What is iWriter?Is iWriter a scam? If not, can I make any real money at iWriter? Can I earn a living through iWriter? And how does it work?
How iWriter Works
Signup is simple, easy, and free. There are no qualifications necessary to sign up at iWriter, besides taking a short an easy grammar test. After signing up, you may start writing immediately.
iWriter is certainly not on my recommended programs list; however, it is possible to make a few dollars here or there.
There are 4 levels at iWriter: Standard, Premium, Elite, and Elite Plus.
Here is a breakdown of the earnings for each level:
- 150 Words=$1.01
- 300 Words=$1.62
- 500 Words=$2.43
- 700 Words=$4.05
- 1000 Words=$6.08
- 150 Words=$2.23
- 300 Words=$3.65
- 500 Words=$4.46
- 700 Words=$5.79
- 1000 Words=$8.51
- 150 Words=$3.44
- 300 Words=$5.67
- 500 Words=$8.10
- 700 Words=$10.13
- 1000 Words=$14.99
Keep in mind that you may also find requesters who actually post higher paying jobs on both premium and elite articles, so these are just the minimum. Elite Plus writers can earn a lot more, but there are very few such articles available.
So… How Do I Get to a Premium or Elite Status?
Everyone starts out as a standard writer. After writing an article, the job poster rates the writer’s performance. After 30 ratings, an average is taken. If your average is at least 4.1 stars, you have achieved premium status. 4.6 stars makes you an Elite writer, while 4.85 stars makes you an Elite Plus writer.
Your ratings will continue after 30 reviews as well, but you need a minimum of 30 reviews to become an Elite writer. You can become a Premium writer after 25 reviews.
There is also a fast track program, where you submit to the iWriter staff 3 articles on the topics they provide you. This costs $147(!!!!!). You actually have to pay them to work. Whatever. They say it is to make sure only serious people apply, and for the staff’s fees. Do I recommend doing this? No, I do not. Who knows how strict they are, and you’ll have to achieve at least an Elite status to make up that $147 in the first 30 articles you write.
Writing is done directly on the iWriter website, on their own writing surface.
There is a certain time limit when you have to finish the article. If you don’t finish in the allocated time, you forfeit your work. This is as follows: 150, 300 & 400 Words:2 hrs; 500 Words:3 hrs; 700 & 1000 words:5 hrs.
You may save your work as a draft and continue later, provided you finish in the allocated time.
Your work may be rejected by the requester. They have 3 days to either accept it or reject it, after which it is automatically accepted.
Payments are made to your PayPal account, provided you have earned at least $20. You can choose to be paid every Tuesday, every other Wednesday, every 5th of the month, or every 25th of the month.
Who is iWriter For?
Anyone can make money through iWriter.
You must take an easy grammar test, and get 13 out of 15 questions right. Believe me, it’s a joke. If you don’t pass, you can simply reapply right away.
The requester may reject your work, so you should be able to write a decent text. You should also know basic grammar and spelling rules.
The real con is that the pay is so low. Even $8.10 for 500 words will barely bring in the minimum wage. In order to write a quality article that will get accepted, you must do adequate research on that subject.
Although sometimes a requester will want you just to write about something general, most times you’ll have to write about a specific topic, and many times you will have to do a product review. Just doing the research will obviously take time.
Also, sometimes the requester gives you a specific keyword without any real instructions. It’s up to you to figure out what he or she wants. Other times, they’ll give you TOO MANY instructions, and if you don’t follow it to the letter of the law, e.g. how much words each paragraph should have, how many subtitles and bullet points, etc, they’ll simply reject it. They lose nothing. Only you do.
Some requesters are really cheap. Look at this guy.
He obviously wants the best of the best but is not willing to pay more than a few dollars. And because of that, he has no qualms about wasting the time, effort, and money that could have been earned by 671 hard working unfortunate writers who must go through 30 articles at standard rates. (It’s more likely he just rejected the articles and used them anyway.)
And by the way, he had a rating of about 5 stars. That’s because if your article was rejected, you cannot rate the requester. That means that they have nothing to lose, except that if they reject too many articles, no one will want to write for them. And that’s why all requesters have a 5 or close to a 5-star rating.
I certainly do not recommend wasting your time writing for the above requester or for anyone that accepted less than %75 of the articles, especially if they’re only paying a few bucks. I mean, you get what you pay for. If you only want to pay $2, then you can’t be too picky about the quality of the articles, as long as they make sense and are written in proper English.
Some requesters always expect top-notch, even though you’re only getting paid $2 an hour. And they’ll rate accordingly.
And there is more. Requesters often rate, not based on the actually quality of the article, but how their FEELINGS are about the article. Meaning that because they were expecting something different, because they didn’t give adequate instructions, because they’ll always give articles a 4 star unless they really like it, or whatever, you can get a lower rating. And because you need a 4.1 average to be a premium writer, that’s pretty lousy.
On the other hand, most requesters are not like that. Most people do not reject articles for no good reason. And if they give you no instructions, they usually don’t really care.Most requesters seem to be decent, honest people. The ones who aren’t, usually request standard writers and have a low acceptance rate. So it is a hurdle to get to the 30 article mark.
More iWriter Pros And Cons
- Pro: Absolutely no expertise or experience required to join.
- Pro: Work anywhere and whenever you feel like.
- Pro: Write as much or as little as you want.
- Con: You have to write 30 quality articles for little pay before you start earning anything substantial.
- Con: The iWriter writing interface doesn’t work well on some browsers. Make sure it’s possible to make spaces and paragraphs or switch to a new browser.
- Con:Little rules here and there. For example, you can’t write two articles within 40 minutes of each other until you get rated five times.
Help & Support
You can contact them through the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of their website; they’re quick to respond.
Here is an email response I received after I complained that my perfectly fine article was rejected, rated a 1.5 stars, and the reason for rejection was “no thank you”.
That was actually nice of them, though I still didn’t get paid.
At a later date, I was about to sell the article discussed in the above email, when to my astonishment, after checking it in Google, MY ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED ON SOMEONE’S SITE!!!! I contacted iWriter support, and here is what I got:
*UPDATE #2* The web page is still up, and the requester’s account HAS NOT BEEN BANNED. Note that the requester had an approval rate of around %40, and frequently rejected articles with a simple no thank you. However, they may have told her that she must stop rejecting so many articles.
- Q:Can’t I just copy and paste from something on the web and submit it? How will they know? A:All submissions are run through Copyscape, which will detect all copying. You will be sent a warning if rejected by Copyscape. After 3 warnings, you’re out; you’ll be banned from the site.
- Q: How well do I have to know English? A:Your articles will probably be rejected if they are not grammatically correct or if they have spelling mistakes.
- Q:Is there a minimum rating required for the Standard writer level?A:Yes. If you have a rating of below 3.2 after 10 reviews, or 3.4 after 20 reviews, your account will be banned, to protect the quality of the website.
- Q:What if at the beginning, I wasn’t a good writer, and my first 30 articles weren’t that good? Can I become an Elite writer later on, when my writing quality matures?A:As far as I know, yes. You do not automatically stay on any level, for good OR for bad, just because of your first 30 articles. You will continue to get rated.
So, Is iWriter Worth It? Can It Really Be True?
Well, that really would depend on a few things.
I certainly do not recommend this for American writers, especially if you already have writing experience. The pay rate is extremely low according to American standards, and there are many content mills that pay more and which are open to US citizens.
If you’re doing it simply to gain writing experience and you’re not really concerned about the money, that’s another story. Keep in mind, though, that they treat their writers like **** and do not value them at all. At the beginning, you’ll also have to write at least 25 articles at sometimes less than half a cent per word.
As for international citizens, that also is another story, because many if not most content mills only hire US writers. The average earning rate varies from country to country, so iWriter may actually be worth it.
There’s not a lot of money to be made at iWriter. Even the Elite level is less than two cents per word.
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