A couple years ago, when I first got into freelance writing (2012), I was doing articles on Textbroker.com, making a little money here and there. Finally, after several frustrating months, I did an experiment to see how much I could earn on there. I tried to get on teams, filled out my profile more to try to attract more clients, contacted past clients who gave me high ratings to ask them for direct orders, etc. And I blogged about it in one of my hubs on HubPages titled, “My Textbroker Experiment.”
My 1st Textbroker Experiment Was A Bust
Well, I think the most I made back then at TB was maybe $200 and change in a month. I continued pounding away there, but progress was much slower than I’d hoped, and I tapered off my efforts. I still went back almost every month to make some quick payouts, but the fire died out when the Team Orders (TO) and Direct Orders (DO) failed to materialize.
Anyways, I tried different strategies to try and get more team orders and direct orders, but those didn’t really get me anywhere. I’d get a couple direct orders from a client who loved me and wanted me to do regular work for her…and then she’d disappear after the first 3 DOs. Same happened with team orders. So, it was mostly all Open Orders (OO), and I wasn’t so thrilled with that.
As for HubPages, by early 2013, I got so frustrated with them over their control issues that I rage-quit and deleted my whole account, and I didn’t have any backups of the articles. I know…childish. I wish I had at least kept the articles I did about TB, because they were really good. I also had a post here on iWOC about that first Textbroker experiment, but I decided to just update the HP article instead of doing it at both sites, so now all my posts from that experiment are gone.
So even though I stopped tracking I still worked on TB articles on and off throughout 2013, but for most of 2014 I stayed away.
My 2nd Textbroker Exeriment Has Now Begun
So now I am thinking that it’s time to take another whack at Textbroker. I started back there again in October, then quit again, then started up again last week and did a few more articles. Just yesterday I cranked out 5 articles (well, 4 for TB and 1 for Zerys), so I’m going to start another post here to track my TB earnings over the next week or two (or more).
I mentioned on Bubblews how I made $33 yesterday with freelancing sites, and several commenters pointed out that if I could consistently hit that amount per day, that would work out to $1,000 per month. I’ve often thought about earning $1,000 per month on Textbroker, and now I’m thinking that I am going to try to do it again. December is half over, so at most I think I might earn maybe $300 or so, but if I am still feeling motivated to do it, then I think I might be able to pull it off in January. So that is what I want to move toward over these next several weeks.
But Aren’t Content Mills Bad For Freelancers?
I will have to admit, I’m not crazy about content mills like Textbroker. I mean, I don’t think they’re evil or anything, but I think that they are best for beginners or low-quality writers. I am talking more about this in my new series of freelance writing tips, and in the first post I talked about how beginning freelance writers should probably think of content mills as training wheels. Use them to learn the business and build your skills, your resume and your self-discipline, but then leave them behind and move onward and upward to better paying clients.
But recently I interviewed freelance writer Ryan Canady, and I realized that content mills can still be a good place for experienced freelance writers to make a decent wage, even a full-time one. And this is especially true for freelancers who suck at self-marketing and branding and social networking (that would be me).
So I’m feeling the pull towards Textbroker again. I’ll talk more about all this in upcoming FWT posts, and I’ll be tracking my Textbroker earnings in this post here, so feel free to bookmark this one if you want to follow along. I should be updating this post every day or every other day for the next couple weeks.
Here’s what I’m earning on Textbroker lately…
- Mon 12/15: $25.33 — 4 articles
- Tue 12/16: $24.64 — 4 articles
- Wed 12/17: $16.24 — 3 articles
- Thu 12/18: $19.04 — 3 articles
- Fri 12/19: $21.07 — 4 articles
- Sat 12/20: $5.74 — 1 article
- Sun 12/21: $7.00 — 1 article
- TOTAL EARNINGS — $119.06 — 20 articles
- Mon 12/22: $22.40 — 1 article
- Tue 12/23: 0
- Wed 12/24: 0
- Thu 12/25: 0
- Fri 12/26: 0
- Sat 12/27: 0
- Sun 12/28: 0
- TOTAL EARNINGS — $22.40 — 1 article
I started out strong in WEEK 1, but after eight days in a row, I was feeling burned out. It was Christmas week too, so I just decided to take a day off. Just one…
Aaannd…THAT was the end of WEEK 2! How will I do in WEEK 3? Is my Textbroker Experiment 2.0 over before it really got started? Let’s wait and see…
- Mon 12/29: 0
- Tue 12/30: $6.30 — 1 article
- Wed 12/31: $8.40 — 1 article
- Thu 01/01:
Well, Week 3 was as far as I got, and that was two weeks ago!
I totally burned out again haha. Ah well, it still put over $150 in my pocket in less than 3 weeks, so I’m cool with that. But there was a price to pay: I now have ZERO motivation for writing articles right now. I mean, even if someone offered me $20 for a short article…I might not be interested right now.
Okay, I’d probably do it for 20, but nobody’s offering, so…time for a break.
Thanks to those of you who followed along, and thank you for the encouragement. Hopefully I will do better next time. Aloha!