(Note: This is a review of a customer’s perspective of iWriter. For a review for writers, click here.)
So you own a website, and you need articles for it. However, you do not have the time to write them yourself. So what are your options?
Many website owners turn to sites known as content mills. One such site is iWriter.
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How It Works
You can sign up, deposit some money into your account, and post articles to be written. You choose the keyword and the topic; the rest is left for the writer. You can also leave special instructions for your writer. (Just post your article; there are plenty of writers willing to take the job.)
There are three levels of writers at iWriter. The first level, the Standard level, costs the least, $3 for 500 words, but do keep in mind that you will get low-quality articles full of spelling and grammar mistakes. The next two levels, Premium and Elite, cost more. A premium article is $5.50 for 500 words and an Elite article is $10 for 500 words. You can also choose other word lengths:150, 300, 400, 700, 1000 etc.
When a writer completes an article, you can give it a rating. A writer is a premium writer if they have a general rating of 4.1+, and an Elite writer must have a general rating of 4.6+. These writers have also completed at least 25 articles as a standard writer.
What is the Quality of the Work at iWriter?
As always, you will get what you pay for. Remember that iWriter takes a nice commission off what you pay them. A premium writer will only get paid $4.46 for a 500-word article. At that rate, it is nearly impossible to earn even the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and that’s before self-income taxes. An Elite writer gets paid $8.10 for 500 words. That’s still almost nothing. In order for these writers to earn anything close to a normal living, they will have to churn up articles at fast rates, which will considerably affect the quality of your articles.
You will likely be getting articles from writers who live in other countries where the standard of living is lower. This, too, will affect the quality of your articles.
You can reject articles and not have to pay for them, but that really is not fair to the writer who is working their behind off in order to put food on the table. You get what you pay for, and that is that. If you want high-quality articles, you should be hiring private freelancers and be paying them at least ten cents per word ($50 for 500 words, a very normal rate for online bloggers). Besides, the more articles you reject, the fewer writers will want to write for you – your rejection rate will become pretty high, and it’s public for all writers to see. If you want, you can ask your writer for a revision.
So, Can It Really Be True? Should I Get My Articles from iWriter?
Answer: It depends on your needs. If you prefer quality over quantity, iWriter is not for you. However, if you need plenty of SEO articles devoid of serious quality but which still adhere to basic spelling and grammar rules, then you can use iWriter. Just keep in mind that your writers are probably not from native speaking English countries. After all, you are not paying an average US rate. Treat your writer like you would want to be treated.
iWriter can be a valuable resource for many website owners. I would recommend that you hire Elite writers if you want higher quality articles. In any case, don’t hire Standard writers unless you are okay with articles that make no grammatical sense; there are always dozens of people starting off as a Standard writer, but few make it to the premium level.
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