:  Average quality content:   0.7 cents per word.
  • 3 stars:  Good quality content: 1.0 cents per word.
  • 4 stars:  Very good quality content. 1.4 cents per word.
  • 5 stars:  Excellent quality content: 5 cents per word.

(To become a 5-star author your writing has to be nearly perfect. You also have to pass a complex proofreading test).

Textbroker rates

Completing Assignments on Textbroker

Open assignments are listed in an “author pool” by star level. You can search within your dashboard to find all the assignments available to you at your writing level. There is a brief description, the rate of pay, the number of words required, and the amount of time allotted to complete the order.

The types of assignments available are varied. I have written product reviews for work boots and welders, rewrites for brochures, and even some interesting pieces on topics ranging from how to choose the best air freshener for your car, to the best places to go surfing in Puerto Vallarta!

To get more details about an assignment, you click on it and a page opens up listing the client’s requirements including keywords, writing style, specific instructions and more. While you are looking at the assignment, it is temporarily removed from the author pool while you decide if you want to complete it. You have ten minutes to peruse it and choose whether you are interested in writing the piece or not. You can only accept one order at a time.

Textbroker Tips

I recommend you consider a few things while you look over an article:

– Figure out if HTML is required, what the keyword requirements are, and how many links need to be included before accepting an article. These tasks take extra time. There are also instances where the keyword list is ridiculously long. This can make the quality of your writing choppy, which could affect your rating.

– Do some quick preliminary research on the subject matter to see what is out there. If you are unfamiliar with the topic, this is especially important. It will help you get a general idea of how much digging you will need to do to have enough information to write an informative article.

– Check the client’s profile by clicking on their client ID number, which is highlighted in dark orange. Here, you will find their basic data, including their rejection rate and revision rate. If the client has a high rejection rate, you might want to skip them.

– Consider using something like Grammarly to check your work for grammar and punctuation, especially if you’re not writing in your native tongue.

Before realizing that I could review this information, I took an assignment that was sent back for several revisions. The client was unnecessarily rude and even after the changes, rejected the article. (It was my first rejection on the site, and I was devastated!)

Had I read the client data, I would have seen that this client habitually rejects over 50 per cent of assignments. There is an option on the client data screen to block future assignments from them if something like this happens.

Writing your Articles

Once you choose an article to write, click accept and you are ready to begin the assignment. A box appears where you enter your text. I strongly recommend you write your article in Word or Google Docs, and copy and paste it into the Textbroker interface. Not only will this ensure that your work is saved, you will also have a copy of the article for yourself.

Once you submit an article, it is gone, never to be seen again. I don’t know about you, but I like to look at my hard work now and again and use it as needed in my portfolio. (Note that you cannot publish it anywhere else, as you are selling complete ownership of the article to the client.)

Once you are finished and everything looks complete, you hit submit and you are done. Now you simply wait for the client to send it back for a revision or accept it. (You can start a new assignment while you are waiting.) If the client is unhappy with an article, they are required to send it back for at least one revision before rejecting it.

When you’re first starting, sometimes an editor will also send it back for changes and give you some “constructive criticism.”  If you are super sensitive, like I am, this may come across as harsh. Don’t do what I did and cry about it. (Yes, I did!) Just graciously accept it as a way to improve your skills and do what is asked. In retrospect, these learning experiences have been invaluable.

Unlike Copify (which does pay but can take up to a month), a client on Textbroker only has four days to accept your article. If they forget to do this once the deadline has passed, the article is automatically approved. To me, this is definitely a “pro.” Provided that your writing is of good quality, you are virtually guaranteed to get paid. Rejections are uncommon. (I have only had two rejections out of 158 articles I’ve written. The first I mentioned previously and the second was the only way to resolve a technical issue and both the client and I agreed to it).

If you can’t complete the article in the allotted time, it automatically expires and goes back into the writing pool. This can prove frustrating if you have half of it done already. One workaround for this is if it looks like the deadline is closing in too fast you can cancel the order (saving all your work first), then let it go back into the author pool. You can then refresh your screen and immediately accept the order again. This gives you another day to complete your work, but you can only do it once per article.

You are not penalized for cancelling an order or for letting it expire, but as a courtesy to other writers (and the clients!) you should cancel it as soon as you know you aren’t going to complete it. This allows it to become available for someone else to write.

Getting Paid by Textbroker

Textbroker balance

You need to have at least $10 in your account to get paid. To find out how much is in your account, you look in the payout tab. This is also where you request payment. You need to do this manually by 11:59 pm Pacific time on Thursdays.

Your pay is deposited to your Paypal account on Friday, before the end of the day. I have always been paid like clockwork before noon, EST. There are no Paypal fees incurred for receiving your Textbroker pay.

If you make more than $600 in a calendar year, Textbroker will send you a 1090 form for filing your taxes. You can download your income statements right from the site by clicking on each week’s payment. Be sure to keep this information in mind well before tax time, especially if you know you are going to have to pay self-employment tax.

How To Increase Your Textbroker Earnings

In addition to moving up levels to increase your earnings, there are a couple of other ways to make more money on Textbroker:

Direct Orders

If a client is impressed by your work, they have the option of requesting you for another project. This is called a direct order. You can set your own direct order price and you can even set different rates for different customers.

Textbroker doesn’t restrict you on this so you can configure your direct order price however you like. However, it should be reasonable enough to ensure that clients want to place an order with you. I have set my direct order price at approximately double the regular rates, and I do receive a couple of these orders each week. You can experiment with the rates and also negotiate them with the customer through the internal messaging system.

One way I get direct orders is to send a thank you message to the client and let them know I enjoyed working on their article. I say that if they would like it revised or altered, I would be happy to do so. I also remind them that if they would like to work with me again, they have the direct order option. I think this small bit of communication makes a difference.

Important Note: Never give your outside contact information to a client. This is a violation of the site’s guidelines. The only way to directly communicate with a client is through the internal messaging system. I learned the hard way that the editors read these messages as well, so don’t attempt to bypass the system by including your email or advertising your services outside of Textbroker. I was fortunate enough to get off with a warning.

Textbroker Teams

Team Orders

A second way to increase your earnings is to apply to be a member of one or more Textbroker teams. Team orders are for managed clients who typically have bulk orders. The pay for these is higher, sometimes nearly double. To apply for a team you need to have a 4 or 5-star rating. Most teams have a brief application that requires a quick writing sample. If you are accepted, team orders show up on the left of your screen whenever they are available.

You are allowed to take a team order and an order from the general writing pool at the same time. (You can also do this with direct orders) Team orders sometimes have a longer approval time than general orders.

I apply to as many teams as I can to increase the amount of work available. I have had great success with this. One of the teams I belong to is for a managed client that pays $58 for a 2000 word review of campgrounds. At first, these articles took me a couple of days to complete. As I grew accustomed to them, I was able to create a template that helps me write them in under four hours. On weeks when there is a large number of these articles in the team order pool, I can make above average payouts.

Is Textbroker Legit?

Absolutely. It costs nothing for you to join, and you are never asked for any fees to be a member. They also have a good track record for paying on time.

The negative Textbroker reviews that I read are primarily related to their rates of pay, which are not great. However, if you can really hustle, you can make at least a part-time income.

You are not going to get wealthy on this site, but you will receive the money you earn like clockwork every Friday, provided you remember to cash out. Clients are required to fund projects before a writer picks them up to work on, and there is a good system of checks and balances in place that ensures that neither clients nor writers can abuse the system.

Registering with TextBroker from Abroad

It’s important to note that Textbroker’s US site only accepts US citizens. However, the site’s FAQ section does imply that if you are a US citizen based in another country, you can still work for them if you send through proof of your ID.

TextBroker countries

If you are in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland, you sign up via the UK Textbroker site. Sadly, if you’re anywhere else, you’re out of luck.

Editors Note: I hear a LOT about people having issues trying to use sites in countries where they technically shouldn’t. I’d never recommend trying to circumvent the rules with VPNs and other trickery – you risk doing work and then losing the money you earned if your account is locked. 

Textbroker Review Verdict

I will end this Textbroker review with some pros and cons of working on the site.

The Pros:

– Textbroker provides an opportunity to improve your writing habits. If you have time on your hands, you could even think of it as a writing class with benefits. It requires you to learn how to do better research, improve your typing, write faster, and learn some new skills.

– Everything is very clear-cut. The site is pretty easy to navigate, and there is no complicated system to learn.

– It can add to your current income a little bit during lean times, or when you want to save for something special.

– Payment is quick and reliable.

The Cons:

– The pay is dismally low compared to some other sites. Even at the five-star author level, the rates are well below the industry standard. A writer at the five-star level can easily make more at Textbroker alternatives like Upwork, Fiverr, or by finding gigs on freelance job boards.

– You are at the mercy of editors who are sometimes picky, and can demote you for small grammar mistakes.

– You sell all the rights to your work, making it harder to build a portfolio that contains your own byline.

Even with the low pay rates, I am glad I started working on Textbroker. Friends and family had been telling me for years to find a way to make money with my writing skills, but I didn’t know how. The site opened up a way for me to learn more and make some extra cash.

Even though it was crappy compensation (especially at first), it was MY VERY OWN crappy compensation! I recommend it to anyone who is new to paid writing.

What about you? Do you have experience with Textbroker or other content mills? Do you have any feedback on my Textbroker review? Share your thoughts in the comments!

31 thoughts on “Textbroker Review – With Expert Tips!”

  1. Hi, I enjoyed reading this article. It was quite informative.
    However, I didn’t see any mention about TB being a good place for absolute
    beginners to try their hand. So I’m curious about this.
    Also, I’m wondering if Brittany Rohm was ever able to get her pay, and if she
    started a new account with TB.
    If that info isn’t available, no problem. Just curious.

    • Hi!

      I never heard anything back about that. Textbroker has been around a long time and I’d certainly not suspect that they make a habit of not paying people.

      Best wishes,


  2. I was rated as a 3 star writer to begin with. Great. However the only content available for me so far is making reward charts for potty training and children’s chores for less than 2 dollars. Am I missing something?

    • I suspect what’s there will vary from day to day but I don’t use TB personally. I imagine you can find some Reddit threads and compare notes with other users.

  3. Hello, I am writing this comment to ask a question. I have been writing on TextBroker for a little over a month now since 9/15/19 – 10/10/19. I have written 55 articles and all 55 have been accepted, the word count is 21,894. The question I have is, as a beginning writer with zero paid writing experience, how good are my stats.? I have 3-star rating. The reason I ask is that it is boring to write, and low paid. This article is good because it clearly states this.

  4. Opened an account. Wrote my intro. Came back 12 days later to download it. Could not get in my account.Sent 3 messages asking for help. Answer ” you may have a technical problem, we checked on our side – nothing wrong on our side. I sent my picture and passport picture = citizen of the USA. My friends tell me I look like Clint Eastwood, NOT VIETNAMESE. Wasted a lot of time trying to re-setting an author account, it never worked. Text broker never again answered again. Why they do not show a list of countries where UNITED STATES CITIZEN authors can not live/work? How simple is that?

  5. How much $$$ can I potentially make weekly?

    (I know everyone is different and it depends on many different things, but what is the average amount
    i can possibly make?)

  6. This information was beneficial; thanks for sharing it!

    I hope writing content allows me to supplement my income on a flexible schedule that allows me to care for my children’s needs.

  7. I have been working on textbroker for 4 months and have found the work a little thin on the ground. I have only seen 1 job posted in the last 4 days.

  8. I, a US citizen, worked for Textbroker for four years, and from 17 different countries, and then I was terminated today because I logged into my account from the airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on a layover to Jordan.

    Nowhere on the site does it specify that an author will be terminated from logging in to his/her account from Kenya, and “Textbroker Author Services” (***REDACTED*** was the messenger) told me that Textbroker doesn’t need to make this known; the company can terminate authors at any time, for any reason.

    Textbroker still owes me money–from articles the company accepted after I received the email that said my account was terminated–so I’m waiting to see if I’ll ever get that. “Interesting” that I was told my account was terminated, and yet I continued to receive emails saying my latest articles had been accepted.

    In short, I highly recommend NOT WORKING FOR TEXTBROKER because they treat their authors like crap.

    • I agonised over allowing this comment and decided I would as it’s valuable information. However, I’d be grateful if you provide an update when you know if you were paid for outstanding articles or not, as that’s a much more serious allegation. I can understand both sides of this as people in countries where services are unavailable DO often try to trick the system using VPNs and other technologies. It looks like you triggered a system designed to protect against this, which was unfair and unfortunate for you if you were doing things by the book, especially if they were unwilling to discuss the situation with you.

      I’m going to contact their press team and see if they wish to respond.

      • TextBroker has offered the following official response. I don’t intend to comment on this or intervene further, as each party has had a chance to make their argument:

        “”Textbroker reserves the right to close an account for any reason, but we take tax fraud and identity theft especially seriously. If we have reason to believe that a person is not legally authorized to work on our site, we have a moral and legal obligation to remove them in adherence to US tax laws.”

      • Hey Taylor , is it possible that you avail your email. I do have some details i wish to share with you regarding TB. Hope this finds you well.
        Nice Regards.

        • Hi Shiela,

          It’s completely standard practice for comments to be moderated on blogs.

          The main reason is that around 90% of comments are spam or people using the comments section to try to generate links for their own sites. There’s also often a question of potential defamation. People can’t throw words like “scam” around without justification, but often do. The nature of home working is that there’s a lot of “paying your dues.” Some people are simply better at certain things than others. A very common comment is when somebody using poor spelling and grammar says something is a scam or a “waste of time” because THEY weren’t successful with it. Ultimately I am responsible for the content of the site as the publisher so have to err on the side of caution. That kind of thing is more appropriate for forums and social media.

          The reviews we publish ourselves are detailed and always aim to point out the downsides and negatives of certain products and services as well as the positives. I also revise reviews sometimes based on feedback or new information from readers my Writers Work review is a case in point! There are plenty of negative comments up about certain services, but only if they’re objective and balanced.

          For example, occasionally I see a comment where somebody points out something that’s already discussed in great detail in my own review. In cases where people have come along with an axe to grind and clearly not read the content, I’ll sometimes not post the comment.

          At the end of the day I don’t have to have a comment section at all. Moderating them fairly and effectively is unpaid work that can be harder than it looks!

          • Understood. Thank you for taking the time to explain. I’m new to this and have spent way to much time on social media lately and have grown use to the uncensored comments. I fully understand that its your prerogative and certainly think after spending ours reading your reviews that you do an awesome job of giving impartial and detailed reviews. I’m glad I stumbled across your sight.

  9. Textbroker is not as legit as you’d think. I am currently working on a review that will expose some of their shadier sides. I’m expecting to release it on the 18th. I am someone who has worked with the online content mill for almost 10 years. And I have a lot of information from forums and even some personal experiences that I will share.

    • I started with Textbroker in 2010 or 2011 and it has gone downhill. Over the last year, the editors they have are awful. I don’t mean that they are tough. I mean they are incompetent and this causes a lot of issues overall. I look forward to reading what you’ve written.

      • I agree. I have an unpaid article that I turned in about a month ago but clearly has fallen through the cracks and remains unpaid. Despite numerous emails, it remains unpaid. I called Textbroker twice and was told there is nothing they can do because the order is for an account “managed” by Texbroker. Yeah, you heard that right: Textbroker is refusing to pay me for an article I wrote well ahead of the due date and that now is unclaimed well beyond its due date and Textbroker says it can do nothing to resolve the problem.

        • Agreed. TextBroker is not the same. I am scared to post this because if read, they may terminate me. That is how bad it has become dealing with management. Other than this the work is fine.

  10. It took me over seven weeks to get through the application process at TextBroker.
    The reason I started at TextBroker is that I don’t have a formal background in writing and I had heard that you can get good, constructive criticism from the editors. I wanted to get more experience before applying at places like UpWork and it’s really paying off.
    One of the first articles I tackled as a four star writer was supposed to cap out at 2,500 words. One of the directives was, “Just write the best article you can.”
    It was on a subject that I knew well so I followed the directive, but the entire article went closer to 3,500 words. I submitted it thinking that I would have to cut it down on a revision, but instead of requesting a revision, the client accepted the article, paid for the extra 1,000 words AND gave me a substantial tip! My only complaint about that experience is that TextBroker included the tip in their percentage which I think is ridiculous.

  11. I registered at Textbroker two weeks ago today. I submitted my writing sample and they (almost) immediately requested documentation verifying who I am. Now, I can’t get even log into my account to update my profile. When I go to the login page, I get a message that my account is being verified and to allow up to 15 business days (so three weeks) before that’s done.

    Needless to say, I’m now exploring other options because patience is not my strong point.


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