Last Updated on by Michael Brockbank
It’s near impossible to please 100% of the people 100% of the time whether you are writing or working in retail. Sometimes there can be a miscommunication or you could interpret the specifics of an order differently causing your project to be rejected. Although it can be disheartening, take the experience as a method of improving your abilities. When an order is rejected, it doesn’t have to be seen in an absolutely negative light.
What Happens to Your Account When an Order is Rejected?
When a rejection happens while writing for Textbroker, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, even I have had three in the past four and a half years. It happens, and you just need to get past it. Here is how a rejection affects your work on the content brokerage site:
- Approval percentage drops according to completed work versus total rejections.
- You don’t get paid for the project.
- Clients can see how often your work has been rejected.
This does not affect your overall level ranking. The editors at Textbroker simply want to make sure your grammar is spot on. If you write well, then you won’t be penalized if an order is rejected. However, too many will get their attention and you could be investigated to find out why.
Ways to Look at a TextBroker Rejection
When your project is rejected, it can be frustrating especially if you feel that the content was amazing in and of itself. There could be a number of reasons why an order was rejected by a client including his or her own interpretation of what was to be expected. Instead of looking at the negative aspect, focus on the positive of the situation.
For many writers, one of the biggest impacts from refused content is the amount of time you could have put into the project. If you put three hours into a single order only to have the material denied, it could be upsetting. While you’ll never get that time back, think of it as continued practice of your capabilities.
If a four dollar order is rejected, then there isn’t much impact on your day in terms of financial growth. However, a 65 dollar denial could impact your payout quite a bit. Focus on how many orders you have completed and how many more are available. You may have lost some money now, but that doesn’t mean that every attempt will end in failure.
While it may be a small consolation, the experience you gain with each order you complete only serves to improve your capacity as a writer. Nearly every author on TextBroker has had a rejection from a client in one way or another. After almost 3000 orders, I myself received two rejections – the first one not being my fault.
What Causes a Rejection?
For the most part, not interpreting the guidelines can cause a completed order to be denied. While some clients try to provide the most information possible in order to help the writer, some instructions can be incredibly difficult to understand. Usually, you’ll have two chances to submit revisions before the client can completely reject the attempt. Managed teams may only get once chance for this revision.
Misunderstanding the Instructions
While some projects are simplistic, others can be quite involved. If you don’t understand the instructions prior to accepting the order, you have two choices. You can either not accept the job and move on, or accept the order and contact the client and ask the individual for clarity.
Client Misunderstanding of the System
Sometimes a client misunderstands how the system works and could reject a perfect order. In this case, TextBroker may remove the rejection from your statistics – but only if you followed the guidelines exactly.
In my case, a project was rejected because the client stated that I didn’t put a certain number of keywords in the project. The way the editing system works is that if a client puts a certain keyword to be used so many times, you need to put that word in that many times or the system will not accept the work. For instance: If a client says he wants the words “blue car” in the order 8 to 10 times, blue car needs to be in that order at least eight times or the system will not allow you to submit the order. Since I was able to send the order to the client after both revisions, the rejection was not my fault and was reversed.
Owning Your Rejections
A rejected order means that the material was never paid for. Technically, it belongs to you still and you can save it for a different client saving you some time writing in the future. Personally, I’ll use rejected content on my own websites. I may not get paid from TextBroker for the material, but at least my name is attached to the content.
A rejection doesn’t mean that you are a bad writer. It just means that you didn’t perform to the expectations of the client. Take it as a learning experience and try to improve yourself by learning from your mistakes. It could simply be that the client is too anal about the content to begin with and may have rejected most orders that were submitted by other authors. When an order is rejected for odd reasons, just chalk it up to “life happens” and find a new client.
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