Improve your writing I’m Not Happy!

I just got accepted as a writer for textbroker. I’m starting at level three. A good friend from referred me but I’m not happy. Although I’m always greatful for the help I get. Textbroker is getting away with murder. This article will tell you why.

Textbroker is an article writing site that pays writers for content. The pay is poor. They pay on a grading scale. Let’s just say the most you can make is $20 per article. If you start getting direct orders you may charge more. Getting direct orders sounds nice. But how dare textbroker undermine the art of writing? Are we machines? Is the art of writing now worth $3.50 to $6.00 for 350 words. It’s a shame. In addition you can’t use your article elsewhere.

 I suppose I should be grateful for a chance to make some money. But there must be a limit. The Internet is destroying the value of writing. All of a sudden  words, once treasured, are worth only pennies. Now we must operate like machines and crank out words like a robot on speed. Textbroker understands that writers can get desperate. They prey on,because of that fact.

Writing for content writing sites is more lucrative to me. Residual income, in the long run, is a wiser choice for any writer. Writing for pennies, at sites like textbroker, ecopywriting and zemandi give me a queasy feeling in the gut.

 I started my article assignment from textbroker and I’m afraid I had to stop. I was feeling cheap and insignificant. I was feeling used. The writers I know, who write for these sites deserve much more. Their time is precious and so is mine.

I learned a good lesson. If one wants to earn more  writing, concentrate on improving skills. Writing is still an art valued by many. I’ve noticed an increasing demand for content that utilizes good key words. Press release writers are earning $200 and more. Business writers are making a tidy sum. Authors with marketing savvy are reaping the benefits.

Textbroker, ecopywriting, and zemandi, I bid you farewell. My new goal, is to take serious steps to improve my writing. To settle for pennies is not an option.

 I value the writings of my friends, who use these low paying sites. I’ve already stated, I would purchase any book they penned. I encourage myself and others to maintain self-esteem when writing for money.

Writing at content writing sites like Triond pays residual income that means articles make money over time. An article will keep making money and those pennies, nickels and dimes turn into more $$$. Articles make money as long as they are left on-line. If we’re going to work for pennies this route is the better deal. Those of you with more experience may have additional comments to add. All your comments are appreciated.

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32 Responses to “ I’m Not Happy!”
  • J Anderson
    October 20th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Good Post

  • PSingh1990
    October 20th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Nice Share.


  • Melinda J
    October 20th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Glad to know since I was considering them.

  • Stanley
    October 20th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Previously, I had been able to make money from textbroker by “giving them what they paid for,” i.e., not putting much effort into it.

    However, I’ve had a run of bad luck with them lately. I keep getting virus warnings on my computer. I don’t know if it’s the textbroker site itself, some of the sites that the assignments refer me to, or just coincidence, but the whole thing has me very put off.

  • serowa
    October 20th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Don’t we write for pennies in Triond? What’s the difference?

  • Freedom Rising
    October 20th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I do think it depends on what the end goal is Marlene. If it is a labour of love and a hope that one day the big money comes in then I agree with your principles. If the goal is to make a living then there is a place for sites like this, where you can actually almost budget and plan how much you want to earn. Each of us does need to choose what is right for us. You are also right though about the internet and what it has done for quality. There are probably writers that read my articles that say the same about my work. C’est la vie. What the internet has done though is to allow people like you and me to write, share our opinions and meet other writers. The shift we need to see isn’t in what, where or when we write, but in what we read. This goes for non-writers too. When people become more discerning about what they read, the cream will rise to the top. There is nothing that says either that you can’t use these sites as a platform to develop writing , research and organisational skills. Good for you on getting to a place where you know what you want from it though. On a personal basis, I am still sifting through the minefeld hoping to make my way across in one piece :p

  • Minister Marlene
    October 20th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Wanijiku, I explained residual income makes money over time. Or maybe you don’t know what I meant by risidual income.

  • Minister Marlene
    October 20th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Freedom Rising I love long responses like yours. I appreciate it. Gives ideas for yet another article.

  • Minister Marlene
    October 20th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Freedom Rising I love long responses like yours. Thank you.

  • A Bromley
    October 20th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Excellent article with much good advice. I checked out Textbroker and I didn’t like the deal and I was at another site that was suppose to pay and didn’t. They did send an IOU. That was nice of them. I really like Triond and I really like Helium. I also use The Starlite Cafe and ABC Tales to post and have had contacts from publishers who saw my work there for permission to use it and then got paid. It seems to be a hurry up and wait game but it is worth playing unless you are depending on your writing to put food on the table; in that case you may starve. I have actually had a few articles picked up that have sold, all were through Helium, however but they do pay slower than Triond. No matter what, it gets my name out there. I’d like to make more money than I do but not sure how to go about it. Still learning. Good article. Annette Bromley

  • Emmie
    October 20th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I loved the article, it was really insightful and made me think actually. I’ve never actually used Textbroker so i can’t comment on them, but as you know i use Zemandi. It is true what you say in the fact that we are selling ourselves cheaply and working like robots just for the one time payment.
    With out Triond articles we can do as we please with them, and even use other sites like Bukisa for example to double our incomes.

    Thanks for writing this, it has actually inspired me to write more for Triond.

  • The Soul Explorer
    October 20th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Nice share Ms. Marlene! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • jamesrcoffey
    October 20th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve heard nothing good about them or sites like them.

  • colette234
    October 20th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Never heard of these people but I don’t like the idea of getting “assigned” to write anything. I’m not in school anymore. I need the freedom to write whatever I feel like. That site sounds like a rip off. You’re better off playing the Triond game. At least they don’t care what you write about (as long as it’s legal).

  • lapasan
    October 20th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with you that we should write quality content.

  • Jamie Myles
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I’m in total agreement. I do not want to sell my time and talent for $3.00 or whatever it is that textbroker pays since you are unable to use the article elsewhere after posting on textbroker.
    I enjoy the freedom of choosing my own topics and writing at my leisure. As far as income goes, I’m doing pretty good with triond and a couple other sites that I post on along with income from my blog.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with textbroker.

  • researchanalyst
    October 22nd, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I have used textbroker before and they are mainly for people who want to make some quick upfront pay twice a month. It is not a place for people who are serious about their craft, simply because the people who are ordering these articles for 2 to 5 dollars each need them for niche blogs and websites where they are either using them to make money with adsense or they are using them to sell affiliate products.

    If you want to get paid higher amount of money for your work you should look for freelance writing jobs on: they have a list of companies that pay $20 dollars or more for your articles.

  • aly king
    October 24th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Residual writing is the way to go. An article may only make pennies up front, but later down the line can continue to make you money over time.

    One of my very first articles on Triond had a slow start. Then THREE years later, it go picked up by Lifehacker and the views suddenly soared. THREE years after I wrote it, the article started making me some serious cash. This never would have happened if I’d written the article for Textbroker or a site like it.

  • shelpeare
    November 5th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for this article on textbroker. And to think that I was feeling cheated since they do not allow non-US writers. I think a better choice is brighthub and wisegeek which pay much better. You can check them out. Again I am cheated out of those opportunities this time due to the fact that in my country I cannot receive paypal payments. I can only send them. I think brighthub gives you upfront payment and residual income at the same time. US writers are so fortunate in that you have endless possibilities.

  • jersey
    November 12th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Minister Marlene: Thanks SO much for echoing my personal sentiment. In this case re: Zemandi.

    My e- to Zemandi:

    Dear ZEMANDI,

    I just looked further into Zemandi.

    Are you kidding !@#$%^&* with this pricing?

    As of yet, I do not reside in the ultimate category of professional
    writers, however, I did write a column for the “Chicago Loop News” for three years, also restaurant reviews, interviews and numerous children stories.

    Everyone loves my writing abilities. They say I bring wit, humor, intelligence; underscored with passion.

    I wouldn’t give you the pleasure by selling you my artistry-in-words for Zemandi’s pay scale quoted below. Maybe I read incorrectly, and, if so, pardon me.

    As in ZEMANDI’S promo material you go on to say:

    “As with any successful business, our expectations are very high, and not everyone is qualified for a writer’s position.”

    For a buck per 300 words? Gum at Walgreens is $1.39 per pack. How insulting … ZEMANDI’S “high expectations” … for a buck per article.

    “MY EXPECTATIONS” are high as well … not only for those who set their eyes upon my words, but toward myself as a word-sculptor”.

    Zemandi pay scale:

    Minimum of 300 words: $1.00 per article
    Minimum of 400 words: $1.50 per article
    Minimum of 500 words: $ 1.75 per article

    Product Reviews 350 words: $1.25 per review
    Blog Posts: 100-150 words: $0.25 per post

    Another online writing experience leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

    Enjoy the Holidays!



    Zemandi’s final sentence to my response:

    ….. And we realize by your reaction that we have an urgent need to clarify how much we pay after somebody passed evaluation. we appreciate bringing that to our attention.

    Zemandi Support

    *ALSO bringing to Zemandi’s attention the undercapitalized “w” in the start of the last sentence.

    I’ll be signing up with Triond momentarily. Thank you! jersey

  • jersey
    November 12th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    There is sooooo much to scrutinize online re: writing/publishing as well, earnings. Thank “G” there are passionate writers who give advice + FYI’s to others as they journey and navigate along their “path” with passion. And, loyalty.

    WE ALL hear about ’scams’, etc. A moment ago I read about Triond in I plan on scrutinizing this information before making a commitment with “Triond”.

    It’s a learning experience. Writer’s need to watch out for each other, as well, all artist’s.

    On an intimate note, my writing, as an art form, is an act of healing to my life. Being abused and bullied as a young boy through my adolescence, I feel the shadow of this when I feel my written work is being taken advantage of. I, too, feel strongly toward those who have-and-do take advantage of the innocence of artists, as well, others, as they themselves understand what it is to have been taken advantage-of as this comes from their story, too. And, their cycle continues.

    We must all continue through our journey with vigilance.

    Another appreciative author.

  • suhail
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Lol really enjoyed this read! You are right these scums pay so less! I have come across such lousy rates and some writers sponsor these rates because they have no better options and this goes for most International Writer.

  • Lexical
    November 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    FINALLY .I am finding other people who have been EXTREMELY unfortunate to have experienced Zemandi.

    Unprofessionaal!!! Condescending!!!!!.Exploiters!!! Dishonest!!!!…These are only but a few of the words I can use to describe this underhanded so called “Indian -giver” company.They need to be SHUT DOWN!!!

    Visit the Zemandi forum and note that everyone has the same exact problem. Non payment , 2 months or more awaiting payments that then dwindle almost automatically when you dare question anything they have fed to you.

    I warned and reminded them , that” the pen is mightier than the sword”. I gave them 2 entire months to correct and contact me .Eventually I got angry , as is human, only to have them publicly and privately attack my manners/culture and “substandard writing” that their client described as “well written, but unuseable”.

    I do admit Zemandi had some valid points about my writing , but the constant rude , sarcastic, berating correspondence was as much as any normal thinking human being could take.They better not use my writing , or they will not see or hear the last of me .

  • paree2010
    December 16th, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I really hope I don’t get shot down for this, but zemandi hasn’t done anything particularly awful to me yet, though I admit their pay scale really sucks.
    The alternatives though are almost non-exist, especially for non US writers. Sites like yahoo contributors, textbroker and SEED don’t hire outside the US.
    Textbroker might pay around $15 to $20, but that’s way better than the $2 per 500 words that we get from zemandi. After all, writing 2 articles a day can earn you $30 to $40 dollars and I have to appreciate textbroker for that.
    The residual income system is great, but takes some time to pick up and doesn’t always allow writers of all streams to earn equally well.
    Most writers would rather be paid per job, than wait for a year to get decent hits on their articles. I wish it was otherwise, but unfortunately its true.
    So, zemandi thrives despite all the complaints all over the web and all the criticism.
    Hopefully, sometime in the future, demand for articles will force such sites to start paying us our true worth!

  • Erin Miller
    March 18th, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I signed up with before I found Triond. I also found which is okay. Like you though I found texbroker not to be worth it. I like this site so much better!

  • writeandknow
    July 18th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’m sorry you feel this way. I love TextBroker and enjoy it, but I think it’s more for beginning writers than experienced writers. I’ve personally found the best way to gain income is to diversify income. Hope to see you have better luck with other ventures.

  • Jarvis Edwards
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    This is a good post!

    I started using textbroker nearly six months ago and I find it to be a very low paying site, although helpful to develop professional writing skills. I have signed up with alternative sites but it seems like textbroker is one of few that pays upfront and actually has work available.

    I’m only using textbroker as a way to get “my feet wet” in freelance writing, then I’m off to higher paying opportunities as I find them.

  • Alissa
    August 28th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Nice post . Btw has anyone read any complimentary articles about Zemandi ?

    If you have ? I betcha there was a referral code in it somewhere .


  • Herbert Chavez
    October 27th, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Interesting blog. Although I agree that the point that the pay is very low, the fact remains that noone is making anyone write for them. As long as they have good writers willing to work for such a low fee, then they will continue doing paying so little. Also, it isn’t as though they are paying so little for “Ulysses,” they usually only ask for basic “how to tie your shoes” kind of texts. This isnt just Textbroker who do this, i also work for a company called independent publishing and they pay a similar fee, but for many writers, these sites are a great source of extra finance and, for many companies, a great source of cheap SEO texts.

  • Joe McPherson
    February 16th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Just started writing for Zemandi. Not feeling bad about it. A little miffed at unexplained rejections but I got a thick skin. Which I think is a requirement for all writers traversing the ocean of editors, proofreaders, clients and critics.
    This was a wonderful post. I discovered several more writing customer options and I plan to use all of them. Echoing Herbert Chavez, No one forces me to write. Every job I got I knew in advance what the pay was and was completely free to reject it. The suppport team has been helpfull to me and (other than slow to respond today) I got no issues. A couple of kind words and some enthusiasm cuts through a lot of the attitude that almost anyone has when there at work. All of a sudden they start sending better jobs. I’m sure that would be true for all people who buy your prose. Even the cashier at the local Deli can be “condescending”. If you don’t like what there saying then , politely, descend on their con a little bit! Remember, your the writer!
    Examine every opportunity! Weigh every job accept and reject work freely! Sign up for all of then then pick and choose! We are all waiting to hit the home run or for our ship to come in. In the meantime submit your best stuff to magazines! Write a book! Most of all have fun.
    So..what’s this about Triond?

    That’ll be 3.00 please.

  • irritated
    July 21st, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I just signed up for Textbrokers a few days ago, started at a level 3. Which is okay , I suppose. A friend introduced me to it, stating I could make so much! God I’m so gullible sometimes. I checked it out thoroughly and did not like what I saw at all. It was sort of like a puppy mill for writers. Unsavory conditions at best. The clients rules if you accept the assignment are just insane, some of them a wall of text and research you have to do to write 500 words for 3 dollars?! Made my gut churn and curl, I felt a spittle of vomit in my throat.

    I felt like telling some of these clients to write it themselves, they obviously wrote 2 pages of what to do and don’ts. They seemed to have the capability to write. Why put someone like me through hell just to receive 3 bucks? And get this…some even ask for html. Seriously?Are you freaking kidding me?! You cheap snakes! Hire a web designer!

  • steve
    August 20th, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Yeah, I’m really incensed that my keyword-spam content-filler articles aren’t getting the respect they deserve. Shame on you, textbroker, for providing me a means to be reliably paid for my keyword-cramming endeavors.

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