Decoding Author Ratings At Textbroker
As an author, your completed work is graded by our Quality Assurance editorial team. After reviewing your work, an editor will assign your author account a star level based on the quality of your writing. But what factors are considered when judging writing quality? What are the standards expected at each star level?
What Our Editors Look For
Grammar is a large factor in our grading rubric. At Textbroker, we follow the AP Stylebook with a couple minor changes: We allow the Oxford comma, and we require that every introductory clause be followed by a comma, no matter its size.
Grammar makes for a great grading tool because it is mostly objective; your text is either grammatically correct or it isn’t. Text that is grammatically correct is also clear, concise, and easier to read.
Sometimes, reaching that required minimum word count is difficult. However, clients expect to receive content that is engaging and provides relevant information. Repeating the same content or stating information that is obvious or redundant is known as filler content. At the 4-star level, there should be very few instances of filler in your work.
Let’s say you’re buying a burger from your favorite burger restaurant: You wouldn’t be too thrilled if your patty was the size of a quarter and your burger had a pound of shredded lettuce on it, would you? If you deliver articles with small “patties” and lots of filler “lettuce,” it’ll likely put your “burger” on the dollar menu.
Style and Readability
Style is a bit more subjective than grammar or filler, but a poor writing style can affect the readability of your work, which could affect your rating. If an editor has to read the same sentence multiple times before they can understand it, the sentence should probably be rephrased.
It is also highly recommended that you vary the structure and length of your sentences. Using too many short sentences in a row can make your writing read as choppy and too simple, like a “Dick and Jane” children’s book. On the other hand, using multiple long and complex sentences can make your writing feel long winded and confusing.
Over 85% of the articles rejected by clients aren’t rejected for grammatical errors; they are rejected for not following the order briefings. While performing an evaluation on your work, the editor will review the instructions and keep them in mind while they review your work. If your article significantly deviates from the article instructions, your rating could be affected negatively.
The Textbroker Grading Rubric
Each star level is marketed to meet certain criteria. To ensure that clients are getting what they paid for, we rate authors based on these star-level descriptions:
Not All Errors Are the Same
It is important to note that some errors are considered more egregious than others. We categorize these errors by what star level we would expect to see them. If you were to make an error from the category below your current star level, you will most likely receive a warning. If the error occurs more than once, you could be demoted without a warning. This list is organized from the most erroneous errors to the least:
- Blatant spelling errors or homonym errors
- Missing capitalization at the beginning of sentences
- Missing capitalization with proper nouns or the pronoun “I”
- Multiple missing articles
- Fused sentences
- Comma splices
- Sentence fragments
- Subject-comma-verb errors
- Subject/verb agreement errors
- Plural/possessive errors
- Blatant filler content
- Missing FANBOYS comma
- Missing if/then comma
- “So”/”so that” errors
- Comma w/ dependent clause errors
- That/which errors
- Misused semicolons/colons
- Nonessential/essential comma errors
- Coordinate adjective comma errors
- Commas with adverbial clauses at the end of sentences
- That/who errors
- Who/whom errors
- Hyphen errors
- Numeral formatting issues
- “Honest mistake” typos
- AP style stuff – comma after city and state, quotes around titles, pluralizing decades, parentheses, etc
Awkward content is variable
Knowledge Is Power
If you are not familiar with the terms in the provided list, it is highly encouraged that you research those grammar terms and learn their coordinating rules. Our author blog is a great source of knowledge on many grammar topics. Also, please review the commentary provided by our editors. If you take the information to heart and practice, you can easily improve your writing ability and increase your earning potential.
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