I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Textbroker recently. I’ve been looking for some up-front paying opps and decided to revert
A shift in the content writing seasons
back to my old favorites. Something is happening over at TB, though, and I started reading through forum comments to get a feel for the situation.
It seems that there is hardly ever work at Textbroker now, unless you’re a level 4 or 5-and even then things are getting a little short. One of the sentiments that I found inside the TB forums was that everyone told their writing friends about this cool little secret called TextBroker and how their was always work, they were making decent money and they were getting paid consistently. I know I wrote about Textbroker here and at Tips On Web Writing on more than one occasion.
I see the argument. But, damn, if writers shouldn’t stick together. Besides that, TB was always a great place to blog about and review from the angle of blog post popularity and search queries. So, okay, viable option.
But, I think there is another explanation that many are overlooking: People who need content are just to other places.
My feeling is that the “gig” sites are taking a lot of the business away from the blog content writing sites. I mean, it’s just easier to use and once you have found a writer that you like than it is very convenient. Gig sites don’t have complicated order forms or pay scales. A writer says “I’ll do this for such and such amount of money”. You pay for it and drop them a line. Sure, it’s a risk with quality and tone that you’re going to receive but it’s the same way at TB and the like.
It’s why I can’t really recommend Textbroker to new web writers anymore. I think TB got a little a head of itself in the “quality” portion of their work. Here’s a point that I’m going to make. This may make some of you mad or disgusted-but I’m gonna’ make the point anyway.
When I write web content, blog posts or articles-I have to do so with a certain flare and style. I think about who is reading, or may eventually read the words, and write to them. Is that a sin? I write because I want people to read. Some writers are the uppity “I write for me” kinda’ people and that’s cool, I guess. Have fun reading your stuff.
I’m a level 3 writer at Textbroker. I refuse to study my commas. They won’t rate me higher because of it and that’s fine. But here’s why I won’t study for the Textbroker “comma test”-because the people I’m writing for won’t give a shit. It’s true. I can hardly imagine this coming out of one of my reader’s mouths:
“I say, Lovey, this is a fine article on the Android Market but, tsk, tsk, really is a shame that the author missed a comma on sentence 3 in paragraph 2. That really ruined his review on that new app for me.”
I just don’t friggin’ see it happening. I think that new generations of internet surfers, blog readers, whoever…want to be communicated with on screen the same way that they’re communicated with in person. Straight up and to the point. With as little difficulty reading and understanding as possible.
Are there places (many places) where perfect grammar is necessary? Absolutely. But on my Android blog? Here? the client at Textbroker who wants 500 words on the male libido or what it’s like living in Waltham, Massachusetts? I don’t think so.
And here is where TB is going to lose a lot of authority in the industry; Gig sites are full of quirky, young, creative people that know how to communicate in the times. They have a pulse for the world today. Textbroker has made itself into a “professional content writing” business that not only has a much older group of writers but then makes the writer conform his style and “skills” to the way that TB wants them too.
It’s true. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve written a blog post or article for somebody at TB and gotten a review that is something like “Perfect. Just what we wanted.” I know those clients would be willing to pay me a lot more and they do when they order directly from me on TB. Yet, no matter how happy the client is I’m still a 3.
Shouldn’t my blog posts and content be based on the fact that people are reading and liking the content? And I’m not picking on TB here. There are a lot of other places that I’ve noticed the same thing happening.
Just one to chew on today.