I’ve been using iWriter off and on for years. In fact, I think it’s been about 5 years! Obviously iWriter has managed to keep itself going strong. I think part of it is that there is no place like iWriter out there for writers and people who need content.
For writers, the main benefits are:
- Fast payment on article written
- Weekly payments for money earned
But, that doesn’t mean much if you are not earning anything, which is what brings me to the big reasons why you may not want to write for iWriter.
1. You Can Get Rejected – A Lot!
It doesn’t matter how good of a writer you are, if the client doesn’t like your article, they can reject it. You won’t get paid a penny for your article and no matter how much time you put into the article – your time will have been wasted.
This is a huge factor when it comes to making money through your writing. You only have so many hours in a day, and as a freelance writer, the more you work, the more you get paid. If you waste your whole day writing articles that are getting rejected, then you are pushing yourself further and further away from any goals you have.
What I Recommend Doing
I haven’t been rejected for a long time (I’ll tell you why in a second), but what I did in the beginning was created a few different blogs on different topics. That way when an article was rejected, I was able to throw the article up on a blog and make use of it. I highly recommend doing this if you want to be a blogger and try to make money from blogging as well as selling your writing.
The other thing I’ve done is sold the articles on Constant Content. However, they review your article before they post it for sale on their site, and you need to make sure that the article adheres to their standards.
2. The Pay Is Low Unless…
Most clients know they can pay the bare minimum and get a decent article written. In fact, most times the premium articles outnumber the elite and elite plus by a truckload.
In other words, it’s really hard to make money sometimes. If you are taking an hour or two to write a $10 article, you are only making $5 an hour. Depending on where you live, that may or may not be good for you. But for me, I could probably go out and collect bottles and make $5 an hour.
They did one pay raise a few years ago, but clients complained and iWriter lowered the cost for an article back down. I honestly think if they just would have kept the price higher, people would have stopped complaining and just bought the articles because they were still at a decent rate. But, it is what it is.
What I Recommend Doing
There’s nothing you can do about this except look for a decent requester that is willing to pay more than minimum. I would write for as many different people as possible because sometimes a client may just be feeling out the site and then start paying more for a writer that they like. That’s what happened to me.
I was writing for this one guy and he was paying the bare minimum for his articles. BUT, he was tipping about the same as he was paying. So, I kept writing for him – along with a bunch of other writers – for about a month. Eventually, he started requesting only from me and surprisingly he requested longer articles, paid twice the minimum required, and tipped twice what he paid. I finally found myself making decent money on iWriter. In fact, I was making more than my husband which blew my mind.
He’s been requesting for the past 7 months continuously. Started off with three articles a day and now has dwindled down to one or two. But still… I can’t complain.
I don’t think this has happened to too many people. I think I got really lucky, which is why I still think that the best way to make money quickly is to write well, write fast, and try to get in as many articles as possible in a day. If you can’t do that, and you don’t get a client like I have, then there is very little chance of you making over $40 a day – and that’s even stretching it.
How I Avoid Rejections
I think one of the biggest things to focus on is avoiding rejections. If you take an article to write, you want to get paid for it.
I’ve already written about this in my eBook Writing For IWriter: How To Make The Most Money Possible. Go ahead, click on the link. It’s free and you can save the PDF to your computer to read. I wrote the eBook years ago, but not much has changed at iWriter so the eBook is still relevant.
If you don’t want to read it, here’s the shortened version of some of the section on how to avoid rejections with some suggestions that are not in the eBook.
- Use the filters: IWriter gives you filters to work with, such as approval rate. Use those filters to your advantage when you are looking for someone to write for. I usually only write for someone who has approved at least 50% of their requested articles. That tells me that they’ve had some bad writers but are willing to approve for good writers. Sometimes I will write for a new client if I know the topic well, but you are taking a risk doing that.
- Give them what they want: I can tell you that I’ve requested some content from writers at iWriter and they didn’t even bother to read my special instructions, which I carefully wrote out to make sure the writer understood exactly what I wanted. Don’t skim those. Use them as a guideline for the article and you will increase your chances of approval.
- Avoid people who don’t have special instructions: People who don’t know what they want are less likely to be happy with just anything. They can easily read your article and think ‘I would prefer this’, reject your article, and then request the article with their preferences.
- Look at the ratings they’ve given for the last 5 writers: This is not necessarily how to avoid rejections, but how to avoid bad ratings on iWriter. You can go into their profile, check out the people who have reviewed them, and then check out the review that client gave the writer by clicking on the writer’s name and looking for the client’s review. You will discover clients who give consistent low ratings this way.
- Pay attention to your keywords: This is another reason to read the special instructions. Many clients will tell you how they want the keyword structured. However, if they don’t, then don’t stuff the keyword into the article. Instead, write an article with the keyword a few times and plenty of variations of the keyword they request to keep the tone of the article feeling natural. And, if they say ‘no keyword’ then just write a natural article without overdoing it on any one word or phrase.
Should You Write For IWriter?
Speaking from experience, iWriter can be very frustrating. There are many more things to consider.
For instance, the site can shut down for no reason and you are left waiting for someone to fix it so you can start writing again. This happens more than you think it would, and for some reason, the people from iWriter do not contact writers at all to let them know what is going on.
The editor in iWriter is a pain in the ass. You can’t write in word and copy it over because it doesn’t transfer well. And, the client will see a bunch of weird symbols after you submit it. Often the spacing can be off. It may look right when you submit the article, but the client sees a big clump of words together. (I’ve learned that on Chrome, I need to hit enter 3 times between paragraphs for it to show up properly spaced after submitting.)
It can be hard to make a decent amount of money. Although, I’ve had people tell me that in their country, the amount of money they earn on iWriter is perfect for them. So, I guess that all depends on where you come from.
Clients can be frustrating when they request a rewrite of an article over and over again and when they just take advantage of their writers – just because they can.
It can take a long time to build up your rating to an elite plus rating, which means you can only write lower paying articles for a long time. That is frustrating beyond belief if you are a good writer and know that you could write the higher paying articles easily.
But, iWriter is the easiest place to make money quickly if you can actually pick up some decent articles and get them approved.
The bottom line is that I recommend giving it a try, but not focusing all your time on it. Have some side projects, because even me – who is getting steady requests, would be making nothing if those requests suddenly stopped. You’ve got to have more than one stream of income unless you can write any article, any time, and quickly.
Again, you can read my eBook to learn more about writing on iWriter. And, if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below.
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