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Quality Time

 As authors, it is easy to form a sort of love-hate relationship with the ratings process. You love it because improvements mean advancements – and advancements often mean access to more money and more orders. It is difficult, though, when you find yourself stuck in a ratings rut.

Greetings Authors!

We hope everyone is having a fantastic and productive start to the new year! Due to an abundance of questions recently, we wanted to discuss ratings this week. As authors, it is easy to form a sort of love-hate relationship with the ratings process. You love it because improvements mean advancements – and advancements often mean access to more money and more orders. It is difficult, though, when you find yourself stuck in a ratings rut. It is easy to feel like orders don’t matter, especially when you are working at high volumes. It is important to keep in mind, though, that this is not the case.

Here in Author Services, we are passionate about fostering an open-door policy with our authors, and this begins with transparency. The ratings recipe is really quite simple: By adhering to the common rules of American English and the AP Stylebook, as well as employing clear and effective language/grammar, you can achieve your ideal rating!

Here is the breakdown: Accounts are placed in a queue and randomized purposefully to ensure authors maintain their quality at all times. When an account comes up for review, our Quality Assurance department rates every order (of appropriate length – 150 words or more) you have written since your last batch of ratings. Thus, your rating is calculated by finding the average rating of your last five orders. The key here is viewing every order as an opportunity. Every time you write, you are working toward gaining access to more money and more orders – it’s just that simple. It is paramount that you always write (at least) to your quality level. This means even if you are a 4-star writer picking up a 3-star order, the content must be 4-star quality. For orders shorter in length, authors are allowed a smaller number of mistakes before a drop in rating occurs. For example, in a 150-word order, 4-star authors are only allowed one mistake.

We hope this has cleared up a few of your burning questions about the ratings process. Additionally, Textbroker has a number of fantastic resources to improve your writing. From Textbroker University to Comma Cheat Sheets, we’ve got you covered. We understand that it is easy to get discouraged when it comes to ratings, but remember that every order is a fresh start. We encourage you to take this approach as you move into your next batch of orders.

If you have any further questions about ratings, please visit our FAQ.


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282273 15. January 2016 - 0:29

Thank you for taking time to respond to author concerns about ratings. I sincerely believe each of us is just the right author for someone who needs content, and that can strengthen or change as our skill sets evolve. Thanks for being here, Textbroker.

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605453 17. January 2016 - 2:45

I am very curious to find out how I am going to improve my rating when there is absoluteley zero jobs available for three star people to do?

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616565 30. January 2016 - 4:25

Good to know… thanks!

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254725 25. April 2016 - 20:15

Is there a guide on how to include images using HTML?

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642173 7. June 2016 - 1:43

What is the AP Stylebook? 

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643797 20. June 2016 - 13:35

Thanks a lot for this refresher. I did an html course years ago but never really used it so this is realy helpful.

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18590 13. July 2016 - 23:55

Thank you! Great, handy reference to nail the "little" things.

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670905 31. January 2017 - 2:58

 Okay, I am relatively new at being an author through Textbrokers, and I am not sure what is happening when I walk away for a couple of days I cannot pick up any articles. It's like it freezes up or maybe I am spending too long of time off. Could someone please tell me the rules, so I know not to do it anymore. I have even emailed Textbroker, and yet no one has given me a reason why this happens. Sonja se

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71634 6. February 2017 - 15:20

Where can we take the proofreading test?

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686725 8. March 2017 - 22:53

This is a great read, and everyone should read it.

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