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How I Made $5000 by Writing Articles Online

By now we have all figured out that there are literally millions of people and places that proclaim an easy way to make money online.

I don’t want to show you an easy trick, or scam. Rather, I want to show you how with hard work and perseverance you can make real money, in the comfort of your own home.

One year ago I was scouring the internet trying to find legitimate ways to make money online through writing. I had been trying for months to find a concrete method that would actually bring in a few dollars. I had written some articles for eHow, but then they closed down their Writer Compensation Program shortly after, and that revenue stream dried up fast.

Finally, not sure exactly where to turn, I stumbled across Textbroker. Textbroker is a middleman service. They provide the platform for clients to submit work, and for writers to complete the work.

Figuring Out How Textbroker Works

Before I go any further, I want to throw out a disclaimer: Textbroker has not paid me a dime for this review. I think this opportunity really is special, and I am excited to introduce it to you.

Moving on…

When you first create an account with Textbroker you will need to complete a sample article. Your article will be rated from 1 – 5; 5 being professional and 1 being “Please find something else to do with your time…”. My very first article was rated a 4.

Your rating will determine how much you get paid for your articles, and which articles are available for you to write.

Textbroker is not a user generated content farm. You will select articles to complete that have been submitted by clients with a specific need. All of the articles you select will have specified keywords, and keyword density requirements listed in each article. They will also have specific instructions on what the article should be about, and how long it should be.

Textbroker pays you per word. With a “3” rating, your writer’s fee is 1 penny per word. A “4” is 1.5 pennies per word and a “5” is 2 pennies per word.

Once your first article has been approved, you will login to Textbroker and go to their article selection screen. It will look something like this:

You can select articles based on the specific categories that you are interested in, and based on your star rating. “3” is the most common rating, and those articles are typically the most popular.

Writing ’till Your Fingers Bleed

Because of the business model that exists at Textbroker, you will literally earn one penny for every word that you type. This might not sound like much, but one 400 word article will net you $4, if you write in the 3 star categories.

In my experience, writing in the 3 star category is the most profitable. The articles have less client requests and restrictions on them, and you can typically write them much faster with little to zero research.

I was able to increase my writing speed to write a 400 word article in about 7 minutes. Sustaining that pace, I was able to net roughly $32 per hour. Not bad pay for a completely freelance side gig!

In a period of under 7 months, I wrote over 1,000 articles.

Getting Paid

Once you have submitted your articles, they have to be approved by the client. In the picture above, you can see that in over 1,000 articles, I only had two that were not approved. Clients want you to be successful, and will generally be more than happy to work with you on revisions before they actually reject an article.

Once you have reached the $10 payout threshold, you can request a check. You get paid via PayPal, and you can request a payout twice per month.

As you can see, I received all of my payouts, and had no problem with the PayPal deposits. They came through with no hassles, and were deposited promptly when Textbroker said they would be.

The Bottom Line

If you are willing to work as a ghostwriter (meaning you get zero credit for writing these articles), can type fast, have a basic knowledge of SEO and keyword usage, then you can be very successful in writing for Textbroker.

In fact, I was none of the above things when I started out, but I quickly learned the game, and learned how to amend my writing to rapidly submit articles.

This is the perfect opportunity for a college student, recent graduate, or anyone else who is looking to make a few extra dollars.

One final note; I am currently experimenting with Dragon Speak voice recognition software. This would allow me to speak my articles and have them automatically translated into text. If this method proves positive, I will have found an even more effective way to speed write articles, and further increase my per hour rate. It might be worth looking into for you as well.

Please give Textbroker a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

 

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23 Comments

  1. I started using textbroker a few weeks ago. So far it’s been ok, but I think the key is to learn how to write quickly. 400 word articles in 7 minutes is impressive! I’m not anywhere near that yet.
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  2. @Matt — 400 words in 7 minutes took me a few months and writing A LOT of articles to master. I still could not sustain that pace for more than one hour, but when i got in the groove, I was able to do fairly well. It all comes down to finding the right articles to write, with little to no specific instructions on content.
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  3. Wow. I’m impressed with how quickly you can pump out an article! I’ve looked into textbroker for blog content. I haven’t ordered any articles yet, but it’s still in the back of my mind.
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  4. @Little House — I have not yet experimented with ordering blog content form them, but I know that there are some very talented writers who write for Textbroker. Please let me know how it goes if you decide to pursue that!
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  5. WOW! There is no way I can do that. I have enough trouble writing 3 articles/week for my blog. 1000 articles in 7 months is extremely impressive.
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    • @Retireby40 — Yeah, it was tough, and I am fairly positive I developed an early case of arthritis and carpel tunnel. However, it really was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed getting paid for every word directly for every word that I wrote.

  6. Interesting. I have done some writing myself, but not on that quantity level. Good for you! I have been fortunate enough to get some great guest writing gigs at higher pay levels. Maybe I’ll check out the service if I ever have some free time. I love the flexibility ghost writing offers! Talk about your perfect part-time job for a student hey?
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    • @My University Money – Thanks! I have recently focused on writing much higher paying gis, and it really has been more satisfying. I can write one article for $17 cents per word, and earn the same amount as I would have to write 17 other articles of the same length. Quality over quantity is much more sustainable. However, you are exactly right.,Textbroker is the perfect part-time job for a student, or anyone else looking for a flexible paid gig.

  7. This is the second review I have read on Textbroker today and I am getting more and more excited about them. Although the pay isn’t the highest, it seems like an easy way to make a few extra bucks in your space time (sort of like Amazon Mechanical Turk). I will check it out!
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    • @Denise — For what it is, it really is great. You are right, it is a great resource for quick money, it does not take any prep work, and you can generally knock out an article very quickly. I highly recommend it.
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  8. Fantastic side income! I think probably another huge plus about doing this is what you said–you learned how to use keywords and about keyword density. I’m sure this will help your own blog out.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • @Amanda — You are right on that. i really has made me conscious of keywords every time that I write. For blogging and internet/SEO writing, it is perfect experience. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Wow payout is weekly now? I love this! Also, do you do the ones with ridiculously long instructions?
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    • @Aaron — I really don’t mess with the ones with long instructions. Typically, I do the ones with little to no instructions and create my own outline for the content. It makes it much easier to type faster. Also, I have made friends with a few of the publishers who now request direct orders from me. They know my writing style and request 25 to 50 articles at a time for 1.5 cents per word. This has really helped me knock out a lot of articles. I would recommend contacting all of the publishers that you write articles for and requesting to work through Direct order, it’s a win for everyone involved!

  10. I only heard of this a few days ago. Definitely need to give it a try. In college, I was able to knock out a 3-5 pg essay in no time.
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  11. That’s pretty amazing to do an article in 7 min! Do you use a article wizard program to help you?
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    • @Jacob — I actually do not use an article wizard program at all. I think I probably could to help it go a little faster, but I was able to get into a groove with my typing and the words just seemed to flow. To be honest, the writing quality was not very high, but for keyword articles, they were very good. The jobs have dropped off big time currently, but if I were to pick it up again, I would consider using an article wizard program.
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  12. I love Textbroker so far. I just wrote my first 5 articles, and I’m now awaiting a formal review from the editors to reevaluate my level. Things may have changed since this post was written; the pay scale you mention differs from the current pay scale. Currently they pay 1 cent for level three, 1.4 cents for level 4, and 5 cents for level 5. Authors at level 5 can make a great income ($25 per 500 words)!

    • @Caranda — I really hope Textbroker works out for you. I have not written much for them recently because I feel like their quality and availability of articles has dropped dramatically, however, I did make a lot of money with them, and I was obviously very excited about that. I hope it goes well for you!

  13. Firstly, this is a GREAT article title. 🙂 You’ve probably pulled in so much traffic with that fabulous title alone. I am a ghostwriter, editor, freelance writer, and have been making somewhat decent money at it for about 3 years. However, what really stopped me in my tracks, was your statement in the comments section that you now make $0.17 per word. That’s a crazy-good rate! The best I’m getting these days is $.03/ word with the very occasional $.06 per word article. Would you mind sharing how you were able to reach that kind of rate? I don’t write crap articles. All of my clients are thrilled with the quality I offer, but I just don’t seem to progressing in the rate department as I had expected. Any tips?
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  14. As a former freelance “content mill” laborer, I really liked what you had to say about Textbroker – and was surprised I’d never heard of it before! I no longer do that kind of work, but if I ever returned, that’s the kind of gig I could get used to!
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  15. Five years later…

    Wow, I love that you were able to crank out articles so fast for Textbroker. Things have changed a bit since then, but I’m still whacking away at it, even though I’ve never come anywhere close to the kind of numbers you were putting up.

    Most of the clients now are a lot more demanding, yet the pay rates have not budged in all this time, and 3-star orders are rare (everyone wants higher quality content nowadays.

    But, I still like the model. I don’t have to promote myself. I don’t have to pitch clients or try to woo editors. I don’t have credentials, and I don’t need them. All I need is speed, so that’s what I’m working on.

    So, are you still around? Still freelance writing?

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