When I was looking for a possibility to make some money from home a friend referred me to Textbroker. Until then, I didn’t know anything about being paid for writing web content or content mills.
In my imagination, you had to study journalism for years and then volunteer at a local newspaper while slowly moving towards making real money as a writer.
… or be inspired from above to come up with a big fat bestseller book that provides for the rest of your life.
My first earned money as a writer
I sent the first sample to get rated. As a topic, I chose the beautiful architecture of the Mosque Hassan II. in Casablanca.
After uploading my signup article I nervously waited for the rating. Fortunately, I ended up with a four-star-rating.
Yes, I am a writer now
Then I chose my first paid order. I decided to start with a very short one. The topic: Mattresses.
I did a quick online research to become an “expert” and wrote a few words about mattresses for an online mattress store. Press submit and wait for acceptance.
Then calm my heartbeat and have a coffee. Shorty after that, I had my first 0,35 Euro (37 cents). Woohoo…!!
What I have learned working for Textbroker as a writer
I realised that one can really make money writing content for others. The advantages of Textbroker are that there are always lots of orders available immediately. You can start anytime. In addition, the clients do not expect too much.
I have written more than 1000 articles and never had a cancellation and very, very rarely a request to change something. That way I regularly made 500 $/month when we needed that amount.
And I have learned that I can write about almost any topic. Thanks to the internet you can become expert enough in minutes.
To make 500 $, I worked two to three hours a day, six days a week. I would only then end my work after reaching a minimum of 20 Euro.
I assume my investment of time could be less but I easily got distracted while researching. Once I even ended up registering at an online shop I was supposed to describe.
But I just had to have that nice summer skirt!
Please, read my best advice for mastering this work-at-home mom thing, if you are just getting started.
10 tips how to make money from home at Textbroker
- Make time. To focus on writing and some research beforehand, make sure you have some uninterrupted time online.
- Use your real name. I used “Casablanca” as a nickname, but in my profile and messages, I signed with my real name. Maybe one day a client tries to contact you outside Textbroker to give you (better-paid!) work. This has happened to me and I still work for this client here and there.
- Use your expertise. Chances are you already are an expert in some fields. Maybe you shop online on a regular basis, you like browser games or do the “insurance stuff” for your entire family.
- Do not limit yourself to your favorite topics. Once my husband suggested I should write about printers from the computer company he worked for in that time. He claimed he could update me about every relevant detail and then I could write that article in no time. Well, I ended up doing that order all be myself, realizing that you can write just about anything if you take the time to research some facts.
- However, choose your favorite topic, if you can. This will save you a lot of time because you already are an expert.
- Choose similar orders. Once you have written a bunch of articles about one topic, the appropriate phrases and words will come easily. If you have written one article, try to find similar ones after that.
- Choose the right client, too. I don’t know if that was important but I sometimes checked the client cancellation quotient. Clients that obviously had many texts reviewed may turn out a pita, I assumed, and also I didn’t pick orders that had extremely lengthy and detailed descriptions of what the client wants and not wants, etc. I didn’t want to work for people who paid pennies for my time and expected just way too much for their investment.
- Do not leave your desk with no current order. Browsing the orders at Textbroker can be a great way to procrastinate or spend too much time on. I always made sure that the last thing I did when working was choosing the next order. The next day I had a text order to start with.
- Mind your time. The more time you invest, the less profitable is working for a content mill. Set a timer for your initial research. Your client chose Textbroker because he wants ordinary web content, not articles that win international awards. Track your time to determine how much is your hourly wage. Also, your writing should be a matter of minutes, not hours. But you will get faster and better over time.
- Use Textbroker as a stepping stone. When I started with Textbroker I felt blessed to make money that easy. (No kidding, I did!) Later I found out that market prizes for writing pieces, especially when you have some expertise, are a lot higher. So use Textbroker if you have some extra time and consider your work as learning, getting your toes wet with paid writing. After you have some confidence and experience, venture out on your own and pitch potential clients directly. This upfront investment of time will pay out with the higher charge.
I am curious to hear about your experience with content mills. Did you ever write for them? Or do you think this is a waste of time and energy?
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