It's hard to not take it personal...

United States
February 13, 2011 2:37pm CST
I've been working on textbroker writing articles for almost two years now. I do pretty good at it. I hae even received several direct orders from those who like my work. Today I get this note and it simply said a client had blacklisted me. The note said, "shame on you and your spinner." I wrote back and asked what they were talking about. I saw where they had purchased the article. So I sent them another message and told them that I would certainly be happy to fix anything that they didn't like about the article. It's just hard to not take it personal! Anyone else with me on that one?
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12 responses
• United States
13 Feb 11
Apparently they feel you re-wrote an article and did not give you a second to explain and or deny. I suppose it is best that it ended this way as who wants to write for a site for someone will not give us the benefit of the doubt, sounds childish on my part but my thought is that they do not pay well. Sure as online workers we do take a great many things personally as we work ten times harder for the dollar more so then off-line workers.
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• United States
14 Feb 11
If that's the case, I think she should make a complaint, because that is not right..Plus I am disappointed because I am a member and possibly over summer break would have written a few articles for them..
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• United States
14 Feb 11
They don't pay much and I do make more working independently. But I like to keep lots of things going and having money coming in from various sides. Carmel- this is just one client, textbroker is great to work for. I make a good little bit of change from them.
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
Well, if they didn't want what you wrote, they should have told you before they bought it or paid for it. The mere fact they paid for it means that they had read it and liked what they saw. Anyway, thanks for providing us a glimpse into writing for textbroker (or any other writing firms). Although I prefer dealing directly with my clients, I have been fascinated with the idea of working with one. Have a nice day.
@louievill (27515)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
In any endeavor that involves earning money, I do not take anything personal, it's just work. It's different when it's like an accusation or I may have violated a law such as accusing me of using a spinner ( if that's illegal) and using harsh words which I did not do then it sometimes triggers my good nature to go on war footing and become quite a little bit personal.
• United States
15 Feb 11
Textbroker wouldnt let me tell him he could have his money back. I guess it doesn't matter!
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@mommaj (22870)
• United States
14 Feb 11
WOW! I think I would have taken it personal. Seriously, "shame on you" was actually used? I am astonished. That could have been phrased a little better. LOL Guess that's why they get others to write the articles. LOL If they purchased the article and didn't retract payment, maybe they made a mistake sending you the letter. Since the letter was sent in a personal manner, I would say it would have upset me too.
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• United States
14 Feb 11
I am hoping they take the payment back - I may actually write textbroker and see if I can give it back..
@mommaj (22870)
• United States
14 Feb 11
They may not take the payment back. The letter may be a mistake. I would try to find out what they are talking about. If you know you didn't copy another one of your articles, you should pursue it. You do not want to be blacklisted because other companies may see that and make a judgment based on false information.
• United States
14 Feb 11
@macdingolinger, I would not offer to send the money back as you have not done anything wrong. Sending the money back to a sense is admitting you did something wrong. However the letter is not really clear if in fact you did do anything wrong, as why would they pay you if they though you had done something wrong. So as with so many things in life try and brush it off and onward with all your great writing.
• United States
13 Feb 11
Just so you know, a spinner is a piece of software that takes an existing article and automatically rewrites it. You can always tell "spun" content because it reads really odd.
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• United States
13 Feb 11
I also wondered what "spinner" meant, thanks classicalgeek
• United States
14 Feb 11
Really? But I didn't use a spinner - I guess I just wrote a really bad article then...
• United Arab Emirates
4 Mar 11
For me i use a spinner but it ain't a software it web base, i use it just to point out some of my easy grammer error and to have a variation of the same written article, then i start to re-write my article using some duplicated words to supliment some of my lame grammer. Using article spinning articles are not good at all as they let people who have used them before to be able to spot supnned articles. You have to be a very conversant writer, someone who have studied articles spinners to be able to get the best out of them. All i do is write the article myself them when i finish i open a lot of spinner and start spinning my original article by dumpimg it there, spin, then copy and put it into another spinner, the process goes on until i used all four spinner in like, them copy the final output and them rewrite, re-read before submission, that gives me assurance that my article is 120 percent unique. Not advicing anyone to use spinners, its bad though.
@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
13 Feb 11
I also wondered what spinner meant until classicalgeek pointed it out. Maybe somehow your article looks like another's and this is why they sent that message. I signed up for textbroker myself and only written two articles since, so I have not really gotten paid by them. This is because shortly afterwards I started school and it has taken up all my time, especially now with math..I hope you get this straightened out, because if this is how it works, I may not go back myself..
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• United States
14 Feb 11
Ok, I believe you and when I have the time, I'll go back..:)
• United Arab Emirates
4 Mar 11
It's never good to send someone a comment such as that, and especially someone who have taken a lot of time to write for you or work for you. It's very bad to do such because it makes that person look like a fool, due to the fact that they still paid, all their mind towards such writer would be that they needed money that was why they wrote such a poor article. For me i would want to know who by all means possible sent that remark and also offer a refund because it ridicules my skills and personality. I would never take such comment or remark likely. Never.
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• United States
4 Mar 11
I did not take the remark lightly at all! I was actually highly offended. The thing was all they had to do was send it back and request changes. I would have gladly done that. They ended up giving me a decent rating on the article anyway sowho knows what they were thinking. They are on my bad list now and I won't be writing for them any more.
@bingskee (5235)
• Philippines
25 Feb 11
that is so unprofessional. did they answer you when you sent them your email?
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• United States
26 Feb 11
No they did not answer me. Textbroker intercepted the one I sent telling them I would give them the money back. They said not to worry about it. But the client rated my article pretty good. I was expecting a low rating from them!
@KrauseHome (36689)
• United States
21 Feb 11
No explanation or anything for why? That could be one of the many reasons why I gave up on a lot of the Writing sites out there as I have seen a lot of copied stuff that I know people are getting paid for, and then also heard about people with original writings get dinged or nothing submitted for pay, rejection letters, etc. as well. To me that is why I write stuff and submit it elsewhere for pay now most of the time as well.
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• United States
21 Feb 11
I am learning all this! I am still learning the ropes so to speak. I hope to generate more income so I can stay home to care for my son. I usually do much better with some of the independent writing possibilities.
@Nadinest1 (2034)
• Canada
16 Feb 11
Just remember: you can't please all of the people...all of the time. If they haven't got in touch with you again, forget it. You have tried your best to smooth it over with them. Good luck.
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• United States
16 Feb 11
They haven't said a thing! Plus they even gave the article a decent rating! I don't get that at all. But I won't write for them again for sure!!
@flagella08 (5067)
• Philippines
15 Feb 11
it's my first time hearing this. i just wonder why they paid you and make rude actions after that. you are lucky that they still pay yet a bad luck for black listing you and your articles. they should have contacted you first or gave you a notification before they do such gross acts
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• United States
16 Feb 11
Yeah, it didn't make any sense to me either. They had already paid me plus they gave me a decent rating! Who can guess what's up with all that?
• United States
6 Mar 11
As someone who writes for extra money, I do not use spinner software and I always write my articles and reviews myself. I try not to take anything personally. I do try to do my best though when it comes to my writing.
• Philippines
1 Mar 11
As a fellow writer, I understand your pain. If I was in your place, I would probably reacted differently. I don't understand why a person would purchase something then say something about it and the perosn who produce it. If the article or work wasn't up the satisfaction of the buyer, he could just ask. There is nothing degrading to ask someone to be worthy of an exchange, even in different forms.