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How Does Textbroker Rate Articles?

What are we looking for?

Many authors wonder what elements Textbroker considers when they are rating submitted articles. When rating determines your pay, it is really important to understand what affects your rating and how to find resources to help you improve. We've had many questions on what we are looking for, or how our rating works, so we decided to cover some of the main points in our blog. Here are some errors that our editors look for and some supplemental information that may help you reach your writing goal. 

What are We Looking for?

Many authors wonder what elements Textbroker considers when they are rating submitted articles. When rating determines your pay, it is really important to understand what affects your rating and how to find resources to help you improve. We have had many questions on what we are looking for, or how our rating works, so we decided to cover some of the main points in our blog. Here are some errors that our editors look for and some supplemental information that may help you reach your writing goal:

Spelling

Please use spell-check!Then check all proper names. It is important not to rely on spell-check exclusively. For example, if definitely is misspelled, spell-check may replace it with defiantly, and this error may not be noticed with standard spell-check.  Additionally, when proofreading, watch for homonym errors. Some common homonym errors can be found though reputable online resources.

Commas

Please be sure that comma usage follows all grammatical guidelines.  Check out this link for basic comma rules or use a cheat sheet provided by Textbroker. Incorrectly placed or missing commas are the number one reason why articles receive a rating of 3-stars or below. A quick way to check commas is to use ctrl + F, type in a comma and click find. Verify that all shown commas are being used correctly before submitting your article.

Sentence Structure

Please make sure that your sentences are complete, that your verbs agree with your subject, your pronouns agree with their referents, and that any past participles are correctly formulated.  This is also very important and can mean the difference between 2- and 3-star ratings. Tips on sentence structure can be reviewed here.

Print Resources

Use a dictionary and a thesaurus, the AP Style Guide, Strunk & White's Guide to Style, or the Chicago Manual of Style as references.  Double-check your work. There are also some free online proofreading programs such as this one, which can help you to catch those lesser-known grammatical mistakes. Also, heed the comments left by our editors as they highlight issues that are frequently represented in your work. Questions about phrasing and style can be asked through our forums or by emailing authors@textbroker.com.

Perfecting the Style

When using hyphens, percent signs and other characters, we suggest the AP Stylebook. This will show the AP standard for most words and characters and is part of what determines the difference between 4- and 5-star authors. Also, the Purdue OWL is a very handy resource for discovering when to use and not use a hyphen.

Each of these resources can offer an author something valuable. However, English rules and grammar can sometimes be tricky. If you ever come across a specific grammar question that can’t be easily answered with these resources, please feel free to send us an email. Our Author Services Department will work with an on-staff editor to make sure all information provided is clear and correct.

Happy Writing!


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463973 16. November 2014 - 3:19

How do I improve my rate if there is nothing available to complete at my current ranking?

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275521 19. November 2014 - 12:29

Information enlightened my method of writing.

Thank you

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455797 15. December 2014 - 22:26

OK I am having two problems I do exactly as you say with the href=" and it never makes my words into the link but more importantly I have a client that in his instructions for his content says he wants a hyperlinked text with each article I have that down pat now. Now he is sending me back my work and telling me to revise the hyperlinked text and imbed it. Isn't imbedding for photos and graphics?

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401733 29. March 2015 - 16:36

Post Script:  I forgot to add that  I am also concerned with  how terms and names are spelled.  For example,  I  just did an article on Parkinson's.  I made absolutely sure  that it   was written properly.  Parkinsons  is incorrect.   In diseases,  they are not capitalized in the beginning  unless they are:  1. at the beginng of the sentence 2.  If they are  the name of a person.   Alzheimer's  is capitalized, but  pneumonia isn't.   I did  make a mistake  when  I should have  capitalized hamburger.  You see,  when  hamburger is the name of  place, like in Germany,  it should be  Hamburger.  Just  because  I don't care  if  my rating ever goes up, does  not mean  I  don't care about my writing quality.

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401733 29. March 2015 - 23:28

I plan to use the  cheat sheet, I hope it can help guide  me to many exercises and help me locate examples of this use  with the online articles.  I hope in time  to master  these skills. 

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499505 1. April 2015 - 23:41

This was very informational!

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