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Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by GuitarMan, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. GuitarMan

    GuitarMan Registered Member

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    So I signed up to Textbroker (UK site) and I got accepted and given a level 4 for my writing. I completed one open article to see how the site works.

    The article was accepted and they said it would take 7-10 days to rate the article.

    There were about 80 open orders available at that time.

    Now, there are 0 open orders and it's been like that all weekend. I contacted their support, but they have yet to get back to me. I tried to sign up to a few teams, but all the ones I've signed up to so far, don't have any orders either.

    Anybody else experience this?
     
  2. codexehow

    codexehow Power Member

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    It's the new normal for Textbroker. Either they are losing their business because of their recent price hike, or they're pushing all of the OO orders into teams. They were stupid to raise their prices. You can't set yourself up as the bargain basement brand and then hike prices all at once. Stupid.

    That site is good for $10 a day or so, but that's about it. The site zombies will say you can make $100 a day, but that's only true if you're L5 and on a bunch of teams.

    If you have the chops, try Constant-Content. You'll make a lot more money.
     
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  3. GuitarMan

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    That's a shame. It seemed like a good site. I've now signed up to 11 teams, all of which have 0 jobs available.

    I did sign up to Constant-Content and got one article accepted. I wanted to see how it worked, but I'm still yet to sell the article. I submitted it about 1 month ago. It doesn't even get any views. Maybe I chose a saturated topic?

    It was just a random article that I wrote, so any tips of getting sales on Constant Content?

    I'm going to try writing topics for 'public requests' that they send out. Maybe I'll get more luck with that.
     
  4. codexehow

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    More likely you chose a dead niche. Successful CC people are pretty tight-lipped about which niches sell well, but it's not that hard to figure out.

    I'd say if you can get your articles accepted definitely keep at it.

    I've had mixed results with public requests. I'd say focus on the "standing requests" that CC itself puts out. Those indicate niches that have been selling recently.

    Regarding TB, really their whole site sucks. It has a horrible design and is not very user-friendly. The team interface is straight out of the '90s. And yeah, a lot of clients make teams just to steal samples or else they make it and then forget about it.

    I have 2 active teams out of like 28 applications. I'm an L4 though. If I put the work in I could get to L5 since I've already passed the proofreading test, but it's just not worth it.The unspoken rule is that you have to produce around 1000 articles for them before you'll be considered for L5. No thanks.
     
  5. MadStacks

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    Just my opinion. If you can write articles well then create a website with some review copies and market your services freelance.
    Doing your own thing not only makes money but you do not have to jump through hoops on these sites.
     
  6. codexehow

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    True, if you can find clients willing to pay actual rates. Decent rates start at 4¢ per word, imo. Anything less is a very bad idea, no matter where you're from. In my experience, the lowest paying clients have the highest expectations. And no offense to anyone here, but I've found that Internet marketers often don't want to pay more than 2¢ per word. Of course there are exceptions.

    Best advice I can give--no matter where you find work--is to maintain a database where you put all of your research. Research time cuts into profits. I use Evernote, but there are others. Every time I do research for an article I put the research into my database with tags. Next time I write on that subject I have data ready to go.

    I've even spent entire afternoons loading data into my database simply because I know it will pay dividends in the future. I can't emphasize this enough: w/e product you go with, it's essential that it has a robust search function.

    Intranet from 37Signals is another good solution. I think it's called BaseCamp.
     
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