How I Plan to Make $1,000 on Textbroker this Month

Okay, so if you’ve been following along with my blogs over the past five to six years, then you know that I’ve been writing on and off for Textbroker all this time. I always had the goal of earning $1,000 per month on Textbroker, but for the first five years my monthly earnings topped out around $200. And most of the time I made less than $100 per month there, sometimes zero. Then this summer (2017), I tried to give it one last shot, and I got my monthly earnings up into the $600 to $700 range by the end of the year.

So now it’s January, and tis the season for setting goals and pushing forward. My first main goal is to make $1,000 on Textbroker this month, and then to take my freelance writing income up into the $1,500-$2,000 range by summer. I don’t expect all of that active income to come from there, but for now Textbroker will continue to be my primary income source while I get higher-paying clients and build up passive income streams on other sites.

How Many Articles Will I Need to Earn $1,000?

So first I need to calculate the number of articles I’ll have to write to earn $1,000 dollars this month.

My last 250 articles earned me $2,487.46, so that’s an average of just under $10 per article. So I guess I’ll need to write about 100 articles this month to hit my target. That breaks down to about 25 articles per week. And if I take one or two days off per week, then we’re looking at about five articles per day.

  • Week 1 — 25 total articles, $250 total earnings
  • Week 2 — 50 total articles, $500 total earnings
  • Week 3 — 75 total articles, $750 total earnings
  • Week 4 — 100 total articles, $1,000 total earnings

That’s totally doable. Many content writers produce more than that every month. The challenge for me will be to do it consistently.

I’ve written five articles per day many times over the past year, and I’ve written a high of eight articles a day on a couple of occasions. So I think I can do this. If I fall a little short here and there, I can pick up the slack by writing on weekends or whatever. The key will be to catch up by the end of each week so that I don’t end up feeling buried and hopelessly behind toward the end of the month.

How Will I Hold Myself Accountable?

I’ve always been kind of a loner as a writer. I have a few blogging buddies and HubPages friends, but I haven’t really been in touch with any of them lately. So I don’t know. And even among freelance writers and bloggers, there are a lot of people who will try to talk you out of writing for content mills. I know this from firsthand experience, but it’s also obvious to anyone who googles “how to make money writing at content mills,” since the responses are all pretty negative.

They all mean well, but trying to help is not actually the same as helping. I know what I can and cannot do right now, and it doesn’t matter if anyone else on the planet agrees with me or not. I don’t need to explain myself.

As for non-writers, I’ve done this long enough to know that people who don’t write online for a living just don’t get it, and I can’t expect to get a lot of support and understanding there. If they don’t see full-sized paychecks rolling in every two weeks, they think you’re wasting your time and should just get a “real job.” Sure, they’ll believe in you after you start making more money than them, but at that point…who needs their fucking encouragement?

So I don’t know.

I’m probably on my own for this one, unless there are a couple other freelance writers or bloggers reading this who are in the same boat as me and want to support each other. Other than that, I guess the bill collectors will be the ones holding me accountable.

Ugh.

How Will I Stay Motivated to Write Articles Every Day?

The same idea applies here. If you google “motivation for content mill writers,” you’re not actually going to find any motivation there. All the top results are from snooty, high-paid, professional freelance writers hating on content mills and us “talentless hacks” who write for them.

And as I mentioned already, people who aren’t attempting to write online for a living just don’t get it and will usually be more discouraging than anything else. So as I’ve already experienced over the past several years, I will mostly just have to motivate myself.

How Will I Improve My Writing Speed and Productivity?

This one probably deserves an entire blog post of its own, but here are some quick tips that have helped me boost my writing speed and be more productive over the last few months.

  1. Track daily word count, article count and earnings
  2. Read my own motivational posts about content writing, like THIS ONE and THIS ONE
  3. Don’t overthink it — just start writing
  4. Pretend I’m a newspaper writer and my editor needs that article 15 minutes ago
  5. Start writing my first article as soon as I get out of bed
  6. Use physical triggers to get mentally ready for writing
  7. Go to the IKEA cafe or Panera Bread to do most of my writing
  8. Avoid blogs, videos and forums where everyone criticizes content mill writers
  9. Keep it positive

How Will I Spend the $1,000 I Make at Textbroker?

Week 1 Payout: (need $255)

  • Car Insurance: $75
  • Electric: $50
  • Tires: $50
  • Gas: $40
  • Fast Food/Coffee: $40

Week 2 Payout: (need $300)

  • Condo/HOA fees: $220
  • Gas: $40
  • Fast Food/Coffee: $40

Week 3 Payout: (need $205)

  • Car Insurance: $75
  • Tires: $50
  • Gas: $40
  • Fast Food/Coffee: $40

Week 4 Payout: (need $240)

  • Electric: $160
  • Gas: $40
  • Fast Food/Coffee: $40

Total: $1,000

NOTE: The fast food and coffee budget is literally necessary and is set in stone.

Do not question it.

Ever.

Epilogue…

So that’s my basic plan for earning $1,000 writing articles for Textbroker this month.

I’m tempted to not even publish this blog post, since I have never stuck to a plan like this in my life, especially a plan that I wrote about on my blog or talked about in a YouTube video. Every attempt to do that in the past six years has ended in failure, embarrassment and shame. So if you’re seeing this, then I guess I haven’t learned my lesson yet.

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