That one guy
- Oct 6, 2016
Would I be able to order a bunch of articles and just give you a niche to work in, and you could find topics to write about for those articles?
I will start by saying I DO NOT recommend TextBoss if you are serious about your site.
TL;DR: The seller/writer failed to comply to some VERY VERY VERY SIMPLE (AND DETAILED!) GUIDELINES and disregarded everything but one point when I asked for a revision. After pointing out that they didn’t take into account anything I told them when I asked for a revision, they said that in their opinion it’s fine and I should change it myself if I dislike it. (email conversations included below in the form of screenshots)
I will tell you my experience with TextBoss and give you my pros and cons at the end.
I placed an order for a 2000-word review article on Monday, August 17.
I sent a very detailed outline of what I would like to get. The target keyword was "shoes for back pain".
Post Title: Best Shoes For Lower Back Pain
best shoes for back pain (main, include it 3-5 times)
Important: If possible, you have the freedom to go towards 2500 words and I'd be more than happy to pay the difference of $15.
Some simple rules to follow were:
- Intro not longer than 100 words
- The main keyword should be used 3-5 times throughout the article
- The main keyword should appear once within the first 100 words, and once within the last 100 words
- Focus on the value section, which is after the intro, but before the item reviews
I receive the article within 72 hours and I start reading. I immediately notice that the intro is 166 words, the main keyword is nowhere to be found in the entire article (let alone in the first 100 words) and that the intro talks about back pain and doesn't even mention the shoes. Even though I specified both the title of the article and the main keyword in the very 3 lines of the outline.
If you are part of the affiliate world, you know you should meet the visitor where they are. That is, in this case, talking about the shoes for back pain, not the back pain itself.
A big part of the article was focusing on the back pain, instead of the shoes.
Here are all the changes I requested:
Here is the reply of the vendor:
Ok, so the writer got confused even though I specified in the first 3 lines what the keyword was.
Also, I didn't tell him to focus on the "value" in the opening. This is the part of the outline he is referring to:
Section 1: Introduction
50-100 words (please include the exact keyword somewhere in here as naturally as possible)
Section 2: Value Section (MOST IMPORTANT SECTION)
- 750 words (break this up into several sections with a subtitle each)
- Add some great, value-driven information about this product or the context in which the user intends to use it
- Answers some question the reader would be looking for before buying this kind of product
- Consider linking out to valuable informational content on the internet that’d help the reader.
- Try to find a valuable informational Youtube video about the topic. Make sure the video is not branded and does not ask people to go to a specific URL at the end.
Here are some ideas:
- How to choose [this type of product]
- What are the advantages/Benefits of this type of product?
- Things to look for / Attributes that differentiate these products
- What's the best way to use this product?
- Address the controversy
- Prerequisites to using the product
This section by far the most important. Please take extra care when writing this section.
If this is not clear enough that they are two very different sections then I don't know what is.
Either way, they sent me a revised document so I was pleased.
Until I started reading.
This time the intro was even longer!! the keyword was not in the first 100 or last 100 words - AGAIN!!, and most of the requests were ignored.
The writer did, mind you, include the keyword this time around.
I replied again, pointing out how only one of my requests was followed, and asking for a new revision.
First of all, it doesn’t matter whether the writer sees a problem or not. I pay for him to do the work. His work is writing the article, not be my advisor.
Apparently, I should not mind the writer emphasizing something that is not the point of the article. And it's my issue, not his, since he doesn't see an issue with it.
Furthermore, as mentioned, the intro was even longer than the first time. Him removing a subsection (mind you, just the title of that subsection), made the content of that subsection part of the intro.
Also, I should just ignore the fact that the intro is way longer than 100 words, and that the keyword is not to be found within the first and last 100 words of the article. After telling him twice! to change that? Really simple requests! Really. Simple.
These are things I requested 3 times (first time in the initial outline, then two revision requests) and were not taken into account. How hard is it to make the intro 100 words max and include the keyword in the beginning and ending? Beats me how they can't follow these ridiculously simple guidelines.
- fast tat
- the writers do not read the outline to understand what you want
- the writers do not read what should be revised, otherwise, they'd do a proper revision
- apparently, on your money, you should follow the writer's vision, not the other way around
As a personal conclusion, you get a fast TAT because there is no regard for what you as a buyer want. So they would rather be done with your article and jump onto the next one.
My advice to every provider on this forum is to never work with amru82. He is that 1/10,000 nightmare client. We’ve had 99.99% EXTREMELY positive reviews on this and every other marketplace. Just scroll back to look at our past reviews.
It shouldn't take more than a day.